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Honey Garlic Chicken & Cole Slaw

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I recently, found a recipe posted on Buzzfeed for Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Sliders and decided to modify a few things to make honey garlic chicken and rice. What I LOVED about this recipe is everything tastes delicious when mixed together. The honey garlic chicken and coleslaw just bursts with such a unique flavor! ALSO it won’t make you feel guilty for spending money eating out and/or eating unhealthy. Please. Go and make this. This has become another Seriously Good Vibes favorite. Let us know how it turns out!

INGREDIENTS

Chicken and sauce:

4 chicken breasts – cubed

5 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup honey

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon paprika

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

¼ cup lime juice

Salt to taste (optional)

Pepper to taste

1 white onion

2 tbsp olive oil (for carmelizing onions)

Coleslaw:

2 cups shredded cabbage and carrots

Cilantro- Small handful, chopped

¼ cup Olive Oil Mayo

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

½ tablespoon honey

Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Chicken:

  1. In small mixing bowl, combine the honey, garlic, mustard, paprika, soy sauce, lime juice and pepper. Add salt if you desire. I didn’t because the soy sauce has a lot of salt, so add with caution.
  2. Take sliced onions and carmelize in the pan with olive oil.
  3. Once the onions are translucent, add the cubed chicken and allow to cook for about 5 mins. Stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the sauce to the chicken making sure all the chicken is coated.
  5. Cook on medium heat and cover. Lift lid and stir occasionally.
  6. When the chicken is cooked through, there will be juice remaining in the pan. You will want to cook this down to thicken. Remove the lid and turn heat up to medium high, bringing the juice to a boil. Stir occasionally.
  7. Once sauce is thick, your chicken is done.

Cole Slaw:

  1. In a small bowl add cabbage, carrot and cilantro.
  2. Add mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper to vegetables and mix.
  3. Cover and chill in refrigerator if not eating immediately.

I made this recipe with brown rice, but it will also go good with broccoli, white rice, or quinoa. Enjoy!!

The Serenity Prayer

Life changes on us faster than we even have time to process sometimes. We know it is inevitable, but still, unexpected changes can throw us for a loop.  Cue Serenity Prayer…

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.”

Aaaaahhh yesssss. Time and time again many of us have heard, or read this to ourselves and thought, “wow, that makes so much sense.” However simple it is to understand, it doesn’t make it easily applicable. I remember always reading the prayer from a young age, as it was framed in my grandprent’s home. It always stood out to me. There is just something special about this reflection– whether you’re religious, or not.

My entire young life, all I wanted to do was hurry up and be an adult, so I could be in control of my life and make my own decisions. I would day dream of “adulting” and part of that included graduating college and finding a stable career with a decent salary. My interests led to either teaching, counseling, administration in higher education, or marketing for an innovative company. I had a vision for myself and an idea of what types of careers would satisfy me and validate my success as an adult. I was chasing after a token to mark my place in life as having “made it”.

I quickly learned job hunting was more challenging than I imagined–especially as a mother.  Simply because employers sometimes are under the impression working mothers are incapable in giving 100% commitment to the job. So, I made sure to not bring this up in interviews. However, it didn’t really matter. I tried relentlessly, landing interviews with various institutions, universities and companies, only to remain stuck in a job that I was enjoying, but wasn’t feeling challenged in.

It was my second job after college and I was there for over 3 years. For a long time the job was great. I had many amazing co-workers, whom are now friends I keep in touch with to this day. I learned so much from them. They would lend an ear and listen to me talk and (mostly) complain more and more about my position and how I needed out. This is behavior I’m not proud of. Whether, or not they grew frustrated with my incessant negativity, they continuously encouraged me, supported me and helped out when they could. All in all, I had support from Matios, my family and my friends and yet, I wasn’t succeeding as I had envisioned.

I noticed friends achieving and I caught myself comparing my progress to their’s. I began to feel as though something was wrong with me. I beat myself up wondering why I wasn’t chosen for positions over and over again. I practiced interviewing, typing and reviewing every piece of the job description. I put every ounce of energy I had into my reumes, cover letters and interviews. Despite this, I never landed the jobs I wanted and it slowly made me lose my confidence. Frequently, I would remind myself how competitive the job market could be especially some positions I was drawn to. Still, it didn’t make it any easier.

When I had no luck, we finally decided I should leave my job and stay home with our kids.  I was not happy there anymore and our kids needed me, but it still wasn’t an easy decision. However, the day I handed in my resignation letter I was suddenly able to breath. I immediately felt a sense of serenity in letting go and embracing this transition from working mother to stay at home parent. I’ll admit I was pretty scared, but I was happy.

This leap of faith was the best thing I have ever done in my life. I know my kids better and our relationship has grown. Also, I know myself now. I was blessed with time to step away from the rat race and find myself. Maybe it sounds cheesy, but its true. I took control of my health and began trying to understand how you even begin to budget for a family of 5 on one income. I read more, wrote more and took things a lot slower. Well, lets be real… we have 3 kids ages 4, 3, and 2– shit get crazy sometimes. BUT I share this all because I learned one very important thing:

Unexpected paths may lead us to the place we belong. 

I have a hard time with change and letting go of the things I can’t control. This moment in my life tested me. Luckily, I learned the value of patience and how important it is to avoid making impulsive decisions. Hard work and goal setting is important, but so are the unexpected things.  I used the past year to teach myself to better adapt to going with the flow in a wise way rather than a reckless way. Sometimes the best we can do is change the things we can, and let go of the things we can’t. 

Be patient, seek opportunity, and make wise choices. Eventually, you’ll end up in the right place.

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Cookies

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Ever wished you could satisfy a sweet tooth craving (specifically chocolate) and not feel guilty? Ever felt like eating cookies for breakfast, or right after a workout? Problem solved!

These cookies are made with wholesome ingredients and healthful intentions. You will never experience negative feelings after you eat these. Aside from being good for you, they give the body great energy! Healthy, energizing and DELICIOUS! Can it really get any better than that?

I hope you feel inspired about making these and confident to change up anything you may want to add, or alter to the recipe to make them your own! In the end you will feel pleased that you did something thoughtful and good for yourself!

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 cups almond flour
3 tps dark es100% cacao powder
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shredded coconut (sweetened, or unsweetened)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup dark chocolate pieces
4 tbs coconut oil (melted)
1/2 tsp honey
2 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla almond milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients: almond flour, cacao powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda, coconut, almonds, salt, brown sugar, oats.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk melted coconut oil, honey, eggs and almond milk until completely mixed.

3. Pour wet mixture into the dry ingredients folding together until everything is coated.

4. Place batter in the refrigerator allowing it to settle for 30 minutes, or overnight.

5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

6. Remove batter from the refrigerator. Coat baking sheet with non-stick spray. Coconut oil will work too. Form 1 inch balls with the batter and place on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart from each other. Press down each cookie and lightly flatten before placing in the oven.

7. Bake for 7-10 minutes and boom!

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do! Feel free to contact us with any questions!

– Dree