Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Asian Salads are one of my favorite mostly because of the dressing! This dressing is light and bursting with flavor. This salad makes the perfect lunch or dinner with all of the vibrant colors—you can’t help but be happy when you eat it! Despite all of the wonderful veggies and toppings of choice, the dressing is still the best part about this salad. It is creamy (hint the peanut butter), and loaded with fresh citrus, garlic and the salty-ness from soy sauce—but not too salty because I used low-sodium.

Not a fan of chicken? Top it with steak. Not a fan of meat? Top it with shrimp! You can create this salad the way you like. I used peanuts and crunchy Chow Mein noodles for an added crunch.

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

This salad is loaded with plenty of texture, nutrition and most of all—FLAVOR!

Ingredients

Asian Peanut Dressing:

 

½ cup creamy peanut butter

2 tsp orange zest.

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. fresh ground ginger

1 small garlic clove; finely chopped

Salt and red pepper flakes to taste

White sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

 

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing:

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

½ tsp salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce

4 cups romaine lettuce; shredded  

1 red bell pepper; chopped

1 cup red cabbage; shredded

½ cup shredded carrots

¼ cup salted peanuts

½ crunchy Chow mien noodles

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:In a microwavable safe-small bowl, melt the peanut butter for 15-30 seconds until runny. Whisk in the remainder of the ingredients and whisk until all ingredients are well combined. The dressing should be slightly runny.
  2. For the Chopped Chicken Salad: Heat a medium frying pan to medium heat and add oil. Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and ginger on both sides. Add chicken to frying pan and let cook on each side until brown about 5 minutes. Add soy sauce to pan and let cook until chicken is completely cooked and not pink in the middle. Once chicken is cooked, let it rest until you are ready to mix it in with your salad.
  3. For your salad: in a medium bowl, add romaine lettuce, bell peppers, cabbage, carrots, peanuts and crunchy noodles. Dice chicken and add on top of the salad. Drizzle the fresh Asian peanut dressing and enjoy!

***Store salad dressing in an airtight container up to a week in refrigerator. The consistency may thicken—if it does, let it come to room temperature for a creamy dressing consistency and stir to combine as ingredients may saturate.

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Spinach and Salami Lunch Roll Ups

Lunch–soooo many options, with so little time (in most cases). Lunch on most days is usually something quick, easy,and healthy or at least somewhat healthy..The question is always “what should I eat for lunch today?”, without breaking your wallet! Lunching can really add up and to make it a little easier, try planning out your lunches or meal prepping.

Forget your typical bread and lunch meat sandwiches and try my roll ups! These cute little lunch roll ups make great (&&& easy to eat) lunches and they are perfectly snack-able. I chose to stuff these roll ups with some of my favorites such as cheese and salami, yummm! To make this extra nutritious I added fresh crisp spinach ,the ripest avocado I could find, and  a sliced juicy tomato. Spice these up by adding sriracha! Mix these up by adding different lunch meats to this recipe such as ham, roast beef, or turkey! Enjoy!
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Spinach and Salami Lunch Roll Ups

Spinach and Salami Lunch Roll Ups

Easy, delicious, and all of your lunch favs in a bite!

Ingredients

1 whole wheat tortilla

1 tsp cream cheese; or hummus

6 slices of salami

2-3 slices of cheddar or jack cheese

1 handful of spinach

1/2 of a small avocado; sliced

4 slices of a tomato

Instructions

  1. Spread tortilla with cream cheese or hummus.Add salami, cheese, spinach, avocado slices, and tomato slices.
  2. Tightly roll up tortilla. and cut roll into 1/2-3/4 inch slices. Secure with toothpick if desired. Optional*** Refrigerate for 1 hour to make roll easier to cut.
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Deli Ham Sandwich on a Stick

It is important to feed your body right and to provide your body with great natural, and clean foods such as Hormel NATURAL CHOICE products. I love sandwiches and I also love food that you can simply eat with your fingers, or party-type food. These sandwich bites are perfect for any type of party! You can add anything to these skewers that you want, I used some of my favorites and I also accompanied my skewers with a mustard aioli. You will have to be try to make these for your next picnic or party event!

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Honey Deli Ham Sandwich on a Stick

Honey Deli Ham Sandwich on a Stick

This is everything you want in a sandwich, except this is on a stick! These make the perfect party bites!

