One of the best things about summertime is obviously the outdoor play. My kids want to be outside all the time. I swear they wait by the window and if they see a kid, hear a kid, or smell a kid (I swear kids have a 6th sense for each other’s presence) they immediately grab their shoes and are off. This is all great and wonderful, but not when its 5pm and I am just about ready to make dinner. Last night I caved and let them go out. Dinner could wait. While chatting with a neighbor I even convinced myself that I should forgo the recipe I had in mind and keep it simple. I had a rotisserie chicken after all, and could just serve them that, right? Plain chicken. Done and done.
By 5:45 I had rounded up the troops and was heading home to give them their very gourmet meal…. but when I walked in the kitchen I spotted the fresh ginger I bought specifically for the dinner I had planned to make. Okay, so my kids would be perfectly happy with plain chicken, but I wanted something better. So I did what any mom does when she is about to make dinner and has crazy little kids…… turned on the tv (you all do that too, right?) and started making what I really wanted to eat. I’m calling this dish: Dinner You Can Make During Dora. DDD for short. Or if you really want to be “official” Sesame Spinach Chicken Salad.
Sesame Spinach Chicken Salad
1 whole rotisserie chicken, meat shredded
1/2 red onion (or substitute with anything else crunchy like celery or carrots… or add it all!)
3-4 ounces baby spinach chopped
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 inch of fresh ginger grated
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (soy sauce would be good too)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup oil (I used almond oil, but sesame oil or anything else you have is probably fine)
A dash or two of salt
Drizzle of honey
Toast the sesame seeds on a dry pan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir frequently so they don’t burn. Remove from heat and put in a large bowl. Add chicken, chopped spinach, onion and/or other vegetables. In a separate bowl whisk together remaining ingredients (ginger, Worcestershire, rice vinegar, and oil). Pour vinaigrette over the chicken mixture and toss to coat. Add a dash or two of salt if you please and a generous drizzle of honey (maybe 1 tablespoon) and toss again. Chill for 10-15 minutes or eat room temperature.
You guys. All of my kids ate it and loved it. Yes, even my 1 year old was downing the spinach. If you cut it small enough they don’t even realize they are eating it. The only complaint was the “purple things” (the red onion) so they next time I make it I will substitute that with something else. I was hoping for left overs for lunch, but my husband came home and devoured the remains. He gave an unsolicited, “Wow this is really good”.. So did what any blogger does and I asked him if I should blog about it. His response: “Yes. This is definitely bloggable.” So there you have it. A bloggable dinner that you can make during Dora. DELICIOSO! (<———only parents of sub 5 year olds will probably get that. Corny. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)
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