Not long ago, hubby and I had a date at our new local museum (Crystal Bridges). While there, we decided to have lunch because...well, it was lunchtime. There is a neat restaurant in the museum named "Eleven". I am not sure why it has that name. But that is beside the point (as so many of my points are:).
I am still watching my calories since I am recording them in "My Fitness Pal" daily. I knew I was having my "calories don't count" day for V-day when we ate our Chicago deep dish pizza. So that meant I had to be good.
I browsed the menu, unsure of what to do. Most of it looked good but high calorie.
One thing stuck out to me though. Chicken salad. I quickly looked it up on My Fitness Pal and found it to be fairly low calorie.
The funny thing is I didn't eat chicken salad as a child. I didn't eat it as a young adult. I basically didn't eat it until I was about age...40. About a week ago to be exact.
And I loved it.
I wondered, "Why haven't I eaten this before?"
Then of course, my next thought was, "How can I make it at home?"
I always need quick lunches for my school week.
I did a little search on Pinterest and found a couple of recipes. This recipe was my favorite. It reminded me most of what I had at the museum.
And it really is fairly low cal (or can be).
2 cans (12.5 oz) chicken (You can use 3 cups of shredded cooked chicken but if you don't mind the taste of canned chicken, it is MUCH faster and easier :)
3/4 cup light mayonnaise (I really like the one with olive oil)
1 cup red grapes (the original recipe said to cut the grapes in half...I quartered them instead so they wouldn't be too big)
1 stalk celery diced
1 green onion diced
salt and pepper to taste
a spoonful of nuts. I have been using half a tablespoon of slivered almonds which were made for salad
The original recipe calls for a half a cup of diced apples, but I omitted that part.
Mix all ingredients together. Top with the nuts (almonds, pecans, or cashews)
Keep leftovers refrigerated.
The first time I tried this recipe out, I put it on some "flat bread", a new product for me. I wasn't crazy about it.
Today I put it on top of a leaf of lettuce and just ate it with a fork.
I liked that much better! (And it was much lower calorie-wise)