SPINACH FRUIT SALAD ~ BLOG 365.199

SPINACH FRUIT SALAD
3 cups hulled strawberries
3 cups spring mix salad
3 cups baby spinach
1 LARGE navel orange, peeled and chopped
1 can mandarin oranges, drained RESERVE JUICE
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup snap peas, halved
1 small bunch green onions, sliced
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2-4 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (optional)

  • Combine all the ingredients and toss well.

DRESSING
3/4 cup hulled strawberries
Reserved mandarin orange juice
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • Puree strawberries with other ingredients in small food processor or blender.
  • Pour over salad and toss well.

GREEN CHILI CHICKEN ENCHILADA DIP ~ BLOG 365.195

GREEN CHILI CHICKEN ENCHILADA DIP
4 cups FINELY chopped rotisserie chicken pieces
2 teaspoons Pampered Chef Chile Lime Seasoning
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded Boar’s Head 3 Pepper Colby Jack Cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cubed
1 cup sour cream
1 small can chopped green chilies, drained REALLY WELL
1-1/2 cups Green Chili Enchilada Sauce
4 fresh green onions, with tops, chopped FINE
SCOOPS or LARGE corn chips of choice

  • Pre-heat a small Crock Pot to high.
  • Place the chicken pieces into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with the seasoning, FRESH ground salt and pepper, tossing to coat well.
  • Place the cream cheese and shredded cheeses into the pre-heated Crock Pot.
  • Stir together cheeses to mix well.
  • As the cheese starts to melt add the sour cream a little at a time, mixing between additions.
  • When all the sour cream has been added, and all the cheese is completely melted, then fold in the seasoned chicken.
  • Add the Green Enchilada Sauce a little at a time stirring after each addition.
  • After the dip is hot all the way through, then turn the heat down to warm.
  • Garnish with fresh green onions, chopped.
  • Serve with Scoop Corn Chips.
  • Enjoy!

NOTES:

  • This can easily be prepared stovetop in a large saucepan also.
  • If you can’t find the Pampered Chef Chile Lime Seasoning, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and a pinch of cayenne.
  • It is also great with Keebler Townhouse or Ritz Crackers.
  • It also works WONDERFULLY as a croissant sandwich or enchilada filling!

PAN SEARED CHICKEN with LEMON LIME SAUCE ~ BLOG 365.180

This is a modified recipe reminiscent of RAO’S famous lemon chicken. Everyone cleaned their plates and went in for seconds.

PAN SEARED CHICKEN with LEMON LIME SAUCE serves 4

4 chicken breast steaks, 1/4 inch thick
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • Melt butter and oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and stir 30 seconds.
  • Generously season chicken breasts with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Dredge chicken breasts in flour, shaking off excess.
  • Add chicken breasts to hot butter. Sear each side 3-4 minutes until cooked through.
  • Serve over noodles, rice or mashed potatoes and drizzle sauce over top.

SAUCE
1 cup FRESH lemon juice
1 cup key lime juice
1/2 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup HOMEMADE chicken broth
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2-3 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • Whisk together the lemon juice, key lime juice, avocado oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper in a large saucepan.
  • Simmer 5-10 minutes until sugar is dissolved and heated through.
  • Put the cornstarch in a small bowl and ladle out about a 1/2 cup of lemon juice mixture to whisk into the cornstarch.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to the saucepan, whisking until combined. Simmer 5-10 minutes until desired thickness.

SPICY BALSAMIC CAPRESE CHICKEN ~ BLOG 365.124

This is a modified version on Pampered Chef’s recipe for Balsamic Caprese Chicken.

BALSAMIC CAPRESE CHICKEN
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup FRESH basil leaves, julienned
2-3 LARGE cloves garlic, FINELY minced
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
4 ounces FRESH sliced Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup balsamic glaze, to taste (RECIPE BELOW)
Homemade marinara sauce for serving

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Toss together the tomatoes, basil, garlic, Italian seasoning and avocado oil.
  • Season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Generously season chicken breast with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Heat butter in heavy skillet.
  • Sear chicken 3-4 minutes on both sides until cooked through.
  • Top with a slice of FRESH Mozzarella cheese.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  • Serve with pasta and homemade marinara sauce.

BALSAMIC GLAZE
1/2 cup QUALITY balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

  • Mix together in a small saucepan.
  • Simmer 15 minutes over medium low heat until reduced by half and will coat the back of a spoon.

SAUCY PORK CHOPS ~ BLOG 365.54

Every now and then SIMPLE is BEST! 😀

SAUCY PORK CHOPS
4-6 boneless pork chops
2 tablespoons butter
1 LARGE shallot, chopped
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 cup homemade chicken OR beef broth
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons WONDRA flour
1/2 cup water

  • Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Quickly sear pork chops on both sides, remove from pan and keep warm.
  • Add onions and saute a few minutes until tender.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, return pork chops to pan and simmer 5-7 minutes until pork chops are cooked through (145°).
  • Whisk together the water and flour until smooth.
  • Plate pork chops, keeping warm.
  • Whisk flour mixture in sauce until smooth and heated through.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.

