Healthy Asian Chicken Salad

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Happy New Year!  Hoping this finds everyone as equally as excited about the new year as I am!  We have some truly fantastic topics scheduled moving forward from healthy eating to cooking techniques;  I cannot wait to dive into some terrific meaty posts for you.  My mind is spinning with recipe ideas!

A new year means new beginnings, and our diets are usually one of the first areas to hit.  I am not sure about you, but I know we will be doing a heavy two week detox for the first two weeks of this year (we are just home, so our new year starts today). It is our way of getting rid of two months of over indulging, and we were bad this year!  From there, we move into eating lighter and healthier by adding lots of lean meats and fish to our menu.  Proteins are a definite must for a balanced and healthy diet.

During our get healthier kick, I like to make salads a main attraction for dinner.  Salads are an excellent way to add not only lean proteins but an extra heap or two of veggies to your diet.  From grilled fish to lean strips of beef, the choices are endless.  Always keep in mind, to use lots of seasonal veggies with your meaty salad, and be creative from using micro greens to squash.  Lean meats have less fat, which actually tends to add more flavor to the meat, so it is crucial not to overcook the meat and to add more flavor, by using a dressing that is downright tasty, it will help bring out the natural flavor of the lean meat.

This is a favorite salad recipe around our house as it is exceptionally flavorful, and packed with lean chicken protein.  If, I have had a busy day working, and I don’t have time to spend in the kitchen, I will roast a couple lean chicken breasts or pick up a roasted chicken from the market.  All that is left is to shred the chicken and prepare the tangy dressing.  I load the salad with blanched bok choy, thinly sliced cucumbers and carrot ribbons.  The dressing is spicy, tangy and slightly sweet.  The fried won tons are probably not that healthy, but they add a delightful crunch to the salad.  I think of it as a treat!

 

Denise Woodward believes anything can be made at home as long as you have a little patience, and time.  All of her recipes are made using fresh and seasonal ingredients.  Her recipes have been featured on Eat Boutiquethe Mushroom ChannelSaveur.comFoodies of the WorldPBS and Fine Cooking.  

Denise also creates the recipes on the popular food blog Chez Us.  Saveur has featured Chez Us as one of 50 Food Blogs You Should Be Reading as well as one of the Sites They Love.  Be sure to read more about what they are cooking up over at Chez Us.