30 Minute Meal? No Problem!

Hey hey! How’s everybody doing? Having a good week? Is it sad that today was my “Monday” and yet I am seriously stoked about tomorrow being Friday?? Haha!

So this morning, 5am came preeeeeety fast…it wasn’t pretty! As I shuffled to the kitch in my favorite slippers, I brewed my life force coffee and tried to think of what to make for breakfast. You wouldn’t think that would be a difficult task, but at 5am, I was definitely drawing a blank. I sipped on my coffee while getting ready and then FINALLY, something came to me (must’ve been the caffeine-receiving neurons).

Something nutritious and filling?….check!

Something portable to take in the car?…..check!

Something I had to run back into the house and photograph since I almost forgot?….uh, check?

Not the best photo, but I was lucky to even get this…running laaaate!

Layered Up:

Greek yogurt
Cooked bulgur wheat
Greek yogurt
Pumpkin butter
Banana soft serve (1/2 nanner) 
Greek yogurt
Cooked bulgur wheat
Greek yogurt
Peanut butter & chias 

Perfectly delicious! Gotta love the protein punch of Greek yogurt! This kept me full for a solid four hours!

I went to the gym again today since they will be closed for the weekend due to the holiday (bummer!), but my energy was sa-heeeeeereeeeesly lacking. I needed something quick to get pep back in my step!

What’s better than a huge date stuffed with peanut butter?

A huge date stuffed with

PEANUT BUTTER CREAM CHEESE!

I know, you’re seriously jealous of my genius…and my cream cheese! Well, for those of you unlucky folks who can’t get your hands on this marvelous Trader Joe’s creation, check out Erika’s recipe! When I run out, I will so be making my own!

After my workout, I got to work on a bomb diggity dinner! Since yesterday, I haven’t been able to get Mama Pea’s Mmmm sauce out of my head…or those Hanson brothers…sheesh!

Don’t lie…you’re totally singing it now, aren’t you?? 😉

So much that it inspired my dinner (the sauce, not the long-haired boy band with a bit of a English problem)!

Check it ouuuuuuut! I made a savory sweet potato! Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous not going with the usual sweet toppings, so I decided to take baby steps and went with nooch and a sweet corn salsa and it turned out to be the PERFECT combo of sweet and spi-say!

But the star of the meal?

Hummus-Stuffed Crispy Chicken!

Rachel Ray’s Heather’s 30 Minute Meal:

Take a single chicken breast, slice it in half and spoon in your favorite sauce/hummus/or Mmmm. Then secure it with two toothpicks and roll it around in a mixture of whole wheat bread crumbs and whatever seasoning you prefer (I used TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute). Next, place it in a skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes per side and then transfer to the oven (375° for about 10 minutes) to finish. While the chicken is baking off, take my favorite “lazy girl” approach with the spud. Wrap it in plastic wrap and toss it in the microwave for about 5 minutes (varies depending on size, but I always do about 5-7 minutes). Then, pull the chicken out, switch the oven to broil and placed your nuked sweet p under the broiler so the skin could get nice and crisp!

And steaming the broccoli? Seriously a cinch! Small pot > 1 inch of water > broccoli > high heat > 3-4 minutes > DONE!  

I still don’t understand why people shell out the big bucks for food steamers! It’s so easy!

I rarely, if ever, spend more than 30 minutes making dinner, but it’s so sad that before I learned my way around the kitchen, I thought the only way you could have something quick and easy was if it came out of a box (read tv dinner)! Sooooo glad I wised up on that one! Besides, have you seen what all is in a typical ready-made meal?? It’s seriously scary!

Well, I’m out! One more early day and it’s time for the weekend! Night!

How long do you typically take to make dinner?

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