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Quote of the Week 1/5/14

6 Jan

Holy cow! It’s 2014! My resolution is to be more diligent with updating my blog. It fell off a little bit there at the end of 2013, but I won’t let that trend continue this year! I’ve got a good number of restaurants that I need to write reviews for, AND I’m going to be hosting a special giveaway this week, so be on the look out!

The first quote of the week of 2014 comes from Anthony Bourdain and pretty much describes every meal I’ve had since 12/20/13. Did I mention my other resolution was to lose some weight & get healthier? Wish me luck!

“I lurched away from the table after a few hours feeling like Elvis in Vegas – fat, drugged, and completely out of it.”
–Anthony Bourdain

I love the way that man thinks.

I love the way that man thinks.

Quote of the Week 1/21/13

21 Jan

I still haven’t gotten the hang of writing “/13” at the end of dates. Hopefully you guys have a better grasp on it than I do.

This is a quote for all of you out there who’ve already given up on your New Year’s Resolutions. Last year I was one of you! This year, I’m a bridesmaid in 3 weddings, so I don’t really have a choice but to stick to these stupid diets. For those of you still hanging in there, ignore this quote! Stay motivated!

“The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.”
–Jackie Gleason

Ooop! Should not have eaten that third cheeseburger.

I should not have eaten that third cheeseburger.

Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Chili

11 Jan

Now that I’m working full time, the time that I have to spend cooking has diminished. I feel like I’m only home for ten minutes before it’s time for bed. Luckily for me, I got a Crockpot for Christmas, which is kind of like having a mini chef to do all of my cooking for me. Plus I have meals for multiple days at a time, which is awesome for my laziness.

Well? Do you?

Well? Do you?

Going along with my New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve been trying to cook healthier things for myself that are still delicious. I have a bunch of recipes saved that I’m excited to try, so look forward to those! My first one is a Southwestern 2 Bean Chicken dish that I adapted from a picture I found on Pinterest. I have a smaller crockpot and was trying to avoid corn, so I changed up the recipe a bit.

The Crock Pot is my new favorite kitchen tool

The Crock Pot is my new favorite kitchen tool

Ingredients:

1 pkg chicken breast tenderloins from Costco (or 2 chicken breasts)
1 chicken-flavored bouillon cube (I use Knorr)
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
1 (15 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 (12 ounce) jar of your favorite salsa (I used Newman’s Own Medium)
1/2 Hass avocado, sliced

Instructions:

Place the chicken breasts on the bottom of your slow cooker. Pour the tomatoes over that and then layer on the beans and top with Salsa. Cook on low for 5-7 hours (mine cooked for about 8.5 hours and was perfect), or until the chicken easily falls apart when the pot is stirred. Serve and top with avocado.

It kind of looks like a flower. A beautiful, beany, avocado-y flower.

It kind of looks like a flower. A beautiful, beany, avocado-y flower.

The consistency kind of came out at a cross between a soup and chili. It reminds me a lot of the Chicken Chili from Five Loaves Cafe which is one of my favorite soups. Best of all, this recipe took me approximately 2 minutes to prepare, and most of that was opening cans. It cooked while I was at work, and when I got home, my apartment smelled AMAZING.

Quote of the Week 1/7/13

7 Jan

Took the week off last week to recover from 2 weeks of drinking and eating and being otherwise generally unhealthy, so sorry for there being no quote. This week marks my first official week as a full-time employee! Wooo! I love being a slave to the man, not going to lie… although I guess it helps that I have the coolest job ever.

Anywho, it’s January, so that means everyone is gearing up on their New Year’s Resolutions. Many of you (present company included) are probably hitting the gym, trying to work off those pounds you gained eating too many cookies and mashed potatoes over the holidays. I’m actually joining a gym after work tonight because DAMMIT I’m going to stick to it this time.

This week’s quote comes from the late Rodney Dangerfield and offers a pretty solid “get thin quick” tip. Good luck at the gym this week!

“I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.”
— Rodney Dangerfield

...or maybe I won't have to join that gym after all!

…or maybe I won’t have to join that gym after all! #respect

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