With the emergence of fast and healthy lunch options like Wichcraft and Chipotle popping up all around us, it is very easy to get in the habit of constantly buying lunch out. However if you adopt this policy, you are looking at $2,300 just for lunch throughout the year.
A great way to budget your money a little better but still get a variety to your meals is to start packing–your lunch that is. Who said lunch had to be a simple PB&J? Walk on the wild side and spice things up a bit. A healthy sandwich is easy to create and most sandwiches can easily be changed into salads as your moods dictate. So plan ahead and save a ton- You will reap not only monetary rewards but also find your self on the path to culinary nirvana.
Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich
3 cups chicken stock
1 pound chicken breasts, diced (about 3 large cups)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped green apple
a loaf of whole wheat bread
1 cup of arugula
In a medium stock pot over high heat, add chicken stock and bring to a light boil. Add chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes then strain and reserve broth (great for making soup later) and allow chicken to cool.
Next, in a small bowl, combine mayonnaise with curry, onion powder, garlic powder, ginger, and lime juice. Mix well.
In a large bowl, add your cooled chicken, celery, raisins, walnuts, and apple. Add curried mayo and mix well.
To assemble sandwiches, top wheat bread with a generous helping of curried chicken and top with several arugula leaves. Slice on a diagonal and serve.
Optional: this salad can also be served alone (it makes for a great midday snack). Also, this sandwich makes a fantastic tea sandwich and in that case simply remove the crusts and cut into 1/4s. Enjoy!