Chicken Almond Chop Salad

While being pregnant with Kaeden I became obsessed with chopped salads. I used to love leafy greens like spinach, baby kale, green or red leaf, but I was repulsed by them during pregnancy and still am. Don’t know what happened, but I fell like a cow grazing in a pasture and I just can’t do it. Missing out on my greens I began to experiment with shaved brussel sprouts, broccoli slaw, cabbage and kale. The thing I love about this combo is it is CRUNCHY for minutes, crunchy for hours, crunchy for days! Nothing is worse than tossing on your favorite dressing and the salad is soggy within seconds. I need the crunch folks. Hand me a plate of cooked spinach, collards or beet greens and I, but not the greens will vanish in seconds. Anyway! Enough of my distaste for most greens. In my opinion they only belong in smoothies were you can blend them to smithereens and not even know they are there.

Aside from this delicious recipe (must try….come on you will like it), Luke and I are starting a round of P90X3 (Luke) and Insanity Asylum (me) after Thanksgiving. Time to get our unfinished basement prepped for some sweat-filled workouts. Yippee! Oh, what a fun way to work off some baby weight and curb some of that holiday weight gain! I have never really had an issue with holiday weight gain, but that is because I either run or do some sort of physical activity to counterbalance the extra calories. I always look at weight loss or weight maintenance as a numbers game. If you are putting more into your mouth (e.g. pie, cookies, fudge, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, and on and on….) than you are outputting through exercise then you are going to gain weight. I encourage you to start with exercise, but also be careful about your food choices. Skip that extra cookie and go for a walk. Or do not make the green bean casserole, so you are not tempted to eat it. Heck bring this salad to Christmas dinner and wow people with how darn good it tastes! Most importantly, I am here to help out and am going to come up with some new recipes for you all in the next couple of weeks / months!

I know you are thinking yah, yah, okay I will try not to eat the whole plate of cookies (lord knows I want to), but you can and you will not eat it if you put your mind to it! Done with my sermon now!

Oh, I also need to share our super exciting family outing, Menards. “You save big money, you save big money when you shop Menards.” That damn song! I think I heard it 100 times yesterday. The deer haunters need to pause and aim for the speakers at Menards for my sanity. Whoop, I know we are ripping it up in our 30’s! In all seriousness Mason had a blast. They have their Christmas decorations out and he was running from light displays to ornaments to snow village. If you are looking for cheap entertainment Menards is the place! Who needs the Children’s museum, whewwwwww not us. After this little adventure we put up all our Christmas decorations. The cutest thing was seeing Mason outside “helping” daddy! We finished out the evening with a visit from my sister and her better half from Alaska! Great seeing them!

Chicken Almond Chop Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Citrus Poppyseed Vinaigrette
  2. 1/3 C Olive Oil
  3. 1 Lemon, Juice
  4. 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  5. 1 1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds
  6. 1/2 tsp Salt
  7. 1/4 tsp Pepper
  8. 1 Grapefruit, Juice
  9. 1 tbsp Agave Nectar or Honey
Chicken Almond Chop Salad
  1. 1 bag Broccoli Slaw
  2. 1 bag Brussel Sprouts, shaved
  3. 1 bunch Kale, chopped
  4. 2 C Chicken, cooked and chopped
  5. 1 C Raisins
  6. 1 C Almonds, slivered
Directions
Citrus Poppyseed Dressing
  1. Mix together dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
Chicken Almond Chop Salad
  1. Toss salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in dressing when ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This salad will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator as long you leave the dressing off. Just put on the dressing when ready to serve.
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Pulled Pork Tacos

Yesterday was a bundle of excitement! While walking Mason to daycare I noticed a really scary looking guy in our neighborhood. Me being a worry wart, I double checked every lock in the house and even locked the door leading to the garage, which is normally left unlocked because the garage doors themselves lock. The joke was on me because when the sprinkler company shut down our system for the winter I went into the garage to open up the main sprinkler panel for him and locked myself out of our house. Luckily, I had the baby with me and had him all wrapped up in a blanket. Dum, de, dum, dum, dum!

Of course I didn’t have my key with me so Luke had to come home from work early to rescue me from my bonehead move, lol. Instead of going back to work he stayed home. Mason saw daddy working from home on his computer and just had to get in on the action. I went in there to check on them, when Mason told me, “Mom, you can’t be in here we are busy working.” Even though I got the raw end of the deal, it was one of the cutest things he has done yet!

