Saturday, May 15, 2010
Chicken and Low Cal Honey Mustard Salad
Frankenfoods alert! Yep, I avoid them when I can, but sometimes I will allow a little frankenfood into my diet. Mostly when I just can't duplicate a flavor or texture. Texture is important to me. So be it with my Pooh Bear dressing, a take off on the traditional honey mustard type. Love that stuff. Don't love the carbs in real honey or the calories in mayo. I am doing a weight loss cycle right now, so lots of fats and calories are not helpful. But that is a story for another day.
I bought this Walden Farms Bleu Cheese dressing a few months back. Not a huge fan. I think it tastes a bit like medicine. It is okay in very small doses, but I could never do a whole salad with it. It does claim to be sugar free, fat free, calorie free, gluten free, and have no preservatives. I wonder what could be in there? Mostly vinegar, cellulose gel and flavorings. Just what is cellulose gel, anyway? I don't ever remember seeing that on the shelves at the health food store. I get the feeling it is tree pulp or something. But hey, many parts of a pine tree are edible...right?
But who am I kidding? I am not an organic earth mama. We eat manufactured foods way too often. I simply don't have time to eat strictly from my organic garden. We would starve if we had to grow what we eat. I can't raise chickens or cows or even goats. I can't afford the prices to pay those who do. So, quite a few compromises make their way into our family diet. Being a nutrition purist is a full time job, and I don't have that many hours.
Enter the Walden Farms dressing. I was looking for a creamy substitute for dressings. Today, I found a good combo that both John and I liked. If you are happy with an all natural vinaigrette, GREAT. Don't change. I like those too. I just wanted something creamier today, yet sweet. This was actually pretty tasty, and has far fewer calories than my regular recipe which uses mayo.
If you are willing to ingest a bit of Frankenfood, give this a try for something different.
Low Cal Honey Mustard Dressing
1/8 cup Walden Farms Bleu Cheese Dressing
1/8 cup mustard, your choice
dash of onion powder
dash of paprika
sweetener to taste
Blend everything together and serve.
This is really too simple to be a recipe, but hey. When life is simple, it is good. I just grabbed some pre-cooked and frozen chicken patties and heated those while I made the salad and dressing. Easy peasy five minute meal. Great for a quick weekend lunch.