Say hola to my little friend

19 Apr

For as crappy as Tuesdays usually are, today wasn’t bad at all.

I had an Earnest Eats Cran Lemon Zest bar and Dannon Greek honey yogurt for breakfast.

 I was a bit reluctant to try the Earnest bar since it’s vegan and I may have a misconception about vegan products being bland or tasteless. When I took it out of the wrapped, the small of cran and yes, zest overcame me. I bit into it and was in shock—it was scrumptious! It was moist but not too moist and bland would be the last word to describe it. My main gripe was that it was a small bar so it was gone within a few bites and a higher fat content that I would have liked. 

As for the greek yogurt, honey greek yogurt is my obsession as of late. How did I never try this flavor before? So freakin yummy.

I had the final leftovers from Sunday night. Instead of adding pasta to the stir fry like yesterday, I heated the leftovers then laid upon a pile of plain cole slaw mix to make a quick, Asian salad!

I’m going to start using cole slaw mix as the base more. I will buy a bag and go through only half of it not knowing what to do with the other half and this is a perfect way to incorporate it.

I had a consultation for my tattoo removal in the afternoon so I got to leave work earl. Plus, it was another gorgeous spring day so getting out of the depressing gray cube  is always a nice thing. I talked to the doctor and it turns out I don’t need any more sessions of laser tattoo removal however they want to wait a few months before doing any procedures to remove the scarring.

So you can get an idea of how much color has been removed, here is a pic of me five years ago

And this is what it looks like today

You can barely see it anymore however there is a bit of it that has been raised from scarring and I would like to get it back to an even level. I hate to say this and will never admit it to her face but I wish I would’ve listened to my mother. Of course green is the hardest color to remove and this has cost me a good $1,000 more than getting the tattoo when I was 16. And I got my tattoo by a guy named Mr. Happy, how effin creepy is that?? I hate spending that much money because I am a frugal gal but it was a mistake I made when I was young and dumb. I felt like I couldn’t wear a lot of things I wanted to especially in the work place so getting it removed was the option that seemed best.

They were also concerned about my right arm.

I hate when I can’t get my self tanner all blended it. My left arm looks normal while the right arm looks like I have a funky skin condition going on. I assured them I was fine and it was all Hawaiian Tropics part. I was so self-conscious about it at work and whenever someone would come into my cube, I would hide my right hand.

Then dinner happened. I had no clue what I was going to make except that it was going to be chicken since I had a piece defrosting in the fridge. So I went to old faithful-stuffed chicken. Instead of making a hummus or spinach stuffed chicken like I have in the past, I put a south of the border spin on it and stuffed it with refried black beans, garlic and jalapeno spices.

I pounded the chicken (hehe) and then spread the refried beans on it along with the spices

Then I realized I was out of toothpicks, which means I will have to make a trip to Chipotle soon. I remembered that I bought some interesting toothpicks during my trip to NYC this winter.

I love ranch. Even ranch flavored toothpicks but sadly these didn’t taste too ranchlike so this was perfect to hold the chicken together.

I heated two tbsp of oil then placed the chicken in the pan to cook

I let cook while turning every two or three minutes so it could cook thoroughly, it took about 20 minutes

I turned the heat down and added salsa and cheese to the chicken and let cook for another five minutes

I had mini nachos on the side topped with jalapenos, green onions and cheese for a perfect Mexican meal done in less than 30 mins!

So, how was it? ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Yes, I realize that’s all caps but that’s how good it was. My only regret is that I didn’t make another piece of chicken for leftovers but this will definitely be another addition to the stuffed chicken collection.

I had an admirer sitting watching me while I ate.  Even Lincoln could tell it was some good grub.

Afterwards, I made myself go to the gym. I was supposed to go last night but didn’t for no reason whatsoever other than laziness. I did 35 minutes on the Precor Crossramp on the interval workout with a resistance ranging from 8 to 10

All in all a good workout, I was just happy I got off my butt and did something. I was such a sweaty mess afterwards, all I want was a hot shower and then a cold smoothie.

Blackberries, coconut milk and chia seeds

The smoothie was good but as soon as I finished it, I wanted a po boy, what’s up with that?

Do you have any tattoos or gotten any removed?
Do you make stuffed chicken?

26 Responses to “Say hola to my little friend”

  1. Amy @ Second City Randomness April 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    I have gone back and forth so many times about getting a tattoo. I finally narrowed it down to something I’d like, but what’s the point if every place I’ve thought to put it is because it’s a good “hidden” spot? The contemplation continues…

  2. genesis April 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    i actually dont regret my ankle tattoo and my mom also let me get it, which really surprised the hell out of me. its a part of me and who i am as an individual and also my background so im really proud of it. plus when you say tribal tattoo people tend to be okay with it and not try to pass judgement. im going to get more when i go back to hawaii.

    oh and who is mr. tall dark and handsome? yum!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      He is a friend of a friend…very cute huh?

