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Crockpot Chipotle Chili - Perfect Rest Day Dinner

Rocky Start to Rest Day
This morning started off a little rocky. I slept terribly last night and managed to finally fall into a deep sleep right around the time the alarm went off. I'm almost always up before it goes off so when it does actually go off, it really startles me. I leave the lights off for Jason, so the room is really pretty dark. I typically don't have issues navigating in the dark, but this morning I was just a klutz.

I went to lean down to open Maddie's kennel, only I severely misjudged where I was and hit my cheek bone on the corner of the chest of drawers. Brilliant. I was all out of sorts after that. It ticked me off and stunned me at the same time. I'm really hoping it doesn't bruise up, but it's terribly sore.

Speaking of sore, I really thought my legs (quads and hams) would be more sore after yesterday's workout. I mean, I can tell I did a leg workout, but it's my rear end that is really sore. I went ahead with a rest day today. We had showers in the forecast so cardio would have to have been treadmill and/or elliptical. Not really all that appealing to be honest.

Crockpot Chipotle Chili 
Not working out after work meant I didn't have to rush either. We are members of the arts center and there was a member's reception for a new exhibit: Impressionists and Their Influence. We haven't been to as many openings this year as in the past, but I really did want to go to this one.

Since I knew dinner needed to be ready earlier tonight, I went home during my lunch break to get it prepped. It's still chilly out, so chili seemed appropriate. I put together a Chipotle Tempeh Chili in the crockpot. Rather than using the chipotle flakes, however, I chopped up a dried chipotle. I went ahead and sauteed the peppers, onions, and garlic so that I knew they'd be done, and I just put the crockpot on a low setting so everything wouldn't be mush.

I had some errands to run after work, so this worked perfectly: I had time to run errands then came home to dinner being done, big bonus!

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