Recipes from the pages of Boomer Times & Senior Life Magazine

Apple Chicken Salad with Rosemary Pecans

The healthy ingredients in this recipe are worth your making it for lunch or dinner. It is quite beautiful, especially if you dot the top with the rosemary and pecans.

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Rosemary is said to be good your memory, but it contains antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid, plus several essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, and a-pinene that are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. Nutrient-Dense Pecans. Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals—including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber.

Ingredients (12 Servings)

• 2 tbsp. butter

• 1 1/2 c. pecans

• 1 tsp. seasoned salt

• 2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped

• 2 tbsp. olive oil

• 2 chicken breasts

• 4 fresh thyme sprig, chopped

• 2 c. apple cider

• 2 apples, cored and chopped

• 1 c. celery, chopped

• 1/3 c. golden raisins

• 1 c. mayonnaise

• 1 tbsp. sugar

• 2 tsp. rosemary, chopped

• 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

• 1 tsp. salt

• 1/2 tsp. pepper

• bed of lettuce or flaky croissant, for serving


Preheat oven to 350º.

Place butter on a pizza pan in the oven and allow to melt while oven preheats.

Remove pizza pan from oven when butter is melted and spread pecans on the pan; stir to coat pecans with butter then sprinkle seasoned salt and rosemary over pecans.

Bake 7 to 10 minutes in preheated oven; remove from oven, stir and let cool.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.

Place chicken breasts in pan and sear 5 to 6 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Add thyme and sauté for 1 minute.

Pour in apple cider, bring to a boil then reduce heat to low; poach chicken for 15 to 20 minutes until cooked through (liquid will barely bubble while poaching but should not be boiling).

Remove chicken from pan, increase heat to high and boil liquid about 10 minutes until reduced to 1/2 cup; strain into a bowl and allow liquid to cool. Shred chicken after it has cooled.

Mix shredded chicken, apples, celery, raisins, mayonnaise, strained apple cider mixture, sugar, rosemary, seasoned salt, salt and pepper until well blended.

Fold in 1/2 cup Rosemary Pecans.

Sprinkle remaining pecans on top of salad before serving and serve on a flaky croissant or over a bed of lettuce.

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Super Duper Health Shakes

It used to be milk shakes, malted milk shakes, ice cream floats and all those tasty, fattening, not-so-healthy foamy drinks.

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Now…let’s try something that is tasty, refreshing and soooo good for you!

Formula: Makes 2 twelve ounce glassfuls

• 1 frozen banana

• 1 cup frozen blueberries

• 1 cup frozen strawberries

• 1 cup fresh spinach

• 1 cup fresh kale

• 1 cup of plain almond milk

• 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

• 1 Tablespoon flax seeds

• 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds

Put them in the blender, liquid food first, then drop in the frozen fruit, spinach, kale and seeds. Adjust as per your taste and desire. You can substitute other fruit. But keep the banana.

This will be the healthiest drink you will ever have. And it is a filling meal. Drink it anytime in the day, afternoon or evening.