Super Fast and Simple Chicken Stir Fry

I know it’s been a while, but I made this chicken stir fry that is the bomb. So I needed to share it. I don’t have a picture of it though, because Sean and I ate it all in less than 24 hours.

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground chicken (I used Publix GreenWise, IDK what the fat ratio was. I don’t remember it being listed it like it is on beef.)
  • Spices: salt, pepper, ground ginger, dried basil
  • 1/4c mirin (This is a sweet rice wine. We found it at Publix in the international aisle. It’s hidden among the soy sauces. Just buy it. You’ll use it. I promise. If you don’t want to buy it, fine. Here are some mirin substitution options.)
  • 1/4c low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4c chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1c broccoli slaw
  • 1 orange pepper (or whatever color floats your boat)

Directions:

  1. If you want rice with this, get that started now. If not, that’s cool too.
  2. Spray a medium-ish pan and get the chicken started cooking. Sprinkle it with the salt, pepper, ground ginger, and dried basil. I didn’t measure these. Just go with the flow.
  3. While that’s cooking, cut your pepper into strips.
  4. When the chicken is almost done, pour in your mirin, soy sauce, and chicken broth. Let the chicken finish cooking in the sauce.
  5. Once everything is cooked and simmering, sift in the flour over the chicken and sauce, and mix well. This will help thicken the sauce.
  6. Immediately put in your broccoli slaw & pepper slices. Stir them into the mix.
  7. Put a lid on your pan for about 1-2 minutes, until the peppers & slaw are the crunchiness you desire. I like mine essentially just warmed up.
  8. That’s it. It takes like 10 minutes (unless you want rice).

Serve on it’s own or over the rice of your choice. You could probably also try egg noodles if you were feeling frisky. Sean sprinkled some sesame seeds over his dish for flair.

Macros without rice: 5f/14c/25p

Your New Robot Overlord

Heyo. Long time, no see. I’ve been wicked busy recently, as everyone who ever existed is. It’s really the greatest excuse of our time: “Oh, I can’t, I’m so busy.” I know, if you want to make time for something, you will.

So Busy

As everyone who read this blog knows, sleep = my one true love (after, ya know, Sean, of course). So when my brain says, “You can spend an hour writing or get an extra hour of sleep.” I choose sleep. Every. Time. I have an addiction, you guys. It’s sleep. Plus, my life has gotten ridiculously boring, so there hasn’t been much to write about. One of my friends even asked me what my deal is and why I haven’t been writing, and then told me to get on it. So here I am (Lauren!).

Anyway, I will be coming upon a great amount of free time soon. Remember when I broke my leg and tore some of the ligaments in my ankle? I had THE WORST orthopedic doctor. Upon my last visit at his office, when I was hobbling my way out of the building, his final words to me were, “See you when you tear your ACL.” I could not knock on wood fast enough.

And apparently, I didn’t.

Because this past Sunday, I had the distinct pleasure of tearing my ACL. And my meniscus. And some of my MCL. Listen guys, when I go in, I go ALL in. #YOLO

robolyn

First things first, I have a WAY better orthopedic doctor now. Seriously, she’s the bomb.

So let’s rewind, and I’ll catch you up. I started playing for a DivII, full-field, all women’s league. And it’s been totally wicked.

That was totally wicked

I get to play center mid, which is where I do the most ass-kicking. It’s also apparently where I do the most scoring. I’ve scored in every game I’ve played for them. I showed up for the game this past Sunday, pretty excited because it’s a traveling league, and for once the game was actually close to my house.

I get on the field and see it’s AstroTurf. I only have reg field cleats. It’s fine, I think. Not only is this game closer to my house, but Sean and my friend Sarah have also come to watch me play. How great does this get? Too great, apparently. Because the Gods were like, “This is too much goodness for her, send her a reality check.”

One reality check, coming right up.

Chickety check yourself

I score at the beginning of the second half. Huzzah! And then, I make a run up from center mid to the forward line, as center mids are wont to do. I go to cut from the left side of the field toward the goal, and apparently my cleats + AstroTurf = 1000% traction. So my body moves one way, but my foot stays cemented forward.

