2017 is here and like most people I started the New Year with resolutions. Nothing too exciting for me – I’d like to drop a few pounds and either go to the gym regularly (plan A) or cancel my membership (plan B). Moreover, I want to try and spend 10 minutes every day after work and tidy up. I’ve read about the 10 minute rule somewhere online. I believe it was actually 20 minutes but I convinced my husband to do the same ;) It’s a neat idea. If you spend 10 minutes, 5 days a week that’s 50 minutes. You can do A LOT in 50 minutes. In 10 minutes I manage to throw in a load of laundry, dust 1-2 rooms (our rooms are small) and put a few bits and pieces away. It saves precious weekend time!
Back to the first ones though – losing weight and eating healthier are among the most popular resolution in the UK (#1 Lose weight, #3 Eat more healthily), Germany (#2 Eat more healthily, #3 Lose weight) and the US (#1 Lose Weight / Healthier eating). I know that a lot of people think resolutions are rubbish because we don’t need a specific date to change. I agree to a certain extent. No, we do not need a specific date. However, if it motivates people, why not? Psychologically it makes a difference. Just like psychologically the difference between 199 and 200 seems bigger than the difference between 200 and 201. It feels like a fresh start and sometimes that’s exactly what you need. If you have a look at the progress pics posted on Reddit you’ll notice that some of the most impressive weight loss journeys began on January 1st.
Luckily, I never had to shed vast amounts of weight. Nevertheless I used to be quite a bit bigger than I am now. I love food and if I don’t watch what I eat I put on weight rather quickly. As a result I am conscious about what I eat. I love takeaway food but try to save it for gym days. When I cook at home I often try to create healthier versions of my favourite “bad” foods.
Skinny Chicken Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad is one of the most popular salads out there. Unfortunately, it is also on top of the list of unhealthy ones. This is mainly due to the heavy dressing which, in combination with cheese and croutons destroys the illusion of a healthy and light dish. It is one of my favourite salads though, so together with my mum I came up with a healthier, leaner version of this classic.
For the traditional Caesar Salad dressing you will need lots of oil, egg yolks and sometimes even mayonnaise. For this Skinny Chicken Caesar Salad, I use quark as the main ingredient. I usually stick with 1 egg yolk per 2 servings and no oil at all. Yet, from my point of view, this version leaves nothing to be desired and an average servings contains only 500 calories (with a lot of cheese that is, I like cheese!).
I like the chicken to be a little spicy – it works extremely well with the creaminess and acidity of the dressing and the crunchy lettuce. For the croutons I use wholemeal sandwich bread and high quality olive oil.
Enjoy and let me know if you liked this Skinny Chicken Caesar Salad!