Chili, Chicken and Chicken

We made it back safely and WE’RE MARRIED!  I’ve been busy since we returned.  I went to Social Security to change my name and sent a form to the school to change my name there; I was online for hours ordering all my law school books; and I have dealt with financial aid (which was/is a huge headache).  And that’s just naming a few things.  So, one thing I haven’t been doing too much of is cooking.  This week we had 2 nights of chili and 2 nights of chicken meals and tonight I’m just finding something in the pantry.  Seriously, this evening I just want to stare at the TV, maybe watch a Christmas movie – or 2!  We have managed to watch Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, which was a childhood favorite.

Below are some pictures of this week’s eats.

Rachael Ray’s Steakhouse Chili (click for recipe)

Really simple, easy and delicious.

Honey-Balsamic Glazed Chicken

All I did with this was dab some dried thyme, salt & pepper on the chicken, then put it in the skillet with some EVOO.  Cook it until it is well-browned, then set chicken aside.  Drop in 2 tbsp. each of balsamic vinegar and honey.  Let it bubble up and stir, stir.  This takes 1 to 2 minutes.  It may still appear runny, but it will turn to glaze on the chicken.  This was served with roasted Brussels sprouts (tossed in EVOO, salt & pepper) and instant potatoes – that tasted nothing like instant because I added milk and Gruyere cheese.

Rotisserie Chicken and Vegetables

Wednesday I picked up a rotisserie chicken, which I don’t do often, but think I’ll probably do more often now that I’ll be attending school. Healthy and delicious!  I paired this with roasted zucchini and tomatoes (tossed in EVOO, salt & pepper) and again with more Gruyere potatoes.  I only took a picture of the vegetables because I’m sure you’ve seen a rotisserie chicken breast before, and the potatoes are in the picture above.

Like I said, it has been an uneventful week in food.

I have only worked out once this week, and I probably won’t again until Saturday because when I take a deep breath it feels like someone punched me in my back.  I blame you, Jillian! I did Week 2 of the new DVD I have – Ripped in 30.  It was a big step up from Week 1 – WOW – or maybe it was the fact I haven’t worked out in a week and a half.

I hope to update with our Santa Fe/Taos, NM eats soon because there was some good stuff! We also got a new camera, so the pictures will be a lot better – celebrate! Sadly, this week I still used my iPhone to take these photos because I didn’t feel like breaking out the camera to take one picture a night and have to upload them, blah, blah.

If no update before Christmas, then I hope everyone has a very, merry one!