Rice triangles
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Serves 4 (12 triangles total)
Recipe from “The Laptop Lunch” by Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring (Morning Run Press, $8.99, 96 pages).
3 cups whole-grain sushi rice, dry
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoon sweet sake or mirin
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
6 sheets nori seaweed
Wash rice, drain and cook as directed. While rice is cooking, prepare vinegar sauce by mixing together vinegar, salt, sugar and sake or mirin. Toss with cooked rice. Add sesame seeds and toss again. Allow rice to cool.
Wet hands and mold rice mixture into 1-inch-thick triangles with 21/2-inch sides.
Cut nori sheets in half and wrap each rice triangle in one half sheet.
For variety, shape rice into logs, spheres, cubes and pyramids.
Per triangle: 157 cal.; 3 g pro.; 33 g carb.; trace fat; 0 mg chol.; 209 mg sod.; 2 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 4 percent calories from fat.

Chicken salad
Prep time: 25 minutes
Serves 4 to 6
Recipe by Food Network Kitchens. Note: Prep time does not include the time to make the poached chicken.
4 cups diced poached chicken, (recipe below)
1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced, or 1/4 cup sweet onion cut into 1/4-inch dice
1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon or fresh dill
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 cup prepared or homemade mayonnaise
2 teaspoons strained, freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a mixing bowl, toss together chicken, celery, scallions and herbs. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Add to the chicken and mix gently until combined.
Serve on a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes in half an avocado, or in a chicken club sandwich made with bread, bacon, tomatoes and lettuce.
Per serving based on 6 servings: 427 cal.; 29 g pro.; 1 g carb.; 32 g fat (6 sat., 1 monounsat., 1 polyunsat., 24 other); 106 mg chol.; 927 mg sod.; 0 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 71 percent calories from fat.

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