Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Crave Wednesday: Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas

It's Halloween Wrap Up Time!  Who am I kidding, it's really Halloween wrap up week - I have so much to share, but I don't want to wait any longer for the main event, Halloween itself!

Last week I got this crazy idea about dressing up for work.  Not real dressing up dressing up, but wearing something that alluded to a "costume" that I might otherwise wear to work.  "Disneybounding, the work edition."

When I shared my idea with Thatboy, he wanted in too.  So with a little brainstorming we went to work as Wednesday Addams...

And Clark Kent.

After work we came home and hurriedly fed the boys and got into our costumes for trick or treating.   I know I wrote about this before, but Thatkid wanted to be Kion, Simba's son and leader of The Lion Guard, a new show on the Disney Channel.  He wanted us to fill in the rest of the Lion Guard.

And so we became Beshte the Hippo, Fuli the Cheetah, and Ono the Egret.

One of Thatkid's preschool friends and her parents joined us as we ventured from house to house.

A couple of pictures, and we were off.

It was great for Thatkid to have a friend, as they walked hand in hand between the homes. 

As for Thatbaby, he was AMAZING!  He was so very into it, before we even left the house.  During dinner he picked up the phrase "Teet teh teet" (trick or treat).  As we went from house to house, he quickly discovered that saying that magic phrase led to candy.  And he gleefully shouted it out at each house.  He happily sat in his stroller between houses, climbing in and out at each stop.

The boys brought home quiet the candy stash.  And this is skipping a bunch of houses when it became clear all the kids were tired and ready for bed.

So we took them home and put them to bed.  Tired, happy, and Halloween-ed out.

And now we're back to normal. This brief window before the eating holidays start.  Before the Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas cookies.  I like to use this time to reset.  Christmas cookies aren't my weakness, but alcohol to get through time with the inlaws is!  So before the calories start adding up, it's time for some lighter fare. Chicken and veggies in a pita is a good place to start.  I wouldn't say this is entirely guilt free, because satay sauce has its fair amount of sugar, but it certainly feels lighter!

Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas (From Cooking Light)
2 cup shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken thigh or drumstick meat
2/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
4 Tbsp thin red bell pepper strips
4 Tbsp peanut satay sauce
2 tsp chile paste with garlic
2 whole wheat pita, cut in half
1 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup diagonally cut carrot
4 Tbsp chopped cilantro 
  1.  Combine chicken, green onions, bell pepper, satay sauce and salt to taste.  Toss to coat.
  2. Stir in chile paste (I left this out of the kids' portions)
  3. Fill each pita half with about 1/2 cup chicken mixture, 1/4 cup bean sprouts, 1/4 of the carrots, and 1 Tbsp cilantro.

1 comment:

  1. OMG - that costume rocks!!! I loved The Adams Family.