Summer Salad with a bbq flavour flare

I read an article recently that said writing a blog is like running a marathon. Now don’t shoot this messenger, this was a comparison made by someone else. But if I take a step back I can sort of see the logistics here… Sweat, tears, stress, hair pulling, nail biting, these are just some of what my body endures when I write and attempt to post a blog each and every week. That’s like 52 miles worth…if I were running.

Marathon

Then add in the stress. I contemplate quitting on a weekly basis “Nobody reads my blog!” “hmmm, what to write about?” “Yep, I have NOTHING to say!” “Pretty sure only my mom reads my blog.” Or I start making lists and get distracted and the next thing I know its lunchtime and well eating is far more interesting and fun than staring at a blank computer screen.

Maybe I’d be better off on the sidelines? It’s easier being in the audience anyways right?! I make a good reader! I can just go back to judging others through all of my social media outlets instead.

Well you know who else probably has these thoughts… Marathoners that’s who! But they push through it. They have sweat! They have tears! The hair pulling and nail biting? Maybe not so much, but they have blisters and bladder control issues, cramps and…. what happens if you have to, ya know?! Don’t even tell me that they poop their pants, because that right there would seal the deal that running a marathon will forever be OFF my bucket list.

The thought came to me years ago “One day… I’ll run a marathon”. Even got as far as starting to train for it. Got myself some proper running attire and would hit the pavement on a daily basis. Even talked a few of my friends into join me on occasion. One friend in particular actually used to call me up and suggest that we go for a run. I kid you not, every time we would be about 3, maybe 4 minutes in and she would look at me with this pain in her eyes and say: “I think I have to poo”.

Maybe I should have told her that if she was a true “runner” she would have just sucked it up and pooped her pants???

But enough about poopy pants because patio season is here and I say; put away the runners, kick back with a tasty beverage, and try your hand at this DELICIOUS summer salad.

Summer Salad

Summer Salad with a bbq flavour flare

Ingredients
4 chicken breast (skinless, bone in)
4 zucchini cut into small bite size rounds (not too thin)
1 red onion cut into rounds
4 cobs of corn
1 jar Neal brothers bbq sauce
Arugula
Cheddar Goat cheese
Drizzle of avocado oil & apple cider vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line with a baking sheet with parchment paper then set aside.

Toss your chicken in bbq sauce, salt and pepper then onto the pan and into the oven it goes, set your timer for 10 minutes.

Now prep your zucchini and onion and toss each in about 1 tbsp. of avocado oil then onto another pan lined with parchment paper. Once your timer goes off into the oven they go and set the timer for another 10-12 minutes.

Heat a pot of water and once it comes to a boil turn off the heat and pop your corn into the water and cover. Set your timer for 5 minutes and once your timer goes off remove the corn and allow it to cool before cutting it off the cob.

Now that your chicken is fully cooked and your veg have cooled (because we never make salad with hot ingredients, ewwwwwww). Chop up your chicken and toss everything together with the arugula and a hefty sprinkle of goat cheddar (feat would be equally delicious). I added a little extra bbq sauce onto my chicken once it was plated so that the flavours really came through.

BBQ chicken salad

If summer were a salad, this would be it.

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