Crunchy Cranberry Chicken Chopped Salad

Now that I grabbed your attention with the food, let’s chat about why I haven’t written a recipe in weeks.

There’s been no “madness” in my March. I don’t give a damn about basketball, and the Mercury Retrograde that occurred from the 5th through the 28th can kiss my very well grounded root chakra. So nope, it’s neither of those things.

I’m going to be honest and tell you that I’m not very inspired to write a blog at this point in time. I’m focused on heavy shit in the personal development area and getting my spiritual system right.

Fact is, I’ve never rooted, built a foundation or expanded. You have to do these in order, and I’ve only attempted to expand without enough focus on the other two factors of growth.

This March I took a break from what I think is expected from me, and did more of what’s best for me. I gradually waded back into my social media life without giving a damn about “likes” or “friends” on there. I am doing fabulous in my new work position and staying humble and quiet. Home life is the bomb. We are so very happy out here in the woods with our dogs and amongst the trees and the lake. I’m practicing yoga daily with meditation and body work. I run close to 5 miles 3 days a week and I’m 4 weeks from my first personal 10K. Will I race?? I don’t know anymore about any type of competition. I always win my own race. I’m pretty content with that.

I learned through the yoga studio, my guide and peers that until I build the foundation of my life, I’m never going to expand any further. So I gave in to the yoga and began another cycle of growth.

We got deep into our practice and focused on the Root Chakra this past month. I know I’ve mentioned it in a couple posts, but I’m going to enlighten y’all a bit on how this pertains to fooding because I recognize that’s what you come here for.

The Root Chakra is the foundation which supports the entire spiritual system. It is located at the base of the spine and is connected with the lower physical body; legs, feet, groin area and low back. Mine was damaged from the time of my conception. It’s a long story you’ll learn as we go, but it needs major work.

Photo Credit: Awakened Mindset

For me, a bit of a fit chick already, the first thought is physical. Why would I stress it by carrying extra weight or not conditioning it to carry the load of the rest of my body?? So, the foodie in me immediately thinks nutrition and the best ways to feed it.

Well, the food related to this chakra is protein, so I focused a lot on that. If you follow the FB Page (and you should) you have seen the salad and meat posts. Very simple and healthy meals because I been damn busy!! By keeping the food simple I was able to keep my life simple and focus on the spirit work.

Now the kicker. I don’t think I can go back to the cakes and cookies and indulgences the readers here seem to prefer. I don’t mean to say I’ll never make a fat lasagna or cheesecake ever again, but I don’t want to consistently write a blog about just food, you guys.

The face of cHELLe ON WHEELS is going to see changes. My persona, the message I have to share is just so much more than food. It’s about becoming the very best version of yourself, and we can do part of that through food, yes, but there are too many other facets of growth to explore.

I’ll be writing about food (lots of smoothies, salads and wraps coming up), running, chakras, yoga, martial arts, recovery struggles and victories, relationships and of course my book: Go “F”ix Yourself, which I’m proud to say is a third of the way finished and has a cover designed!! I’ve even set aside a printing and publishing budget and I do have a solid plan for marketing when the time is right.

So there it is, Friends. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted and I’m free from the fooding that was making me feel trapped in being one thing. A food blogger. I’m a life blogger, whatever that may entail.

Now let’s give you Cookers a recipe for Root loving food, shall we?? Then I can get back to my mala beads, mat, mill, meditations and tea-totaler life.

I’m working with my man today and we are having a bit of a “throw down” with a pack of boneless, skinless chicken thighs. If you want to see his grub, you’ll have to tune in next week, and I’ll give it a review!!

This is my recipe for a chopped chicken salad that I’m hoping you all enjoy, too!!

What You Need:

1/2 package boneless skinless chicken thighs (any cut will do)

The Marinade:

1/2 c brown sugar

1/3 c bourbon

1/3 c olive oil

1/3 c apple cider vinegar

1/4 c water

2 Tbsp Bourbon Brown Sugar Rub

The Chicken Toppers:

1 Tbsp or less Bourbon Brown Sugar Rub

3 Tbsp BBQ sauce of choice.

2 Tbsp Poppyseed dressing. I used Honey Poppyseed from Tessemae’s

The Greens:

1 bag Sweet Kale Salad Kit from Taylor Farms

1/2 c blue cheese crumbles

1/2 c sliced onion

What You Do:

Add all marinade ingredients to a bowl and whisk well.

Place chicken into a gallon zip bag and add marinade.

Place in refrigerator at least an hour or until ready to bake.

Make your sauce by combining poppyseed dressing a BBQ sauce.

Heat oven to 350.

Remove chicken from marinade and place in a baking pan.

Sprinkle on the Bourbon Brown Sugar Rub.

Brush with the sauce.

Bake 45 minutes.

Remove from oven, cool 10 minutes or so.

Chop up the chicken, add in the onions and the blue cheese crumbles, toss your salad!! (You know I totally had to go there!!)

You can fancy it up if you want with some scallion greens, or lay it out all pretty like I had to for a photo, but truth is I prefer it all mingled up like this!!

I hope you all can get used to these easy and healthy recipes. Perhaps you’ve noticed my affinity for some food companies such as Dole Foods, Nature’s Bounty, Taylor Farms, Yogi Teas and more. These products are keeping me healthy and happy from the inside out, so it’s just fair to share them with you.

Thank you for all the support. I promise I’ll make a dessert at least once a month. You know, when the body does its thing and the focus on the color red is not so enlightening. Yup. Had to go there, too.

Until next time. Happy Sunday, Cookers!!


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