chicken salad

  1. How to Incorporate Mint into Your Meals

    How to Incorporate Mint into Your Meals

    Fresh Mint With the weather being warm outside, it’s the perfect time for you to add more herbs when cooking and mixing up drinks at home. If you’re not used to incorporating herbs to you meals, you might find...

    Fresh Mint
    Fresh Mint

    With the weather being warm outside, it’s the perfect time for you to add more herbs when cooking and mixing up drinks at home. If you’re not used to incorporating herbs to you meals, you might find yourself confused as to where to start. So for now, let’s make it easier by just focusing on the usage of mint.

    Vietnamese Chicken Salad

    Vietnamese cuisine has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. The reason being that Vietnamese cuisine is healthy but very far from being bland. For instance, Vietnamese chicken salad doesn’t include any fat other than what’s already on the chicken. Yet it’s a joy to eat with its minty flair.

    Mango Mojito

    On the warmest days of the season, very few drinks can compare to a mojito. However, you can improve an already good thing by turning it into a mango mojito. Sipping a mango mojito, while sitting in your backyard or on your front porch, will have you thinking that you’ve been transported to an island vacation. Therefore, definitely mix up a batch when you’re in need of a little rest and relaxation.

     Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
    Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

    Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

    Most mint chocolate chip ice cream recipes call for the usage of peppermint. However, using fresh mint to make the ice cream is even better! So try it if you happen to have some fresh mint.

    Want even more ideas for incorporating mint into your meals? Contact us and we’ll be sure to give you some great minty ideas!

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  2. Fast-Fix Meals on a Back-to-School Budget

    Fast-Fix Meals on a Back-to-School Budget

    One of the great conveniences of the big box grocery store in late summer days is the availability of the back-to-school supply list for all of your local elementary schools, parked right by the carts in the front of...

    One of the great conveniences of the big box grocery store in late summer days is the availability of the back-to-school supply list for all of your local elementary schools, parked right by the carts in the front of the store.  Those lists seem to get longer every year, though, and when you're on a tight family budget, you shouldn't have to choose between hearty meals and sturdy backpacks for your kids.  So here are a few fast-fix meals to stretch your grocery budget a little further this fall, take up less of your time, and leave you with more to spend on outfitting your kids for a successful year.

    *Savory Bean Soup*

    Bean Soup
    Bean Soup

    This is a favorite because it is easily adaptable to personal tastes, is quick and easy, and rings up at under $1 per serving.  Here's what you'll need:

    • 1 can of light red kidney beans,
    • 1 can of navy beans, 1 can of chick peas,
    • 1 can of pinto beans,
    • 2 large cans of diced tomatoes,
    • 2 cans of chicken broth,
    • 1 pound of ground Italian sausage - browned, with the fat rinsed off,
    • salt and pepper to taste.

    Directions:

    To prepare this simple dinner, just mix all of the ingredients in a nice large pot, start it on medium-high, and pop back into the kitchen to stir occasionally, while it produces an aromatic welcome that will have your mouth watering before you can get the table set!  When the soup begins to boil, it is done.  Adding a nice pan of cornbread rounds this meal out to make a quick, family pleasing dinner.  (And it's even faster if you brown, rinse, drain and freeze your sausage ahead of time!)

    This makes about 8 servings, but don't count on leftovers as it usually results in everyone getting seconds!

    *Flash Omelettes*

    Kids love having "breakfast for dinner," and omelettes can be surprisingly filling.  Prep is the key to this awesome, readily adaptable meal.

    Here's what you need for each omelette:

    • 1/2 cup of finely diced multicolored peppers,
    • onions and celery,
    • 2 large eggs,
    • 1/4 cup of milk,
    • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese,
    • crumbled bacon bits or pre-browned ground sausage,
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to taste.

    (I keep bacon crumbles and browned ground sausage in the freezer, and a bowl of chopped fresh veggies in the refrigerator for tossing into any number of recipes.)

    Directions:

    1. To prepare the omelette, whip the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
    2. Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray and heat it to medium high heat.  Then pour in your eggs and let them begin to solidify, working your spatula up under the edges to ensure that you don't over-brown as the omelette forms.
    3. Next, sprinkle the cheese, veggies and your choice of meats evenly around the pan.
    4. As the cheese melts, and the egg white solidifies, carefully fold one third of the egg onto itself, and then the next third, until you have a nice, smooth rolled omelette, which you can easily slide onto a plate.

    Because these are individually prepared, they are ideal for adapting to finicky feeders. You can add mushrooms for your adventurous teenager, and tomatoes for your special spouse, or leave out the meat for your vegetarian guests.  If your prep work is done in advance, you can whip these up in about 5-8 minutes each.  Let your kids put the toast on while you plate them, and enjoy a cheap, quick and surprisingly tasty dinner in a flash!

