This post was sponsored by Chosen Foods. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.
At what age do you fully actualize becoming an adult? Is it 16-years, when you get your driver’s license? Or perhaps 21-years when you can legally drink alcohol? Truth be told, I am almost 30-years old and while I would consider myself an adult, I would say there is still a lot that I should work on. The most prevalent issue lately has been finances. The gourmet market across the street from my apartment has not been kind to my bank account and I’ve quickly realized that things need to change.
Growing up, my parents put our family on the envelope budget – you separate your expenses into separate envelopes. At the beginning of each week you take out x-amount of cash to put into each envelope. You cannot spend any more than what is in the envelope. I recently decided that I needed to try this. No more frivolous wine sprees at Foxtrot. No need to coffee or tea at Starbucks. No need for new clothes. No more eating out for lunch every day during the week.
Meal prep has been a very real thing the last few weeks. I will make a larger batch of something and spread it out throughout the week. Sure, at times this can get a little mundane and boring, but sometimes you find a recipe that you don’t mind eating day after day!
I’ve teamed up with Chosen Foods to create a recipe utilizing their coconut oil mayo. “Chosen Foods is a San Diego based health food company that believes real food provides true nourishment. They specialize in healthy fats, plant based proteins and ancient superfoods and are committed to never using artificial flavors, preservatives or GMOs.” Be sure to check out the rest of their condiments HERE.
I will be honest – I am not a mayonnaise guy. I don’t put it on my sandwiches. I don’t like the taste. I think it is overly indulgent and unnecessary. My historical sentiments aside, I came up with a recipe for coconut curry chicken salad and truth be told, I love it. The flavors perfectly complement each other. And best of all? I can make this recipe and it takes care of all my lunches for a work week!
PS. Chosen Foods Coconut Oil Mayo is available at Kroger locations as well as online at chosenfoods.com. "Buy One, Get One Free" (one per customer) - use discount code: COCONUTBOGO (case sensitive).
Coconut Curry Chicken Salad
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and diced
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups coconut oil mayonnaise
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chutney
3 tablespoons curry powder
1 cup medium-diced celery (2 large stalks)
1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup whole roasted, salted cashews
1/3 coconut flakes
- Cook chicken (I prefer boiling my chicken - I think it locks in the flavors and keeps the chicken moist).
For the dressing, combine the coconut oil mayonnaise, wine, chutney, curry powder, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until smooth.
Combine the chicken with enough dressing to moisten well. Add the celery, scallions, and raisins, and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Add the cashews and coconut flakes and serve at room temperature.