When you are stressed or tired, it’s easy to reach for something sweet as a pick me up. The problem? A daily doughnut or pastry tart even with fruits, provides nothing but empty calories and tons of sugar. Not to mention a nosedive in energy levels once the sugar wears off. To anyone with gut issues, or any other kind of health issues, this can be a big problem that can cause flare ups as well as cause your jeans to be a bit more snug.
Is it hard to eat healthy? Well, I think the hard part sometimes can be making the time to whip things up and the money it takes to do so. Let’s face it, sometimes a mango can cost more than small fries at a fast food joint.
This salad however was really simple and inexpensive. This is a great lunch for 2, it can be a light dinner or it can be your work lunch for two days as it will be for me! Protein, fiber, lycopene all in one delicious flavor filled salad!! Give it a try. It’s pretty simple to do!!
Breezy Chicken Salad Ingredients
4 thin Chicken Cutlets (about 1 inch thick each)
3 tablespoons of olive oil to cook the chicken
Seasoning for the chicken:
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of coriander
½ teaspoon of cumin
½ teaspoon of celery seed powder(optional)
½ teaspoon of oregano
2 tablespoons of Grey Poupon Mustard
2 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 cup of your favorite sweet red wine. (I used Roscato Rosso here)
For the Salad
1 mango cut into cubes
1 cup of shredded lettuce (I used Leaf Lettuce)
2 plum tomatoes chopped
In a bowl, add the mango, lettuce and tomatoes and set aside.
Season the chicken with the spice mixture and in a pan add the olive oil and the chicken. Cook each side for about 6 minutes or until no longer pink. (It could take longer depending on the thickness)
Once the chicken is cooked, let it rest for about 5 minutes then dice and add to the bowl along with whatever juices were left in the pan and mix.
Can’t find a ripe mango or Not into fruit in your salad? Add some sweet raw sliced carrots to your dish or add a tablespoon of honey to the spice mixture for the chicken!
Don’t want to add the juices of the pan from the chicken? No problem add a salad dressing of your liking to the dish.
½ cup Baby Portobello mushrooms cleaned and chopped to be cooked with the chicken
1 cucumber peeled and sliced can be added if desired.