Healthy Chicken Salad with Apples

Today is a make-ahead day.  It is my home-day from work, and it is freezing outside, yet again –Actually snowing again.  It is a day to  keep warm by keeping the oven on by cooking and baking ahead for the weekend.  A weekend that is sure to be too busy or too warm (haha), if I allow myself to be a little hopeful!

I have a lot of recipes that are make-ahead friendly. Many of them good for lunches, the meal plan, or the freezer. I rounded up just a few that I could do before lunch, baked or made them, and then, being hungry, decided to make lunch:

chicken salad with apples


Can you just tell me how delicious this looks? It was extremely good served over this peppery arugula.  I gave it to my husband on a romaine salad. He felt very virtuous, keeping it off a nice crusty roll- but I would very much enjoy it that way next time around!

I had made a whole chicken in the crockpot, and I froze a lot of the chicken that I didn’t use right away.  It was perfect for a quick and healthy lunch or dinner, without having to cook anything, or use a store-bought cooked chicken that costs so much more for so much less meat.

Healthy Chicken Salad with Apples

Yield: Makes enough for 4 people.

Healthy Chicken Salad with Apples


  • 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 green apple, peeled and diced
  • 1 small stalk celery, diced fine
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp.chopped fresh parsley
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


Put all ingredients in a large bowl, and mix thoroughly. The more you mix it, the creamier it gets! I like to have a lot of freshly ground pepper on top too!

*I have to say, that if you want to really make it extra-healthy, you can get rid of the mayo and use full fat or 2% greek to substitute. So use 1/2 cup yougurt, instead of both yogurt and mayo. But don't use all as a nonfat yogurt- it will be too sour to use.

Then of course, I had to try all these goodies, before I put them in the freezer or away!

Anykind muffins

These are the AAA Muffins: Chocolate-Coconut Minis & Blueberry

AAA Anykind muffins

These guys look pretty happy!

Aren’t these guys so funny!? They have such different taste in food– One is chocolate, one vanilla for sure!  They were standing next to each other like that already, before I took the picture…my little buddies.{sigh}

Then I made more of this awesomeness– one loaf already gone and it’s not even been 4 hours…Which is why I seriously make this once a week!

Chocolate Zucchini bread

…and then I did boring-ish stuff, like prep veggies for the kids:

prep veggies

…and make taco seasoning and cooked the taco meat for dinner.  By the way, does everyone put pureed beans or refried beans in their taco meat, to get more out of it? Just saying.  It literally doubles the “meat” and my kids have no issues because they can’t see it or taste it.

So I am done for now.  We are having homemade pizza tonight, as the kids and my husband observe Lent- so no prepping for that one.  I bought store-bought dough, and you can imagine the rest- this is one meal that you’d think is very picky-kid friendly right? Well…I have one who likes only the corner crusts, one who only like the middle pieces (it is a rectangle) cut up, one who likes only the sides, and another crust lover who requires extra sauce for dipping.  Seriously.  You think I am joking that they are picky. I clearly, am not!  The good news here, is that for the most part they divvy up the pizza pretty well, without fighting over the best pieces!

I am putting together a new month-long meal plan that I will get out by the end of the weekend for you, so if you want to follow along, or get some ideas, I’d love to know about it!