Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Treat/Salads and Bread

Did you have a good one? My Tuesday was super busy! Work was total craziness! When I got home, I found a very fun package containing my wins from a contest on Tri to Cook!! I cannot wait to bake with these cinnamon chips! Thank you thank you!

After opening my goodies, I took Frank for a walk, gave him a bath, put in some laundry and then did some cooking. I made this bread (I added a little extra honey). I also cooked up some chicken for Josh's salad. I made up both salads and put them in the fridge.

Josh's (he also had a bowl of pasta):
Mine (I later added some tomato):


The bread:

I then ran off to the gym to teach Body Step. When I came home, I was thrilled to have dinner already made! Do you like puting together make ahead meals?

43 comments:

Bridget said...

I love to have meals ready to go, but I don't do it nearly enough!

VeggieGirl said...

Cinnamon chips!! Sooo lucky.

Love the bread!!

I ALWAYS have meals ready-to-go.

shelby said...

I like to cook on weekends and make big batches of soups and stews so I have them ready all throughout the week.

Cinnamon Chips???!! AMAZING!

just me said...

i always have to have ready to go meals because i'm never at home to make something!

and i love the bread! i want to be a thief and steal it!

The Healthy Hostess said...

I love cooking ahead but it doesn't always happen. I like to make extra of certain things and use the leftovers in other recipes for for lunches.
I hope class was great!
:)

strongandhealthy said...

Yummy cinnamon chips! I like to plan meals ahead of time. At least that's my goal!

Caitlin (see bride run) said...

god i would love to have pre made meals, but im not that organized.

lesley said...

Fun, cinnamon chips! ... sounds pretty good!

Ready-to-meals are the best!! I don't hardly ever do it, but it's so nice when you have something to look forward to eating without having to do a thing!

Bread looks great, too (as all your baked goods always do;)

Hope you have a good night, Erica!

K said...

Oh - cinnamon chips would not last long enough to be baked into something!

I love made ahead meals - quick and easy!!

greendogwine said...

Cinnamon chips?? That's crazy, I've never seen those before!

I love make ahead meals, but dont usually plan them out very well!

Red Head, Yellow Dog said...

okay I'm really curious about those cinnamon chips! and I love make ahead meals. james gets home a lot later then me so its nice to put together a casserole and then pop it in the oven when he's on his way home. perfection!

Esi said...

Mmm, cinnamon chips! Never tried them, but they sound good. The only real make ahead meals I do are my work lunches which are usually leftovers of whatever I have been cooking up!

ttfn300 said...

yay! glad your package arrived :) hope you liked the extra additions... sorry i should've bought more chips and kisses!!

that bread, i need to try! and i hate having to cook when i'm starving, so i definately have to do ahead of time otherwise it's not a great situation!

Laura said...

I love make ahead meals! I work later hours than I'd like, so it's nice to have something waiting for me at 7:00 when I get home. I should really make more of an effort to plan my meals ahead during the work week.

I miss being able to to go Body Step! I've always loved Les Mills classes.

Fitnessista said...

oooh i love make ahead meals! i'm totally looking forward to doing that again when the hubby gets back
what an awesome package from shannon!
and that bread looks INCREDIBLE!
have a wonderful night :D

Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) said...

Woooo, awesome prizes! Cinnamon chips sound HEAVENLY!

jenngirl said...

those cinnamon chips sound soo cool! I want to put them in my oatmeal :)

I am never creative enough to have a meal ready to cook/eat, I need a manual for these things!

Heather said...

i definitely love it when my meals are easy to make! the bread looks delicious, and i can't wait to see what you do with the cinnamon chips!

Sharon said...

Cinnamon chips? Whoa, that is so cool!

HangryPants said...

The bread looks delicious!!!!

Diana said...

Love meals ready to go! Like my leftover chicken piccata I get to have for dinner again tomorrow night! -- the perfect reward after my workout class!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

I've been seeing a lot of homemade bread lately in the blogworld. Makes me want to get baking - anything to cover up the broccoli stench! :)

I love preparing dinner ahead of time...one of my favorite appliances is our crockpot. I love it - just throw everything in before work, and when you get home in the evening, dinner is all warm and ready to eat. Brilliant invention that crockpot!

Fitness Surfer said...

Oh that is exciting. There must be something in the air, because everyone keeps winning stuff. Cinnamon is my favorite secret ingredient, but in a chip...delicious. I had no idea they even existed. You just made my day =) and made my mouth water =)

carolinebee said...

O man those cinnamon chips make me think- snickerdoodles :D!! Yummy bread, I agree having food made and ready when you get home is so nice...also, you can use it as motivation to get thru a hard class!

Pearl said...

wow cinnamon chips? i never knew they even had them!

ChickPea said...

Yum! Cinnamon chips! Do you know by chance if they have partially hydrogenated oils in them? It seems like all the flavored chips do these days.

Robin said...

Oh god, cinnamon chips? Good thing they don't have those where I live, I'd be in trouble.

Lori said...

We used to use cinnamon chips in the bakery I worked in to make scones and muffins. They were so good!

I don't mind make ahead meals in the crockpot, but aside from soup or rice and beans I'm not a big leftover fan. Nothing tastes as good to me the second time around for some reason.

eatingbender said...

Great package from Shannon! I've never heard of cinnamon chips!

That bread looks fantastic! Another great baking job by Miss Erica :o)

I wish I made more meals ahead of time! I could certainly get more variety that way!

Sarah W. said...

make ahead meals are a MUST

Jen (Running with Food) said...

I can't wait to see what you create with your cinnamon chips! YUM!

As for make-ahead meals, I normally plan ahead so everything's ready to go by dinner time. I prep cook whenever I can.

Have a good day, girly!

RhodeyGirl/Sabrina said...

absolutely! i love to have food ready to go! and if i didn't, i would probably starve!

the salads look awesome!

Maria said...

What a nice package!! I love cinnamon chips! We cook a lot on weekends and maybe a couple nights a week. The other nights we do easy stuff, salads, sandwiches, quesidillas, paninnis, etc. and sometimes just cereal:)

dailygoods said...

i love having ready to go meals!! makes life so much easier. and those cinnamon chips.. wow can't wait to see what you make with those!!

Sara said...

I love make ahead meals, I try to do it at least once a week. Soups and braised dishes are great the next day.

Marissa said...

Love your salad!

I found them at Trader Joe's and it is more delicious than it looks!

The Blonde Duck said...

I just looked at the bread recipe and got really excited. It looks fabulous!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

I love the idea of make ahead meals! Beautiful bread! And I had a great one thanks! :)

biz319 said...

Love planning ahead - I spend WAY less money that way!

Krista said...

I love those cinnamon chips! They're not sold in Canada so I stock up when I get to the States! They're great in banana bread and pancakes and scones and cookies!!!

elise said...

oooo i heart chickpeas - perfect salad topping!!

your bread look delish!

Jeena said...

Salads look lovely and your bread looks nice and wholesome. :-)

B_Hlthy said...

definitely ready - to go make ahead type of gal!

oooh cinnamon chips ? were they good?


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