Spicy Pineapple Chicken


When life gets crazy, sometimes you just have to step back and breathe. And a great, simple dinner always cancels out a hectic, Manic Monday.

From the time I walked in the door yesterday at work, it was NON-STOP gogogogogo. I unlocked my office door to be greeted by 4 voicemails. I didn’t know anyone knew my extension other than my boss…who knew? Two voicemails were from the same person (who was long-winded to say the least), one was a consult for a patient in the hospital, and the other was someone in finance with a question about some bills I had submitted. The to-do list began.

I was hungry and running low on coffee. The phone wouldn’t stop ringing and my 9am patient was there before I knew it. My 9am appointment lasted an hour and before I returned to the kitchen, I responded to the consult in the hospital. An elemental tube feeding…kind of unique.

When I got back to the kitchen, I was informed that the cheesy cauliflower soup “didn’t taste right”. After a very small, but terrible taste, it could be determined that the soup had been scorched and tasted like a mouthful of campfire…in all of the wrong ways.


I quickly calculated the nutrition information for the cafeteria’s lunch menu before making a grocery list and heading out to the local grocery store and unfortunately, Walmart, too. I was purchasing ingredients for Biscoff Cookie Truffles (they are more evil than they sound!) that the doctors enjoyed at their bi-monthly meeting last night, as well as the ingredients to make Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Tomato Quiches, along with baked cranberry oatmeal recipe (that will be in my cookbook!) for the diabetic cooking class I’ll be teaching on Wednesday morning in recognition of World Diabetes Day!

Why did I wear heels? Why did I not wear a jacket? Fail. x2.

I spent my lunch sitting in my office chair…in the middle of the kitchen, rolling said Biscoff Cookie Truffles. After baking all day Sunday, my plantar faciitis is rearing its ugly head and my pups were barking…LOUDLY. We finished up the truffles (can we say “spoiled medical staff”?) and my 3pm appointment had arrived. A follow-up gestational diabetic due in 3 weeks! She brought her 2 year old son who was super cute and really ticklish.

I got back to the kitchen in time enough to balance the drawer, answer emails, and read through the recipes for last night’s second parent-child cooking class. The cooking class was another success (3 weeks to go of the 5 week program!) and the calls continue to flow in with more and more people in the community learning about this great program. Awe-some.

I headed off to hockey for my 8:15pm game and made it home around 10:30pm. Dinner was a sandwich…nothing awesome like this meal.


Days like yesterday make me appreciate days like today all the more. And though I wanted to spontaneously comburst into tears over being stressed and overwhelmed, I am thankful every day for a job I love, that keeps me busy, and that I feel was made for me. Where else would I be able to make sinfully delicious truffles AND meet with diabetics out-patient while still seeing in-patient consults for nutrition support? Probably next to no where…

But sometimes, life doesn’t have to be complicated and crazy…it can be simple and so good. While we dream up the options of what to feed the providers, what they asked for was sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and pork tenderloin. So simple and sometimes over-looked.

This meal reminds me of that — nothing too extraoridinary, but definitely a combination that was just right. I think it’s the pineapple. Nothing over the top about this ingredient list, but I promise, you’ll enjoy every…last…bite.


Work, workout, cook!

Be well,


  1. I agree with your comment about how the crazy days make you appreciate all the rest. I’ve definitely had a few where I didn’t even get a chance to think… I was just “doing”. Luckily, deadlines have been manageable as of late. Crossing my fingers this trend continues through the holidays…

  2. I hear ya girl! Saturday night into all of Sunday was a real downer but thankfully things seem to be looking up and it makes you appreciate the non-eventful days.

    This recipe looks WONDERFUL!

  3. I love pineapple in stirfry-type dishes. This looks delicious!

  4. Ah, a job you love – I don’t think I have ever been able to say that – you are lucky Nicole!

    And while that looks delicious, just can’t do pineapple with chicken for some reason! Happy Tuesday!

  5. Mmmm – sounds amazing!

  6. Hi Nicole!
    This really isn’t in regards to the recipe (although it looks delicious!), but I had to leave a note as I just discovered your blog. I was so excited to find a fellow RD blogger! I just wanted to let you know I love what you’re doing with it, and your story is awesome :) Keep it up!

  7. Love this recipe! I adore pineapple in savory dishes, especially spicy ones!

  8. Your day sounds insane! I hope you put your feet up at the end of the day and took a minute to relax!

    I think Jesse would love this chicken! Definitely going on my menu soon!

  9. Nicole, you amaze me. Are all of your days this crazy hectic? I don’t think I could handle it!

  10. Yes!! it’s days like this that make you appreciate the calm, organized ones! PS that chicken looks delish

  11. I’ve had two of those manic days! I just sat down for the first time since Sunday!

  12. seems tasty, what about trying to add it to http://www.foodlve.com community, they will love it


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