Chicken, Apple & Fennel Salad

I could not be more relieved that March is almost coming to a close.  Aside from being the month that some of my most favorite people were born in, it is a rough month. It teases us with signs of spring only to give us more cold, Shain is usually out of town for work for weeks on end and I myself am drowning at work during this time of year.  We also lost somebody very dear to us just a few days ago, so our hearts are feeling a little extra tender right now.

I suppose this is the flow of life. Shain and I have been nothing but blessed, especially with these last few months and everything coming together on our new house.  But along with those waves of happiness come waves of sadness, stress, heartbreak and loss. We do our best to focus on the blessings, even when all we want to do is bury our heads or stay in bed.  We will end March celebrating the life of someone very special and look on to April, which will be another busy month. The days are getting longer, I can hear the birds chirping in the early morning and signs of life are peaking their way through the sidewalk cracks.  We are almost there.

If any of you are also feeling overwhelmed or crazy busy, below is an easy peasy recipe you can make for the week, in fact for some reason this recipe tastes better a few days old.  Feel free to tweak it and make it your own.  Don’t let your schedule or any other excuses keep you from putting good fuel into your body, stay blessed in the mess 🙂

Chicken, Apple & Fennel Salad

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Instructions: Mix together all ingredients below and enjoy, that’s it!

Ingredients:

Shredded Chicken (I am lazy used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, took skin off and shredded it)

1 Fennel bulb and fronds chopped

3 apples sliced up

Orange Juice (I just used juice from one orange)

8-10 Dried Apricots or Dates sliced up (avoid ones with added sugar)

4 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard (or dijon mustard dressing works too)

1teaspoon Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper sprinkled

1 tablespoon Thyme

You can also add in sliced almonds to make it even more delish 🙂

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