Fresh, Fabulous and Skinny, Chicken Caesar BLT Main Course SaladReport Violation
12 strips Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon, see shopping tip
12 cups romaine lettuce (3 cups per salad)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups (8oz) chicken breasts, cooked with skin removed, cut into bite-size pieces
24 Milton’s Original Multi-Grain Baked Snack Crackers, see shopping tip
½ cup Girard’s Light Caesar Dressing, Ken’s Steak House Lite Caesar dressing or Cardini Light Caesar Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, Champagne vinegar or red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons (1 oz) fresh shredded Parmesan cheese, for topping
1. To cook the bacon-place on a microwave-safe plate two sheets of paper towels. Lay on top of paper towels, 6 slices of bacon in a single layer. Lay another 2 sheets of paper towels on top of bacon. Cook in microwave until crisp (~ 4 to 5 minutes). Blot cook pieces and set side. Repeat steps with remaining 6 pieces, using more paper towels.
2. In a large bowl, add lettuce, tomatoes, chicken and crackers. Crumble all the bacon into the bowl. Add dressing, vinegar and toss well. Add more dressing, if desired.
3. Divide salad among 4 dinner plates. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon cheese.
Makes 4 main course salads
Shopping Tips-You might be familiar with Milton’s wonderful Multi-Grain bread but did you know they make great snack-size crackers? I’m using their multi-grain but the whole wheat would work too. They’re super tasty and great to use instead of croutons, in any salad. Many supermarkets carry them. Check Milton’s website to find where they’re sold in your area, http://www.miltonsbaking.com/. If you can’t find them, choose a small reduced-fat baked cracker.
I’ve combed the supermarket shelves looking for one of the leanest regular bacon choices and Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon is my favorite, compared to most regular bacon. It’s much lower in fat and calories, 3 slices contain 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. Once cooked on paper towels, most of the fat soaks into the paper, not left in the bacon.
Weight Watchers (old points) 7
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 8
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 salad (including crouton crackers, dressing and cheese)
320 calories, 13g fat, 32g protein, 16g carbs, 4g fiber, 557mg sodium, 3g sugar
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