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! 

Power Me Up

Why do boys never remember to eat?

Is it just me or does anybody have the struggle of eating more than their significant other? Ethan and I will get home after a long day and set down all of our bags on the counter...his lunchbox always a little heavier than mine. Lo and behold the kid hasn't eaten all day! In his defense, he is in the midst of starting his own company for speed & agility training, Ethan Holmes Performance. With this new day to day, he is constantly running around and doesn't have time to eat a sandwich or chow down on leftovers. Welcome, power balls. 

Now, I'd be shocked if you have yet to hear of these little gems. They are delicious & nutritious snacks all wrapped up in one (or three) balls with no fuss, even making them is easy. Trust me, the way Ethan goes through these things I am making them constantly...no way I'd be volunteering as tribute if it was a major pain. 

You start with some simple recipes and each one can be adjusted to your liking. Ethan is a Skippy kinda boy, where as I would make these with Sunflower butter if it were me. Coconut oil is my use for liquid, I think it just adds an extra punch without adding the texture of coconut flakes. I prefer to use mini chocolate chips because I feel like the mini ones incorporate better into the balls, but you could add white/caramel chips, dried fruit, or nix it all! Also, honey can easily be switched out for agave nectar or even syrup! 

Get all the dry ingredients in and then start adding the sticky ones (honey & peanut butter). I usually start with a spatula and end up tossing it in the sink and just going at it with my hands. I have yet to learn to just start off that one, but hopefully one day. 

Set the bowl up in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill it out & then roll them out! Keep these bad boys kept in an air tight container, but only after you try one or two or three. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1-2 TB cinnamon
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 2 TB coconut oil
  • 2-3 TB honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (I never really measure this spot, put enough until you're happy)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add oats, protein powder and cinnamon into a bowl
  2. Add in vanilla, honey, peanut butter, and coconut oil
  3. Start to incorporate all together and add in chocolate chips
  4. Stick in the fridge for 30 minutes to let chill
  5. Once chilled,

**coconut oil is hardened in the jar, just measure it out and stick in the microwave for less than 30 seconds to melt it ebfore adding into the mix.