I promise the Hunger Games post titles will stop after this one, but I couldn’t help myself (again).
There isn’t even a pita in this post, technically, but this picture reminded me of one, and then I thought of my sister-in-law, Susan, who told me that “Peeta” always reminded her of “pita” as she was reading (fitting, since he is the boy with the bread).
And on top of that, I may be in the process of re-reading the series myself. Forgive me. The mania will subside soon.
As for the above picture, you probably guessed it’s actually a tortilla. Continuing on with the meal planning, I made myself a delicious quesadilla creation for lunch on Wednesday. I stuffed the whole wheat tortilla with an ounce of gouda cheese (insert pun here), chicken sausage and spinach, then cooked it on medium-high heat in a pan until the insides were perfectly gooey.
They didn’t slice into triangles as nicely as I had hoped, but it was still very tasty.
My dinner inspiration came courtesy of Pinterest. Gina’s Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Melted Mozzarella looked amazing. We don’t have a grill, so my solution was to bake the chicken at 400 degrees for 30 minutes first. I also added barbecue sauce, slathering a healthy dose on each side.
While the barbecue chicken baked, I took sliced regular red peppers (rather than roasted, since I didn’t have them on hand) and cooked them with olive oil on the stove over medium-high heat. Once they were slightly charred, I added in the spinach and cooked all the ingredients together until the spinach was wilted. Then, per Gina’s recipe, I took the (now cooked) chicken out of the oven, topped each with the wilted spinach, mozzarella and one pepper slice, then baked everything together at 400 until the cheese was melted, or roughly 6 to 8 minutes.
The verdict? We loved this recipe! Baked barbecue chicken is always a favorite, but the spinach and cheese topping added even more flavor. If I make this again, I will likely use roasted red peppers as Gina intended, but other than that, I was very pleased.
I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! This week has flown by, likely because things have been so busy with work lately that the hours all seem to blend together. Add to that my training runs and a stubborn desire to write, and there has not been much sleep happening over here. It’s all self-inflicted (1:30 a.m. bedtimes could certainly be changed), but there is also a part of me who doesn’t see an end in sight for the time being.
I’m not complaining – just observing. I thrive on having to-dos and get restless when I have nothing going on, but there are always limits and I’m fairly close to hitting mine. The “brain fog” is taking up temporary residence. Hopefully the weekend will bring some much needed downtime.
Ever feel as though you’re so busy you don’t have time to think? How do you unwind?