Slow cooker chicken chow mein

Hey guys! Hope your day went well! I’m happy to say the insanity is over and I got through the two aerobics classes and five training appointments. The next crazy day is Wednesday and the rest of the week should be smooth sailing (I hope!).

Congrats again to Lindsey on her cookbook victory and thank you so much to all of you for entering!!! I definitely recommend purchasing this cookbook if you want to dip your toe into the raw food world… I absolutely love it 😀

I started the day with my current fave green juice:


1 green apple, 1 pear, parsley, cucumber and lemon… so tart and delicious

I was really hankering for fruit this morning, so I whipped out this funny-looking Saturn peach that Jeni and I each got on Saturday because, well.. they were funny-looking


I chopped up said fruit and put him into a bowl with his rainier cherry and bananner buddies. I loved that funny little peach! Supa sweet


I taught a sweaty sauna spin class (AC still no workie) and then came home to put the pilot’s dinner in the slow cooker.

I snacked on a square of this extra dark chocolate while I cooked:


Slow cooker Chicken Chow Mein

-1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

-2 cloves garlic

-1 medium onion, chopped

-2 stalks celery, chopped

-2 carrots, diagonally sliced

-1 small can water chestnuts, drained

-2 tbs hoisin sauce

-1 can chicken broth

-1 ts minced ginger

-EVOO, sea salt and pepper

1. Chop all of the veggies and put into the slow cooker (including water chestnuts)

2. Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper and brown for 3 minutes on each side for 3 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool slightly. Slice the chicken on a diagonal into large bite-sized pieces.

3. Add the hoisin sauce, ginger, seasonings and chicken broth, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

4. Serve with noodles 😀



After a few hours:


The pilot’s plate:


He was a huge fan and it was SO easy to put together.. and our house smells like an Asian bistro. That’s ok with me 😉

After I got his meal a-cookin’, I made the Suddenly St. Tropez salad I love:


(the pic I took was blurry, so I dipped into the archives)

It never gets old and the flavor combination is excellent. I promise to switch things up a little so you guys don’t get bored though 😉

I went to work to train and then came home for a beautiful 20 minute hip opening flow followed by cleaning out the almond butter jar.


I also had this new bar, which I ADORED:


From the website:

Hammer Bar
Cashew Coconut
Chocolate Chip
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size : One bar (50g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 230
Calories from Fat 100

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 11g

Saturated Fat 5g

Trans Fatty Acids 0g

Cholesterol 0mg

Sodium 3mg

Total Carbohydrate 27g

Dietary Fiber 5g

Sugars 19g

Protein 5g

Vitamin A

Vitamin C



* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
† Daily Value not established.

Certified Organic Ingredients: Organic Cashew Butter, Organic Dates, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Dark Chocolate Chips – Non-Dairy (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Non-GMO Soya Lecithin), Organic Coconut, Organic Bio Sprouts™ – Quinoa, Organic Bio Sprouts™ – Flax
Caution: May contain pieces of date pits, stems, nut shells or seeds.

It was ahhhhhhmazing. Just like my favorite Survival bar, plus chocolate chips! I’m sold 😀

I also grabbed a date (the fruit kind, not the man kind)


And a few more cherries for the road:


I went to the base gym to teach Zumba and was doubting anyone would show up because of the AC situation. I munched this while I waited:


It was 2 minutes until class was supposed to start and 20 people came in. Awesome!! Class was great, even though it was much more challenging in the HEAT, but a blasty as usual 😀

After class, I munched this in the car on the way back to the other gym for my last two training appointments.


Small Ezek. tortilla with a Sunshine burger, no sugar added organic ketchup and mustard

And a coconut water, for electrolyte replacement:


My last two appointments were fun, even though I was dead tired. The good news: my funny quotes lady has already lost 2% body fat. I’m so proud of her 😀

When I got home, I was still munchy –I was a snack monkey today, but two aerobic classes with no AC will do that to ya- so I grabbed Ezekiel toast with a smear of AB and apricot preserves.


Much better 😀

Our guest hasn’t arrived –we’re thinking tomorrow will be the day- but to those of you who asked, no it’s not Little Friend. Little Friend was adopted last week by a family who lives out in the country with a lot of other animals.. I hope they take excellent care of her, as we weren’t able to keep her (despite the begging fest I gave the pilot).

Bella was bummed out because she wanted a new sister:


I’m finally chilling in my jammies and going to crash out early. I got a sub for spin tomorrow night because we have a wives meeting, so I’m going to check out the new kickbox cardio class at the gym, get a juice, come home and make white chocolate raspberry cheesecake to take to the wives’ coffee, and be blogging around lunchtime 😀

Have a wonderful night!



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  1. Island Girl Eats on July 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Bella is such a little cutie!

    The dinner you made for the pilot looked delicious.

  2. fittingbackin on July 13, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    ooh thanks for the recipe – i've yet to slow cook anything or use hoisen sauce – yay!! Bella is a doll and i'm so glad to hear the + news about Little Friend. 🙂

  3. Gab* on July 13, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    The slow cooker chow mein looks yum. It's winter here (Australia) so the slow cooker is very popular at the moment and it's great to get new ideas.

