curried chicken salad

It’s officially lunch week over here. A few weeks ago, we had breakfast week and I guess that means dinner week should be next! We’re starting things off with a superb curried chicken salad (it’s perfect over greens and easily made ahead of time) and later this week, I’ll be sharing a ton of ideas on what to pack for lunches – ideas designed for both kids and adults!

So the curried chicken salad.

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The location of my office? It’s a good one. (Except that the four mile drive can take 30-40+ minutes on a bad day!)

It’s a few blocks away from one of my favorite lunch spots, Clementine (I’ve created a number of copycat Clementine recipes: whole-grain oat muffins, lentil, beet & goat cheese salad and fall chicken salad) and it’s a few blocks away from my favorite mall in LA. Which is trouble, so I don’t visit the mall that often.

A visit to the mall = a visit to madewell = spending too much money. So I just avoid it all together, as much as humanly possible.

Chicken Curry Salad | anutritionisteats.com

In addition to some great stores, this mall has an incredible food court. It’s honestly the best food court EVER! I normally stick with the same greek salad, but recently I branched out and had lunch from Coral Tree Cafe.

They make a classic curried chicken salad, served over greens. So perfect. I had to have it every day for lunch the following week. The curry sauce is creamy and so flavorful, but the raisins make this salad. I am not normally a raisin fan, but in this version, they are the sweet bite this salad needs.

Chicken Curry Salad | anutritionisteats.com

Chicken salads are a favorite of mine because they can be made ahead of time and served with a simple salad for a healthy, protein-packed and easy lunch. And curried chicken salad just might be my favorite of the bunch. A hint of spice, a touch of exotic and a little excitement to 1pm on Wednesday.

Curried Chicken Salad
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 3 breasts)
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup diced cucumber (remove seeds)
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 2/3 golden raisins
Instructions
  1. Cook chicken breasts as desired and let cool and chop into small pieces. (I poached mine, [url href=”http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-poach-chicken-breasts-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-28367″ target=”_blank”]directions here[/url].)
  2. Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, water, curry powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Prepare and chop all vegetables.
  4. Toss together all ingredients and chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Serve with greens, stuffed into a pita or with crackers.
Calories: 316 Fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 13 grams Fiber: 2 grams Protein: 41 grams

 

healthy taco pizza

(I changed up my site over the weekend, so if you’re on a reader, click through to check it out! It was planned for a few weeks from now, but after some major issues last week, I decided to go for it early. I’m still working on a few things, and unfortunately crossing my fingers a bit at this point that everything works as it is supposed to, but it’s close!)

Enough of the tech talk, let’s get on to the good stuff. Healthy Taco Pizza is today’s topic!

Healthy Taco Pizza | A Nutritionist Eats

This latest creation is another kid-friendly meal that I think the entire family will love. It’s hard not to.

I obviously don’t have kids of my own yet, but I have this laughable idea that my toddlers are going to love quinoa and kale. (They will, right?!)

Ok, that might be a stretch and while I’m still going to hold out hope, I do know that kids like tacos. And that kids like pizzas. In fact, everyone does – adults included!

Healthy Taco Pizza | A Nutritionist Eats

Taco pizzas are one of those meals that are filling, tasty and pretty healthy as well! To lighten things up, I use a tortilla for the crust, which also creates built-in portion control. If you’re really concerned with the calories and fat in ground beef, by all means, swap it out for extra-lean turkey.

As the GIF below illustrates, you top the tortilla with beans, cheese, ground beef and then layer on the fresh toppings like lettuce, tomato, onion and a drizzle of sour cream. (Hot sauce is good too!)

taco final

Everyone is happy. Everyone is satisfied. Everyone loves pizza + tacos!

Healthy Taco Pizza
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 4 tortillas
  • 1-15 oz can refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 chopped tomatoes (1-2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • hot sauce if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef to pan and break up with a spatula. Continue to break up meat into smaller pieces as it browns, about 5 minutes. Add taco seasoning and cook another minute.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Toast tortillas in oven, flip after 5 minutes and cook another 5 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Top tortillas with refried beans and cheese.
  5. Bake for about 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Top with beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and sour cream.
Calories: 734 Fat: 36 Carbohydrates: 50 Sugar: 8 Sodium: 1205 Fiber: 11 Protein: 51

 

8 ways to use pesto

10 Ways to Use Pesto | A Nutritionist Eats

Is there anything better than a batch of fresh pesto?

