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Chicken and Veggie Kebabs

Happy Friday!

Several great things about today:

  1. Obviously, it’s Friday which means the weekend is here!
  2. Today is the official first day of summer.
  3. According to one source, the sun will be out for 15 hours and 6 minutes marking the longest day of the year… over 6 hours longer than it is December 21st.
  4. And finally, in at number 4…

mac sleeping

The cutest face in the world! ūüôā ¬†As I was getting ready for work this morning, I passed by my sleeping boys and these eyes were poking out of the covers. ¬†I just couldn’t resist giving Mac some puppy cuddles before heading out for the day!

Chicken and Veggie Kebabs

Last night’s dinner was DELISH!

kebabs and corn on the cob

Chicken and veggie kebabs and corn-on-the-cob all cooked on the grill.

marinade ingredients

While I was waiting for Dave to get back from golf, I whipped up a quick marinade for the chicken which consisted of:

  • Juice of one large lemon
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • Approximately 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

fresh oregano and rosemary

Side note:  I found these smaller containers of fresh herbs at Jewel yesterday.  I hate spending $4 on fresh herbs only to use for one recipe so I was soo excited to find these little packages.  PLUS, they were only $1 a piece!

chicken in marinade

I chopped the chicken into large chunks (about 1″ cubes) and coated with the marinade in a large ziploc bag.

chicken and vegetable kebab ingredients

While the chicken was doing its thing, I gathered all the veggies together.  Green peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, and very mini potatoes.

chicken kebab making

Dave arrived home in perfect timing to help create the kebabs!

chicken kebabs raw

Meanwhile, I soaked the corn in the husks in some water before we cooked them on the grill. ¬†We’ve found that getting some moisture inside the husks helps steam and cook the corn faster.

grilling kebabs

Everything on the grill!

dave grilling

The corn took a bit longer but the kebabs were done in a matter of about 5 minutes.

kebabs on the grill

We both agreed this will go on our favorite dinner list… a perfect summer meal! ūüôā

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Burrito Bowls for Three

Wheww this morning has been a bit hectic!  But I thought I would pop in real quick for a weekend update.

Friday

My friend, Julie, came over after work on Friday so we could work on creating Save the Dates for the wedding.  She has a degree in Interior Design and is very knowledgeable with Adobe Photoship and Illustrator so she was able to navigate around quite easily to create some super cute Save the Dates.

We ordered a pizza and drank a little wine while working away on the computer. ¬†I am very pleased with the results! ¬†Now we just have to get them printed and send ’em off! ¬†I’ll share those later. ūüôā

Saturday

After Julie spent the night at our house, we headed to Wisconsin around noon on Saturday.  Our friend, Dom, turned 30 this weekend so they had a big surprise birthday party up at their lakehouse.  Around 7 pm, a big school bus full of friends and family headed to Alpine Valley to see the Zac Brown Band concert.

julie jess me zac brown band

zac brown band concert

Unfortunately, I forgot to pull out my camera nearly all night, but I can assure you, we had a blast!

Sunday

While we were gone, my parents watched our sick little Mac who was still not feeling well when we got back on Sunday afternoon.  Dave and I took him to the vet to get him checked out and make sure he was alright.  The vet did some tests and found he had a little bacteria in his stomach so he prescribed some medicine and a chicken & rice diet for the next few days.

mac food prep

I cooked up some chicken breasts and mixed it with some already prepped rice to make Mac’s meals a bit easier for the week.

mac chicken and rice

Ironically, Dave and I had Chipotle for dinner, while Mac enjoyed his own version of a burrito bowl. ūüėČ

sunday food prep

While prepping Mac’s food, I also whipped up some food for myself this week which helped me get out the door quickly this morning. ¬†Pays off to plan ahead! ūüôā

WIAW #19: Addicted

Halfway through the week!

I’m definitely looking forward to going home tonight. ¬†The forecast seems promising so far in both Louisville and Chicago. ¬†I’ve had between 2-5 hour delays in my last 4 audits sooo I’m really hoping things stay on schedule!

What I Ate Wednesday

Since it’s Wednesday, it’s time for another WIAW post. ¬†If you’re not familiar, you can read about it here.

