The whole finishing one’s PhD is quite anticlimactic. Especially when you still have to go through the month-long formatting review process, complete a couple more experiments per reviewers requests for a paper, fill out scads of paperwork which includes acquiring several signatures from departments around campus (some of which cannot be completed until I am ready to turn in my badge and keys), and don’t have a job lined up yet. So guess what have I been doing post-defense? Don’t get me wrong, there have definitely been celebrations but I don’t feel relieved just yet.
That being said, enjoy this easy, single-serving recipe for orange chicken with a lot of asparagus! Don’t like asparagus? Swap out with snow peas, green beans or broccoli. And as usual, you could also use your multiplication tables to prepare this for multiple people.
One year ago: Buckeye Monkey Bread Muffins
Surprise surprise it’s me posting today! You thought I was going to drop off the face of the blogging-planet post-defense didn’t you? I am taking a couple days off to spend with my family that came into town, but I am back to my regularly scheduled posts. Just make sure to call me Dr. Erin, mmk? Gotta start putting this PhD to work, and hopefully get a job in the process.
A serious amount of gratitude goes out to all the awesome guest bloggers who helped me out during a very intense time of my life, and I hope everyone enjoyed their visits. I also hope you appreciate simple yet delicious meals because that’s what I’ve got for you today. My defense may be over, but the work is not! If for some strange reason you feel like making a meal that takes longer to prepare, feel free to browse my recipe index. But otherwise, continue on for a creamy, healthy, and easy chicken recipe.
This chicken is cooked in a cast iron skillet and then topped with a Greek yogurt sauce that is perfect paired with your favorite side of veggies or pasta. I served mine with roasted balsamic tomatoes and asparagus from Prevention RD’s cookbook which I shared recently. A couple of you wanted to know the recipe for the chicken I mentioned in that post, and here it is to please your belly. Picture was taken in haste pre-defense so cut me a break on that one, I was stressed and hungry.
After drooling over Devon’s guest post on Wednesday, I decided to dig out her balsamic chicken recipe I made and the pictures that I’ve been sitting on since July. Hectic times result is forgotten recipes evidently. Luckily these forgotten gems come in handy now that I have less time and motivation to cook. I barely even have time to work out most days, which combined with my constant urge to survive on boxed mac and cheese is a terrible thing for my health. Especially since I would eat the entire box in one sitting. Thankfully, I still mange to fight that urge most days but I fear my self control won’t be able to hold out for the remaining 2.5 weeks. I will have to remind myself that recipes such as this one are just as easy to prepare!
One year ago: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Did you really think I was going to forget to post on Single Serving Sunday? Actually, I am quite surprised I managed to pull together a recipe to post today. My time management skills must be ridiculously awesome this week despite the mayhem. So today while I am off enjoying Shiva’s post-wedding brunch, followed by a long haul back to Memphis, enjoy this taco stack!
One year ago: Buckeye “Cheese Ball”
It’s Monday. My brain was already fried on Friday and I proceeded to fry it further over the weekend with lots more writing. My mission to have everything written by the end of August at first seemed completely reasonable but now is much more daunting. If I do manage to pull it off, I’ll get to take a break and celebrate with wedding #2 of 3 for the year. Motivation comes in many forms and if someone wants to cook me dinner in the meantime that’d be awesome.
Does this look familiar? It was in the background of a milkshake recipe posted last week, although I think I got a better shot of it in the background of that picture than in the spotlight here. Oh well, it shouldn’t take much to convince you to make a burger that has cheese in it as well as on top of it, finished off with another topping of guacamole. If you need more, go ahead and serve it with fries and a milkshake cause I know you want to anyway. This flavor explosion of a meal is a quick one to prepare too.
I finally made something with my new smaller crock pot, and the verdict? It cooks smaller volumes much better than in my larger crock pot. Not really surprising but still exciting to be able to actually slow cook something for over 2 hours without it overcooking and drying out. With all the dissertation writing in my future that little guy will be put to hard work. Although it may be a bit distracting to smell the deliciousness as it cooks while trying to focus on writing about yeast and genes.
Speaking of writing, I am still waiting to hear back from the last committee member about scheduling my dissertation defense. Boo hiss.
One year ago: Dark Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter
A couple days ago I sent out a meeting request to my graduate committee in order to schedule my dissertation defense. Commence total freak out/panic attack. 4 of the 5 have responded thus far and it looks like it may be either Sept 23 or 24th, assuming the 5th person has no conflicts those days. It’s a little over 2 months away but just thinking about it gets my heart racing in nervous anticipation. I feel as though I have so much to do still! You may not notice by looking at me but inside I am screaming. Once I know the date for sure I’ll be in desperate need of food blogging friend-guest posts the week or two beforehand. Until then I’ll do my best not to neglect the spiffyness.
After what I just shared, you’d think that I would be posting a crazy comfort food dish today for Single Serving Sunday. It almost happened and I am sure it will in the future but for now I chose an easy recipe that took less time and ingredients to prepare. You simply bake a chicken breast with fresh peach slices and then top with a balsamic reduction. The peaches help keep the chicken moist and the balsamic seals the deal.
This week I took time off from bench work in the lab to start writing my dissertation, which is also why I have been commenting and tweeting less this week. I have two chapters nearly finished already because they are also two papers I am going to publish soon, but the intro required some serious attention so that’s what I am giving it. Of course that doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good meal during breaks especially when it is something quick and easy like this chicken. Feast your eyes upon this while I go write more jargon about Candida albicans drug resistance.
Salad?!? When was the last time I posted a recipe for a salad? There was a small salad served alongside the mini Greek meatloaves I shared in early May, but before that it was the roasted butternut salad in January (which blew my mind). But I keep telling myself I need make salads more often and in an effort to eat more greens I made this salad topped with taco-seasoned grilled chicken and all sorts of good taco-salad-esque things – even quesadilla strips. You can barely find the leafy greens under all of that but hey, it’s still a salad right?
After my cousin’s bachelorette party over Memorial weekend, Shiva’s shower this past weekend, the upcoming two more bachelorette parties for Amber and Shiva and then the 3 weddings themselves, I am super excited about wedding season this summer. Unfortunately, it also leaves my mind very blank when it comes to talking about today’s recipe.
Between avocado, mini sweet bell pepper and mango I cannot get enough. Since this meal includes two of those current obsessions, I ended up making it twice in one week. Plus it was crazy easy to make. I think that’s enough information to convince you to make this for yourself! Ii is halved from the original recipe resulting in 2 servings, but you can easily double it back for four.