Chicken Salad with a Twist

IMG_9636Stopped in at Whole Foods the other day…who am I kidding, I am there 3x a week! Anywho, rarely am I tempted to even look at the pre-made food they have, however this time around I was intrigued! They had a cold chicken dish that looked too good to not scoop up!

Boy oh boy was I right – Whole Foods nailed this dish & now I am trying to recreate it! I can definitely tell you off the bat that I didn’t add as much EVOO as they did – so add what your lil’ tastebuds are telling you to!

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Either buy a roasted chicken, bake 3 chicken breasts or (what I did) crockpot a 4 pound chicken. If you decide to crockpot it find my directions in the “continue reading” section.

Once you have cooked chicken…

  1. Remove any bones from the chicken & set the meat aside to cool in a large bowl – once cooled shred the chicken
  2. Add 4T honey mustard, 2T dijion mustard, 2T oregano, 2T red wine vinegar, 1T EVOO & 1t of salt and pepper to the shredded chicken bowl – mix
  3. In a colander drain out one jar of the following: artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, green & black olives – sit in colander to continue to drain
  4. Once drained quarter the artichoke hearts, slice up the hearts of palm & all the olives
  5. Mix in the olives, hearts of palm, artichoke hearts & 2C arugula to chicken mixture

That’s it – ready to be served! I prefer it on a bed of arugula, but the hub loved it on toasted bread! Hope you enjoy my chicken salad with a twist! Such a perfect dish for warm summer days!

Nutritional Info per Serving (Serves 4): 340calories – 30grams of fat – 12.5carbs – 36grams of protein

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Real Pickles

My love for fermented & raw veggies has gotten a tad out of control….I have officially caused the Whole Foods in Boston to be sold out of the red cabbage last week & today I just cleared the shelves of the last gingered carrots! The brand, Real Pickles, sells numerous kinds of fermented products, but these two are clearly my fave.

I am assuming you have a lot of questions about these fermented loves of my life – so let me ramble off the numerous benefits of them:

  • Contains both active cultures  & enzymes – active cultures & enzymes support proper digestion, aid in nutrient absorption, contribute to healthy metabolic function & inhibit harmful microbes in the intestinal system
  • Lactic acid is created during fermentation – lactic acid supports the growth of essential intestinal flora, normalizes acid levels in the stomach, helps the body assimilate proteins and iron & stimulates cell metabolism.
  • Fermentation breaks down phytates – phytates block mineral absorption.  The more this is cleared up, the better your body is able to absorb nutrients. .

And most importantly – lets not forget the taste! I can eat the carrots or cabbage straight out of the jar they are so yummy! However, I typically toss one of them in my salad or much on it as a snack with nutritional yeast & hemp seeds (I am right now, as I am typing away)!

Find more information about Real Pickles here. 

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