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A Simple Chicken, Kale, and Orange Salad (Soy and Milk-Free)

I have been salad-deprived. Mainly because I haven’t been to the market in way-too-long and so I’ve been eating out a lot more than usual. Salad dressings in restaurants usually contain dairy and/or soy, and I am not one to eat a salad without dressing…so, I order other things.

I finally made time to go to Whole Foods Market. I was happy to discover that Whole Foods sells warm baked whole chicken dressed with allergen-free seasoning or no seasoning at all. Today I bought a whole chicken that was only seasoned with sea salt and pepper. I decided that I would use my own Rena-safe seasonings to spice up the chicken when I got home.

Actually, I cheated. I made this kale, chicken, and orange slices salad with some Trader Giatto’s Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. It is my favorite and I call it my “crack” dressing since I can’t get enough of it, and it’s made with canola oil instead of soybean oil.

A simple salad…in a pretty bowl. What would have made this salad perfect is if I had crumbled up some graham cracker sticks (instead of croutons). They taste so good with the vinaigrette and kale! I would have added some this time but I had just eaten a small bagful of them on my way home from the market (I was starving), so I didn’t want the extra calories by adding more to the salad. Here’s the brand I use: Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks, which are soy and milk-free.

Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks

Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks: soy and milk-free

Even without the graham sticks it was a delicious salad. I feel healthier already.

A Yummy Breakfast Sandwich (Soy and Milk-Free, Of Course)

Today I decided I would slow down and take care of myself. I’ve been sick all week so I canceled my fun weekend plans to recuperate. My son is with his dad this weekend which meant I could make whatever I wanted for breakfast without accommodating his picky pleas (it also meant I could sleep in an extra hour – ahhh).

So last night, I went to bed a little giddy that I would make myself this sandwich for breakfast.

My Simple Egg Sandwich

My Simple Egg Sandwich

I’m not really a make-it-from scratch kind of girl. I don’t have time to follow elaborate recipes (nor do I feel like following one in my current state). So, when I find an easy-to-make soy and milk-free tasty meal, I am a very happy girl.

The sandwich is super simple. And the real star ingredient is a rare find from Whole Foods Market — it’s a soy and milk-free mayonnaise, made with canola oil by Spectrum (“Canola Mayonnaise”).

Spectrum Canola Mayonnaise

Spectrum Canola Mayonnaise

The other star is the soy and milk-free pita from Trader Joe’s.¬†[I plug a lot of products from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods in my blog – ¬†Ahem, where is my endorsement check??]

Whole Wheat Pita Bread from Trader Joe's

Whole Wheat Pita Bread from Trader Joe's

Really, that’s all you need to know and the blog is finished. But, my morning plans also included nourishing my artistic self so I decided to take pictures while making my breakfast.

1) Toast the bread.

Toasted Pita Bread

Toasted Pita Bread

2) Fry the egg. I coat the pan with 1 tbsp of safflower oil or sunflower oil. I like it over-medium so the yoke is just a touch runny. But, scrambled eggs are awesome too.

Frying eggs...these will eventually be over-medium.

Frying Eggs...On Their Way to Over-Medium.

3) Spread your soy and milk-free mayonnaise inside the pita (tear out an opening in the pita).

Spread your mayo

Spread Your Mayo

4) Lightly salt the eggs and slip them inside the pita. That’s it!

My Happy Sandwich

My Happy Sandwich

Super simple, right? Maybe next time I’ll toast the bread with a slice of ham inside or toss in a sausage patty for extra protein.

By the way, also part of taking care of myself – I picked 3 oranges from my tree in the back yard and juiced up some fresh O.J. Delicious.

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

My Juice Maker Hard at Work

Orange Juice

I feel better already.

In Wellness!