Friday, 22 March 2013

Chicken salad on wheaten bread

Creamy chicken with crunchy almonds and fruity grapes topped on some wheaten bread. 

This is another lunch recipe.  As I have said before, lunch can sometimes prove to be very difficult or boring. This is perfect because you can make this the night before and off you go into work with a delicious lunch to look forward to. 

In my meeting this week, my leader was talking about making one small change to help with your weight loss.  I remember listening to the similar meeting when I was about 7 stone heavier and I decided that I would do 2 things.  

The first was Toxic Waste.  By this I mean that I was going to stop with people or places that were not good for me.   This was very good for me, because I realized that I had a lot of toxic people in my life.  There is another blog out there called Life as the Fat Friend.  I was that Fat Friend and it suited more people than I had expected.

I was the girl that the guys came up to, to get to my friends.  I was the reliable friend to go shopping with, because I was not looking for myself in the same shops as some of my "friends" and I gave them an ego boost because I would snap at them if they even uttered the words "I look FAT".  I had good taste, I just couldn't wear the clothes. 

So while still being 7 stone overweight, some were saying to me, I think you've lost enough, your loosing your bubblyness.  Fat = bubbly.  I really dislike when people say things like "she's real bubbly".  

That second change was that I decided to eat only foods that I actually like but within my propoints and foods that was more healthy in a general term, rather than propoints wise. 

It was a really difficult week.  When change is happening, I got scared, without change I knew what my life was but with it I didn't and sometimes better the devil you know. 

A week on I was feeling more satisfied food wise because I was exploring more with food and enjoying eating it and I thought if I can feel like this with one small change maybe with a big change I would feel even better.  

Some of the friends I "lost" was because we are at different stages of our lives and people drift.  Others I lost deliberately.  

These were the best changes that I have initiated in my life.  I don't feel bad about what happened or the fact that I tried to loose people I just feel like I needed to find myself and that was worth more.

If you know that you need to make a change but are nervous of it, give it a shot.  This time next week or next year, you might think back and wonder why you didn't do it sooner. 

Toxic people will always be there, if you allow them to be.  Make yourself a toxic free zone. 

This recipe reminded me of this time because, for weeks I ate plain boiled chicken.  I was so sick of chicken I felt that I was going to start sprouting feathers.  I had forgotten that variety is the spice of life and this recipe reminded me that it's still chicken just the way I like it. 

Weight Watchers Propoints per serving (including the bread) 7
Weight Watchers Propoints per recipe 20
Serves 3 


1 chicken fillet
1 stock cube

2 Tbl Light than Light Mayo
6 red grapes quartered
1 tsp sliced almonds 
1/2 tsp garlic granules
1/2 chili flakes
2 scallions sliced thinly 
Salt & Pepper to taste

6 Slices of Dunnes Stores own brand square wheaten bread ( 4 Propoints for 2 slices)


Boil the chicken using the stock cube in the boiling water.  Drain and allow it to cool completely. 

Once cooled, shred with 2 forks.  Mix the mayo with the chicken until thoroughly combined, add the salt & pepper, garlic and chili flakes and stir. 

Mix the quartered grapes, scallions and the almonds and stir.  Allow the mix to sit for at least a half an hour covered in the fridge. 

Spread a third of the mix over 2 slices of wheaten bread.  

Serve with Mushroom Soup and a side salad for a filling lunch.

Enjoy the Niptuck way, so you don't have to!


  1. This was a great read - thanks for being so honest.