Mealtime Madness Monday

So, some of you may have read that we're hosting a half-marathon that's going on right now. In honor of that, I (erica) am posting a healthy recipe. Because if your body isn't healthy, you can't run write. (thinks about hemingway and faulkner) Okay, you can. But not for as long as you can if you're healthy.

I suggest pairing this with a sparkling apple cider during this time of year. Also, because it's hard to run write with a hangover.

Plus, this recipe is really versitile - the celery, water chestnuts, grapes, parsley flakes, ginger, and onion are all optional, but I encourage you to try them all for great variety (and better health).

2 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken (or canned, if you really want to speed it up)
4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup halved red or green grapes
3/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing (I personally use miracle whip)
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons finely minced onion
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste (use sea salt if you have it)

Super simple directions: Combine chicken, bacon, water chestnuts, celery and grapes in large bowl; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients; add to salad and toss to coat. Chill until serving.

*This just in: healthy eating makes you thin. Being thin *may* cause you to want to be naked.

** When Victor Hugo, the famous author of great tomes such as Les MisĂ©rables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, ran into a writer’s block, he concocted a unique scheme to force himself to write: he had his servant take all of his clothes away for the day and leave his own nude self with only pen and paper, so he’d have nothing to do but sit down and write.

***French poet and author Edmond Rostand, who is best known for his play Cyrano de Bergerac, was so sick of being interrupted by his friends that he took up working naked in his bathtub.

****A virtual-friend of mine, Hart Johnson, is trying for Naked World Domination - and has a great book deal to show for it. Check her out (nope, no naked pictures, sorry, because she is a cutie) here. 



  1. Victor Hugo gives a whole new meaning to contemplating one's navel! ;O)

  2. I forgot to say the recipe sounds yummy.

  3. Hey, i didn't know Victor Hugo was another naked writer! JD Salinger wrote in the bathtub (as I do) so I knew it was good company, but Les Miserables is one of my VERY favorite books!

    Thank you both so much for the plug!

  4. Thanks for the comment! Oh, and I forgot to say - fry the bacon before the naked part of your day. :)

  5. you are totally mental! In a completely wonderful way, but still...

    And for some reason, I always pictured Victor Hugo as, well, HUGE

  6. Mike - the pencil adds 15 pounds (or so I tell myself).


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