Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Kale is all the rage right now, and rightly so. It has crazy amounts of vitamins A, K, and C, and it’s packed with calcium. I must admit that I prefer spinach, and in a nutritional match up they are pretty equal. Although, spinach is a better source of iron, magnesium, and fiber. Be sure to buy either of these organic if possible. Leafy greens can be a sponge for any chemicals used in the growing process. Nutrition lesson over……..but look for our new page……coming soon, that will be all you wanted to know about nutrition, but were afraid to ask.

This recipe is hopefully….fingers crossed, just what my friend Michelle was looking for. She had a salad at a restaurant in Chicago and tried to replicate it but, wasn’t happy with the result. Now, Michelle is one of the best cooks I know, so if she couldn’t  come up with it I wasn’t sure I could either. But, I was willing to give it a try.

Michelle described what was in the salad and the ingredients were fairly simple. Kale, cabbage, mint, cilantro, parsley, and a peanut dressing. As I said before, I am not a huge fan of kale, but I tried a baby kale which I found to be a better taste. I will try this again with spinach. The dressing is where Michelle was stuck, so I hope my version…….peanut oil, rice wine vinegar, etc…….see recipe…..is the taste she was looking for.

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I added grilled chicken that I marinaded in the dressing for flavor, and and topped it with roasted peanuts. Both Tim and I really enjoyed it.

So, I hope my version of Roasted Peanut Kale Salad will be a close match for the restaurant salad……….let me know Michelle!

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Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • Salad
  • 6 cups baby kale
  • 2 cups prepackaged cole slaw mix
  • 1/4 cup each fresh mint, cilantro, parsley chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 to 1 pound chicken tenders ( about 6 tenders)
  • Dressing
  • 3/4 cup Peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 
1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 
1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
  • 
2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions

  1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the dressing to chicken tenders and marinade for 30 minutes (or more).
  3. Combine all ingredients for the salad, except the peanuts and set aside.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding any remaining marinade. Grill chicken tenders over medium high heat until cooked through. Remove from grill and cut into bite size chunks and let cool slightly.
  5. Add chicken and dressing to the kale cabbage mixture. Toss to coat adding dressing as desired.
  6. Plate and serve.
  7. Top with chopped peanuts and serve.

Notes

This recipe serves 2-4.

Keywords: kale, chicken, cole slaw mix, peanuts, salad

 

 

Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls 

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Once again I tried something and it did not go as planned…….but, this time the result was marvelous !!!!

I saw in a Huffington Post blurb, a story about 2014 food trends. One of the items was from a blog called Dude Foods. On the blog Nick, who writes the blog, used canned cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookie dough to make these stuffed cinnamon rolls. In his recipe you unroll the cinnamon roll , roll out cookie dough to the same length and cut into strips. You then re-roll the cinnamon roll with the cookie dough inside and bake. Sounds easy right?

Well, leave it to me to buy the wrong kind of cinnamon rolls. I bought just the regular one that I think are biscuits with cinnamon topping. No way to unwrap them……..so, instead of scrapping the whole idea, since the chocolate chip cookie dough was in small squares (I bought the ready, already ones) , I figured I could make the cinnamon roll into a cup, put the cookie dough inside and bake…….it worked great. It was also a little easier to make the cup and just set the cookie dough inside as apposed to rolling out the dough…….sorry Nick!

So, I had set aside the icing, since I like a nice visual……..we are all into “food porn” at our house….lol. I put the icing into a plastic bag, cut the tip off,and made a nice little crosshatch pattern. You can just as easily ice them like you would a regular cinnamon roll.

They were really yummy. Tim and I had them with some ice cream for dessert…….because after all, isn’t dessert the whole point of a meal????

But, these would also be great for anytime you need a last minute treat. They took minutes to prepare, and about 15 minutes to bake.

So, they next time you need a quick to fix, take along treat, that requires only 2 ingredients………..try these Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls.

Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

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Chocolate Chip Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

  • Author: Adapted from Dude Foods
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1-12.4oz package Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls “Cinnabon” with icing (just the regular size not the
  • Grands)
  • 1-16 1/2 oz. package Toll House Chocolate Chip cookie dough.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. Remove cinnamon roll (reserve the frosting cup that comes with the cinnamon rolls)and from their packages. Remove chocolate chip cookies from their package(you will have left over cookie dough).
  3. Form each cinnamon roll into a cup shape and place 1 piece of cookie dough in each cinnamon roll cup. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Drizzle the frosting from the cinnamon roll package over the stuffed cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!

Keywords: cinnamon rolls, cookie dough, bake, easy, quick

 

Crockpot Tarragon Leek Chicken

Crockpot Tarragon Leek Chicken

Crockpot  Tarragon Leek Chicken

Sometimes, when you are either lazy, time is of the essence, or it’s just to hot to cook, a girl needs to bring out the crockpot. This recipe is quick to throw together, and you can have dinner ready when you need it.

Tender chicken breast with baby red potatoes, sweet peas, and leeks for that mellow onion taste. Low fat sour cream, a few smashed potatoes, and a touch of fresh tarragon make a creamy sauce for this “all in one” dish……meat, potatoes, and a veggie.

I really am not usually a fan of chicken in the crockpot, its kinda sickly white, so I sautéed the chicken just to give it color. I cut the potatoes in half….mine were small, so if you have larger potatoes cut them in quarters.

A word about leeks……wash them very well, or you will have a mouth full of grit. I cut mine in the way they need to be for a recipe, them plunk them in a bowl of cold water, swish them around and let them set a minute. Use a slotted spoon to get them out of their…….bath. Then use as indicated in the recipe. The first time I used leeks in a recipe I made the mistake of just rinsing the whole leek and the result was…….grit…..yuck!

If you do not have fresh tarragon like me……my tarragon was so out of control I had to move it from the garden to its own area. It’s a huge bush……I swear it was four feet tall and about that big around. You can use dried, but I would cut the amount in half……it’s a strong flavor, and add it when you put the chicken in the crockpot.

So, how did it taste………well let me put it this way……..Tim does not like peas and he thought is was really good. I love peas and I thought the same.

So, if you are looking for quick, ready when you are meat and potatoes dinner, try the Crockpot Tarragon Leek Chicken.

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Crockpot Tarragon Leek Chicken

Crockpot Tarragon Leek Chicken

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Crock Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 6 small new red potatoes, halved
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 leeks, halved lengthwise and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces, throughly rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup frozen (or fresh ) peas,
  • 2 tablespoons low fat sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

Instructions

  1. Place the potatoes on the bottom of crockpot. In a skillet over medium high heat in 1 teaspoon coconut oil, sauté chicken breast just to brown.
  2. Transfer the browned chicken, leeks, wine, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cook, covered, until the chicken and potatoes are tender, on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 6 to 7 hours.
  4. Transfer the chicken and all but 4 of the potatoes to plates. Using a fork, smash the remaining potatoes into the cooking liquid to thicken.
  5. Add the peas and sour cream and cook just until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon over the chicken and sprinkle with the tarragon.

Keywords: chicken, potatoes, tarragon, peas, main dish, crock pot, slow cooker