It's happening

Stay Calm

Stay Fing Calm

And then the most horrific of popping sounds happened. My leg/ankle popped when I broke it however many years ago. But the knee popping was so loud. It sounded like it echoed throughout the field area. Apparently refs on the other side of the field told Sean they heard it.

So I was sprawled on the ground clutching my knee for a bit.

A girl on my team is training to be a chiropractor, and she checked it out. Sean helped me walk off the field. All seemed a-okay. Until I tried to bend down to pick up my water bottle, and the knee joint sort of slipped to the side. And then I was like, we should go to urgent care. And Sean was like, duh.

Long story short (too late!), the urgent care guy said it was probably the ACL. Meanwhile, the pain isn’t terrible, just sort of sore-feeling and annoying. So I’m like, no way it’s ACL. Urgent care doc says, it may not hurt now, but will tomorrow. I think, that seems logical, same happened with my leg. BUT it did not hurt at all. And the swelling isn’t even that bad. So, I’m on the fast track to someone saying, “You’re just a big weinie. Suck it up.” Not.

awesome knee

Fast forward montage: went to ortho Monday, orders MRI. Get MRI on Wednesday, follow up appt. set for Friday. Go to follow up appointment Friday.

They’re running behind, so wait in lobby for an hour. Get in to room. Nurse pulls up MRI, scans through quickly, stops on a particular image. This does not bode well. Or does it?

Cool doc comes in. Messes around with my leg, says, “Well, I don’t need check out your leg much because I’ve seen your MRI.” Also, could be way good or way bad.

Doc: Your PCL is in beautiful condition.
Me: Victory.
Doc: But your ACL is torn.
Me: Womp. Womp.
Doc: Your meniscus is also torn.
Me: . . .
Doc: And your MCL has some tears.
Me: -_-

So then we talk about reconstructing my kneeparts. I get a locked knee brace so I don’t have to crutch (small victory… sort of?). It emphasizes how juicy my thighs are.

I have surgery on October 27th. And then a long road of physical therapy and waiting before I can be a real human again. In other news, my transition to robot-woman is getting nearer and nearer.

Robot Overlords

Staycay Recap

When we started planning our vacation earlier in the year, we really only had decided that we were going to do it during the first week in August. That week was one of the only few break times between classes for me, and no one wants to worry about homework on vacation. At first, we planned on going to Orlando to visit Universal (we love theme parks!) and maybe even Disney.

But, we decided to make it a staycation instead and use our vacation saving toward making our backyard more fun-friendly.  We started researching things to do in Atlanta, and we had even more fun ideas: Braves games, indoor go-kart racing, rock climbing, etc.

Aaaaand we ended up doing none of it, and it was pretty much the best.

Monday: We went kayaking on Lake Allatoona in the morning and then saw the latest Mission Impossible movie for our afternoon.

Kayaking Lake Allatoona

Tuesday: Sean made a trip to the ER at 3 in the morning for severe stomach pain. They diagnosed it as a side effect of something viral, gave him some Percocet in his IV, and sent us on our way with 6 prescriptions. We went home and ate breakfast. Sean slept for the rest of the day, and I went to the gym at 4pm. Riveting!

Vacation ER Visit

Wednesday: We went to Home Depot and painted our half bathroom.

Thursday: My ankle was VERY sore from something I’d done the day before. SO we finished decorating the newly painted half bathroom and took naps.

Friday: I went to TN for a family reunion while Sean stayed home and tended to our farm (4 animals = $$$ to board and feed). My brother and I went hiking that afternoon.

Rainbow Falls Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Saturday: I was still at the family reunion. Sean cleaned. I made it home around 8:30, and we went out for wings. I’ve never been out for wings before. I was so tired. The wings were good.

Sunday: We got ready for Monday and lamented the end of vacation.

So where is our vacation money going? We extended our back patio and are having it covered by the very awesome Craig Treichel. So far, it looks amazing. I’m mega excited! It’s going to be an awesome way to spend the fall months.

Patio Awning Addition

This weekend Sean and I also started on a cool project for the porch. This homemade outdoor dining table. So far we’ve only cut the wood, but there’s so much going on!