Left Over Turkey – What to do with it!

Two week ago we celebrated Thanksgiving with our Bible study and we were in charge of the turkey. I cooked a 27lb bird for 16 adults and 18 kids… we ended up with LOTS of leftovers! I’m not complaining! We had some for dinner that week and I froze some for future use! Continue reading “Left Over Turkey – What to do with it!”

Italian Summer Salad

I have LOTS of veggies on had after getting our CSA share yesterday, and not a lot of anything else on hand for lunches! I few pieces of leftover chicken and that’s about it… The kids were happy dipping the chicken in some homemade BBQ sauce with some cucumbers and apples on the side and some left over apple crisp for a treat. Continue reading “Italian Summer Salad”

Warm Spinach Salad with Cooked Pork and Mustard Vinaigrette

As greens are still being harvested by the bunches I’m always looking for a new way to serve them as the CSA is filling my fridge to overflowing with greens, greens and more greens! Even my salad lover, Tonchi, made the comment this last week “Salad again?!” And that is a rarety for him. He will often take seconds on salad over a hot dog or sausage or other scrumptious foods! He LOVES his greens! Continue reading “Warm Spinach Salad with Cooked Pork and Mustard Vinaigrette”

Char Siu (Roasted Chinese BBQ Pork) and Cucumber Salad

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any recipes for dinner that are super fantastic.  I’ve posted other food stuffs, but no new dinner ideas.  I have made a few, but nothing worthy of posting here.  I’ve been less than inspired lately and have resorted to some older recipes and haven’t been ultra motivated to come up with something new or alter something inspiring. Continue reading “Char Siu (Roasted Chinese BBQ Pork) and Cucumber Salad”

Asian Almond Salad Dressing

We don’t eat too much salad around here, but I’m trying hard to get an increase in consumption in that area!  Part of the problem is that Brian really doesn’t like salad and won’t eat it unless he plate is served with the salad already on it!  He will eat it then, but the whole time make comments about how he wouldn’t have served himself that much, he doesn’t really like salad, it doesn’t have much flavor, etc, etc. Continue reading “Asian Almond Salad Dressing”

Alexa’s Asian Kale Salad

Kale has never been one of my favorite food, especially as the primary ingredient whether cooked or raw.  I’ve had it in soups which is ok and it’s really good in green smoothies, but it only flavors these dishes.  I’ve tried sauteing it and also making kale chips and no one in the family has been fanatical about either.

This recently changed! We had friends over for dinner a  few weeks back and she offered to bring a salad and dessert and  I served my Sweet and Spicey Asian Pork with bok choy.  As luck would have it, she brought a kale salad! I was a bit worried at first and only took a small serving, but soon had seconds and thirds.  The flavors mixed so well with some sweetness from the oranges, a little bite from the ginger and garlic and some spice!  Truly fantastic.

My friend was gracious enough to share the recipe with me and we had it again last week.  The kids each asked for seconds and I think hubby had at least three if not four servings.  Which if you’ve read some of my past posts… is amazing!  He is NOT a salad eater and really will only eat it if I ask him if he has had any yet or if I serve dinner with salads already dished up!

I know it was because of the Asian flare that he not only ate it, but also really enjoyed it.  At the end of dinner the boys asked when we could have it again.  I said I wasn’t sure and Tonchi said he would help me make it again for dinner the next night!

My dear friend Alexa created this recipe and was willing to let me share it with you!  She used a couple of sites for inspiration and then went for it! She really does a great job adding a little of this and a little of that together to make fantastic dishes.  In fact, when she has made something that I’d like to try and duplicate, it’s often hard to get a recipe out of her!  She doesn’t use them and doesn’t record (usually) what she adds.  This time, she had a feeling I would ask and she wrote it down for me! 😉

So… here it is!  Try and enjoy!

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Asian Kale Salad

Dressing:
¼ c olive oil
1 T honey
1 t minced ginger
¼ c rice vinegar
4 cloves garlic
2 T GF tamari
1 T toasted sesame oil
½ t hot chili sesame oil

Blend in Vitamix.

Salad:
1 head organic kale (I used dino/lacinto), ribbed and cut/torn into bite sized pieces
1 tsp salt
2 carrots, grated
½ small head red cabbage, thinly sliced
⅓ small red onion, thinly sliced
1 c fresh snow peas, julienned
2 small oranges, peeled and diced
sesame seeds

Toss kale with salt and massage.  Add all other ingredients and toss.  Add dressing and toss again.  Let sit at least 1 hr before serving.  Drizzle with sesame oil and honey and sprinkle with sesame seeds when serving.

The only thing I did differently, is that I didn’t have any spicy sesame sauce so I just added about 1/2 tsp of red curry paste and it was definitely not the same, but still super good!

If you give it a try, I’d love to know what you think and if you’ll make it again!  This is kid approved in our home, I hope it is in yours as well!

 

Crunchy Summer Cabbage Salad

Last week I had a head of cabbage that needed to be used and some other random veggies and a summer picnic coming up with no idea what to make.  I wanted to make salad that my family could enjoy to make sure there was something at the picnic we would be able to eat.
Continue reading “Crunchy Summer Cabbage Salad”

Chicken Salad

Usually cooking a whole chicken is something for winter and not summer… however… northern VA weather took an unexpected turn!  It was in the mid 70s in August!  That NEVER happens!  Since we don’t use (rarely use) the AC it was a nice change.  Since it was “chilly” compared to the 90s temps we had been having I decided to have a dinner that needed cooking in the oven.   Continue reading “Chicken Salad”

Mediterranean Pepper Salad

So I can’t even come close to claiming this recipe.  But is it SO amazing I just have to post about it, even if it is just forwarding a link.  Our Care Group leaders made this for one of our monthly dinners and Brian and I went gaga over it! Continue reading “Mediterranean Pepper Salad”

Spinach Salad and Vegan Mayonnaise Dressing

I grew up eating this salad and have always liked it!  I recently had it again and can’t remember why we haven’t had this in so long! 😉  Spinach is so tasty and hearty! So delicious and so nutritious too! Continue reading “Spinach Salad and Vegan Mayonnaise Dressing”