Showing posts with label lunch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lunch. Show all posts

Friday, August 7, 2015

Trio Salad/#WeekdaySupper

Is it hot where you are? Here in North Carolina the air is smoldering and so thick you need a machete to get through! So when I saw that we were celebrating no cook dinners this week, I was in!! This Trio Salad, is so named because you get three cool, tasty, and refreshing salads topped on a plate of Romaine Lettuce, and served with deviled eggs, avocado, shrimp, and cuban crackers, and you never turned on the stove! How did I do it? Creative shopping! I bought the eggs hard boiled, the shrimp already cooked, and I used a deli baked chicken for the chicken salad! All I did was throw a few items together with each salad and we were ready to go!
Trio Salad

(makes enough for 2 )

Seafood Salad 
2.5 oz. imitation Crab
2.5 oz. Precooked Shrimp  + 6 for garnish
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Onion
1/2 cup Mayo
1 teaspoon Sweet Relish
Black Pepper to taste

Chicken Salad 
5 oz. Rotisserie Chicken
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Onion
3 tablespoons Mayo
2 teaspoons of Sweet Relish
Black Pepper to taste

Egg Salad 
3  Hard Boiled Eggs +2 for garnish
3 tablespoons Mayo
a squirt of Mustard
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Onion
2 teaspoons of Sweet Relish

Avocado
Cuban Crackers
Chop your crab or pull it apart a little. Chop your shrimp into smaller than bite sized pieces. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
Pull your chicken from the bone, and mix it with all the rest of the ingredients. Make your egg salad by quartering your cooked eggs, and then cutting them in half. Mix the eggs with the rest of the ingredients.

Plate your salads on your romaine, add your garnish of egg halves, shrimp, avocado and cuban crackers.
Enjoy your cool weather, no cook, Trio Salad!                        

Sunday Supper Movement

Looking for more no cook #WeekdaySupper ideas? Here's what some others made this week!

08/03/15 - Monday -Cobb Salad Bar by Cindys Recipes and Writings
08/04/15 - Tuesday -Simple Summer Spanish Tapas by Caroline's Cooking 
08/05/15 - Wednesday -Italian Pressed Sandwich by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
08/06/15 - Thursday - Southwestern Corn Salad by Redhead Baker
08/07/15 - Friday - Trio Salad by The Freshman Cook 


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Buffalo Wing Salad

It seems like everyone is a Buffalo Wing fan. And why not? They're tasty good and it's fun to hang out with friends, watch a game and eat wings! But, they can be fattening and messy. So why not try a Buffalo Wing Salad! They are just as tasty, and much better for our health because they are baked! We make baked chicken wings at home quite often, and we usually use a hot sauce to make them so good.  We call them Wolfpack Wings, because we are huge NC State fans. Make these wings and you have your salad wings also! 

salad greens, tomatoes, onions, blue cheese crumbles, dressing
Buffalo Wing Salad

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Southern Grilled Cheese/#FoodieExtravaganza

     It is Foodie Extravaganza day and grilled cheese is on the menu! Southern Grilled Cheese, that is! I grew up eating grilled cheese sandwiches every Friday for dinner. They were made on white bread with american cheese, and we usually had tomato soup to go along with it. It was okay when I was a child, but my tastes have changed, and for the better!
     I wanted a grilled cheese that was different, but made with ingredients that are loved by pretty much everyone. So, I present to you: Southern Grilled Cheese, made with breaded pork, swiss and manchego cheese, and an avocado and cream cheese spread, served on grilled wheat bread. I think you are going to like it!

Grilled cheese with pork
Southern Grilled Cheese

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Caprese Pasta Salad

This Caprese Pasta Salad is cool and refreshing. Now, that is something I would think I would be writing in July, for sure. But it is September and it is very hot and terribly muggy here in North Carolina. This salad is just the thing to help you cool down. It has the traditional caprese ingredients, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. I didn't do it here, but you could add some shredded chicken and make this salad a meal! Enjoy and try to stay cool!

