Chinese Chicken & Crunchy Noodle Salad
Another Spring Break has come and gone. It’s so hard for me to believe that we’re just weeks away from finishing up the school year down here, but that’s what Spring Break means for students in Georgia! This year for Spring Break, I took the girls up to the Gatlinburg, TN area for just a few days. It was a great little getaway filled with all sorts of that silly-family-fun-touristy stuff that the kids (and I) love. We spent a fair amount of time at Ripley’s attractions, loved the aquarium, toured the Titanic museum, braved the Forbidden Caverns, and hung out at the hotel pool. It was a nice little trip.
As with most nice little trips, we also ate…a lot. If you’ve ever been in the Gatlinburg area, you know that “light” fare is hard to come by. It’s a heavy, country-cooking type of place. That’s not a bad thing, at all. I just can’t do it all the time. Let me paint a picture for you: One place we ate in for dinner (which I would highly recommend, should you travel to the area) offered a heaping basket of amazing homemade apple fritters and apple butter as they sat us down at our table. Apple fritters…as an app!
The food we ate was so heavy, my girls never once asked me for a snack the entire time we were there. Those of you with young children realize how that is a miracle, in and of itself.
We had a great time on our trip, and I don’t regret a single thing I ate over those three days. It was vacation, after all! But, as soon as I got home, two thoughts flooded my mind.
1.) In six weeks, the girls will be done with school and I’ll have to fit my apple fritter lovin’ behind in a swimsuit.
And, 2.) When I am finally hungry again, I want something fresh, and light. Really light.
Enter this delicious Chinese chicken salad. This salad fit the bill perfectly! Cool, crisp Napa cabbage, carrots and green onions, mixed together with some shredded chicken, crunchy baked noodles and toasted almonds in a delicious orange-soy-sesame dressing. It was the perfect “Welcome Home! You ate like a pig for three days!” kind of dinner.
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