I need just one extra hour every day, just one! It has been a combination of issues, the first being several pediatrician visits lately. Because naturally, swimmers ear pops up AFTER all the swimming is done for the season. While I was grateful for Mark taking Shea to the pediatrician yesterday during the day, the pharmacy at 4:30pm was a literal nightmare. I waited FORTY minutes for her script.
I nearly shelved my workout for the day, but I did a shorty. It was a struggle after a long day and not enough sleep thanks to that 9:30pm hockey game on Sunday. It probably goes without saying that I dropped my coffee on my way in to work, too. WHO NEEDS CAFFEINE ANYWAY?! The only silver lining here is that 100% of it was on the sidewalk and not on me or in my car.
Today, I had a late patient and had to pick-up our dog from doggy daycare, resulting in a later return home. I did another shorty workout. I quickly rushed off the bike to start on dinner only to find out that all the Arborio rice I bought a year or so ago? It’s finally all gone.
I shut off everything on the stove and would’ve just shelved the dinner had I not defrosted a pound and a half of shrimp, had 2 quarts of broth simmering, and an onion sautéing on the stove. My rockstar hubby ran out while I showered. Sure, we were sitting down for dinner at 7:15pm and the kids preferred broccoli to my risotto (whaaa?), but whatever. I even slowed down the show for pictures. Because, the blog.
If the week persists in this way, I’m going to need a major weekend recharge and a new plan for next week. Including, perhaps, a few morning workouts ( 🙁 ). For the first time in a while, I feel like I see the girls so very little. Time to readjust. I’m a person who REQUIRES balance. Every day, balance. And that includes snuggles and my girl time! <3
Tomorrow night, I’m giving myself the night off. You deserve it, Nicole! I’ve also been craving a salad from Culves l
Next week, it’s going to be easy meals on deck – 30 minutes or less. You know, like this dinner. Even all the chopping can be done ahead of time, making it closer to a 20 minute meal prep! All-in-one, this meal won’t disappoint!
Kung Pao Chicken
Quick and easy, colorful and healthy! Nothing not to love about this meal!
- 1 1/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 Tbsp corn starch
- 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4-6 dried red chilies, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
- 1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
- 2 Tbsp corn starch
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 6 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- In a large ziplock, combine the chicken and cornstarch; shake well to coat.
- Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove from the skillet to a plate.
- Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to the skillet. Once hot, add the bell peppers and onion. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
- Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by combining the corn starch and water in a medium bowl. Whisk until corn starch is dissolved and no longer lumpy. Add remaining sauce ingredients and whisk until well-combined.
- To the veggies, add the garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds or until fragrant.
- Increase the heat to high. Add the chicken back to the pan, along with the peanuts and chiles. Pour the sauce over the top and cook for 2-3 minutes to heat through and thicken.
Recipe slightly adapted from Dinner at the Zoo
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 19.4gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 976mgCarbohydrates: 27.4gFiber: 3.2gSugar: 13.6gProtein: 27.2g
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