CEimB: Curried Chicken(less) Salad

by Joanne on February 4, 2010

Before I get going, ATTENTION ALL CEimBers!   You have won an award.  Please see this link to read all about it.

Now for today’s post:

We just came back from a short vacation and there are things to be done.  So this is a short recap of this week with the CEimB group.  We are also getting a wood floor installed then new carpeting and furniture must be moved.  I’m feeling the uneasiness of “furniture displacement” already.  But…that’s not what this is all about.

First, I have to share my chicken related excitement.  Look at this:

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FARM FRESH eggs. Donna, the dog sitter of “Pets & Claws Pet Sitting” left them in our fridge.  Neither Ted nor I have EVER had farm fresh eggs before.  Donna says she gets 23 –24 eggs per day. WOW!  The eggs are all different sizes and colors (note the GREEN one ) .  I can’t WAIT to use them but I won’t be baking with them.  We are eating them straight up. We are not eating them tonight either. So on with the show….

This week’s pick was made by Sarah of Sarah’s Kitchen Adventures.  The recipe can be found at Sarah’s blog or on line here.  The recipe is out of Ellie Krieger’s newest book “So Easy”. 

This was a good meal to fix when wanting something quick, tasty, and filling.

My changes: Vegetable broth not chicken broth.  I used the boneless chicken for Ted and grilled portabella mushroom slices for me (grilled with a little oil and balsamic vinegar). No mayonnaise, just yogurt.  No grapes. I used 1/2 cup raisins instead.  I added sliced red bell pepper to the mix for both versions.

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Start with a bowl of fresh mixed greens tossed with 1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice.  A little pepper and salt to taste.

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Place a healthy serving of greenery on each plate and top with either the mushroom curry mix or the chicken curry mix.

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I’m really glad I added the red pepper. It needed the crunch.  It was a bit too creamy for me but Ted thought the best experience in eating this meal was the creamy sauce.   We both enjoyed the sweetness of the raisins with the curry flavor.  I didn’t notice the almonds but Ted said he really liked the addition of sliced almonds. 

The result:  Good pick Sarah.  It made dinner tonight very easy and enjoyable.  We felt more nutritional reward with this meal than we have done over the past few days.

Joanne

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9 Comments

  • At 2010.02.04 08:43, Mary Ann said:

    I love your variations- very creative! Looks great to me.
    This was easy and delicious.

    • At 2010.02.04 09:26, Dawn Hutchins said:

      I am SO jealous of the eggs! I would love to try farm fresh eggs.
      Also, the salad looks delish.

      • At 2010.02.04 10:30, Kayte said:

        Great idea for the subs in this, love the mushroom idea. The pepper does make it stand out and looks so appealing. Was a keeper here, I made it just as she said and we all loved it. Great photos. Hope your house is all coming along great. I grew up with farm fresh eggs and miss them…a world of difference. Enjoy, and eat soon, the fresher the better!

        • At 2010.02.04 14:01, Nicole. RD said:

          Plain yogurt is such a great substitute and I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing at all! Looks DELICIOUS!!!!

          • At 2010.02.04 15:02, Joanne said:

            Maryann: Thanks.

            Dawn: We can’t wait to try them! 🙂

            Kayte: The mushrooms were ok – I think I would have liked it better with Quorn

            Nicole: Thanks. I’ll take yogurt over mayo any day. Can’t stand mayo.

            • At 2010.02.04 16:54, teresa said:

              i love the way you subbed in the mushrooms. great idea, and beautiful pics!

              • At 2010.02.04 20:04, Joanne said:

                Teresa: Thanks!

                • At 2010.02.05 11:35, Lauryn said:

                  your chicken salad looks soooo good! And how cool about the farm fresh eggs! i’ve never had farm fresh eggs either!!

                  • At 2010.02.05 13:07, Liz said:

                    Those eggs are beautiful! I haven’t had farm fresh eggs since I was a kid (and too young to remember it), but everyone says there is such a difference. You will have to let us know 🙂 It looks like you guys had a great vacation! I have never been skiing or snowboarding but both look like so much fun. One day…

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