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Peaaanut, peaaanut butter. And chicken?

Monday’s word of the day was T-I-R-E-D!

After a post-Super Bowl bedtime of wayyyy too late o’clock followed up with the random early body-clock-alarm-wakeup I was seriously struggling for energy yesterday!

Good thing I had planned on throwing together a crockpot meal to be ready & waiting upon my arrival home 🙂

Gave me plenty of time to relax and get in a rejuvenating yoga session.

Has anyone else tried the Body by Bethanny yoga workout on ExTV?  I absolutely love her first of all, plus am really liking this workout on days where I want some physical activity but not too much, ya know?

Perfect for this particular Monday if you ask me 😀

After yoga was over it was time to serve up some dinner.

Crockpot, sometimes I think we may be soulmates… you make my life so easy on days that just seem to be so hard!

Here’s the recipe, courtesy a A Year of Slow Cooking.

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Chicken

I kind of doubled the recipe to fill the 6-quart slow cooker I have (did you know you are supposed to make sure your slow cooker is between 1/2 to 2/3 full?)

I also didn’t have any soy sauce on hand, so substituted this wonderful SoyCha sauce instead.

For the sauce:

  • 2/3 cup MaraNatha peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup SoyCha (or soy sauce)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 container chicken broth

For the rest:

  • 2.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced

I mixed up the marinade (sans chicken broth) Sunday afternoon before we left for the Super Bowl festivities. 

I also chopped up the red bell peppers and onions so they’d be ready to roll in the morning.

After 9 hours on low, I came home to some pretty awesome kitchen smells!

Once I opened up the slow cooker I removed the chicken & veggies and drained most of the fat from the remaining sauce.

With the combo of peanut butter, chicken thighs and SoyCha sauce there was a bit of oil to remove, no big deal 😛

To serve, I cooked up some spaghetti to serve as well as some simple spinach.

Dinner is served.

Very very rich dish.  A little goes a long way!

But also very flavorful and tasty.  The cumin and lime added a different spin to the “normal” peanut sauce that I’m used to – but in a good way!

The chicken was also fall apart tender and just sunk itself into the spaghetti with each bite.

Good thing we liked this because we’ll be eating it for a few days (close to 3 lbs of chicken, what was I thinking? 😉 )

Does anyone else remember this song (in reference to the post title)?  Guess having a sister 7 years younger means I remember wayyyyy more Barney than any normal person should hahaha.

Here’s to a much more “awake” day today – thank you 8 hours of sleep!!!!

Happy Tuesday all 🙂

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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Cake-Cookies

Say that 3 times fast?? 😉

Well after dinner last night The Man informed me that we had no dessert left…  *gasp* the horror!

Being a mandatory after dinner event in our house  Friday night and all, I decided, why not whip up some homemade cookies with some things we had on hand… couldn’t be that hard right?!

Well luckily, I was right!  And the results were just lovely 🙂

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Cake-Cookies

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 3 large spoonfuls peanut butter
  • 4 tblsp sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tblsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 mini Hershey milk chocolate bars, broken

Like I said, this recipe couldn’t have been easier!

1.  Combine banana and sugar in a medium size bowl.  Mash using a fork (the sugar helps to get it really really mashed).

2. Add in peanut butter and stir until the peanut butter softens (mine was refrigerated since it’s natural) and incorporates fully.

3.  Then add in the butter & egg white, continuing to stir with fork until stirred in and kind of “whipped” (this made the cake-cookies fluffy I think).

4.  Dump in the flour, incorporate fully but don’t stir too much or the dough will start to get tough.

5.  Lastly, break up your chocolate pieces (or use chocolate chips, go for it!) and fold half of them into the batter. 

6.  Spoon dough onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, topping each one with a chunk o’ chocolate.  I made 4 big cookies out of this, I would recommend keeping them big as well so they get that cake-like “fluff.”

7.  Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes until the bottoms just start to brown/crisp up.

EATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

Verdict?

Flavor was spot on.  Texture was awesome, the inside was fluffy & light just like a cake and the outside had that cookie-like quality with a slight crisp to hold it all in.  The random chocolate chunks were such a delight too!

I’d highly recommend giving these a whirl if you’re addicted to desserts and find yourself scrounging around the cabinets for something sweet a peanut butter & banana fan!  I promise you won’t be sorry 😉

Farmer’s market and ExerciseTV workout on the agenda this morning, I better get hoppin’!

Yay for Saturdays 😛

Mashin’ fool!

Well well well, how’s it going friends?!

Hasn’t this weekend has just flown by?  I’m loving that it’s gorgeous, warm & sunny out too!

I’ve been doing surprisingly well since the surgery, even running some errands with Mom and having no trouble eating the suggested foods too 🙂  I really hope it continues to go this well, bc this is nothing like what I expected!  The virus I had 2 weeks ago that sent me to the ER was worse than this, pretty crazy huh?

I’ve been ‘eating’ all kinds of smoothies which feel so good on the throat.  No dairy allowed yet though, thank God for almond milk & coconut milk!

