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Walnut Day

We all have our day. A day to celebrate you. Whether it's your birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, there is a day to celebrate you. There are also a million days to celebrate things. Pizza lover's day, Donut Day, Puppy Day, well today is National Walnut Day.


Today is a day to celebrate walnuts. I may be Almond Girl Jenny, but walnuts are a close second in my nut heart. My Dad is a walnut grower and I grew up surrounded by walnuts just as much as I grew up surrounded by almonds. Walnuts are my favorite baking nut. There is just something about banana nut bread that makes me happy.


Walnuts also make me healthy. They are a healthy punch of protein, fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, and healthy carbohydrates. Who knew one nut could have so many health benefits?


But did you also know that walnuts are the only nut that has any significant omega 3's? Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that is a plant based food source and walnu…

Aunt Elaine's Chinese Chicken Salad

It's spring and that means the weather is finally nice enough to enjoy being outside. We have even been eating dinner outside on the patio. I love spring and getting to enjoy outside. When summer comes, let's face it, it is WAY too hot to really enjoy being outside. Those 100 plus degree California days aren't ideal for backyard barbeques.


Spring always brings back memories for me. Spring is a happy time. It is a time for potlucks, family dinners and backyard barbeques. One thing I enjoy during spring is my husband barbequing in the backyard and all I have to do is fix the sides. I really enjoy side dishes I can make ahead. This way I can be outside playing and relaxing with the family while the barbeque is going. No one likes having to be stuck in the kitchen inside while everyone else is outside.


Well, I have a perfect side dish for your spring time dinners. My husband's Aunt Elaine makes the best Chinese Chicken Salad. When I first moved to the Central Valley, Elaine would come down to visit her parents (my husband's grandparents) and we would all go over for dinner. Elaine would bring this delicious salad. Every summer our families all come together for a week long vacation at the beach and Elaine would of course bring this salad. It is perfect for making ahead so when you get to where your going, or it's time to eat, you can enjoy your friends and family and not have to worry about preparing food.




Another thing that is great about this salad, is it's very few ingredients. The ingredients you use are flavorful themselves so you aren't searching for more. One thing I do is buy a rotisserie chicken from the store instead of use chicken breasts. It is just one more do ahead step that really makes this easy recipe, that much easier.


It really is easy, all you have to do is shred the cabbage, shred the chicken, break apart the noodles and toss them together with a little dressing. If you aren't in the mood to brown the sesame seeds or almonds, that's fine too. They do have extra flavor when browned, but if you are looking for easy shortcuts, go ahead I won't tell.


You really do want to make this ahead. I always can't wait and have to snag a few bites once I make it, but trust me, it gets better as it marinades in the fridge. You want all that cabbage and noodles to soak up the dressing and get all yummy! Now, I am making myself hungry.


So this weekend, when you are enjoying the beautiful 80 degree weather in sunny California, make this the night before or the morning before and you will have a yummy addition to your relaxing afternoon.




Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny

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