*I wrote this last night at work, so my use of ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’ might be confusing?
Has all this snow gotten anyone else’s mood in funk? Is it just me? Maybe today was just an off day for me, but A (easier than daughter. A, that’s her!) and I had a movie day today–which is rare for us because I’m usually pretty strict about time spent watching the boob tube; you know what they say, garbage in, garbage out. Anywho, I was just over the snow today. Maybe it was the fact that I was facing a double at work today. I sure hope so, because there is so much snow in our front yard just begging for some foot/paw prints! :) I hope tomorrow is better than today! Random: 1 in 4 women misread pregnancy tests? Really?! That’s serious.
Alright, alright, on to the juicy stuff! What’s for dinner?! Actually, I must confess that on the previous dinner (Giada’s whole chicken), I was so sketched out about whether or not it was good (I was two days past on my “Sell by” date!) that I made another dinner while the chicken was roasting :p The second dinner that night was an old, easy, kind of no brainer dinner. No one loves it, but it’ll do the trick, and it’s good for you!
Abs Diet Chili
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 pound lean ground turkey breast Note: Lean ground beef works great too.
- 1 14 ½ oz can diced tomatoes with jalapenos
- 1 10 ½ oz can chickpeas, drained
- 1 10 ½ oz can black beans, drained
- 1 10 ½ oz can kidney beans, drained
- 1 10 ½ oz can low-soduim chicken broth Note: Bouillon cube it!
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne Note: I never have this, so I don’t use it. Am I missing out?
It’s pretty straightforward. I like to start the turkey browning first, then get the beans drained and the onion chopped. I just had the thought that corn would probably be good in this, but I’ve never actually tried it before. It’s filling and healthy, straightforward and simple. For some reason,
C (that’s husband!) doesn’t like this anymore. We went on the Abs Diet a few years ago and had this chili at least once every ten days; maybe that’s what did him in? :) I think it was just fine, but C has actually requested I not make it again! Boo! Oooooh well, maybe your families will enjoy it more since hopefully its something new for them.
Husband rating: 3! He’s just over it. Don’t be scared, it really is good! :)
Would I make this for someone else? No. There are other recipes above this in my ‘send out’ list, but if this was all I had, I suppose I would… :)
Now for the cookies! Since I made two dinners in one night, I had some free time to do a little recipe experimenting :)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup shortening Note: I substituted butter as did many people who reviewed this recipe on allrecipes.
¾ cup packed brown sugar Note: 98% of the time I use Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
¾ cup white sugar
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips Note: All I had were mini morsels, and only 1½ cups, so I’m sure that would’ve helped make these cookies a 8 or 9 as opposed to a 6 or 7.
As with most baking that requires butter, it needs softened. It seems to take forever for butter to soften just by sitting out (like hours?!), so I had to microwave it. I did it for 45 seconds on 50% power and voila–softened butter.
I’ve also heard that it’s important not to overmix; I don’t recall why (should I know these things since I’m writing about them? :p), so I just made sure everything was blended well and then I used a spatula to fold in the oats and chips. I like my cookies crispy crisp, so mine took 15-16 minutes, but probably would’ve been ok around 10-13 too, depending on how you like your cookie.
They came out ok. Nothing life changing, and I probably won’t make them again, unless that’s just all I happen to be able to make and want cookies. I prefer oatmeal raisin.I think this recipe could’ve been ok with some added spices (cinammon, all spice, something), but the lack of a ‘wow factor’ sure didn’t stop me from eating about 23 :) Don’t get me wrong, they certainly weren’t bad and they require items that one ususally has on hand at all times, so if you want to try something new, give them a try! :) Daughter had a fabulous time just playing in the water, so that made the whole thing worth it anyway.
- Husband rating: 6.5 at first, but as the evening wore on, they grew on him to a 7 :)
- Would I make this for someone else? No. There are other cookie recipes that I prefer and would make for others.
Friday is grocery day (who’s with me!?) so I will pick up some raisins and try an oatmeal raisin recipe. I also want to try that whole apple substitution method so I can let you know how that
goes. I’m going to try some new shopping techniqes on Friday too. Gonna hit Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aide (boy, that’s pretty ambitious seeing it all written out). I want to be a better, smarter,
thriftier shopper! C and I decided that I could take a Friday or Saturday evening and go alone in order to hit more than one place (and sneak in some mommy alone time! woop woop). I’ve been scouring the
sale papers online and have a little notebook comparing prices of the things I need <—- hello time consumption! But that's the beauty of working doubles and having your relief for evening shift show up two hours early, giving you an hour and a half before midnight shift to head on over to the library for some internet time! I mean, come on, Rite Aide has 9 Quilted Northern rolls on sale for $3.99!! WILD right?! :) I mean, it ain't Charmin, but it won't kill you. That's my motto.