So… 2016, huh?
It really seems like we should have a lot more flying things by now. Like flying cars or jet packs or something like that. Also, why are we still cleaning our own houses? Shouldn’t robots be doing it all for us? I mean, come on… what good is living through the 21st century if we’re still rolling around on wheels and doing our own housework?
Honestly, all I really want right now is a Holiday-Decoration-Put-er-Away-er Robot because at this very moment about the only thing I want to do less than look at another glittering snowflake or porcelain Santa is to put them all away.
Speaking of the holidays, I hope you all enjoyed yours. The whole season flew by in a blur for me. Now, all of the sudden, it’s January and it kind of feels like the morning after a two month long bender only instead of a hangover I’ve got an empty checking account and a bunch of leftover ham.
It was fun while it lasted but it feels really good to be moving on. It’s the new year. Time for a fresh start. Time to stop wasting money on gift baskets and wrapping paper and start wasting it on yoga mats and ab rollers. It’s time to stop pretending like we can live off cinnamon rolls and cookies and to start pretending like it’s nothing but kale and grapefruit from here on out. It’s time to stop procrastinating and go after the things we want in life; to become the kind of people we want to be.
Ok, tomorrow it’s time to stop procrastinating… Or maybe the next day. I don’t know. I’ve got a lot going on right now. But pretty soon it’ll be time to really get things done.
In the meantime, though, we may as well drink some smoothies, eat some salad and begin the post-Christmas recovery process. We’ve still got a few more weeks before the trauma caused by all that money spending and eggnog drinking begins to fade from memory. Until that happens, there’s lots of green stuff we can eat to help ease some of the guilt and regret still floating around out there.
Starting with this salad…
It’s light but still super satisfying. It’s full of freshness and flavor and a whole bunch of other really awesome things. It’s the kind of food that makes it easy to eat better. Well, easier anyways. I mean, it’s not going to stop donuts or pizza from looking delicious or anything but it does make it a little easier to say no to them. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that this salad might just be enough to help put some space between you and the last two months of decadence and gluttony.
This recipe is really easy to adjust and personalize according to your tastes and whatever you have on hand. You can substitute pineapple, kiwi or papaya for the mango. Add some carrots or nuts for a little extra crunch.
The dressing can be made using a food processor or blender rather than whisking by hand if you prefer. Just blend everything together except the oil and then, with the motor running, slowly drizzle in the oil until it’s thick and creamy. It is fairly sweet so start with half the honey if you’re looking for a tangier dressing.
I only marinate the chicken for as long it takes to chop everything up and get the dressing together but that 10-15 minutes adds a lot of extra flavor. That being said, you can definitely skip that step if you want to.