I’m still over here eating chicken salads…

Cant stop, won’t stop

I’ve been getting a head of butter lettuce in my Imperfect Box every week, and it’s so good. I had never eaten it before that, but it goes great with grilled chicken. The chicken is seasoned with salt & pepper, hot sauce, enchilada sauce, and chili lime seasoning.

This week I tossed in some cucumbers from my balcony garden, but some of them are a little bitter? If anyone knows why, (they are cooler cucumbers) drop me a message. I wonder if I need to let them get a little bit bigger before plucking them, or if they would just make better pickles…

I other news, I finally got my hair cut for the first time in SEVEN MONTHS and let me tell you, it feels great. I was so odd to see the salon so empty and go get my haircut while wearing a face mask. Hopefully I don’t need to wait another seven months (or longer)

Until next time, friends ✌️

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Zucchini & corn pasta salad

My meal prep game has been off lately. Between having a new stove delivered (yay!), dental work, and father’s day things have been weird in the kitchen.

This week I made enough pasta salad to feed a whole family and I’m really looking forward to chowing down on it.

Shell pasta // corn (off) the cob // zucchini // feta cheese // cilantro // mayo // olive oil // lime juice

I had originally planned to make this with orzo pasta, but I haven’t been able to find it at the grocery store. If I’ve learned anything during all this, it’s to be flexible when it comes to grocery shopping! (And that everything can change in an instant)

Here’s a peak at what I’ve got going on in my garden currently:

We had some rot going on, but they seem to be coming along nicely now

Baby bell peppers

Cucumbers that try to take over everything

The strawberries are my favorite 😍

Getting all Jalapeno business

My basil is also doing phenomenal, I’ve already had to prune it to promote more growth, and to remove the flowers.

Hows your garden growing? 🌱

On a salad kick

Apparently I’m obsessed with grilled chicken salads this summer. It’s easy, quick, and delicious. I was so intimidated by grilling when I first tried it last summer, but it’s really the best way to cook chicken.

I used the cucumbers and romaine lettuce from my Imperfect Food order, along with chicken, green onions, and ranch dressing. We tried this new Twisted Ranch we found at Target over to weekend, and it’s really good!

I also whipped up a quick caprese salad since I have an abundance of basil growing on my balcony (I accidentally bought two plants)

This is one of my favorite salads, and it’s so quick to throw together (tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinegar). I’ll probably be having this on repeat all summer!

What are your go-to salad ingredients?

Grilled chicken salads

Happy Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday! Does anyone know what day it is anymore? The weather has finally warmed up for grilling (and then some), so I took full advantage of it!

I finally got off the wait list with Imperfect Foods, so I able to get some of  my groceries delivered and save some waste at the same time! If you haven’t heard of them, I would recommend checking them out! We’ve had some issues with items being in stock, even after adding them to my cart, but it’s to be expected during a pandemic. Below are some of the items we’ve received so far!

The quality of the items I’ve received have been better than I expected. They even threw in some bonus items when my broccoli was missing (the polenta and chocolate bars)

For this meal I used corn, tomatoes, green onions, and butter lettuce from my Imperfect box, along with some chicken tenderloins I had in the freezer. And let me tell you, this is one of the best salads I’ve made in a long time.

I grilled the corn on the grill, wrapped in plastic, then cut it off the cob – this really is the best way to eat it!

Unfortunately by Wednesday I ran out of lettuce, so I made a pot of pasta and tossed everything together to make a few more meals.

Trader Joe’s BBQ teriyaki chicken (meal prep)

Since we are having a hard time finding chicken and ground meats and the deli, I decided to give some cooked (the frozen chicken) from Trader Joe’s a try. And let me tell you, this stuff is the bomb diggity!

The instructions said to microwave the chicken in a microwave safe bowl, but I decided to saute it in a skillet instead. It cooked up quickly and I only used one of the two sauce packets. It’s so good. I could eat this stuff plain, with my fingers, but decided to add it to some homemade fried rice instead.

Homemade fried rice

I’m still working on perfecting my fried rice recipe, but this came out pretty good. I sauteed up some carrots, mushrooms, and red onions before adding the rice. Once that was heated and started getting crispy I added the cooked broccoli, soy sauce and sesame. Still not as good as getting it from the restaurant, but it’s getting better.

We managed to fit in another walk over the weekend, plus another one after work on Monday. We’ve taken to walking the golf course we live on, when the golf crowd is light or non-existent, and the scenery is quite nice!

I haven’t taken too many pictures, but we can squeeze in a quick two miles, right outside our door.

I’ve also made sure to make time for working on crocheting my blanket, here’s a quick peak at it!

I’m definitely going to run out of the multicolored yarn before this blanket is over, so I’m trying to find yarn in my stash that matches some of the colors in it.

Here’s to another week in (semi) quarantine! I hope you find everything you need at the grocery store and that you stay healthy ❤️

Turkey spinach meatballs, two ways

We actually had a pretty productive weekend, considering we are still in quarantine mode. We took two really nice walks, re-screened a window, meal prepped, and bought some new plant babies.

Meet Ceelo, my new snake plant

Montreal and Bobarino

There’s something so uplifting about new house plants. I’m also gearing up for my balcony vegetable garden this year. I plan to get two tomato plants, a bell pepper plant, bush cucumbers, strawberries, basil, chives, and a lavender plant.

