Avocado, Potato, and Grilled Chicken Salad

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Preparation Time: 45min

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 fresh ripe, avocado
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 onions (chopped)
  • ½ medium red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 8 oz frozen pre-cooked grilled chicken strips (about 8 strips, thawed, cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, boil potatoes about 20 minutes, until just tender; run under cold water to cool, and cut into chunks.
  2. Peel avocado and cut into chunks, coat with lemon juice.
  3. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, yogurt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  4. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Gently toss.

Nutrition Information:

Total calories: 300

Sodium: 280mg

Dietary Fiber: 6g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Carbohydrates: 34g

Total fat: 11g

Protein: 19g

Notes: Serving suggestions serve with an 8oz glass of non-fat milk, 1 slice of whole grain bread, and apple slices.

Aguacate, papa y ensalada de pollo a la plancha

Tiempo de preparacion: 45 minutos

Hace: 4 porciones

Ingredientes:

  • 3 patatas medianas
  • 1 aguacate fresco
  • 1 cucharadita de jugo de limon
  • 4 cebollas (picadas)
  • ½ medio pimiento rojo (cortado)
  • 8 oz congelado precocido pollo a la parrilla las tiras (8 tiras, descongelado, cortado en tro-zos pequenos)
  • 1 cucharadas de aceite de olive
  • 1 cucharadas de vinagre de sidra
  • ½ taza de limon yogurt sin grasa
  • 1 cucharadita de pimienta negra molida.

Indicaciones:

  1. En una cacerola mediana, hervir patatas unos 20 minutos, hasta que apenas tiernas; bajo agua fria para enfriar y cortar en trozos.
  2. Pelar el aguacate y cortar en trozos, capa con jugo de limon
  3. Barir el aceite de olive, vinagre, yogur y pimienta en un tazon pequeno.
  4. Coloque todos los ingredients en un tazon grande. Mezclar delicadamente.

Informacion nutricional:

Total de calorias: 300

Sodio: 280mg

Fibra dietetica: 6g

Grasa saturada: 2g

Hidratos de carbon: 34g

Grasa Total: 11g

Proteina: 19g

Notas: Sugerencias de porcion por server con un 8 oz vaso de leche descremada, 1 rebanada de pan integral y rodajas de manzana.

Casa de la Cultura

Casa de la Cultura Spotlight

Health care clinic, education hub, counseling provider, and food pantry, Casa de la Cultura is a multifaceted gem in the small community of Pajaro. The backbone of Casa de la Cultura is Sistersisterrosadolores Rosa Dolores.

In 1966 Sister Dolores felt called by the Religious Order of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and “educates for life” as a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. In a small room behind the Assumption Church in Pajaro, Sister Dolores organized a place  where the women of the community met 2-3 times a week to learn how to sew and to talk about the issues of the day. In time, the small organization started to distribute food to the community. After the 1995 Pajaro River flood, Sister Rosa saw an opportunity and moved into her current building at 225 Salinas Road in Pajaro.

Today, this organization serves as a free health clinic on Tuesday nights, focusing on Diabetes Care and offering Acupuncture, Healing Touch, Aromatherapy, and Pastoral Counseling. It collaborates with Monterey County Public health agencies as well as Salud Para La Gente Health Center, operating year-round. Sister Dolores also provides presentations about diabetes to farmworkers. She says, “Prevention and education are the most important things.”

It’s also a place where the community can come together to get food and to take advantage of a variety of empowering classes like Spanish literacy, drivers’ license test prep, music, art, etc. If the members of the community need help, Sister Dolores always lends a hand. Casa de la Cultura Center became a Second Harvest partner agency in 1992.

Olympia Garcia, Sister Dolores’s right hand, comes to Second Harvest each week and jumps straight into her duties and picks out food to distribute at Casa. Sister Dolores is very grateful, thankful, and appreciative of Olympia’s dedication and hard work throughout the years as a faithful volunteer.

Casa de la Cultura Center is a heart that beats for the community, strong and constant. It’s a hospital for the sick, a pantry for the hungry, and a haven for the community. With all these different instruments, Sister Dolores conducts an orchestra of peace in the community where all can arrive and be healed by time, care, music, and compassion.

Meal Planning

In this nutrition post we are going to talk about meal planning. Meal planning doesn’t have to be hard or a hassle. Knowing how you can be more efficient may help you a lot more in the long run. Here’s how to do it…mealplanning1

I’m going to let you in on a meal planning secret- If you want to be a pro meal planner then you must 1st learn to master the 3 P’s which stand for Planning, Purchasing, and Preparing.

Plan: To plan a meal we should learn what everyone likes, and organize our shopping lists. Include vegetables, fruits, whole grain, protein. Add in some of those food groups you’ve been hearing all about. Be creative and be healthy.

Purchase: A good habit to start getting into (if you don’t do it already) is to check the weekly sales ads at the grocery store. If you don’t, then you’ll likely spend a lot more money when you could buy sales prices and save a lot more. Be the pro shopper at the grocery store- Use the ads, use the coupons, and save your money.

  • A helpful hint is to shop on a full stomach. If you’re hungry at a grocery store, then you’ll likely buy some unhealthy snacks. IMPORTANT- STICK TO YOUR SHOPPING LIST (don’t stray away, because once you do- you’ll end up buying un-healthy things and spending more money).

Prepare: Do your prep work in advanced. Chop your vegetables and set them in a container in the fridge until you’re ready to cook with them. Remember to cook perishables 1st so they aren’t spoiled by the time you intended to cook them.

Don’t be afraid to use leftovers in your meal! If you have any leftover grilled chicken, then chop it up and make a grilled chicken salad. Or you might have a banana that has seen better days- use it for banana bread instead of throwing it away.

Involve your family when making a meal. Teach your kids how to cook- the more they learn to cook, the less they’ll depend on microwaveable meals. Make your plate colorful and nutritious, full of vegetables and fruits, grains and protein. Enjoy some milk or water along with your meal. Meal planning doesn’t have to be a hassle, it can be the time where family and creativity come together.mealplanning2