Is It Fall Yet? Autumnal Chopped Salad

The first weeks of school are here, and they have mothers like me pulling their hair out. What is it about this time of year that makes me so nuts? Isn't this supposed to be like a refreshing start over point? New school year, new attitude right? A new chance to do your best, not get on the teachers bad side, not miss a single day of homework...

Instead my family becomes a manic mess! We put so much stress on the new school year and I can't ever seem to break away from it. I always think "this is our year. This time around I'll make sure:

  • Every day Ava's hair will be fixed in a cute fashion with a bow that matches her outfit.
  • I'll send monthly Teacher's gifts to show our appreciation.
  • The kids will bring creative and healthy lunches to school every day.
  • Let's sit down every morning to a great big breakfast and talk about the events in the upcoming day while we're at it!

It is so much pressure we put on ourselves and it has me asking "Is it Fall yet?"  Fall the best time of year. Not only does it give the green light to start cooking up some of the most amazing food ever, but the weather is perfectly crisp, nature is breathtakingly beautiful, and it means my family will start getting back to its normal self. After a couple weeks into the new school year, we are getting into the groove of things. Standards that were set way too high in the beginning of September will start to come back down to earth, my family will be normal again and I like our "normal".

  • Ava heads off to school with leaves in her hair from sliding down the grass hill in front of the house while waiting for the bus. Bows are long gone by now, lost at school I suppose.
  • Teachers Gifts? See you at Christmas. I'll hook you up then.
  • Lunch... Not eye rolling terrible. PB&J most days with fruit and munchies. Definitely nothing special.
  • Breakfast will go back to Ava whining about oatmeal, Adrian whining about his cereal getting soggy, Leighton whining about not wanting breakfast, and me hollering upstairs to Julian that if he "comes downstairs one more time without his shoes on I'm making him go to school barefoot!"

Normal is nice isn't it? In the meantime I'll just turn to a little Fall teaser, my Is It Fall Yet? Chopped Salad. All of my favorite flavors from the Fall season mixed into an salad, out of respect for the fact that is technically still summer. The perfect Back To School dinner that I can prepare while the kids are away and quickly throw together in under 10 minutes come the dinner hour. These salads are just as good cold so I'll have everything cooked and chopped and waiting in the fridge. Come dinner time I throw a little of this and a little of that onto each plate and haul a bunch of different dressings to the table. Everyone has their own taste. While Jon, Adrian, and I prefer OPA Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese, Ava likes Litehouse's Poppyseed Dressing. Leighton Likes the Homestyle Ranch, and Julian... Well he likes his rabbit food. Plain and dry. Is It Fall Yet? Chopped Salad. A little reminder that "normal" is right around the corner.

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Autumnal Chopped Salad

Serves 6 | Finish in 20 minutes
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Dig your fork into the relaxing flavors of this Autumnal Chopped Salad after surviving the first few days of the new school year. The comforting and hearty flavors of fall are transformed into a light and healthy salad.

Ingredients

2 heads Romaine lettuce chopped,
3 chicken breasts halved lengthwise,
6 strips bacon or turkey bacon ,
2 apples or pears cored and chopped,
1 c. dried cranberries chopped,
1/2 c. chopped pecans ,
1 Tbsp. olive oil,
1 tsp. Instantly Fresh Sage,
OPA Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing,

Directions

1. In large pan over medium heat sear the bacon slices until cooked through and crispy.

2. Remove bacon from pan and set aside on a paper towel lined plate and pour the drippings into a bowl to cool.

3. Season both sides of the chicken breast halves with salt and pepper.

4. Cook the chicken breasts in the same pan as the bacon until browned on both sides and cooked through.

5. Chop both the bacon and the chicken.
While the meats are cooking toss the pecans in the olive oil, sage, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Toast the pecans over low heat in a small pan watching them carefully. Pecans burn quickly!

6. Divide the chopped romaine among 6 plates.
Top each plate of romaine with the chopped, chicken, bacon, cranberries, apples, and pecans.
Drizzle each salad with OPA Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing or any of your favorite Litehouse Dressings.


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