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Grilled Thai Peanut Chicken and Veggie Fried Quinoa

I’m sorry I have been gone for so long. All of my classes decided to have exams at the¬†same time. Isn’t that always how it works though. When it rains it pours, right? I’ve missed blogging so much, but was always so tired and too stressed. I just couldn’t sit down and write something worth reading. But never fear, I am here ūüôā
I am almost done with the chaos for the time being. And I was in serious need of a study break, so why not post?

An ode to peanut butter:

Peanut butter, oh peanut butter/
Where are thou/
oh, thou are right next to me/
and I have a spoon/
how convenient.

My brain is basically a mushy mass of unrelated, crazy thoughts. Don’t judge me.

I love peanut butter. I eat it with everything. Apples, celery, popcorn, toast, crackers, bagels, oatmeal, pancakes, cookies, cereal, rice cakes, and (of course)¬†on a spoon. Is it just me or is one spoonful just not enough? I can’t ever stop at one. I can stop at one chip, I can stop at one cookie, but I can never stop at one spoonful of peanut butter. Since I’ve gotten to school (which is now a little over a month) I have eaten three [and a half], yes THREE, family size jars of peanut butter. That may be a record. I’ll have to check on that.

If you feel like it’s time for an intervention, I would not argue with you. Instead I would agree with you, sneak to my room, and take my peanut butter (that I’m hoarding) and run for it.

*Hello, my name is Chelsea and I am completely addicted to peanut butter.*

-Anyway-
I was craving peanut butter [surprise]¬†but it was dinner time and I wouldn’t want to ruin my appetite now would I? So I combined my craving of peanut butter with dinner. This Thai Peanut Chicken is SO good and easy. The sauce is literally 4 (ish) ingredients and takes 2 minutes. Pair it with my veggie fried quinoa and you have one tasty, hunger-quenching dinner.

This is one of my favorite meals to make because it is ridiculously easy and it SO DARN DELICIOUS. You’ll just have to try it out and see for yourself!

Thai chicken and veggie fried quinoa

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Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce & Pasta

So I ride my bike to school everyday. I love to bike; it’s good for me, it’s faster than the bus or walking, and it’s super convenient. In my apartment complex we have bike racks to lock our bikes and I’ve never had a problem with it being outside. Well, this past weekend I didn’t use my bike. When I go to get on my bike to ride on to class, I swing my leg over and try to sit…and notice that my bike seat is MISSING. Missing you say? How is that possible? SOMEONE STOLE IT!

Ugh. So I had to make reports to my apartment complex managers and the police. It baffles me that someone would just come up and steal a bike seat…like what? Apparently bike part/bike thefts are very common here. My dad was telling me that one of the national news stations did a series on bike thefts a couple of days ago. Ironic.¬†He said that they put a GPS inside the bike and within the hour the bike was stolen, taken apart, and hidden in someone’s house. So maybe my bike seat is sitting in someone’s house waiting to be used again. I hope they enjoy it because it was a really nice, comfortable seat.
Then came the hunting-for- bike-parts adventure. My silly bike (her name is Ethel) made it very difficult to find the right replacement parts, but my wonderful, detective mother found them!

Anyway, after dealing with all of that, class, homework, meetings, and rehearsal all week, I’m tired. Therefore, I didn’t want to make anything for dinner that was too complicated, but really wanted something delicious. I looked in my freezer and saw that I had frozen butternut squash (pureed) and pasta in my cupboard. HAZA! A work of art was born.

Introducing my Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce & Pasta: delicious, nutritious, and easy. It is sweet, thanks to the squash, and savory, thanks to the spices. It’s saucy [Don’t get saucy with me, Bearnaise!] and creamy and amazing. Enough yakking, lets eat.

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Asian BBQ Meatballs

This recipe blossomed from my mom outwardly wondering what we were going to have for dinner. I told her that I would make dinner, so she could just relax a little. [She certainly doesn’t have many chances to do that!] I started thinking what I could make that would make my whole family happy (not all are as taste-adventurous as yours truly)..
We had ground chicken in the fridge and my recipe-creator gears started whirring in my head, attempting to create something unique and relatively simple to make.
You may be thinking..meatballs..unique? Not very. BUT I put a bit of a twist on these little round shaped balls of meat. I created an ‘Asian BBQ’ sauce to top them and give them a bit of a kick.
I don’t actually know if this would be considered Asian, but that was my inspiration for the flavor palate. They were easier to make than I thought!
The whole family loved it and said it was definitely a¬†keeper. I know it’s just my family and they would never shun me for a bad recipe, but I always get nervous to see how they like something I created. It’s a thought-baby you want everyone to think is cute. Weird comparison.
After dinner, my mom started naming all of these things she’d like to put the sauce on…I think that means she liked it a little bit.
There aren’t very many ingredients and they are most likely all ingredients you have on hand. It’s perfect for a quick throw together meal for those I-have-to-run-to-rehearsal, or I’m-too-tired kind of night. Enjoy your chels-ified Asian BBQ Meatballs.

Asian BBQ meatballs chopsticks
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Absurdly simple Mexican Crockpot Chicken

Do you ever have those morning that you know you’ll get home that day and you’ll be so tired that you won’t want to make dinner? Then that will turn into take-out or munching on a bag of salt and vinegar chips while vegetating in front of the TV. I know when I’m at school and get back from a long day of classes, followed by a long rehearsal, I don’t want to do anything much less cook a square meal. I can usually tell when it’s going to be that kind of day, so I try to pre-plan.
Enter: the crockpot. My crockpot is my very best friend on those kind of days. It saves me from falling into the “I’m too tired” trap.

This recipe is just about as easy as calling for take-out or taking the effort to open that bag. It’s much cheaper than take-out, much better for you than a bag of chips, and tastier than both combined. It’s perfect for college students and busy people alike.
I try my hardest to stay away from prepackaged foods as much as possible, but if you check the ingredients on the salsa can and make sure it only has normal ingredients (like tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, etc) then you should be okay. You do have to watch out for added sugar which the manufacturers like to add…for whatever unknown reason. Sometimes we just don’t have the time to do it all, so it’s good to have a stash of simple-ingredient staples, like salsa, at hand.
I think Mexican food is so homey, comforting, and tasty. I guess it’s my version of Mexican because I doubt a can of salsa would be used, but I don’t care. When you get¬†home and smell that appetizing aroma of chicken slow cooking, you’ll thank me.

salsa chicken close up
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