Archives- Day 12- Bacon Attracts Toddlers

Original post- 3-16-2011

This past Sunday night after I got home from choir and a quick grocery trip I was looking for something easy to make. I found a chicken club sandwich recipe that I had been wanting to try. A lot of these recipes are things that we already like, but I’ve never put forth the effort to learn to cook them.  Russ was eager to try them too, but it was kind of late already so I made Andrea some macaroni-and-cheese (her favorite meal) for dinner (seriously she eats enough for it to be a meal) and got started on the chicken.

I placed the chicken on the broiler and that was about the hardest thing I did. Andrea was wanting to watch so she stood next to me while I cut up the tomatoes, started the bacon on the stove, and got the carrots and lettuce out to make a salad to go with the sandwiches.

Did I mention that Russ loves tomatoes and Andrea loves bacon? No? Okay, well this was a problem. I had the tomatoes on the island which is directly across from my stove. I had my back towards the island while I was cooking the bacon and they were sneaking tomato slices! Russ was instigating it and then getting Andrea to participate. He’s such a bad influence….

Anyhow, I finished the bacon and Andrea started giggling while I was chopping the carrots with my back to the stove and the plate of freshly cooked bacon. Russ started talking to me with this smirk on his face. I realize that he was not looking at me, he was looking past me. Now Andrea was stealing bacon! What in the world?! How am I supposed to get anything done? I told her to go on because she had already eaten.

A few minutes later she returned and was all lovey-dovey. I picked her up and started talking to her and Russ was back to stealing tomatoes. She cracked up, wanted to be put down, walked over, and picked up some bacon like it was there for the taking. I immediately kicked both of them out of the kitchen. They made it as far as the dinner table and sat there watching me like a couple of begging dogs.

Once I finally finished supper, Russ and I had to hurry and get enough bacon for our sandwiches before the little bacon thief got to them. Plus, Russ’ salad was almost completely red from tomatoes. It’s safe to say I had maybe two tiny pieces of tomato in mine.

I guess I should take it as a compliment…?

By the way, I’m not a fan of yogurt at all so we didn’t use the sauce in the recipe. I used mayonnaise and Russ used ranch. We didn’t double stack as the recipe suggests and we also used good ‘ole fattening, regular bacon rather than turkey bacon.  It was “Family Approved”, but this is definitely more of a lunch than a supper!

Chicken Club Sandwiches- By: Healthy Meals in Minutes
Makes 2 Sandwiches
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)
2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 strips turkey bacon, cut in half crosswise (optional)
2 T plain nonfat yogurt
1 T Dijon-style mustard
6 slices whole-wheat bread, lightly toasted
4 romaine lettuce leaves
1 mdm tomato, thinly sliced

1. Preheat broiler. Spray the broiler pan with veggie cooking spray.
2. Brush chicken with oil and sprinkle with pepper. Place chicken on prepared pan. Broil chicken, 6 inches from heat, turning once, until cooked through and no longer pink, about 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, cook bacon according to package directions. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.
4. In a small bowl, combine yogurt and mustard. Mix well. Slice each chicken breast in half horizontally, and then in half crosswise, making a total of 8 slices.
5. Spread half of yogurt mixture over 2 slices of toast. Place 1 lettuce leaf, some tomato slices, 2 chicken slices, and 2 pieces of bacon, if using, on top of each toast slice. Place another slice of toast on top; repeat layering with remaining ingredients and toast. Slice the sandwiches in half diagonally.