Crunchy fresh sugars naps, peas and snow peas provide delicious crunch and flavor in this lightened chicken salad.
I adore food magazines and cookbooks. I love to scour them for new and interesting recipes and food combinations. When I saw a recipe for Three Pea Chicken Salad in Bon Appetit, I was really intrigued. I loved the fun play on “peas” and all the fresh seasonal veggies they crammed into the chicken salad. I kept thinking it would be like a bite of Spring in each bite and how wonderful it would be for Mother’s Day. That is as long as I could reduce some of the calories and fat and make it healthier. I’ve gotten pretty good at looking at a recipe and deciding if I can adapt it to fit into a healthy diet. With a few simple substitutions most recipes can easily be transformed. It is a good thing because it is very hard to find a lot of good healthy, diet friendly recipes in magazines.
My Mom is a huge chicken salad fan but very particular about what constitutes a good one. She was coming over to help me decorate some cupcakes for my daughter’s class so I decided to test out my lightened recipe on her. We both really enjoyed it. I love the crunch the peas gave to the chicken salad. We also wanted some sweetness, so I threw in some grapes, too. I served it with my lightened Harvest Grain Bread. That recipe is coming soon.
This would be the perfect accompaniment to our Mother’s Day Tea. That is our tradition. Each year we make little sandwiches, scones and some type of dessert. Most of the time it is champagne instead of tea, though. I’ll be sharing recipes for you to make your own Mother’s Day Tea. In addition to the Harvest Grain Bread, there will be recipes for Ham Salad, Strawberry Cream Cheese Pull Apart Bread with Nutella Glaze, Lemon Cookies and Lemon Rosemary Scones. You can’t have a Tea without scones. I hope you will enjoy it.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
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