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My gay boyfriend introduced me to this website and although it is lacking in dessert and appetizers it has great recipes. It has a menu and meal planner, cooking tips, 20-minute recipes, recipes for two and so much more!

My favorite thus far is seared chicken with apricot sauce. I shared it with my mom and she made if for company and everyone loved it. Enjoy!!

Sooo much flavor!

4 servings

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (about 1 1/4 pounds), trimmed and tenders removed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 4 fresh apricots, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon , or 1/2 teaspoon dried

Preparation

  1. Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with a rolling pin, meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even thickness, about 1/2 inch. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off excess. (Discard any leftover flour.)
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink in the center, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, cover and keep warm. (If necessary, cook the chicken in two batches with an additional 1 tablespoon oil.)
  3. Off the heat, add wine and shallot to the pan. Return to medium heat and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Add apricots and cook until the fruit begins to break down, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in preserves, tarragon and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Return the chicken to the pan and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve the chicken with the sauce.

Nutrition

Per serving: 252 calories; 5 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 66 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 4 g added sugars; 27 g protein; 1 g fiber; 517 mg sodium; 444 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (15% daily value).

 

Update:

1. You are going to have to cook the sauce longer than the recipe says. Probably at least twice as long.

2. For leftovers I heated up the chicken and sauce, let it cool and put it over arugula!! Mmmm!!!! So good. The sauce alone could be used as a nice dressing. Sooo tasty!

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I will never buy store-brand tampons again.

How was I suppose to know that the 50% Clearance tag wasn’t talking about the damaged box but rather, the fact that it took nearly short of three hands to get those suckers in.

I felt like I was a teenager again, stumbling around down there not sure what was going up or down. NO, tampons are not created equal. Guys— make sure when your lady sends you to pick up tampons you get the ones she actually wants.

For me, happy tampons are Pearl by Tampax.

Am I thinking sex or broccoli?

Am I thinking sex or broccoli?

First, let me preface this by saying I LOVE animals. If I saw one being mistreated I would walk up and punch someone in the face for doing so. That being said, I also don’t like dumb people.

I am really getting tired of PETA’s low-brow sex tactics at convincing people to go vegetarian. What’s next? Miller lite ads with butt-ass naked women with big hair saying ‘I’d rather go lite’? (I should’ve gone into advertising).

First of all I know a lot of vegetarians and they are not stick thin. They are normal people, like the rest of us meat-eating population. Second, I also know people who went vegetarian and didn’t do it the healthy way and suffered because they weren’t getting all the nutrients and vitamins their body needs.

What bothers me about Peta’s ads:

1. Peta’s sex tactics really only appeal to straight men. Do you think looking at a picture of a woman with a cucumber in her mouth suggestively is really going to get me to eat veggies? Really you are just giving the teenage neighborhood boy masturbation material.

2. Guess who does the shopping in most families? Did you say women?  You only have to  look  to your household to see who makes the grocery shopping/health decisions. So why aren’t you targeting women?

3. It’s a stupid argument. Do they think they are really convincing people that if they eat more veggies (and no meat) they are going to have more (and better) sex and be better looking? Seriously?!

Is there nothing to their benefit that they have to go soooo shallow?! Do they really think their message isn’t getting lost in sex?

In the end, I can complain all I want but the econometrician in me decided to do a little bit more research and try to put some weight to my and Peta’s claims. Here’s what I found online.

Why vegetarians aren’t having better sex, but thank you PETA for manipulating data to your benefit. I am really starting to respect you as an organization.

After having their Superbowl ad banned Peta released a statement in response to NBC. In this statement Peta said that meat makes people “fat, sick and boring in bed.” That sounds scientific to me! Their sample of people was limited to people who ate low-fat, low-cholesterol diets. Further, vegetarians who are slimmer tend to be slimmer because they are more health-conscious overall. In other words, not eating meat isn’t a causal factor to being slim.

Being over weight has it’s consequences, yes. It is related to diabetes, heart disease and decreased sex libido, sure. But not everyone who eats meat is overweight. And certainly, eating meat is not a casual factor for being fat. In fact, eat fat is a casual relationship with being fat. Who knew?

But wait… this just in. A recent study shows that weight loss does not positively affect a woman’s sex life. In fact, researches “showed that overweight women were more likely to report having sexual intercourse with a man, even when she controlled for age, race and type of residence.” (I’m not sure what they mean by type of residence, but I like this demographic control. Note: This study talked about weight, not vegetarian diet). Wha? Admittingly, the researches said these results were unexpected. The researches went on to say that “the important part to take away from the study is that physicians and others who work in women’s medical health should never make assumptions about sexual behavior based on outward appearances.”

Vitamin deficiencies can plague vegetarians. In fact, “vegetarian women are also more likely to develop amenorrhea (loss of periods), a condition that’s usually accompanied by low testosterone, vaginal dryness, and poor libido.”

Further, “data suggest that the health of Western vegetarians is good and similar to that of comparable non-vegetarians.”

So what’s with all the sex?

My only conclusion is that there is actually little benefits from being a vegetarian — or else they would be using these great arguments instead of distracting people with sex. I mean they put more sex in their ads than Budweiser!

I guess presenting meat-eating as a moral delimna is no longer in fashion. Or maybe Peta is underestimating the population. Why not have ads of vegetarians describing their vegetarian experiences? Like when they switched, how it’s been hard and benefits they personally feel they can attribute to the switch?

Peta, I cannot take you seriously when you are only creating masturbation material for the neighborhood teen (and prolly married men) and not once ever attempting to create an ad that encourages me to question my meat-eating choices.

Found this after I wrote my post. Sums it up pretty nicely.

Found this after I wrote my post. Sums it up pretty nicely.

 


"IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE ME AT MY WORST, THAN YOU DON'T DESERVE ME AT MY BEST" -marilyn monroe

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