Chicka Chicka Chickpea Wowow

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Happy Monday 🙂

I think all Mondays every day should include a spoonful of peanut butter. Forget Mary Poppins and her sugar. It’s all about the peanut butter!

Even Ellie agrees.

I probably should have treated myself to a heaping spoon of peanut butter this morning. The first thing I had on my agenda was to submit a job application. Joy. There I was: groggy-eyed and messy-haired, trying to successfully compress several files into one attachment . . . not a pretty picture. Technology and I don’t often get along, especially so early in the morning. Thankfully, I did prevail, and my application is sent! Fingers crossed that I get a call for an interview. It’s for a Marketing Communications Specialist position with a great university, and I do believe it would be an excellent fit!

After conquering a few more things, I headed off to the Y to get my sweat on. Starting off with a light 15 minute warm-up on the elliptical, I then headed over to the weight room to complete Day 8 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer program. So far I am liking the program since it gives me more direction in the gym; however, I am hoping I do not get too bored with the repetition of the exercises. I might research some other programs and come up with a few of my own workouts to sprinkle in with the LiveFit program. Stay tuned! Today was also a spinning day. Bob (our regular teacher) is on vacation, so another student filled-in for him. (Don’t worry, I still looked like a swamp monster after class. I seem to have no trouble working up a sweat whenever I’m spinning away!) Oh, and I might even get to lead the class on Wednesday! We’ll see though. I may chicken out.

With a great work out under my belt, I headed home to try out another recipe.

A supervisor at Madre’s office has a birthday tomorrow, but due to health issues, he has to watch his sugar intake. So a sugary, frosting-topped cake is certainly out of the question. What’s the company’s designated baker (me) to do?

I turned to Chocolate-Covered Katie again. I give you: Deep-Dish Cookie Pie.

Eggs? No. Butter? Nope. Flour? NO! Seriously. I even used Ideal brown sugar blend instead of real sugar.

The base of this baby is simply chickpeas and oats. I know, I know . . . chickpeas? All I can say is don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

Honestly, I was worried. Would it taste diet-y? Would my palette find nothing but the garbanzo-beaniness that is this cookie pie?

Nope.

It. Was. Great! It’s like magic. Bean magic. (And I know what you’re thinking . . . No, I do not mean the musical fruit kind of magic. Really, guys. Get your minds outta the gutter.) But really. You should give this a try.

I also had the pleasure of making dinner for Madre and I tonight. That’s right, I was all “cooking girl” today.

I threw together one of my newish all-time favs: Buffalo Sloppy Joes.

Doesn’t that make your saliva glands twitch in anticipation? Mine do.

And guess what? It’s Eazzeeeeeee!

Buffalo Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (I used about 1 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s buffalo sauce
  • 2 T brown sugar (Ideal brown sugar blend)
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 T (plus a bit more) Worcestershire sauce (I love this stuff)
  • dash of pepper

Directions:

  • Saute veggies in large pan (I coated mine with EVOO spray) until soft.
  • Add meat, crumble and brown.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  • Once everything is nice and bubbly, turn heat down and let simmer until sauce thickens. (About 10 minutes)

Serve on hamburger buns (or in my case, atop a salad) and top with crumbled blue cheese.

Mmmmm so spicy and delicious! I hope you enjoy it as much as Madre and I did.

Well, I am off to watch an episode or two of Smallville with Madre. Speaking of mmmmmmmm . . .

Tom Welling. You’re welcome 😉

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