Easy and refreshing, this quick salad recipe is great for summer. I love to mix up the tomatoes for a unique twist. It takes just 5 minutes to prepare and is big on tangy flavor. Include it at your next BBQ!
Tomato Cucumber and Onion Salad
Approximately 1 pound of tomatoes (I like small heirloom tomatoes, combined with grape and cherry tomatoes, quartered or halved lengthwise depending on the size)
1/4 red onion (or sweet Maui Onion) peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
1 Kirby cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
A generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons
1 splashes red wine vinegar
1 splash of apple cider vinegar
Coarse salt and black pepper
Dress the tomatoes, onions, and cucumber with olive oil, vinegars, salt, and pepper.
Let stand to allow onions to mellow and flavors to blend, about 20 minutes. Re-toss and serve salad with crusty bread for mopping up juices and oil.
I only recently discovered tofu and the many health benefits it offers. Tofu is a high-protein alternative to red meat. Due to its protein content, eating tofu can help you feel full while consuming fewer calories. A 1/2-cup serving of regular tofu provides about 10 grams of protein, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database.
Tofu is also a low-carb food. A 1/2-cup portion of regular tofu contains about 2 grams of carbohydrates. When trying to lose weight, trading in red meat and chicken for tofu is a great alternative. It takes on the flavors of whatever it is cooked with. Here is a yummy asian-inspired recipe.
Easy Stir- Fry Tofu with Garlic, Ginger and Scallions
12-14 oz. tofu (extra firm organic)
2 T. peanut oil (use more or less, depending on your pan)
2 tsp. minced garlic (finely)
2 tsp. ginger root, finely grated ( I use cubed ginger already grated and found at Trader Joe’s in the freezer section).
1 cup scallions (sliced into 2 inch pieces, This is about 1 bunch green onions. Keep white parts separate from green parts.
3 T. chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
1 1/2 T. soy sauce (I use low sodium)
1 -2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds (optional)
Homemade Italian Dressing
2 T. red wine vinegar
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup good olive oil
2 small cloves of garlic
3 T. 0% (fat free) Greek yogurt
freshly grated parmesan cheese
Put all ingredients in a small jar with a screw top and shake vigorously.
It’s that easy!
Note: I like to toss the dressing into a light salad of romaine lettuce, thinly sliced red onion rings, tomato wedges and grated mozzarella cheese. It reminds me of a delicious salad that we used to enjoy when the girls were young at a family restaurant called Peppino’s. The restaurant relocated years ago but I still remember the wonderful salad dressing.
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We make this classy appetizer every holiday. My Great Aunt Lillian Vogt gave me the recipe when I was a child. She has since passed away but I always think of her when I make this and it makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile too.
Aunt Lillian’s Crab Dip
1 can cream of celery soup
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (look for reduced fat cream cheese that is labeled Neufchatel. It is healthier)
1 cup celery, finely minced
2 small cans of crabmeat
2 small bunches of green onions (finely chopped)
1 envelope of gelatin
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These buttery delicious crescent rolls are requested every year around the holidays by everyone in the family. My daughters look forward to baking them with my mom every Thanksgiving. They are irresistible right out of the oven. Yummy!
Grandma’s Butter Horns
4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 block of cake yeast
1 cup milk
1 cup shortening
1/2 tsp. salt
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When I first started making this side dish, I used white Basmati rice instead of quinoa. Recently I tried using quinoa due to the great health benefits that quinoa offers. Although it is eaten like a grain, it is technically a seed. It is a great source of protein, something that is rare in the plant world. Quinoa is also high in iron and calcium as well as fiber. Quinoa is also naturally gluten-free, making it a great option for those with celiac and others needing a gluten-free diet. Oh, did I mention it’s tasty too?
Quick Herbed Quinoa
1 cup quinoa ( I like tri-color)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fresh rosemary, minced (1/2 tsp. if dried rosemary)
1/2 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp fresh thyme, minced (1/2 tsp. if dried thyme)
1 tsp. onion flakes
1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth if you are a vegetarian)
1 T. butter
This moist and delicious chicken is so easy to make. I love having a few recipes that boast just five ingredients or less but are packed with flavor. This is one of Monica’s favorites. Enjoy!
Soyaki Chicken (aka Petaluma Chicken)
10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 medium potatoes, thinly sliced
juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup Soyaki from Trader Joe’s
Arrange chicken, onion, potatoes in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Squeeze lemon juice and Soyaki all over it. Cover with foil and bake at 425° for 40 minutes. Uncover and broil for about 10 minutes more.
Serves 5-8 people
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