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Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

Healthy Chicken Fried RiceAnddd I’m back. I feel like I go through numerous mini blogging hiatuses every few weeks as soon as the third week of college starts for me. The quarter system is brutal and unforgiving, with 10 weeks of instructions that are filled with multiple midterms and essays for each class, then a week of finals. *shudder*. I just finished my second round of exams for genetics and biochem, so now I have a week or so to semi-relax before I really have to kick things into gear. I bring this up because it’s the culprit behind one of my biggest blogging woes: staying consistent. Ideally, I would like to be posting around five days a week with at least two of them being recipes. Has that been happening? Not even close. I have a bad habit of getting posts up at around 11:30 at night on the days I do blog, and by that time, I’m exhausted and not really in the mood to write. More often than I care to admit, I end up just calling it quits and going to bed.

This is something I’m really hoping to work on. My goal is to have posts written up at least a day before I hit the publish button. In the land of rainbows and unicorns I’d have them prepared a week in advance, but that just ain’t gonna happen. A girl can dream, no?

I bring this up as a semi explanation-turned-apology to why I haven’t been very active on AOME and as a bad segway into talking about the actual recipe itself. I’m basically saying, “sorry I’ve neglected you…” then shoving a huge blown-up photo of yummy fried rice in your face to distract you. Diabolical, simply diabolical.

Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

Did it work? ;)

But seriously, don’t you just want to face-plant into this bowl? Fried rice is one of my biggest comfort foods and one of those universally-loved meals. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone not liking it, and with good reason! It’s warm, filling, salty, and just generally shove-it-all-in-your-face good. Kyle made this recipe and brought over a HUGE batch for us to eat for lunch. Since I live in a house filled with girls, there was obviously a small feeding frenzy and, within 3 minutes of trying some, two of them were inspired to make some of their own to have. As my friend Taylor puts it, “This is the kind of food you eat with a spoon so you can shovel it into your mouth faster.”

The fact that fried rice isn’t all that healthy for you is one of the banes of my existence. Most restaurants and fast food chains use copious amounts of oil and saturated fat, so eating out is more of a treat for me. This recipe combines health and flavor by using much less oil, extra broccoli, and lean chicken. While I’m not a big fan of brown rice in this dish since the soy sauce and nutty-ness don’t mesh that well, it’s certainly a swap you can make if you’d like!

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Healthy Chicken Fried Rice
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons of Sesame Oil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • ½ green pepper, diced
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg white
  • 1 bag of microwave broccoli, cooked according to package
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of Soy Sauce (to taste!)
  • 6 cups of rice
  • Garlic salt, salt, and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 of the 3 tablespoons of the sesame oil in a pan.
  2. First add the garlic and cook on medium-high heat for approximately 1 minutes or until fragrant. Add in the onion and green pepper and cook until soft. Mix in the cooked broccoli.
  3. Cook the chicken in a separate large pan and add to the pot, moving to the side of the pan
  4. Whisk the eggs and pour them to the open part of the pan, cook and scramble them.
  5. Mix everything in the pan together and season with the garlic salt, salt, and pepper
  6. Stir in the rice, soy sauce, and remaining sesame oil and stir. Season to taste!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅛th recipe Calories: 320 Fat: 8.2g Saturated fat: 1.1g Carbohydrates: 38g Sugar: 2.3g Fiber: 2.6g Protein: 23.5g

 

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Weekend Recap!

Hi friends! I hope all of you had a lovely weekend :) . Mine was spent doing a lot of studying, freelance work, photography, and studying. Which I just realize I already said. Brain=dead. I have a biochem midterm on Tuesday that I’m hoping to do really well on, so wish me luck!
I had big plans to go on a 7 mile run today, photograph/make two recipes, do a massive amount of biochem, photograph a couple’s session, and get up a nice long weekend recap post, but it’s 11:08 p.m and I have yet to finish nearly all the stuff I had planned out. That seems to be a common trend for me haha! Unrealistic time expectations will do that to ya. So instead, I’ll just be posting a big photo recap. Hope that flies with all of you!
On Friday after my genetics midterm, my housemate Lana and I took our new foster dog, Charlie, out on a beach playdate. He’s been neglected for the last two years or so and was extremely skittish when we first got him. Within a week he’s become to most loving, cuddle-obsessed pup (that dog will not leave you alone and INSISTS on being held/pampered/babied 24/7) and it brought me so much joy and happiness to see him having the time of his life at the beach. Love him so much already and not sure how I’m possibly going to give him up eventually (hint to my mom and dad to adopt him…)
The rest of Friday was spent relaxing, watching Up, baking an apple pie, and beautiful, beautiful sleep.

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Saturday involved hitting up the library with Kyle for 3 or 4 hours to study, taking a looooong 2 hour nap, doing a bit more work, running a nice 5 miles to the pier and back, and doing a bit of freelance work.

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Sunday was another big work day and I was up at 6:30 plugging away at taking biochem notes in our garage-turned-study-room until walking with Kyle and Charlie to a bagel cafe that’s nearby my house at 9. I baked up some tasty dark chocolate sea salt coconut macaroons to photograph later (doing that right after I finish typing up this post) and then got back to work before taking a quick nap. More studying that was then followed by a super sweet and fun couple’s session with some folks who are fellow students at UCSB. I love love LOVE photographing couple’s and capturing their dynamic together and can’t wait to have more time to finish editing all of their photos! After getting back to my house, Kyle and I drove to pick up some dinner, then it was back to the garage to do some more studying.

