Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cooking Experiment

Lately, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to run….at all. I ran on Saturday with my running group, then slacked all week. I know I should make the effort to get up early in the morning and run, but I only enjoy doing that on Saturdays (strange, I know).

SO, when the opportunity came available for me to run yesterday after work, I snagged it!!

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It was a gorgeous day and I had a fantastic run! They don’t get much better than that!!

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I ran 3.2 miles around the lake at a quick pace (for me), then slowed to a cool down. In total, I ran 3.8 miles and was very pleased with the run! I have a 5K on Saturday so we shall see how it goes!

After returning home, I cooked dinner and filmed a vlog at the same time! Multitasking at its finest! :0)

My last minute experiment was very tasty and my husband gave it two thumbs up! :0) (I think he mainly liked the extra kick from the addition of rotel.)

Check out the recipes from my Vlog below!

Chicken and Spinach Bake
(adapted from: Southern Food at About.com - http://tinyurl.com/2jk34p)

Ingredients:
  • 8 to 12 ounces fresh chopped or baby spinach, cleaned
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Cajun seasoning blend or other spice blend
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 small can of mild Rotel
Preparation:

Heat oven to 375°.
Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish or spray with cooking spray. Put spinach in the baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add chicken broth. Sprinkle chicken with seasoning blend, salt, and pepper; arrange over the spinach. Using a spoon, divide the rotel between all four pieces of chicken, then pour reaming juice from can over the chicken breasts. Cover the baking dish with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until chicken is cooked through.
Serves 4.

Sautéed Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of fresh asparagus
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or other oil (evoo, etc)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic

Preparation:

If using coconut oil, melt coconut oil (either in microwave or in pan over the stove) until smooth. Over the stove (in a large pot), add asparagus to melted oil, then sprinkle salt, pepper, or desired spice. Also, add garlic. Sauté the asparagus over medium heat for 10 minutes. Lower to simmer and cover. Let asparagus simmer for 10 additional minutes. Serve and enjoy!

 

Do you like to cook and experiment with new recipes? Do you have an experiment that surprised you? Please share! :0)

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10 comments:

  1. Yummy!!! That looks so good! And I loved hearing your voice on the vlog!!! No I don't experiment with new recipes because I hate to cook lol! I love to eat but hate to cook lol!

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    1. Hah! I hear that!! :0) Thanks for watching!

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  2. The weather lately has been so gorgeous! I ran outside yesterday, too!

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  3. Totally jealous of your ability to run outside.

    Yes, I love to try new recipes. I recently learned how to make some very delightful caramel popcorn (totally not healthy but way delicious)

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  4. I am definitely trying these recipes....all the ingredients are things that we love! Glad you had a great run outside too!

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  5. I like new recipes if I have the time AND the ingredients (both rarely happen at the same time). Tonight we had turkey Italian sausage and pierogi. It was an odd combo but everyone ate it.

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