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Ann’s Healthy Chicken Salad: “Tied for first”

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At our house, my healthy chicken salad goes hand in hand with my go-to chicken broth recipe, which I posted last week. After I cook the broth, I’m left with a whole cooked chicken, too. For me, it’s the perfect start to a delicious, healthy chicken salad.

My daughter has taken a liking to Chicken Salad Chick, the fast casual restaurant out of Alabama, now popping up around Houston. She likes the “Classic Carol” variety and says that my homemade chicken salad and Chicken Salad Chick are tied for first place. Hey, I’ll take it!

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My Go-to Chicken Broth Recipe

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Let me start by saying how hilarious and unlikely it is that I would be sharing a chicken broth recipe online. Or any recipe, for that matter! My mother did not like to cook. When I left home, she gave me a cookbook called, The I Hate to Cook Book. Seriously. Like many of us who grew up in the seventies and eighties, I was raised on pre-packaged meals and high fructose corn syrup with the occasional canned vegetable.

I’ll tell the story of my transformation to eating real, nutritious food in a separate post (or posts!), because it’s a bit of a long one. For now, suffice it to say that shopping for food and preparing food for myself and my family has become a huge part of who I am as a person and as a parent. Our culture doesn’t do us any favors where eating healthy is concerned. If we want to change our familys’ health for the better, we have to be committed to swimming against the stream and taking control of the food we eat.

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Not-so “Cookie-Cutter” Lunches

Yesterday afternoon, I cleaned out a drawer in our kitchen island to make room for all of the supplements we’ve recently added to our daily regimen. That may not seem like a big deal, but it hit me hard.

It was the top, right-hand drawer, where, for years, I’ve kept the kid-sized utensils, condiment containers, colorful little bags, and small cookie cutters with plans of making fun school lunches for Isaac and Gillian. (The kind of school lunches you see on Pinterest, with star-shaped cheese cuts and Mickey-shaped fruits.)

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