I tried to use up what I had in my fridge/pantry for this meal prep, only needing to buy the ground turkey and spinach this week.

Meatballs, ziti, leftover Alfredo sauce

Meatballs, white rice, carrots

The meatballs came out great (ground turkey, spinach, bread crumbs, garlic powder, spoonful of Alfredo sauce) and you can’t go wrong with pasta.

It’s nice to have some variety, so this worked perfect! I ate the pasta first, since the sauce was from later last week, and it was delicious!

I’m having a hard time finishing this post this week, so I’m just going to say happy hump day! and get it out there ☺️

Trader Joe’s Limon Alfredo Sauce

Well I’m back to work in the office! We are still on our stay at home order for another couple of weeks, but I’m essential, and boss decided she needed me back in the office. I appreciate feeling appreciated and still being able to work full time, so I’m trying not to stress about being where the people are once again. Luckily, the office is pretty light on bodies and people are keeping their distance ok.

I’m a little off my meal prep game again, with adjusting to being back at work. For lunches I’ve done sandwiches, sliced cucumbers, potato chips, and an apple. For dinner I finished up some sloppy joes, leftover from the weekend. Tonight I decided to finally try a new sauce I bought a couple of months back. To be honest, I was a little hesitant. But I’m a big fan of lemon, so what could go wrong?

I boiled some pasta and broccoli together, before adding the sauce. It was a little thicker than I would have liked, but it’s delicious! It has just the right amount of lemon, and goes perfect with the broccoli 👌

I also baked another one of my Trader Joe’s favorites, their focaccia bread, with roasted tomatoes and parmesan. It’s definitely worth the $3.99, I promise.

Even though I’m back at the office, we are still hunkering down at home. Occupying our time with walks, movies, and puzzling – hopefully their is some end in sight, Tjmaxx is calling my name.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and call someone just to talk ❤️

Turns out living on a golf course is pretty cool – when it’s closed and you can explore the course

Quarantine Easter

Another week in quarantine, and I was granted permission to continue to work from home. This forced us into cooking a “holiday meal” ourselves. I’m pretty proud of us for pulling it off. Usually Easter for us involves going to The Beards family for a big meal and over to my parents for seconds. This year we cooked something small for the two of us.Lemon pepper chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans

The Beard wasn’t feeling ham, so we went with chicken. And let me tell you, finding chicken in the store right now is no easy feat!

We of course had to have some Easter treats, and kept it super simple. Baby chocolate bunnies

Typically when I think of Easter, I think of jelly beans, but we decided to skip those this year.

My meal prep this week didn’t turn out as good as I wanted, but it’s still edible so I’ll be eating it still 😂Stir fry

I guess I’m still on the hunt for the perfect stir fry recipe? I had a bunch of these soba noodles in my pantry I wanted to use up, but they don’t seem to heat back up real well. Better luck next time?

What are you eating this week? Hope you’re passing the time as best as can be ❤️

Chicken fajita bowls

These days I’m just happy the sun is shining and we are healthy (knock on wood). We are doing our best. I’m in a weird sort of limbo, where I don’t know if I’ll be working from home next week or not (insurance is an essential field), but I’m trying not to stress about it.

I’m using this time to drink copious amounts of tea, plan my balcony garden, and try to stock my pantry without hording.

Today’s mug of choice 👌

Typically my go-to tea of choice is Bigelow’s greet tea with lemon, but I couldn’t find any at the store last week.

Soaking up the 🌞

Getting outside and enjoying the sunshine has definitely helped with my anxiety level the last couple of weeks. It was almost warm enough outside to eat lunch, but I came back inside pretty quickly.

This week I whipped up a classic comfort food, chicken fajitas (anything resembling a taco is comfort food for me)
Cilantro lime rice, chicken, sauteed peppers and onions, roasted corn, salsa

Now that I’ve meal prepped another week, I’m already thinking about next weekend and my list for shopping. Going into a grocery store these days is challenging at best. Fingers crossed I can get what’s on my list and make it out unscathed 🤞

Good news, I’m back!

I’ve missed you guys. Things have been… weird, right? Since I last posted my best friend got married, I almost quit my job (but decided to stay), my grandmother passed away, then holidays came and went, my baby sister turned 28, and the world went on lockdown.

Instead of focusing on what I can’t do (get a haircut, go shopping, visit my family) I wanted to focus on what good is still happening:

  • I’ve been able to work from home
  • I’ve been wearing lounge pants everyday
  • I wrote my sister a letter (after receiving one from her)
  • Spending more time with my husband
  • A million more walks have happened
  • I’ve saved money on my student loan interest
  • And saved money on gas

I haven’t done a lot of meal prepping for myself lately, opting for eggs for breakfast and sandwiches for lunches most days, but here’s what I’ve been eating this week;

Steel cut oats with cocoa powder, maple syrup, frozen raspberries
Turkey sandwiches with sliced apple
Homemade chicken fried rice (with ground chicken)

And like most of you, I have been stress snacking – mostly yogurt, Morning Star buffalo patties, popcorn, pita chips and tzatzki dip (not all at the same time)

My top ways of staying sane these days: crocheting, puzzling, walking, and cooking with my main squeeze:

What have you been doing to reduce stress?