Chicken Caesar salad

I'm both fortunate and proud to be in a situation where I call the shots on my own schedule.

Except where university exams or client deadlines are concerned, I'm the master of my own fate.

And although it's something I worked my butt off to create, it's also a reality that I never take for granted.

However, that doesn't mean that I have hours to spend in the kitchen creating incredible meals each day. The reality is that I work more hours than ever before and am juggling more plates than I ever thought possible.

So when things are mega crazy for me, like right now with product launches, client work, uni exams and trying to fit in some semblance of a 'regular' life here and there, the window to nourish myself diminishes even more.

I know that you know all about that.

You're busy. You're juggling things. You're under pressure.

And you also know how crucial looking after yourself is to making all of that happen too.

But, life.


Chicken Caesar Salad | Nadia Felsch

So what do I do?

I pare things back. Lessen both the load and pressure on myself.

Still creating and eating yummy and interesting food - just simpler.

And the way I know how to is because it's second nature to me.

It's my roots or foundation so to speak and this same simple, delicious + nutritious philosophy is not only incredibly helpful though oh-so relevant to those busy times in life when even on a 'good' day, 10 minutes in the kitchen is massive.

So without fuss, without thinking, without stressing - I create simple food and I nourish myself to 'keep on keeping on' as they say.

Teaching others how to create this for themselves; to no longer wrangle with the 'what's for dinner' issue amongst their busy lives and to have simple, delicious + nutritious choices be second nature, is precisely what I share in the PATH TO WHOLEFOODS program.

Chicken Caesar Salad | Nadia Felsch
Chicken Caesar Salad | Nadia Felsch

Chicken Caesar Salad | Nadia Felsch

This recipe is absolutely one that falls into that 'paring back' category.

Although all of my work honours true time-saving and efficient techniques, simple, real food ingredients and delicious results - this one is extra fast!

Perfect for those times in your life (and mine too!) when a meal must be created in a flash - and better still when there's enough for leftovers making tomorrow a cinch too.

It's providing you with a balanced and tasty meal from regular, everyday ingredients and is super versatile too. I'd highly recommend making this quantity even if you're cooking for one and enjoy that chicken for the next 2 days.

A quick scan of the recipe tells you that there's no eggs, croutons, bacon or anchovies. And I just know that you'll be very pleasantly surprised when a single bite of this dish tastes so damn good. If you want to add a little quality bacon, homemade croutons, eggs or anchovies to the dressing - go for it! I've left them out to show you how delicious paring back can really be whilst keeping things as minimal and tasty as possible.

And the dressing? Put it on everything.

Yum. Simple. Delicious. Yum.

Chicken Caesar Salad | Nadia Felsch

Chicken Caesar salad
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yield: 3-4
  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried or fresh thyme
  • Oil or butter, to cook
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 whole iceberg lettuce
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander,
    leaves only
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Prepare breasts by bringing to room temperature and butterflying if particularly thick
  2. Season and coat well with thyme
  3. Heat a large frypan or griddle on med-high heat
  4. Add oil or butter
  5. Once hot, add chicken and cook completely through each side
  6. While chicken is cooking, make the dressing
  7. Place yolks, mustard, garlic and vinegar in a small food processor and process until smooth
  8. With the motor running, slowly add the oil until dressing thickens
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  10. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve
  11. For the salad, wash and dry lettuce
  12. Roughly tear and place in a large bowl
  13. Dice avocados and add to the bowl with cheese and coriander
  14. Once chicken is cooked, remove from heat and either serve as is or slice
  15. Season salad and coat well with dressing to serve

Share this recipe far and wide. Enjoy it, the extra time and mental capacity you'll gain back in your life by creating such a simple and nourishing meal.

And if you're one of the busy women who could truly benefit from having this all be second nature in your life, head here and be notified when the waiting list for PATH TO WHOLEFOODS opens in early 2016.

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