    *Snappy Chicken Salad*

    These days, school starts back long before the heat of summer has released us from its sweaty grasp, and it can be hard to psych yourself into slaving over a hot stove after a hard day at work.  That's why this super-simple chicken salad recipe is so nice.  There is no heat involved!

    Chicken Salad
    Chicken Salad

    The key to making this fast, easy and inexpensive is your shopping time.  Most major groceries now prepare rotisserie chicken in the deli, which typically shuts down long before the rest of the store.  Around 9 p.m., you can usually get a nice, fresh, whole cooked chicken for half the normal price (lemon-pepper chicken is particularly tasty in this recipe).  These can be taken home and de-boned and refrigerated or frozen for future use.  You probably shouldn't keep one refrigerated for more than a day, but the next day is a great day to turn your cold, chopped rotisserie chicken breast into a lovely chicken salad.

    Directions:

    Add 2 whole, chopped chicken breasts to 1/2 finely chopped Vidalia onion, 4 finely chopped celery stalks, 1/3 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup halved seedless red grapes, blended with 1/2 cup mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to taste.   You can prepare this salad in advance, and scoop it into lettuce cups, or onto toast for a tast y, heat-free solution to dinner, that is sure to please your kids.

    As you can see, the key to speed at dinner time is often prepping in advance.  Whatever short-cut you take, any dinner that results in sitting around the table with your family instead of hitting the drive-through is a good thing!  For other great meal ideas, contact us!

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  3. Four Ideas That Will Boost Your Salads up a Notch

    Four Ideas That Will Boost Your Salads up a Notch

    Salad in a Tortilla Bowl It’s lunchtime and what do you have? Salad—again. But you don’t really want a salad for lunch; you’d rather have a slice or two of pizza. But, hang on, salads don’t have to be just...

    Salad in a Tortilla Bowl
    Salad in a Tortilla Bowl

    It’s lunchtime and what do you have? Salad—again. But you don’t really want a salad for lunch; you’d rather have a slice or two of pizza. But, hang on, salads don’t have to be just a bunch of mixed greens sitting on your plate day after day! There are a whole host of food items out there that will raise your salads to a completely new level and these are just four terrific ideas.

    Steak and Potato Salad

    Do you enjoy a great steak and potato dinner every once in a while and then wonder what to do with the little bit of leftovers? Well, don’t throw them out—throw them in a salad instead! Cut up your leftover grilled steak and oven-roasted red potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Mix them with a bit of fat-free sour cream and black pepper and let the mixture chill in an air-tight container for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat, place the mixture on top of some romaine lettuce for an amazing salad filled with flavor and protein.

    Grilled Fish Salad

    If you like fish, try tossing it into a salad. Various kinds of fish can be grilled and incorporated into your salad to make a delicious tasting dish in addition to some fish being loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which are great for your health. You can use tuna, trout or some other fish with great flavor, but the more popular fish for grilling is salmon. Line your bowl or salad plate with mixed salad greens, place a bit of black bean salsa on top of the lettuce, add the pieces of grilled fish and plop a little fat-free sour cream on top to make a tasty lunch or dinner.

    Grilled Fish Salad
    Grilled Fish Salad

    Chicken and Fruit Salad Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1 c of salad greens
    • ½ c of chopped, grilled chicken
    • ¼ c each of strawberries, sliced, and red grapes, fresh and cut in half
    • ½ of a peeled tangelo, pulled into sections
    • Raspberry vinaigrette
    • ? c of fat-free Monterey Jack cheese

    Place the salad greens into your salad bowl. Toss the grilled chicken onto the lettuce and then scatter the fruit on top. Round out this colorful dish with the cheese and a small amount of Raspberry vinaigrette.

    Pizza Salad

    Do you love pizza? Of course you do! Who doesn’t? But, sadly, pizza contains a lot of calories and fat. However, there is a way you can still get the flavor of your favorite pizza without all that nasty fat. Grab a salad bowl and fill it with some mixed salad greens. Some of your favorite pizza toppings can go on top of the greens like sliced pepperoni, sliced onions, a little bit of shredded reduced fat Italian cheese or reduced fat Mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes and, if you like, maybe even some sliced peppers and mushrooms. A teaspoon of fat-free or low-fat Italian dressing can be drizzled on the top.

    So there you have it…four lip-smacking ideas to get you started and you can find many more awesome salad ideas online. In fact, if you use your imagination, you could probably come up with some tasty concoctions all on your own. One thing’s for sure, you won’t find salads boring anymore!

    Please contact us for more excellent salad recipes and ideas.

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