Dorina's Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I recently checked a cookbook out of the library called Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers. It's a whole book of inventive salads - and not just leafy greens with stuff added on top but also creative pasta salads, chicken salads and even whole grain salads. It's a great find for foodies like me who love to shop at local farmer's markets and incorporate lots of fresh veggies in everyday fare. I was especially drawn to the Curried Chicken Salad recipe but since I didn't have half the ingredients at home I decided to make up my own. This can be used for traditional sandwiches or put in wonton cups or small crostini toasts for a fancy appetizer. This salad is not spicy hot but is very flavorful.

4 boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
2 teaspoons curry powder (I use the Frontier Indian Curry powder, which is a salt-free, all-natural blend)
1 small zucchini, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
1/4 cup dried craberries
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Boil in 1 cup water for approximately 20 minutes until cooked through. Set aside to cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine all the other ingredients and blend.
3. Finely chop the chicken and add in with vegetable mixture.
4. Spread chicken salad on bread for sandwiches.


Go, Mama Workout #4 - aka "The Bertha"

My hubby's back to making me "Go, Mama workouts" since I like to change it up as often as possible. If you are new to the concept, check out my initial blog on the topic. I'm trying to find unique workouts I can do at home with kids in the vicinity. These take 15 minutes or less and are great for toning your body and getting your metabolism cranking.

Here's The Bertha...

*15 Bulgarian lunges (These babies will burn a little more than regular lunges. Put your back foot on a low stool or a second stair in your house. Keeping the foot on this ledge, lunge forward using opposite arms to maintain balance.)

*15 chest press (Use the ball to lay on your back and press together a set of dumbbells above your head. I use 8 lbs. If you don't have dumbbells, look for objects you have around your house like bags of flour or canned goods.)

*15 tricep curls (Sit on the ball with back straight. Put hands on either side of a dumbbell. Raise above your head. Guide dumbbell behind your head and then extend your arms at the elbows.)

*15 crunches (Lay with the small of your back on the stability ball.)

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