Earlier this week I ran to Whole Foods on my lunch break to grab lunch and pick up a few things for dinner this week. I was browsing in the frozen food section and stumbled upon Sweet Potato Puffs and they looked too good to pass up.
Since the sweet potato puffs reminded me of french fries, I thought it would be fun to make them with grilled chicken sandwiches. Plus grilled chicken sandwiches gave me the perfect excuse to buy La Boulange Brioche Hamburger Buns. I have only found these hamburger buns at Whole Foods and they are so good (I highly recommend them)!
For our grilled chicken sandwiches, Ray marinated some chicken breasts in teriyaki sauce and grilled them on the BBQ. While Ray was grilling the chicken and the sweet potato puffs were cooking in the oven, I sautéed some onions on low to medium heat on the stove with a little extra virgin olive oil. For our sandwiches we topped the chicken with the grilled onions, avocado, and a little cheddar cheese. I also tossed some greens in balsamic dressing for a side salad. Dinner done in less than 30 minutes!
The dinner turned out great and the sweet potato puffs were as good as they looked. This dinner is definitely going in our dinner rotation.
Lately, I have been all about quick and easy dinners because things have been crazier than usual in the Moellering household. Cooper is on dog version of “bed rest” and Cooper + little to no walks = crazy monster! Ray and I took Cooper to Cardiff beach a few weeks ago for a long walk and to try and get him more used to the ocean since he is afraid of it. Cooper is not a fan of water at all, which is pretty surprising considering he is a Lab-Shepherd mix!
The three of us were having the best time until we ran into a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. While the two dogs were playing, Cooper stepped back kind of funny and immediately started yelping. At first he would not put his back left leg down, but after a few minutes he seemed fine and we couldn’t see anything wrong with his paw or leg so we continued our walk. We didn’t think much of it, but almost a week later Ray and I noticed Cooper was limping and we decided to take him to the vet. It turns out his left knee is popping in and out of his knee socket. The vet said some dogs are just prone to this condition or that it could be an injury he suffered while he was playing with the other dog. The vet instructed us to get Cooper to rest as much as possible and limit his physical activity as well give him anti-inflammatory pills for two weeks. Ray and I have been doing everything we can to get Cooper better and have even been icing his knee.
Keeping Cooper calm and relaxed over the last week in a half has not been easy. He has been so desperate for walks lately that he has been sitting in front of his leash whining and grumbling at it.
It is such a sad scene.
We are going back to the vet on Monday and I hope the vet gives Cooper the all clear to return to normal activity and he doesn’t need surgery. Fingers crossed we make it to Monday without any crazy Cooper meltdowns or major destruction!