Twice Baked Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potatoes

I adapted the following recipe from http://seaystanford.com/21-day-fix-lunch-recipes/ and, in my opinion, made it even more delicious! Seriously, it’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. The husband was all about these. Told me that I should add them to my party recipes. Said they would make me friends, lol. Anyways, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

3 medium to large sweet potatoes

3-4  boneless skinless chicken breast

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
3 whole chipotle peppers, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder

salt and pepper, to taste

2  cups spinach, chopped

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons greek yogurt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash your sweet potatoes and prick all over with a fork. Place in the microwave for 15-20 minutes. (I used the potato button twice to get the potatoes fully cooked. My sweet potatoes were very large.)

Place your chicken in a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Continue to boil under chicken is cooked through. Remove from pot and shred into small pieces. 

When the sweet potatoes are done, cut them in half and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chipotle peppers, oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Add shredded chicken and stir. Set aside. 

Heat a small skillet over medium heat and wilt the chopped spinach. Add the spinach to the chicken mixture.

Scrape the sweet potato out of the peel, leaving a medium size layer of flesh inside with the peel so that it can stand up on its own and place on a cookie sheet. 

Add the removed sweet potato to the bowl with the chicken and spinach mixture. Add in 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and the 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt. Mix thoroughly. 
Stuff the skins with the chicken mixture. Top with shredded cheese.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. You could also set your broiler to high to melt the cheese. Remove from oven and enjoy! 

Hearts, Flowers & Quiet Gestures

While I’m all for hearts, flowers, love and displays of affection I feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of it appearing on my social media today. Yes, I’m very well aware that today is Valentine’s Day and yes, I understand it’s a day for over-the-top, yell-it-from-the-mountain-tops, share your love with the world day but I can’t help but stop and wonder why. Why do we have to celebrate today with such gestures? Why can’t we celebrate with quiet moments between those that we care about. I can’t help but wonder what the other 364 days look like for couples that are so much in love, in public, all. the. time. 

My relationship with Jared is one that I value and cherish above any other relationship I have but I don’t openly display it on my social media platforms because it’s ours. Only ours. I don’t want to share it with anyone else. (I’m selfish that way) I realize I share a lot, and I mean a lot, of my life and personality on social media but I choose not to share much about us. That’s because our relationship is something I want to keep just for us. It’s something I’m confident in. It’s something I don’t need to share. I don’t need to put our love on display to be seen by all. I don’t need it to collect likes and loves and thumbs up to know that it’s real. 


Our love is 365 days, 52 weeks a year, no breaks, no stops, always growing and always changing. Our love is laughing until I pee my pants (yea this has happened), playing hide and seek with nerf guns through the house, the first look on our wedding day and 1 AM feedings and diaper changes. Our love is strong and deep. It’s raw, it’s emotional but most importantly it’s real. (I’m not knocking those of you sharing your love on Facebook. Go on and share you love fools!) I’m simply explaining why I chose not to overstate or over share our relationship. 

I get the idea behind today but why can’t we celebrate our relationships each day with our partners. and most of us probably do. Why aren’t we valuing the quiet gestures today though? The open doors, the clean laundry, the third time in a row that my husband gets up in the middle of the night to take care of the baby? Those are the moments to value in a relationship. Those are the things to cherish. Those are the things to keep to yourselves. If you share it all on social media you might as well date Facebook. 😂😂😂 On that note, I’m off to share a few moments with my love and our little tonight. Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Doing it All

Lately I’ve heard several comments like “How do you do it all?” or “I don’t know how you do it.” While I’m flattered by these comments and the thought of appearing to have it all together the truth of the matter is that my life is messy and I’m running a million miles a minute chasing one deadline after another. I have successes and failures just like everyone else. I’m dedicating this post to sharing the messy side of my life and how it fits into me “doing it all.” 
 Let’s started with meal prepping on Sunday. The finished picture of the containers nicely stacked in the refrigerator is deceiving. Especially when the rest of my kitchen looks like the above pictures. During my meal prep I use an absurd amount of dishes, leave spilled ingredients on every inch of my countertops, and can scrap enough food up off the floor to have lunch. 😂 It’s messy but it’s my messy. And, once my meals are nicely organized in the refrigerator and I’ve taken my picture for social media, I clean up my mess. Because, with an 8 month old crawling you can’t leave food on the ground, lol. 

My work/life balance is just as messy as my meal prep is sometimes. This week has been the perfect example. With Jared being gone at the beginning of the week and me having too much on my plate, I’ve definitely embodied the “chicken with its head cut off” motto. 

This morning as I was working on a PowerPoint for my Intro to Horticulture classes to take notes on today I get a call from Jared that the baby threw up at day care. I hadn’t even typed up my study guide for fifth period and my whiteboard still had all the same writing from yesterday. After scrambling to finish student worksheets and typing out my sub plans I was on the road to go pick up Emery to take her to the doctor’s office. 

On my way to get her I realize that Jared has the diaper bag. Talk about poor planning. Seriously? One diaper bag that we share? I had to detour to pick up said diaper bag and ended up 15 minutes late to our appointment. 
I spent my time at home setting up his and hers diaper bags to avoid any apocalyptic disasters for one of us. I had piles everywhere and was in between doing this, getting a loud of dirty baby clothes started, and getting a sick baby to nap. 
Some days I do have it all together but most of the time I’m just good at making to-do lists to help me keep it together. I use my panda planner daily, write goals, highlight important things, set reminders in my phone, and talk to myself…a lot. My point being, doing it all doesn’t have to be clean and neat and tidy. It’s messy and disorganized and chaotic. But, most importantly, it’s whatever works for you.