I Feel Like Chicken Tonight

9 Nov

The rest of my day off was enjoyable. Why can’t every day be a day off? I feel so much more productive getting stuff done around the house than when at work. That being said, operation win the lottery or find a sugar daddy is in full effect. I could really get used to not doing the 40 hours of work thing but wouldn’t mind it if I could do something I loved and didn’t have to worry about money. Sigh, let’s see this operation takes me…….

After Panera yesterday,  I had to pick up a few things at Wal Mart and found some Halloween items on 90% off clearance!

I have no clue what I am going to make with black frosting but for $.17 I will try it out! Then the sprinkles were only $.30, I should have stocked up some more. Thankfully they didn’t have any Halloween candy because that is the last thing I need. Want? Hell to the yes. But need, not so much.

I had leftover chili that I made on Friday for lunch with Food Should Taste Good Olive Chips.

These babies have been sitting in my cupboard for a couple of months but to be honest, I was kinda scared to open them up. I figured they would either be really good or really bad. The verdict? I think these may be my new favorite flavor. I love all things olive but recently started liking black olives but I would say I tasted kalamata more than anything.

Since the chili was more thick than anything (that’s what she said), I used the chips to scoop. I originally thought the chili was a fail but it was more of a thick, hot dip this time around. I made it with fresh peppers, onions, corn, cannellini beans and Morningstar Veggie Crumbles but not enough stock or diced tomatoes. I wish I would’ve saved more instead of throwing out some of the remains since I thought it would taste horrible.

Inspired by Devon’s Buffalo Chicken Tacos, I put some chicken in the crockpot with hot sauce and water and set on high.

 I didn’t have any of the ingredients for tacos but by making them in the crock, I could have chicken on hand to make a few versatile dishes this week. I will be feeling like chicken each night

Does anyone else remember that commercial or once again, am I aging myself?

The first thing on the list was a simple dinner of pulled chicken, green beans and brown rice sprinkled with chile powder. I’ve been craving canned french cut green beans this past week. I can’t do frozen green beans for some reason, only fresh or canned.I’m a condiment girl so the honey mustard on the side was essential.

A couple of hours later, I was craving something warm and sweet. I had phyllo dough defrosting in the fridge with an apple that only had a few more days left to enjoy so I decided to make  a few apple tarts. I cut up an apple, sprinkled cinnamon and agave nectar on it then microwaved for two minutes then scooped into the phyllo in a muffin tin

Covered with the remainder of the phyllo, sprinkled with more cinnamon and agave nectar then baked at 400 degrees for 17 minutes

These were absolutely delicious and hit the spot! They were so easy to make along with a quick fix when something sweet was needed. The only thing that would have made it better was some Cool Whip (said the same way Stewie says it of course)

Contemplating what I could make with the crockpot buffalo chicken, my mind naturally wondered to quesadillas. I’ve made the traditional quesadillas and even pizza quesadillas but I never thought to make buffalo chicken quesadillas. Once I thought of that while entering DOS codes into our with the times computer program at work, it was so on.

I took the shredded chicken and added chopped onions, fotina and shredded mozzarella cheese

Then I remembered I had an unopened bottle of this stuff in the cupboard, if you haven’t tried it—go out and buy some, it’s fabulous!

Added some to the chicken mix and spread on a whole wheat tortilla then topped with another and let cook for about 10 minutes

I mixed a couple of teaspoons of the wing sauce with a spoonful of ranch to make a zesty dipping sauce. The day I get sick of condiments is the day I die.

If you like buffalo chicken and like quesadillas–make these, like now. They turned out wonderful and I was a bit skeptical about using fontina but it melted beautifully with the mozzarella. I can’t wait to make these again!!

