Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Champion Performance Recipe of the Week - A Taste of Spring...

One of the challenges athletes on restricted diets face is party food. Spring is full of gatherings, dishing up a variety of fun and tasty treats that we typically can't touch. But... here is a recipe you can not only bring to the party (and watch it gobbled up), you can also enjoy it yourself! And, no one will know it's healthy ;-) I served it this weekend at a baby shower (co-ed) and it was raved over! Huge flavors are packed into the light dressing, and the chicken gives you the protein you need.

Balsamic and Berry Chicken Salad
serves 4 as a meal or divide into small cups for parties

2 heads Romaine lettuce
3 cups Spring lettuce mix
2 cups fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh chives, chopped
1 lb grilled or baked boneless, skinless chicken breast*
1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 Tbps raw pecans, chopped

*Grill or bake chicken breast. Season with olive oil and non-salt seasoning (I prefer either Mrs Dash Garlic and Herb or Penzey's Mural of Flavor seasoning). Allow to cool, then chop into small pieces. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, toss together the romaine and spring mix. Add strawberries, celery, and chives. Set aside.

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil, garlic, honey, vinegar, and pepper; cook for about 15 seconds. Stir until heated through.

Divide salad mix between 4 plates.  Top with chicken. Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle pecans over the top and serve immediately.

based on 4 servings, per serving:  323 calories, 30 grams protein, 39 grams carbs, 8 grams fat, 10 grams fiber. Net 29 grams carbs.

*recipe adapted from Soups, Salads, & One-Dish Meals.

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