Thursday Thoughts and Dinner in the Crockpot

After a few busy weeks of training, it was almost hard to sleep in this week…almost!  I took Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday off from working out.  One reason is because I have had a lot to do at work.  Another reason is because I still have EVERYTHING to do before I leave for Israel in less than one week!  Plus, it’s always just nice to catch up on some sleep.


I did figure out dinners for this week even though I didn’t blog about our Meal Plan earlier in the week.  Monday was dinner on the go because I had a late night meeting.  This Hidden Menu has made me fall back in love with Panera.  I’m slightly obsessed with the Hummus Chicken Bowl!  Don’t have a picture, but I do have one of the rainbow in the Target parking lot Monday night.




I’ve been a bad blogger with pictures, but Tuesday the BOY made a Mesquite Pork Tenderloin on the grill (with a huge salad) and Wednesday we had Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp with grilled peppers.


For tonight, I am back on dinner duty.  And by me, I mean the Crockpot : )




I may have stayed up late to watch the Hawk’s game last night (darn over times), so did not bound out of bed this morning. Recently I have been channeling my 101 year old grandpa who for dinner, throws everything (leftovers rice from my aunt, veggies) into his soup. I have been doing this for breakfast with my eggs.  Leftover salmon…yum!  Sweet potato…delish!  A veggie burger when there’s nothing else…somehow it still works


Yet this morning, I found myself out of eggs.  After some deep thought, I ended up throwing together a Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Smoothie. 




With a pretty lazy start to my week, I was pondering some activity, but instead I dawdled on the computer and then had to run some errands before my trip.  I am hoping to have time over this three day weekend to actually get packed up, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t slightly stressed out (yet totally excited!) about my upcoming trip.  Ok…back to dinner…I discovered this Crockpot recipe over the weekend and immediately added it to this week’s meal plan.


Is it not crazy that at my new job where I have been working for less than 2 weeks, they already ask me what’s in the crockpot for dinner?  I think it’s because I was raving about these Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps on my first day!




The tricky part of this recipe was that I needed to get everything set and then talk the BOY through the cornstarch portion since he gets home before me (and because this is my last day before Israel, I knew it’d be a later night).




Good News…he was able to figure it out.




Bad News…he misunderstood the timing and I got home a little late from work, so our dinner was slightly overcooked.  Still absolutely delicious but when we make this again, it will be on a non-work day.




We served dinner over rice with a side of green beans and an ice cold Wisco beer.  I don’t think that the pictures due it justice because this dinner is fantastic!




And so is this new New Glarus beer that I brought home from my camping trip.




There have been plenty of dinner leftovers for lunch this week, which has been awesome.  One of the best things about my new schedule is that I have two work days where I am eating lunch at home.  It is great to prepare my meal, sit down, and enjoy a laid back lunch (as opposed to a stuff your face with food during a meeting in between patients kind of lunch).  Over the past two weeks, I have been making healthier decisions and mindlessly snacking less.  I’ve lost ~2 pounds and feel refreshed.  It’s pretty incredible to notice how much stress was impacting my life and my health!


Speaking of that…it’s time to chillax with my beer, the BOY , and our DVR!

Thanks for listening to my Thursday thoughts!



What are your Thursday thoughts?

Does anyone else like New Glarus beer?




Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Smoothie


Place the following ingredients in blender and blend on high.

1 banana, sliced

1 cup almond milk

1/4 cup oats

2 Tbsp cacao powder

1-2 Tbsp almond butter

2 handfuls of ice



Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken
Recipe From Chef In Training

*Note: this is the doubled recipe…I only made half (or one) portion for tonight!



2.5 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thighs would be fine too)
Salt and pepper
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 tablespoons diced onion
4 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoon canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds


Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce.
Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.

25 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts and Dinner in the Crockpot

  1. The end of the rainbow lands on the glorious golden land of Target haha! That smoothie looks amazing- love bananas

  2. I have never tried New Glarus beer however I love the name. DD and I love to go to Binny’s to pick out a beer for DH (he sent us once and we came home with the craziest name we could find and it turned out to be really good-we just laughed our way through the store -now we are his official beer buyers even though we really don’t drink beer).
    Thanks for the tip (and link) on the hidden menu-I have to go to 2 meetings at Panera next week so I already know what I’m having!
    I also love Target-their C9 brand of workout clothes is really good!

    • Debi, let me know what you try because I’m slightly addicted to the hummus bowl and haven’t strayed yet! I love that you guys are the beer buyers. I never know what to get when I’m there but last went last weekend before my bro came over. Considering he and the BOY drank EVERYTHING within an hour, I’d say I did okay…ha ha!

  3. Well, the crockpot chicken is going to be the office crockpot lunch next thursday…. ! thank you! And the Wisco beer? None for me? hrrrrrmph…. Hugs, DD, you will get it all done and be on the plane… love ya, mom

    • I meant to bring you some…ooops! Next trip, we can stock up! Watch this chicken closely and follow the time guidelines and it will turn out amazing. You can serve it with rice or quinoa.

  4. Hey there IronGirl! I’m so proud of you! My favorite New Glarus brew is best enjoyed in the summer – Naked! may i also recommend Island Wheat from Washington Island via Capital Brewing Co – Madison you now, it may be only 6:38 AM, but I think I could use one right now- Yikes!

    • I have some in the fridge right now…beermosa’s???breakfast??? Ha ha! We really should live closer to one another. I love the Washington Wheat and became even more obsessed when I rode my bike past the place where they grow it on Washington Island. I found it in cans this last trip but can’t wait until Door County in August where I can get it and New Glarus on tap! I’ll have to check out the naked too!

  5. Hey girl! That crockpot sesame chicken looks amazing! The sad thing is that I don’t know how to use my crock pot properly. Isn’t that sad? I always overcook whatever I’m making up in it 🙂 My hubby is the crockpot master, so I leave it up to him. I love the look of your morning smoothie, going to have to give that a try! Have a great weekend! xoxo,Jackie

    • Thanks! It was so filling and awesome for a busy morning out and about! That is so sad about the crockpot. I think they make them more powerful these days so I usually use a lower setting then recommended. Hope you and your hubby enjoy the chicken!

  6. wow that sounds like such a tasty crockpot recipe, my fam would love it gotta give it a try. congrats on the 2lbs! Even just snacking less and losing a couple pounds I always feels sooo much better, its crazy!

  7. Stress is a powerful thing and does mean things to your body. So glad to hear your new job has less of it and that you’re feeling better! 🙂

    Everyone in MPLS raves about New Glarus (I don’t drink beer)! That crock-pot chicken looks fantastic! I so need to start using my crock-pot more!

  8. I really really need a crock-pot! That chicken looks fabulous!

    Also, I wanted to ask, are you a PT? For some reason, I thought you were but I can’t find anything on your blog (totally understandable :)). If you are though, I’d love to send you an e-mail with a few questions!

    Have a great weekend!

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