Special Diet - Created Date : 5.9.2019
Sometimes being a food blogger is weird. Like when I have random packages delivered to my house, filled with anything from salad dressing to cheese to sandwich rolls or candy bars. Or when people show up at my house and my entire kitchen looks like a bomb went off. Or when I’m mixing mojito cocktails at 9 am and making lemon chicken piccata before noon (only to be re-heated later in the day).
Yes, sometimes I stop and think about the fact that most people don’t grocery shop 12 times a week (slight exaggeration) or have a laundry room filled with kitchen props or have closets full of the same brand of chips in different flavors.
It’s something we’ve grown accustomed to, but I try to remind myself….especially when the girls have friends over….that the life of a food blogger is a little bit odd. The fact that I often think of food as “just another prop”? Strange. The fact that my fridge is filled with random toppings and condiments “just in case”….? Weird (and kind of annoying)! Although, truth be told, my fridge has always been that way. But it’s usually filled with delicious food, like pesto chicken salad, for creating easy weeknight meals. Because occasionally, who has time for more than that?
Pesto Chicken Salad
And then there’s the issue of the actual recipes that show up here on Lemon Tree Dwelling. So often, I make 3 or 4 recipes in the same day and photograph them all at once. Case in point: this Pesto Chicken Salad! I was on a roll this past Sunday and the chicken salad was one of four. And as much as I wanted to eat it ALL….(pesto chicken salad, brunch egg bake, jalapeño poppers, and a fresh batch of salsa), I decided that sharing it might be even better.
So I texted my neighbor, asked her if she had eaten lunch, and sent a pesto chicken salad sandwich home with her son (who, incidentally, carried it home on roller blades).
Random, I know. Like I said….being a food blogger is weird! And we know it. So here’s my advice to those of you with food bloggers in your lives: If you want to participate in the deliciousness (and clearly you do….) you have to put up with the weirdness. Even embrace it. We’re a weird bunch! Or, at the very least, we have a weird job. Either way, I’d say it’s all worth it in the end.
If you’re lucky, you live close to my blogger friend Lisa, so you can devour her cookie dough lush for dessert.
I laughed in recognition at what you confess…packages arriving all day long containing weird items, condiments, props stuffed into every cabinet, a chaotic kitchen…it’s all part of the fun. And now I want your chicken sandwich, right this minute.
What a great twist on traditional chicken salad! We grill a lot of chicken over the summer and I usually do a little extra so I have some for lunch the next day… now i know exactly what I’m going to make with it!
Haha! ?? I love this post, and I love this tasty twist on chicken salad. But seriously… I still have boxes of various candy bars (from a Halloween campaign) stacked in my bedroom (of all places), and the bottom shelf of my fridge is filled with veggie sauces. *sigh* I never have enough room for everything, and I am constantly pawning the extras off onto my family, friends, and my husband’s co-workers. ?? But they usually don’t complain, lol.
This looks like quite a yummy sandwich! Perfect for Summer! I’m trying to get more protein in my diet so it’s on my list! Ps: I wish I was your neighbor! The food blogger neighbor perks sound fantastic!
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Microwave cooking and nutrition
Are microwaves bad for your health? Almost every American house has a microwave. The convenience they offer is undeniable. However, despite the widespread use of microwave ovens and excellent safety recordings, some people suspect that cooking microwaved food makes it somewhat less healthy by removing foods from eating. Do you cook with microwave? Are microwave foods healthy?
How does microwave cooking work?
Understanding how microwave ovens work can help clarify the answers to these general questions. Microwave ovens cook food similar to radio waves but using shorter energy waves. These waves are highly selective, mainly affecting water and other electrically asymmetrical molecules - one end is positively charged and the other is negatively charged. Microwave ovens cause these molecules to vibrate and rapidly generate thermal (heat) energy.
Are microwaves safe to cook?
Some foods, when they are exposed to heat, from a microwave oven or a normal oven, are broken down. Vitamin C is perhaps the most clear example. However, since microwave cooking times are shorter, cooking with microwave does a better job of preserving vitamin C and other nutrients that are decomposed when heated.
When going to the vegetables, cooking in water takes some of the nutritional values ??because the nutrients flow into the cooking water. For example, boiled broccoli loses glycosinolate, a sulfur-containing compound that can give vegetables the ability to fight against cancer (and many find it distinctive and some find it disgusting). Steaming vegetables - even steaming microwave - is it better? In some ways, yes. For example, steamed broccoli holds more glucosinolate than boiled or fried broccoli.
Are microwaves bad for your health?
The method of cooking, which keeps the nutrients in the best way, is a method that quickly heats, warms food and uses as little liquid as possible. The microwave meets these criteria. Using the microwave with a small amount of water evaporates food from the inside out. It contains more vitamins and minerals than almost all other cooking methods and shows that microwave foods can be really healthy.
But let's not get lost in details. Vegetables are good for you in any way you prepare, and most of us don't eat enough. Is the microwave oven good or bad? Microwave is an engineering wonder, a miracle of convenience - and sometimes advantageous in feeding.
Learn more about safe microwave cooking. See. "Microwave food in plastic: Is it dangerous or not?"