Amazing Apple Chicken Waldorf Recipe+ Product Review

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Hello everyone, I hope you’re all staying warm and toasty! Despite the fact that it’s been far too cold (California girl here) in the South Bay area, which I don’t mind too much by the way since I fancy chilly weather, I’ve been on a vegetable marathon almost every single day.  One thing that I’m super grateful for with this pregnancy is that the baby loves vegetables and fruit!  During most of my first trimester I couldn’t even stand the sight of greens, let alone try to make anything out of them.  Much to Greg’s dismay, my grocery cart  now gets filled with 70% produce and the rest is the usual stuff since I’m going onto week 15! 

By the way, we got to listen to the baby’s heartbeat a few days ago…it was one of the craziest things we have ever experienced!  The heartbeat seemed to be fast, strong like the sound of a galloping horse’s hooves, and most important of all, healthy.

 

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The awesome makers of Sistema Organa sent me a box of goodies a few months back.  In it there were this skinny container of olive oil and little tubs of dried veggies, which I haven’t gotten around to using just yet.  They actually sent me the box right around the week that I found out I was pregnant!  Go figure that the whole timing was awkward because as soon as the package arrived I was afraid to open it up since everything made me gag.  I know, ‘gag’ is not the most elegant term and you’ll have to excuse me for it, haha.  And no offense about the gagging, Sistema Organa!  It’s not you, it’s me.

Luckily they were extremely patient and understanding about my situation, so I am now finally reviewing this wonderful--and pretty I must say--bottle of extra virgin olive oil.

Here’s a short excerpt of Sistema Organa’s philosophy:

Sistema Organa is about creating a system of organic products all of which are aimed at improving your health and longevity, while being environmentally conscious, treating our farmers as partners and customers as family.

Our philosophy is to carefully select products based on their well known, historical health benefits, analyzing the farming methods to make sure they meet our Organically Grown guidelines and verifying the health benefits in a scientifically quantifiable manner.

Our products come from small, independent growers from all over the world. We strive to find the finest farmers and go out of our way to assure quality over quantity. You may not always be able to obtain our products, as naturally grown food depends on weather and good harvests. Our products are often hand crafted in small batches and packaged locally at the farms just after the harvest at the peak of ripeness, as mother nature intended.

They sound pretty awesome, right?!  And the taste of their oil is very good as well.  Some olive oils can be a bit too strong for my liking and rend that slightly plasticky smell.  For some people that’s okay, but I prefer olive oil that tastes mild and clean since I like to incorporate healthy oils into most of my cooking.  That way I can easily add it to delicious salads and other recipes like baked goods.

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Get just a tiiiiny bit closer to the screen.  Uh-huh, this salad is truly delicious and full of zest and sweetness due to the dressing I made with olive oil.  And don’t you just love it when meat is speckled with pepper on top?  It makes everything look more fancy schmancy. Open-mouthed smile

Amazing Apple Chicken Waldorf Recipe {Healthy+Low Fat}

Most Waldorf Salads are drenched in a delicious yet far too creamy dressing made up of cups of mayo and sugar.  Today I bring you a healthy version of the Waldorf Salad without sacrificing the taste.  It would make a great side dish for big parties as it can easily be doubled or tripled!

Makes 4-5 servings

Ingredients for Salad

  • 10 leaves of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 6 C arugula leaves
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, chopped about 1/2”x1/2”
  • 1 medium apple, chopped 1/2'”x1/2”
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts (fresh or candied)
  • 1/3 C dried cranberries

*Next time I will add candied walnuts using this pecan recipe.

Ingredients for Dressing

  • 3 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 2 TBSP orange/fruit juice
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1 TBSP mayo
  • 3 TBSP olive oil

Ingredients for Chicken

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 C fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil spray

Directions

  1. Start with the chicken.  Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 400 F degrees.  Lightly spray the oil on the bottom of a foiled pan and place the chicken breasts in the pan.
  2. Spray the chicken lightly with oil and pour the lemon juice on top, then sprinkle with salt+pepper.  Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes.  Raise the temperature to broil and cook for 10-12 more min.  When finished, let it cool down.
  3. Grab a very large bowl and toss all the salad ingredients together.  Pulse all of the dressing ingredients in a blender, and if the dijon is coarse it may take at least a minute.
  4. Pour the dressing over the greens and gently massage the salad with gloves on. (Easier+cleaner)  Slice the chicken in diagonal strips and place on top.  Eat and enjoy!

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You can find these nifty kimchi gloves at a Korean grocery store.  They’re very  convenient and pretty inexpensive!

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Have a lovely day and stay cold free!

Do you have a favorite type of salad?

-I love Waldorf type salads, anything with fish, and vinaigrette salads!  Bring on the honey mustard…

What’s your favorite oil to use when you cook/bake?

-Coconut oil, sesame oil (one of the best) and oftentimes olive oil.  But I try to use olive oil fresh and in recipes that don’t require a lot of cooking.

Love,

Ellie <33