Good morning! Bet you’re wondering about the odd title, huh? Well, we’ll get to that. Patience, my friends. Patience.
Haha, yes I know I’m weird.
Anyway, I’ve got some tasty meals to share with you for today’s What I Ate Wednesday post. For those unfamiliar, head over to Jenn’s place to see what WIAW is all about!
Yesterday was a good day for eating, so I’m excited to share what I got into.
I had a great workout, which usually results in wanting a big breakfast. I made an egg scramble with 1 egg, 2 egg whites, tomatoes, feta cheese, onion, and frozen spinach. On the side I had a slice of toast with smashed avocado.
Not only did it hit the spot, it kept me totally full until lunch time. I have some tasty snacks in my office, but I didn’t feel the need to break into them. I did, of course, have my morning two cups of coffee.
Lunch was courtesy of Trader Joe. I had some crab-stuff flounder and quinoa with vegetables, both from the freezer section of TJ’s. I made double the night before for dinner so I’d have leftovers. My tupperware pic makes it look gross, so here’s the pretty version from the night before.
The red sauce is sriracha, which makes everything taste amazing.
After lunch, I sat outside for a while to enjoy the gorgeous weather and was offered a Chips Ahoy cookie, to which I obviously said yes.
I came home from work and went straight to my DVR to watch the finale of the Bachelorette with my glass of wine.
Riley and I had made plans to tag-team dinner- a pasta dish with grilled chicken. Well, apparently my Bachelorette episode was taking too long, because Riley started grilling the chicken without me.
By the time I was done, it was way too late to start our pasta plan and Riley decided he would have a chicken sandwich. Apparently, I could do whatever I wanted with my half of the chicken….
This is where the post title comes in. As Riley grilled our chicken, I was reminded of a common occurrence growing up, when my dad would ask my mom what was for dinner. Her response would be, “chicken.” Just chicken. She had sides, of course, but she apparently didn’t mention them.
Well, my dad’s a pretty literal guy, so he’d reply, “Just chicken, huh? Nothing else? Just…chicken on a plate?” Being the engineer that he was, he abbreviated this to C.O.P. and it became a thing in our house. Now, to this day, every time someone says they’re having “chicken” I think of C.O.P.
I had to explain why I was laughing to Riley, but managed to throw together a quick and easy meal with my C.O.P. I’d read somewhere on Pinterest that one can make zucchini noodles with nothing but a box grater, which I happen to own.
My experiment worked and I had a delicious dinner in under 10 minutes. In a pan, I threw some olive oil, chopped onion, cherry tomatoes from the garden, and the grated zucchini strands. After a couple minutes I took the veggies off the heat and topped them with the grilled chicken and some fat-free feta cheese. I included some red pepper flakes, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder, which added extra flavor. I was way impressed with how good it was!
And that’s what I ate, my friends. I enjoyed all my meals, but I was especially happy with my impromptu zucchini noodles. And to think I was *this* close to spending $40+ on a spiralizer.
What’s the best thing you ate yesterday?
Zucchini noodles- yes or no? They don’t actually taste like pasta, but I don’t know how else to describe them since they look like pasta noodles. If you’ve got any brilliant tips for cooking them, please share because I was just winging it. I’m pretty sure I overcooked them, but they were still delicious.