Recipe-Spicy Shredded Chicken Sweet Potato

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It’s only Wednesday? This week has been dragging on it seems! I’m going home this weekend, so that could be why. But it has been/is going to be a fun week! Monday night my friends and I made s’mores on the grill at my apartment complex, which was definitely an adventure. Then tonight, I have my end of provisional year party with the Junior League, and it’s Kentucky Derby themed! Stay tuned for pictures of my outfit, because I’m so excited about it.

On to the main event. Sweet potatoes are my new favorite thing, and I’ve been experimenting with different ways to make them for dinner. I’d seen a few recipes on Pinterest that had shredded chicken inside a baked sweet potato, so I decided to make my own version! It’s so easy and requires very little cleanup, which is always a plus!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 sweet potato

-1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded

-2 tablespoons sriracha

-1/4 cup lemon juice

-2 tablespoons honey

-cilantro

-salt and pepper

-goat cheese crumbles

Here’s what you do:

1.First, bake your sweet potato and cook your chicken. I baked mine at 400 for 45 minutes, and boiled my chicken breast for about 20 minutes.

2. Once the chicken is cool, shred it.

3. In a bowl, mix together the sriracha, lemon juice, and honey. Adjust amounts to taste!

4. Chop the cilantro finely and stir it into the sauce, along with a sprinkle of salt & pepper.

5. Toss the shredded chicken in the sauce. You can let it marinade for a while if you’d like!

6. Top your tuber with the spicy chicken and goat cheese crumbles.

7. Enjoy!

See, it’s so easy! And if you’d like, you can bake a few potatoes and make more chicken to have it again for lunch or a quick dinner later in the week. I love the spicy chicken with the creamy sweet potato and tangy goat cheese. YUM!

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Friday’s Five

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week. Mine has been busy, but pretty good for a test week! I’m also looking forward to the weekend, even though I have my work cut out for me between school and job hunting! But it will be nice to at least stay in my pajamas all day.

Even though it’s been busy, I’ve still had plenty of time to pick out five faves this week. Here’s what I’m loving:

1. Taylor Swift’s Grammys Dress

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Dear. Lord. This is perfect. The blue ombre is dazzling, the neckline is flawless, and you think it’s just another ball gown when SURPRISE- hidden mini skirt. Add the purple shoes and I can’t even deal with how wonderful it is anymore. I think Taylor is trying to tell us that she’ll never go out of style, and she’s right.

2. Hummus Crusted Chicken

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Last week, I decided that after a months-long aversion to hummus (long story involving my mom and sister, Mediterranean food, and preschoolers), I should give it another chance. There were also a few recipes on Pinterest I wanted to try that involved hummus, including this hummus-crusted chicken from Gimme Some Oven. SO GOOD. I’ve made it every night that I’ve actually cooked ever since! I used plain hummus and sprinkled paprika over the top like the recipe calls for, and it’s just delightful. The hummus makes a crust that’s crunchy on the outside and creamy inside, and it’s surprisingly flavorful! One of my roommates made it as well, but she used spicy hummus, and said it was also really yummy. So hummus is back on my radar, and it should definitely be on yours, too.

3. Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Travel Bag

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I came across this Longchamp travel bag a few weeks ago, and the more I look at it, the more I love it. A new duffel is definitely on my Prioritized Purchase list, because I’m 22 and still carrying my high school cheer bag. It’s really roomy, but it’s probably time to be an adult and get some real luggage. I love my Longchamp Le Pliage handbag, so the idea of a travel bag in a similar shape is wonderful! Also, Longchamp bags are very durable, so it would definitely be worth the investment. Now if I could only decide on a color…

4. Kitchen Necessities for the Starter Apartment

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As we all know, I’m really excited about decorating my new apartment in an unknown city that I will pay for with a job I don’t yet have. But, it’s important not to forget the basics! I love this list from Blair Blogs of 9 Kitchen Essentials for your starter apartment. I have most of these things, but some are my roommates that I will definitely miss!

5. Comic Relief

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I leave you with this, because some days you stop at Starbucks when you really don’t have time. And that’s okay.

Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Recipe- Easy Cheez-It Chicken

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I’ve been getting creative with my dinner this week in an attempt to use up all of my food before I go home for a few days. It’s a challenge, but it’s led to some delicious creations that I’ll definitely be making again! The other day I was staring into the pantry and a box of Cheez-It’s caught my eye. Who knows how long they’d been there, but it gave me an excellent dinner idea- breaded chicken using crushed-up Cheez-It’s instead of bread crumbs. It’s crunchy, cheesy, and incredibly easy- everything I ever want out of dinner.

Also, these are measurements for 1 chicken breast, so if you’re wanting to make a larger batch, adjust accordingly!

Here’s what you need:

-1 chicken breast, thawed

-2 tablespoons flour

-salt and pepper to taste

-1 egg

-A few dashes of hot sauce (I use Tabasco)

-!/2 cup Cheez-Its, crushed

Here’s what you do:

1. First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Next, mix together your flour, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

3. Then, whisk together the egg with a few dashes of hot sauce- just for a little kick!

4. Crush your Cheez-It’s and add them to a separate small bowl. You can do this with a rolling pin, or you can release all your end of the semester frustrations and pound them with your fists, like I did. It’s your personal preference.

5. Set the three bowls in an assembly line, like I did with my cute little ombre bowls.

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6. Then, take your chicken breast and dip it first in the flour, making sure it’s coated, then the egg, then the cracker crumbs. Make sure when you dip it in the cracker crumbs, it’s coated well- you may have to get a little messy!

7. Bake in a greased baking pan for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

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I had mine with rice and my latest favorite veggie, roasted brussels sprouts. A delicious, easy meal for the middle of the week!

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Friday’s Five

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As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ve decided to add a few new features to the blog. One is Monday Musings, and the other is Friday’s Five. Now, I know that basically every blogger does Friday’s Five, but I think it’s a great way to share what I’ve been up to during the week aside from blogging, and to share little things I’ve come across that might not be able to stand alone as a single blog post. So here’s this week’s- enjoy!

1. This past weekend, my roommate Trina and I went to see Bring It On: The Musical on campus, and it was to die for. It was basically all of my unrealized childhood dreams (being cheer captain and a Broadway star) rolled into two hours. The acting and singing was phenomenal, and the stunts were everything. If it’s coming to a city near you, you definitely don’t want to miss it!

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2. Next is this hilarious video of a girl screaming “Do You Want to Build A Snowman” while getting a splinter removed. I found it on Buzzfeed, where all good humor comes from, while I was supposed to be writing a paper- this is totally better. I honestly probably shouldn’t laugh at this, but I can’t help it. I watched it about three times in a row and was rolling on the floor in laughter, probably because I identify with this child and her dramatics.

3. My bestie Ashley and I have been dying to try out Wafology, a new food truck in the BCS. We finally went on “Waffle Wednesday”, and it was just divine. We both had the chicken & waffle sandwich with maple aioli sauce, and we agreed that it was the best thing we’d ever eaten. I also love how it was folded up like a little waffle taco- tacos are one of my main food groups.  They have many other delicious menu items, and it’s  my goal to try them all. If you’re in the Bryan/College Station area, FIND THEM. They post their location on Twitter and Facebook daily!

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4. Last night my sorority had a mixer on Mount Aggie, a turf-covered “mountain” on campus, with a men’s organization. My roommate Trina and I went, and we had all the fun. All of it. We sled down it a couple of times by ourselves, but mostly together. We had a major crash at one point, but no injuries! Obviously, we took multiple selfies and videos as we descended, which may or may not have caused a few wrecks…oops!

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5. I came across these monogrammed Jack Rogers sandals a few days ago, and I’m obsessed. If we’re being honest, I didn’t really get the hype over these shoes for the longest time- they kind of reminded me of something I would’ve worn at age five when my mother still dressed me. But, my feelings have recently changed, and they’re definitely on my to-buy list for the summer! I mean, they have a monogram, so I obviously #needit.

