In a hurry to get dinner on the table tonight?
Want it to be healthy, nutritious, and leave you satisfied?
Just got home from work and the last thing you want to do is cook?
As we enter the official summer season, we all need an arsenal of back pocket meals at our disposal… Meals for days like today when you wake up at 5AM, ready to conquer the gym… only to find that your car won’t start.
Meals for those nights when you come home to a package in the meal from your best blogging friend containing Season 4 of Dexter and you don’t have time to cook dinner if you want to catch up with your favorite serial killer.
Meals for those nights when it’s too damn hot to even think about turning on the stove.
Meals for those nights when you really just want to eat so you can get to dessert. And you’re only eating healthy because you know you will consume 5487643 of these.
Meals for those nights when you “ran a few quick errands after work,” namely TJ Maxx, Homegoods, Target, Trader Joe’s, Michael’s, and Pier 1… and got home much later (and much poorer!) than anticipated. (But, the shoes were on sale!)
Meals for those nights when your significant other doesn’t want to cook for you.
Which in my case, means every night.
Enter the BBQ chicken salad.
BBQ Chicken Salad
8 oz chicken, cut into bite size pieces
BBQ sauce (bottle or homemade)
4 C Romaine lettuced, torn or shredded
4 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 C corn, drained
1/2 C black beans, drained and dried
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 C cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado, sliced chopped
1/2 C cheddar cheese
1 handful tortilla chips, crumbled
Marinate chicken in BBQ for 3 hours, or overnight. Cook on grill or grill pan until cooked through. Set aside.
Toss lettuce with bacon, corn, beans, onion, tomatoes, and avocado.
Sprinkle with cheese and tortilla chips.
Top with BBQ chicken. Serve plain or with your favorite dressing!
With the abundance of local produce at our finger tips this time of year, it’s silly not to take advantage. Although the act of washing, cutting, and chopping veggies is undesirable, your taste buds will dance when they get that first bite of freshness! The crisp lettuce, the juicy tomatoes, and the creamy avocado pair nicely with the crunchy peppers, the sweet corn, and the smoky chicken.
Salads are light but still manage to leave you satisfied, not stuffed. Salads are not only an easy way to meet your daily veggie quota, but they provide lots of bulk in exchange for few calories. Of course, if you were looking to really lighten this up, you could omit the cheese, bacon, tortilla chips, etc. But, when everything else is so lean, splurge a little, why don’t ya?
If you’re one of those weird people who claims to not like salad, throw it in a wrap, and slather it with your favorite dressing.
You won’t even realize you’re eating other healthy stuff.
And if salad’s what’s for dinner… dessert doesn’t count, right?
Definitely not. Now if I only had some of these.
In the meantime, I’ll settle for these.
Oh yea, I went there. Recipe and review to follow.
If I ever come out of my crack coma.