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Sorry for not posting in a couple of days. I have been distracted by work, life stuff, and the color pink.

Not this type of pink:


But this type of pink:


Oh. My. Gosh. Pink Eye is spectacularly not fun. Especially when you are not in second-grade. And even moreso when you are a contact-wearer that cannot function in glasses.

Just as I thought it was clearing up, I woke up at 4am to see that my OTHER eye is now pink. I guess Mr. Left Eye was feeling left out of the pink party.

And, to add insult to injury, the battery of my car died. Then, after I had these nice USAA auto men jump it, I promptly locked my keys in my RUNNING car.

Guys, this has most definitely not been my week. 🙂

However, me venting over my litany of mini catastrophes accomplishes positively nothing, so we shall promptly switch the focus, okay?

Today I have a wonderfully simple, easy, CHEAP, and healthy recipe for y’all. I made it earlier this week, had some for dinner and then and promptly divided  the rest  into tupperware containers for quick lunches.

Chicken & Broccoli Saute

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders ($4.50)

2-3 Broccoli crowns of broccoli (chopped) ($1.50)

1 onion (chopped) ($. 50)

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp pepper (divided)

1) Coat a saute pan with  1 tbsp oil and saute onion for 2-3 minutes.

2) Add chicken and 1/2 tsp pepper, and a couple dashes of salt

3) Saute chicken and onions 5-8 minutes, until the chicken is cooked

4) While the chicken is cooking; steam broccoli in a pot for 5 minutes (almost like a blanche). You want it to be BRIGHT green, and still a bit crunchy

5) Drain water off broccoli and then drizzle it with 1 tbsp olive oil and add it to the chicken and onion mixture

6) At this point, I HIGHLY recommend adding a couple sprinkles of this magic ingredient:

It adds a wonderful kick!

7) Saute the broccoli with the chicken mixture for 5-10 minutes and then plate and serve!

After dinner, go right ahead and put the leftovers in individual tupperware to take to work the next day–you will NOT regret the decision.

True Fact: I like to eat this cold! I just love eating leftovers cold…I have no idea why!

This meal cooks 4 servings, which ends up being $1.62 per person. Add  a couple sweet potatoes and you still are eating a meal that is well under $3. You cannot even eat at McDonald’s for that price!  Plus, total cooking time is less than 30 minutes. Holla.

In other, completely unrelated news, has anyone watched this TV Show:

Well, after hearing all kinds of buzz about it, I put it on our Netflix Queque. I watched the first five episodes the last few nights and I just cannot get into it. I actually found it VERY frustrating because the main character (played by Laura Linney) receives a terminal Stage IV cancer diagnosis and DOES NOT TELL ANYONE in her family. The show is a dramedy, so it has this odd blend of sheer tragedy amidst comical situations.  It is strange because I feel both pathos for Laura Linney and frustration at her because she isn’t being honest and almost being flippant about the severity of the situation. Am I allowed to be angry at a person (imaginary as they may be) who is dying of cancer?!

Ok, so here is my question for you, dear readers:

Have you seen the show?  How do you feel about movies and TV shows making cancer and other diseases comical? Is it a refreshing and honest new perspective, or problematically insensitive?

I feel very ambivalent about the concept. A part of me feels very bothered by the way in which we, as a society, feel entitled to and entertained by these very private and personal struggles.   If, by being a voyeur to these experiences helps people better understand and gain a larger degree of imaginative empathy, I think it is worth it. However, if it leads to people creating rigid stereotypes and paradigms regarding the experiences of illness and disease, I think it can lead to more harm than good.


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

20 responses »

  1. That’s my type of meal because I love having leftovers! It makes meal planning for the week so much easier. 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better!!

  2. Great recipe! 🙂
    Aww, hope that you feel better and that your pink eye goes anway!

  3. No, Have not seen it….and don’t plan to. If I want to get depressed, I watch the news! On TV I like the brainless shows like Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, House Hunters, and every once in awhile….Dateline for my dose of “serious”.

    Feel better soon!!

  4. Sorry to hear about your mishaps! Not every week can be a good one! For the record, I have once locked keys into a running car!

  5. Ive never seen it! Im very intrigued to now though! I generally quite like it when they sort of ‘televise’ less sexy or comfortable topics because Im always up for anything that opens a dialogue about stuff.. sometimes it is done terribly though. Usually the only shows that drive me CRAZY are reality tv with selfish self obseesed people that are also so fake.. i still have a weird thing about watching them sometimes though – self torute?!
    I hope you feel better soon dear – your dinner looks tasty and healthy – winner winner right!?xox

    • I think the literary critic in me is always intrigued, as well! I like seeing various portrayals of “unspoken” situations or life issues. However, I am always incredibly aware of the whole problematic nature of voyeurism…too much postmodern theory in my past!

  6. Yikes- pink eye 😦 That will get you sent home from school ASAP! When I was a kindergarten teacher it was something I had to keep a handle on if a kiddo got it or the whole class would get it too. It is NO fun: Take care!
    That show sounds ‘different’ I would have to watch it for myself to see what I thought about it. Hmmm.

    • It is so funny because I told Chase that pink eye would be “no big deal, since I am an adult, not a five year old.” FALSE! Oh. My. Gosh. I kept wanting to touch my eyes! It was crazy! I literally morphed into a child in .2 seconds!

  7. oh my gosh I am so sorry to read about your poor eyes! 😦 sending you quick healing vibes!! xoxo!

  8. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Gah I’m sorry that you’re stuck with pink eye 😦 That is probably one of my least favorite infections to get.. not that I have a favorite or anything haha.

    Hmm that show sounds really interesting, but to be honest it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. I’m not the biggest fan of making humor out of not-so-humorous situations, so it might bother me a bit. If I ever start watching TV again (i’ve had no time!) I’ll check it out

    • Hahaha! I totally have a list of my favorite to least favorite infections! I think living with a doctor has made it a mandatory discussion topic in our house. 🙂

      And, yeah, not my cup of tea either!

  9. Sounds like we had a similar week. Sending you well wishes for the start of this week! And that meal … it’s perfect 🙂

    I too am a little bothered when they take a comical approach to deathly situations. But at the same time, I know people who in real life took that approach and were much happier when their time came. I’m torn. Like you, though, I’d be bothered that she didn’t tell anyone in her family. I mean, maybe if I won the lotto I wouldn’t tell anyone, but if I were dying, if they wanted to spend time with me, I’d let them. Ya know?

    • I know, when I read your blog post, I thought the same thing! I feel you, girl!

      And I totally agree that there are certain things that I think shouldn’t be discussed with anyone and everything, but the whole, I am dying in the next year is not one of them. Plus, the character has a son and that made me all the more frustrated.

  10. I have all those ingredients in my house right now!!!!!! Pink eye’s the worst. I can’t believe I never got it as a teacher, but at least 200 of my students did!! Lol. Seriously.


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