Breakfast

After a nice and sweaty Crossfit session, I grabbed something to eat from the little coffee shop at the hotel while I got ready for the day.

iced coffee banana barney butter

Iced latte and a banana, plus a packet of Barney Butter almond butter I brought along in my suitcase. ¬†I normally drink my coffee sans cream or sugar so the latte was a nice change! ¬†Creamy and delicious ūüôā

hotel breakfast

Once I was showered and ready, I headed down to the hotel restaurant for a real breakfast.  Omelet with mushrooms, green peppers, and onions, homestyle potatoes, and biscuits.

Lunch

After working for a few hours, my coworkers and I broke for lunch.

panera thai chicken salad

And I was happy the group decided on my favorite, Panera!  Same as usual Рthai chopped chicken salad and whole wheat baguette on the side.  Plus that delicious new Hibuscus iced tea I had last time on my audit.

Afternoon Snack

By the time we got back to the hotel, each of us went back to our rooms to regroup for about an hour or so before meeting back up for dinner.

yogurt apple nut mix

I played some games on my iPad while snacking on this yogurt apple nut mix

handful of yogurt mix

Butter toffee peanuts, yogurt raisins, honey roast sesame sticks, honey peanuts, almonds, and dried apples.

fairway solitaire

Sooo lets get back to the games I was playing on my iPad… my friends, Darcy and Lauren, recommended this game, Fairway Solitaire. ¬†They warned me it was addicting and were they ever serious!? ¬†I’ve been playing it every spare minute on this trip!

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It’s also maddening! ¬†This little gopher laughs at you when you play poorly! But I still can’t stop!

Dinner

Finally, I took a break and met up with the other two for dinner.  We headed to the Fourth Street area of downtown Louisville and settled on another brewery called Gordon Biersch.

mediterranean chicken gordon biersch

I ordered the Mediterranean Chicken entree, consisting of grilled chicken breast with a bruschetta topping, a side of sauteed veggies and jasmine rice.  It was quite tasty!

Bedtime Snack

planters heart healthy mix

Back at the hotel, I continued playing Fairway Solitare and sometime¬†in the midst of my games, I was hungry again so I snacked on some mixed nuts. ¬†I played this maddening game¬†until I physically couldn’t keep my eyes open and called it a night! ¬†Can we say addicted??

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Have a great rest of the day!

Cooking Scrapbook – Curried Chicken Salad

TGIF! ¬†Hope everyone’s week went by smoothly and quickly. ¬†I’m definitely ready for a 3 day weekend!

I planned on posting yesterday while I was in St. Louis for an audit but technology wouldn’t allow it. ¬†We are in transition at work for new laptops and I was selected to test out one of the new models to ensure there aren’t any problems. ¬†I brought it with me and sure enough, major glitch #1: neither the wireless network on the laptop, nor my AT&T wireless card gave me internet access.

But I’m back in town and all good in the (internet) hood!

Cooking Scrapbook

Just a little reminder, a few years ago I put together a cooking scrapbook for my mom.  It includes various recipes from my childhood through current (or since I moved out a couple years ago).  I thought it would be a neat idea to cook my way through those recipes and remember all the memorable times I spent growing up and being in the kitchen with my mom.

Here’s a little recap of ones I’ve done so far:

Curried Chicken Salad

cooking scrapbook curried chicken salad

Since I thought summer was finally here last week, I was in the mood for a crisp, refreshing, light salad so I dusted off the old scrapbook and decided to make this chicken salad.

curried chicken salad 4

I even enjoyed a big bowl of it outside… when it was still nice out!

curried chicken salad 5

Note the sarcasm? ¬†I’m a little bitter than I had to dig out a coat this morning since it’s in the 40s around here. ¬†Ridiculous!

curried chicken salad 1

Anyways, this salad is light and refreshing. It would be perfect for a summer picnic!

curried chicken salad 3

It does contain curry (which can be strong in some dishes) but the flavor here is subtle and gives it a nice touch.

