When I first started cooking I learned to make chicken. And when my mom would come to visit we would head to Costco to get their individually wrapped chicken breasts. Et voila, Brooke had what she needed to make whatever chicken dish she could find.
I love my chicken cashew salad recipe. It is so great, easy, and great as leftovers. I have made it for at least 6 years and chances are that I’ve made it for you.
When I lost weight last year I found the easiest way to maintain it (and lose it initially) was a diet low in starchy carbs, high in protein. This is not a diet that can (or should) be maintained for a long time as we do not need this much protein in our diets. About six months ago, once I was finally confident that I would maintain my weight loss, I began working on eating less protein and adding more complex carbohydrates in my diet. <tangent> I should mention that I have added in more mono and polyunsaturated fats into my diet… They fill you up and give your brain something to live on. If I hear “fats make you fat” one more time I might scream!! </tangent> I also had my long standing sugar problem to work on. This fall, I realized that all those sugary vegetables could totally help those cravings. How exciting!
So now I find myself eating very little (meat-based) protein and feeling happier because I am bingeing less on those sugary foods.
When I went to Costco Monday to stock up for Thanksgiving I bought some chicken out of habit. it had been on my Costco list for over a month and I just hadn’t missed it in the freezer. It is crazy though because ever since I put it in the car I realized that I didn’t want it, I didn’t need that much chicken any more and fully bought it because I used to. I even feel some guilt knowing it is in my freezer right now. These days when I make my cashew chicken salad I usually make it with turkey. Local, organic, turkey. A turkey or chicken that lived a decent life. Because I am not going to stop eating protein all together. I don’t find that morally I feel that need. But I do have enough knowledge now to want to eat things that have lived a good life and I want to put things in my body that are going to enhance my experience of living.
What am I thankful for? The knowledge that I’ve acquired to know that I am filling my body up with good foods, treated humanely and filling myself up with goodness as well. I am going to go make my Thanksgiving turkey now that has been brining over night. I am going to dance a little and talk nicely to it as I do. It could only do good right? If mood contributes to who you are it can certainly contribute to what happens when you eat.
Take Care and have a GREAT Thanksgiving!