As the wise Mel Brooks once wrote, “My name is Asneeze. Father of Achoo. Bless you!”– Robin Hood: Men In Tights
Buckle up, this week’s blog post will blow you away with tips on getting rid of your allergies. Plus, it’s stuffed with cleverly hidden Mel Brooks puns (can you find them all?).
Now that it’s springtime (for the Messy Cooker in Seattle …) the flowers are looking magnificent. The trees? Spectacular. The birds are singing tweedle dee dee, and yet you look like Pizza the Hut with puffy pepperoni eyes and sound like Dark Helmet trapped in his own mask [gurgles, then wheezes].
ORIGINAL MESSY COOKER RECIPE BELOW: When allergy meds just aren’t cutting it and you no longer want to be Abbey Normal, there are certain foods you can turn to for allergy relief.
*Doctor’s note: while these foods have anti-allergic properties, they should not be used to replace medications. And yes, some of this information is from WebMD [horses neigh], so take it with a grain of salt.
This customized chicken Caesar salad contains ingredients that either reduce allergy symptoms or are just great for your eyeballs in general.
Starting with ingredients that reduce allergy symptoms, The Weather Channel calls out strawberries (high in Vitamin C), fatty fish and walnuts (both high in Omega 3 fatty acids), garlic (blocks production of chemicals that cause allergic reactions), and yogurt (contains probiotics, which lowers the body’s immune response to allergens). That’s why this recipe contains strawberries and walnuts in the salad and anchovies, garlic, and Greek yogurt in the Caesar dressing. (Thank you WellPlated for the fantastic homemade salad dressing recipe!).
Now for the ingredients that help out your eyeballs: WebMD states that sunflower seeds (Vitamin E), dark leafy greens (Vitamins C and E), poultry (Zinc), beans and legumes (Zinc), and eggs (also Zinc) are all beneficial for your eyes. That’s why I’ve added sunflower seeds, kale, lima beans, and eggs to the salad!
Recipe for Chicken, Strawberry, and Kale Salad with Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing
Servings: 3 peoples
Difficulty: Ludicrously easy
Time: 50 minutes (includes cooking the chicken!)
For the salad:
- 1 chicken breast
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 egg
- 2 cups kale
- 2/3 cup strawberries, chopped into bite-size pieces
- 1/4 cup lima beans
- 1/8 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2-2 ounces goat cheese
For the dressing:
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 anchovy fillets
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 large garlic clove
Smarten your salad:
- Prepare ship! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, grab a baking sheet and put some aluminum foil on top.
- Egg ’em on. Grab a small pot. Add the egg to the pot and fill with water until the egg is almost covered. Over medium to high heat, boil the egg for 10 minutes.
- What’s the matter Colonel Sandurz…chicken? Rinse the chicken breast with water, then rub olive oil, salt, and a little bit of freshly ground pepper onto both sides. Add the chicken to the baking sheet. When your oven is ready, add the baking sheet and bake the chicken for 10 minutes. Then, flip your chicken and bake for another 10 minutes. Take a look. If it’s still pink in the middle, flip the chicken once again and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile…your egg should be done boiling. Dump out the hot water, fill the pot with cool water, then let your egg cool it while you do some other stuff.
- Kick it with kale. Wash the kale in a colander, then set in the sink to drain. While the kale schvitzes, chop up the rest of the ingredients (strawberries and walnuts). Then, grab a large bowl and add the kale, strawberries, walnuts, lima beans, and sunflower seeds. Drop in some goat cheese (if preferred).
Dress up your salad:
- Blend it all together, man. Seriously, grab a blender or magic bullet, or food processor or whatever you have that will mush all the ingredients together. Add all dressing ingredients to your chopper of choice. Blend until the dressing is smooth and creamy.
Last step for your salad:
- Chop, dump, and serve. Chop up the chicken into bite size pieces, peel and slice the egg vertically, then add both to the salad. Dump on the dressing. Toss it around a bit. Then serve!
So, you don’t HAVE to use goat cheese in this recipe, since the Caesar dressing is already pretty creamy. However, goat cheese is delicious and adds a nice smooth texture to the salad, which contrasts with the sweet and ragged skin of the strawberries.
Quick Clean Up
Watch where you put those anchovies. Make sure you rinse out the anchovy tin with soap AND water, so it doesn’t smell while it sits in your trash/recycling.
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Here’s a baby panda sneezing. Watch it!
Here’s Dark Helmet wheezing. See it!
All this talk of Caesar really makes me want to read up on him. Check out his bio.