Meal Prep Monday: Greek Chicken Salad

Meal Prep Monday: Grilled Chicken Strip Greek Salad

Meal prep on a Monday? That’s crazy talk!

Each week, I will create a different “salad of the week” for my husband’s lunches. I hate doing anything other than relaxing in the afternoon and evening, so I always end up prepping salads for the week bright and early Monday morning. And from working with clients, I know that meal prepping on Sunday is the bane of existence (I feel that too).

Thanks to Trader Joe’s, meal prep can be a breeze. Each week, I am going to share with you all of my recipes and creations that are literally thrown together in a few minutes, bright and early Monday morning!


This week’s salad features:

GRILLED CHICKEN STRIPS

Grilled Chicken Strips

If you could purchase stock in food ingredients from Trader Joe’s, this would be mine. I am not normally a fan of pre-cooked and sliced chicken, because they are usually loaded with preservatives and lacking flavor. But these moist and flavorful chicken strips are the perfect refrigerator staple to make your meals a little bit easier. One package usually gets me through three salads.

TABBOULI

Tabbouli

I love the addition of grains (especially whole grains) to entrée salads. But that often requires thinking ahead and a little extra time. This tabbouli uses traditional bulgur wheat, parsley, tomatoes, onions and mint leaves. I usually put about a quarter of a package (1/4 cup) on the salad, which provides 75 calories, 6g fat, 160mg sodium and 4.5g carbohydrates (1g fiber).

CRUMBLED FETA

Crumbled Feta Cheese

The last star of the show is Feta Cheese. Trader Joe’s has the best cheese selection around, and there are so many feta options. I love the full fat without the additional mediterranean herbs. You could also forgo the feta and use the Greek Feta Dressing if that’s your thing.


The base of the salad was a blend of Organic Spinach and Organic Arugula lettuce. Topped with Shredded Carrots (another time saver!) Tabbouli, peeled and sliced Cucumbers, halved Grape Tomatoes, Crumbled Feta Cheese, and slices of Grilled Chicken Strips. Lucky for my husband, the Green Goddess Dressing was in stock this week at our local store, so that’s what he got to top his salads for the week.

We also always stock up on Baby Carrots and bag them up into individual portions at the beginning of the week. Gala Apples are a mainstay in our house, we usually buy about 10 every trip to Trader Joe’s.

Stay tuned for next week’s WEEKLY SALAD for MEAL PREP MONDAY!

SWASHBUCKLED! (S1E1): Lonely Alcoholic White Girl Soda

I am so excited to introduce my new project with The Fearless Flying Kitchen – SWASHBUCKLED!!

My best friend, Marie, lives a block away and works at Trader Joe’s. Every week, she is going to bring over FOUR INGREDIENTS that are absolutely random and completely unknown to me. My challenge is to create a dinner with what she brings to me and what I have in my fridge, freezer, and pantry. We film the whole thing for you to witness, and we call it SWASHBUCKLED!

Here is the first episode, followed by the recipes of what we came up with. I hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think about our new show in the comments!

Sunchoke and Fennel Chicken Picatta

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
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Recipe by Amanda Hibshman, RDN

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Flour (can sub All Purpose Gluten Free Flour)
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 5 Sunchokes, peeled and diced
  • 1 Fennel Bulb, diced (and dice the fronds for seasoning)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (optional)
  • 1 Lemon, both zest and juice
  • 1 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Peach Simpler Wines (or white wine of choice)
  • 1 Sprig fresh rosemary, diced or 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • GARNISH: Icelandic Style Plain Yogurt (or greek yogurt, or sour cream) and sprig of rosemary.
  • SERVE ALONG SIDE: Brown Rice, Quinoa, or a Whole Grain Pasta

Directions

  1. Cut chicken breasts into cubes. Season with salt and pepper then toss in All purpose Flour.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Once hot, add chicken breasts and brown on each side (about 3-4 minutes on each side. Does not need to be cooked all the way through just yet). Remove from skillet and place on paper towel to remove some excess oil.
  3. In the same skillet, add sunchokes, fennel, garlic and lemon zest. Cook for about 5 minutes and then add lemon juice, chicken broth and white wine (peach simpler wines). Add rosemary and fennel fronds. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and reduce for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Serve alongside grain of choice. Garnish with Icelandic Style Greek Yogurt and Rosemary Sprig.

 

Arugula and Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Roasted Coconut Sesame Seeds

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe by Amanda Hibshman, RDN

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup arugula
  • 1 Cup Shaved Brussels Sprouts
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries, Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Organic Coconut and Sesame Seeds Clusters
  •  Fresh Ground Salt and Pepper
  • Dressing:
    • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1 Lemon Juiced
    • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
    • 1 Tbsp Honey

Directions

  1. Mix together dressing ingredients. Rinse arugula, Brussels sprouts and fruit and dry completely.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine arugula, shaved Brussels sprouts, salt, pepper, and a few tablespoons of mixed dressing. Add fruit and toss well. Arrange on plate and add coconut and sesame seed clusters.

 

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Summer Spinach Tortellini Salad

Summer Spinach Tortellini Salad from The Fearless Flying Kitchen This past weekend, I went up to the mountains with my mom (who is a vegetarian) and my daughter (who regularly survives on bread and cheese alone) to attend my dear friend’s 10 year wedding vow renewal ceremony. I volunteered to pack a lunch to make sure we had everything we needed for the all-day-affair. What to make that would keep in a cooler for hours and satisfy both of their needs? Thus, the Summer Spinach Tortellini Salad recipe was born! Good news was that it lasted hours without wilting, was full of vegetables, and provided the little one with enough carbohydrates to keep her going. Bad news is that I didn’t make enough to get a second helping.

Summer Spinach Tortellini Salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Spinach Tortellini
  • 1/2 Bag of Organic Spinach, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 Bag of Organic Frozen Broccoli
  • 1/2 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Tuscan Italian Dressing

Directions: Fill a large pot with about 4 quarts of water. Bring to boil over high heat. Add frozen broccoli. in 2 minutes, add Spinach Tortellini and cook until done, about 5 minutes (the package says 2-3 minutes, but because you will be adding something frozen just prior, it will decrease the temperature, thus needing more time). Prior to removing from the heat, add red bell peppers and sun-dried tomatoes, (to rehydrate them) for just a few seconds, then remove from heat and strain well, and rise with cold water.  In a separate bowl, combine spinach, mozzarella and the strained pasta/veggie mixture with 1/2 cup Tuscan Italian dressing. Cover and chill for at least an hour before serving.