Patti LaBelle’s First Recipe Back On Track

cajun caesar salad

When you’ve been eating one way for all your life, it’s not easy to just switch up and start eating healthy.  No one knows this better than award-winning singer, Patti LaBelle. She is known not only for her larger-than-life personality, but also her ability to “wow” the crowd in the kitchen.

Not only is Patti LaBelle the “Godmother of Soul,” but her cooking has earned her a reputation as the “Godmother of Soul Food.” Yet she had to change up her recipes when she was diagnosed with diabetes–the same disease the took the lives of her mother and aunt. So this recipe is one of Patti LaBelle’s first recipes she flipped to start eating healthy.

It’s perfect as a side or feature dish. Try this soulful spin on the traditional Caesar salad for a healthy meal that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

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4- 6 ounce boneless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon Poultry seasoning


1 head Romaine lettuce
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons reduced sodium chicken broth or water
2 tablespoons reduced fat sour cream
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon Red pepper sauce


1. To make the chicken, preheat the oven to 375. Coat a baking sheet with fat-free cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix together the Cajun seasoning and poultry seasoning. Sprinkle seasonings evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts.

2. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake until an instant-read thermometer registers 160F and juices run clear, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let chicken cool. Chop into bite-sized chunks.

3. To make the salad, in a large bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice, broth, sour cream, mustard, and red pepper sauce.

4. Tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces, toss with the Parmesan, chicken and salad dressing to coat evenly.

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Makes 6 servings

Per servings: 190 calories. 24g protein. 3g carbohydrates. 9g fat. 2g saturated fat. 60 mg cholesterol. Less than 1g dietary fiber. 370 mg sodium. Diet exchange 3 very lean meat. 1 1/2 fats. 0 carb choices.


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