Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Berry Grilled Chicken Salad

This salad. Make it. This was definitely one of my best salads. I was worried it might be too fruity, but it all works so well together. Great fir these hot southern nights

Mixed greens
1 boneless, skinless grilled chicken breast, sliced
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1/2 c. sliced strawberries
1/2 c. blueberries
1/4 c. sliced almonds
1/4 c. feta crumbles

Dressing:
1/2 c. olive oil
2T. balsamic vinegar
1t. honey
1t. Dijon mustard
salt and pepper

Put all in jar. Shake well. Use immediately


Divide mixed greens among 2 plates. Divide each item among 2 plates. Drizzle with dressing.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

1 c. oats
1c. milk
3/4 c. water
1 T. brown sugar
1/4 t. Cinnamon
2 sliced peaches
2 t. Butter
In small saucepan, heat water and milk until boiling. Add oats and brown sugar. cook 1 minute and reduce heat and let sit 3-5 minutes until thickened. Divide among 2 bowls. Top with peaches, butter and a splash of milk.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Patrioric Fruit Cookie Pizza


Summer desserts taste better when they are light and made with fresh fruit! This one is especially good for the 4th of July. It also is ready fast, so its easy to throw together for those impromptu summer BBQs.

Cookie Cake
2/3 c. sugar
2 sticks of butter
1 egg
2 1/2 c. flour
1t. Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.
In mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. When light and fluffy, add egg. Mix until incorporated. Add flour and vanilla. Mix until dough forms. Press dough into 12 inch pizza pan. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes until done but not browned. Let cool completely.

Topping
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
2/3 c. powdered sugar
Mix all and spread evenly over cookie.

Top with strawberries and blueberries.        

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes with blueberry syrup

1 1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. flour
2t. sugar
1/4 t. salt
11/2 t. baking soda
1t. baking powder
1/2 t. cinnamon
2 eggs
2 c. buttermilk
1 c. blueberries

In large bowl, mix dry ingredients. In small bowl, beat eggs. Add buttermilk. Pour into dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Gently fold in blueberries.
Heat griddle. Cover with butter. Ladle 1/3 c. batter. Once pancakes stop bubbling flip for 1 minute. Remove from griddle. Top with blueberry syrup.

Blueberry Syrup
2c. blueberries
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
2 T. Cornstarch
2 T. Cold water
Combine blueberries, sugar and water in saucepan. Turn heat on liw-medium. In small bowl, whisk together water and cornstarch. Add to saucepan. Cook 5 minutes until mix thickens, but can be poured on pancakes. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tortellini Salad


This is THE.BEST.EVER!  It is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Food for Thought from the Junior League of Birmingham. I'll tell you a single batch is not enough.  It's great for luncheons and can also stand alone as a meal.  I've been known to scoop out some breakfast too.

8-oz. Julienne sundried tomatoes, packed in oil, undrained
2/3 c. olive oil
2T. fresh lemon juice
1T. minced garlic
2t. fresh ground pepper
1/2 t. salt
8-oz. can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
4-oz. cashews
32 oz. cheese filled tortellini, cooked and drained

Drain tomatoes, reserving 3 T. of oil.
In a large bowl, combine reserved oil, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and pepper. Stir in tomatoes, artichokes, and cashews. Add tortellini, gently tossing to combine. Let pasta sit several hours before serving.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Salad



This is a great salad for when you are craving wings, but want to eat healthy.
1 package of boneless, skinless chicken tenders
1/2 c. buffalo wing sauce

Mixed salad greens
sliced celery
sliced carrots
Ranch dressing

For Buffalo Tenders,
Place chicken in bowl.  Cover with wing sauce, and stir to evenly coat.  Let marinate for 30 minutes or so. Lay tenders on baking sheet and Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

For Salad
Arrange of bed of salad greens.  Sprinkle with celery and carrots.  Chop 3-4 chicken tenders and place on salad greens.  Top with Ranch Dressing.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Frosted Strawberry Cookies




1 cup butter, softened
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
2 cups  sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup fresh strawberries, finely chopped

Frosting
1 Tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 t. strawberry jello powder
1/4 cup strawberries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
milk

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese and sugar until well combined.  Add eggs, one at a time and continue mixing.  Add in flour and baking powder and then vanilla.  Fold in chopped strawberries.  Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.  Place rounded tablespoons of dough on baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.  Let set on pan 3 minutes and then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.  

While cookies are cooling, prepare frosting.  In medium mixing bowl beat together  1 Tbsp butter, softened,1 1/2 t. strawberry jello powder, 1/4 cup strawberries, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract,3 cups powdered sugar and enough milk to make it spreading consistency.