Mom took me to get tons of smoothie staples yesterday too, so I’m pretty stacked.  Bloggies, meet my new friends 😛

I am also loving this new-to-me fabulous treat!  Coconut milk ice cream is heaven…. for real.

Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream

For lunch today I decided that I needed a break from all the smoothie action however.  Working with limited options here I decided to whip up some mashed taters, in 2 forms!

Sweet Potato, Coconut & PB ‘Mash’

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tblsp peanut butter

Peeled, boiled & drained the sweet taters.  Added in the coconut milk and got the immersion blender ready for a spin!

Makes life so easy, seriously?  I also added about 1/2 cup water to thin out a bit more.

Then did a lil’ something that I’ve been seeing in blog land – peanut buttah on the sweet tater puree !

Just give it a swirl right into the pot 🙂

Up next…

Potato, Corn & Coconut ‘Soup’

Rounded up the 3 basic ingredients

  • 4 small potatoes, peeled & chopped
  • half bag frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk

Boiled up the potatoes until almost done, adding in the frozen corn to heat up before draining.

Then poured in the coconut milk and about 1/2 cup water and let the immersion blender work its magic 🙂

All together now – diet o’ mush!

But for real, the sweet potato/pb/coconut mash was seriously sooooooooo good

SWEET POTATO + PEANUT BUTTER + COCONUT = MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

I could definitely see myself making this post-mush diet as a yummy side dish one night 🙂  It would pair beautifully with a number of main dishes that are already swirling around in my solid-food-deprived head 😉

The potato mash hit the spot too, however it definitely was not superior to the sweet taters!

Well not much on the agenda today, getting lots of rest and watching more tv.  It’s been a pretty funny past few days around here too, considering I  haven’t spoken a word since Friday morning!  Mom, The Man and I have been playing some major games of charades – supplemented with the paper/pen method. 

Let’s just say that charades is not my strong suit, and if you knew how much I usually ran my mouth you would realize how eerily quiet it is around here 😛  But I think that staying quiet is really aiding in my healing, so quiet I shall stay!

Hope all of you have a wonderful day and I’ll see you back tonight! 

P.S. I’m making The Man a fun & delicious dinner so I hope to see you later for that 🙂

3 MORE DAYS UNTIL THE GIVEAWAY WINNER IS ANNOUNCED!  KEEP THOSE ENTRIES COMING!

Carrot PB dippin’

Hey hey friends… it’s Thursday…. hooray! 😛  *Sighhh* I can’t wait for the weekend, one of my besties that you have met before is coming to visit – and I told her she couldn’t visit unless she brought  she’s bringing her famous red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting too!  JK guys, I am not that demanding 😉  These cupcakes are too die for, for realz.

Here’s a breakdown of the rest of last night.

The bad news: I never got around to opening up the crockpot o’ lurve

The good news: Reason being, I was having too good a time with catching up on all you fabulous peeps via google reader instead!

…. Oh yea, and watching the Yankees go down 😉 

I really want to use ol’ crockie this weekend however, so time to hop to it, sounds like I have a “hot” date tonight, get it? (nerd alert)

So I know The Man would probably love to know I am sharing this with the blogworld, but today was P90X “yoga day” and let’s just say that this morning I learned this:

The Man + P90X Yoga = 1 unhappy camper

After about 30 minutes he comes storming out of the room looking all disgruntled and proceeds on a 10 minute rant on how Tony (P90X guy) has lost his mind if he thinks that The Man would be able to fold into a pretzel shape and contort his body in ways not physically possible….  to his defense, the moves he was describing sound even more difficult than any yoga I have ever done 😦 

So The Man stated firmly that there will be no more P90X yoga.  Ever.   He will stretch instead — I, of course, was not going to accept this bad attitude and suggested that perhaps he replace Tony’s yoga craze with one of my favorite sessions on ExerciseTV that are more reasonable for a 6’4″ guy to do.  He rightfully obliged!!!  So him and Maura and Elise are going to meet soon, go honey! 🙂

I got his back yo.

Onto the eats, which today included some leftover pasta from last night

pasta

and salad – which I so artfully combined with goods from the work caf once again (I see a trend forming?)

2salad  salad

and my first try at this combo (trivia – which blog-ista does this?!)  Thanks Christie 😉

carrot

not too shabby.

After work tonight I hope to make it over to a new class my gym is offering – Bosu!!!  I’ve done a few kickboxing & other moves on this guy

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but never a whole hour of exercise using it before, it is gonna be a toughie I think, but I’m ready for the challenge 😉

Tonight’s dinner is going to feature some of my most fave chicken sausages evah! 

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Oh and btw, I had a friend already tell me they just tried these after seeing them on the bloggie & adored them – you know who you are 🙂 !!

Can’t wait to see everyone back for an evening nightcap recap!  Hey, it’s Thursday 😉

Sometimes you just gotta chill :)

OLE!!

