Mealtime Mama: BLT Chicken Salad Recipe

mealtime-mama-category-sponsor-banner-2017Happy Monday, mamas! We’re officially in Spring now, which always gives us a little reality check because Spring means that swimsuit season isn’t too far away. (Yikes!) If you’re like us and want to shape up before it’s tomato tape measure2time to hit the beach or the pool, here’s a healthy recipe we found on the Harp’s website that’s low in carbs. Hope you enjoy it!

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BLT Chicken Salad


  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 large tomato, dicedlettuce3
  • 3 slices of crisp fried bacon, crumbled
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, sliced
  • Additional mayonnaise as needed


BLT chicken salad recipe nutrition boxBrush chicken with mayonnaise; sprinkle with pepper. Grill for 5-7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in center.

Cool slightly; cut into thin strips. Arrange lettuce leaves on serving plates. Top with chicken, tomato, bacon and egg. Spoon on additional mayonnaise, if you like.

For more meal inspiration, click here to check out the HUGE collection of recipes on the Harps website. You can register (for free) on the site and save all your favorites (or share one with a friend) by clicking one button. It’s super easy to search for ingredients, and we love how organized the recipe collection is. While you’re there, sign up to use the Harps Digital Coupon program. (No more forgetting your paper coupons at home!) Just enter your phone number at checkout and your coupons will be applied to the total. It’s so easy, and it’s one more reason we love shopping at Harps.







Mealtime Mama: Summer Peach Guacamole

peach guac

It’s peach season, so we are excited that Helen at My Brother’s Salsa has given us a wonderful recipe that uses one of our favorite fruits.

She even made a video for us about how to make her Summer Peach Guacamole (the written recipe is also below):


Summer-Remix4Two fresh summer peaches (peeled, diced)

Two ripe avocados (peeled, diced)

4 Tablespoons My Brother’s Tomatillo Salsa

optional:  sea salt, freshly chopped cilantro

Directions: Combine ingredients in small mixing bowl and stir gently. We would also add that you should serve it with My Brother’s Organic Corn Tortilla chips. Yum!

my brother's salsaCLICK HERE to see more of Helen’s recipes and also read about how she got started making My Brother’s Salsa. The website is fun to visit!

Note from the mamas: This post originally published summer 2015.

Mealtime Mama: Special Spinach Salad

Happy Monday, mamas!

I went to a Bible study meeting not long ago and one of the ladies there had brought this spinach salad that I fell in LOVE with. So delicious. I asked for the recipe so I could make it at home and share it here on the website, too.

The feta cheese and walnuts really make this a more filling salad than most, and the homemade dressing that you toss it with is SO good. Can’t get enough of it lately. Hope you love it, too!

Special Spinach Salad

spinach1 bag of baby spinach (I tear off the hard stems)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup feta cheese


feta cheese1/3 cup olive oil

3 tbs sugar

2 tbs white wine vinegar

2 tbs sour cream

1/2 tsp ground mustard

Mix the dressing ingredients together until well blended and then pour over the salad ingredients and toss it until well coated.

You can always add grilled chicken, if you like, but you’ll be surprised at how the cheese and walnuts in this dish make you feel full even though you’ve only had salad.


Mealtime Mama: Mexican street corn

street corn

We’ve really been enjoying the recipes from our Mealtime Mama sponsor, My Brother’s Salsa. And, oh my goodness, this Mexican street corn looks AH-mazing. Can’t wait to try it!

This time Helen of My Brother’s Salsa had a special guest helping her make the how-to video: her sweet granddaughter Caroline :) Watch below:

You’ll need:

Mealtime Mama, My Brother's Salsa8 ears of corn, grilled

2 Tbls. melted butter

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2  Tablespoons of My Brother’s Original Salsa (we like to use HOT)

1 Tbls. freshly squeezed lime juice

1/4 -1/2 tsp. sea salt

Cotija cheese, grated

freshly chopped cilantro

Directions: In small mixing bowl combine the mayonnaise, My Brother’s Original Salsa, lime juice, salt. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Grill corn – takes about 10-12 minutes to grill a freshly shucked ear of corn on your hot grill.  (You can use sauce on any cooked ear of corn if you have a different method of cooking you prefer)

Brush melted butter over cooked corn, spread sauce on each ear of corn, top with cotija cheese and choppped cilantro.

Click here to see more of Helen’s delicious recipes!

Mealtime Mama: Great food ideas for a “nautical” baby shower or birthday party


By Shannon Magsam, nwaMotherlode

I had so much fun recently hosting a “nautical” baby shower for my neighbor, Jenn.

Jenn and Brian are decorating the baby’s room in a sea-worthy theme, so it was only fitting.

I thought you might enjoy seeing a few pics in case you want to throw a party this summer with the ocean as your inspiration. It would make a fun birthday party as well, with a few modifications.

First, we start with our beautiful mama-to-be, Jenn, and the adorable wooden sign I bought from Riffraff for the baby’s room (it was on the food table surrounded by sea shells):

baby shower, jenny

The biggest hit on the food table was the fruited chicken salad in croissants. These weren’t just any croissants, though. These were special “crabby” croissants:

baby shower, crabs

Cute, huh?

Click here to see the fruited chicken salad recipe. I cut down on the raisins, added pear, and left out the onions and celery.

How-to: To make the crab’s eyes, I just used mini marshmallows and sliced black olives. The juice from the olives was sufficient to make them stick to the sugary marshmallows, so I didn’t have to use anything to “glue” them together. I then just inserted a toothpick for the final touch.

Following the nautical theme, I was also PINspired to add an octopus to the spinach dip. Like him?

baby shower, dip

Click here to read more about how to make your own bell pepper octopus.

I also served some delicious treats that our other awesome neighbors brought (thanks Sandra, Christie and Carolyn!) plus multi-colored goldfish crackers, blue cupcakes covered with cream cheese icing and “sand” sprinkles and brownies (not nautical-related. Moms and mamas-to-be just need chocolate).

My Aunt Joyce’s special occasion punch was served to wash it all down. This punch has been served as all the baby showers, wedding showers and birthday parties in our family forever. Click here to see the fruit punch recipe.

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few shots from the shower. Good luck hosting your own By the Sea Party!