Curried Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

3/4 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt

3/4 tsp curry powder

1/4 tsp salt

3 cups diced cooked chicken

1 1/2 cups red seedless grapes, halved

3/4 cup celery, sliced

1/3 cup green onions with tops, thinly sliced

2 Granny Smith apples, diced

1/3 cup pecans, chopped (I ended up using half pecans, half walnuts since I ran out)

Butter lettuce leaves, optional

Directions:

1.  Mix together yogurt, curry, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

yogurt mix for chicken salad

2.  Combine all chopped ingredients in a large bowl (chicken through pecans).

curried chicken salad ingredients

3.  Add yogurt mixture to large bowl and stir until evenly coated.

curried chicken salad mixed up

4.  Serve over large butter leaves, if desired.

curried chicken salad 2

 

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Memorial Day!

WIAW #18: Bowls of Goodness

Gooood morning! ¬†Hope you’re having a fantastic week so far! ¬†Only a couple more days before the long Memorial Day weekend. ūüôā

Before I head off to St Louis for an audit this week, here is another What I Ate Wednesday post.

Breakfast

I’m pretty much obsessed with this scrambled egg combination and I’ve been eating it up like crazy lately. ¬†Since I’m taking a few days off to recover, I have extra time in the morning to prepare a hot bowl of eggs.

scrambled eggs avocado feta cholula

Three eggs scrambled with a splash of milk and dash of salt and pepper, topped with half a diced avocado, lots of crumbled feta cheese, and few shakes of Cholula hot sauce.

mcdonalds coffee

When I arrived up at my desk, I had a piping hot cup of coffee from Mickey D’s waiting for me, courtesy of one of my coworkers. ūüôā

Mid Morning Snack

I dove straight into work and was able to accomplish a lot without checking the clock every 20 minutes which definitely made the first half of the day go by in a flash!  Love days like those.

roasted red pepper hummus snap peas baby carrots - Copy

My bowl of eggs fueled me nicely throughout the morning and my only indication that it was past 10 am were the growls escaping my stomach.  I munched on baby carrots and snap peas dipped in roasted red pepper hummus while I continued working away at my desk.

Lunch

I finally broke for lunch and went downstairs to eat with a few coworkers.

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Holy cow.  This salad was DE-licious!

blackened chicken salad - Copy

Spring mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, craisins, macadamia nuts, goat cheese, and blackened chicken (leftovers from Monday night’s dinner).

newman's own lite sun dried tomato - Copy

I poured this Lite Sun Dried Tomato dressing into the bottom of the container along with the cucumbers so the rest of the salad remained fresh.  When I was ready to eat, I shook everything up so the dressing could evenly distribute.  Very tasty!

Afternoon Snack

The other day Jewel was offering two 1 lb containers of strawberries for $4.  Although I intended on purchasing blackberries instead, the decision was a no-brainer Рa tiny clamshell of blackberries for $3.98 vs 2 lbs of strawberries for basically the same price.

And now I’m stuck eating 2 lbs of strawberries! ūüėČ

white chocolate macadamia butter strawberries yogurt bowl 2 - Copy

I snacked on a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with cut-up strawberries and Reginald’s White Chocolate Macadamia Peanut Butter.

reginalds white chocolate macadamia peanut butter - Copy

A perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

Dinner

The positive side to skipping a morning workout is getting out of work a bit earlier.  I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing and enjoying some leisurely cooking in my kitchen.

pretzels and pepperjack cheese snack

I snacked on a few Italian Bistro Pretzels from my Nature Box this month and pepperjack cheese slices while I worked in the kitchen.

veggie garlic pasta bowl 2

I finally sat down to a big bowl of pasta.  I layered baby spinach on the bottom, which wilted down nicely from the hot fettuccine, along with steamed broccoli and cauliflower, roasted garlic dressing, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese.

veggie garlic pasta bowl

I had a real craving for marinara sauce which is what inspired me to cook up the pasta, but I failed to realize that I had no sauce in the pantry until the very last second.  Instead, I tossed the pasta lightly in roasted garlic dressing and it tasted great!

trader joe's dark chocolate almonds

I cuddled up with blankets and my furry friend to watch TV and munch on a few dark chocolate almonds.

trader joe's dark chocolate almonds 2

These things are dangerously good!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Warm Shredded Brussel Sprouts Salad

Have you ever had a no-chip manicure before?

I had one done about a year ago when I was living in the city and after only two days, the nail polish already chipped. ¬†And by chipped, I mean it was coming off in sheets! ¬†After spending twice the amount of a normal manicure, this girl was not happy. ¬†Nor was I convinced that this “no-chip” business was true.