Ingredients

1 Sourdough loaf; cut into cubes

25 slices of Havarti cheese

25 slices of cheddar cheese; sliced thick (You can also chop your own, using a regular block of cheese but they’re available in packages)

1 pack Hormel NATURAL CHOICE Honey Deli Ham

4 small-medium tomatoes; sliced into quarters

About 8-10 leaves of romaine lettuce; cut into pieces

1 jar of small kosher dill pickles

10 bamboo skewers

Stone Ground Dijon Mustard Aioli

3 Tbsp Stone Ground Dijon Mustard

3 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 clove of garlic; crushed and finely chopped

Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Assemble your sandwich ingredients in any way that you would like. Place all ingredients on a bamboo skewer and enjoy but dipping in the aioli!
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The Ultimate B.L.T.T Sandwich

What is better than a BLT sandwich? A BLTT sandwich!!! This is a sandwich that is loaded with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and turkey. Also not to mention, the turkey and bacon in this sandwich is from Hormel NATURAL CHOICE,  and they are free from hormones, nitrates, and nitrites.

My favorite way to enjoy bacon is when it is crispy like the one in this sandwich. When you bite into this you get the delicious flavors of Hormel NATURAL CHOICE smoked deli turkey meat, and the smoky flavors of crispy bacon. When it comes to ingredients; the best options are always the natural choices. I am so glad I discovered Hormel NATURAL CHOICE when I did because I have used many of their products and they are all so great. I am particular when it comes to foods I use because I love to incorporate as many natural ingredients as possible and leave out the “junkie” ones, that we are so familiar with these days. It is very important to be sure to read the nutrition labels when you are at the grocery store because you can learn so much from them.

This sandwich is so easy to prepare and I guarantee you it will be a hit! Another great ingredient that you can add is avocado instead of the aioli or in addition to the aioli.

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The Ultimate B.L.T.T Sandwich

The Ultimate B.L.T.T Sandwich

Ingredients

2 slices of sourdough bread; toasted (optional)

4 slices of Hormel NATURAL CHOICE Bacon; cooked until crispy

4-6 slices of Hormel NATURAL CHOICE Smoked Deli Turkey

3-4 slices of tomato; I like my slices somewhat thicker

2 stalks of romaine lettuce

Stone Ground Dijon Mustard Aioli

3 Tbsp Stone Ground Dijon Mustard

3 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 clove of garlic; crushed and finely chopped

Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Spread the stone ground Dijon mustard aioli on both sides of the sourdough toast. Layer the turkey meat, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes. Cut in half, and enjoy!!!
  2. *To cook the bacon: Heat a large frying pan on medium to high heat. Place bacon stripes on pan and fry for about 3-5 minutes on each side. When both sides are cooked and crispy looking, lay on a dish lined with a paper towel. (This will absorb any access grease, and it will also make the bacon crispier).
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Sweet Winter Kale Power Salad

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I have been making this yummy salad for lunch and I love it! Instead of beans, I also use rotisserie chicken breast. This salad is filling and hearty just like a salad should be. I love this because it is so clean, healthy, and every bite is packed with anti-oxidants. You can add your favorite salad toppers to this so there is no wrong way to make this. I also add feta or blue cheese to this occasionally for even more of a perfect salad!

Ingredients:
1 package of cut kale; pre-washed, ribs removed (about 5 cups)
2 tsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1 lemon
1/4 cup raisins
1 shallot; finely chopped
1/4 of your favorite nut mix (I used pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and walnuts)
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of corn; drained
1 cucumber; peeled, seeds removed, and chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Place kale in a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and add 2 tsp of olive oil. Massage kale )with your hands)  with olive oil and lemon until it feels tender. This is extremely important because it softens the kale so it is easier to eat. The color of the kale will also turn bright green and look very fresh. Continue to massage for about 3-5 minutes.

2. Bring a frying pan to medium heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and shallots. Sauté for 2 minutes and then add raisins. Sauté for another 2 minutes until shallots look cooked and raisins look plump. Pour mixture over kale and stir until combined.

3. Add your favorite nut mixture, beans, corn, cucumbers, cranberries, and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

****Another great alternative for a salad topper instead of beans, is rotisserie chicken.
*****This is great for make-ahead lunches, the longer the kale sits; the better!
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