      I hope I can crash with you in Hawaii one day? 🙂

  3. Amanda April 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    I love those Earnest Eats bars! They are so good!

    Tattoo removal looks insanely painful! I don’t have any tattoos. I want some though! I just keep going back any forth on it.

    Now I want a po’ boy. HA! What IS up with that?

  4. Diana@mymarblerye April 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Ugh I could never get a tattoo since I’m such a control freak! I would have to do it myself! Jesus who is that hott honey in that pic with you?!? Anyways I need to cook more bah!

  5. Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses April 19, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    How do you like the Dannon Greek? I’m going to be giving it a whirl later this week!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

      I like it a lot and its pretty comparable to chobani…win!

  6. vixter2010 April 20, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    I haven’t got a tattoo – I’d be scared of the pain but also that I’d hate it after a wile. They’ve done a good job tho – you can hardly see it now.

  7. According to Gus April 20, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Awww…sweet Lincoln. 🙂

    I don’t use chicken a lot…it sorta weirds me out, but your stuffed version looks so good! And I’m game for anything that allows me to add salsa and cheese!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

      Salsa & cheese makes all things right!

  8. OliePants April 20, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    You know I always wanted to get a tattoo on my wrist to be covered up by my watch but my problem is not knowing what I would want on it. I’m too indecisive to pick something and nothing really matters to me that much. 🙂 I don’t have an attachment to anything like that.

    Although I could get I ❤ Greek Yogurt with Honey to my face. I do love it that much! 🙂

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

      Haha don’t do that! I’ve always thought a wrist one would be pretty cool as well.

  9. Carly April 20, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    I’ve never gotten a tattoo, but the removal sounds painful and expensive! I’m glad you’re almost done with it.

    I’ve also never made stuffed chicken, but after seeing some of your recipes, I think I need to try!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

      You definitely need to try it….stuffed chicken not tattoos 🙂

  10. Monique April 20, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Theres good reason behind getting all my tattoos on my backside… i cant see them- therefore no one else can LOL

    I love th stuffed chicken! excellent idea!

    I love vegan sweets! they are made with coconut milk/oil which is super duper creamy and sweet- sometimes i prefer a vegan cookie over a regular cookie!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

      Coconut milk is my latest obsession, I love it!!

      I just got some coconut oil but have no clue what to do with it.

  11. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle April 20, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    I have never had a tattoo even though I wanted one when I was younger but so glad I didn’t get one! Tattoos are forever.

    I used the leftover ricotta mixture from my eggplant manicotti to make stuffed chicken…it was DELICIOUS!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

      OMG I will have to try it! I may not be able to find a good eggplant but I can use that at least…thanks for the tip!

  12. This Italian Family April 20, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Oh my gracious, can I just say that I’m glad that I’m not the only one who has had self tanner mishaps, haha! I definitely forgot to put it on my throat/neck one time and looked more than a little ridiculous. Ah, oh well, live and learn, right? 😉

    That chicken looks fabulous. I’ve never made stuffed chicken, but I’m thinking it’s high time I did!

    • simplyshaka April 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

      You definitely need to get on the stuffed chicken train 🙂

      I wish I could hire someone to just apply it for me. I have a funky blot on my neck from it lol

  13. andrea@Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries April 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    1. I love, love, love greek yogurt and honey. It is my absolute fave!
    2. Your stuffed chicken looks amazing! I will have to experiment with this!
    3. I’ve never had a tattoo, but I did set out to get this huge sun on the top of my foot when I was 18, but a huge chain of events prevented me from getting it. Now I’m thankful cause I know I would’ve regretted it. I still want 3 tattoos, though. Do you think you would ever get another one?
    4. I would love to get together for lunch or dinner! Let’s plan something. Let me know what next weekend looks like for you!

  14. peacebeme April 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    I LOVE stuffed chicken! That bar looks really good too.

    I don’t have any tattoos, and would never get one.

  15. Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl April 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    I am totally with you on the honey yogurt obsession! Mine started sometime last week when Dannon was on sale and honey was the only flavor left. Those strawberry, blueberry, and vanilla yogurt-sale-stealers don’t know what they’re missin’! I crumble granola over the top of mine and it’s amazing…although I think the guy on the other side of the cube wall is slightly annoyed at 10am every morning as I chomp away 🙂

  16. janetha April 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    1. yes just one of my dog mable’s name!
    2. you know ittttt

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