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Foodie Friday: Copycat Recipe, Honey Seared Chicken

Hello all!

I am back from the cold north and am finally recovering from being super sick as well!  The last 2 weeks def threw me for a loop and off schedule in pretty much every area of life.  As I look to get back on track I figured one great place to start is here!
It is Friday again!  Yay!  Time to link up with my girls to bring another round of fabulous recipes!
Farrah from Fairyburger, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING! Today our theme is a CopyCat Recipe!
We all probably have a favorite dish we go out for, yet don’t make at home!  As I was thinking about some of the things I like to eat out, one of my favorite Pei Wei meals sprung to mind!  I did a little editing to a recipe I found on Pinterest, and I hope you all enjoy! You can find the original recipe here!

Honey Seared Chicken (with rice noodles and veggies)
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup orange juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1. In small bowl, combine honey, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes. Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry.
2. Season lightly with salt. In large non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook about 4 minutes, until seared. (I also added my red pepper at this point)
3. Turn chicken, cook another 4 minutes until just cooked through. Pour honey mixture over chicken and cook, turning chicken to coat as sauce begins to thicken, about 2 min.
4. Sprinkle with Sesame seeds.
5. Serve with rice noodles and sauteed veggies.

It was also fun to cook in this kitchen while pet sitting!

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their wonderful CopyCat recipes!!

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Tune in next week for recipes where we overcome a fear!


Foodie Pen Pals, October

Well, it is that time of month again to reveal the Foodie Pen Pal package I received this past month.  Normally, I am super excited about posting…however, this package was very different from what I normally receive!!

Tea, baby food (??) and a handwritten recipe.

Again, this is not typical of what I have received in the past.  I hate to be a Negative Nancy, but I was a little disappointed with this package.  Oh well, I guess I will be drinking a lot more tea over the next few weeks.

If you want to get involved with the Foodie Pen Pals here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your pen pal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your pen pal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Pen pals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your pen pal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Pen pals is open to US, Canadian residents & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in Europe, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

If you would like to be a part of this amazing program you can sign up HERE by Tuesday, November 4th.

Have a healthy day!

-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Foodie Friday: Quick and easy 30 min meals

Happy Happy Friday!!  I am linking up again with my girls: Farrah from Fairyburger, Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Cassandra from Powered by BLING!!  Today’s theme is Quick and Easy, 30 min meals!! If you want to see any of the last posts you can check them out here: chicken dinner, smoothies, perfect picnic, dessert heaven, football foods, breakfast makeover, and vegetarian.
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The past few weeks have been even more busy than usual, so pretty much every meal I have been making has been close to 30 min.  Some even less since time has been so sparse.  This recipe has been one that I can whip together in about 20 min.  You can mix and match different ingredients, and just have fun with it  🙂


Turkey Taco Salad

1 TBS coconut oil
1- lb ground turkey (can use ground beef if that is what you prefer)
1 small can green chilies
1 Red pepper chopped
2-3 cups your choice of lettuce, chopped;  I use a combo of spinach and romaine
2 Roma tomatoes chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 avocado
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Spices for flavor.  I use my homemade taco and guacamole spice mixes.

1. Melt coconut oil in pan, add ground meat with chilies, red pepper and spices.  Brown together.
2. While meat cooks, chop up lettuce and tomato, shred cheese, prep beans.
3. Remove avocado from skin and mash in a bowl.  Mix in yogurt and spices.
4. Add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix (or individual bowls and each person builds their own salad.
5. Can pair with some chips and salsa
6. Enjoy

Come follow along with all these amazing ladies and check our their fabulous recipes!


Feel free to add your favorite recipe to the link-up!!!

-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Fantastic Friday!!

Well it is finally Friday! Yahoo 🙂

I really love my job and working out daily, but there are some times when a Friday night at home is just wonderful! Today is one of those rare days when I actually get a few hours at home.  This week was even more rare as I had a free night but my husband had an event.  So here I am, getting a chance to sit a put my feet up.  It is perfect timing as I have my first 10k of the year tomorrow.  I was going to walk with a friend from the gym, but she had to back out last minute, so I am going to try and run some of it tomorrow!

Onto the BEST part of my week! Chocolate!!! As “The Chocolate Runner” I will be sharing some yummy and fun chocolate items that I have from week to week! This week hubs and I had date night on Monday 🙂 After dinner, I was really wanting some fro-yo, and so we headed over to Red Mango. When I get fro-yo I usually get a combo of chocolate and sometimes peanut butter or cheesecake.  I personally don’t usually get toppings.  I would rather have as much fro-yo as possible without going too crazy.  This time there was a new flavor to try, spicy Aztec chocolate. I tried a small sample and I really liked it, so I added it to the middle of my cup!

What chocolate did YOU have this week??

And the winners of my first giveaway!!!
Congrats Bethany and Lisa 🙂

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~Chocolate Runner~