I think Spring may finally be here to stay……….yeah!!!! So what better to fix than a salad loaded with spring veggies and grilled chicken……..Grilled Chicken Veggie Salad.
I have had many requests for salads and healthy fare. I have made several small attempts at healthier recipes, but when the weather is crappy I’m more inclined to comfort foods.
With the arrival of Spring and all things anew, this Grilled Chicken Veggie Salad is just the ticket. Mixed green topped with grilled chicken, red and yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, sweet snap peas and asparagus make for a crunchy, fresh salad.
For a dressing I went with an Asian flare………..Ginger Garlic Dressing. It’s tangy with rice wine vinegar, just a small amount of oil, ginger, garlic, soy and honey……..very yummy.
The best thing about this salad is you can make it in advance and assemble it when you are ready. All the components can keep for up to two days, isn’t that nice, you can make it when you have time and eat it when you don’t…………makes life so much easier to have a little something in reserve for the days you don’t have time to cook! Bonus………it’s HEALTHY!!!!
So, make up this salad today and enjoy it when you are done with all that Spring cleaning……….which reminds me, I best get busy!
8 ounces chicken breast tenderloins, halved crosswise
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
8 ounces fresh asparagus, trimmed
8 ounces fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed
3 cups mixed salad greens
1/2 each medium yellow and red pepper cut into thin strips
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
1 Recipe Ginger Garlic Dressing
1. Sprinkle chicken lightly with salt and pepper. In a large skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until no longer pink, turning to brown evenly. Remove chicken from skillet. Place chicken on a plate and cover, chill at least 1 hour. You may also leave in refrigerator for up to two days.
2. In microwave cook asparagus and pea pods, covered, in a microwave safe dish for 1 to 2minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain; place in an ice bath to cool. Drain well. Serve immediately or place in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
3. To serve, in a very large bowl toss together chilled chicken, asparagus, pea pods, watercress, sweet pepper, and tomatoes. Add Ginger Garlic Dressing; toss well.
It’s rainy day……..Thank goodness I got all my shopping done before the rain came. I love to grocery shop! I know a lot of people do not, but it is like an adventure to me. I also am frequently inspired while there. For a small town, our local grocery stores have a nice variety, and a nice supply of Organic items, that I have been inspired to buy.
Tim and I love pork tenderloin, so I was thinking about something with noodles……hearty, with a bit of a kick. So, thanks to the folks at Cooking Light I found just the right recipe. I did change it just a bit, but I’ve got to give credit, as I would never have thought to use pork tenderloin for a Hungarian Goulash.
I remember Goulash as a child was, browned hamburger, tomato sauce, and noodles. One secret ingredient that my Mom always added was brown sugar, it made it slightly sweet. My brother and I loved it like that,and to this day, if I make the hamburger kind I always add the brown sugar. I did not add it to this recipe, but………..maybe next time.
So it was a an easy dish to make, without a long simmer time, since pork tenderloin is a very tender cut of meat. The recipe has chiles that add the heat that Tim likes so well, and smoked paprika that gives it an oaky, smokey flavor…………… all in a nice tomato base.
This is one of those dishes that gets better the next day…………so I’m glad there was some left!
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups coarsely chopped onion
1 bacon slice, finely chopped
1 3/4 cups water, divided
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with their juice
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
3/4 cup beer
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 Hungarian wax chiles, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
8 ounces uncooked egg noodles
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons sour cream
Chopped parsley (optional)
Place garlic in a small bowl; mash with the back of a spoon to form a paste. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, caraway seeds, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and pork in a medium bowl; toss. Add pork to pan; sauté 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove pork from pan.
Reduce heat to medium-high; return pan to heat. Add onion and bacon; sauté 7 minutes or until bacon is done, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic mixture; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups water, tomato, paprika, and beer; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in red pepper and chiles; simmer 15 minutes. Add pork to pan; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine remaining 1/4 cup water and flour in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir flour mixture and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt into pork mixture. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Combine noodles and butter in a medium bowl, stirring until butter melts. Place 1 cup noodles in each of 4 shallow bowls; top with 1 cup pork mixture. Top each serving with about 2 teaspoons sour cream. Garnish with parsley, if desired
Easter Sunday………Families, faith, and of course food! Every Easter, all the Aunts, Uncles, and cousins would squeeze into my Grandma’s tiny little house for a huge Easter feast at the center of which was my Grandma’s ham. It was always huge, you know so she could send some home with everyone. She saved margarine and cool whip tubs all year so she could send left over holiday food home.
Back then the take home was for ham sandwiches or scalloped potatoes and ham. So in tribute to the left over ham……..Asparagus Ham Lasagna.When you buy a ham,buy a bone-in ham. You can use the left over ham for sandwiches, scalloped potatoes and ham, or Asparagus Ham Lasagna! The bone makes a nice pot of October Beans Southern Style.
Since spring and Easter go hand and hand, and asparagus is associated with spring, and Easter is associated with ham………not sure where I was going with that but…..the combination of asparagus, ham, and swiss cheese is delicious!!! Adding pasta is like icing on a cake.
The nice thing about lasagna is that you can make it and bake it, you can make it and bake it the next day, or you can make it and freeze it for a meal when you don’t know what to fix.
Add some crusty bread and a nice green salad and its a feast that is sure to please.
1 pound sliced ham, thin slices ( I used left over from a spiral cut ham)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees .
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of swiss cheese and half of the nutmeg; season with salt and pepper.
Spread about 1/3 cup of the cheese sauce in a baking dish. Layer 3 noodles on the sauce and top with 3/4 cup cheese sauce. Place half the ham and asparagus on top and 1/3 of the remaining swiss over the sauce. Repeat the layering process three more times. Top with the remaining noodles, cheese sauce, swiss and nutmeg. Cover with foil and bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for 10 minutes more. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
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