01 September 2015

Lemon Dill Chicken Salad with Chobani


To celebrate the last weekend of our summer , I decided to make something I absolutely love for lunch this week, Chicken Salad. I've made this recipe a few times and even blogged about it but I knew I wanted to try something a tad different this time around. 


With school starting this Wednesday, I'm on a mission to be a tad conscious of the foods Jonathan and I are eating on a day to day basis. It really does help when we have a consistent schedule to stay on track. It also helps that we have been shopping so much at our local veggie market which has fresh local vegetables at affordable prices. Besides using fresh produce, I wanted to mix up my old recipe with the binding. I decided to try my hand at replacing the mayonnaise and use Chobani's Plain Greek Yogurt instead. I found this to be a refreshing change to the recipe. There are tons of other amazing recipes that use greek yogurt all over the web but I find that Chobani has really put together a great list at their website. Be sure to check them out! 


The recipe is simple to put together and it lasts most of the week! You can even cut down on time by using those already roasted chickens you find at your local grocery store. 


Once everything is cooked, you throw it all in a bowl and mix it up. The Chobani yogurt does a great job of acting as the mayo in this recipe and keeping everything combined and moist. The light tartness to the yogurt works really well with the lemon and dill combination. 


Lemon Dill Chicken Salad with Chobani

By Alexis Sanchez

Ingredients: 

4 Cups of Chicken
1 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds
3 Stalks of Celery with Leaves
2 Large Scallions
1/2 Cup Fresh Dill
1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley
1 Freshly Squeezed Lemon
2 Cups of Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt
Salt & Pepper to Taste


Directions: 

1. Heat a pan on medium high heat with a little olive oil. Begin by dicing your chicken into bite size pieces. Season with salt, pepper, and coriander seed. Sprinkle over all the chicken and massage in the seasoning with your hands. Add to the pan when it is heated. 

2. Split and dice the celery and leaves into small pieces. Add these to a large mixing bowl. Peel the scallions and slice them into small strips. Put these aside to be added to the chicken later. Finely chop up the Dill and Parsley, add these to the mixing bowl. Toss the contents of the bowl and set aside. 

3. Continue to stir and cook the chicken, about 6-8 minutes. Add the scallions once the chicken is just about finished, stirring and mixing them with the chicken. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. 

4. Add the warm chicken to the mixing bowl. Stir the chicken in with the other herbs. Next, add the Cobani yogurt and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir the contents of the bowl. 

5. Cover and refrigerator the mixture for at least 30 minutes, if not more. Once it's cooled down, serve on it's own, with crackers or on a sandwich with your choice of cheese and ENJOY! 

* Recipe adapted from Food Network Chicken Salad Recipe

30 August 2015

3.. 2... 1.. Back to School BASH


Hey everyone! It'a back to school season and what better way than to celebrate with my Primary Pack friends! Our hop is a 3…2…1… BACK TO SCHOOL BASH because each member of The Primary Pack will be giving you 3 teacher tips, 2 giveaways (one on each of our blogs and one BIG one on the Primary Pack), and 1 freebie! To enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first! As you "hop" through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecopter on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop. You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!!



Here is a couple of tips and tricks I've used in the past that have helped my classroom run a tad bit smoother! This is probably my favorite part of this celebration because it's almost like a mini pinterest session between us teachers! :]



My first tip has to do with organization and the use of binders. Binders are a HUGE time saver for those things we need to keep in paper form. Yes, we are in living in the digital world, but sometimes it's easier to grab my binder of masters, run down to the copy room rather than search through my drive to find what I need. As you can see, I have almost every subject there at my fingertips in case I need to help with any additional intervention or lesson. 

Lilly's Bright & Sassy Binder Covers Gold Bling Binder Covers Spring Herringbone Binder Covers Watercolor Tribal Arrow Binder Covers Image Map

Additionally, if you do work with a binder system, you MUST have adorable binder covers. It gives your bookcase and/or desk a little extra flair. And who doesn't need that?! Featured in this photo above from my classroom is my best selling Lilly's Bright and Sassy Editable Binder Covers. You can read more about my binder system and how I use them in my classroom here



In my opinion, you need to skip the personal pencil boxes and messy desks! Trade it in for group supplies or even community supplies. I've done both ways during my teaching and students respect and take control of their supplies much more when they have to share with a team. So here is what I did: I found these awesome cups at Ikea. They are $1.99 for a 6 pack. I then took a drive up to Dollar Tree and found these bins for $1 each. Lucky for me, the cups fit in here perfectly! I totally know this because I had the cups in my purse when I went in there! :]


Right there you are at $3.00 per table group. This is the same price as one of those table caddies {I can never seem to find these at Michaels} minus the organized brightness! I created, cut and laminated the team labels and slapped them on the fronts with velcro. Now onto the organized part, each cup with hold their supplies. You can easily have a cup for each student but I like the simple look of everything being sorted. So one cup will be pencils, markers, glue sticks, colored pencils, scissors, etc. You can see that I sat them on top of my tables group bins. These housed all of our notebooks and materials we needed throughout the day. There you go: cheap, easy and organized as promised!






Our classrooms are our second home, right? They are also our student's second home and sometimes they can be a place were they feel the safest. I try to always make my classrooms feel like a small community and homey feeling. My last tip is the simplest of all, add small touches to your classroom to make it feel like a home. Last year, I had each table group home a plant on their desk. I was a bit worried in the beginning of the year of them surviving, but guess what? They did! The students (and fellow teachers) loved the look, it felt homey and my students continued to take care of their plants throughout the school year! I got these plants at Ikea for $3 each and purchased the metal plant container for $1 there as well. Not too bad of a price to pay to create a comfortable environment for my students. 



Remember to enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first, that is if you haven't already started there! As you "hop" through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecopter on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop. You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!! If you have already hopped along to me, you are fine to continue your journey!  :]


a Rafflecopter giveaway



If you have never used Class Dojo, you have to check it out, what are you waiting for?! It's free and easy! Teachers love the data it creates, students love the adorable dojo monsters and parents love the communication tools. This is a great resource to bring that home to school connection alive. I wrote more about how it ran in my previous classroom here including my use of Dojo Dollars and Dojo Store


At the beginning of the year I send home a copy of this parent letter so I can get the parents involved as well. It makes everything easier when the parents are on board as well! All they have to do is fill it out and send it back. You are able to enter their emails (multiple emails too for each child!) from your account so there is nothing more the parents need to do.  







Alright, now is the time for you to hop along to the next stop, Learning Lessons with Mrs. Labrasciano and collect your next letter. Don't forget to jot down mine from above! Good luck with your back to school festivities!