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So that’s my weekend in a nutshell! If you haven’t noticed, it wasn’t all that eventful and involved lots of biochemical reactions. Fun stuff ;) .

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V8 Protein Shake and Bars Giveaway!

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This college quarter has involved lots of early mornings, rushing to class, and eating meals on the go. I swear, getting out of the house by 7:45 each morning to either get to my lecture or head out for a run involves some serious fast moving. While I’m usually on time, I do struggle immensely with eating a balanced breakfast and often find my stomach grumbling midway through my class or feeling the low blood sugar on my runs. That’s why, when V8 asked me to sample their new line of protein bars and shakes, I was beyond excited! The new V8 protein products blend ingredients such as quinoa, brown rice, and sweet potatoes with tasty ingredients like honey and cocoa to give you a great burst of energy that is not only nutritious, but absolutely delicious.

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After excitedly opening the package that had come in the mail, I immediately tried the enticing chocolate shake and was thrilled on how smooth and sweet it was. My favorite, however, turns out to be the vanilla shake, which is a big shocker because I am usually such the chocolate girl at heart! I’ve been sampling the variety of bars I was sent (ranging from chocolate peanut butter, chocolate pomegranate, oatmeal raisin, etc) and love how filling and perfectly sweet they are! Of those, I’d be hard pressed to find one that I could call my ultimate favorite!

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Meet Tucker!

Hi there, friends! How’s the week going for ya so far?

Things around here are about to pick up and get a bit more crazy for me. As some of you might know, my college is on the quarter system, so I am constantly being bombarded with midterms and falling behind in classes, even if just a little, will screw you over since the pace is so fast. It’s week 8, which means that the next big wave of work is rushing my way. I’m going to keep this post short and sweet since I have an essay to finish and a genetics midterm to study for, but I couldn’t help but write up a quick post about the new puppy that Kyle’s family got over the weekend.

Meet Tucker, aka the cutest, squirmiest, most lovable little black lab you’ll ever meet. He is a champion cuddler and plays so hard that he gets plain “tuckered” out ;) . This pup can go from running (more like waddling) around chasing all of his toys to asleep and passed out in a corner in 10 seconds flat. So so so so cute and I’m dying over that face AHHHHHHHH <3.

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And guess who thought of the name? ME. I joke that, since I named their new dog, I must be officially part of his family hahah! Anyways, we drove back to our hometown from Santa Barbara to meet the little booger and just had the most amazing, smile-filled weekend ever. It breaks my heart to know that we won’t be back for another four weeks! Luckily, Kyle’s mom is sending in daily updates/photos to help with the major pulpy withdrawals I’ve been having.

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Kyle’s family just lost their old yellow lab, Shadow, about a year ago and have been hesistant about getting another dog. After hearing about a new litter of puppies from some family friends who were getting their first dog, though, the puppy-bug hit them again and they decided to get one of the brothers. They have the perfect house and backyard for a puppy (complete with a barn, chickens to chase and befriend/horse riding trails to explore) and Kyle’s mom is the most amazing animal caretaker you’ll ever meet. Tucker is going to have such a happy life!

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Andddd it’s time for me to get back to work. Thanks for reading my semi-incoherent puppy ramblings ;) .

 

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Finding the Strength In Myself with Soffe!

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As many of you know, I’m not a big runner.

I grew up playing soccer from the age of 5, then played on the same competitive club team for over 5 years until I graduated high school. For me, the team aspect and feeling the togetherness that comes with being part of something greater and stronger than just myself played a huge role in making me fall in love with the sport. Once I moved away to college, though, my workouts started to revolve around solitary trips to the gym and sweating and being active became more of a chore and less of something that I absolutely loved to do. Then, just about a month ago, a group of my housemates and I made exciting (albeit a bit scary!) plans to sign up for a half marathon to run together. We started pairing up for runs and BOOM. It hit me. I fell head-over-heels in love with running. Something that used to be so tedious and painful for me transformed into a new form of connecting with my body by simply experiencing it with some of my closest friends. Counting the miles turned into lots of laughs and the miles started to fly by. I can still remember the exhilarating feeling that I had when I went running with my roommate, Abbi. We were only planning on doing four miles, but ended up pushing our limits and reaching six (and sprinting at the end). That was the farthest distance I had ever run at the time and once we reached the six mile mark, we were all smiles and hugs and I felt an overwhelming amount of joy in my heart. I was part of a team again and it felt simply magical to experience that running milestone with someone I’ve grown close to.

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I know that was a bit of a rambling story, but I want to lead into a new product discovery that emphasizes the importance of the team mentality and focuses on bringing young women together to stay active and realize that the strength is in us to empower our bodies and reach new personal fitness goals. When I was contacted about Soffe‘s new campaign titled “Strength Is In Us”, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. A few weeks ago, I received a package in the mail containing an amazing pair of performance leggings and a gorgeous blue dry-fit top. And yes, and couldn’t help but squeal when I opened up my mail and saw how cute the apparel was! I changed into them a second later and was amazed by the quality and comfortable fit. I’m usually a little weary about trying on new pants/ since I’ve always been a bit self-conscious about how my muscular legs look in them, but I fell in love with how flattering the pants were and how well they hugged my body. I took them out for a quick run with my friend Taylor and found that, unlike a lot of other fitness apparel, they didn’t ride up/fall down and I didn’t have to concentrate on my clothes staying put. Instead, I could focus on having a wonderful ocean-sidejog! Talk about literally the perfect fit!

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