The possibilities are endless. Even the beginnings are endless!

10 Ways to Use Pesto | A Nutritionist Eats

I’m kind of a purist when it comes to pesto – meaning I tend to stick with the standard basil + pine nuts + garlic + parmesan + olive oil, but it’s not to say that I never branch out. It’s just rare. And for the record, I don’t always make my pesto from scratch. It’s preferred, but I also love the Kirkland brand of prepared pesto from Costco.

8 ways to use pesto: 

Pesto Pizza | A Nutritionist Eats

This has been dinner far too many times to count. It couldn’t be easier, yet hits the spot every single time I have it. Try Pesto Pizza for lunch or dinner soon. Please!!!!!

Thin pesto with olive oil and drizzle on fresh vegetables. Outstanding!

Salmon Sandwich with Pesto Avocado Spread | A Nutritionist Eats

I absolutely love combining pesto with avocado. Clarification: I love combining anything with avocado, and pesto is no exception. Salmon Sandwich with Pesto Avocado Spread is a delicious, rich and healthy sandwich.

Toss with cooked grains (like quinoa) and sprinkle with goat cheese.

Summer Crostini | A Nutritionist Eats

Summer Crostini is a great make-ahead appetizer and guaranteed crowd-pleaser. (And it’s been having a moment on pinterest this summer!)

Blend into white bean dip. Serve with toasted crostini, crackers and fresh vegetables.

Pesto Chicken Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

If you’re a chicken salad fan, you’ll love this pesto version! Pesto Chicken Salad is insanely easy and perfect on sandwiches or spread on crackers.

10 Ways to Use Pesto | A Nutritionist Eats

And, last but certainly not least is probably my absolute favorite way to eat pesto: simply tossed with pasta.

What’s your favorite way to use pesto? (AND! Make or buy?)

grilled chicken sandwich

Grilled Chicken Sandwich | A Nutritionist Eats

Today, I’ve got a delicious, messy, filling – and healthy – dinner for you all!

When I put a call out for the type of recipes you’d all like to see, there was an overwhelming request for kid-friendly, family dinners. That makes sense. Dinners are tough and so I’m working on more entire-meal dinners with a focus on kid-friendly meals.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich | A Nutritionist Eats

For this particular meal, the center, the main, the BEST part… is the grilled chicken sandwich. The sides – grilled potato wedges and a simple salad – are good, but the sandwich is WHERE it’s at. Let me tell you about it.

Multigrain bread. Avocado. Sriracha aïoli. Swiss cheese. Tomato slices. Grilled chicken.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich | A Nutritionist Eats

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And. YES!

In my mind, dinner needs to get to the table quickly and it needs to be nutritionally balanced. This sandwich fits the bill. The sides fit the bill. Protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains/starches…it’s all here!

When I look at this dinner on paper (or screen) it looks like a lot, but it really isn’t. Prepare the aïoli, prep potatoes and chicken and while those are on the grill, make the salad and get the remaining sandwich ingredients ready.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich | A Nutritionist Eats

Dinner’s on the table in about 30-40 minutes!

 

Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha (give or take depending on how hot you like it!)
  • 3 medium red skin potatoes, washed
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, pounded even
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 6-8 cups salad greens
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 8 oz (8 slices) multigrain bread
  • 1 avocado, mashed and seasoned with salt
  • 4 slices of swiss cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Make aïoli: combine mayonnaise and sriracha. Set aside.
  3. Make potatoes: cut potatoes into wedges about 1inch thick and toss with 1 Tbsp of olive oil, and salt & pepper.
  4. Prep chicken: drizzle 1 Tbsp oil, salt & pepper.
  5. Place potatoes on grill and cook for about 7-10 minutes, flip over.
  6. Add chicken to grill and cook for 5-7 minutes, flip over. Cook both chicken and potatoes another 10 minutes, until both are thoroughly cooked through and remove from grill.
  7. Slice 1 tomato for sandwiches and remaining into small pieces for the salad.
  8. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, dijon and remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil together in a large bowl. Add greens and toss.
  9. Assemble sandwiches, plate sides.
Calories: 700 Fat: 32 Saturated fat: 9 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 62 Sugar: 11 Sodium: 600 Fiber: 9 Protein: 40 Cholesterol: 120
Notes
If you aren’t a fan of spice or sriracha, try pesto instead!