Minute Meals – Turkey Cranberry Chopped Salad

Turkey Cranberry Chopped Salad

About this series: My clients feel overwhelmed when they realize what it takes to really care for themselves with food. And I understand. I admit to them that I think of myself as “…SO much work”. To be healthy, we have to give ourselves quite a bit of attention. Approximately six times a day we need to purchase or prepare a meal for ourselves. If we have kids and/or a spouse, multiply that need by the number of mouths in the home. For health, the foods we choose can’t be just anything. I suggest to my clients that they give themselves something enjoyable and nutritious whenever they’re hungry. That way, each meal or snack can be an experience that satisfies and nourishes the body and soul, preventing later food cravings Over time, I’ve come up with tons of really simple recipes that are enjoyable and nutritious and that require minimal prep time. Most of them are wheat or gluten free and dairy free since we have some food intolerances in my home. In this series, I will share one of those recipes each week.

The Recipe:

Prep time: 5 minutes Servings: 1 Ingredients: Iceburg lettuce (pre-sliced, in a bag, for convenience) Turkey slices (chopped into squares – take the stack of slices out of the container and cut the stack in squares) Avocado (chopped into squares) Pecans (pre-chopped for convenience) Dried cranberries 1 tablespoon Veganaise (or regular mayonnaise) 1 tablespoon yellow mustard This is one my favorite meals to take on the go. If it’s going with me, I prepare in the to-go container. Combine iceberg lettuce, turkey, avocado, pecans and dried cranberries. Drop the veganaise and yellow mustard into the bowl or container and mix well with the spoon. Enjoy!

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Alison Ross is the founder of Center for Eating Recovery in Agoura Hills, California. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in eating and body image. Alison was inspired to start the Center after healing her relationship with food and her body. Her mission is to help others rise above the obsessive and self-hating diet mentality in our culture to find true health through empowerment, awareness, love and self-care. The Center offers treatment for eating and body image problems across the spectrum including food addiction, binge-eating, emotional overeating, yo-yo dieting, bulimia and anorexia.