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Cooking with Cozies and Cody

by Courtney on March 23, 2011

Happy, Happy Wednesday! How are we all doin’ today??

I’ve been a little on the tired side all day, which has me confused because I actually got a decent amount of sleep last night. Who knows…?

Despite a little extra grogginess, I powered through my Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones workout this morning with “power and intention!” <—Total Jillian talk right there. Winking smile I’ll tell ya, I’m really likin’ this workout…

…and it sure works up an appetite!

For breakfast, I cooked up another creamy catch of buckwheat, using the same ingredients as I did last time.

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The granola definitely helped add that little extra “crunch” I’m always looking for. So good!

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Today’s lunch was pretty much an exact replica from Monday’s lunch, so I’ll spare ya the details, other than the fact that it was just as yummy as before.

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Dinnah Time!

Before leaving for work this morning, I took a couple pieces of chicken out of the freezer to defrost for tonight’s dinner, not yet knowing what to make with them. After rummaging through the fridge, I came across some of this…

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A couple weeks ago, I was sent some POM Wonderful juices to sample and had yet to give them a try. I figured tonight would be as good a night as any!

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But before getting anything started, I made sure to change into my cozies. Cooking in cozies is a necessity; I love my cozies…I also love that little glass of wine you see there next to me while I’m cooking in my cozies. Oh yes, and I also love being kinda goofy. Winking smile

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(After sneaking up on me with that one on the right, hubby’s response was “Oh boy, THAT’s a good one…” Yeah, I’m classy…and thought you’d all appreciate it.)

Perhaps this little bugger is rubbing off on me?

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Cody’s always always there to keep me company while I’m cooking. He does a wonderful job of finding himself right underneath my feet no matter where I go. And, of course, he’s always got to be right in the middle of the action.

Case in point: Tonight I did a great job of spilling quinoa all over the floor…

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Let me tell you, quinoa is not fun to pick up. Not at all! Disappointed smile

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Cody, on the other hand, didn’t seem to mind and was more than willing to scope out the scene.

“Ummm, ok I’m not sure what the heck this is Mom…?”

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“But I’m gonna sniff it and play around in it anyways!” Winking smile

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Gotta love him!

Finally, the kitchen was picked up and dinner was served! I used a recipe from the POM Wonderful website for POM and Balsamic Glazed Chicken. It was fairly easy to make and the glaze had amazing flavor. Jay and I both decided that we’d make the glaze again but probably put it over some grilled chicken rather than cooking it in a skillet as the directions called for.

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On the side we had some super-snappy garlic green beans, which were tasty, but apparently not cooked quite long enough.

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AND I made some POM quinoa! I cooked up the quinoa using half water and half POM wonderful juice. It’s awesome, and I think would be even more awesome if incorporated into some sort of breakfast dish…?

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That other little side you see there are some baby carrots and onions which were cooked in with the POM glaze. They were super tasty, too.

I’ve now got a sweet tooth that is running rampant, and I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do to cure it…

Perhaps a mug of hot chocolate and some PB + graham crackers will do the trick tonight? I think that sounds mighty tempting! Especially while watching some Modern Family. Open-mouthed smile

Question for the Evening:

What are your cooking essentials??

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1 Ally (oatsandspice) March 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

MMMmmm your oatmeal looks amazing! (and the rest of your food for that matter)
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2 Shanna, like Banana March 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I loved my POM pack…as for the sweet quinoa I made a sweet breakfast one a month ago or so that has apples, cranberries, and slivered almonds..soo good!
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3 Stacie March 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

That dinner looks sooo good!

Hope your hot chocolate hits the spot!
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4 Melissa March 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Ha! I totally change into my cozies before cooking–actually, pretty much as soon as I get home from school! Guess I’m classy, too. ;) I also have to have something to sip on, whether it’s wine, beer, or good ol’ H2O!
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5 Tara @ The Game of Life March 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

All your food looks amazing! Your cat cracks me up… too bad he couldnt lick it all up for ya!
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6 kate@ahealthypassion March 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Dinner looks delish I love the idea of a POM glaze, so healthy. Cooking essential for me would be coconut oil I use it in everything and of course sea salt :)
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7 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries March 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Great idea with the POM juice! And I’m with ya on cooking in the comfy clothes. After being in “work” clothes all day – I start dreaming about my comfy pants around 4:30 ;)
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8 Karen March 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Wow…you did a great job of incorporating that POM into your meal…so creative!! My cooking essentials are EVOO, salt and pepper…they can go a long way with almost anything!
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9 Katy (The Singing Runner) March 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

POM quinoa sounds amazing! :D Yummy! :D
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10 Olivia March 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

omg…that glaze looks AMAZING!!! and so does your oatmeal…ok, you take some great pics girl, I love it!
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11 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean March 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

haha quinoa is the WORST to clean up. cooked or uncooked! your chicken looks delicious :)
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12 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

There’s a lot of POM going on in this meal – nice! :)
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13 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) March 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Love the buckwheat! I still haven’t bought any and I keep wanting to make Ashley’s breakfast bake. Granola always makes for the perfect topper :) I love cooking in my comfy clothes too, and how annoying to have to pick up quinoa but not worse then when I spilled coffee grinds all over the place. That really sucked lol
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14 Sarah March 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm

if i’m at home i pretty much require to be in comfy clothes (sweats) :)
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15 Alyssa Kuminski March 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Love the glaze… Looks like a really delicious dinner!
Your kitchen looks so awesome btw :) Worth the wait I think!
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16 Khushboo March 24, 2011 at 1:26 am

PJs/sweats are a must while I’m cooking- something to do wtih not getting the ‘smell’ of what’s cooking on my ‘outdoor’ clothes! I just wanted to say that despite your Downer Debbie post the other day, it’s so great at how you’ve maintained such a positive attitude, it really comes through in your blog/style of writing!
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17 Megan March 24, 2011 at 1:53 am

Your cat is adorable! And I love that breakfast and dinner, they both look delicious and healthy too.
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18 Sarah May C March 24, 2011 at 5:38 am

Hey we have that exact same bottle of POM left over from our New Year’s party – how weird, and I didn’t know you could cook with it – we were making cocktails!

I can recommend it with a dash of vodka, lime juice, something else (I can’t remember… maybe I can get you the recipe?) shaken over ice topped with a scoop of passion fruit in a martini glass… mm-mmm!

Shame the bottle is half empty and has been open since Jan… time to go!

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19 Courtney March 24, 2011 at 8:14 am

Sounds delicious! :)

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20 CaSaundra March 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

I love cooking in sweats..you can never be too comfy in the kitchen!

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21 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

The first thing I do when I get home from work is change into my sweats!!!
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22 Shayla March 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Love it, those are my two essentials too right when I get home, get comfies on and a nice glass of Reisling, ahhhh! :)

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23 amy March 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I immediately put my comfy clothes on when I get home before I do anything.
I can’t wait to try buckwheat, I bought chia seeds yesterday and when I ate them I felt like they made my stomach bloat alot. They were good though.

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