This Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons & Hunger Is. The opinions and text are all mine.
Your entire family will be begging for this Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad with Cheesy Croutons and its perfect for Labor Day! The juicy tangy chicken is incredible all on its own but complimented by the crunchy cheesy croutons, crispy salty bacon and all doused with creamy Jalapeno Ranch you will fall in love!
Today’s post is a little different. It is still about food, but hopefully it will leave you thinking a little differently about the food you are blessed to eat every single day.
Every day most of us open the refrigerator, gaze at our stocked shelves, or depleting shelves ready for a grocery run, and decide what we “feel like” eating. We are spoiled rotten. But for far too many, this is a luxury they do not have. I used to think hunger was limited to far away countries I would never visit and to people I would never meet but I was shocked to learn that 1 in 5 children in America live in households without consistent access to adequate food. Our friends, our neighbors even our family.
One family stated, “Even with food stamps, there’s never enough food to go around, and it feels like the boys never really get filled up. It’s hard, too, over the weekends, when there’s no school, so the kids don’t always get breakfast or lunch during the day. I spend a lot of time trying to devise ways to stretch the food we have.”
Another family stated, “It’s hard to watch your babies go to bed hungry. I’ve even skipped meals just to make sure they have enough so they can get to sleep.” (albertsons.com/hungerisus)
The scenarios that force families into hunger are countless and varied but the innocent hunger pains of children and the need for help are the same. In some areas, children are blessed to receive free or reduced price school breakfasts – sometimes the only meal they will eat all day. But in other areas, nearly half of eligible children do not receive school breakfast resulting in 3 out of 5 K-8 public school teachers reporting regularly seeing students coming to school hungry. I cannot imagine trying to focus on school, to learn, to play, to dream big, to reach my full potential when all I want to reach for is a piece of bread.
With such dismal statistics, its easy to feel hopeless and feel so small against such a large problem. But you can help! From September 1st through September 30th, 2016 Albertsons will be having a national “Hunger Is” campaign (click HERE). Hunger Is is working to expand breakfast programs in neighborhoods across America, “to eradicate childhood hunger,” with the hopes to provide 5 million more breakfasts this year to kids in need. That’s 5 million more full bellies.
You can help simply by shopping at your local Albertsons and purchasing participating brands/products from their stores including any Earthbound Farm products like the spinach used in this Bacon Ranch Salad. So simply by treating yourself to a delicious meal and feeding your family, you will be helping to feed children in need. For every unit sold in September 2016, $0.10 goes back to their local market through Albertsons 501(c )3 Foundation, up to $1 Million nationally – just be sure to look for tags on participating items in the store and think of all the children that could benefit!
Now let’s get you excited about making this Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad with Cheesy Croutons so you will make it often and buy lots and lots of Earthbound Salad – and fill your basket with other participating items while in the store! 🙂
I would say the star of this Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad is the chicken, but then I want to say it’s the Jalapeno Ranch and then I want to say it’s the Cheesy Croutons and then of course there is the bacon – they all come together to create an explosion of tangy, salty, spicy flavors and creamy, crunchy, crispy palate pleasing textures that will leave you What About Bob “mmmmm-ing” over this Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad.
The Ranch Chicken is marinated in a tangy ranch marinade of ranch seasoning mix, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and lemon pepper to create a tangy Lemon Pepper Ranch Chicken. If you don’t have lemon pepper you don’t have to buy it just for this recipe and can just add a dash of pepper and lemon zest but it is one of my favorite seasonings so I strongly suggest stocking it. The chicken emerges from the spice bath tender, juicy, tangy and ready to tempt you to devour it alone without its adorning greens.
The Lemon Pepper Ranch Chicken is complimented by crunchy homemade Cheesy Cheddar Croutons that are an addicting snack all on their own. When Patrick passed through the kitchen, he stopped and munched on these croutons, exclaiming how good they were…and then he had to pass through again and again and again, as the plate of cheesy croutons diminished before me.
The Jalapeno Ranch is a super simple blending of jalapeno, ranch seasoning mix, milk, mayo and sour cream to create a silky, tantalizing dressing that you will want to douse on everything like I did here. But first start by dousing your Ranch Chicken, Cheesy Croutons, bacon, avocado, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli and cucumber. With each bite I hope we can all be a little more grateful for the food we are blessed with every single day. God bless.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies & Hunger Is. The opinions and text are all mine.