SPICED CHICKEN AND BEAN SALAD

SPICED CHICKEN AND BEAN SALAD (1)

THIS IS ANOTHER EASY AND SEMI-COOL SALAD FOR THESE HOT SUMMER NIGHTS.

2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1# chicken tenders or breasts cut into thick strips
1 cup fresh (or frozen) green beans
1 cup fresh (or frozen) yellow beans
1 cup frozen lima beans
1 avocado (I bought a “lite” variety) halved, seeded, peeled and sliced
3 oz crumbled blue cheese
Ranch dressing (I used my low fat recipe http://wp.me/p3CD01-pA)

Combine oil and spices in small mixing bowl.  Coat chicken and grill 10-15 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine beans in a microwave bowl with a few Tablespoons of water.  Microwave 4-5 minutes just until heated through.  Prepare avocado.  Serve chicken over beans with avocado, some added blue cheese and a drizzle of my low fat Ranch dressing.

I THOUGHT EDAMAME WOULD ALSO BE GREAT IN THIS SALAD  AND SOMETIMES I GRILL SOME COLORFUL VEGGIES WHILE GRILLING THE CHICKEN TO ADD SOME COLOR (SWEET PEPPERS OF VARIOUS COLORS OR EVEN SWEET POTATO FRIES).

HEALTHY RANCH DRESSING

ranch dressing

HEALTHY RANCH DRESSING  (I WAS SKEPTICAL BUT IT PROVED REALLY DELICIOUS!)

This whole jar (about 16 oz) of Ranch Dressing is only 1.75 grams of fat and 255 calories!

1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 packet hidden valley ranch mix
1/2 cup 1% milk.

Whisk together, chill 1 hour before use.

Perfect consistency and tastes better than bottled!

2 TBSP OF MY FAVORITE BOTTLED BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING HAS 11 GRAMS OF FAT AND 110 CALORIES!