Does the end ever justify the means? Here's a (not entirely hypothetical) example:
A (not very likeable, semi-useless) colleague applies for a new job. Said colleague really likes the new job, but would need more money to cover their running expenses. Colleague then asks for your advice regarding salary negotiations. Do you:
a) Say, yes of course, ask for more - you deserve it!
b) Point out that the salary on offer is actually quite reasonable for the work expected and he/she can't really ask for much more.
Rock & a hard place, right? Option b is technically the correct answer, but option a will get the irritating colleague out of your hair (and soon!)- a case of good bye and good riddance!
Any guesses as to which option I chose? Cue guilty look...
Unlike my lovely colleague, chicken salad is something that I definitely do not want to banish from my life. In fact, I don't think you can ever really get enough of a good chicken salad.
This particular incarnation is one I've been making for a few years now. First gleaned from the pages of an old Marie Claire magazine, I've chopped and changed a little bit since then. The flavours are clean and fresh and reminds me of the type of food that you would eat at a spa (or at least what I imagine spa food would be like!), hence the name.
Spa Salad with Chicken & CoconutAdapted from Marie Claire magazine
2 chicken breasts1 tsp sunflower oil3 tbsp lemon juice3/4 cup low fat coconut milk1 tsp sugar2 tbsp finely chopped lemongrass (optional)200g green beans, trimmed & halved1/3 large cucumber, pips scooped out & sliced100g mangetout (snowpeas), halved lengthways1/4 cup fresh mint, torn1/2 tsp dried chili flakes1 tbsp dried coconut flakes2 tbsp sesame seedssalt, to taste.
1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Mix sunflower oil with 1 tbsp lemon juice. Pour over chicken breasts and toss to coat. Place chicken in a small baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from oven and allow chicken to cool off completely.2. Meanwhile, make a dressing by combining the remaining lemon juice with coconut milk, sugar and lemongrass (if using). Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring to allow the sugar to dissolve. Remove pan from heat and allow dressing to cool.3. Steam/blanch the beans until just starting to soften (it should still retain some crispness). Refresh under cold water to stop the cooking process.4. Roughly shred the chicken and combine with the dressing in a salad bowl. Add the beans, cucumber, mangetout, mint, chili flakes, coconut and sesame seeds and toss well. Season to taste and serve with lime wedges.
Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 254.8, Total fat 12.2 g, Saturated fat 6.7 g, Polyunsaturated fat 2.3 g, Monounsaturated fat 1.5 g, Cholesterol 38.0 mg, Sodium 193.1 mg, Potassium 254.9 mg, Total carbohydrate 15.6 g, Dietary fiber 3.5 g, Sugars 6.3 g, Protein 18.6 g
Good source of: Vitamin C 64.3 %, Iron 21.0 %, Calcium 15.6 %