NOV
08
2012

Colorful Fall Salad Recipe

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I found this beautiful Fall Chopped Salad recipe a few weeks ago and knew it would be a crowd pleaser! Plus it’s so colorful and fun looking that it will go great with just about any dish!   I modified the recipe a bit from the original to fit our family better, and it was just as  yummy and I knew my kiddos would eat it. Ingredients: 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce 1 medium pear, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup chopped pecans (You can also use cashews in this!) 1/2 cup bacon bits 2 T. crumbled feta cheese (I will omit this next time as my kiddos weren’t that fond of the feta) Poppy Seed Salad Dressing Balsamic Vinaigrette (Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette)   Directions: Chop lettuce, pears, and nuts well. Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with poppy seed salad dressing and balsamic vinaigrette. I used about 1/4 c. vinaigrette, and 1/2 c. Poppy Seed Dressing. (Serves approx. 6 people…a few … [Read more...]

SEP
22
2011

Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe for Mom!

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With all of the Mac-n-Cheese and chicken nugget requests around here, I really needed a lunch idea that I could throw together easily for me! Now, I know you all don’t need me to tell you how to make a scrumptious salad for yourselves, but maybe just a little inspiration to remind you how easy it can be! So for those of you out there yearning for something other than kid food for lunch, here we go! Introducing the Grilled Chicken Salad! I know, it’s a totally new concept… ;o) bear with me here… My husband started eating healthier and grilled up a bunch of chicken breasts to take for his lunches. When I went searching for lunch one day I spotted them! I think this is a key part to this recipe, because if I can find something healthy and ready to go in my fridge then I’m all over it! I mean, when you’ve got about 30 seconds between subjects for lunch…I’m just sayin’ So praying he wouldn’t notice or care that I’ve swiped some of his lunch sustenance, I quietly snagged one. Later I … [Read more...]

SEP
08
2011

Summer Fruit Salad Recipe

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I have a refreshing and light fruit salad recipe to share with you all today. This is going to be short because how much can one really say about fruit?     It’s not super fancy, but it is super easy and it is super yummy! I know, I know…you all don’t need my advice on the fruit front, but this one was so colorful and tasty that I had to share! Also because sadly I don’t remember what I make and have to refer to my own blog to find recipe ideas! Shhh…don’t tell anyone please… Ingredients: 1 small pkg Blackberries 2 Mangoes, peeled and diced 5-6 Kiwi, peeled and diced 1 pint Strawberries, halved 3 Bartlett Pears, diced 2-3 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice (Helps give a little zest and keeps pears white!) Directions: Combine all fruit in a bowl then sprinkle lemon juice over the top and gently stir. Serve as a side dish to some grilled chicken. Serve as a side dish to some grilled steak. Serve as a healthy snack during the school day. Either way, … [Read more...]

SEP
01
2011

Yummy Fruit Salad Recipe

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  Anyone looking for a super yummy fruit salad recipe? This one was a crowd pleaser for my entire family! Okay, I know you all know how to make a fruit salad, but I really think I’ve found the most wonderful combination of fruit ever! So at the risk of being lame I’m going to share it! Ingredients: 2 Pink Lady Apples, diced (these are the perfect combo of sweet and tart!) 5-6 Kiwi, peeled and diced 1 pint Strawberries, diced 3 Peaches, diced 2 Mangoes, diced Seeds from 1 Pomegranate (Don’t skip this if possible, I think it really made the recipe!) Directions: 1. Mix everything in a bowl and enjoy! So like I said, I know sharing a fruit salad recipe isn’t exactly life changing, but seriously this combination is so tasty I couldn’t resist. I’m not sure which one of the ingredients it is that melts it all together, so try not to skip one or you may not have the same yummy goodness experience we did ;o). I’m just sayin’. Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

AUG
09
2011

Tortellini Antipasto Salad Recipe

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  Hi everyone! I wanted to share a super quick and easy summer salad recipe. As a homeschooling mom I rely on things that are fast and easy when it comes to food, and this yummy salad fits the bill! Ready to try it yourself? Seriously, this is so easy you’re going to thank me! Ingredients: Tri-Colored Tortellini (I found mine in the frozen food section) 1 jar Kalamata Olives (The pitted kind, unless you’re bored and feel like pitting olives.) 10 slices Hard Genoa Salami, chopped into 1” pieces (I just got sandwich slices, then chopped it, but if you can find a chunk and cube it that’s even better) 1 pkg fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed (Can substitute Feta Cheese crumbles if you want too!) Good Seasons Italian Dressing, prepared (Needs vinegar, water and Vegetable Oil) Some Optional additions we like: pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, black olives, diced red onion Directions: Now comes the easy part! Step 1: Cook tortellini according to packaged … [Read more...]

JUN
14
2011

Sweet Broccoli Salad Recipe

Well, I really should preface this recipe by saying it was NOT loved by all…except me…I ate almost the whole bowl…I know, not on my diet plan, don’t remind me! But in my defense, its deceptively healthy looking with all that broccoli! That said, Sweet Broccoli Salad is apparently an acquired taste. And if my husband didn’t hate broccoli…and my kids didn’t hate onion…then maybe it would’ve gone over better, but I’m going to share this with you anyway for 2 reasons. Because its my blog and I can do what I want. Also because I have to come here to find my own recipes from time to time as they get lost in paper piles. Maybe…just maybe…there’s some of you out there who might find this tasty and I’d hate to take the risk of not sharing it! You can decide for yourself. Salad: 1 ½ -2 lbs. of raw broccoli 1 cup of craisins or raisins (I used craisins) 1 cup cashews ½ cup crumbled bacon bits ½ cup chopped red onions (I did a little less here) Dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup sugar (just … [Read more...]