Guam-Style Chicken Salad

As a teacher, my job is not only to educate students in the curriculum, but to help them build their character and work ethic. This is hard in Grade 3.

I don’t know if you remember back to Grade 3, but the mantra of my students must be

“Let me get done my work as fast as possible, forgetting all the important stuff and lacking any care, so I can somehow have some sort of imaginary free time that I will never actually get”

Over the last few weeks, this has come out even more than usual (…must be Spring…) and I have been working harder to squash it.

This was very clear in one conversation I had with a little boy in my class

He brought his Animal Life Cycles final poster project to my desk and said he was done. (Please note that I had sent him BACK to his desk about 10 times to fix various things from “Those are not complete sentences” to “Where are the capital letters at the beginning of your sentences?” to “I cannot read your writing…how can I mark it if I cannot read it?”)

I held it up to him and said ” Do you think this is your best work?”

His eyes got wide and I could see that he was quite concerned that if he didn’t answer this question in the right way he could be in trouble.

If he said it was (which we both knew it wasn’t) it would be a lie, and if he said no, he would have to redo it, which he DID NOT WANT TO DO.

I let him squirm for a minute and then looked at him and said “I’m not going to make you redo it, I just want to know what you think.”

He actually let out a sigh of relief.

But this was the best part…he looked at me and said, “Mrs. Skinner, I think the information is my best work, but I think I could have slowed down and made it neater. And I think I need to think more about capitals at the beginning of my sentences…I always forget that.”

My heart was full.

It was a great afternoon with my class. I have been quite hard on them and expected even more, but they rose to the occasion and we celebrated with a little dance to the door at the end of the day.

There was not a lot of time to revel in my day because tonight’s dinner took FOREVER (ok, not literally) to make. I must have been completely distracted by the coconut when I read this recipe because, I would have never chosen something so time consuming.

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It started last night when I made the marinade for the chicken. In a bowl I placed

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • cracked black pepper
  • one small thinly slice onion
  • Chicken breasts

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When I got home today, I cooked the chicken for about 20 minutes in a cast iron pan to get that nice sear and caramelization on it.

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While the chicken was cooling, I mixed the following in another bowl.

  • about 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • about 1 cup diced green onion
  • about 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • one small hot chili, seeded and diced
  • about 1/4 cup fresh squeeze lemon juice

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When the chicken was cooled, I chopped it up and added it to the coconut mixture.

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Then I had to let it sit in the fridge to let the flavors combine for about an hour (oh my gosh…an hour? Who has that time?)

I served this with warm, buttered naan bread (mmmmmm….naan bread and butter)

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The verdict- This was SO GOOD! Well worth the extra time and effort to make. It has an onion-y, tart, sweet kind of flavor. The marinade on the chicken is divine and the chili gives it a good amount of kick. And who doesn’t love warm, buttery bread? It goes great with everything. I will totally make this again, and next time I will be sure to make more because Andrew just couldn’t get enough.

 

 

Weekly Meal Plan April 28- May 2

Kids are funny and quirky…I mean we all know that, but I think as a teacher I really appreciate this more than the average person. I see and hear funny/quirky things on a daily basis.

Here are just a few examples from last week.

1. The boy who, not wanting to damage his beautiful St. Patrick’s day bowler hat in all the rain we had, covered it with some sort of bread bag so that he could still wear it to school and not have to worry.

2. There is the kid who STILL wears all his winter gear to school: toque, gloves, snow pants, winter coat and boots.

3. The grade one class had an in-depth conversation about how “all living things poop”

Next week I am back to a FULL week of meals and am excited to try a few new recipes. Just an update from last week: I made Mongolian Beef and rice again, and boy was it good…like I-forgot-how-good-it-was-and-was-glad-Andrew-had-asked-for-it good. If you haven’t tried it, you should.

Here is what I am making this week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Soup and Sandwiches Guam-Style Chicken Salad Lasagna Cups Sweet Potato Tacos Frozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Your favorite soup recipe ingredients
  • Your favorite sandwich fixings
  • Naan bread or pita bread
  • Soy sauce
  • yellow onion
  • cane vinegar or rice wine vinegar
  • chicken breasts or thighs
  • green onions
  • unsweetened coconut
  • lemon juice
  • ┬áred or green chilis
  • sweet potato
  • olive oil
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • ground coriander
  • black beans
  • corn
  • honey
  • lime juice
  • cilantro
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • taco fixings (salsa, avocado, cheese etc.)
  • lean ground beef
  • mushrooms
  • pasta sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • wonton wrappers
  • Parmesan cheese
  • ricotta cheese
  • mozzarella cheese

Monday

We have lots of soup in our freezer, so I thought I would get using it. I am going to make chicken salad sandwiches to go along with it, possibly with lemon and cranberries and green onions in it. Yum! If you need a good soup recipe check out some of our favorites.

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Tuesday

I saw this meal on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and it looked so amazing that I had to find a way to try to make it at home. I search the internet (what would we do without the internet?) and found a recipe that looks exactly like it. I think I am drawn to it because of the coconut…I love coconut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

I have had this pinned to my recipe board for a long time and have just never gotten around to trying it. Well this is the week it happens. I bought way more than the required 16 wonton wrappers so I am hoping I can freeze the leftovers and have another easy supper to pull out, or little lunch bites when we are in a pinch.

Thursday

Our meatless option this week includes sweet potatoes and black beans and, frankly, looks incredible. I love Mexican, sweet potatoes and black beans. Win, win, win!

Honey-Lime Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Tacos | Cooking Classy