I got a new laptop!
Insert Happy Dance and Jump for Joy here!
I got it at Costco…hence the chicken and greens. The BOY has been telling me for well over a year that I am in need of a new computer. Yet when things came up (oops I’m out of memory), I was able to come up with strategies (moving all music to external drive). Yikes! So when a few new things came up this weekend, I finally told the BOY to do a little research. And after checking out Windows 8 on a demo computer, I was sold. Now I have barely touched my computer. It has been in the tight grasp of the BOY who is ‘setting it up’ for me. But I am super excited!
While the BOY worked away on my computer, I got busy working on dinner. I made classic lasagna for the BOY which is quite a labor of love, but totally worth the effort. I went with the entire recipe this time (I usually just make half) and brought leftovers to share with my coworkers.
I apologize for the poor quality photo above but as always the BOY was on the move with his dinner while I was trying to snap a picture. The BOY thinks I’m crazy but I just never liked lasagna. So I made my own dinner from my new slow cooker recipe book.
Chicken + Sweet Potatoes + Figs
With the temperatures dropping below zero and and my efforts focused on the lasagna, I was excited to try a new crockpot recipe. I love figs and was intrigued by this Moroccan looking dish. Especially since I had almost all of the spices in my cabinet.
I was playing with my crockpot settings, so I think I slightly overcooked the chicken. Yet even with the less than juicy chicken, the flavors of this dish are wonderful!
And the leftovers warmed me up after my cold commute home. You should most definitely bust out your crockpot this week and try one of these awesome recipes! Let me know if you are looking for suggestions!
In other news, we are back to meal planning this week.
Well, at least we are attempting to get back into it with an easy week…
For Him Lasagna
For Her Chicken with Figs
Wednesday: Shrimp Stirfry
Thursday: Leftovers (I hope!)
Friday: Raid the Fridge/Wing It!
Breakfast: Pumpkin Banana Baked Oatmeal Bars
Healthy Weekday Snack: Clean Garlic Hummus
Chicken with Figs
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3/4 pound boneless, skinless, chicken breasts*
3/4 cup dried figs, halved
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground orange peel
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup orange juice (I used the juice of one orange freshly squeezed)
1. Cube the chicken. Quickly sauté the chicken in a dry nonstick skillet until it starts to turn white. Drain off any excess grease.
2. Place the chicken and remaining ingredients into a 4 quart slow cooker (I have no idea what size I used). Stir. Cook for 6 hours on low. Stir before serving.
*NOTE: I just used 1 pound of chicken breasts and no thighs
Do you use Windows 8? Any tips for me?