Since then, I continued to hear wonderful things from so many people about the no-chip and how it lasts at least 2 weeks and blah blah blah….. so I decided to give it another try.

nail chip2

Well, you see that chip on my middle finger?  It happened yesterday, sadly.

But that was after 5 solid weeks! ¬†Granted, my nails have grown out a lot and they look terrible in this picture but I was determined to see how long the polish lasted. ¬†And now I’m a believer in the wonders of no-chip manicures! ¬†Totally worth the extra $$, in my opinion.

Warm Brussel Sprouts Salad

Okay so now moving on to a delicious meal!

warm brussel sprouts salad with chicken

Similar to the concept of a warm spinach salad, I subbed in Trader Joe’s shredded brussel sprouts for the spinach and added plump dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and creamy goat cheese.

warm brussel sprouts salad with chicken 2

And to round out the salad and become a complete meal, I topped with grilled chicken breast.  Delish!

warm shredded brussel sprouts salad with cranberries pecans and goat cheese

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

10 oz. bag of TJ’s shredded brussel sprouts*

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup pecans

2 oz. crumbled goat cheese

2 grilled chicken breasts (optional)

Directions:

1.  On medium heat in a large skillet, add pecans and stir constantly for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant and toasted.

toasted pecans

2.  Once toasted, pour pecans onto a cutting board and coarsely chop.  Set aside.

chopped pecans

3.  Coat skillet with cooking spray and pour in shredded brussel sprouts.  Saute for a few minutes.

TJs shredded brussel sprouts saute

4.  Add chicken broth, salt, pepper and cranberries.  Stir and let simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, the brussel sprouts are tender and the dried cranberries plump up a bit.

brussel sprouts with cranberries

5.  Dish up onto plates or in bowls and top with toasted pecans, goat cheese, and grilled chicken, if desired.

warm brussel sprouts salad and chicken

Have a wonderful Thursday!

TJ’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix {2 Ways}

I am way overdue for another Trader Joe’s trip, but I just haven’t had the opportunity to make it¬†a whole 4 miles there. ¬†I mean, it’s so far and all! ūüėČ

But I’ve also been long overdue to share one of my favorite purchases from the last trip.
Trader Joe's Groceries

As I was perusing the aisles last time, I grabbed a container of TJ’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix with no thoughts about how I planned to use it.

TJ's Healthy & Chopped Veggie Mix

It’s a combination of chopped broccoli, carrots, green cabbage, red cabbage, jicama, green bell pepper, radish, and celery. ¬†The label suggests to use it “for salads, sauteing, or anytime you need fresh veggies”. ¬†I wound up using the veggie mix in a salad two different ways.

Tj's veggie mix two wages2

I used the mix to create a Mediterranean-inspired pulled chicken salad, as well as a tuna salad chocked full of veggies.  Both crisp and refreshing, they are perfect for a summer picnic!

Mediterranean Inspired Pulled Chicken Salad

Tj's mix mediterranean chicken salad

In the mix:

  • Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix
  • Pulled/shredded chicken breasts
  • Chickpeas
  • Kalamata olives, chopped
  • Grape tomatoes, halved
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

TJ's mix mediterranean chicken salad5

I ate this both plain, as well as on top of baby spinach for an extra nutritional kick!

TJ's mix mediterranean chicken salad6

Tuna Salad

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In the mix:

  • Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix, pulsed a few times in a food processor
  • Canned tuna, drained
  • Green onions, finely chopped
  • Cranberries
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Mix of yellow and dijon mustard
  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Salt & pepper

TJ's mix tuna salad5

I pulsed the veggies in the food processor for a finer consistency to mix better with the tuna. ¬†Also, I may have been a little heavy handed with the mustard since I’m pretty much obsessed. ¬†However, I’m sooo not a fan of mayonnaise or miracle whip, so I use a little plain greek yogurt it it’s place.

Tj's mix tuna salad2

Again, I ate this straight out of the bowl and also served it atop some mixed baby greens.

Unfortunately, I didn’t write down exact measurements but I think it’s better to use a little creativity once in a while. ¬†Plus I believe it’s all based on personal preferences when it comes to something like this, and it’s really hard to screw up!

The best part about this product is it’s¬†versatility. ¬†I will definitely be buying it in the future!