Jams. Jellies. Wines. These are, perhaps, the things that usually come to mind when we think of quickly and conveniently incorporating grapes into our everyday meals. However, as we know, the best health benefits are derived from using whole fresh grapes and grape seeds in our daily diet. The truth is that grapes can easily be used to elevate our snacks, appetizers, main courses and desserts. They can also be roasted to concentrate sweetness and release their natural juices. Clearly then, if we want to make the most of the abundance of fresh grapes we have available while still promoting healthy eating within our family, then creativity is key.
A delicious chicken grape salad with fresh apples and chopped nuts is a fantastic way to provide a tasty meal that is packed with nutrients. Here’s how you can make it at home in just 25 minutes:
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
2 boneless skinless boiled chicken breasts, cut into cubes
8 slices of turkey bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
1 gala apple, cubed
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 cup of your favorite salted nuts
1 cup of grapes (with seeds for added crunch and nutrients)
½ cup of low fat plain yogurt
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup red onions
3 tablespoons of finely chopped chives
1 teaspoon of freshly chopped dill
1 tablespoon of lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook turkey bacon over medium heat until crisp (about 8-10 minutes). Drain on paper towels.
- Cut the grapes into halves.
- Gently toss together all the ingredients (including bacon) in a large mixing bowl.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve over a bed of fresh, crispy lettuce!
Grapes are packed with health promoting and immune boosting agents. However, as parents we are well aware that kids rarely like to eat nutritious foods.
This quick and easy recipe is 100% kid-approved and has already proven to be a family favorite in our house! Give it a try and see what the fuss is all about!
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