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Vietnamese Vegetable and Noodle Salad

20 Feb

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This recipe I found on Pinterest.

It was from foodie crush.com

I added just a couple of things

6 ounces  rice vermucelli noodles, cooked and set aside

3 shredded carrots

One seeded cucumber

One sliced red pepper

1 1/2 cups clean and washed bean sprouts

One cup thin sliced cabbage

6 diced green onions

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Mix everything together

Put everything in a paper towel and squeeze dry

Keep it in a towel till you are ready to dress it.

Dressing;

1/2 cup fish sauce

1/2 cup rice vinegar

3 tablespoons sugar

4 cloves minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 lime juiced

1/2 lime garnish

Put everything in a food prosessor and blend well.

Put the salad in a big bowl and mix with the dressing.

This salad gets really soggy so serve it right away once you have dressed it.

I just put the shredding blade on my food processor and shred all the vegetables except the bean sprouts and put them in a bowl.

Then change blades to make the dressing.

Sugar snap peas and jalapenos would be a good garnish.

I would put this salad on any sandwich.

Wrap the salad in rice paper for a meatless roll.

Toss it with any grilled meat or shrimp.

 

 

 

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Quinoa Salad

29 Jan

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I am the worst person take out to lunch.

If I order something and really like it I disect it until I can figure out how to make it myself.

This is what happened yesterday.

So today I tried to make this salad.

Not bad for the first try and I saved myself $14.00.

1/2 large diced onion

2 tablespoons butter or oil

3/4 cup dry quinoa

2 cups chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups roasted seasoned butternut squash

3 ounces dried cranberries

4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

3 cups baby arugulla

One cup walnuts

Heat the butter and add the onions.

Cook till the onions are soft.

Add the chicken broth and salt.

Bring to a boil

Add the quinoa, stir and cover the pot

Simmer until the quinoa is cooked and all the broth is absorbed.

This only takes about ten minutes

Add the cranberries.

Keep the cover on and take off the heat to cool

The quinoa has to be cool or the goat cheese will melt and the arugula will wilt.

Add the goat cheese, arugula, roasted butternut squash and walnuts.

Gently toss together

Add more walnuts on top.

The resteraunt dressed this with a maple syrup dressing.

2 ounces canola oil

2 ounces apple cider vinegar

2 ounces maple syrup

Mix everything together and shake well

Only put a couple of teaspoons on your portion because the salad can stand by itself.

Serve with sliced apples , grapes, orange slices or whatever fruit you like.

I had this for supper last night and loved it all over again.

 

 

 

Winter Warm Chopped Salad

17 Jan

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I’m trying. I’m really trying BUT in the winter I need comfort food.

So I took my summer salad and changed it to be a winter meal.

Two containers of grape tomatoes

One sliced onion

One chopped red pepper

4 cloves of chopped garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

8  tablespoons oil

12 big fresh basil leaves

One seeded jalopeno pepper (optional)

1 Kaiser roll cut into cubes

One cubed roasted garlic french stick

10 slices lean dime size cut ham

10 slices  dime size cut Genoa salami

1/3 pound dime size cut mozzarella cheese

6 slices  muenster cheese

6 slices provolone cheese

8 slices  American cheese

Sliced banana peppers  and olives for garnish

Two handfuls of greens

I liked arugula and spinach with diced red onion

Mix the tomatoes, onion, garlic , garlic powder, oil, red pepper, salt, oregano, cubed bread and optional jalopeno together

Bake in a 425 degree oven till the tomatoes have blistered about 15 minutes. Stir once to mix everything.

Add ham and salami for another ten minutes

Let cool for five minutes then add the cheeses and fresh basil

Put all your greens plus the red onion in a dish and top with a balsamic dressing lightly.

Spoon three or four heaping spoonfuls of warm salad on the greens.

Garnish with the banana peppers and olives.

Try very hard not to eat all of it.

This is also great leftover as a special treat for lunch.

**Cook tips

The bread absorbs the tomato juice and oil when it is cooked so make sure you stir the cooked tomatoes before you put it on the greens. This toasted bread is so delicious.

 

Brussels Sprouts in Bacon

27 Dec

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This is a great appetizer, snack or vegetable side dish.

All you need is a ton of washed  Brussel sprouts and sliced bacon.

Take the bottom stem off the sprout

Slice a pound of bacon into three  sections

Wrap the bacon around the sprouts and place seam side down in a drip pan.

Bake at 375 degrees till the bacon is crisp,

Drain on a paper towel

I serve these all by themselves but  a beau monde or ranch dip would be good.

I ate a tray of 16 which is the equivalent to 4 slices of bacon.

It was a great lunch and no carbs.

 

The Bachelor Meal

7 Dec

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I did not cook this but my son did.

Hopefully he used serving plates but he put together a great meal.

Rib eye steaks grilled on his green egg at 700 degrees

Blue cheese salad

Crispy small potatoes baked in bacon fat and drizzled with balsamic dressing

Pasta with tomatoes, garlic and mozzarella

Apple crostata with vanilla ice cream

Brownies

Appetizers were cheese nachos, sausage calzones and tomato pizza.

Very impressive.

 

Spicy Buffalo Dressing

14 Nov

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I love buffalo anything.

I make buffalo chicken, pizza, cauliflower and now salad.

This is so easy I don’t even make a bottle, I just make it as I want it.

Two ingredients.

Thats it!

3 tablespoons good blue cheese dressing

One tablespoon Franks Red Hot Sauce.

Mix it together and pour it over your salad.

I made a green salad with scallions, blue cheese chunks and leftover cubed chicken.

Simple, easy, fast and GOOD.

This satisfied my salt and spicy craving.

I did heat the chicken so it wasn’t cold from the refrigerator.

If you don’t like blue cheese you can use ranch dressing.

Not bad but I am a blue cheese lover.

I pulled a pork and put this on my sandwich and enjoyed every mouthful.

This is also a great spicy dip.

Vegetable Salad

2 Nov

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This is a salad I throw together whenever I need something really healthy on the table.

Two to three handfuls of spring mix

One sliced cucumber

!/2 sliced sweet onion

One diced avocado

One diced red pepper

One big handful of sugar snap peas.

One bag of cauliflower and broccoli mix

Olives

One handful grape tomatoes

You can add anything like sliced carrots, artichoke hearts or zucchini.

Use your favorite dressing. Of corse in moderation.

This is large enough for four people and I love the leftovers for lunch.

I do microwave the peas, broccoli and cauliflower for one minute.