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A Simple Salad for a Crazy Good Life

17 May

Since becoming a Mom, I have found it extremely important to find recipes that are simple and healthy. As parents, we need our strength and energy! I have found making salads is where it’s at. It’s a simple formula really – greens, protein, fat and color (sometimes I add in a nut and a fruit). This last week I made a chicken salad with avocado, bacon, cherry tomatoes and a dijon dressing. So easy and soooo yummy! I make this type of salad at least once a week. I can buy the ingredients a day or two in advance and boom – dinner is ready!

This yummy salad is low carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free for people with food allergies – but totally full of flavor!

This recipe makes 2 full entree salads…

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6-8 (or more!) slices center-cut bacon, diced
  • 2 boneless, trimmed skinless chicken thighs (4 oz each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp mild jerk seasoning
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado – halved and then sliced

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

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  • Cook bacon in a large heavy nonstick skillet until crispy, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain and set aside.
  • Drain the fat but don’t wipe the skillet, leaving any excess oil in the pan to cook the chicken.
  • Season chicken with salt and jerk seasoning, cook in the skillet over medium-high heat until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.
  • Make a bed of the romaine and arugula in a large serving bowl or platter (or divide between 2 plates/bowls). Scatter the cherry tomatoes, avocado and bacon on top.
  • Slice the chicken thighs and add to the salad.
  • To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk the ingredients. Pour over the salad and serve right away.

Enjoy!

 

Grand Opening – Gary Francis Fine Art

24 Sep

Friends and family!
I would like to take a moment and invite you all to the grand opening night of Gary Francis Fine Art – right here in Alameda! Yours truly will be serving light bites. Some of which I have already shared on this blog! Plus some more amazing appetizers too! Come on by and check it out.

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October 11th – 6-9pm
1419e Park Street, Alameda, California 94501

Below are some of the pieces that will be shown.

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I am so excited for this event! Not only do I love Gary’s art (my entire living room has his art work in it), but this will be my first event that I will be providing food for.

Come on by – look at some great art and eat some tasty food… support your local businesses!

Thank you!!

Appetizers Galore

11 Sep

I love making appetizers… a lot of appetizers. I love the variety and the fun you can have with appetizers. Most of the ones I like to make are pretty simple, but pack a lot of flavor. The bites below are some of my favorites…

Crab, sun dried tomato and dill cracker bites… Image
Fresh Summer Rolls…
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One of my favorites… Lemon Blackberry Vodka Gelees (recipe)Image
Too many appetizers to name here – you get the idea :)Image
Another fan favorite – Goat Cheese stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. Just cut off the top and a little bit of the bottom, scoop out the insides and then fill with herbed goat cheese and drizzle a little balsamic vinegar and boom! You’ve got yourself a fantastic, easy appetizer.

The sandwich wraps are also pretty easy. Take a lavash wrap, use your favorite kind of spread. I used some plain goat cheese, avocado and fresh herbs, butter lettuce, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts and some salt and pepper. Image
These are also tasty little things too. Also, very simple… not much to look at – but I know I can improve on that. Next time!

Anywho… these are watermelon, prosciutto and manchego cheese bites! Maybe something green or more colorful on them next time? Cilantro? Chiffonade of some sage? Or maybe instead a drizzle of basil oil? So many choices!! Image
I am going to make these next – Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers!Image
I will let you all know how these turn out. Until next time… have a wonderful night. Oh yeah, happy hump day.

Roasted Kabocha Tortellini

10 Sep

Kabocha Squash Tortellini

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Filling:
1 roasted kabocha squash
8 oz of herbed goat cheese (I like this one)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (add more to make it more creamy)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Pasta Wrap:
1 package of wonton wrappers
2 egg whites

Sauce:
8 oz chanterelle mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 small-med shallot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

Roast the squash until soft at 450˚ for about 30-40 minutes – depending on how big the squash is. When the squash is done cooking and cool enough to touch, mix all filling ingredients in a food processor until smooth. You can add more cream if you want it smoother. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Place wonton wrappers in front of you, like a diamond. Place a small spoonful of the squash mixture in the middle of the wonton wrapper. With a brush, put the egg white wash along the edges to seal. Fold wonton wrapper up from the bottom to form a triangle. Make sure all air bubbles are out so the filling doesn’t come out when cooking. Then take the outside corners and fold inward – on top of each other. Seal with egg whites. Basically fold like tortellini. Place the tortellini on a cookie sheet – not touching one another.

Cook the tortellini for 60 seconds in boiling water. Be sure when you take them out to put them back on the cookie sheet and don’t overlap the pasta! They will stick to each other and cause problems.

To make the sauce:
Cook mushrooms for about 5 minutes – until fragrant. Add shallots, garlic and salt. Cook until golden. Add cream and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring and making sure the cream doesn’t curdle. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

This recipe make made a ton for me – so I froze the rest. Only cook the amount you will eat. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!

Happy Cooking!

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Welcome!

10 Sep

Welcome!

This blog is about my adventures in food… whether I cooked it, my family cooked it, my friends cooked it… you get the idea. I need a place where I can share my photos, thoughts and ideas. So here I am! I love to learn and I want to learn more about food. That’s where you come in. Yes. You! You will help me learn all I can about food – different techniques, styles, spices, appliances, anything you can think of.

Will you join me in this fun journey?! You will! I am so excited :)

The above photo is an image of how I prep and get ready for a meal… I put everything on the table and dive right in. With that said… Let’s get started!

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