Caprese Pasta Salad

Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons Tarragon Vinegar
2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
Salt and Ground Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Confectioner's Sugar
6 tablespoons Sunflower Oil

Salad
Whole Wheat Pasta
Cherry Tomatoes
Fresh Basil thinly sliced
Mozzarella Block
Vinaigrette

Start by putting your vinegar, mustard, 
and salt and pepper in a bowl.
Add the confectioner's sugar.
Mix ingredients with a whisk.
Drizzle in the oil, whisking gently until smooth and blended.
Taste test to check if additional salt or pepper is needed.
Wash your tomatoes and......
roll your basil leaves together and then chop thinly.
I used a block of mozzarella because that is what I had on hand.
I used this very small scoop to make mozzarella balls.
They were the perfect size. You could also use mozzarella 
balls that are already round when you buy them. They
are very tasty and some are marinated.
Place everything but the vinaigrette together in a bowl.
Toss together with just a little vinaigrette and add more
if you need.
I hope you enjoy this simple, refreshing salad!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Here are some other recipes you might enjoy:


Seaside Pasta Salad



Super Simple Spaghetti Salad


Strawberry and Avocado Salad 


Friday, February 28, 2014

Southwest 'Po Boy

What's a Southwest 'Po Boy, you ask? Well, it is a sandwich created to satisfy all my cravings for a 'Po Boy. I keep seeing them advertised, and they look amazing! You see, I am a shrimp lover, but only cold shrimp, so a fried shrimp sandwich is not for me. Therefore, I came up with my Southwest 'Po Boy sandwich. It is stuffed full of pan fried chicken, deep fried onion straws, chipotle sauce, avocados, and sour cream, and a little more.I used a wheat hoagie roll that is definitely not 'Po Boy, but it tastes good!
Southwest 'Po Boy 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Refrigerator Soup

If you like soup, you will love this refrigerator soup! Why? Because it is a wonderful, tasty, aromatic treat for your senses, and it cleans out your fridge at the same time! What could be better?!


 Here is how it's done~ Go through your refrigerator and take out the left overs from your meals for the last few days. I found the following:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Slow Cooked Carnitas

Today is reveal day for Secret Recipe Club. Yay! It's always such a fun time. This month my assigned blog was Cooking in Stilettos! What a wonderful blog! Aly has lots of recipes, but as soon as I saw her Slow Cooked Carnitas, I knew I had my recipe. These carnitas are full of flavor, easy to make in the slow cooker,  (no hot kitchen!) and so delicious! I will definitely be making these again and again.

Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas
printable recipe
3-4 pound Pork Roast
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon ground Coriander
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1-15 ounce can Tomatoes
1/4 cup Orange Juice
Zest and juice of 1 Lime
2 Bay Leaves
Salt and Pepper
The recipe said to cut the roast into 4 pieces, but because
I used a bone in roast, I cut it into 2 pieces.
I heated the olive oil in a pan , and browned the pork pieces
on all sides.
I placed the pork in the slow cooker,
and added all the ingredients. The original recipe said to use 
fire roasted tomatoes. Because the hot stuff does not always go
over well in my house, I used a can of crushed tomatoes. They 
worked out great! 
Cook on low for 6-7 hours until the pork is tender,
and can be shredded with a fork.
Preheat your broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil,
and set aside.  
Shred the cooked pork, and set aside.
Remove the bay leaves from the tomato mixture.
Blend the tomato mixture with an immersion blender,
or pour it into a stand blender and blend until smooth.
Set some sauce aside to put on your carnitas in the tortilla.
Mix the rest of the sauce with the shredded pork 
and place on the baking sheet.
Broil the shredded pork, turning once, until brown and 
carmelized around the edges, about 5-7 minutes.
I sauteed up a few red and green peppers and some onions
to add to my tortilla.
Fill your tortilla with the carnitas, sauce, peppers, and
onions. Top with avocado slices and a scoop
of sour cream.
Enjoy!

Thanks so much Aly, for this delicious recipe! 
I will be back soon, as I have my eye on your 
Pork Tinga!

Check out what everyone else cooked up today:



Monday, May 7, 2012

Crab Rangoon Grilled Cheese Sandwich~A Crazy Cooking Challenge

It's that time again~Crazy Cooking Challenge time! This month our challenge is Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I have never been a huge fan of grilled cheese sandwiches, but after making and eating the recipe I found, I have had a change of heart! I found the perfect, yummy grilled cheese sandwich on a blog called i am a food blog. What a wonderful blog! It's full of delicious recipes that I want to try and you will too! There is a fantastic recipe for Tomato Basil Bufala Salad, a Pizza Dough recipe, and a recipe for a porchetta sandwich with a Salsa Verde sauce that looks and sounds incredible. I can't wait to give them a try!
I picked a Crab Rangoon Grilled Cheese Sandwich to make. Oh, so yummy! It is creamy, saucy, a little messy, and a bit rich. Oh, did I add delicious?! Because it is!! I made this Grilled cheese on regular white bread. When I make it again, I think I will use the mini flat style buns. They will give this yummy treat the elegance it deserves!
Crab Rangoon Grilled Cheese
2 slices Bread
1 tablespoon Butter (softened)
1 1/2 tablespoons Cream Cheese (softened)
1 tablespoon sliced Green Onion
2 tablespoon Crab
Sale and Pepper to taste
a couple drops Sriracha Sauce
Mix the cream cheese, green onion, and crab
in a bowl. I used the flake style imitation crab. Next
time I would like to try this with the real crab.
Add salt and pepper to taste. I did not add salt, 
because the crab added plenty for me. Drop in a few 
drops of sriracha sauce. Taste to see if you want more.
Spread your bread with the mix.
Split your tablespoon of butter between the two 
slices of bread, and grill on medium to low heat.
Watch your bread carefully, as it can burn in no time.
I speak from experience.
Enjoy!

