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Rehashing March.

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday weekend. I definitely am, so I’m just popping in for a quick hello and a quick March recap.

Recipes and Reviews

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Working on my Fitness:

  • SSE Phase 2: My review of the second phase of the current workout plan.

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Moments of the Month:

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Random Stuff I Blog About:

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With the exception of a couple of fantastic days, March was largely unexciting for me. I blame school for that one Smile with tongue out But, I have some fun things planned for April!

Once again, have a fabulous Easter!

<— What did you get up to in March?

<— Any fun plans you have for April?


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Five Things Friday: 03/29/13.

Hi there! If you have the day off today, I hope it’s gotten off to a fabulous start. The university is closed today, and my Monday class got cancelled. So…four day weekend? That’s pretty fabulous.

Friday lists!

Five Tasty Things That Escaped the Blog:

1. Whole wheat penne with meat sauce. I used a bottled sauce and added onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, celery and seasonings, with parm sprinkled on top. I threw mine on some arugula for some green.

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2. Chipotle tuna mixed with hummus on top of toasted English muffin halves spread with cream cheese. Steamed broccoli on the side.

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3. Veggie and shrimp stirfry with udon noodles.

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Side note: I really, really love udon noodles. They’re fat, squishy and delicious.

4. Chicken with BBQ sauce, baked oven fries and broccoli.

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5. Mini eggs Open-mouthed smile It is not Easter until I get some mini eggs.

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5 Thoughts of the Day:

1. I’m not impressed with myself that I let these sit in a cupboard for about a month before I opened them.

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Popcorners in Kettle Corn. They’re pretty fantastic.

2. I woke up Wednesday morning with horrid neck pain. It started out feeling like I just slept on it wrong, but it kept getting worse throughout the day to the point where I spent most of the evening with a bag of frozen peas on it. It’s feeling somewhat better, but it’s still sore. I have absolutely no idea what I did to it!

3. Another weird body thing: Sunday and Wednesday mornings after breakfast, I developed a rash on my chest, shoulders and elbows. It was never itchy, but it was bright red and hot to the touch. Both times it faded within the hour. I don’t know if it’s stress, or if I’m developing an intolerance to something, or what. Body, stop doing things I don’t understand!

4. I haven’t had to wear my winter boots or my coat all week. That is fantastic – I want to say it’s Spring, but I don’t want to jinx it.

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5. The season finale of The Walking Dead is on Sunday. And so is the season Premiere of Game of Thrones. Cannot even handle the TV excitement right now.

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5 Things I’m Doing in Preparation for Easter Weekend:

1. Painting my nails an Easter-appropriate colour:

Essie Turquoise and Caicos. Looks like Spring to me!

2. Baking.

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of which I will show you more later Smile with tongue out

3. Getting excited because Devon will be in my hometown this weekend! She’s in visiting a friend, and I’m freakin’ ecstatic that I get to meet her in person.

4. Getting my laundry together. Trip home = doing laundry Smile with tongue out

5. Preparing for two fabulous Easter dinners – my family on Friday night, Eric’s family on Saturday. I’m all about the good meals!

Hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend!

<— What are your Easter plans?

<— What’s the best Easter candy? Reese’s eggs get my love too Smile with tongue out


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Meal Inspiration + White Chicken Chili.

Good morning!

Today is the last day before the Easter long weekend…definitely cause for a happy dance! As of 11:30 this morning, I will be off for four days Open-mouthed smile

So…I like to cook. I spend a lot of time during the day perusing blogs, Pinterest, cooking magazines, cookbooks…looking out for recipes that stand out to me or look particularly tasty.

The only problem is, I forget about them almost an hour later. So I decided I needed a way to keep track.

Meet my meal inspiration board:

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(yes, that is my handwriting. There’s a reason why I type everything).

Whenever I see a come across a recipe that I want to try, it goes on the board. So up there, I’ve got Skinnytaste’s Cheeseburger Casserole, and the squash and pierogi stew recipe is from Food Network magazine. I add old recipes of mine that I’m craving (my seafood lasagna), things I want to bake (cinnamon buns) and new recipes I want to put together (gnocchi, panzerottis (or calzones) and black bean burgers). If Eric wants me to make something, he’ll add it to the list too (maple bacon poutine…no surprise there). When I put together my meal plan each week, I look at the board and see what I can work into it. Definitely a way to keep me trying new things and being inventive in the kitchen!

Something that had been on the board until last week: White chicken chili. So…I put together a recipe. Open-mouthed smile

Enjoy!

White Chicken Chili

Serves six. Inspired by Giada De Laurentiis White Bean and Chicken Chili.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 slow roasted or rotisserie chicken, shredded and deboned with the skin removed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cans white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can green chilies, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chopped kale, stem removed
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 cup peas
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • grated parmesan cheese for sprinkling

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in large soup pot. Add onion and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

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2. Add chicken, cumin, oregano, salt, and chili powder. Stir to coat.

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3. Add kidney beans, kale, chilies, corn, and peas. Add chicken stock and bring to a hard simmer.

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4. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 60 minutes.

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5: Ladle into bowls, and top with salt, freshly ground pepper and grated Parmesan cheese.

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So…you should try this. It still has a little bit of liquid in it, so I guess it’s more a ‘stoup’ than a chili? But nonetheless, it is delicious.

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I know it’s getting a bit warmer and we’re slowly moving away from soups, chilis and other warm, comforting meals, but believe me: make an exception for this one. It is fabulous!

Enjoy the last day before the holiday!

<— Do you keep track of recipes you want to try? How?

<— Soup or chili? I couldn’t pick between the two Smile with tongue out

<— Your handwriting: neat or messy? Mine looks the same as it did when I was about ten years old. Not impressive!