Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Asian Salads are one of my favorite mostly because of the dressing! This dressing is light and bursting with flavor. This salad makes the perfect lunch or dinner with all of the vibrant colors—you can’t help but be happy when you eat it! Despite all of the wonderful veggies and toppings of choice, the dressing is still the best part about this salad. It is creamy (hint the peanut butter), and loaded with fresh citrus, garlic and the salty-ness from soy sauce—but not too salty because I used low-sodium.

Not a fan of chicken? Top it with steak. Not a fan of meat? Top it with shrimp! You can create this salad the way you like. I used peanuts and crunchy Chow Mein noodles for an added crunch.

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

This salad is loaded with plenty of texture, nutrition and most of all—FLAVOR!

Ingredients

Asian Peanut Dressing:

 

½ cup creamy peanut butter

2 tsp orange zest.

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. fresh ground ginger

1 small garlic clove; finely chopped

Salt and red pepper flakes to taste

White sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

 

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing:

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

½ tsp salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce

4 cups romaine lettuce; shredded  

1 red bell pepper; chopped

1 cup red cabbage; shredded

½ cup shredded carrots

¼ cup salted peanuts

½ crunchy Chow mien noodles

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:In a microwavable safe-small bowl, melt the peanut butter for 15-30 seconds until runny. Whisk in the remainder of the ingredients and whisk until all ingredients are well combined. The dressing should be slightly runny.
  2. For the Chopped Chicken Salad: Heat a medium frying pan to medium heat and add oil. Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and ginger on both sides. Add chicken to frying pan and let cook on each side until brown about 5 minutes. Add soy sauce to pan and let cook until chicken is completely cooked and not pink in the middle. Once chicken is cooked, let it rest until you are ready to mix it in with your salad.
  3. For your salad: in a medium bowl, add romaine lettuce, bell peppers, cabbage, carrots, peanuts and crunchy noodles. Dice chicken and add on top of the salad. Drizzle the fresh Asian peanut dressing and enjoy!

***Store salad dressing in an airtight container up to a week in refrigerator. The consistency may thicken—if it does, let it come to room temperature for a creamy dressing consistency and stir to combine as ingredients may saturate.

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Breakfast Yogurt Granola Cups

I received samples of Sweet Home Farm Granola and I wasn’t sure what to do with it at first. I love granola and all of the ways you can incorporate it in my recipes! I love yogurt with berries and granola in the morning for breakfast which led me into this creation. I am guilty of occasionally having ice cream for dessert..well, once I made this I wasn’t wanting my ice cream anymore. This is a healthier alternative and you don’t have to feel guilty for splurging on this tasty frozen treat!

Breakfast Yogurt Granola Cups

Serving Size: 6

Breakfast Yogurt Granola Cups

This sweet crunchy treat makes the perfect healthy snack or on-the-go breakfast!

Ingredients

2 cups of Greek yogurt; any flavor

½ cup raspberries; roughly chopped

Sweet Home Farm French Vanilla Granola

Blueberries for topping; optional

Instructions

  1. In a small bow, combine the yogurt and raspberries
  2. Line a cupcake baking pan with cupcake liners. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  3. Spoon in the yogurt mixture into each liner. Sprinkle the tops with granola and let freeze for about a hour. You can also sprinkle on blueberries as well. Enjoy!
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Healthy Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

Surprise your sweet Valentine with this healthy treat! I was at Target aka one of my favorite stores and I couldn’t help but go down the Valentine’s Day aisle. As usual, Target had so many cute things! I wanted to make my boyfriend something this weekend and instead of baking a sweet dessert (like heart shaped Valentines Day cookies that I really wanted to make), I made this healthy trail mix! It’s perfect for any any-time snack, breakfast or a sweet treat. There is a ton of crunchy, chewy and sweet in this mix!

