Saturday, July 30, 2011

Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwiches

When it is HOT and STEAMY in NYC.......

You need a meal that does not require HEAT of any kind....

You need my version of the best sandwich in Orange County - Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwiches inspired from....

This sandwich is a winner for many reasons:
1)  It is possible to make without turning on the oven/stove
2)  Its semi-homemade (my favorite type of cooking)

Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Chop 1 package of Trader Joe's Roasted Chicken Breast
Add in sliced celery, grapes, and chopped walnuts in your desired proportions
Add Miracle Whip to moisten
Don't forget some salt and pepper!
Slice croissants and pile on the chicken salad - Enjoy :)

I usually make this with a whole rotisserie chicken but today I found this new (to me) packaged chicken breasts at Trader Joes ...

The package was cheaper than a rotisserie chicken and was alot less prep work, plus no stove/oven involved!    The chicken was really tasty too!

This recipe is perfect for customizing  - add more of less of any of the mix-ins - for example add more grapes and less nuts.  This also tastes good with chopped apple.  

Hope you give them a try......

Now for the perfect no-bake dessert - 

Banana Pudding from the famous Magnolia Bakery!  This makes battling NYC heat and humidity totally worth it :)

Love, Allison 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My first RACE!!!!

Hey Everyone!!!

The last few weeks have been CRAZY!!  I turned 27.....

Happy Birthday to America and Me!

My parents were in a town for a week and then Marko (Milos's bro) was in town for 4 days! It was soooo much fun having them in town!  I ended the amazing past two weeks with my first running race ever!

People who know me, probably never thought I would run a race in my life!  Running never interested me and I pretty much hated it! But, life is all about changing and growing - that what makes living so exciting.  So little by little (inspired by Milos and my fellow healthy living bloggers) I started running!  I still feel like I am going to DIE while I am running, but I feel INCREDIBLE afterward.  
Today I ran the longest I have ever run!  4 MILES!

Here is me pre-race!   I ate the typical "Carrots n Cake" pre-race breakfast of peanut butter toast with banana.  I have experimented with different pre-run foods and I have discovered that my body NEEDS peanut butter!  Which is convenient since I am pretty much obsessed with it!  

Here I am waiting at the very back of the race!  I was in the SLOWEST corral, but thats OK - because I rocked the race anyway!

Yes I am a nerd and stick out like a sore thumb!
I FINISHED !!!  WITHOUT WALKING!  I know 4 miles is not a big deal to most runners but I this was a BIG DEAL for me!  Plus the hills in Central Park are KILLER.  The love of my life was at the finish line with both of his arms up in victory for me and made me almost start to cry!  It was wonderful!


I finished officially in 44:20 !!  And you get FREE FOOD when you finish!  That was enough to make me sign up for another race!! Haha!  But I gave my food to the nice homeless man who lives near our apartment - he needs it more than me.  

Have a great weekend!  Mine is already off to a wonderful start!

Love, Allison