Who likes Mondays?!! Nobody!! ok ok, today wasn’t that bad, it’s just hard to get back into the swing of things after the weekend sometimes.  Mondays are always busy for us at work because everyone that was sick over the weekend all come in. Lots of phone calls, messages and walk-ins..ughhh!! Plus we were really short staffed today, but we made it!

Today’s lunch time run was my only workout today. I fully intended to lift after work but I had to drop off my car to get fixed from my accident a few weeks ago, pick up the kids and grocery shop!  I ran 6.65 miles during lunch so I’m trying to not beat myself up too much!! Our time was a bit slower today, 1:05. Still proud that we ran that long during lunch again!  We’re going to crush our trail run 10k in November!

I made some pretty yummy recipes tonight! The downside of these yummy dinners was that I dropped my iPad off my kitchen counter while reading the recipes! Completely shattered my screen!!

Quinoa Chicken Pesto Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients (serves 6)

6 red, orange, or yellow bell peppers
1 whole rotisserie chicken, meat shredded
1 1⁄2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided and shredded
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 (6.25 oz) jar of pesto

Turn on broiler to high. Place bell peppers under broiler and broil from 5 minutes on each side until skin blisters and begins to turn black.

Remove peppers from oven, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium size mixing bowl combine the shredded chicken with 1 cup shredded cheese, the pesto and the quinoa and toss to coat.

Once peppers are cool enough to handle, slice in half and remove membranes and seeds. Add a heaping 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture to each pepper and top with cheese.(I also poured a bit of marinara sauce on top of the bell peppers)

Bake for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe take from layersofhappines.com

The second recipe was Paleo Apple Spice Cookies.  My best friend who happens to still be in our Advocare 24 day challenge sent me this recipe.  She was dying for something sweet so she found this recipe.  The only thing I would change is only make smaller cookies!  These things get huge when they’re baking! I used honey crisp apples because they are my absolute favorite apple.

Apple Spice Cookies (Paleo)
Makes 9 large cookies
1 cup unsweetened almond butter
1/2 cup raw honey
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
half an apple, diced (use something sweet like Fuji or Gala)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated on a microplane
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degress F.
2. In a large bowl, combine almond butter, honey, egg, baking soda, and salt until well incorporated. Add apple, spices, and ginger and stir to combine.
3. Spoon batter onto a baking sheet (you may have to spread the batter a little to get it into a round shape) about 1-2 inches apart from each other–they’ll spread a bit.
4. Bake about 10 minutes, or until slightly set.
5. Remove cookies and allow to cool on pan for about 5-10 minutes. Then finish cooling on a cooling rack.

recipe adapted from cupcakesOMG.com

Both recipes were kid APPROVED!