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Foodie Friday: Salad Ideas

Good Day Foodies!! Hope you all had a marvelous week. It’s time for Foodie Friday’s. This week we will be taking a look at a few options for making a salad. This will not be the only post on salads but rather a start of a complete series of posts on different salad options. This series will run for the next few months.

Salads don’t just begin with lettuce, but pasta, spinach, fruit or even cheese. What types of items do you like in your salad? If I’m having a salad with lettuce, I’ll usually make a bed of spring mix and add some arugula and spinach, along with shredded carrots, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, golden raisins, pecans, cucumbers, and avocados. For a dressing sometimes I’ll drizzle honey mustard, ranch, strawberry vinaigrette or an Asian peanut dressing. It all depends on what my taste buds are craving.




Chicken Salad with Grapes & Pecans

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe
Photo Credit: Southern Living

1/2 cup of mayonnaise or ranch dressing
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 pounds skinned and boned chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
3 cups red and white seedless grapes, halved
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Combine all ingredients except pecans. Cover and store chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Add pecans when ready to serve.

Quick Chef Salad:

Shredded Cheese
Cherry Tomatoes
Ham
Romaine Lettuce

Mix together and add your favorite dressing

Apple Pecan Gorgonzola Salad

Apple, Pecan and Gorgonzola Side Salad recipe
Photo Credit: Kraft Foods

2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
2 Tbsp. toasted Chopped Pecans
2 Tbsp. Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
1/2 cup Italian Dressing Mix, prepared with balsamic vinegar
Arrange apples slice on a plate in a circle. Sprinkle with pecans and cheese. Drizzle dressing on top.
Other Quick Salad Ideas:
Tomato & Peaches: Mix wedges of tomatoes and peaches, add slivers of red onion, a few red-pepper flakes and cilantro. Dress with olive oil and lime or lemon juice.
Carrots & Blueberries:  Grate carrots, toast some sunflower seeds, and toss with blueberries, olive oil, lemon juice and plenty of black pepper. Sweet, sour, crunchy, soft.
Red Salad: Combine tomato wedges with halved strawberries, basil leaves, shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinegar.
5-Bean Salad:  Chickpeas, cannelloni or other white beans, kidney or other red beans, steamed string beans and steamed yellow wax beans. Toss with vinaigrette, chopped scallions or red onion, and parsley.
Warm Potato Salad: Boil bite-size red potatoes. While still warm, dress them with olive oil, lemon juice, whole grain mustard, capers and parsley. Chopped shallots, bell peppers, etc.
Watermelon & Feta:  combine with roughly chopped mint, crumbled feta, sliced red onion and chopped Kalamata olives. Dress lightly with olive oil and lemon juice.You may need to add salt.
 
Walnut & Blue Cheese: Toss mixed greens with walnuts, blue cheese and raspberries; drizzle with a simple vinaigrette.
Smoked Salmon & Avocado:  Mix watercress with chopped smoked salmon, avocado, red onion and capers. Make a vinaigrette with olive oil, sherry vinegar and mustard powder.
Little Italy:  Chop or julienne salami and prosciutto, then toss with cubed mozzarella, chopped tomato, pepperoncini, oil and wine vinegar.
Thai & Sesame Noodles:  Combine about a half-cup peanut butter with a tablespoon soy sauce and enough coconut milk to make the mixture creamy (about a half cup), along with garlic and chili flakes in a blender or food processor. Toss sauce with cooked and cooled noodles, a load of mint, Thai basil, and/or cilantro, and lime juice. Shredded cucumber and carrots optional.
Hope you enjoy these salads, as always feel free to comment on our blog, send us an email, a tweet or comment on our Facebook Page.

 


Taste Test Tuesday: Tastefully Simple’s Nacho Cheddar Cheese Ball Mix

It’s another Tuesday here in the kitchen and today we are going to feature a product from Tastefully Simple and we will also provide you with some recipes to use as well.

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Nacho Cheddar Cheese Ball Mix is a product on the Spring/Summer seasonal line of Tastefully Simple. A flavor filled with chillies and tomatoes, this cheese ball can be made with an 8oz block of cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. of milk. A very easy snack to prepare and have on hand. Can be served with Tastefully Simple’s Blue Aztec chips, tortilla chips, crackers or veggies.

Now Nacho Cheddar Cheeseball can be used in more ways than just a cheese ball. You can incorporate it into your every day meals. One of the recipes that is sure to be a crowd pleaser is Nacho Chicken Pizza. That’s right pizza. This a great meal idea for you and your family, it’s also really quick to make as well.

Nacho Chicken Pizza

Ingredients

1 packet Nacho Cheddar Cheese Ball Mix
8 oz. softened cream cheese
2 cups cubed rotisserie chicken
1 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup finely diced tomato
8 (6-inch) pita breads*
Olive oil

Directions
Combine first 2 ingredients; stir to blend. Prepare barbecue grill (medium heat). Lightly brush 1 side of each pita bread with oil. Grill, oiled side down, until bottom is crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to work surface, grilled side up. Spread each pita bread with cheese ball mixture; top with chicken, cheese and tomato. Return pita pizzas to barbecue grill. Grill, covered, until heated through; about 2 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

*May use 2 (12-inch) pre-baked thin pizza crusts in place of pita breads.