Guess you friends can already figure out what was for dinner eh 😉  Thank you all for the great suggestions!  You were either

  1. reading my subconcious mind Miss Cleo style with the votes toward Mexican or
  2. channeling subliminal messages to me via computer to send me there haha

Needless to say, twas a great decision!  Now let’s back this up a bit bloggies, I rarely crave this type of Americanized Mexican fare (as I like to call it) — it’s a big treat — however tonight after work I decided it was one of those times and just had to be done!

I ended up staying at work later than normal and traffic was abnormally heavy on the drive home, so my plans to do some YogaSculpt got a lil’ rearranged…. when I got home all I wanted to do was sit down, relax in the quiet and catch up on some blog reading.  So you know what I did?  JUST THAT. 

Sometimes you just gotta chill! 🙂  That is something very hard for me I must say, I am very much a type A on the go, pre-planned type a’ gal, including set workout days, etc.  However in recent months with work changes, the new house, etc. I have learned to be more flexible and to understand that rearranging these things isn’t the end of the world.  Does anyone else have trouble dealing with a change to their plan/schedule and just taking a moment to chill?  Or are you lucky peeps “fly by the seat of your pants” types?

A year ago today I prob woulda forced myself to do everything I planned after work regardless of how late I got home, how I felt and just wore myself down to the bone.  I have finally taken a moment to say to myself, is this how I would treat someone else? Then why treat myself like this?  Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no means making excuses for not gettin’ my exercise on or productivity in any way — as I think that I am pretty diligent in both respects — however instead learning to listen to myself and my body and my emotional state and **BREATHE** every once in a while!

I had an awesome workout yesterday, my muscles will recover and be stronger and more ready for an intense yoga sesh tomorrow after work.  I will be mentally prepared to have a great day tomorrow, bc I respected myself today and knew my limits 🙂

At least Lucy Dog got her walk in though – thanks to The Man offering to go with us!

OK self lecture over.  Sorry guys.

Onto what we are all here for anyways which is the MEXICAN FIESTA!!!

We ended up going to a place right down the street called Casa Grande – there are a few in our local area and they have been around for ages and I think they are just right! 

We started off with the obvious

This salsa is gooooood!

This salsa is gooooood!

I only had 3 – yea, I know?  For some reason I have good self control when it comes to chips these days (M&Ms are another story haha).  My trick is to know before I start eating how many I really need to satisfy that tortilla crunch craving – then load up the salsa on each bite to really get my fill 🙂 Call me weird… ah well

Here’s what I ordered

camarones

Shrimpie lurveeee!

Shrimpie lurveeee!

This dish was awesome peeps – the shrimpies had a wonderful grilled flavor and the sauce the perfect spice.  I love Mexican rice too as a treat, great garlic flavor in this batch.  The guac wasn’t too shabby either 😉  And I have leftovers for lunchie tmrw whoop whoop!

Here was The Man’s choice

 combo

All chicken

All chicken

 
All in all, the diabla sauce rocked my socks off 😉
 
Oh Steph ha

Oh Steph ha

 
Yea that’s right, I’ve already been doin’ some recipe research for a recreation which may be in order!  Check out one I found HERE if you are curious what’s in this shizz (stellar ingredient list wow!)
 
Everything about dinner tonight was perfect, including my company (mush moment )

Before I leave you friends, wanna see what happened this afternoon at work haha — “double the PB” cracker time (PB smeared on an already PB filled cracker).  Who does this?  Anyways, twas deelish so who cares 🙂

cracker

And I was definitely eating PB outta the jar as my boss commented on how disgusting I was…. go Steph.  hahaha 🙂 

Alright, gots to get my blog reader on to catch up with you homies then snuggle up to some TV.  Hope everyone had a wonderful night and see ya’ll tomorrow!

Wrappy wrapperton

 Today’ training lunch turned out better than expected once again – go training coordinator! 🙂  There were many salad and wrap choices today – here’s what I chose (a lot of them had mayo based dressing and that’s just not my thing 😉 )

Pretty impressive for a training box lunch eh?

Pretty impressive for a training box lunch eh?

Served with some tortilla chips & salsa
Wrap + tortillas

Wrap + tortillas

Not too shabby I must say!

And this then this happened

Haha def a floor pic

Haha def a floor pic

Yea, I def packed this stash for training snacks to avoid the snack shelf you saw earlier (gahhhhhhh!!!) 
 
These All Bran crackers are pretty darn good I might add 🙂
 
Well, our quick break is ov-ah and back to the business excellence grind…. Got some things to take care of after work and then J.M. Shred sesh postponed from yesterday.  I am ready!
 
Tonight I have already “warned” The Man will be a fend fo’ yo’self kinda night – aka he’s most likely having leftover Pizza Fusion that I froze and I get to have leftover chimi lentils and mom’s tabbouleh whoop whoop!  I’m kinda excited, sometimes a break from dinner prep is much deserved 🙂
 
Don’t worry though peeps – I have some more key recipes on tap for the rest of this week including another acorn squash appearance!  See ya tonight bloggin’ peeps!!