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Chicken Salad, No Mayo

This is the last recipe from our knitters day at the lake. I didn’t plan to be so long sharing, but other fun things popped up along the way. Better late than never.

I’ve enjoyed a few lovely “thank you” emails from the knitters who came to lunch at the lake. They did most of the work since everyone brought something to add to the table. It was fun for me to get the tables ready. We are lucky that the extra serving tables and beverage containers are stored just steps away from the porch. That makes it easy when I’m not having to haul them up from the basement or in from the barn. 
Because this was a ladies lunch, I bought flowers at the grocery store and cut the stems to put into some Mason jar cups that we had at the lake. That’s a fancy as I got. But the flowers paired with bright napkins made a pretty table. 
Yes, we really did knit. It’s fun to have a gathering of knitters because there is always a knitter with a problem. And there is always another knitter with a solution. That’s how we’ve all learned to be better knitters.
I promised to share the recipes from our day. Here is another new one. (New to me, at least.) I made my usual chicken salad that we love, and then remembered that one knitter has a serious allergy to eggs—which means no mayonnaise for her. So I found a simple mayo-free recipe and whipped up a second batch of chicken salad so that she could have some. And everyone loved this one, too.
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
This one was different from my standard but just as delicious! And I don’t say that lightly. We Southerners are serious about our chicken salad. It didn’t have the yogurt taste that I thought it might. I think the honey and the sweetness of the grapes balanced the tartness of the yogurt. And the almonds, celery and grapes gsve a nice mix of textures. I’ll be making this one again for sure.
GREEK YOGURT CHICKEN SALAD
3 cups diced cooked chicken breast (about 3 medium boneless, skinless breasts)
1-1/2 cups red seedless grapes, halved
3 medium celery stalks, diced
3 or 4 green onions, thinly sliced 
1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon Kosher salt*
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Put chicken, grapes, celery, green onions, and almonds in a large bowl. 
In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, honey, salt and pepper. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed. Pour dressing over chicken and toss to coat. Refrigerate from 2 hours to overnight to let flavors blend.
Makes about 5-1/2 cups
I made this because it was egg free. But as I was mixing it, I realized that most of the ingredients are zero points on the new Weight Watchers plan. I plugged everything in to the recipe creator on Weight Watchers and if you use this recipe to serve five or six people, each serving has 2 Smart Points. For 8 servings from this recipe,  it’s 1 Smart Point. That’s kind of amazing.

Shortcut: I had a bag of toasted almond salad topping in my pantry. Just thinly sliced toasted almonds. No seasoning beyond salt. I used that instead of toasting slivered almonds. It was a good substitute. 

*If you use regular table salt, use less and then taste and adjust. Kosher salt measures differently than table salt (which fills a spoon more completely.) It’s the shape of the salt grains that make the difference.
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5 Minutes Of My Day – Dragon Fruit

September 12, 2018
Diana Mangal is one of our google+ friends who shares her life with us in the 5 Minutes Of My Day community and she posted dragon fruit.  She talked about how delicious it is.

  Since that post we have wondered what dragon fruit tastes like and it is delicious!

Thank you Diana for sharing from your life and introducing us to dragon fruit and now we have to find some recipes for it.
September 12, 2017
2017 Having supper with our grandson and getting my initials served up.
September 12, 2016
2016 Preparing my bullet journal calendar for next month.  I stopped using this type of journal and realize today 2018 that I want to go back to it.
September 12, 2015
2015 Crafting with our granddaughters
September 12, 2014
2014 Amazed as the fields turn gold in the bright sunlight
Grandma Snyder
©twosnydergirls 2018

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Let Them Eat Cake

I am going to dash off a quick post before I shower, and get ready for company. We will have a house full for the Labor Day weekend. And I still haven’t grocery shopped yet! But I wanted to share what I was doing in the kitchen all morning.Food serves …

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5 Minutes Of My Day – Anticipation of sweet figs

August 25, 2018
Our fig tree is loaded with figs this year and where in other years they have fallen off at this stage of ripening this year they are staying on.  We are looking forwarded to figs from our Canadian garden this year. 
August 25, 2017
2017 The first signs of fall colour
August 25, 2016
2016 Enjoying the sunset reflects on storm clouds that are rolling away.
August 25, 2015
2015 Sheep as natural lawn movers 
August 25, 2014
2014 The harvest is underway 
Grandma Snyder
©twosnydergirls 2018

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