Thursday, June 28, 2012

Basil Chicken Salad

While the mantra of this blog is “Simple. Healthy. Sassy.”  lately I’ve been feeling my life is more “Unnecessarily Complex. Lazy. Thass-y.” Nope, that’s not a spelling error. I said thass-y. An old friend coined the term to describe when your ass and your thighs just become one. I start to get that feeling when I haven’t run in a while and I singlehandedly consume a pitcher of beer at softball. 

So what am I going to do about this ‘sitch? Here’s the plan of action:

Unnecessarily Complex – Coming to you from Day One of a much-needed vacation. No working, no Blackberry, cooking and eating with people I love and lots of time in the fresh air (well, okay, slightly smoky Colorado air). This may entail a less-than-regular blogging schedule as well.

Lazy – Lucky for me, vacation also includes a beyond-energetic, 4 year-old nephew to keep me going and undoubtedly hoards of 6-packed outdoorsy types to spur my motivation.

Thass-y – Prepare my basil chicken salad and fool myself into thinking I’m eating summer junk food, when it’s really quite good for me.

Nonfat Greek yogurt with a spike of lemon and basil make this flavorful enough to even forget about that mayonnaise-y stuff you used to love. Also a great way to use leftovers from Chicken Under a Brick

Home-y dishes, like this one, remind me that even something with just a few ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time can be wonderful. Simple can be so good and leaves me wishing for something simpler beyond the plate. And until I invent the Thass-Master (can’t take credit for that term either), I’ll go with the chicken salad and a run.

Basil Chicken Salad
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded (grilled or roasted chicken preferred)
1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup chopped celery
¼ cup chopped red onion
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
Juice of one lemon

Combine ingredients and serve on whole grain toast or with whole grain pita chips.  Note: I really like basil, so I tend to use quite a bit. Start with just a bit and flavor to YOUR taste. 

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