Snow and Salads

This post went live yesterday at the Green Phone Booth, but I thought I’d share it here too! We are finally home and settled back into our regular routine (which I love!!!). Yesterday we were hit with the first major snow storm of the year… I guess 2012 was just too mild that Mother Nature was in a hurry to pack it in for the year. And with 8 inches of snow in a matter of hours, I’d say it was successful.

I don’t plan to leave the house for a few days and that’s ok. The fridge is stocked and we have plenty of coffee. In the meantime, we’ll be having a salad loaded with cranberries, grilled chicken and kale for lunch. I bought some kale on Christmas eve so I’d be ready to detox all the rich foods we’ve been consuming over the last few days! The salad is filled with magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamin C. All of which are beneficial for healing bodies that have been thrown for a loop by eating foods we don’t typically eat while celebrating the holidays!

Cranberry and Chicken Salad with Millet
• 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast (grilled or baked)
• 2 cups kale, washed and stripped from the ribs
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 cup dried cranberries
• 1 cup millet, rinsed
• ½ cup balsamic vinegar
• ¼ cup. roasted sunflower seeds
• ½ tsp. paprika
• 1 tsp. dried mustard
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 2 Tbsp. olive oil
Place millet, a tiny pinch of salt and 3 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. When the water is absorbed, remove the pan from the heat, fluff the grains and cover until you are ready to add it to the rest of salad.
Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet and bring to a medium heat. Add in the onions, kale, and garlic. Sauté until the kale is limp and the onions are tender. Sprinkle with paprika, mustard, salt and pepper. Toss thoroughly. Slice the chicken and add to the skillet. Stir so that the contents are well mixed. Reduce the heat to low and pour in the vinegar. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the millet and mix the ingredients well. Serve in bowls topped with the cranberries and sunflower seeds.

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