Sunday, November 29, 2015

Asian Turkey Salad™

This is a great way to use leftover turkey from the holidays. You can use leftover chicken too.

1 orange sliced in half and zested 
2 c. sliced cooked turkey
3 c. romaine lettuce
1 c. each: chopped onions, chopped cucumber, snow peas
1 - 2 T. low sodium soy sauce
1 can water chestnuts sliced
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped
1 tsp. oil
1 - 2 tsp. sesame seeds (optional)
1/8 c. sliced green onions

Rinse, zest and cut orange in half.

Peel, rinse and chop garlic. 

In a measuring cup, combine oil, garlic, soy sauce, salt, pepper, orange zest. Squeeze juice of 1/2 orange through strainer into cup. Stir with fork to mix well. 

Place cooked turkey in a clean bowl. Pour soy sauce mixture over turkey and toss to coat. Place in refrigerator to marinate for a few hr.

When you're ready to assemble salad, rinse and pat dry lettuce. Place lettuce in a serving bowl.

Peel, rinse and chop onions. Arrange onions in bowl over lettuce. 

Open can of water chestnuts, drain, chop and arrange in bowl over lettuce.

Rinse and chop cucumbers, green onions and arrange in bowl over lettuce.

Remove turkey from refrigerator and arrange in bowl over lettuce. 

Snip end off of snow peas and cut in half (bias cut). Arrange in bowl over lettuce

 Peel and section other half of orange and arrange in bowl over lettuce. 

Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Just before serving, sprinkle sesame seeds over salad.

Serves 4 - 6. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

So Easy Chicken Scallopini™

This is an easy recipe for dinner or anytime. 

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
1/3 - 2/3 c flour (regular or gluten free)
1/8- 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
2 - 4 T olive oil
1/3 - 1/2 c. chicken stock (low sodium)
lemon zest
1 c. mushrooms
1 - 1  1/2 T fresh lemon juice (adjust to taste)
1/4 - 1/3 c dry white wine
1 clove garlic, crushed and chopped
1 tsp. each: dried parsley, dried oregano, dried basil, cornstarch 

In a dish combine: flour, salt, pepper, lemon zest, half of: basil, parsley, oregano. Mix with fork.

Place chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat pounder until chicken is thin. 

Dredge chicken lightly in flour mixture.

Heat skillet to medium high heat, Lower heat to medium, add some of the oil. Add chicken to pan and cook on 1 side for 4 - 8 min. Flip over and cook chicken on other side for 4 - 8 min or until done. Remove chicken from skillet and place on serving plate to let rest.

In a measuring cup, combine chicken broth and cornstarch. Mix until cornstarch is dissolved.

While skillet is on medium heat, add chicken broth mixture, lemon juice, mushrooms, rest of herbs, rest of oil and garlic to skillet. Reduce heat to medium low and carefully add wine. Stir sauce with whisk for 5 - 8 min or until reduced.  

Spoon reduced sauce over chicken.

Serves 4 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

PTA Potluck Chicken Salad™

Fall is the season for get togethers. This recipe is perfect for potlucks or anytime. 

1 pkg.  (16 oz) elbow macaroni 
2 stalks of celery chopped 
1 can (8 oz) pineapple chunks drained
1 c. Red or green grapes halved
1 - 2 c. light mayonnaise 
1 can (12.5 oz.) chopped cooked chicken drained
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper

Cook macaroni according to package instructions, drain well. 

Rinse and cut: grapes and celery. 

Open and drain cans: chicken, pineapple chunks. 

In a serving dish: combine all ingredients, mix well and place in refrigerator to chill.

Serves 4. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Sunny Day Fried Egg™

Would you believe that I've mastered many egg dishes, but I could never master a simple fried egg until now.

2 eggs
1 T. butter
1/8 -1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper 

Heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

 Lower heat to medium to medium low.

Add butter. 

When butter is melted, crack egg on the edge of pan and put eggs into pan.

Cook for 2 - 3 minutes on 1 side. Sprinkle salt, pepper over egg.

Flip eggs over with a clean spatula and cook on other side for 2 to 3 minutes more.

Remove eggs from pan and place onto a plate.

Serves 1