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I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Wednesday Pins-Day

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I hope everyone is having a great week! I have a test and a paper due tomorrow so I definitely have my work cut out for me! Also, today is the Liberal Arts Career Fair at school, so right after I post this I’m going to go on the hunt for an internship- wish me luck!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Wednesday Pins-Day, and I’ve found some great things recently that I’d like to share. Here you go!

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1. First is this delicious recipe for brown sugar spiced baked chicken from Spoonful. I made this for dinner Saturday night, and it was delicious! However, I accidentally put half a tablespoon of cumin instead of half of a teaspoon- oops! I scooped a lot out, but it was still a little on the strong side! We had this with quinoa, sauteed mushrooms, and baked parmesan squash- a healthy, delicious little feast!

2. Next is this cute valentine idea. I love giving valentines to my friends, and I love Burt’s Bees, so this would be something I would love to give and receive!

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3. Next are these sassy earrings from Nordstrom. My favorite are definitely the “Over It” set, and I’m probably going to get them soon. They’re only $12 for the whole set!

Adorable Rag Doll Kitten

4. Last is this precious ragdoll kitten. I kind of have mild kitten fever right now- it’s like baby fever, but more appropriate for this stage in my life. Isn’t it SO CUTE? Need it.

What have you been pinning lately?

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Recipe- Asian Lettuce Wraps

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I hope everyone’s semester is off to a great start- I know mine is! The three-day weekend was fabulous, my roommates and I went on a little road trip to South Texas and had the BEST time. It was rough Tuesday morning going to school, but luckily I think I’m going to enjoy my classes this round, especially my Health Communication class! That being said, I’ve got a lot of work to do this semester, so unfortunately I might not be able to post as much as I want, but I’ll definitely try!

Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes with you, Asian chicken lettuce wraps. My mom came up with the recipe (and she makes it better than I do), and shared it with me, and hopefully you’ll like it just as much as I do! It’s super easy, and pretty healthy! The sriracha gives it a kick, and the grapes add a little bit of sweet while cutting the spice! Also, the peanuts add a little crunch and texture. So delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 bag Romaine hearts- use 3-5 leaves for each person

-1 bag broccoli slaw

-1/2 cup red grapes

-Salted peanuts

-1 chicken breast, thawed and diced

-Sriracha

-Honey

-Soy Sauce

-2 cloves garlic, chopped

-Cilantro, fresh or dried.

Here’s what you do:

1. First, make the dressing for the slaw. Mix together sriracha, honey, and soy sauce. I would suggest starting with a tablespoon of each, and add more of each ingredient to your taste. Chop one clove of garlic and add in a little cilantro, to your taste.

2. Add the broccoli slaw to the dressing mixture. For just myself, I used about a third of the package. Cover, and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

3. Make another batch of dressing, same as the slaw, and add the chicken pieces. Allow to marinate while you prepare the lettuce and grapes.

4. Next, prepare the lettuce leaves and grapes. Take the big leaves from the outside of the lettuce head, as these make the best shells for the wraps. Break off each piece and run under water to wash it. Pat each leaf dry with a towel and place on a plate. To prepare the grapes, wash them and cut them in half longways.

5. Next, cook the chicken. I simply sauteed mine in a skillet over medium heat until it was cooked all the way through.

6. Next, assemble the wraps! I place a little slaw in the bottom of the lettuce leaf, then add a few pieces of chicken, grape halves, and peanuts. Enjoy!

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Let me know what you think!

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Recipe- Over-Simplified Chicken Fried Rice

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I’ve been in my new home for a little over a week now! I’m really excited to get back to cooking for myself, and to school, which starts today! I started making this recipe last year when I first lived in a real house, and it’s become one of my favorites! And if you’re only cooking for one, it gives you tons of leftovers, so you’ll have lunch or dinner for a few days! The other thing about this recipe is that there aren’t really specific measurements…since I made it up as I went, I didn’t really keep track of those very well! So you can just add ingredients to your personal tastes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1-2 cups cooked white rice (you can make a new batch, or this is a great way to use leftovers!)

