There’s Kale in the Chicken Coup

Aha.. you thought you caught me in another typo, didn’t you?  Nope… that title is on purpose.. read on to find out why.

I’ve been much better at making good dinners, we’re not eating out, or eating too much processed foods.  I have not been as proactive with my lunches.  I’ve been waiting til I’m hungry and then grabbing what was handy, and not always making the best choices.  So after breakfast today, I went through my recipe books looking for something I could make, that would be healthy, real food – with what I have in the house.  I found 3 great salads that I have (almost) all the ingredients for.   I decided today to try the “Chicken Coup” recipe from the Looney Spoons collection.

I altered a bit, based on what I had in the house.. so here’s what I did…


4 celery heart stalks with leaves, chopped
4 green onions with white parts, chopped
1 honey crisp apple, peel on, cored and chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped pecans
2 cans of Kirkland cooked chicken, drained
(recipe called for parsley, but we don’t have any in Bill & Amy’s kitchen)


dressing: (mix up well together before adding to salad fixins above)
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (recipe calls for light sour cream, I substituted)
1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar (recipe calls for plain white vinegar)
1 tbsp honey mustard
1 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
fresh ground S & P

It was really really good.  I will definitely make this again!  So yummy.  I put it in the fridge for lunch later today.. and headed out to hang laundry on the line.




While I was out hanging laundry, i was reminded about a conversation my sister and I had (socially distanced) on my back patio last week.

We have 6 kale plants that wintered really well and are regrowing beautifully.  She asked me if i’m using it yet in salads – which i haven’t.    So I picked 6 good leaves and brought them inside, washed and chopped, then put through the food processor to chop really fine.


We also have some onions I left in the ground over winter – we planted too late and they took a long time to establish themselves, but are now showing really nice promise.


Fresh washed kale leaves, then chopped fine in food processor

I added the kale to the “Chicken Coup” salad..  and it’s Perfect.


mmmm.. yummy yummy in my tummy.

A couple of days ago, in a continued effort to waste less.. I kept the seeds aside from an acorn squash we had with dinner a few nights ago.  Washed, dried and then sprayed with cooking oil spray, a small dash of salt, a couple pinches of smoked paprika and garlic powder.. then roasted in the toaster oven for 12 min at 350 convection.  Definitely not enough to use the big oven, but perfect for our Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven.   I love our toaster oven.  We use it more than the big oven, it’s so handy and quick.  The roasted squash seeds turned out fantastic, great crunch and very flavourful.. a lovely snack.  I don’t think i’ll throw out seeds ever again.



It’s Saturday of Easter weekend, the day when my family typically gets together for a grand potluck dinner.  Instead, due to Covid-19 and social isolating, we met for 4 hours on Zoom last night.. some of my nephews/nieces and greats popping in for a short while, a couple for the whole time.  We cooked & ate together, folded laundry together, shared what’s happening in our lives, and had stuffed animal shows.  A young great niece took us all on a tour of their family’s horse farm with her daddy’s phone, showed us how she can climb hay bales, and introduced the family to her pony named “Peanut butter”.  2 of my sisters took us on tours of their gardens.  It isn’t the same as being together, but in some ways, it was better.. we saw each other in our own homes.. it was chaos.. and it was beautiful.

As are my fair feathered friends who continue to visit and entertain..


Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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