Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Asian Toasted Sesame & Basil Chicken Salad (aka Dump Salad)

So it's 2 days before I am gone for a full week! And by gone I mean I will be meeting the boyfriend's family in Richmond, VA this weekend and then at my parents' house in PA for Christmas and the rest of the week. I am really into eating even healthier than I always do because my metabolism isn't getting any faster and I want to lose weight in the new year.

So during my weekly grocery store outing I bought lots of fresh produce. I bought about 30+ meals worth of food...and I had only 4 days to prepare and eat it (NOT overeating is also part of the "healthier" plan). But I spent under $100 at Shoppers Foods and was really pumped about that. Plus I was planning on doing fresh veggie/fruit shakes for breakfast so I knew most of it would go in there.

Tonight is my last night to cook new meals since Thursday I will be busy packing and getting things in order. I knew I had to use all my perishable foods but my dilemma was that not all of the foods "go together" and since I was still craving Asian, I knew I wanted to incorporate toasted sesame seeds. So I created a Dump Salad - that definitely sounded better as an idea and not written down...

I used everything except my spaghetti squash (which I will take to my parents) and a pear (which I will eat as a snack sometime this week). I was mainly worried about the basil going with something that was an Italian dish, but it added a nice touch to the flavor of the salad.

(Sorry for the poor quality pictures, my phone decided to randomly shut off and I was hungry!)

Toasted Sesame & Basil Chicken Salad
(Since it's a "Dump" recipe, use what ingredients you have on hand. Below is just what I happen to have)

Chicken breast (chopped and sauteed in the dressing)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Romaine lettuce
Grape tomatoes, sliced
Cucumber, diced
Green onion
Basil (fresh)
Sliced almonds
Toasted sesame seeds
Pepper, coarse ground (must use, you'll never go back to powdered pepper again)

Dressing (also cooked chicken in this)
Soy sauce
Rice vinegar
Peanut butter
Toasted sesame seeds
Green onion
Simply Asia® Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning
Ginger, ground
Tabasco® Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce (very mild)

I was amazed at how yummy it turned out! And I'm really excited to have some for lunch tomorrow!

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