Friday, December 21, 2012

What's for dinner?: Double Crunch Chicken

If you're like me, you hate trying to answer this question:

'What's for dinner tonight?'

I get tired of making the same recipes, but then I get frustrated looking for new recipes that taste good, are healthy, and will satisfy both me and DH.

So, I thought that I would share some of the dinners that have been successful with you guys here.

I searched through my Pinterest board trying to find the perfect recipe(s) for tonight. I finally found one that I thought we would both enjoy.

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Double Crunch Chicken
via Rock Recipes

Ingredients:
4 thin sliced chicken breasts

Flour mixture:
1 cup flour
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp ground sage
1 Tbsp paprika

Egg wash:
2 jumbo eggs (or 2 large eggs would be enough)
1/2 cup water

Olive Oil (for pan)

Honey Garlic Sauce:
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 tsp minced garlic
1 cup honey
1/4 cup lite soy sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients for flour mixture until well blended.

In another medium bowl, make egg wash by whisking eggs and water together.
(Use egg whites for less calories and fat)

Take a chicken breast, dip it into flour mixture until well covered, dip it into the egg wash, then dip it in the flour mixture again until well covered.

Pour olive oil into a pan until bottom is completely covered (for pan frying).

Place chicken breast into skillet. Cook on each side for 4-5 minutes, until fully cooked.

For the Honey Garlic Sauce, in a medium sauce pan, saute the olive oil and garlic. Then add the remaining ingredients. Simmer 5-10 minutes on medium heat.

Serve chicken topped with the honey garlic sauce.

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The chicken was a hit! DH ate two whole pieces before I could even sit down to eat one. I served it with Easy Zucchini (and Yellow Squash) Parmesan.

While cooking dinner, we made some Apple Cider Margaritas. They tasted good and DH drank his, but I wasn't in the mood for trying to stomach any alcohol. 

For dessert, we are patiently waiting on a Frozen Reese's Peanut Butter Pie to set while it's in the freezer. I will let you know how it turns out!

What is your favorite dinner recipe?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies: The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

It's finally time to post our cookie swap recipes! But, first I want to share the cookies that I received from three awesome bloggers.

First, I received some delicious Cranberry and Vanilla Cookies from Heather at Modern Meals for Two. They were so good. I love cranberries and vanilla, so the combination of these two were great.

Cranberry and Vanilla Cookies from Heather

I received the next two batch of cookies on the same day and we are still trying to eat them all!

Emily from Totes Delishy (how cute is that name?!) sent me Oatmeal, Dried Cherry and Sea Salt Cookies. I really loved the flavor that the sea salt added to the cookie!

Oatmeal, Dried Cherry, and Sea Salt Cookies from Emily

And last, but certainly not least, I received Dulce De Leche Sandwich Cookies from Meagan at Scarletta Bakes. These things seriously melt in your mouth!


Dulce de leche cookies from Meagan

Now, you're probably wondering what cookies did I decide to send?
Well, I went back and forth with this because at first I wanted to send a 'healthy' version of a cookie and I definitely became a little over zealous.
In the end, I decided to make my favorite cookies of all time. My mom makes me these cookies at Christmas and they definitely remind me of the holidays.
So, it is not my typical healthy spin on a recipe, but it's the holidays and sometimes you need to just eat a 'real' cookie!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
(This is the recipe that my mom sent me and it is the one that is in our family cookbook. However, I am sure that there are several versions of this on the internet.)

-2 cups Sugar
-1/4 cup Cocoa
-1/2 cup Milk
-1/2 cup Butter
-1/2 cup Peanut Butter
-1/2 tsp Vanilla
-3 cups Oatmeal (Old fashioned)

Mix sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter in pan and bring to a boil.
Boil for one minute, stir in remaining ingredients.
Drop on wax paper till firm.
(Refrigeration is optional, but makes them firm faster)

Boiling

Wax paper

Ready to go!

I packaged the cookies in a small white box and then wrapped each cookie in the pretty little bags
I also included a fancy business card




Time to mail them!

What are you favorite cookies?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Favorite Things 2012: Workout Gear

I love when other bloggers post what some of their favorite things are, so I thought that this month I will do a couple of posts of my favorite things in different 'areas.' For example, this one will focus on my favorite workout clothes/gear, one on kitchen supplies, and the next one will be my favorite beauty supplies, then maybe one on regular clothes, etc.

I have done another post about my favorite things, so it will be similar to that, except I will be doing the different themes and will (hopefully) be able to include more items this way.

Bottles:

I still like my Camelbak water bottle, but I have been having issues with the rubber mouth piece not staying clean...which isn't really okay with me. So, I purchased a small mouth Nalgene bottle and it has been one of my go-to bottles lately. I also love how it holds more ounces. I also put a 'V' sticker I got from Hobby Lobby for $1 on it just to give it a bit of personalization.

Nalgene

Pants:

I did a review on Lululemon's Wunder Under Crop a while back. I still wear them, but they aren't my favorite pants. That spot still belongs to my capri tights from Target. I still haven't found any other pants that are as good as those.



I did get several pairs of Under Armour's Sonic 17" Capris and they are pretty great. Although, I still think they may be just a little bit see through when you bend over...but, it may just be my imagination.


Tops:

Hmm...tops have been strange for me lately because I have been 'experimenting' with different kinds. I ordered this shirt from Moon Tree in almost every.single.color. because I do love it. I ordered it to wear when I teach/take Yoga, but I have been wearing them when I teach RIPPED and other classes too because it's just so comfy and soft.



I have also been in love with this shirt from Under Armour. 



Shoes:

Ah, shoes. I stopped wearing my Brooks earlier this year because I was experiencing a lot of pain in my feet after working out. I tried almost every shoe I could find and none of them seemed to feel right. I finally found YourFlex by Reebok. They are extremely light weight and I call them my 'clouds' because they are so soft. I think they could use a little more support in the arch, but that is because I have such high arches. My favorite color is the black/white combo, but I have them in blue, pink, purple/gray, and the white/pink/green. This way I can rotate them forever, haha.


Jackets:

I have purchased two Under Armour jackets this year and I have really enjoyed them. The first one is the UA Studio Hoody. I wanted it because it was such a pretty dark purple color and it had thumbholes, which I love. But, I have pretty short arms (I'm only 5' 4") and the sleeves aren't really long enough for me to use the thumbholes. Other than that, it is a great jacket and it keeps me warm.

no, that's not me

I also like the UA Fleece Storm Full Zip Hoody and I have this one in black. I ordered it a size bigger because I was looking for something that resembled a comfy sweatshirt. It does the job. (no thumb holes here).


Yoga:

I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training this summer and I finally found my 'soul mat.' 

It is the Manduka Prolite in the color Santorini. Everyone is different and different mats work for them, etc. But, this is by far my favorite mat and I feel that it is worth the investment if you regularly practice. 





Well, that's all I can think of for now.

What are some of your favorite workout things?