Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Penne, Spinach, and Chicken Salad with Lemon Dressing: Dinner for One

Bunker travels for work about 3 nights a week, therefore, I have quite a few nights alone for dinner. Often times I just eat cereal or a sandwich, but that is not being very nice to myself. Just because I am eating dinner for one does not mean that I should not treat myself to a delicious, and nutrient rich dinner.

This dinner salad was inspired by my favorite salad at Cafe Express. I actually think this version is a bit tastier, and far easier than getting in the car and driving across town for a salad. The combination of the pasta, potatoes, chicken and croutons make this salad a full and satisfying meal. I don't know about you, but a salad with just veggies just will not fill me up enough to be considered a full meal.

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Ingredients for Salad:
1 Cooked Chicken Breast, cut into cubed pieces
1 cup of spinach
1/2 cup of cooked and cubed new potatoes (I put mine in the microwave for about 2 minutes)
1/2 cup of lightly cooked broccoli (I put mine in the microwave for about 1 minute)
1/2 cup of grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup of carrots, chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup of croutons

Ingredients for Lemon Dressing:
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of water
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of Honey Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large bowl prepare the salad: combine the cooked chicken, spinach, cooked potatoes, cooked broccoli, tomatoes, carrots and croutons.

2. In a smaller bowl prepare the dressing: combine the lemon juice, water, olive oil, honey, Honey Dijon mustard, 2 minced garlic cloves, and salt and pepper.

3. Pour about half of the dressing over the salad.

4. Enjoy by yourself and feel good about giving yourself a yummy dinner that is good for your body and soul!(You can always double the recipe to serve more than one!)

Cort  looking towards the front door, waiting for Shafer to come home from her surgery. Cort really missed her buddy all day :(

Shafer recovering from surgery...she has slept most of the past 2 days, but is recovering nicely. Shafer was spayed, not a big surgery but scary for her mom non-the-less...just happy to have her home!

1 comment:

  1. oh Yum I will try this one soon! It is 95 degrees up here and quite humid for this "neck of the north" and we have no air conditioning. I feel quite pioneerish have a fabulous view and NOW have a lovely COOL meal to serve. I shall just add more chicken for Uncle Joe!