Aside from Mason’s cuteness, I made a very delicious Autoimmune Protocol friendly meal (omit the pepper for strict diet*). For the pork, I used my slow cooker and made my apple rosemary pork. The tortillas were modified from Brittany Angell’s cookbook, “Every Last Crumb.” Brittany’s tortillas are my favorite and I mean my favorite tortillas of all time (and even when I could eat flour tortillas). They are the perfect wrap for allergy friendly diets.

In all, Luke told me it was the best AIP meal I have made to date. I really hope you try this recipe and also love.

* Per my note on pepper, Luke’s doctor has okayed peppers but told him to stay away from all other nightshades. This is just based on our experience and Luke not having a reaction to peppers. For a strict AIP diet, remove the black pepper from the recipes. It will still taste delicious.

Pulled Pork Tacos
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
Tacos
  1. 3-4 lb Pulled Pork, cooked
  2. 2 Apples, cubed
  3. 3 Avocados, cubed
  4. 1 Lemon, juice
  5. 1 Onion, cubed
  6. 1 tsp Sea Salt
  7. 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Plantain Tortillas
  1. 4 Plantains, slightly ripe (skin starting to turn yellow)
  2. 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 1/4 C Water
  4. 1 tsp Sea Salt
  5. 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  6. 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
Directions
Tortillas
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Take off plantain skins and place all of the tortilla ingredients into a high powered blender. Start the blender on low until ingredients start to mix together. Use the paddle to push the batter down from the sides. Continue to mix until the batter is smooth.
  3. Place parchment paper on 4 cookie sheets. Ladle the batter into round circles on the parchment paper (about six inches in diameter) and spread out evenly with a spatula.
  4. Bake the first two cookie sheets in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn the tortilla onto the other side and bake for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Repeat the baking process with the other two cookie sheets.
Tacos
  1. Cube the avocado, onion and apples.
  2. Mix together the cubed mixture with salt, pepper and lemon juice until combined.
  3. Layer the pulled pork and apple guacamole on top of the tortillas.
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Strawberry Walnut Salad

Oh salads, I love you so and especially this one! Funny I have made this strawberry walnut salad with a homemade citrus poppy seed vinaigrette many times, but I realized I have yet to add it to my blog. What is wrong with me? Sorry for my delinquency folks because this is an incredibly delicious salad that needs to go in everyone’s mouth right now! 

I actually made this salad for my post long run lunch on Sunday. I am on week four of Boston Marathon training and had a nine miler. Nine miles is a cake walk for me, but what made it hard was the temps being only 0 degrees outside and trying to move with so many layers on. Yikes! I know you are thinking I have lost my marbles, but after two pairs of pants, three layers of under armor shirts, mittens, a hat and my hoodie it wasn’t so bad. The only thing that got cold was my face, so I should really invest in some sort of mask. Luke told me I could wear his Flash Gordon outfit! Wouldn’t that get some head turns, LOL! 

Strawberry Walnut Salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
Strawberry Walnut Salad
  1. 2 C Strawberries, sliced
  2. 6 C Baby Spinach
  3. 1 1/2 C Chicken Breast, cooked and cubed
  4. 1 C Walnuts, roughly chopped
  5. 1/2 C Red Onions, thinly sliced
Citrus Poppyseed Vinaigrette
  1. 1/3 C Olive Oil
  2. 1 Lemon, Juice
  3. 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  4. 1 1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds
  5. 1/2 tsp Salt
  6. 1/4 tsp Pepper
  7. 1 Grapefruit, Juice
  8. 1 tbsp Agave Nectar or Honey
Directions
Strawberry Walnut Salad
  1. Toss salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
Citrus Poppyseed Vinaigrette
  1. Add vinaigrette ingredients to a large food storage container or a quart sized mason jar. Whisk together until the juice, oil and vinegar is combined together.
  2. Toss with salad and serve immediately.
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Blackberry Fig Salad

Today I start a 12 days of Christmas salad challenge with some friends where each day we substitute one meal with a salad. The main goal is to sustain our weight rather than pack on the pounds during the holidays like so many of us do! To kick of this fun-filled event, I made this blackberry and fig salad. Fig newtons are my favorite so my husband and I were joking that we should call this the “Fig Newton” salad or oh gee what did you have for lunch today, “Oh, I had a fig newton salad.” 