-1 chicken breast, thawed.

-1-2 cloves chopped, fresh garlic

-Chopped onion (to your taste)

-1 egg

-Frozen peas (a handful)

-Soy sauce (LOTS!)

Here’s what you do:

First, cook your rice. Or if you’re using leftover, it’s even easier!

Next, cut your thawed chicken breast into cubes, and throw them into a large, hot skillet, prepared with cooking oil. Saute the pieces until fully cooked, and browned a bit on the edges.

Then, scoot the chicken to one small section of the pan. Very professional language and technique, I know, but at least you only have to wash one pan! Then, saute the garlic and onion until the onion becomes translucent.

After that, crack the egg directly into the skillet, and scramble it with the onion and garlic. Cook until firm.

Next, add your frozen peas. If you want to add other vegetables such as corn or diced carrots, that would be delicious as well! Stir until they don’t look like they’re frozen anymore, and are a bright green.

Then, mix the chicken in with the rest of the ingredients.

Add in your rice, and your soy sauce, and stir! I would suggest adding the soy sauce in increments, until all the rice is completely brown.

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That’s all! Isn’t that super easy? It’s also delicious re-heated- just add a bit more soy sauce, because it gets dry in the fridge! This is a great recipe to make when you don’t know what to make, or when you’re running low on groceries, because you usually have all the ingredients on hand! It’s also great for baby chefs, and it’s really fun when you tell people, “Oh, I make the BEST chicken fried rice” and they’re super impressed. I hope you give this a try!

What’s your go-to easy meal?

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Kristen Learns to Cook- Part 1

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Since you last heard from me, I have moved into a new house, gone back home once, witnessed the Aggies lose their first SEC game (can’t even talk about it), and attended 3 &1/2 weeks of school. During this time, I have been perfecting my cooking & other domestic skills like cleaning and entertaining. But mostly cooking. That was one reason I was so excited to move out of the dorm and into anywhere with a kitchen. I absolutely love being able to make whatever I want for dinner, and not being forced to eat either a Lean Cuisine or junk food from the places on campus. Throughout the past month, I’ve also discovered that I love to cook dinner. It’s fun to come up with new ideas & try out new things. So, I have decided to blog about my adventures as I learn to become a gourmet chef. Although I started this process a few weeks ago, I still have a long way to go (I burn something at least once a week) and I’d love to share my kitchen endeavors with you! I typically cook small portions, usually just myself, and I use what I have in my pantry (which isn’t a lot), unless I’m dying for something different. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m having for dinner tonight!

Salsa Chicken
I half made this recipe up and half got it off the internet. It’s been about a week and a half since I’ve been to the grocery store, so I have very little to work with. I also bought a jar of salsa for the 1/4 bag of tortilla chips I had left over, and the chips are gone but the salsa is still here. I also didn’t have taco seasoning, so I had to get creative. I’m eating it as I type this, so I know it’s delicious!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 or 2 small boneless, skinless chicken tenders, thawed. (I bought a huge bag of individually frozen tenders. They’re smaller than chicken breasts, and they will last you literally forever. This is a staple in my fridge.)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Chili Powder
At least 1/2 jar of salsa (I used Joe T’s because that’s my fave.)
Shredded cheese

Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350
2. Lay the chicken in a small baking dish, and sprinkle seasonings on both sides.
3. Spoon salsa (however much you want) on top of the chicken.
4. Bake for 25 minutes. Be sure to cut into it & make sure it’s cooked, I’ve heard food-borne illnesses are quite unpleasant.
5. Sprinkle a little cheese on top & pop it back into the oven for a few minutes until the cheese has melted.
6. DINNER.

I paired mine with a little rice & corn for a balanced meal. I keep bags of frozen vegetables like corn & green peas on hand & throw a little into a bowl with a splash of water into the microwave for about 3-5 minutes. That’s probably not the best way, but it’s better than not eating vegetables, and I don’t have to clean an extra pot.

So there it is! It was super delicious if I do say so myself. Hopefully I’ll go to the grocery store soon & come up with some new ideas! Until next time!