BISTRO TURKEY SAMMIES

BISTRO TURKEY SAMMIES
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 LARGE Granny Smith apple, sliced thin
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
1/4 cup homemade cranberry sauce
1 pound sliced turkey
4 ciabatta rolls, sliced in half OR FRESH baked sourdough, sliced thick
4-8 sliced thinly sliced baby Swiss cheese
leaf lettuce or arugula, optional

  • Preheat broiler.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add apple, sugar and cinnamon sauteing 3-4 minutes until crisp tender. Remove from pan.
  • Add remaining butter. When melted add onion and saute 3-4 minutes.
  • Add apple slices to pan, stirring to mix apples and onions.
  • Spread cranberry sauce on one side of roll or bread.
  • Layer turkey, apple mixture and cheese.
  • Add sandwiches to baking sheet open face with tops along side.
  • Broil 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Add lettuce or arugula and close sandwiches.
  • Serve immediately.

PAN SEARED CHICKEN with WALNUT CREAM SAUCE

PAN SEARED CHICKEN with WALNUT CREAM SAUCE

4 boneless, skinless chicken steaks
2 slices bacon, diced
4 tablespoons WONDRA flour
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 green onions, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped tarragon
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 carrot peeled and FINELY diced
2 stalks celery, halved and FINELY diced
1/3 cup walnuts, FINELY chopped

  • Render bacon until JUST crisp.
  • Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon.
  • Add carrots and celery, sauteing a couple minutes until soft.
  • Add green onions and garlic, sauteing a minute more.
  • Remove veggies with slotted spoon and set aside with bacon.
  • Add butter to pan to melt.
  • Generously season chicken with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.
  • Add chicken to pan, searing 3-4 minutes each side until golden.
  • Remove chicken and keep warm.
  • Add whipping cream to pan and bring JUST to a boil, simmering until reduced to about 1 1/2 cups.
  • Add in tarragon, walnuts and cooked veggies and saute a few minutes more until thickened.

PUMPKIN PECAN BUTTER CAKE with CARAMEL SAUCE & CINNAMON PECANS

PUMPKIN PECAN BUTTER CAKE with CARAMEL SAUCE & CINNAMON PECANS
CAKE BOTTOM 
1 Betty Crocker SuperMoist BUTTER PECAN cake mix
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 LARGE Egg

  • Preheat oven to 350°. 
  • Line the bottom of your 10 inch spring form pan with parchment paper. I cut a square sheet and close it into the seam of the bottom with the latch and then trim into a circle. Lightly spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray.  
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix, melted butter and egg until well blended.
  • Press batter into the bottom of your spring form pan.

FILLING 
8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
15 ounce can pumpkin puree
8 tablespoons UNSALTED butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange peel 
3 LARGE eggs
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Caramel sauce (recipe below) 
Candied pecans (I used Fisher’s Cinnamon Pecans) 
Kraft Caramel Balls 
Smucker’s Pineapple Sauce, slightly warmed (optional)

  • In a large mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth.
  • Add melted butter, vanilla and eggs, beating until well combined.
  • Fold in powdered sugar, orange peel and pumpkin pie spice until just mixed. 
  • Pour batter over cake base and smooth even.
  • Bake 60-75 minutes until cake is set and top is only slightly wobbly (similar to a cheesecake consistency)
  • COOL COMPLETELY on a wire rack BEFORE removing the pan.
  • Serve sliced with Caramel sauce, pineapple sauce, caramel balls and pecans. 

NOTE: You can use a 9×13 pan, but, YOU WILL NEED LESS BAKING TIME!

CARAMEL SAUCE 
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
2+ tablespoons water
  • Combine the cream and butter in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. 
  • Remove from the heat. 
  • In a medium saucepan cook the corn syrup over a medium heat until bubbly. 
  • Fold in 1/4 cup of the sugar and continue to cook until the edges begin to turn a light amber color. 
  • Add in 1/4 cup sugar more and repeat until all the sugar is blended in. 
  • Continue cooking until amber color darkens stirring constantly. 
  • Remove from the heat and carefully fold in the cream mixture.
  • Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until caramel is bubbling. 
  • Serve warm. 
  • Makes 1 1/2 cups. 

Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Microwave 20-30 seconds to soften refrigerated caramel before serving. 

PORK STEAKS with APPLE CREAM SAUCE


PORK STEAKS with APPLE CREAM SAUCE
2 LARGE pork steaks
1 LARGE apple, cored and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons apple brandy
1/4 cup chicken broth or white wine
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped thyme
2 tablespoons butter
1 LARGE shallot, sliced thin
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/3 cup half and half
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional)

  • Generously season pork steaks with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • In a large skillet melt butter over medium high heat.
  • Brown pork steaks on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add shallots to pan, sauteing until softened.
  • Add apple slices, sauteing 2-3 minutes. Remove and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add apple brandy, cooking 30 seconds more.
  • Add chicken broth or white wine.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil, simmering for 5 minutes.
  • Add pork and apples.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes until pork is cooked through.
  • Whisk together cream, mustard (if using) and cornstarch.
  • Stir into the apple mixture and heat through, simmering until sauce is thickened.