At any rate, this salad is delicious and a change of pace from many main stream salads (e.g. boring stuff like garden or Caesar salads). I only say boring because those salads would get old if I had to alternate them for 12 days! 

Blackberry Fig Salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
Blackberry Fig Salad
  1. 3 C Spinach
  2. 3 C Mixed Greens
  3. 1/4 C Fennel Bulb, chopped
  4. 1 C Blackberries
  5. 1/4 C Pomegranate Seeds
  6. 1/4 C Dried Figs, chopped
Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. 5 tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  3. 2 Oranges, juice
  4. 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
  5. 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  6. Pinch of Black Pepper
Directions
Blackberry Fig Salad
  1. Chop figs and fennel. Toss the greens, vegetables and fruit together in a large bowl.
Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. Combine salad dressing ingredients in a pint sized mason jar. Shake until combine and toss with salad greens when ready to serve.
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Pomegranate Citrus Salad

Rise and shine! Seriously is my coffee done brewing yet? I can’t wait for it to get in my belly! Okay, coffee is being consumed and I am now a HAPPY CAMPER! All right, on to some business . . . 

I saw a picture for a pomegranate orange salad on Pinterest and thought, “OMG, I need to make something similar for my blog.” So, without even looking at the ingredients of the other salad I came up with this rendition. The whole time I was assembling this salad I kept thinking, “Wow, this looks wicked pretty, almost too pretty to eat.” It took all my effort when taking pictures to not eat the entire thing. I must admit I did end up gobbling up the entire thing for lunch. 

Speaking of gooble, gooble, this would totally be the perfect side dish for a Thanksgiving day meal because it has all of the fall colors! Plus, it would look so pretty sitting next to an oven roasted turkey. 

Pomegranate Citrus Salad
Serves 2
This is a wonderful fall time salad with a sunny citrus dressing and lots of crunch from the kale, pomegranate seeds and sunflower seeds. Enjoy this tasty salad for lunch or use it as a complementary dish to my cranberry pork roast.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
Pomegranate Citrus Salad
  1. 4 C Kale, chopped
  2. 2 Tangerines, thinly sliced
  3. 2 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
  4. 2 tbsp Pomegranate Seeds
Sunny Citrus Dressing
  1. 1 Meyer Lemon, juice
  2. 3 Tangerines, juice
  3. 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  4. 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  5. 1/4 tsp Salt
  6. Pinch of Pepper
  7. 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
Directions
Pomegranate Citrus Salad
  1. Mix together salad ingredients into a bowl or shallow dish like shown in the picture.
Sunny Citrus Dressing
  1. Combine salad dressing ingredients and drizzle over the top of salad when ready to serve.
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Ginger Ahi Tuna Salad

In my quest to make a new salad, I decided to venture into uncharted territory and tackle some Ahi Tuna. It is one of my favorite things to order off the menu at restaurants, but I have always been intimidated with making it at home. Not sure why because all you have to do is marinate it and sear it on both sides for a couple of minutes. Anyway, so I finally got over my reservations and made this delicious salad!

Ginger Ahi Tuna Salad
Serves 2
The ginger balsamic marinade makes this seared Ahi Tuna salad delicious. Also, for a hint of sweetness this salad either add some fresh red pears or apples.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
Ginger Balsamic Dressing
  1. 1/2 C Olive Oil
  2. 1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar
  3. 1 tsp Fresh Ginger, crushed
  4. 1 tsp Fresh Garlic
  5. 1 tsp Fresh Horseradish, crushed
  6. 3 tbsp Honey
  7. 1/2 tsp Salt
  8. 1/4 tsp Pepper
  9. 2 Lemons, juice
Ahi Tuna Steak
  1. 2 6-8 oz Ahi Tuna Steaks
  2. 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  3. Salt and Pepper
Salad
  1. 3 C Mixed Salad Greens
  2. 1 Red Pear, finely sliced
  3. 2 Green Onions, diced
  4. 1 C Green Beans, roughly chopped
  5. 1 C Shredded Carrots
Directions
Ginger Balsamic Dressing
  1. Mix dressing ingredients together. Reserve 1/2 C of dressing for marinading the fish.
Ahi Tuna Steaks
  1. Marinade the tuna in dressing for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat coconut oil over medium high heat. Add tuna to pan and sear on both sides for 3-4 minutes. Cook longer if you want your tuna less rare.
Salad
  1. Assemble salad greens and other salad ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Top with the cooked Ahi Tuna and additional dressing.
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