Honey Cashew Chicken with Rice

I’ve been depriving myself of sleep over the last week or so, dudes. I can’t seem to catch up. By “sleep-deprived” I mean that I’ve been getting anywhere from 5-7 hours each night for the past several nights, which I understand is the norm for a lot of people, but not for me. I really require at least 7.5 hours to feel ‘normal’ the next day, and if I had the option, I could easily sleep 10-11+ hours each night. (I definitely used to do this during the summer in college! Trust me, it can be done). So yeah, I’m the kind of person that requires a lot of sleep to function and feel well. Tonight I WILL go to bed early! Hold me to it, please.

Bed times for me on work nights, when I get up at 7:30 AM the next morning:

    • “Super early” = before 11:00 PM (<5% of the time)
    • “Early”: at 11:00 PM (5% of the time)
    • “Good”: 11:30 (50% of the time)
    • “Borderline late”: Midnight (30% of the time)
    • “Late”: 12:30 AM (5%)
    • “HELLA LATE:” 1:00 AM (5% of the time)
    • “Just ridic”: After 1:00 AM (<5% of time) <—last night

Let me attempt to bring you up to speed since I’ve been slacking on the food blogging (and sleeping) this week.

Sunday night the huz and I had dinner at Sidetrack. Sunday is usually my favorite cooking day, but I was so, so tired, that cooking was unfathomable.

I was craving something crisp and icy cold to drink, and a frozen margarita fit the bill. I’m on a big margarita kick lately, since I rediscovered that I am a margarita fan after all, this spring. Usually I get beer at Sidetrack (killer draft menu!), so this was unusual for me!


You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish sandwich, for me. (Yes, that’s what it is really called.) Love this sammich. With sweet potato fries that were approximately 12 billion times better than these.


Cheesecake for dessert, just because it was that kind of day.05202012_3

Last night, Five Cent Femme and I went out on the town for a rad Tuesday night. Passing the Law Quad, I saw this amazingness:


We went to Dominick’s for sangria and to enjoy the nice, warm evening. Gotta relish those long, hot summer nights while you can.


After Dominick’s we headed to the Pig for a fierce show. It was rad. Very entertaining, great small crowd.

Honey Cashew Chicken with Rice

I should mention that, prior to going out, I whipped up a healthy dinner at home, using this recipe for Honey Cashew Chicken with Rice from Cooking Light.

First, in sesame and canola oil, I sautéed chicken that had been tossed in salt, pepper, and cornstarch.


Tons of veggie goodness added next, sautéed over high heat for 5 minutes, including broccoli, red bell pepper, edamame, and onion. Mmm!P1070935

To finish, the most important element: the sauce, consisting of rice vinegar, Sriracha, honey, and soy sauce.


Topped with cashews and served over rice! Quick, easy, nutritious. Good deal! Recipe at Cooking Light. My rating: 8/10.


Tonight I had big plans to make this elaborate Cornbread Stuffing with Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage recipe, but uh..yeah that didn’t happen. I did still manage to incorporate all the flavors of that dish into a much simpler dinner, though. I’m pretty proud.

Quick ‘n’ Easy:

  • Al Fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, broiled in toaster oven (Good, but a tad bland on their own. The addition of spicy brown mustard was spectacular.)
  • Jiffy cornbread
  • Romaine salad with red onion,Granny Smith apple slices, feta, and walnuts with raspberry vinaigrette.

Works for me!


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