Monday, January 25, 2010

Chicken and Wild Rice Salad

I have a confession to make. I haven't seen a doctor since we moved to Indiana nearly two years ago. Hubby finally took matters into his own hands when he saw his physician this morning and made an appointment for me for tomorrow afternoon. TOMORROW! How in the world am I supposed to drop 25 pounds between now and 2:15 tomorrow? It'll take me at least until Friday to do that. *sigh*

I made this salad for lunch today and I suppose it would have gotten me off to a good start on losing 4-5 ounces before getting on the dreaded scale tomorrow, but someone left an open bag of peanut M&M's on the kitchen counter and ...well.... you probably can figure out the rest.

Chicken and Wild Rice Salad (adapted from Cooking Light)

1 1/2 cups uncooked wild rice
2 cups chicken broth
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and diced
1 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 TBSP red onion, minced
1/4 cup toasted almonds, coarsely chopped

Combine broth and rice in saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45-50 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat and drain if there is any remaining liquid.

Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl and toss with the dressing below or use a light balsamic vinegar dressing if you prefer.

Dressing:

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 TBSP canola oil

Combine first five ingredients in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in oil until well blended.

21 comments:

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Please send me some for lunch tomorrow!

HoneyB said...

My first thought when I saw the salad was "so pretty!". I'm betting its pretty yummy too. Good luck at the Dr's tomorrow!

Moogie said...

Mags,

Well... you could lie to the doctor and say that this time last year you weighted 50 pounds more than you do now. He will praise you on what wonderful work you are doing to lose weight. :)

Frieda said...

Your hubby must really love you to make an appt. I have to drag mine to the dr.'s office! Good luck tomorrow...I'm sure the lovely salad worked!

Cottage Cozy said...

Oh dear...well make sure you take off your shoes for the wiegh-in...that oughta take off a pound...lol

Good Luck!

Barbara Bakes said...

Your posts always crack me up! Good luck at the doctor tomorrow! Maybe take him some of this delicious salad?!

Haden News said...

This sounds really good, can't wait to try it. Good luck at your doctor appointment...

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Your salad looks tasty... Great healthy lunch idea!

I am doctor-phobic... I feel for you. Good luck with your doctors appointment!

Shenandoah bed and breakfast said...

Love this idea, and recently bought a bag of wild rice, which I’ve been looking for some good recipes for. In the winter it is one of my favorite dish, too. Thanks for upgrade us.

Best Regards,

George Gaston said...

Mags... I love this recipe. For years I have been looking for a good wild rice recipe and I think you have found it for me. So, many thanks.

Good luck at the doctor's; we're behind you 100%....

A Year on the Grill said...

The trick is to plan ahead for next year's doctor visit... weigh in with a couple rolls of quarters in your pocket this year... take your lumps, but you will have a head start on next weigh in

Pam said...

I like a Year on the Grills advice.

June said...

Salad looks scrummy and so healthy too. As for the Doc - as the big guy would say "the stewin' is worse than the doin'". Good luck my friend.

Sweet and Savory said...

This has so much of what we love. Adding this to my list.

How can anyone lose weight if she is a food blogger?

Lea said...

Salad looks devine!!! Me - I'm making a soup with wild rice and left over Popeye's fried chicken today - wish I had M&Ms for dessert! And relax - the Dr. is nothing to be scared of - it is the nurses you gotta watch out for - they are the ones who give you the shots!!!!

Debbie said...

Looks delicious - I wish I had that for lunch today!

Karen said...

Lots of crunch in this salad... bet it was delicious! I need to make a doc appt, too!

stephchows said...

lol, the dr scale always weighs me more than my home scale or the gym scale... what's up with that!?

Mags said...

Thanks for all your comments and good wishes you guys. I survived the doctor's appointment today but we all knew I'd have to go back for all those fun blood tests, didn't we?

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I am not looking forward to my next medical. I must start now to drop this weight I have gained! Love the wild rice salad.

pecintakuliner said...

hmmm.. yummi..