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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Over Spaghetti Squash

Back from hiatus and spring has officially sprung in Houston!  After a long month fighting pneumonia, the bf getting a joint infection, some travel, and lots of unhealthy habits creeping back in the sun is out and we’re back on track. I started volunteering at Friends for Life a no-kill shelter. It’s only five miles away, so it’s a nice bike ride away on good weather days. We also started back with the Insanity workout -very tough after a month off- and we’re enjoying walking and biking more now that it’s warmer and light out longer.

BAC Mint Julep

Mint Julep from Brooklyn Athletic Club. Love the cup, a little too much ice.

Woodrows Crawfish

Crawfish by Chef Porkchop at Little Woodrow’s. If you like to suck the heads – these were prime heads. Idk how the chef did it, but not a dry head in the batch. 

The other night things were too crazy to “cook-cook” and have a sit down meal because the boy was jamming with his band and I went to a Brie tasting (yum!) at Whole Foods. BRIE. So delicious, probably one of my favorite cheeses. Sooo that meant making a quick crockpot meal that will be good for leftovers through the week that we can each throw together on our own time.

This healthier rendition of chicken cacciatore is almost as good as the original without the butter and white flour. It is great on it’s own, but it’s so low in calories (254), fat (3g), carbs (19g), and sodium (307g) why not serve it over spaghetti squash or a whole wheat pasta.  I’ve made it a few times before and usually just add in whatever works that I have on hand and serve with a quick side salad. Click below for the recipe.
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Quinoa “Fried Rice”

Quinoa-Fried-Rice

PROCRASTINATORS UNITE … tomorrow.

I am a master at finding other things to do when it comes to household chores. I usually go for the typical procrastination toolbox involving browsing the web and pinning. I also watch YouTube like it’s a sport. read novels at lightning speed, and can plow through a series on Netflix like nobody’s business. (Three seasons of Walking Dead in like 5 days!) But this week in particular I have been so lazy. Going on four days without going to get dishwasher detergent with a very full and dirty dishwasher -and sink for that matter- lazy. I guess my mantra lately is “it will get done” when it really needs to be “just do it”. I think a new goal should be define specific days to get chores done.

There are a few routine goals that I try and accomplish. Replace the cat litter, wash the sheets, fluff and fold the laundry that has inevitably been wrinkling in the dryer for days. One of the tasks that I actually enjoy is further messing up the kitchen making a big batch of Quinoa “Fried Rice”. I’m a pasta and rice loving girl and quinoa is my healthful go-to “grain” swap. (Grain Nutrition Comparison Here) It’s so perfect to have as a light lunch, snack, or side through out the week. Fried rice is one of the foods that I’ve always enjoyed and seen as a sort of takeout comfort food. But, by making it at home with quinoa, the update much healthier. Kind of a takeout done light … at home, I guess? It also gives me the ability to use up nearly any and all leftover meats and veggies before they go bad. (Cleaning out the fridge is another one to add to the list of chores I don’t make enough of a priority.)
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