Category: side dish

Recipe: Chicken Strawberry Salad

I really like having salad meals for dinner around once a week.  Pigg#1 has learned that salad is really good for him and makes him strong and that it can taste delicious.  This is one of my favorite salads to make because there is so much yumminess that you forget you’re eating lettuce too.  I like to make the chicken and pecans ahead so they are easy to throw in the salad and I usually make extra chicken to use in salad wraps because it is so good!  And I usually put the salad right on to the individual plates instead of making a platter with beautiful presentation.  It works better for our family.  And extra salad just goes into a bowl all mixed together…Pigg#1 is sure to ask for seconds (except for the pecans.  He thinks they are spicy) and Pigg#2 is sure to ask for more strawberries and pecans. Chicken Strawberry Salad Chicken:6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts1 cup Italian dressing1 cup Lawry’s Mesquite-Lime Marinade1 cup teriyaki saucelemon pepper to taste Strawberry Vinaigrette:1 tsp. salt1 tsp. pepper8 Tbsp. sugar8 Tbsp. vinegar1 cup oil8 Tbsp. strawberry jam Sweet and Spicy Pecans1/4 cup sugar1 cup warm water1 cup pecans2 Tbsp. sugar1 Tbsp. chili powder1/8 tsp. ground red pepper Salad:mixed greensgreen onionssweetened strawberriesdiced apples (tossed with fresh lime juice)spiced pecanscrumbled feta cheese Combine Italian salad dressing, mesquite Marinade, and teriyaki sauce...

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Recipe: Potato Circles

Okay, so this isn’t particularly a recipe…more like an idea because it is so simple and flexible.  I like to make these instead of french fries whenever we have a cook out or bbq.  Here’s what you do.  Take your potatoes and wash them well.  I happened to have red potatoes this day but I often just use plain old russet.  Slice them into circles.  Arrange them on a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with your favorite seasonings.  My favorite is seasoned salt.  But I try out salt and lemon pepper and other random seasoning we have for variety too.  Then bake at 350 in the oven until they are tender.  I LOVE...

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Recipe: Roasted Asparagus and Squash

This next recipe I got from the blog A Hint of Honey.  It’s Roasted Asparagus and Squash.  I’ll let you go there to get the actual recipe…but show my own pictures. This has become a family favorite.  I like that it is low on work, but tastes great. And yes, my kids do eat it.  Pigg#1 likes to ask for more of just about all his vegetables (unless they are spicy) so he grows strong like...

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Recipe: Marinated Vegetables

We had some 90 degree weather last week so I pulled out this recipe.  It screams summer to me.  I like to do the pasta salad variation of it and use it as a main dish, but it can be just veggies and used as a side.  I usually just throw in whatever kind of pasta I have around and don’t worry it it’s whole wheat or brown rice pasta.  The recipe comes from the book “Set For Life” by Jane P. Merrill and Karen M. Sunderland. Of course you can use whatever veggies you want, adding what you like and omitting what you don’t (like radishes).  My kids don’t like eating raw onion so I cut that down and let them pick out the pieces. Marinated Vegetables 1/2 small cauliflower, cut in florets3 stalks broccoli, cut in florets and chuncks4 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced4 medium stalks celery, thinly sliced on the diagonal1 green pepper, cut into thin strips1 small summer squash1 cup raw mushrooms, sliced (optional)1 cucumber, peeled, cut lengthwise and sliced2 tomatoes, chopped, or 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (optional)8 radishes, thinly sliced1 small sweet or red onion, sliced1 16 oz. bottle nonfat Italian Dressing Mix all vegetables except tomato, radishes, and red onion.  (Red foods lose thier color if marinated too long. )  Pour dressing over vegetables, and toss to coat.  Marinate in the refrigerator...

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