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One of my favorite shows of all time is "The Biggest Loser". It is such an inspirational show, and I honestly admire everyone who participates. It also goes to show that hard work and discipline really does pay off...
And that it's never to late to make an effort to be healthy. After watching several seasons of "The Biggest Loser", I finally decided to buy one of their cookbooks....
...and I absolutely love this book! It has incredible recipes, and these recipes aren't lacking in taste. They are so good, that many of them have become regular entrees in my menu. I have even posted about the Grahamwiches before... which is one of my favorite late night munchies.
As I was browsing through their recipes, I found one for a healthy version of chicken salad. Chicken salad is one of my favorite things to make, especially in the summer since I used canned chicken, and I don't have to cook anything. But regular chicken salad is filled with TONS and TONS of mayo.... which isn't really healthy... Don't get me wrong, I love regular chicken salad, but my waistline does not love it... so I was thrilled when I came across this new, healthier version of chicken salad in my new cookbook!
I have adapted the recipe slightly to fit my family's own taste... so feel free to use more or less of the ingredients, depending on what your taste preferences are.
Chicken Salad Pitas
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or if you're
3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil (or EVOO as Rachel Ray would say)
Salt, to taste
Ground pepper, to taste
4 TBSP. fat-free plain yogurt or low-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 TBSP. Dijon mustard
1/3 c. chopped celery
1/3 c. seedless grapes, each cut in half
1/3 c. chopped red apple. Coat the chopped apple slices with some lemon juice to prevent browning.
Some chopped red onion, to taste
1 tsp. garlic powder
Place 1 tsp. of olive oil in saucepan as well as the chicken, and cook the chicken until the juices run clear. Allow the chicken to cool and then cut it into bite size pieces.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tsp. olive oil, yogurt, mustard, red onion, and garlic powder. Add the chicken (either the canned chicken or cubed chicken), celery, grapes, and apples. Gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with a whole wheat pita or you can make a delicious sandwich with it! Enjoy!
Happy Healthy Hump Day!