Dill and Lemon Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad
Lots of you have been asking for easy make ahead options for lunch and dinner. Meal prepping on a Sunday is always a great idea, and this chicken salad is a great filling protein to add to any vegetable salad, sweet potato or sandwich. I even love it with some baked squash and steamed broccoli! If chicken isn’t your thing, try it with fork mashed chickpeas!

Another great tip… if you want to skip out on poaching your own chicken, make use of leftover roasted chicken or chicken from making stock. Another quick weeknight tip, buy a rotisserie chicken from your favourite store. I do find the chicken salad tastes best after the flavours have marinated in the fridge overnight!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp avocado oil mayonnaise, I like Chosen Foods brand
• 1 tbsp yellow or dijon mustard
• juice of 1 lemon
• 2 celery stalks, 1/4 inch dice (about 1/4 cup)
• 3 scallions, finely chopped (about 3 tbsp)
• 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
• 3 tbsp kosher dill pickle, finely chopped
• salt and pepper, to taste
• Cooked chicken

Poached Chicken Ingredients:

• 4 skinless boneless organic chicken breasts
• 1 lemon sliced
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
• 1 bay leaf
• 4 peppercorns
• 1 small yellow onion, sliced
• 10 sprigs fresh dill
• broth or water to cover

Directions:

1. In a sauce pan add all ingredients for your poached chicken. Cover either with broth or water until there is liquid at least 1/2 inch above the ingredients. Bring to a boil then cover and lower heat to a simmer. Poach the chicken for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove pan from the heat, uncover and allow to cool in the pot for 25-30 minutes. Once cooled, pull the chicken with your fingers or a fork.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together mayo, mustard, and lemon juice until combined. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix in your pulled chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. For a tangier chicken salad add more mustard and lemon juice. For a more fresh flavour add more dill.

Serving suggestions
• Over a vegetable salad with a balsamic vinaigrette
• Romaine leaves, hummus, avocado and extra mustard
• Inside a baked sweet potato with steamed kale
• With coleslaw, crackers, and cut up vegetables
• Make a sandwich using my healthiest bread ever, with a side salad

No Bake GF/Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (No Food Processor!)

Cookie Dough Bites
Happy Holidays everyone!
This will be my last recipe post for 2017, and it will certainly end off the year on a sweet note! This recipe was a personal request from you via Instagram poll, and I worked hard to get it right. I really wanted a ‘ball’ or ‘bite’ recipe that required no food processor. I find there are so many moments when I want something quick and sweet but don’t feel like busting out all the machinery. These come together in less than 5 minutes in 1 bowl and require only 7 ingredients with no bake time. This recipe will be added to my ‘go-to’ list, and the best part is they are vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday and I can’t wait to see share another year with you all. Thank you for your continued support!

Love,
Jen
Cookie Dough Bites
Makes 10-12 balls

Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp coconut butter, melted * can be subbed with coconut oil
• 1 tbsp vanilla
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I like a darker variety!)
• 1.5 cups almond meal/flour
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 tbsp coconut flour (or you can sub for more almond flour)
• 3 tbsp 70% chocolate chips (or more!)

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, melt coconut butter (over stove top, or microwave), and whisk until smooth.
2. To the same bowl, add vanilla and maple syrup, then whisk until combined.
3. To the bowl add almond meal, salt, and coconut flour. Mix until smooth. The batter should resemble a real cookie dough. If you find it too wet to roll into balls, add 1/2 tbsp of coconut flour at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. Alternatively, you could add more almond flour until dough is formed.
4. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Using a small cookie scoop or tbsp measure, scoop mixture and form into balls.
6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week or in the freezer for one month!
Cookie Dough Bites

Healthy Split Pea Soup

Healthy Split Pea Soup
I’ve been making pea soup for years. Ina Garten really has the best recipe so I’ve made my own alterations to her original recipe. The woman is a genius if you ask me. I have been watching Barefoot Contessa for as long as I can remember. My spin on the her recipe is adding pureed spinach for added nutrition and a really vibrant colour. I also like to substitute potatoes for rutabaga, squash, or sweet potato. The best part of this soup- it’s the easiest to throw together! Hope you love it.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup chopped yellow onion
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
• 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• pinch of chilli flakes
• 1 tsp himalayan salt
• 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
• 4 carrots, diced
• 1 cup rutabaga, diced (can also sub with sweet potato, parsnip, red potato)
• 2 1/2 cups split peas (rinsed, and divided)
• 8 cups organic low sodium chicken or vegetable stock (homemade is always best!) + extra for spinach
• 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach

Directions:

1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with the olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper until the onions are translucent.

2.Add your carrots, rutabaga, half of your split peas, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Skim off the foam while cooking.

3. Add the remaining split peas and continue to simmer for another 40 minutes. Stir frequently. Season to taste.

4. When your soup is finished cooking, turn off the heat. In a high powered blender add your fresh spinach and enough stock to get the spinach moving. Blend until completely smooth.

5. Stir the spinach mixture into the soup. Serve with extra virgin olive oil and freshly cracked pepper. I also like to add crunchy chickpeas and toasted pepitas for added texture and crunch!
Healthy Split Pea Soup