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Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad

14 May

For starters, Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all you special women out there! Life without my mom would be unfathomable, for she’s my best friend, my guiding light, and my heart. So when you read this mom, know that I love you (in case I don’t say it enough).

Mom and I

With that being said, friday night, as an early mother’s day gift, I cooked my mom one of her favorite meals.. Chicken Piccata. With it being just the two of us, you can imagine the amount of chicken leftover. Instead of freezing and forgetting about it, I decided to pan sear the remaining chicken, forcing myself to later make use of it. While scrounging around for lunch today, I remembered my pre-cooked chicken and turned it into these two recipes for chicken salad. Warning: I measured almost nothing out so these recipes are a “make it your own” sorta deal.

Sweet Chicken Salad

For the Sweet Chicken Salad:

Shredded chicken

Light mayo

Finely chopped sweet apples

Finely chopped dried mango

Finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Unsweetened shredded coconut

Dash of celery salt

Combine all of your ingredients, using as much or as little as desired. Other additions could include raisins, chopped cherries, or bacon.

Savory Chicken Salad 2

For the Savory Chicken Salad:

Shredded chicken

Herb Greek yogurt (recipe follows)

Finely chopped green bell pepper

Parmesan cheese

Combine ingredients usingĀ  measurements to suit your tastes. Other bell peppers, feta cheese, or mini pepperonis could also be included.

For the Herb Greek yogurt:

For every 1 tablespoon of nonfat plain Greek yogurt, add 1/8 teaspoon each celery salt, rosemary, basil, and chives. Refrigerate at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld.

Recipes for chicken salad are so versatile, and I enjoyed these both! They can easily be served as a meal on a bed of lettuce, atop a croissant, or in a wrap. For an easy appetizer, ball the chicken salad with a melon scoop or mini ice cream scoop and top on crackers or Melba toast.

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Pizza

14 Apr

I have a friend who recently introduced me to fruit pizza, which I had surprisingly never heard of (not counting the dessert pizza at Pizza Hut). I, not being big on fruit, was thinking to myself that this dessert wasn’t for me. Therefore, I decided to tweak it a bit to my liking, and I believe the final product turned out quite tasty.

An original fruit pizza is made with a sugar cookie crust, a cream cheese spread, and is topped with various fruits. I decided to make mine more similar to the flavors of an apple crisp.

You will need..

1 package oatmeal cookie mix (or already prepared dough)

8oz cream cheese

2 tsp vanilla

3 Tbsp sugar

3 tsp cinnamon

about 2 apples, both red and green

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the crust, spread a thin layer of the prepared oatmeal cookie dough along the bottom of a pizza pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes making sure it’s baked all the way through and turning a golden brown on top. Meanwhile, cream the cheese, sugar, and cinnamon. Slice the apples and cut into bite size chunks. Once the crust has cooled completely, spread an even layer of the cream cheese mixture across the top. You can be creative and lay the apples over top in a design, if desired, but I simply threw them on, making sure to cover the entire cookie.

I found the crunch and crispness of the apples a good contrast to the softness of the cookie crust. Once prepared, the fruit pizza can easily be sliced and served at a party, as dessert, or for a midnight snack. Or for smaller treats, the dough can be baked pressed into the bottom of cupcake tins and served as a healthier alternative at kids parties. Make sure to keep refrigerated and covered. To prevent browning, the apples can be soaked in a lemon juice and water mixture.

My apologies for the lack of pictures. Guess you’ll just have to trust me on this one!

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