Date nights with Chrissy

I am obsessed with Chrissy Teigen.

Okay, now that we have gotten that out of the way, we can continue. I received the Cravings cook book for my birthday in March and although I have cracked it open a few times I hadn't given it a chance in the kitchen yet...until now. I knocked out three recipes in one week. 

First up - Chipotle Honey Chicken

First things first - make the chipotle sauce.  

  1. 1/2 can chipotle chiles in adobo
  2. 1 1/2 cups of bbq sauce
  3. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup whiskey (always wise to sample to make sure it's still good)
  5. 5 cloves garlic
  6. Juice of 1 lime

Mix up everything in a food processor - she called for more chiles and garlic, but I put less in for E & I's spicy sensitive mouths. Toss the 2 lbs of chicken thighs in it and marinade for 2 hours to overnight. 

The Steps
-Preheat oven to 375
-Place marinated chicken on a baking sheet with foil
-Bake for about 20 minutes
-Take out and top with more sauce & honey and cook until chicken is cooked through

Second Up - Zucchini Fritters

INGREDIENTS

  • zucchini
  • Panko
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Eggs

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Slice zucchini thinly
  3. Whisk 2 eggs together in a bowl, in a separate bowl mix together panko & parmesan cheese
  4. Dip the zucchini in eggs and then panko mixture
  5. Place on baking sheet (I lined with foil and the cooling rack)
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes

For convenience, I sliced mine in circles - they crisp up pretty quickly so make sure to keep your eye on them! For the sauce, I opted for a concoction of greek yogurt, cilantro and lemon juice. 

Different night/same cook book - Fish Tacos

The prep -

  1. Tilapia seasoned with garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder
  2. Sliced avocado
  3. Sliced limes
  4. Diced tomatoes
  5. Slaw
  6. Special Sauce*
  7. Corn Tortillas

Instead of Chrissy's green pepper sauce, I went for an avocado cream sauce (avocado, greek yogurt, lime, cilantro, seasoning all blended up). 

Corn tortillas - if you're usually not a fan for their flakiness then heat up the tortillas on a skillet for a few seconds each side. Not only gives them a little char but also toughens them up for all the goodness you want to put inside. 

Overall, my nights with Chrissy were a success - all that was missing was her! 

Taco Salad

I want tacos but I also want abs. Insert taco salad. 

Being a Texas girl, I am always down for some Mexican food. Now I haven't ventured much past the local Chipotle in Iowa City, but I think it is safe to say that there is no place that can compete with some of the Mexican & Tex-Mex places down in the dirty D. Taco salads are an easy, healthy go to for me and its about the only way I can get Ethan to eat a handful of leaves. 

Prep prep prep it up! Another perk is how cheap ground turkey is, we choose 93% lean to eliminate the fattiness but you could also use ground beef or even chicken! Chop up your veggies, I went with bell peppers & onions. Last but definitely not least is the guac! Chop up cherry tomatoes - some in quarters and some finely chopped. 

Place a little EVOO in two pans both at medium heat. You could cook both your meat & veggies together, but I like to keep them separate so that I can sneak some more veggies without picking them out :) 

Season the veggies with salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc and cover while sirring occasionally until they are at your preferred doneness. We add taco seasoning to our ground turkey - for a less of a sodium attack just add your own seasonings (the kind that aren't pre packed). 

The fixins: your lettuce of choice (Ethan is strictly romaine - I'll go for both), salsa, taco sauce, guac (simply just avo, lime, tomatoes, garlic powder), and black beans. 

Take a few minutes to line up this beauty or simply dump it all into a bowl. Top with salsa, guac, lime juice, etc and you're golden! 

Ingredients

  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • Fixins:
    Guacamole (or homemade with 1/2 avocado, 1/2 lime 3 cherry tomatoes diced, pinch of garlic powder - mash and you're golden!)
    Black beans
    Salsa
    Taco Sauce
    Anything else you want!

    Directions

  • Chop bell peppers & onions
  • Heat two pans to medium/medium high heat and add 1 TB olive oil in each pan
  • Once pans are warm add ground turkey in one and the chopped vegetables in the other
  • Season both the meat & veggies - cover the veggies and keep the meat uncovered - stirring both occasionally
  • Mix and match your flavors to get to your taco salad perfection.

Doesn't hurt when you have leftovers to look forward to for lunch. Nothing better than coming back from a workout to a plastic bowl of deliciousness. 

I mean, I could always go for some queso but this will do. 

Avo toast

I'm guilty as charged and have fallen on the avo toast train...actually addicted. My breakfast isn't truly satisfying unless I have a slab of carb smothered in mashed avocado and sprinkled with red pepper flakes & salt. *Extra bonus: an over easy egg to let all of your food porn dreams come true.  

When I'm feeling lazy, an egg surrounded in a pool of egg whites is simple enough to tickle all of my tastebuds.

My true go to is the far left, slightly Christmas looking breaky.  Its as simple as saute, crack, pour & cover. 

[Saute onions, mushroom, spinach tomatoes. Make a well in the middle and crack the egg. Pour egg whites around the egg/over the veggies. Cover and let cook for about 5 minutes - depending on the preference of your egg]. 

Tips: pair with a never ending cup of jo and Netflix.