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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!

 

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.

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