BBQ

Lazy/Busy Person’s Pulled Chicken

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This day-ish 2 years ago, I was blogging about a fancy raw vegan dinner after which I had trouble drawing a deep breath because I didn’t know I can’t have tree nuts yet—especially not the raw ones. Good times. A year before that, I was blogging about a lunch that involved soy chicken.

Funny how times have changed. These days, I like my soy to be recognizable as soy and for my chicken to be real chicken—preferably organic.

IMG_2720Today I decided to be a real adult and bust out the slow-cooker. After a little too much plant-based protein this week (chickpeas, black beans, black-eyed peas…) I needed some freaking meat. Maybe I had to google how to “pull” chicken, but man, I’m glad I did. Calling this a recipe is basically a joke. It was almost too easy…

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless organic chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (you could be fancy and make your own, but I left it up to Trader Joe’s this time)
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. Mix water and barbecue sauce together.
  2. Pour some of the sauce/water mix in and then the chicken and then the rest of the liquid.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, use two forks to “pull” it. Aka tear it apart from itself, but gently.

Hm. I have a BFA in writing, for f***’s sake. You’d think I’d be able to come up with a better description for how one pulls chicken…I guess I’ll have to work on that and get back to you.

Do you have a slow-cooker? What do you like to use it for? 

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What I Ate Wednesday #110: Mothers’ Day Linner

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Happy Wednesday! I’m still recovering from presenting my capstone project last night. It hasn’t really hit me that I’m basically done with grad school, but hey, no complaints! Of course, there’s always time for a little What I Ate Wednesday. Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link part. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

Since this week has been super-busy, here’s What I ate on Mothers’ Day. My mom is ridiculous (and I mean that in the best way possible)—she’s the only person I’ve ever met who wanted to spend her Mothers’ Day cooking for 15 people. Everything was delicious and everyone seemed to have a really nice time. The only problem with afternoon dinners (at least for me) is that I get hungry around my normal dinnertime. It’s rare that I’m able to eat dinner at 3 and make it all the way to bed without my stomach growling. Over time, I’ve learned to just treat the early dinner like it’s a late lunch. Whatever works, you know? Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. Eat again when you get hungry 6 hours later…

  • Breakfast: I’m still on a breakfast jag. You’re probably seeing me post zucchini bread oatmeal on Wednesdays, but I eat it at least 3 or 4 times a week right now.
  • Appetizers: Veggies with salsa & spinach dip, tomato & mozzarella
  • Linner: Shrimp, ribs, salad (mixed greens and also this lovely pickled beet salad my mom made), asparagus, potato & cheese pierogi; a glass-and-a-half of my favorite sparkling shiraz
  • Dessert: Vanilla ice cream with strawberries
  • Second Dinner: (unpictured) A salad using up a bunch of leftover veggies; toast with hummus & eggplant

Do you ever need to a eat a “second dinner” after family gatherings? 

Cuatro de Mayo

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Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Sunday. Any Cinco de Mayo festivities on the agenda? As I mentioned yesterday, I spent most of Saturday at my sister’s place, where she and her roommates hosted a gathering.

There was plenty of food and drink and amusements. Sadly, I lost $1 in the Kentucky Derby bet—maybe I should stick to Roulette. On another note, I have no clue whose idea it was to put tampons in the piñata ; )

The addition of cotton balls, Adora calcium supplements, packets of Emergen-C, and a condom must have been the genius of an accomplice.

Have an awesome Sunday! I’m heading out soon to walk around and look at cherry blossoms in Brooklyn. It totally doesn’t feel like tomorrow is my first day at a new job, but true to my nerdy ways, I’ve already laid out my outfit, pre-made breakfast, and started filling my bag with the papers and stuff I’ll need.

What are you up to this Sunday? Do you celebrate Cinco do Mayo? 

Birthday BBQ in the Suburbs

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Good morning and happy Saturday! Last night I went to my parents’ house for a BBQ to celebrate my aunt’s birthday. It was a pleasant way to spend a pretty spring evening, and of course, the food was excellent.

IMG_2250We enjoyed some classics like burgers and ribs, along with a few different types of salad and plenty of roasted veggies. Seriously, salad & ribs is one of my favorite meals ever. So simple but so satisfying!

Of course there was birthday cake. Unfortunately, the birthday girl had to go home early to rest because she was feeling under the weather (gotta love spring colds), so we texted her a picture of the cake and sang over phone.

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Naturally, “The First Cut is the Deepest” had to be sung then as well.

Anyway, I just got back a little while ago from a morning yoga class, so I’m going to work on some school stuff before heading to my sister’s for a little Cinco de Mayo gathering.

Have an awesome day!

What are your favorite BBQ foods? Best birthday cake ever?