lemon cilantro vinaigrette

Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette

Homemade vinaigrette is so much more flavorful than either bottled or packaged. The one downside is that you need to shake it up every time you pour it. Pre-packaged dressings have added emulsifiers to make the ingredients “stick together.” But I prefer to not consume chemicals with my food so I’m OK with shaking the bottle once in a while!

This is a variation on my original recipe, this time using fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar, going lighter on the seasonings, and adding cilantro and parsley to the mix. Continue reading “Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette”

Cobb Salad

Turkey Cobb Salad

This Cobb Salad recipe was adapted from NY Times recipe at https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018890-cobb-salad.  It uses turkey instead of chicken and takes advantage of pre-cooked ingredients to save time in the kitchen. It’s also been cut in half to feed 2 people instead of 4-6.  Photo credit NY Times Recipes.


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Butternut Carrot Breakfast Porridge

Weeknight Chicken + Avocado Lettuce Wraps

Serves: 2-4 people
Hands-on time: 20 min
Total time: 20 min

I grabbed this recipe out of one of those BH&G special issues that you find at the supermarket checkout stand.  It’s pretty true to the original but we are using leftover chicken instead of making it from scratch.  Since the chicken is a leftover from the fridge it helps to take it out and leave it on the counter for about an hour before serving so it isn’t so cold.  Sometimes I’ll even zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds before putting it on the salad. Continue reading “Weeknight Chicken + Avocado Lettuce Wraps”

Butternut Carrot Breakfast Porridge

The Versatile Salad Bowl

This is one of my favorite ways to use up leftovers at the end of a week. It was inspired by those assembly line-style, create-your-own-salad restaurants that are popping up like weeds in malls across America.

Start with the base, usually lettuce or rice (I prefer lettuce), then just add a bunch of healthy add-ins (leftover items from your frig) and top with a homemade vinaigrette. It’s a perfect “clean out the fridge” meal.

The thing to remember here is that you are going for a balance of colors, textures, and macro-nutrients. Try to use ingredients that have not been previously seasoned, so you won’t have strange combinations of seasonings from different meals. (Hey, if you want to try that anyway, go for it, sometimes you hit the jackpot.) Try different things! Experimentation is good — it teaches you what works and what doesn’t work — it helps you improve your ability to “throw a meal together.”

So, enough preamble. Let’s get to the instructions already. Continue reading “The Versatile Salad Bowl”

Butternut Carrot Breakfast Porridge

Crunchy Cucumber Salad

3 small crunchy cucumbers
1 large wedge of sweet onion
3-4 Tbsp Italian vinaigrette

1. Slice off one end of each cucumber. Using a mandolin, thinly slice the three cucumbers into a bowl.

2. Then slice the onion thinly into the same bowl.

3. Mix in the vinaigrette and let sit on the counter for about an hour. Mix again before serving.

* If you don’t have pre-made vinaigrette, use 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of red or white wine vinegar, plus a teaspoon of Italian seasonings and salt and pepper to taste.

Great with burgers, pulled pork, and spicy fajitas.

Butternut Carrot Breakfast Porridge

Easy Crunchy Cucumber Salad

1 stalk celery
3-4 mini english cucumbers or pickling cucumbers
1/2 tsp garlic salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil (or to taste)
1 tsp red wine vinegar (or to taste)
(Or 2 tsp white wine vinegar)

1. Peel the cucumbers leaving a few thin strips of green on them for color. Trim off the ends. Slice thinly.
2. Wash and thinly slice the celery.
3. Add all ingredients to a zip lock bag and shake. Let sit for 20-30 minutes while you make the rest of your dinner. Either in the frig or on the counter.

Right before serving, pour the salad into a nice bowl and top with a few sprigs of cilantro or parsley (optional).


(Sorry, forgot to take a picture, will add it next time I make this!)