  4. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on July 13, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Ooh that chicken chow mein looks fabulous.. This may be a stupid question, but if one doesn't have a slowcooker, is this recipe still doable by any chance?

  5. MarathonVal on July 14, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Hi Gina, I actually just bought Sarma's cookbook today, just in case I didn't win the contest, which obviously I did not haha.

    All of the recipes look awesome but many have ingredients that I have had a hard time finding, or are pricey – what recipes do you recommend that I start with?

  6. Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) on July 14, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I really really want to try dates with peanut or almond butter sometime. But the dates are so expensive, and I still haven't convinced myself that I will truly love them enough to buy them!

  7. Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) on July 14, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Phew, I'm tired just reading your post!

    Don't switch those meals up too much. Then I feel like I have to too!

    Hope you have a great day tomorrow, despite all the busyness!

    Yay funny quote lady!!!!

  8. Whole Body Love on July 14, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Mmmm…I have GOT to try that salad! My Mallard has the same rule about # of people can be no less than # of dogs in the house. I kind of adopted one through my mom's rescue without his consent a couple of years ago…she was re-assigned through the rescue within a year 🙁 It was just too much. But, I'm happy with our two furry friends. Your puppies are probably happy that your attention is only split between two of them 🙂

  9. AzLinda on July 14, 2009 at 1:05 am

    I'm tired just reading all what you did today..whew! That crock pot dinner did look mighty amazing! I love my crockpot. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    Glad to hear that little friend got adopted out, that's just great news!

  10. AzLinda on July 14, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Oh, I forgot to say that I tried the saturn Peaches last week and they are so good. Super duper sweeeet! Love em 🙂

  11. runjen on July 14, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Great recipe! I am saving that one. And girl, you are BUSY!!

  12. Erica on July 14, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Glad you made it through the super busy day!! Don't you love the slow cooker? Its one of my favorite ways to make Josh's din dins. You look like you're enjoying all the fresh summer fruit as much as I am!! Soooo tasty. Enjoy your Tuesday

  13. VeggieGirl on July 14, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Rainier cherries + high percentage dark chocolate = thadda girl!! 😀

    "a date (the fruit kind, not the man kind)" = HAHAHAHA!! Too cute.

    I'm so relieved that "little friend" was adopted!!

  14. Pam on July 14, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I love your sense of humor!

    Have fun,


  15. K from ksgoodeats on July 14, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I'm glad Little Friend has a family – I'm sure they'll treat LF well 🙂

    Since you introduced me to Pure Protein, I'm going to have to look for the Hammer bar! Congrats to your client on the 2% loss!!

  16. allijag on July 14, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Yay! I'm so so glad Little Friend was adopted, that makes me happy! 🙂

    Sweet little Bella – she's got Viesa to keep her busy 🙂

  17. shelby on July 14, 2009 at 8:59 am

    That is totally something I would do…buy something because it looks funny, or is super small and cute, or oversized and hilarious looking. haha

  18. simpledaisy on July 14, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Everything always looks so good!! I get so many ideas from your blog! It's GREAT!!!
    Thanks for being so inspiring~
    I am training to ride a century and am still learning how to properly fuel my body so that I can ride looong and strong!!

  19. brandi on July 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

    ooh, i can't wait to see the cheesecake!

    i love those funny peaches, too 🙂

  20. ttfn300 on July 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

    i've heard good things about hammer nutrition, but haven't tried any of their products…

  21. Gena (Choosing Raw) on July 14, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Cool product review — I like hearing about new bars that appeal to you!

  22. The Rest is Still Unwritten on July 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Dinner looks amazing as usual! I can't wait to get moved into my house so I can start cooking your meals!

    You are seriously awesome! i love reading your blog everyday! I took Zumba for the first time last night…LOVED IT!

    I'm linking back to your site today!

  23. Krista on July 14, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Have I told you before how much I adore your crock pot creations????

  24. heartswholefoods on July 14, 2009 at 10:58 am

    The pilot's dish looks amazing! You come up with the tastiest (and easiest) ideas 😀

    Bella is so adorable! Great to hear that Little Friend is good now.

    Mmm saturn peaches sound yummy!

  25. Paige@ Running Around Normal on July 14, 2009 at 11:01 am

    You do some awesome crock pot dinners, chica!

  26. Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks on July 14, 2009 at 11:09 am

    The pilot's dinner looks great! I'm glad your crazy busy day went well are my fitness inspiration!

  27. Veganissexy on July 14, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I'm exhausted just reading about your day. Goodness woman you are a busy bee 🙂 I love those little saturn peaches! They are my new favorite summer fruit….super sweet 🙂 I may have to hook up that chow mein for my hubby….he's all about asian noodles….in fact when we were in Victoria a few weeks ago, every single meal he ate was noodles! Oh to have a metabolism like that 🙂 I hate him 🙂

  28. Mrs. LC on July 14, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Mmm I love super dark chocolate! And I saw those peaches too! Thought they were the cutest, funniest, most "smooshed" looking peaches I've ever seen!

  29. Carla on March 1, 2010 at 2:20 am

    What do you use to make your “green” drink? Do you have a juicer, or do you just use your VitaMix blender?

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