You can purchase the Nacho Cheddar Cheese Ball Mix from Kimberlee’s Tastefully Simple website.

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Easter Brunch Idea: Cheesy Bacon & Egg Casserole

Easter is on its way and dinner isn’t the only meal we have to plan. Sometimes people choose to have brunch either on Saturday or on Easter Sunday. Having brunch gives you the opportunity to have a variety of light dishes without the intense cooking process. This casserole dish can be served by itself or with a fresh fruit salad. We tried it out on some friends and family and they loved it.

Cheesy Bacon Egg Brunch Casserole

 

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 loaf (8oz) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups)
  • 1 cup (8oz) shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Mustard, Ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Nutmeg, Ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Ground

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp.Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside. Add onion to drippings in skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened.
  2. Spread 1/2 of the bread cubes in 13×9-inch baking dish. Layer with 1/2 each of the onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. Spread evenly with cottage cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes, onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Beat eggs in medium bowl until foamy. Add milk, mustard, nutmeg and pepper; beat until well blended. Pour evenly over top. Press bread cubes lightly into egg mixture until completely covered. Let stand 10 minutes.
  4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown.

 

Thank you so much to McCormick for providing us with these seasonings and recipes. Be sure to check out their site for more recipes and ideas not just for holiday cooking but for everyday use.

 


Taste Test Tuesday: ‘Lunchables with Smoothies’

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! Thanks for stopping in the kitchen today. It’s National Back to School Day and we’re going to celebrate with two lunch ideas for your kids. Kraft Foods has added smoothies to their Lunchables line. Check them out.

Lunchables with Smoothies

  

Kraft does an amazing job with helping us feed the kids in our lives. Their Lunchables line has increased through out the years to include, Capri Suns, water, Kool-Aid, pizza and chicken nuggets. Well now they have added smoothies to their Lunchable meals. We had the opportunity to taste all three meals, the kids and adults loved them. Parents said it would be so easy to just grab the Lunchables box from the refrigerator for their kids lunch or even a snack.

Turkey and Cheddar Sub Sandwich

  • Oven roasted turkey breast with Kraft Cheddar cheese, on a whole grain sub roll.
  • Kraft Fat Free Mayo
  • Double Stuff Oreos
  • Chiquita Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Chicken Strips

  • Oscar Meyer chicken strips with ketchup
  • Double Stuff Oreos
  • Chiquita Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Deep Dish Pizza with Pepperoni

  • Kraft Mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce and pepperoni (made with beef, pork and chicken) on a whole grain deep dish crust.
  • Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies
  • Chiquita Strawberry Banana Smoothie

We hope you get a chance to check these out. Check out the coupon button here on the blog, you just may find a coupon for the Lunchables.

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Until next time…


Foodie Friday: Quick Lunches

As we all know there is not much time in the morning to pick out something for lunch. There is barely enough time in the evening to fix dinner, never mind trying to create something for lunch too. For those of us that don’t always have left overs available for lunch the next day, here are some ideas for you.

1. Chicken Salad sandwich –  Mix together chopped leftover chicken, mayo or your favorite salad dressing, celery, pickles or relish. Maybe a few chopped onions, grapes or some nuts for a crunch. Place is on a croissant, sandwich bread, in a pita, on flat bread, etc.

2. Pasta Salad – cooked pasta, veggies, cheese (shredded or cubed), add in some Italian dressing or try tuna and mayo. Enjoy with cracks, or pita bread.

3. Peanut Butter and Jelly/Fluff – Yes, that’s right I said Fluff. Remember that gooey Marshmallow goodness. Crunchy or Creamy Peanut Butter with some jelly (grape, strawberry, mixed fruit) always brings you back to your childhood.

4. Quesadillas – Flour tortillas, with shredded cheddar, pepper jack, or mozzarella cheese, left over chicken or steak. Make the quesadilla then put it in the microwave for 30 seconds on High and you have your lunch. Pair it with some salsa and sour cream on the side.

5. Chili & Cornbread – Got cornbread left from Sunday dinner? Grab a slice to accompany a can of chili. Sprinkle some shredded cheese, chopped onions or sour cream on top.

6. Cesar salad Pockets – Grab a bag of Cesar salad mix. Make the salad then stuff it inside a pita pocket.

7. Turkey Roll-Ups – Spread mayo, salad dressing or cream cheese on the tortilla, add turkey then roll up and enjoy. You can switch out the turkey for another meat or just veggies.

8. Deli Plate – Grab some grapes, slices of cheese (or cubed), crackers, slices of chicken, turkey or ham, celery and carrots. Cream cheese, ranch dressing, and peanut butter make great dipping sauces.

9. Fruit Salad & Yogurt – Strawberries, blueberries, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, grapes, mangoes, oranges, etc. Pair that with a cup of yogurt, add some nuts or granola for a healthy treat.

10. Open-Faced Sandwich – bagels or english muffins topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, turkey, ham, roast beef; hummus topped with spinach leaves and cucumbers; tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni, heat in microwave until cheese melts and you have pizza.

These were just 10 quick lunch ideas. Stay tuned because I will definitely be offering more.