To Splurge or Not to Splurge

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | May 8th, 2017 | Friday Flashback

That is the question. Do I eat something totally indulgent, or do I eat in a healthier manner? Usually I try to follow my own eating guidelines, which are pretty simple. Weekdays are for healthy eating (except Tapas Monday), and weekends (including Friday night) are for splurging. However, that doesn’t mean that weekends are one, long calorie fest. I still eat things I like that happen to be healthy: cereal for breakfast or a salad for a meal, but I also eat other things I like, such as carrot cake and nachos.

Because I like to cook, I look at recipes and think about food frequently. When they are indulgent recipes, I place them in one of two categories- weekend cooking or reinvented cooking. These reinvented recipes get a makeover so that they are healthier and can be part of weekday eating. A good number of the recipes on Think Tasty fall into this category.

I know there are scores of people (my husband included) who think food needs fat and salt in order to be tasty. I don’t believe it to be true. Sure, it’s nice to indulge in a messy steak sub loaded with cheese, but it’s also enjoyable to eat a healthy chicken salad wrap. Truly. It’s all about the flavors you add and the way you prepare the food.

Over the next two weeks I’m going to share recipes that are both naughty and nice. This week I have a dish that definitely belongs in my weekend eating schedule and the other, which would be a fine part of a weeknight meal. To my mind both were delicious. I know nutritionists and dieticians say it all the time, but it is true: eating healthfully doesn’t have to be boring.

Back to that healthy (and delicious chicken salad wrap)- this Chicken & Strawberry Salad Sandwich is a favorite of mine. Served on a lavash bread with some lettuce, it is absolutely delightful and healthy. Even though the salad is made with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise, you won’t notice a difference. You’ll be so amazed by the sweetness and flavor the strawberries add to the filling, you won’t go back to traditional chicken salad.

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