Spring Chicken Salad - Eat Spin Run Repeat

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 156

Good morning all!

Is your day off to a great start? Mine certainly is! Since I’m taking May off of race training, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my ‘fun’, no-pressure workouts this week which have included TurboFire, cycling, and spending a lot more time with weights than I have done over the past 8 weeks! I’ve also been taking advantage of our sunny evenings by going for walks after work and love how much they help me to wind down and take my mind off of the day behind me. Anyone else feel the same way?

Let’s get over to our usual Wednesday topics of conversation: Recipes and new things!

1. Recipe of the Week. Last week you guys made it very clear to me that you have no problem with recipes involving avocado. That’s a great thing, because I’ve got plenty more in that department and I plan to keep ‘em coming fast and furious.

avocado and quinoa

For those that aren’t quite feeling the ‘cado craze, don’t worry – you could leave them out of today’s recipe if you want to. It’ll still be delicious.

This Spring Chicken Salad combines every single piece of leftover greenery that I had in my fridge on the weekend, minus my green curry paste and a green pepper that had certainly seen better days.

fresh mint

sliced cucumber

green peas

Toss all of the above in a big bowl with some shredded cooked chicken, nice fluffy quinoa, pistachios and a big drizzle of white balsamic vinegar…

cooked quinoa

…and you’ve got a freaking huge salad full of green goodness!

Spring Chicken Salad - Eat Spin Run Repeat

I’ve kept things really simple with the dressing in this recipe because the herbs do so much on their own. A plain white balsamic pairs really nicely with the mint and parsley, but you can also get creative with fruit-infused vinegars. Fig and pear are two that I just can’t get enough of, and if you leave this salad in the fridge for a couple of hours, the quinoa takes on their fruity flavours and tastes absolutely fabulous!

Spring Chicken Salad - Eat Spin Run Repeat

Click here for the recipe!

Spring Chicken Salad - Eat Spin Run Repeat

2. Globe grapes. It’s a little hard to tell from these photos, but these grapes are HUGE!

globe grapes

globe grapes

I saw them at Sobeys over the weekend and since I didn’t have much time to think about creative fancy applications for new-to-me finds, I bought a bag of these enormous grapes figuring they’d make a good snack.

globe grapes

Wikipedia tells me that red globe grapes are “a variety of very large, seeded red grapes with firm flesh used mainly as a table grape. It can be grown outdoors in very warm areas with long growing seasons such as California or Australia, but in most of the world it is strictly a greenhouse grape.” I am clearly not a grape connoisseur, because the next question I had was “what the heck is a table grape!?” I soon learned that this is just the name for grapes produced for consumption, rather than for wine making, juice making, or turning into raisins. Hmm. Call them what you want, but these are freaking enormous grapes.

globe grapes

Simplicity took priority when I was rushed to make breakfast yesterday, so I sliced some globe grapes in half and threw them into a fruit salad with melon, strawberries and a kiwi. Combined with a Simply Whey Bar after my workout, this combo totally hit the spot!

globe grapes

fresh fruit salad

Apart from the seeds being a minor inconvenience, these were quite tasty! I typically prefer the tartness of green grapes but enjoyed these for a change. Now that I think about it, their juiciness would make them very suitable for grape juice squirting games. Christine (my sister), if you’re reading this, brace yourself because I’ve got some new ammunition! ;)

fresh fruit salad

 So tell me…

  • Did you try anything new yesterday?
  • What’s one of your go-to breakfasts when you’re in a rush?

Comments

  1. cath/waterloo,ON says

    i JUST saw those grapes at valumart yesterday, angela, and yes they are HUGE!! they’d be fantastic in a fruit salad.
    bfast in a rush – protein or meal replacement bar and apple and almond butter!
    new product – have you tried the vega ONE bar yet? you can get it at healthy foods and more. one of the BEST pro bars i have ever tried!!! i totally recommend it!! (of course, i took the double chocolate flavour!).

    • says

      HA that’s such a coincidence Cathy! And oh my goodness x100 – I LOVE the Vega One bars!! I haven’t tried the double chocolate, but the Chocolate Almond is divine! Let me know if you try the others as well. There’s chocolate cherry but I’m not typically a fan of fruit + chocolate, but I’m interested to hear what you think. :)

  2. Valentina says

    Yesterday I tried something completely new! I did a VO2 Max and Metabolic Efficiency test. I’ve never done anything lab-based like that and WOW, did I find out a lot about my body comp and diet. So, Paleo it is, with no grains/breads for 6 weeks. I am 5’5-1/2 and weigh 120 & looking to increase my lean muscle. With the plan (target workouts & diet) I’ll let you know what the results are after the next test!
    My quick breakfast is a shake with 1 handful of spinach, 1/4 apple, 1 carrot, 1/4 cup light coconut milk, 1 tblsp fresh almond butter, splash of Omega 3 oil, chia seeds, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, handful fresh raspberries… whir in the Vitamix and voila!

    • says

      Oh wow Valentina, that’s awesome! It sounds like this type of stuff fascinates you just as much as it fascinates me. Keep me posted with how you do on your paleo plan. I’m really interested to hear! If I’m ever looking to sub grains out in a recipe to make it paleo friendly, I usually just make a batch of cauliflower ‘rice’ in the food processor – so simple and cooks much faster than the raw rice. Your brekkie shake sounds wonderful – packed with superfoods! The VitaMix is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? ;)

  3. says

    HA! Today when I ate half an avocado with my lunch I thought of you! Love this salad idea and the pairing of mint & white balsamic – sounds really good!

    My go to breakfast when I am in a rush is a cup of fresh berries and a homemade energy bar that I usually have stored away in the freezer. It’s full of chia seeds, almonds & chocolate – how can you go wrong?!?!

  4. Lindsay says

    A grape “horror story”: I used to be a grape addict until I ended grabbing a bag of red grapes that had a living black widow spider in it (I didn’t know until a few days later!!). It took awhile to eat them again but now I only buy the green ones…easier to spot a black widow ;). That experience also taught me to not ‘try’ grapes in the grocery store.

    • says

      Oh. my. goodness. Lindsay, I don’t know how you’ve managed to go near grapes ever again! That experience would scar me for life. I definitely won’t be ‘trying’ the grapes in the grocery store from this point forward! Green all the way!

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