The name of this healthy recipe requires a little explanation.
My dad has a talent for taking random ingredients in the kitchen and throwing them together for an amazing dinner. He’s not really a recipe-follower. Before he married my mom, he had the stereotypical bachelor pad and one of his easy dinner go-to’s became dubbed the “Bachelor Stir Fry.”
Basically he would take leftover ingredients or random vegetables in the fridge (bell peppers, onions, etc.), dice up some russet potatoes, and mix in some type of meat and cook them all together in a frying pan. Sometimes he included eggs, making a breakfast hash. There is no real recipe, nothing specific, so every time came out a little differently.
Last night I cooked dinner for my dad and I, and came up with my own variation of his classic dish. A few healthy swaps here and there, and BAM – we have Bachelorette stir Fry.
My obsession with sweet potatoes has only grown stronger in the past five years, so I swapped out the russet potatoes for some orange yams. I also included Sprout’s Apple Chicken Sausage, along with yellow zucchinis, yellow and red bell peppers, onion, garlic, spices and my personal secret ingredient ;)
Okay okay I’ll share my secret – I added maple syrup! Just a table spoon so it didn’t overpower anything. I could subtly taste it on the sweet potatoes and it was delicious. This recipe is a lot sweeter than my dad’s usual mix, but I personally loved it and everyone went back for seconds. That always makes a girl feel good! :)
We topped our bowl with some avocado since it was lacking any green color. We could’ve also easily swapped in a green zucchini or a green bell pepper. Dishes like this are very flexible.
Bachelorette Stir Fry (Sweet Potato Hash)
- 1.5 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 sweet onion
- 2 bell peppers, your choice of color
- 2 zucchinis
- 2 6oz. chicken sausage (I used French Apple Chicken from Sprouts)
- 2 medium yams
- 1 Tbs. black pepper
- 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
- generous pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 Tbs. maple syrup (try to use the real stuff, not Aunt Jemimah.)
- Optional avocado for garnish
- In a small skillet, cook the chicken sausages until browned. Let cool, then slice into 1/2″ thick circles. Set aside.
- Dice onion, bell peppers and zucchinis. Peel sweet potatoes and dice.
- In a large frying pan, heat olive oil. Add garlic for 30 seconds. Add in diced onion, bell pepper, zucchini and sweet potatoes. Stir to combine. Add in pepper, salt, and paprika. Cover with a lid on medium-low for 15 minutes until everything is very soft.
- Add in the chicken sausage and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Keep heat on low for another 5 minutes.
- Serve with avocado, ketchup, hot sauce, or whatever your favorite topping is. :)
Earlier this week, I re-joined the world of snapchat. (@kenzalyse) I thought it would be a fun way to share my relocation journey without bombarding Instagram and I felt like I was missing out on some of my friends’ fun stories :) so far the filters are my favorite part.
This morning I have a meeting with a realtor, a cycling class, and an iced coffee date. See you here next week! Xoxo.
Last night I was thinking about how much I dreaded Sunday nights when I was younger. I always have the most difficulty falling asleep on Sunday nights, just want to hold on to the weekend as long as possible I guess. Do you remember when they had the special Sunday Night Family Movie on ABC. It started at like 7 o’ clock, and I remember checking the TV Guide the old fashioned way…in the newspaper.
Now I usually use my Sunday nights to be productive with little tasks that will help take away some of the chores during the week. Today, I did three loads of laundry, dusted and tidied my bedroom and bathroom, and got some fruit washed and ready for the week. Little things can really make a difference in helping your week go smoothly so here are some ways that we can help set up our week for success. This is another one of those posts where the blog transitions from its “health and fitness” theme to “all things domestic” theme.
- Check the weather: It’s just nice to know what to expect.
- Plan out your work/school outfits accordingly: I pick out five complete outfits and hang them at the front of my closet. If they need ironing, do it all at once during the weekend!
- Produce Prepping: Some people do complete meal prepping, but I’d rather eat food that is freshly prepared each day. However washing and chopping fruits and veggies, as well as portioning and packaging fruits for snacks cuts down on cooking and lunch-packing during the week. I like to bag up apple slices, grapes, berries, and bell pepper slices.
- Sweat: I always say that it’s easier to exercise on the weekends than weekdays. I don’t waste my “rest day” on a Saturday or Sunday, because these days generally have more flexibility. Find some time to get in a workout, that way if you have to skip a workout during the week it’s not detrimental. Today, my workout was actually my “break time” from a term paper I’ve been working on. I was stalling going back home and my legs felt pretty good so I ended up running 11.11 miles (because I like ending on “good” numbers haha).