In other big news, my bestie just created a blog! She is writing about her training for her first half marathon in January, PF Changs Half Marathon no less so it will be rocking time (pun intended). She’s ran a few races in her day but never attempted a half and I am so happy for her! If I train, maybe I will meet her in Phoenix for it, you never know! I can’t wait to read about her progress and other fun, random happenings! Anywho, check it out—Thirteen.Point.One

Today, I took a beating mentally. It was my first day back at work after a three-day wknd (and that means I have a three-day workweek with Veterans Day on Thursday!) plus we got our credits assigned to us yesterday so jumping into that was interesting. The first part of the day, I was overloaded but soon found my groove into how much workflow would go. I also spoke with HR and my paycheck will be coming to me on Friday (grrrr) but it is more than I expected plus I will get my normal paycheck the following Monday. I can hold out until then and budget money, bring leftovers for lunch, etc. AND, I spoke with my mom today and she found a job! She worked at a newspaper in South Florida for 10 years then due to lack of sales, they laid her off last year. She has been depressed about not being able to find anything and been looking anywhere she can. Not only did she get a job, she got a sweet ass job at William Sonoma as a gift wrapper so let’s hope they hire her full-time or keep her on part-time. And let’s hope she takes that 40% discount and buys me a useful gift for Christmas and birthday!

With that, I plan on snuggling with this little man tonight. We got some Netflix to catch up 🙂

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16 Responses to “I Feel Like Chicken Tonight”

  1. erica @ fashionmeetsfood November 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    wow! All that food looks beyond amazing! Now I definitely want green beans chicken and honey mustard!


  2. PiggyLQ November 9, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    Thanks for the shout-out! I think now that I’ve discovered the world of blogging, I’ll probably make more of an effort to read yours too! 🙂

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness November 10, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    I had buffalo chicken quesadillas at a bar once. I thought I died and was in heaven!

    I find it hilarious that those sprinkles are “zombie” mix. Which basically means they have some black sprinkles mixed in. And that’s it. Ridiculous.

    • simplyshaka November 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

      Pizzeria Uno used to have the best ones but they closed all the locations near me 😦

      And yes, isn’t it absurd that the only different is the black sprinkles?

  4. Jen November 10, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    I love canned green beans, must be the salt 🙂 I don’t like frozen green beans and I can never get fresh to taste right.
    The buffalo chicken quesadillas looks so incredible!!! I have a bunch of tofu to use, so maybe I’ll make buffalo tofu quesadillas 🙂


    • simplyshaka November 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

      You definitely need to make the buffalo tofu quesadillas now that you tried it! I can never get the green beans just right either but I’ve been buying the no sodium added french cut green beans and there isn’t too much of a difference.

  5. Mo Diva November 10, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    im totally doin the “feel like Chicken tonight” dance. You did date yourself just a little… but I am well aware of the commercial so i just dated myself right there with you!

    I love the creativity here and I love your condiments. You def rocking it out girlie. i loves it. I need to make a ‘dilla…i have been making crazy ass food LOL. simplicity wins all the time. !

    Im making Dan Good Chili next week. im hopeful! lol

  6. Monique November 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    haha I vaguely remember that song, but not so much the commercial. Oh well 🙂

  7. emily (a nutritionist eats) November 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I love chicken wings and quesadillas – what a great combo!!

  8. dianacheung November 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    congrats to your bestie, congrats to your mommy, and yeah for $$$!!! And you always find products at the supermarket that I don’t know exist!!!

  9. OliePants November 11, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Those quesadillas are rockin! Now, I feel like chicken tonight.

  10. Devon November 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    I totally remember that commercial…. 🙂

    Hope you liked the buffalo chicken! It was excellent as tacos.

  11. jessica November 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Holy smokes! That phyllo, apple cinnamon combination looks awesome!!!

    I have also been a little bit obsessed with the Halloween clearance stuff recently : )

  12. BikiniBy30 November 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    I love Family Guy. It will pretty much always win my attention if it is on TV.

  13. Lily's Health Pad November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Oh Linxers! I’d want to snuggle up and watch movies with that handsome man.


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