I’m having the time of my life. Donna and I have laughed til we’ve cried and her cat, Glacier, has melted my heart. Let’s not till Lily, okay? It’s hard to believe I’m heading home today and back to work tomorrow. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.
Donna and I started yesterday with a long walk. You know how women can get…blah blah, blah blah…blah blah. And we love every. single. second of it. It’s a blessing and a curse, I tell you!
We were jabbering on so much we were nearly running late for my return to my old dialysis unit. While much of the staff I worked with were off or at different clinics, I did get to catch up with some of my old patients and old coworkers I missed most. It was a great feeling to know that when I left about a year ago with the unknown goodbyes of, “I’ll see you soon!”…it came to be.
Donna and I traveled most of upper Ohio yesterday as we then headed from nearly Columbus to the southern part of Cleveland for my speaking engagement with Cleveland Dietetic Association and all of their wonderful students, RD’s, DTR’s, and other nutrition professionals. To this day, there is something so empowering about a group of nutrition professionals who all have different strengths and interests who all come together and learn about topics related to nutrition.
Cleveland, you were wonderful (I even received a applause when my cookbook popped up!!! :-D)! And since I asked nicely, they didn’t throw things at me after sharing that I now reside in Michigan
I think my favorite part of my talk was when I was sharing our evening routine, i.e. when I put a meal on the table and Mr. Prevention either 1) complains about my offerings and/or 2) can hardly pull himself away from the TV or his laptop to be bothered with eating dinner. Meanwhile, I am dragging around dinner, in all of its staged beauty, to the best lighting in the house on one of my beloved, over-sized cutting boards while trying to snap some shots with one hand and keeping the dog out of my dinner with the other. You won’t see those skills on any job application check boxes…but my goodness are they ever!
Apparently…people could relate to the 3-ring circus that goes down in my house every night. I’m confused as to why, but being away from the madness of such insanity for nearly a week now makes a girl miss it! Or at least miss the healthy eats.
What makes the circus more manageable is, in fact, quick meals.
I’ve been craving chicken salad for quite some time and wouldn’t you know that Pinterest had something right up my alley…and Mr. Prevention’s. The word “buffalo” tends to curb the complaining and expedite the “get-to-the-table-NOW” process. Heck, it may even earn me a, “Thanks, babe…let me do the dishes!”
I’m so dreaming on that last part…
Buffalo Chicken Salad slightly adapted from The Novice Chef
5 oz non-fat plain Greek yogurt 1/3 cup Franks Red Hot Wings Buffalo sauce 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, shredded 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1/2 cup cilantro, minced 1/2 cup (2 oz) crumbled blue cheese
In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt buffalo sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir in chicken, celery, cilantro, and blue cheese. Refrigerate until serving or up to 5 days in the fridge.
Yield: ~ 4 cups chicken salad (~8 servings, 1/2 cup each)
Nutrition Information (per 1/2 cup): 100 calories; 2.5 g. fat; 34 mg. cholesterol; 381 mg. sodium; 1.6 g. carbohydrate; 0.25g. fiber; 16.3 g. protein; 1.0 g. sugar
Result: A very quick meal with lots of spicy wing flavor. Using Greek yogurt versus mayonnaise helps to reduce both the calories and carbohydrates while the 1, 2 punch of the wing sauce and blue cheese is heavenly…if you know, that’s your thing Enjoy!
Bye, Ohio…my old home. It was fun. See YOU back in Michigan. xoxo.
Happy Birthday to my dad