I must have simple ideas for yummy weekend lunches. I can't be bothered with fussy foods when there are errands to run and bathrooms to scrub, parties to attend, instruments to practice, and miles to run before I sleep, and miles to run before I sleep. And now that the school year is back in swing, Saturday is all that is left to me for domestic organization. Doesn't domestic organization sound awfully drab? 10 years ago I'm sure I didn't spend one minute of my Saturdays on domestic organization. What I really want to do on Saturday is stay in bed and read a novel, go out for breakfast-brunch-lunch-dinner and then ice cream, take my novel to the pool, come back to a clean house (from a maid who works for free out of the kindness of her heart), catch an Oscar worthy PG rated movie with the whole family and a giganto bucket of buttered popcorn, and then take my same novel to my clean-sheet bed. Did I miss anything? What's your ideal Saturday?
At least I know I'm going to get a good lunch on this busy weekend day. Chicken salad only feels fussy when it really comes together in a snap. I especially adore this lemon and basil version, since it tastes very classic, only with a bit of a fresh zing. Make some today or tomorrow, because after that, well you know the "M"day is lurking.....
Money Saving Tips: You'll feed the whole family lunch on less than what you'd spend on one bakery sandwich. Hopefully you've got a freezer full of chicken that you bought on sale. Plan ahead to have cooked chicken on Saturday. Grill, bake, or poach it a little extra during the week. Even if you use canned chicken, I won't tell. You can use dried basil if you fresh is too pricey. Swap out the lemon juice and zest for vinegar if necessary. I used soft wheat rolls on sale from the bakery, but any soft sandwich bread works well here.
Lemon and Basil Chicken Salad
Estimated Cost: $3.50
Notes: Serve this up with potato chips and watermelon. Use any extra within two days.
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/3 cup mayonnaise or whole milk yogurt
1/3 cup sour cream (light works well here)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 rib celery, minced
soft rolls or sandwich bread
crisp lettuce leaves
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Slather on rolls and top with crisp lettuce.
Have a great weekend.
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