Today I want to talk about pride. Random, I know, but it has been on my mind for several weeks. And don’t worry, I’ll get to the chicken salad in a sec.
I am proud of my blog. Taking the extra hour or two out of my day, even when I have a bazillion other things to do, to work on writing a post, photographing a recipe, and responding to comments brings me complete joy. The art of creating allows me to express myself with no limitations (aside from limited good lighting in the winter months, but that’s a whole other story).
So why, when someone addresses my blog in public, do I feel that I have to justify what I love to do? On countless occasions I have prefaced my love for food and my blog by saying things like, “It’s a weird hobby but..”, “I know it’s lame but….”, “It’s really not good but…”. The list goes on and on. This constant self degradation is not only harmful but extremely unnecessary. Why on earth should I let the opinions of others dictate my passion? The whole point of having something you enjoy in your life is for your own self-satisfaction. Selfish? Maybe. But we must remember to honor ourselves in the same way that we honor those around us. Selfishness is not always a bad thing.
Of course this is not always easy, especially if you are modest in your achievements. In no way am I saying you should go flaunt your latest and greatest achievements to everyone you know. That is actually on of my biggest pet peeves. Rather, I am suggesting that we shouldn’t cut ourselves short. You are awesome in your own unique way, and nobody should condemn you for being you. You like hip-hop? Swag it up. Baking? Preheat that oven. Never stick to the status quo (and if you got the high school musical reference, extra gold star for you!) And don’t you dare apologize for your interests before you share them. You don’t need anyone else’s permission to do what you love.
I like to blog and cook and I am proud of that. *mic drop*
Now back on task. These chicken salad recipes are not only incredibly easy, but they require limited ingredients and will cover you for lunches all week long. Every other day you can switch up your sandwich spread to give you some variety. I know from personal experience that there is nothing worse than getting into that packed lunch rut of boring turkey and cheese sandwiches, so I am trying to save you all from that same fate. Let me know if you give either (or both!) of these recipes a try because I would absolutely love to hear your input. Until next post my friends.
- Chicken from 1 rotisserie chicken (about 5 cups)
- 1 7oz container of plain fage greek yogurt
- ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs (dill, parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp capers
- salt and pepper to taste
- seeded baguette for serving
- ¼ cup raisins
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- 1 tsp curry powder
- ¼ cup cilantro
- bell pepper halves for serving
- salt and pepper to taste
- Divide the chicken and yogurt into two large bowls.
- Add all of the ingredients for the lemon herb chicken salad in one bowl and the ingredients for the curried chicken salad in the other.
- Mix together and serve on baguettes or bell pepper halves. Recipes will keep up to one week in the refrigerator.