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You are witnessing a transformation. Don’t worry, I’ll always keep the jittery moniker, but I’m starting to feel like a Miss Fix-it–knowing taste by what I read in print, understanding how to reconfigure recipes to bring out the best in them. Rest assured: You can always count on me to cut fat, sugar and salt, to select healthy ingredients and support great flavour.

Up until now, I’ve  avoided quoting blog stats, but today it’s time to crow: To date, Jittery Cook has had 15,400 page views–That number would fill  Carnegie Hall more than 5 times. Thank you for viewing. Thank you for liking. Thank you for all the positive feedback. I’m beginning to feel almost confident that you are counting on me for my emerging food judgment.

Healthy Salad Recipe

Waldorf Chicken Salad Ingredients

  • 2 apples, diced, green and red
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2/3 c walnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 c raisins
  • 1 c cooked chicken breasts (see link for grilling method), chopped into cubes
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Dice the apples, then coat them with lemon juice. Reserve a few slices (1/4 of each apple) for garnish. Mix celery, apples, chicken, raisins, salt and pepper. Top with walnuts. Garnish with some lettuce leaves. Serve atop a bed of Cumin Paprika Quinoa with Cilantro Yogurt Dressing on the side.

Healthy Chicken Salad
Cumin Paprika Quinoa Ingredients

Rinse quinoa using a strainer. Combine all ingredients. Simmer for about 15 minutes, on the stove top or in a rice cooker, until the water is absorbed. Stir, then leave covered for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Healthy Chicken Salad
Cilantro Yogurt Dressing Ingredients
  • 6 oz yogourt
  • 1/3 c cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Blend the cilantro and the garlic in a small processor, add the yogourt and blend until mixed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Healthy Meal
Final notes:
  • Thank you to my good friend, Rochelle Margles Bick, for the idea of putting celery, green apple, walnuts and lemon together in a salad, which mushroomed into my version of Waldorf Salad.
  • Read Epicurious for a typical version of the Waldorf Salad.
  • Thank you to Food for inspiring the Yogurt Cilantro Dressing.
  • This US government site inspired the quinoa recipe.
  • My horoscope yesterday said that I might give too much weight to the exotic. Do you agree? Should I aim for simpler recipes with more common ingredients?
  • I take full jittery credit for pulling it all together where it makes a party in your mouth.