Friday, April 29, 2011

Grilled chicken salad with exhaustion on the side...

Yesterday I was sitting at home, I had run a few errands earlier, and then with lots of time, and no money, came back home and did nothing.  Until I got a text from my boyfriend.  It kind of made me mad, so what do I do about it you ask?  I decide that after months and months of NOT exercising, that I am going to go ride my bike.  For 4 1/2 miles.  I thought I was going to die.  When I am regularly riding, this is easy, and it is my quick trip.  Normally I can do much more before my knee just says no.  But yesterday, every part of me was screaming no.  By the time I got back home, I was overheated, even though it was a beautifully cool day outside, and I was parched.  As I stood and waited for the icy cold water to slowly stream out of my fridge into my cup....I thought I was going to pass out.  Thankfully I didn't, I got water, and sat down outside to cool off.  So that inspired me to make a salad last night.

As I was working on this grilled chicken salad, I was kind of pre-writing what I would say in my head, and one of the first things I was going to talk about was how upset that I was with my lettuce choice.  But there's a side story here....

Tuesday I went to the grocery.  Before I left for the grocery, I discovered that my car had been broken into for the 2nd time in a month.  I was furious.  So as I am at the grocery, getting my produce and other things, my head is not really in the game.  Now normally, I am the MOST picky of picky, and I look at every container of salad, or every single strawberry bin, or test each and every tomato before I decide which on makes the cut.  But Tuesday, like I said, my head wasn't in the game.  So last night as I am making the salad, I am having to go through the entire container of salad and hand pick out the leaves that passed my approval, because as I was to discover, I picked the one bin that had been on the shelf just a bit too long, and some of the leaves were past the eating point.  Normally the organic salad mix that I get is perfectly fresh and beautiful, but last nights proved a little disappointing, but at least there was enough to still eat.

So I pan grilled some chicken breasts with a blackened chicken seasoning and Worcestershire sauce, made a homemade honey mustard vinaigrette, chopped tomato's, olives, mushrooms, and even half a pear up, and threw it all together to create a really great salad.

And as usual my littlest dog Schnelly is waiting patiently for me to drop any delicious morsels of food onto the ground for her to eat.  Alas, she usually doesn't get any, because as much as she waits patiently for me to drop something, I don't want her to think it is okay to actually beg.

Here's the salad all put together, I also decided to throw some goat milk feta onto it, which I think gave it that extra kick.  It was a great supper after almost killing myself on my bike, and it made a ton.  Enough for Micah and I to eat, plus our friend AC who was over working on music with M.

It's a pretty easy recipe, just get salad mix, olives, pears, tomato's, and mushrooms, chop them all up and throw them in.  Or you can put whatever you want in your salad.  This is just what I like in mine.

My recipe for the dressing however, doesn't have exact measurements, I just do it by taste, but here's what I used roughly...

1 tbsp honey
1tbsp course mustard
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
2 tbsp olive oil
 a splash of white wine vinegar to loosen it up a bit
and a splash of lemon juice to also loosen it up, and give it a little more kick

One more thing, I'm going through some changes here on the blog, trying to figure out what I want everything to look like, let me know what you think about the design, because I just can't make up my mind.

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