Monday, September 27, 2010

Dorm Room Dinner: Thai Chicken Salad

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I have two younger sisters, K and M.  They both are currently in school; K is in her last year as a graduate student in Boston which means I get to see her a lot.  M is a sophomore at a school in upstate NY far away from me, our family, and the nearest grocery store! 

M also is a very picky eater, my mom likes to say she's the only kid ever to go to school and lose 10 pounds.  And this is a girl that really doesn't need to lose one pound!  She really hates the dining hall food.  With that, Dorm Room Dinners were born!  Every week, I try to get M one recipe she can make with the "ingredients" that she can find in the dining hall.  This consists of basically, grilled chicken.  There are vegetables and salad at a salad bar, a "breakfast bar" with bagels, cream cheese, peanut butter, jelly, etc.  It's a much smaller dining hall than I am used to, but we make it work. 

Limited choices for an already picky eater, really make meals so difficult.  We obviously all want her to stay healthy, and she does, too.  I really wish that we could reform campus dining the way that public schools are currently reforming their programs.  When you're on your own for the first time, it's hard to make good choices.  I know that more than anyone.  I swam in college but still put on a good 20 pounds through excess food and alcohol!  Luckily, neither of my sisters like alcohol so it's mainly getting them to eat.

This week she shot down my Thai Chicken Skewers under the guise that it was "too different" for her, but since I LOVED it, I am sharing it. 

Thai Chicken Skewers
Serves: 4
2/3 lb. cooked chicken (chopped into bite-sized pieces)
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 green pepper
1 cup peanut butter (low-fat creamy)
1/4 cup chicken broth
12 skewers

NOTE:  I suggested to M, since she doesn't have skewers to put this over some lettuce and drizzle the peanut butter mixture on top.  It was a moot point since she didn't like the recipe anyway, but that is also something to keep in mind!

Preheat the oven to Broil, low.  Let the skewers soak for about 15 minutes in room-temperature water.  Cut the peppers into bite-sized pieces.  Thread the skewer, piece of chicken, one of each color pepper, piece of chicken, each pepper, piece of chicken.  Repeat through all 12 skewers.  Put the skewers on a lined baking sheet and cook in the oven for about 5 minutes (the chicken is already cooked, this is just to heat it through).  Meanwhile, I combined the chicken broth and peanut butter, and heated it in the microwave for 30 seconds. 

Again, for M, she has a microwave in the dining hall, I thought some peanut butter (and water instead of chicken broth), grilled chicken and veggies over salad was a good nutritious meal, and very easy!

Look for more Dorm Room Dinners as I help K and M navigate their dorm room situations! 

Until the next time my oven is on...


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