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Simple Truth Giveaway + Chicken Curry Cashew Salad

Simple Truth Chicken Curry Cashew Salad

Simple Truth Organic and Natural Food
Way back in December, I was invited to an event at the Hawthorne Fred Meyer, for a launch of their new product line — Simple Truth.

Simple Truth aims to “provide a simple, uncomplicated and trustworthy solution to the challenge of simply better living. All Simple Truth items are Free From 101 artificial ingredients and preservatives.” These products are available in Oregon at Fred Meyer and nationally at Kroger grocery stores.

Simple Truth Chicken Curry Cashew Salad

Nutritionist Carolyn Brown answering questions about eating healthier and a plateful of delicious event snacks — a quinoa salad and cashew curry chicken salad. Disclaimer: photos from my phone.

It was a fun event which included food demos with Leigh Ann Hieronymus and nutrition information with Carolyn Brown, MS, RD. There was also organic wine and beer and a huge swag bag at the end of the evening for everyone to lug home. But even better, attendees were given the opportunity to do a future blog giveaway. Hooray!

Seeing that it’s the beginning of a brand new year and a great time for eating healthier and wiser, wouldn’t it be awesome to win a whole basketful of Simple Truth products for yourself? (Answer: Yes, it would.)

Simple Truth Chicken Curry Cashew Salad

Included in the gift basket: Simple Truth Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Simple Truth Salsa, Simple Truth Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Simple Truth Ground Coffee, Simple Truth Green Jasmine Tea and Simple Truth Toasted Oats cereal.

To enter for a chance to win this basket, please leave a comment below with one of your food goals for 2013 by Wednesday, January 16, noon (Pacific time). I’ll randomly pick a winner (who lives in the US), send the good people at Simple Truth that person’s address and a short time later, the gift basket will arrive at their door. Pretty cool, huh?

And, as if that wasn’t enough, here’s something that everyone reading this gets — a recipe from that December event. This salad was very good and filling, with a surprising crunch from the celery. I asked Simple Truth for the recipe and they were kind enough to provide it.

One of the nice things about this recipe is that you can tailor it to what you have on hand. For instance, I had feta and chicken thighs. No problem, I subbed those for the blue cheese and chicken breasts. And, even though the gift basket does not include the curry cashews, you could easily use regular cashews and just sprinkle a little curry powder on the chicken before cooking it. Or, just go buy some of the curry cashews because they are awesome-in-a-bag. Confession: I’ve already gone through two bags since December.

Simple Truth Chicken Curry Cashew Salad
Recipe by Fresh Ideas with Leigh Ann; serves 4.
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/4 cup Simple Truth Olive Oil
2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
3 tbsp Blue Cheese, crumbled
6 Green Onions, chopped
4 Simple Truth Chicken Breasts, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 Package Simple Truth Organic Spring Mix, 16 ounces
3/4 cup Green or Red Grapes, halved
1/2 cup finely chopped Celery,
2 tbsp Simple Truth Dried Cranberries
1 Bag Simple Truth Curry Cashews, (5 ounces)
Sea Salt & Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Mix mustard, oil, vinegar, crumbled blue cheese, salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet. Add green onions and sauté for 1 minute. Add chicken cubes and cook for 5-7 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from skillet; set aside.

In a large bowl, add spring mix, grapes, celery and cranberries and chicken. Toss with dressing.

Plate on four large plates and top with cracked pepper and curry cashews.

Winner has been chosen and is being notified. Thank so much everyone for entering!

30 comments to Simple Truth Giveaway + Chicken Curry Cashew Salad

  • Edie

    The simple truth is, I am trying to eat lighter, and incorporate more veggies into my meals. Yum! Tastier than I ever thought possible!
    Edie

  • Tracy

    This recipe looks delicious. Anything with cashews please!

  • Tracy

    Btw- I buy Simple Truth products in Coretz CO at the City market/Kroger store. It is a great brand!

  • Tanvi

    One of my food goals for the next year is to make at least one recipe with a new ingredient per month. I feel like I’ve gotten into a rut and am cooking the same things again and again just to keep myself fed. This year, I want to get excited about cooking again!

  • Jill

    I’m trying to eat nothing after 7:00pm.

  • Aside from organizing the kitchen, one of our goals is to make more bread. I’ve been practicing but I still can’t seem to nail down the texture I’m looking for.

  • Niki Ganong

    I want to eat at home more often. We’re already doing one night of fish and one of veg., but we really need to get away from those calorically splurgey restaurant meals.

  • Rhi

    I’d love to feed my family more FRESH foods this year!

  • Vanessa

    That salad sounds delicious… and clean! My goal is have more “clean” meal options in my repertoire. I tend to repeat the same meals with slight variations because I know them and know the nutritional content. I’ve made several of your recipes, also with slight variations, and want to do it more often and by heart.

  • devlyn

    This year, I’m trying to allow my husband to learn how to cook. It’s been hard for me to step out of the kitchen and stay out of his way when he’s learning.

  • veronica

    This year, I’m going to be better about planning my meals ahead of time. I know that I eat more healthily (and probably less, too) when I plan what I’m going to eat *before* I get hungry.

  • Laura C.

    One of my family’s food goals this year is to try to seek out more organic fruits and meats. These items can be significantly more expensive but it’s something I feel strongly about as I have two little ones at home :-)

  • Melanie

    This year, my goals are to learn how to cook tamales at home, and to also take full culinary advantage of having recently moved to Portland, OR, since it is an awesome foodie town.

  • My biggest food goal this year is to shave off a little more fat and sugar from my diet. Because we’re trying for a baby this year, I want to be eating as healthfully as I can!

  • mlb

    Welcome to Portland, Melanie! :)

  • Wild Orchid

    One of my goals is to start a garden and cook with veggies I have grown myself.
    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  • Michele P.

    I’ve never tried this brand before, but I am trying to eat healthier for 2013, less chemicals, less processed foods, and recipes using natural ingredients!

  • Amy L

    Since my doctor just told me my cholesterol is a bit high, one of my goals is to learn how to cook more “heart friendly” meals. I’d like to learn to cook more with beans, and other vegetarian foods.

  • manda

    I am trying to eat more organic and whole foods.

  • debbie jackson

    Our goal is eat more raw fruits and veggies debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  • Meryl

    I’m going to cut down on sugar.

  • Louis

    Less sweets and more vegetables.

  • meredith

    I am trying to eat less refined sugars/carbs and eat more greens!

  • Aneesa

    Really trying to incorporate more green juices/smoothies into my diet!

  • Carolsue

    I am trying very hard to eat less fat and carbs; drink more water and less soda; eat less red meat and more fish.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • Claudia Perez

    My goal is to eat more raw fruit and veggies.

  • SWoita

    More water, more fiber, smaller portions, healthier food. Actually, I’ve been doing pretty good with all of that. The hardest for me is smaller portions…!

  • LB

    Food goal 2013: reduce the amount of added sugars I eat.

  • kim viverette

    My food goal for 2013 is to eat out less in restaurants. Cook more from raw ingredients and use less processed foods at home.

  • Diana

    This year will be the year of experimenting with whole-grain flours! I’ve loved them in, well, grain form, but I want to try baking with them more.