Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Table for One: Chicken Salad

It can be quite a challenge to begin to cook for just yourself, can't it? But this versatile recipe can get you over some of the obstacles---it's easy, it takes care of at least two meals, or its good enough to share with another widow. Why not call her right now and meet for lunch in a park today? She can bring the beverages and crackers, and tell her you'll bring the salad.

For the chicken in this recipe you could roast a chicken yourself, pick up a rotisserie chicken at your grocery store deli (eat some of it for dinner tonight and use the rest for this salad tomorrow), or use a large can of chicken white meat.
Here's the recipe with my little notes. Grapes add surprising freshness, flavor and juiciness, and the pepper is just the right oomph.
1 1/2 cups diced, cooked chicken (or one 13 oz. can chicken breast)
1 cup halved, seedless red or green grapes
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon toasted slivered almonds (To toast, place in a non-stick skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring until golden. Butter or oil not necessary).
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
(Photo credit: by the queen of subtle on Flicker)
Combine all in a medium bowl and mix well.
Serves four scoops on lettuce leaves, but I'm pretty sure you'll want seconds. Or put it in the frig right away for lunch tomorrow.
Pack your picnic basket--or old grocery bag if you're like me and don't remember where you stored the picnic stuff! Treat yourself at the nearest picnic table! ferree

Help out other widows by sending in your favorite single-living recipes or tips to: wcplace@gmail.com

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