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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!

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Short-stack Sundays: Banana Bread pancakes

There is nothing quite like ending a happy/relaxing/lazy Sunday with a stack of fresh, hot, homemade pancakes. Since I started college (three years ago now..ohmygosh) I have made pancakes every weekend. And not for breakfast.

I never (except camping) eat pancakes for breakfast. I think it’s because my family likes to have breakfast for dinner more than we like breakfast for breakfast. If you think about it makes sense…

If you’re going to eat a big breakfast you:
1) want to be able to eat as much of it as you can
2) don’t have the energy to make it in the morning (at least I don’t)
3) don’t have the time to make this feast before running out the door for work/school/errands.

Solution? Brinner or dinfest. Breakfast4Dinner.

Let’s break down the word. Pancakes: essentially cakes cooked flat in a pan; therefore, acceptable to eat as a meal. I am most certainly okay with that and let’s be honest..who doesn’t like pancakes?!

My mom makes some mean (as in crazy delicious) pancakes. So I took her recipe and created a ton of variations. Wouldn’t want to have the same type of pancakes two weekends in a row, now would I? That would be preposterous. Through these weekends, (filled with a lot of trial and error) I have come up with quite a few pancake recipes that I will share with you as time goes on.

I thought it would be appropriate to make a “Short-stack Sundays” series since that’s when I usually eat them..and eat them often, I do. (Yoda…what?)

So we will start the series off with…drum roll….Banana Bread Pancakes!!!
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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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Peanut Butter Quinoa Bowl

Happy weekend everyone! These past two years of college weekends were never exciting because I would spend all day doing homework. This year I decided to stop (sort of) being such a workaholic and do some fun things on the weekends. I went¬†rock climbing today! They have all of these activities for free with my college ID: rock climbing, water skiing, kayaking, disc golf, sailing…how did I not know about this? Oh yeah…I was holed up in my room…

I am currently trying to put more balance in every aspect of my life: food, work, fun, and so on. Stressing is so not worth it. You only live once, so why not make the most of it?
So back to my adventures of conquering the wall. Rock climbing is hard and rigorous (at least it is to me, since I have 0% body strength), but oh-my-goodness it was SO much fun. I took me a while to actually get up the wall, but I felt good about making it to the top both times I climbed! It helped that my belay guy was cute; motivation?
Well, this morning I decided if I was going to ‘work out’ I needed a good, filling, nutritious breakfast. To me that = peanut butter. Peanut butter keeps me feeling full for hours and satisfies even my most vicious hunger pangs. Combine PB with quinoa and you have a super protein-filled breakfast; ready for anything. So I concocted this breakfast beauty. Behold the perfect rock climbing, hunger quenching breakfast!

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Homemade Applesauce (a.k.a awesome-sauce)

Summer vacation.

Filled with sunshine, ocean waves, sleeping in, making food, diy-ing, camping trips, book reading, thrifting, recipe making, family game nights, and general bliss.¬†Something so wonderful must come to an inevitable close, I guess. I will be back to the daily college grind far too soon for my own liking. I DON’T WANNA.

I’m now currently in a scramble to create, make, and bake as many things as I possibly can before I go back..since, ya know, classes take away my free time. One of my favorite things to eat is…drum roll please…….homemade applesauce. TADA!¬†Impressed? Well, you should be. That’s some fine tasting sauce. And it’s so ridiculously easy¬†to make I can hardly call it a recipe..but I will anyway ūüôā It’s really simple;¬†I’m not really sure why I don’t make it more often when I’m at school. The most time consuming part of the recipe is peeling the apples which can be fun if you like to eat apple peels…just me?

Once you’ve had applesauce, of the homemade variety, there’s no going back. Yes, I know that applesauce is pretty cheap to buy at the store. But if you look on the back of that nice lookin’ jar on the shelf, you will see that many brands add ingredients that are totally unnecessary, plus if I make it myself I’ll know how it’s handled/made. *cough-controlfreak-cough* For some reason, commercial applesauce makers like to pour in sugar, but apples are sweet all by themselves… This recipe has no added sugar and contains 4 (yes only 4!)
ingredients!
That being said let’s commence with the applesauce making!

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Chia seed jam: Strawberry and Blueberry

Have you every been jammin’ at work to your favorite tunes and someone walks in? It’s awkward. I have a summer job where I work in an office all by my lonesome, so I play music to help pass the time.
I was playing some Paolo Nutini¬†(if you don’t know who that is, go look up his music ‚̧ ) and my favorite part came on. Naturally, I started dancing while taking a file to the filing cabinet…and someone walked in. They stared. Oh the awkward, it burns. I guess that all comes with the territory of being a great dancer…HA. When I was contemplating the jam session, I got to thinking. (Never a good thing) Somehow, my brain made a leap from jammin’ out to ‘New Shoes’ to actual jam. Yes, my brain works in strange and mysterious ways. It baffles even me sometimes. ANYWAY. I was thinking about how I never get to make jam when I’m at school because it takes forever¬†with all that mashing, boiling, sterilizing, and¬†waiting. Patience is a virtue I lack. After some research on the internet I saw lots of people talking about chia seed jam. pure. genius. I decided to just wing it and try to make it on the fly. IT’S SO GOOD. Blend. Let sit. Eat. both jams Adapted from several internet posts
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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.

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