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A Fancy Salad Made With The Simplest Ingredients

9 Sep

Looking for a quick & healthy lunch or dinner idea? Try this simple but hearty salad with chicken, diced apples, almonds, cranberries, pinenuts & cheese (mozzarella & cheddar). Serve with a honey mustard or balsamic dressing.

I chose the ingredients based on items I had in my fridge & pantry. Feel free to substitute based on what you have.

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Everything But The Kitchen Sink Salad; A Simply Simple Super Salad

13 May

I know what you are saying. She started off so strong and then poof, fizzle and gone. Penny’s blog, like so many others before hers, had disappeared just as fast. Well hold on darling because Penny’s no quitter. However, I am a master Jack of all Trades which means…I’m busy as hell. Lol, like most moms I know, I am a first class circus act. What’s my specialty, juggle, juggle, juggle. I’m always juggling being a mommy of my two super adorable but very active girls, a wife to a great guy, my community service involvement and of course my own very stressful job.

However, I don’t quit. I just acknowledge my priorities. Which means things I want to do, prefer to do and wish I could do more often, sometimes have to be put aside so I can complete things I have to do. Blah, blah, blah, enough already. I said all that to say…I’m here. Even when I don’t post for a month. I’m here.

So let’s talk about some food. Just because I haven’t been around does not mean I haven’t been cooking. Well, to be honest I haven’t been cooking quite as much. Having major surgery will do that to you. Oh yes, long story short, I had a surgery but I’m all better now. Anyway, my lack of cooking has not resulted in a lack of inspiration. So today I was inspired to make a yummy salad.

This salad was no frills but chock full of yummy goodness. I call it the “Everything But The Kitchen Sink” salad. It’s quite easy and can be eaten as a side dish or add chicken or fish and turn it into an entree. Plus this salad is extremely healthy, yet you won’t be hungry afterwards.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Chopped Lettuce (I used an Iceberg & Caesar blend. I like these varieties because they are pretty firm.)
1/4 cup Black Beans
1/4 cup cooked Corn
1/2 of a chopped Cucumber
1/2 of a chopped Tomato
1/4 cup Cheese (I actually just cut up a cheese stick)
A small handful of corn chips. I used blue organic corn chips.

Simply mix all of the ingredients together (except the chips) and then crumble the chips on top of the salad. I served this salad with a an Asiago Peppercorn dressing which complimented the beans and corn perfectly. Next time I make this salad I will likely add some chopped avocado. So, if you are looking for a nice summer salad that won’t make your waist expand then try this one. Bon Appetit!

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Below is a picture of this salad served with a Turkey Burger. Look for the Turkey Burger recipe in an upcoming post.

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Yummy, Quick & Easy Seasoned Chicken Strips

4 Feb

Yummy, Quick & Easy Seasoned Chicken Strips

Who doesn’t love perfectly seasoned chicken that’s moist and full of flavor? Usually, crispy fried chicken is the perfect way to satisfy that craving. However, sometimes you want the flavor without all of the calories. So try this recipe and who knows, you may never want to go back to traditional fried chicken again!

 This is a great recipe to add to your collection because it is EASY & QUICK!  It is also quite versatile.  The strips are great inside of a hoagie roll with your favorite fixings, cut up as “nuggets” for your child’s lunch or on top of a salad.  Try adding a peanut sauce if you want more of a Thai flavor.  Or, make several batches of these for your next big party (mmm Superbowl anyone) and serve with several different sauces.  Either way, use your imagination to make a great dish that many will enjoy.

I like to use Chicken Tenderloins for this recipe because they are, as their name suggests, tender. However, Chicken Breast cut into 2 inch strips work just as well. I also use Pan Searing Flour because it is already seasoned and gives the chicken a bit of a crispy coating. I have only been able to buy it at  Wegmans. So if you do not have it at hand, you can just use regular flour. One other thing I prefer is Garlic Flavored Olive Oil. However, non flavored EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) works just as well.

Ingredients

1lb Chicken Tenders

2 Tablespoons Pan Searing Flour

1 Teaspoon Paprika

2 Teaspoons Seasonings

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon EVOO

1 Tablespoon fresh garlic

1 Tablespoon fresh or dried herbs

In a large bowl, lightly season the chicken with your favorite chicken Seasonings (Lemon-pepper, Seasoned Salt or Salt & Pepper) and the dried herbs. Also, add 1teaspoon of the EVOO. Mix everything so that the chicken is evenly coated in the oil & seasoning. Be careful not to over season the meat as the Pan Searing Flour already has seasoning in it. Let the chicken marinate for 15-20 minutes.  Place the strips on a large cutting board & lightly coat the chicken with the Pan Searing Flour.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO & add the garlic. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken strips in the skillet. Let the chicken cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

Once done, remove the chicken from the skillet & place on a paper towel lined plated to absorb any excess oil. These strips are great by themselves, or served as the entrée (as shown below) along with your favorite side dishes for dinner.  Bon Appetit!