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Salad With Chicken and Fruit + An Afternoon Snack

It’s not a chicken salad, and it’s not a fruit salad. It’s a regular green salad with chicken and fruit on it. It’s nothing complicated, but it is oh so versatile; do whatever you want and make it taste good for you. I forgot pictures, but really, do you need a picture of a salad to know what it will look like? It’s got lettuce in it. And chicken. And some fruit. Use your imagination 🙂

Chicken & Fruit Salad

Ingredients (Makes about 3 salads)

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, fat trimmed off
  • Approx. 1 tsp dried basil
  • Approx. 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Approx. 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Approx. 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Leafy greens (I like the herb & greens mix that I can get from Cub Foods; it’s the ONE organic thing I buy)
  • Fruit, like grapes, strawberries or blueberries
  • Raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing

Directions

  1. Add to a pot of water: chicken, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf. Boil until the chicken is cooked through (162°F at the thickest part)
  2. Remove the chicken from the water and cut into cubes (careful! boiled chicken tends to be hot 😉 )
  3. Fill a salad bowl with the leafy greens of your choice, put some chicken cubes on top and some sliced grapes, strawberries or blueberries. Pour some of the raspberry vinaigrette over it all.
  4. Eat!

Some crunchy croutons or shredded Parmesan cheese would be good on this too (not the pulverized stuff you get in the cylinder with the green lid… spring for some actual Parmesan cheese. If it says “cheese product” or “Parmesan style” on the container, just walk away—it’s not worth it)!


No-Bake Energy Bites from GimmeSomeOven.com
No-Bake Energy Bites from GimmeSomeOven.com

Bonus! I made these for snack time, but ended up eating them for breakfast. They are a bit of a mess to make, and they have to be kept refrigerated, but they are tasty and apparently full of things that are good for (most of) us.

No-Bake Energy Bites – kinda like granola bars, but way gooier

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes (I didn’t have any of these, so I substituted more oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (Also didn’t have any of these [mysteriously] so I used raisins)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed (oops! got whole flaxseed instead. worked just fine, but the nutritional benefits are apparently easier to get if it’s ground up. Note: grinding them with a mortar and pestle did NOT work.)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions

  1. Mix everything up in a bowl
  2. Refrigerate 30-45 minutes
  3. Roll into snack-sized balls
  4. Store in air-tight container, keep refrigerated (or they will get super gooey and fall apart).
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Honey Lime Vinaigrette

This is my own creation. I came up with it tonight and have done no prior research to find something similar. Also, a quick search on Allrecipes.com, my favorite cooking website, yields no recipes like it. Yay! It’s a Me original! 🙂

Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Ingredients
As per my usual, I didn’t measure anything. I tried to get about a 1:1 ratio for vinegar and olive oil, with the lime and honey to taste.

  • Light honey – I recently purchased some honey made from Orange Blossoms from the Bar Bell Bee Ranch in Squaw Lake, MN. Very light and delicate in flavor, quite sweet and, surprise surprise, a little orangey!
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Pour 1 part olive oil to 1 part apple cider vinegar in to a sealable jar.
  2. Add a good helping of honey and lime juice. Shake it!
  3. Taste it and add more honey if it needs more sweetness, or more lime if it needs more acid. Play around until you like it.

I spooned some over swiss chard (from my first trip to a farmer’s market) and Gorgonzola cheese (left over from our anniversary dinner). Look at me, I’m all fancy and stuff! Oh! I just reminded myself that I have TOMATOES in my garden and they’re RIPE! They will go very nicely with my new dressing. I’m off to go pick some!