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Light and Airy Shrimp & Crab Salad

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Perfect Summer Salad!

About 6oz sm. Shrimp, detailed deveined (I cooked in SESAME OIL)
Plump 1/2c Crab (I used imitation)
1c Roma Tomatoes, deseeded, diced
1/2c Cucumber
UP TO 1/4c Red Onions, chopped (We love onions)
1T Serrano Peppers, deseeded and minced
1T Cheddar Cheese Brick, cubed TINY
1T Miracle Whip/Spin Blend  (Or, more to taste)
1T Lime Juice
1tsp Rice Vinegar
1T Prepared Wasabi Sauce (Or, more to taste)
Up to 1T slightly packed Green Onions, chopped
1/2tsp Dried Cilantro
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp Pepper

Cook Shrimp in Sesame Oil. Allow to cool. Mix all together. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Eat as is. In Lettuce Wraps or Spring Rolls (Boil Lettuce few seconds til soft, roll. Serve cold.).

Optional: Add Miracle Whip/Wasabi to desired taste. Optional to season Shrimp while cooking (Salt, Pepper, Cajun). Add more sauce to make a pasta, adding noodles. Endless options.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

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1/2c Sour Cream
4T Mayo
1T Lemon Juice
1 Avocado
2T Green Chives
1 Med./Lrg. Garlic Clove
3 Anchovies (From can)
2T Dried Parsley
1/4tsp Pepper
1/8tsp Sea Salt

Ham Salad (For MANwiches)

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1 Ham Steak, cooked, diced
3T Dried Craisins (Less Sugar Kind)
Plump 1/4c Pineapple Chunks
Few Tablespoons Onions, chopped small
3/4 Celery Stick, 1/3cut long way, then cut small

1/4c KEN’S Honey Mustard (Or, more to taste)
1/3c Mayo (Or, more to taste)
1/2T Yellow Mustard
1/4tsp-1/2tsp Paprika
1/8tsp Cayenne Powder
1/4tsp Black Pepper
1/4tsp Onion Powder
1/4tsp Mustard Powder

Top with Pickle slices, Lettuce/Spinach, Tomato (Optional).
Boiled Egg Slices are optional, but, I skip.

Healthy Idea: Try Raspberry Yogurt in place of Mayo, or to help cut Mayo!

Quicky Fruit Salad

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Needed a quicky salad with what was on hand. So, just threw this together. Great and REFRESHING for this Hot Summer’s Day!

Watermelon, cubed
1/2 Sweetner Packet
1/8tsp Sea Salt
Small Splash of Lemon Juice (100% fridge kind)
1/4c Canned Pineapple in Juice, cut up smaller
1-2 Bananas, cubed (I did 1)
Up to 1/4c Zucchini or Cucumber, peel/deseed/cube tiny (I did Zucch.)

Add Watermelon, Lemon Juice, Salt, and Sweetner. Toss. Add in rest. Toss.

Tay’s Carne A-Salad (Carne Asada Salad)

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Marinade Steak or Pork (4hrs):
2T Soy Sauce
1T+1tsp White Vinegar
1T Taco Seasoning Pkt.
1/2T Cumin
3/4tsp Garlic Powder
3/4tsp Onion Powder
3/4tsp Dried Oregano
1/2tsp Chili Powder
1/2tsp Paprika

HIDDEN VALLEY Cilantro Lime RANCH Dressing

Lettuce
Sweet MINI Bell Peppers
Red Onions
Cherry Tomatoes
Carrot Slivers
Seasoned Texas Toast Croutons

Optionals:
1/4c Corn
1c canned Pinto Beans, rinsed, drained
1 Avocado, cubed small (Or top each bowl with Our Citrus Avocado Sauce)
Tortilla Strips/Fritos

Marinade Meat. BEST ON CHARCOAL GRILL! Cook. Cut up to desired size.
Mix all ingredients into bowl. Add Meat (Or mix in with Salad Ingredients). Add in Dressing (USE CILANTRO LIME RANCH!!!). Top with Croutons/Tortillas (And, Citrus Avocado Sauce, if using). EAT!


Charcoal Grilling Tip: If it tastes like straight up smoke… You’re doing it wrong! We build a hill in center of grill. Light charcoal (We used Regular Charcoal). Once coals are ashy grey, they are ready. Place on food, on outside of hill of charcoal. Prop Grill Open, using a Slightly crushed pop can. Chicken: Lay Chicken on outer part of grill (Outside hill). Once Chicken isn’t sticking to grate, so much, it’s ready to flip. Flip once, that’s it. Cook til Thermometer reads correct temp.


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BBQ Salad w/ Chipotle Peach Pineapple Dressing

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2.5T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning
2-3T White Vinegar
Pork Chops (I used 2 avg. size Bone-In chops)*

SARGENTO’s Chipotle BBQ Cheese Snacks
Lettuce
1/2 can Reduced Sodium PINTO Beans, drained/slight rinse
1 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes, drained
Sweet Onions
4 Mushrooms, chopped
Sweet Mini Bell Peppers
Carrot Slivers (We skipped)
Corn (We skipped)
Boiled Eggs
Seasoned Texas Toast Croutons

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 – Dressing:
1c Chipotle PEACH Pineapple Salsa
1c Ken’s Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
1tsp tTt’s xXx Seasoning (Red Pepper Flakes may work)

Marinade Pork Chops for about 3-4 hours. Blend Dressing Ingredients. Set in fridge til use. We grilled our Pork Chops. Then, Removed bones and fat. Cut into desired strip sizes.
Add all to Salad Bowl, to desired amounts. (*See Notes). Toss. Serve with Dressing and Croutons.

