Thursday, April 5, 2012
Eat Like a Dinosaur's Maple Chicken Salad
I have been making a conscious decision show my cookbook stash some love this week. Today that meant trying out two recipes from Eat like a Dinosaur, the wonderful new family-friendly cookbook from the Paleo Parents.
This morning the kids enjoyed their "Freezer Waffles," which came together easily, didn't stick to the iron and had the perfect crisp texture. The only downside was the noise I generated making them (running both my food processor and electric mixer), but somehow my daughter slept through it all.
For dinner tonight I made Maple Chicken Salad; my kids have never had this type of salad, as I have a deep-seeded aversion to mayo. I finally got up the gumption to make my own, and it was so worth it! I made "regular" mayonnaise and included some crumbled bacon in the salad, as the recipe suggested.
Everyone gobbled it up, and the kids even did a respectable job staying neat while eating theirs in lettuce wraps. This will be a great quickie to throw together for summer picnics. Next time I'm considering throwing some raw pecans or almonds into the mix as well.
Maple Chicken Salad
from Eat Like a Dinosaur
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
3/4 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3 tbs. mayonnaise**
1 tbs. maple syrup
pinch of salt
dash of black pepper
Mix together chicken, carrots and cranberries. Add mayonnaise, syrup, salt and pepper. Mix until combined, and enjoy!
I cannot rave enough about this cookbook. My kids are not 100% Paleo, but I do prefer to cook meals we can all enjoy together. I love that each recipe is accompanied by a photo, and that they are all geared toward families with small mouths. My daughter even read through the cartoon narrative that begins the book, which gave us fodder for a dinnertime chat about why I make certain choices when shopping and cooking for the family.
Finally, I was excited to have a cookbook to share on my healthy family cooking website Real Kids Eat Spinach. With every recipe I post I try to offer up suggestions as to how to avoid dairy, gluten and processed carbs. I do not, however, use it to speak from a Paleo pedestal, as I'm trying to reach a broad audience and at the very least help readers take baby steps. Eat Like a Dinosaur is such a great cookbook to recommend and help introduce families to the lifestyle!