Thank you to i am a food blog for the perfect recipe!
I will be seeing you again!


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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beef and Cheese Quesadilla w/ Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Baked Chips

Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is always a happy, fun day at our house, because we love any reason to celebrate and eat Mexican food! The Holiday Recipe Club is also celebrating today, so it's party, party, party!!! I chose tomatoes as my ingredient this time around, and nothing says tomatoes and yummy, like pico de gallo. I rounded out this meal with a Steak and Cheese Quesadilla, a fresh bowl of guacamole, and some home baked chips! Have a great Day!
Pico De Gallo
3 Roma Tomatoes
1 small Onion
1/2 Serrano Chili
1/2 cup fresh Cilantro
1 tablespoon Lime Juice
11/2 teaspoon Salt
Cut your tomatoes in half.
Cut each half into 8 strips.
Chop all the strips into diced tomatoes.
Dice your onion, by cutting it in half, slicing it down,
and then chopping the slices.
My onion pics did not turn out, sorry.
Cut your serrano pepper down the middle, lengthwise.

Remove all the seeds and membrane by running
the pepper under cold water. Remember that the pepper
transfers to your hands, so don't touch your eyes 
until you wash your hands.
Cut the half of the chili into 4 strips.
Place the strips right next to each other, and chop 
the strips into tiny diced pieces.
Mix everything in a bowl.
Pull the cilantro leaves off the stem, roll them together,
and chop. Add to bowl.
Roll the lime around on the counter, under your hand.
This loosens up the pulp, and helps the juices flow.
Cut in half, and squeeze out your lime juice.
Add to bowl and stir.
Add salt now, if you want. I don't add it, and I think it
is delicious!
Let sit for about an hour at room temperature.
This will let all the flavors infuse into a delicious dish.

Baked Tortilla Chips
 Pan spray
2 Flour Tortillas
Garlic Powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 Fold your tortilla in half, and cut each half into six chips.
Spray a baking pan with pan spray. Place each 
cut tortilla chip on the pan with a little space
between each one. Very lightly spray
pan spray over chips. Sprinkle with garlic powder.
If you would like to add salt, now is the time.
Bake at for 8-10 minutes.
Remove and let cool.

Easy Guacamole
1 Avocado
1/4 -1/2 Pico de Gallo
1 tablespoon Sour Cream
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
Cut a fresh, ripe avocado in half, around.
Remove the seed.
You want your avocado soft to the touch, but not too soft.
They can go from good to bad in no time.
Scoop the avocado out with a spoon, and smush down 
with a fork in the bowl. (Yes, smush is a technical, culinary term).
Add the pico de gallo, sour cream, and lemon juice.
Mix well. This should be made right before serving.
You can refrigerate it for a very short time(30 minutes)
but it taste its best when eaten right after being made.

Beef and Chicken Quesadilla
 1/2 pound Sirloin Steak
Shredded Fiesta Blend Cheese
Onion
2 Flour Tortillas
Slice your steak down into wafer thin pieces.
Place the meat on your cutting board, and tenderize
with a meat mallet. Then turn the meat over and do it
on the other side.
Cut your onion into slices.
Pan fry the steak. It will need to be turned
over a couple times to be done.
You can make a half a quesadilla or a whole. To make a half,
 just sprinkle the quesadilla with cheese, top with steak and 
onion on half and fold. 
When you fry, just fry half then flip 
to other side.
To make a whole quesadilla, place the tortilla with cheese 
and meat in the bottom of the frying pan. Cook bottom until brown,
and then flip entire quesadilla over. I did this by 
flipping the quesadilla onto a plate and then sliding it back 
into the pan.
Cut quesadilla into 8 pieces and serve.
Top with sour cream and guacamole,
salsa and chips on the side.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Check out what other Holiday Recipe Club members made today: