Sometimes I get so excited about recipe development and trying new things, that I forget to post the basic meals I eat almost every day. I still can’t figure out why. Perhaps I think they’re boring and that anyone can make them, but in reality I know that when I was having 24/7 symptoms, a meal like this was my savior.
I should start this by saying that I hate leftovers. In fact, I purposely plan meals to never have leftovers. It has nothing to do with tyramine build up (although that is a factor on a migraine diet) and everything to do with getting bored. I feel like there’s so much good food out there, why eat the same thing? This is also why I’m not great at meal prep, but I’m trying hard to get better to bring you some helpful, future posts.
When I first began my HYH journey, I was so scared to eat the wrong things that I pretty much ate the same thing every day. It was painful for me, but it also allowed me the ability to spend less time thinking about food, and more time focusing on my healing. We all know when we feel terrible, the easier the meal the better. This is also why I love naked rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods or good supermarkets. “Naked” chicken doesn’t refer to a scandalous chicken (har har)…it’s actually quite decent! “Naked” refers to being unseasoned, and you’ll find many of the higher-end grocery stores will carry them. You may think “how much can they actually add to a rotisserie chicken if it’s done in house?”, but most of the one’s I’ve picked up, even in Whole Foods, can contain hidden MSG or other migraine triggers in the flavorings. One thing you don’t have to worry about with organic, naked chickens is the injections a lot of less expensive rotisserie chickens might have to flavor them or plump them up. If you missed this post about air chilled chicken and how to make sure you’re getting the cleanest brand, be sure to check it out.
This is why reading labels is so important. Don’t trust what the big, shiny labeling on the outside of the package says. Instead, look a little deeper at the fine print.
Naked rotisserie chicken has been my lifesaver for the times when I was feeling terrible, or even today when I have recipe testing to do and need a quick and easy meal. I like to buy one on a Sunday, peel it, and separate it into two bags – one with light meat and one with dark meat. Then I will typically save one for a lunch the next day, and put the rest in the freezer to avoid tyramine build up.
Pomegranate seeds can usually be found in the pre-packed fruit section of your local grocery store. Trader Joe’s has them in the refrigerated section with either the fruit or the pre-made snack area. If you’re sensitive to dried fruits like cranberries, these are a wonderful, tart replacement. I also love to put some in my sparkling water for a cute mocktail.
The best positive of chicken salad? You coworker won’t stare you down like she might if you brought the tuna salad.
This simple lunch is best with naked rotisserie chicken, and can be made the night before for a quick meal.
- 3/4 cup naked rotisserie chicken meat, chopped *I prefer Whole Foods
- 1 tbsp fresh pomegranate seeds *can find at Trader Joe's or in the fruit aisle of most health food stores
- 1/2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped into small pieces
- 2 tbsp HYH safe mayo *make your own or look for Primal Kitchen's Avocado Oil Mayo or Sir Kensington's Organic (tiny amount of lemon)
- 2 tbsp Optional: fresh jicama, peeled and cubed into 1/4 inch pieces
Combine rotisserie chicken, pomegranate seeds, chives, mayo, and jicama in a small bowl and toss till fully combined. Add fresh cracked pepper to taste. Can be made the night before for an easy lunch.