Healthy Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

Healthy Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

Ingredients

2 cups of Kashi® Warm Cinnamon Oat cereal

1 cup of raw almonds

1 cup of strawberry or plain yogurt covered raisins

1/2 cup less sugar dried cranberries

1 cup freeze dried raspberries

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup of Natures Path® Mixed Berries Granola Bites

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy with love!
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Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup

January 2017 – Theme

Budget-Friendly Eats

How low can you go? Can you make a meal for less than $3 per serving? Whatever your budget, show us your healthy entree recipe to help keep food spending in check in 2017

I love this month’s theme the Recipe Redux has chosen to use! The New Year usually means New Year resolutions, and that usually has something to do with budgeting or saving more money than you did the previous year, right!? We all have goals that we try to reach and if you are trying to budget or cut back on the amount you spend every night for dinner this dish is a great start to save. It is so easy for money to add up and this can last you all week! Most of the ingredients for this soup is probably already in your pantry or fridge–this is a great way to make sure those ingredients don’t go to waste.

It has been raining more than usual in Monterey these past few weeks and I love it! Rainy weather means soup and cozy comfort foods. I have been on a soup kick lately and I am trying out new recipes with my crock pot. I just started to use my crock pot again because it is so convenient and easy. I wanted to make this soup on my stove and the day I planned on making it, our stove and oven stopped working (how convenient)….but I was still wanting to make soup so I used my crock pot instead. This soup can last a whole week and I like to freeze half of it so I always have soup on hand. Besides this soup being budget friendly, it is also a great hearty soup loaded with fiber, protein and plenty of vegetables!

Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup

Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup

This comforting soup is heart healthy, delicious and budget friendly!

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 (12.8-ounce) package of chicken sausage, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cups baby carrots; chopped

2 stalks celery; diced

2 (15-ounce) cans beans, drained and rinsed (I used white beans)

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

2 bay leaves

4 cups chicken broth

2 cup beef broth

Black pepper, a pinch

3 cups baby spinach

1/2 cup pastina (small pasta)

Parmesan cheese; to sprinkle on top (optional)

Crackers or bread for dunking (optional)

Instructions

  1. Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a crock pot. Add all ingredients except for spinach and pasta.
  2. Cover crock pot and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. During the last 45 minutes of cook time, add pasta and spinach. Stir until combined. Once cooked, enjoy with bread or crackers all week long! Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2017/01/crock-pot-sausage-spinach-and-bean-soup/

 

 

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Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

“I received a free sample of Kikkoman soy sauce mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Kikkoman and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

This dish is extremely quick, easy, hearty and full of delicious flavors. The best part is I used Kikkoman’s Less Sodium Soy Sauce so I reduced the sodium intake on this! Soy sauce is rich in savory unami flavor that gives this dish a bursting flavor! This dish can be served as lunch, dinner, snack or even an appetizer by making these bite size.

This dish is light and has an abundance of fresh flavor! I used spinach and carrots as my veggie because that’s what I had in my fridge as leftovers from another recipe. However you can use other veggies such as zucchini, squash, bell peppers, kale or eggplant–the possibilities are endless! Use what you have!

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This dish is extremely quick, easy, hearty and full of delicious flavors--It also takes less than 30 minutes to make!

Ingredients

1 lb. ground turkey

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1 small yellow onion; diced

2 cloves of garlic; minced

1 cup of fresh spinach; roughly chopped

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

2 Tbsp. Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce

2 tsp. sesame seeds

1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

Green onions; thinly sliced for garnishing

1 head of butter lettuce

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium frying pan on high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes until onions are translucent.
  2. Add ground turkey, spinach, carrots and ginger. Cook until turkey meat is fully cooked and browned.
  3. Once turkey is cooked, drain to remove access fat then put in a medium bowl. Stir cooked turkey meat with hoisin sauce, Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce and sesame seeds.
  4. To serve, spoon in meat mixture onto butter lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds.
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If you are wanting to make more of a meal out of this, simply add cooked quinoa, rice or brown rice to the turkey meat! I like to keep it light for most of my meals but there are times where I crave those extra carbs. This dish is perfect because you are getting lean protein and vegetables–a perfect combination to eating healthy and getting the right nutrients in too.

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