Peanut Chicken Salad

 Is anyone else doing their Friday happy dance?! HAPPY FRIDAY my friends! strong

So guess what? Yesterday, I did it again. No peanut butter for breakfast! That’s because I was saving myself for dinner but more on that in a sec. I should also mention I did have banana with pb for breakfast on Wednesday. I am trying to scale back just a little bit for real.

But yesterday I had another Greek yogurt bowl that I had put together and refrigerated the night before.


For lunch I had carrots, cucumber, a banana, and a nice big salad with tomatoes, black beans, olives, feta cheese, and hummus.

salad with hummus

I made a quick stop at the gym on the way home from work and then had a sweet and juicy snack once I got home…


Then I got ready for dinner. We had our friends Adam and Stacy over for dinner last night and on the menu: Oriental Peanut Chicken; recipe courtesy of Dana’s mom.

We switched it up slightly and used quinoa instead of rice.


We sautéed two chicken breasts, broccoli, onion, carrots, and mushrooms…

oriental chicken

Next we drizzled the sautéed chicken and veggies with homemade peanut sauce and gave it a good stir. This is why I saved my peanut butter consumption for dinner time. This sauce is gold it is so delicious. I may have to ask my mother-in-law if I can divulge the recipe to you all. 🙂

peanut sauce

And lastly to put it together: one heaping layer of romaine lettuce chopped into shreds onto a large serving platter, next layer on the quinoa, then the sautéed veggies and chicken, and finally top with fresh chopped cucumbers.

oriental peanut chicken oriental peanut chicken

!!!! It was so good!!! Our company was pretty great too! 😉 We had such a fun time with them as always. I get an extra wrinkle line each time we hang out from laughing so much.

I hope you all had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. I am off to an appointment, then work, and tonight we are celebrating Betsy’s birthday! We don’t have too much planned for the weekend but one thing I know for sure is the rest of the Christmas stuff is coming down (our wreaths are still up–whoops) and the few Valentine’s Day decorations that I do have are going up! Woooo!

How long do you keep holiday decorations up before getting crazy tired of them and taking them down?

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. That meal looks amazing AND healthy! I would love it if your MIL would let you share the recipe 🙂 I get pretty antsy with holiday decorations and have to take them down the first weekend after the new year.

    1. Melanie

      I took down the majority but the snowmen are still hanging around…not for long! Hope you have a great weekend my friend!

  2. Adam

    I’ll tell you one thing about those Christmas decorations, I definitely would NOT have two Christmas wreaths hanging on my house this late in January!!!

    1. Melanie

      Tahaha I took one down when I got home from work yesterday. The big one is coming down today. So tacky. 🙂

  3. paleoinpdx

    I still have some white Christmas lights up inside, around one of the windows. They make me happy and I love the soft glow they emit. I’ll take them down eventually, but it makes me kinda sad. I took down most everything else shortly after New Year’s day. We didn’t have a tree because of traveling and our cats, so it was just some stockings, holiday kitchen towels, Christmas cards and a wreath.

    1. Melanie

      It is kind of hard to take it all down! The season is so wonderful and it goes by so fast!

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