Paleo Chicken Salad

I pretty much always have a rotisserie chicken in the fridge, even before the switch to Paleo.   It is just too easy to work with during the busy, work week!  Plus, I love chicken salad!  Since going Paleo, however, I haven’t really had it because, well, what am I going to eat it with?  No more bread.  No more crackers.  Then along came my discovery of Pure Wraps, and I am back in business!  This is awesome because chicken salad is a versatile, quick weekday lunch!  My chicken salad is different literally every time I make it, and it all depends on what I have on hand.  My go-to faves are apricots, walnuts, onion and tarragon, which is what I happened to have on hand tonight.  The key for me is the tarragon, or Mexican Mint Marigold.  My mom turned me onto this herb a few years ago and it has quickly become one of my favorites, especially in chicken salad!  If you don’t have it, you could sub in any herb you have. Rosemary would be nice.

Be forewarned….there are no quantities here.  If that freaks you out, sorry.  You will just have to deal with it because this is a ‘make it how you like it’ kind of recipe.   Surely you know how you like it, right?  Some people like a lot of mayo, some like a little.  Some might like the sweetness of the dried fruit and want to add more, and some might not.  It is totally up to you how much of each ingredient you put in.  And the beauty of it is…you can’t really mess it up!  Personally, I am heavy on the onions and about even on everything else.  I LOVE onions!  and yes, the hubs still kisses me.  He must love me.  Sigh.

 

Here is a basic list of ingredients:

leftover rotisserie chicken, chopped or shredded

dried fruit, diced

onion, minced

nuts or seeds of choice, chopped

Paleo Mayo

tarragon, chopped  (normally there would be a LOT more than what you see, but my tarragon plant didn’t survive the winter.  I have a new one started, but it is still so little that I felt bad taking all of its leaves.)

s&p

Put it all in a large bowl together and mix it all up.  Wrap it up in a Pure Wrap, add some veg and then pack it to go to the office. or the park. or the car. or wherever you enjoy your lunch!

It really doesn’t get much easier than that for a busy weekday!

 

 

 

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Foolproof Homemade Mayo!

In my past life, you would have never caught me making homemade mayo.  The thing is…I always wanted to.  The problem was…I was a slave to convenience!  I used to have a tshirt in college that said “convenience is the enemy!”.  Oh, how true that is.  Also, I recently had a friend post about his troubles with making mayo, and it made me even more frightened of it.  I didn’t need to make my own.  I could just buy it.  So, I did.  Until I went Paleo two months ago.  Now, I have made mayo probably five times, including today.  I am no longer afraid. You know it’s funny…thinking about it, I think part of the problem was I didn’t want to waste my money screwing it up.  Olive oil is expensive.  Ok, not really in comparison to the oils I buy now, but that notion held me back.  Trying to stretch every dollar was ingrained (pun intended) in me.  It is different now, I have finally come around to spending money on quality ingredients because they are better for me and my family, and we are worth it!

So, yesterday we ran out of mayo, and it was time to make more.  When I went Paleo, the first website I browsed for recipes was The Clothes Make The Girl run by Melissa Joulwan, a former roller derby girl gone clean.  She rocks to the nth degree!  The very first recipe I made of hers was…you guessed it, her homemade mayo.  She has a literally foolproof recipe.  I have done it several times now, and it comes out perfect every time!  I am lucky enough to have two Meyer lemon trees in my backyard, and I use those lemons like crazy. 

All you need is:

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to get this:

~Two batches~

Are you ready to make your own?  Not scared, anymore?  You shouldn’t be, I promise. Now, get your butt over to Mel’s site and get the recipe!  You will thank me.  Did I mention that this stuff doesn’t even come close to comparing to that crap you buy in the store?  No?  Well, it doesn’t!  I eat it as a sauce on the top of my chicken burgers for lunch all the time, and I would miss it if it weren’t there.  It is that good!  Get the recipe here.  Enjoy!