Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken

Panera at Home soup accompanies a  Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made  in the comfort of your own home. Disclosure: I received free samples of Panera at Home Soups.  I  was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

This past weekend was beautiful , and I had the  opportunity to spend some time  with a dear friend of mine, Pam,  visiting from Delaware. Pam and I were roommates years decades  ago at the University of Delaware. Both RDs with different career paths, it’s fun to catch up!  While we both love to cook,  our good intentions of making a Saturday night  meal of Chicken Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta, never came to be. But that’s ok.  Sometimes, you have to rethink homemade.

Enter Panera  at Home. It just so happened that the good folks at Panera helped me stock my refrigerator for the weekend with an assortment of  Panera Bread at Home soups. These easy to heat containers of savory soup gave me  the flexibility of  enjoying  picture perfect weather outside, riding bicycles and strolling the beach, without the need to rush back to make supper. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than being able to kick back in the comfort of my own kitchen and quickly assemble a delicious meal that’s ‘better for you’.  I  heated Panera at Home’s Turkey Sausage,  Kale and Quinoa  Soup (garnished it with a sage leaf) and put together my version  of Panera’s  Ancient Grain and Arugula Salad with Chicken.

I ‘m a long time Panera Bread customer because I apprecipate their beliefs of Food as it Should Be (and they have great hazelnut coffee too)!

• Free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners,colors or flavors from artifical sources.

• Savored and enjoyed. At a table. Alone or together with family and friends.

• Raised Responsibly. Sourced from farms that respect the food they produce.

• Personalized. Curated and customizable menus so you can eat the way you want.

If you’re like me and  frequent Panera Bread for the above reasons, you can now enjoy  the convenience of the Panera Bread at Home for times when it’s fitting to Rethink Homemade. Click here for a Panera at Home soup coupon to serve  this delicious soup…along with the  salad I’m sharing today (recipe below).

 

CopyCat Panera Bread Salad with Grapes, Appls and Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes Total Time 10 mins
Serves 4     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup precooked long grain and wild rice
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw mix ( broccoli and carrots)
  • 1 gala aple diced
  • 3 cups lettuce (romaine and red leaf)
  • 4 ounces sliced roasted chicken breast
  • 12 red grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 tablspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

Instructions

In a salad bowl, add cooked rice, broccoli slaw mix, apples, lettuce, chicken, grapes.  Toss. Set aside. In a small prep bowl combine salt, Pomegranate juice, vinegar, honey and oil. Whisk. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Divide between two plates. Note: May substitute Panera Fuji Apple Vinaigrette Dressing .

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Recipe Notes

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 269kcal Calories from fat 36
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Carbohydrate 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 11g
Protein 16g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

 

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Pumpkin Spreadable Cheese

Pumpkin Spreadable Cheese is made with kefir, a probiotic rich food that has benefits  for GI health.

Are you good to your gut? I’m asking because this month the Recipe Redux has picked Good Gut Health for the October theme. Here’s the challenge:

With cold and flu season upon us, the best defense may be good gut health. Since much of our immune health begins in the gut, show us your healthy, delicious recipe to bolster gut health.

If you follow any  human health science trends,  you already know there’s strong interest in the gut microbiome (the bacterial community in your GI tract.)  It’s mind blowing when I think  that the  gut is home to a complex community of over 100 trillion microbial cells, and these cells  influence human physiology, metabolism, nutrition and immune function.  Keeping their home healthy is important, because  disruption to the gut microbiota has been linked with gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and obesity.

So what’s good for the gut? You can enhance more of the good bugs in your gut by eating a diverse diet including probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, and fermented foods like sauerkraut , kumbucha and kimchi. In addition, the good bacteria team flouishes when you also fuel them with plenty of prebiotics (food for probiotics) including whole wheat, garlic, onions, asparagus and leeks.

Keeping the bacterial community in your GI tract healthy  should be something you do everyday, not just once in awhile. If you don’t like the above  foods mentioned as important for gut health,  try to combine them with other foods in recipes that are appealing . I took a vanilla kefir and made a pumpkin spreadable cheese. It’s good on bagels, crackers, and apples. 

with about 20 calories less per tablespoon and slightly less fat ( 1 gram vs. 5 grams fat in cream cheese).

It’s exciting to think if we alter our gut microbiome we can change things; but research is in infancy. Stay tuned for more information in this growing area of  health. Be sure to visit the links to find more recipes for a healthy GI tract. 

Pumpkin Spreadable Cheese

Serves 6     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla kefir
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

Instructions

Put a coffee filter into a large measuring cup. Pour  kefir into the filter, and place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning pour off liquid that has drained from  coffee filter.  Scoop out remaining thickened kefir and place in a small bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate covered for up to 5 days.

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Recipe Notes

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1.5 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 30kcal Calories from fat 12
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

 

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