CREAMY PARMESAN CHICKEN & PROSCIUTTO


1 + 2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon WONDRA flour
1 tablespoon avocado oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 pieces prosciutto
1-2 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
1/2 cup FRESH small green peas
1 teaspoon red chile flakes, crushed
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 LARGE lemon, juiced
2 cups penne pasta
1/4 cup FRESH chopped Italian Leaf parsley
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup FINELY shredded Parmesan cheese

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil.
  • Add pasta cook al dente, 9-11 minutes.
  • Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  • In a large skillet add a drizzle of oil over medium high heat. Add prosciutto slices in a single layer, cooking 2-3 minutes per side until crispy. Do not clean pan.
  • Drain on paper toweling.
  • Pat chicken dry and generously season with FRESH ground sea salt, black pepper and crushed red chile flakes.
  • Add butter to skillet.
  • When melted add garlic sauteing 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken steaks sauteing 2-3 minutes per side until cooked through.
  • Transfer chicken to cutting board.
  • Whisk flour into drippings.
  • Add cream cheese and heavy cream to skillet, whisking to combine.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Add lemon juice and parsley, stirring to blend.
  • Add pasta and peas, folding in to coat, cooking a couple minutes until warmed through.
  • Slice chicken breasts into strips.
  • Plate pasta.
  • Top with chicken slices, prosciutto and Parmesan cheese.

RECIPE REVIEW
TASTE: Creamy and full of rich flavor.
TEXTURE: Al dente noodles and crispy chicken in a creamy sauce are the star of this meal.
EASE: Easy to Moderate.
APPEARANCE: Appetizing and visually appealing.
PROS: Great meal for company.
CONS: None that I found!
WOULD I MAKE THIS AGAIN? DEFINITELY Yes.

GRILLED SHRIMP SALAD with LIME VINAIGRETTE

GRILLED (or sauteed) SHRIMP SALAD with LEMON LIME VINAIGRETTE
1 pound FRESH LARGE shrimp
1 teaspoon avocado oil
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and sliced
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup chopped cucumber

1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
1/4 cup FRESH chopped cilantro

  • Peel and devein shrimp.
  • Coat shrimp with avocado oil and sprinkle with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Thread shrimp onto skewers if grilling.
  • Grease grill rack and grill skewers 3-4 minutes, turning once, until the shrimp are opaque.
  • Arrange shrimp, avocados, tomatoes, cucumber and onions on plate.
  • Drizzle with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with cilantro.

VINAIGRETTE
1 LARGE lime, zested and juiced
1 LARGE lemon, zested and juiced

FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons avocado oil

  • Whisk together the lime juice, zest, cayenne pepper, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Slowly whisk in oil until well blended.

CHICKEN BLT PASTA SALAD

This recipe has needed a makeover for years and especially needed a new picture! I posted it 13 years ago when I was hosting a now defunct food blog with a friend and we had many ongoing regular memes, such as Stretch Your Food Dollar.

CHICKEN BLT PASTA SALAD
SALAD
16 ounces macaroni (or your choice)
1 pound of bacon, chopped in small pieces and fried crisp, for garnish
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken

1 LARGE red onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 cups chopped Romaine Lettuce
1 1/2 cups chopped Ice Berg Lettuce
3 cups total shredded Sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack or flavor of choice
FRESH chopped tarragon, for garnish

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and cool.
  • In a cast iron skillet, render the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon to drain on paper towels.
  • In a LARGE mixing bowl, mix together the cooled pasta, chicken, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and shredded cheese.
  • Pour the dressing (recipe below) over the salad and mix well.
  • Cover the salad and place in the refrigerator for at LEAST 2 hours before serving.
  • Garnish with the crisp bacon and fresh herbs before serving.

HERB DRESSING
1 cup DUKES mayonnaise
3 tablespoon Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix
3/4 cups WHOLE milk
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped tarragon
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 pinch red pepper flakes

  • Whisk all the ingredients in a jar.
  • Place the lid on the jar and shake until the dressing is completely mixed.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

NOTES:

  • Add more milk a little at a time until you have the consistency that you want.
  • If you’re in a hurry, you can substitute 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk Ranch dressing.
  • If you plan to have leftovers, toss with lettuce just prior to serving each time.

This post originally ran at 3 Sides of Crazy for these memes:

Tasty Tuesday is hosted by Jen over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, Tuesdays at the Table is normally hosted by Andrea over at My Chihauhau Bites but Andrea is taking a break while she has her baby and is being hosted by Cole for a while. Trista over at Southern Fried Mama hosts Tasty Thursday and Joy of desserts hosts Vintage Recipe Thursday.

Originally posted at OKK July 8, 2009
Updated August 31, 2022