Got Lunch? 3 Heart-Smart and Healthy Recipes

We love spring. Visions of fresh summertime fruits and veggies are dancing through our heads (even while it continues to snow in the Colorado Rockies.)

Here are a few new recipes with fresh produce in a starring role – and each of which would make a lovely lunch.

Heart-Smart Chicken Salad
3 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed
1 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved
1 cup celery, sliced
1/3 cup green onion, sliced
¾ cup plain yogurt
Pinch of curry powder
Salt and black pepper
Handful of mixed green salad leaves

In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, curry powder and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Place chicken, grapes, celery and green onion into a large serving bowl. Add the dressing and gently toss until well coated.
Serve the chicken salad on a bed of mixed green salad leaves for a light lunch. Fresh rye bread would compliment this salad.

Penne Pasta Salad with Chicken and Feta

Serves about 6
1 lb penne pasta, cooked, drained, cooled
1 ½ lb roasted boneless and skinless chicken breast, sliced
8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
16 oz pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half
6 sun-dried tomatoes, diced
1 (6oz) package baby spinach leaves, washed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 cup low-fat salad dressing

Add all ingredients into a large salad bowl, toss with the salad dressing and enjoy as a light lunch.

Fresh Fruit Salsa

2 cups fresh strawberries or raspberries, chopped
1 fresh mango, peeled and chopped
Handful of green grapes, halved
1 cup blackberries or blueberries
½ cup pineapple (fresh or canned)
2 tsp of fresh lime juice

Add all chopped fruit to a serving bowl.
In a small bowl, combine lime juice and honey. Add to the fruit and mix gently.
Chill for a few hours to allow the flavors to develop. Serve with plain pita chips.

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Easter Recipes

Build your Easter Family Traditions with these yummy, kid-friendly Easter recipes:
Coconut Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Creamy Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes
Orange Glazed Ham
Roast Leg of Lamb
Roasted Red Potatoes
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Honey and Lime Carrots
Honey Sweet Potato Mash
Easter Brownie Cupcakes
Easter Ice Cream Nests (A perfect kid-friendly desert – guaranteed to be a hit!)