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Joan Lunden's Chicken Waldorf Salad

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Frugal Celebrities' Recipes Legendary TV journalist Joan Lunden

Journalist, author, producer, and television talk news anchor Joan Lunden was named "Television's Favorite Morning Anchor" in an Entertainment Weekly national viewer poll. Born Joan Elise Blunden in 1950 in Sacramento, California, the budding journalist was instructed to change her professional last name to Lunden because of fears that Blunden would be mispronounced "Blunder."

She was cohost of ABC's Good Morning America for 17 years (prior to that, she had worked as a beat reporter for WABC-TV's Eyewitness News in New York City), making her at the time the longest-reigning news cohost on American early-morning television. Her accomplishments are impressive. Lunden reported on the 50th anniversary of D-Day, five Olympic Games, and two royal weddings (Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding in 1981 and Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011). She also covered the inaugurations and administrations of three U.S. presidents: Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan.

The Emmy Award-nominated Lunden was one of only three American journalists to interview Prince Charles during his 1983 visit to the United States. She is the face of Murad's skincare line, Resurgence, and has spearheaded a number of other successful television projects, including the hosting of Health Corner, a Lifetime cable TV series sponsored by Walgreens, developed a series with A&E, titled Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden, and has been involved in different charity efforts. In 1991, the New York Women in Communications group presented Lunden with a Matrix Award for her "outstanding contributions to the broadcasting field."

After giving birth to three daughters, going through a bitter, public divorce in 1992 from television producer Michael Krauss, and a hectic news career, Lunden battled weight gain and low energy. For a long time, she used food as an escape and a comfort to offset the many challenges and stresses in her life. After years of failed diets, she finally managed to break the cycle and stick to a program of sensible, satisfying, low-fat eating, shedding her excess weight.

At 46, Lunden and cohost Charlie Gibson were forced to retire from their GMA cohost spots in 1997 to be replaced with younger hosts (viewers were so upset with the network's ill-advised decision, it was reported that the show lost more than 1 million viewers). Lunden embarked on new projects, and three years later, married her second husband, businessman Jeff Konigsberg, in 2000. At age 54 in 2003, she became the mother of twins (a boy and a girl) through the help of a surrogate mother. In 2005, the couple welcomed their second set of twins, another girl and boy, using the same surrogate.

Here's an amusing observation about life that Lunden has posted on her blog:

1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.

The recipe below is from her private collection of wonderful, low-fat, healthy recipes contained in her 1996 bestselling cookbook that she co-wrote with Laura Morton, Joan Lunden's Healthy Cooking. She is the author of a number of other books, including Joan Lunden's Healthy Living, Your Newborn Baby, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers, and A Bend in the Road Is Not the End of the Road: 10 Positive Principles for Dealing with Change.


About her unique, low-fat twist on the traditional Waldorf salad, Lunden wrote, "Like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, this combination of ingredients belongs together, which is why I've always loved the taste of a Waldorf salad. All those classic ingredients blend well together naturally, and trust me, the addition of the chicken to this classic right in step."


Joan Lunden's Chicken Waldorf Salad


In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the apple, red and green grapes, celery, scallion, and chicken, and toss the mixture well. Mound one-fourth of the salad on top of each wedge of cantaloupe, and top with one-fourth of the walnuts (if using).

Makes 4 servings.



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