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Tales of a Grocery Store Chicken: Pesto Chicken Salad


I love being in the kitchen. I love trying out new things and testing new recipes. but sometimes after a long day at work I don’t want to spend 45 minutes prepping ingredients or an hour cooking. I just want something healthy (and hopefully points-plus friendly) on the table fast. So I’d like you to meet my long day dinner BFF. The grocery store chicken. Now I know I could roast a chicken myself, but that takes more pre-planning skill than I generally have. This sucker is four meals easy or more depending how you fix him up. So don’t judge and try this quick yummy chicken salad.

Pesto Chicken Salad
Serves: 4
8oz Chicken Breast, removed from bones and chopped
2 Tbsp Pesto Sauce, use your favorite jarred or homemade
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup

8oz chicken breast
2 Tbsp pesto sauce, use your favorite jarred or homemade
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped
4oz non-fat Greek yogurt
Sal and pepper, to taste
1. Remove chicken breast meat from whole chicken. Chop or shred; reserve thighs and wings for another use.
2. Combine chicken, pesto sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, yogurt, salt, and pepper.
3. Serve on the bread of your choice or on a bed of lettuce. 
Points+:  6 (for chicken salad only)

Irish Soda Bread

I remember my mom baking a lot when my brother and I were kids. Our house was always filled with good food and the smell of something fantastic in the oven. My memories of Irish soda bread are genreally tied to St. Patrick’s Day, corned beef, and colcannon.  But this bread in the oven reminds me so much of home, it smells warm and sweet and just slightly of caraway. And seriously…it’s super easy.
Sorry for the blurry picture. This was in the middle of the St. Patty’s day carnage. 
Irish Soda Bread

½ cup sugar

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoons salt
3 cups raisins
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1¼ cups buttermilk
1 cup sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch round cast iron skillet or a 9-inch round baking or cake pan.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, raisins, and caraway seeds. 
3. In a small bowl, blend eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream. 
4. Stir the liquid mixture into the flour mixture just until the flour is moistened. Knead dough in bowl about 10 to 12 strokes. Dough will be sticky. 
5. Place the dough in the prepared skillet or pan and pat down. Cut a 4x¾ inch deep slit in the top of the bread.
6. Bake in an oven preheated to 350F for 65 to 75 minutes. The bread will be golden brown and it will sound hollow-ish when tapped. Let cool and turn bread out onto a wire rack. 

And that it, six easy steps to super-fabulous soda bread.