When you live alone, you forget to blog.

Well, 1 month in on my own…clearly, I have had a lack of blogging. I blame it on the fact that I don’t have J here saying “that should go on the blog” every time we make something. But, alas, I made something blog worthy tonight.

I am going to call it “chicken fajita bowl-i-ness” (J would be proud of the title):


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 bell pepper (I had yellow, but you can use green or red), diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • olive oil
  • chili powder
  • s&p
  • 1 avocado
  • cheese to top (I used shredded cheddar)
  1. heat some oil in a big saute pan; sprinkle chicken with chili powder, salt and pepper
  2. place spiced side down in oil
  3. stand back and put lid on top…it will probably splatter. It it does, turn the heat down a bit and put the lid on. If your stove is like mine, either hot or off, good luck.
  4. spice the other side of chicken for when it is ready to be turned
  5. while chicken is cooking, dice onion and pepper
  6. oil in a saucepan (big), dump in onions and peppers with s&p
  7. while these are both cooking, dice the avocado
  8. once peppers and onions are soft, put beans in pot, stirring and mixing contents (keep an eye on this as it can burn!)
  9. turn chicken and replace lid
  10. chase smoke out of apartment (see below*)
  11. once chicken is cooked all the way through, I set it on the cutting board to cool for a bit
  12. once cooled (a bit) I diced the chicken
  13. Bowl: bean mixture goes down in the bowl, as the base
  14. Diced chicken, avocado and cheese tops the beans


*Things not to do: burn the spices. Be careful when spicing the other side of the chicken. I should have spiced the chicken on both sides before placing it in the pan. I forgot. Therefore, I accidentally dumped chili powder in my pan. It burned. Making a mess. And a lot of smoke. I spend a lot of time running around my apartment opening windows and turning on my two fans. An hour later, it still smells like burnt chili powder. Ew. Yet, my smoke alarms never went off…interesting.

Anyway, it was delicious! I find that when I eat “fajita bowls” with rice, it is so heavy. Honestly, I didn’t miss the rice. Saving the second portion for my lunch tomorrow, since I had no one to share my dinner with.

The fact that I was making a meal up in my head, serving two, made me think of J. He would be proud.

Can’t wait to have him back in my kitchen.



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