- Laundry & Linens: Working out every day really fills up the laundry hamper fast. Trying to squeeze in laundry during the week can be difficult (especially when you have roommates who always seem to use the washer/dryer on the same day) so use the time you’ll be at home during the weekend to get it all done. Sheets and towels should be washed once a week too, might as well give yourself some fresh fluffy sheets to crawl into on the dreaded Sunday night.
- Stock Up: During the week, I use the “notes” page on my iPhone to write down little things that are running out. That way, I can make one trip to Target to get them all at once. Currently, I have hand soap, dryer sheets, Listerine tabs, paper towels, makeup remover, and coffee on my list. But that’s because coffee is on all of my lists ;)
- Plan your Workout Schedule: “Failure to plan is planning to fail” is forever locked in my brain thanks to my high school cross country coach. We are more likely to hit the gym or tackle that workout if it is pre-planned, including place and time.
- Clear the Clutter: Take it from me. When you are in the middle of a busy and stressful week, a sink full of dishes and a counter full of clutter can just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. If on Sunday night, your sink is empty, the clutter is cleaned up and the floors are cleaned, it will make a difference in helping your week go more smoothly.
- Unwind: Relax and enjoy the last few moments of your weekend so that you can go into Monday with a fresh face and positive attitude. Last night, I had a low-key evening in my apartment so I lit a candle, brewed decaf coffee, played Lady Antebellum, and gave myself a facial.
That’s my list so far. And spoiler alert, I also spent my Sunday night typing up this blog post. Which helped take away from the list of things to do on Monday morning. So you see, I practice what I preach ;)
What other weekend/Sunday Night “chores” do you do?
Yesterday wasn’t too bad for a Tuesday. When my alarm went off at 6:02am, I negotiated with myself for a good fifteen minutes about going to my first class. I have never skipped a class, and got about 5 hours of sleep the night before. I was really tempted to play hookey, but of course I talked myself into getting up, turning on the coffee pot and jumping in the shower. There’s no turning back after that!
Rather than a lecture, a digital marketing professional who recently launched her own digital marketing consulting agency gave a guest speaker presentation. Right away, she encouraged us to “tweet” anything we found interesting from her presentation. (I had to join the Twitter-verse a couple months ago for my digital marketing class.) At the end of the presentation, she selected 2 “tweets” to win a Starbuck’s giftcard. Who won? Moi. Moral of the story: when you resist temptation to skip your 8am, you will be rewarded. ;)
That gift card was burning a hole in my pocket for all of 4 hours so I naturally stopped in for a pick-me-up before my last class of the day. I used the caffeine in my iced americano to fuel a 7 mile run on the treadmill. New music actually made it fly by, and I’m loving that it is still light outside at 7:00pm. :) Makes me stall going back to my apartment for the evening.
Anyways, I’m bringing up the Pineapple Boats again because they were worth sharing the recipe. With one little side note:
Kerri came up with the Pineapple Quinoa Stir Fry idea. As far as a recipe, we pretty much just “winged” it. I’m such a goof ball and the whole time we were making “Stir Fry” I was thinking “Fried Rice.” So I added a few eggs and cut up the vegetables very tiny. I didn’t realize until three days later, typing this post that “Stir Fry” and “Fried Rice” are not the same thing. (Insert monkey-with-hands-on-eyes emoji here). Regardless, the stir fry/fried rice hybrid was delicious and so I will just refer to it as “fried quinoa” from now on.
- One very ripe pineapple, cut in half length-wise (with leaves still on if you’re up for it)
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
- 1 small head of broccoli, diced
- 1/3 purple onion, diced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 ripe mango, diced
- 1 whole egg + 5 egg whites
- seasonings of choice
1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add quinoa and cook like normal.
2. Cut out the “meat” of the pineapple halves; discard the hard center and keep the remaining juicy pineapple to add to your fried quinoa.
3. In a large skillet, saute the bell peppers, broccoli, onion, garlic, and mango.
4. Add in eggs and egg whites once vegetables are softened; after eggs are cooked through, add the quinoa to the egg and veggie mixture.
5. Fill the hollowed pineapple halves with the quinoa-veggie mixture and top with remaining pineapple pieces. We had avocado on the side.
Today I have my last major exam for my senior capstone course, and once that’s over I hope to repeat yesterday’s long-ish run. Guess who made it into the workout playlist rotation this week…?
REBA! Gosh, does this woman ever age!?! I love how happy she always looks :)
Happy Tax Day, friends. Catch ya here tomorrow :)