Hello, Weekend! It’s so great to see you again! Now, if you can just bring your friend Sunshine, I will be very, very happy!
Here in Memphis, it’s been a cool, grey, drizzly kind of week. NOT good for my mood! Yesterday was a kind of wallowing day for me. After I went to the gym, of course!
Speaking of the gym, here’s a funny courtesy of my friend, Lea, who shared it on Facebook yesterday. (Apologies to my Facebook followers who saw it already)
I had already gone to the gym that morning (and the Jim, for that matter), but I’m holding this one to use on a day when I’m not quite so committed.
Okay, on to more enlightening matters. I’ve been eating more meatless meals lately. No real intention, I simply ran out of freezer stock and no one’s had anything on sale except ham, lamb, and turkey in what seems like forEVER. So I’ve been eating lots of lentils, cottage cheese, and protein pasta meals. Tasty stuff, but I’m noticing that I’ve been waking up hungry in the middle of the night. Can’t-go-back-to-sleep hungry, which now that I think about it, might also be contributing to my wallowing mood.
Anyway, when I found a package of chicken breasts hiding under my kale cubes, I couldn’t get them in the slow cooker fast enough. My only problem was that I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with them. Mexican chicken? Barbecued chicken? Italian chicken? One of the many recipes on my Pinterest board? What did I want to eat for my next five chicken meals?
As it turns out, I went with none of the above. I decided to cook the chicken without any sauce or add-ins, shred it all up, and freeze it in 3-ounce portions. That way, I can go with my mood on the days I want chicken. Brilliant! (No real recipe for the plain chicken. I just tossed the pound of chicken into the slow cooker with some vegetable broth–probably 1/2 to 3/4 cup–and sprinkled it with cayenne pepper, black pepper, and oregano, and then cooked it on low for about six hours.)
While I was waiting (and waiting and waiting) for my chicken to cook, a friend called for a chat. Eventually the conversation turned to cooking dinner and I told her what I was doing with the chicken. She didn’t believe me when I told her how I shred chicken using my Kitchen Aid Mixer. Even after I sent her the pictures, she seemed doubtful. (There were accusations of photo manipulation. My friend is silly that way, which is why we get along so well.)
So I made her a video.
So there, friend of mine, live action proof that in 10 seconds (or so), you can shred a pound of chicken.
Add two tablespoons of barbecue sauce (another 5 seconds) and you have an entree.
That three ounces of chicken was supposed to be on a sandwich thin. It was also supposed to have roasted potatoes in the empty space on the plate, but someone got carb-snack happy in the middle of the afternoon, so chicken and salad was dinner. And it was delicious, even with the empty space I intentionally left to remind me what might have been.
I ate barbecue chicken again for lunch yesterday, and I’m thinking I might try a chicken pizza with the yogurt dough this weekend. Or maybe a wrap with chicken, black beans, and corn. Or chicken parmagiana with marinara, cheese, and a sprinkle of panko crumbs. Endless possibilities, made possible by a little Chicken Aid magic.
Now, if only someone will put chicken breasts (good ones) on sale this week! (Kroger, are you listening?)
Oh my, the sun has just popped out from behind the clouds. I feel energy coming on! Before I dash off, I want to thank each and every one of you who played along in the Visitor Info post. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your comments! Thank you…and if you’re just joining in, feel free to backtrack and share your answers.
Happy, healthy weekend, Everyone!