*Notes: Chicken may work, too. Or meat of desire. I keep Eggs Separate, so it doesn’t spoil as fast.

Tay’s Hawaiian Salad N EASY Hawaiian Dressing

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1-2 Thawed Chicken Breasts
Marinade (For just Chicken. Marinade 1 hr. Choose ONE!):
3T White Vinegar + 1-1.5T McCormick’s Montreal Steak Steasoning
   OR:
Lawry’s Hawaiian Marinade

Bacon (Seasoned with Pepper while cooking)

Lettuce
SARGENTO’s Chipotle BBQ Cheese Snack Bites
Fresh Tomatoes, halved
Red Onions
Sweet MINI Bell Peppers
Carrot Slivers
Papaya (Optional)
1T Jalapeno, deseed, mince (Optional for Heat)
Mushrooms (Optional)
Boiled Eggs (See Notes)
Seasoned TEXAS TOAST Croutons
Honey Roasted Sunflower Seeds

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DRESSING (A few options. Choose ONE!) Recipe:
   Our Favorite:
1/3c Ken’s Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Nice sized 1/3c+2T canned CRUSHED Pineapple in JUICE
1/2tsp Lemon Juice
1/4tsp Paprika
   OR:
2T Mayo (And/Or: Canned Coconut Milk, Lemon or Pineapple Yogurt, may work)
2T Avocado Oil
1/2c canned Crushed Pineapple IN JUICE
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp Paprika
1/4tsp Lemon Juice (Fridge Concentrate Kind)

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Marinade Chicken. (I did McCormick + White Vinegar Marinade, what I had on hand. In Above Photo.). Cut to desired sized strips. Preheat oven to about 425-450. Lay Chicken onto Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed pan. Cook about 10-15minutes. Lay on Bacon (You can lay it right over Chicken, too). I seasoned Bacon with Cracked Pepper. Bake til Bacon and Chicken is done. Allow to set 1 minute. Crumble Bacon.
Toss everything into a bowl, EXCEPT dressing.
BLEND Dressing of Choice Ingredients. Allow to set while prepping and cooking.
Serve each Salad with Dressing of Choice, Croutons, Seeds, and Eggs (If kept separate).

Notes: Eggs can spoil quickly if left in salad for long period. You can add right before, or keep separate and add as you serve up a bowl.

Boring Salads NO MORE!

Salads DO NOT have to be Boring! Many ways to get those Vegis in. To Cut on some Calories and Carbohydrates and, yet, STILL BE SATISFIED! 

Here are just a Few of MANY to get the Idears rolling in! 

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(Above) Click Here for Carne A-Salad (Carne Asada Salad)

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(Above 2 Photos) Loaded BLT Salad SUPER EASY to make!

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(Above) Loaded TAYco Salad (Loaded Taco Salad). AMAZING!

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Tay’s Baja Chicken

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Great Alone, on Tacos, for Salads (As we did), or over Rice (Mexi)! Amazing LOW CALORIE, LOW CARBOHYDRATES Chicken! AWESOME Flavor!!!

Marinade (I believe I did 1.5-2 lbs.- 6hrs):
1 McCormick’s Grill Mates Baja Citrus Marinade Pkt.
2T White Vinegar
1tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp Chipotle Powder

Add Marinade and Chicken to ziploc bag. Mix. Marinade about 6 hours. BEST ON CHARCOAL GRILL! Eat Alone, on Tacos, or, as we did, on Salads (To desired consistency):

Lettuce
Radish, sliced THIN (Optional)
Mushrooms
Red Onion, slivered
Carrots, matchsticked
Hard Boiled Eggs
Tomatoes
Canned Black Beans WITH Jalapeno IN Lime, drained
Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing
Seasoned Texas Toast Croutons
Optionals (I skipped): Avocado, Mexi Corn/Corn, Sweet Bell Peppers

Creole Crab and Potato Salad

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Cooking Potatoes:
5 Potatoes (I used Golddust, what I had.)
1T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2T TONY’S Creole Seasoning
1/4tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Sea Salt

Sauce:
3/4c Miracle Whip
1/2tsp Worcestershire
1tsp Lemon Juice
1tsp Paprika
1tsp Mustard
1.5-2T Sweet Relish

3T REAL Bacon Pieces
4T Celery, minced
4T Sweet MINI Bell Peppers, chopped.
2T Onions, minced
1c Crab (I used imitation… I’m cheap!)

Boiled Eggs, sliced
Shredded Cheese

For HEAT Optional Adds: Louisiana Hot Sauce (Or, to top each Bowl), Minced Jalapenoes (Or, to top each bowl), Cayenne, Red Pepper Flakes

Cube Potatoes. Add Potatoes to ziploc bag. Add half Oil. Shake. Add in HALF Pepper, Creole, and Salt, shake. Add in Rest of Oil, then Season, shake. I allow to set/marinade 30minutes. Grill in Foil. (Or bake how desired).
I premake Sauce, and set aside til use. You can eat this salad warmed or cooled. If cooled (As most are): Grill or Bake Potatoes. Set into fridge to cool some. Mix with Sauce, stir in Vegis, NO LONGER THAN 30 minutes prior to serving. Top with Egg Slices and Shredded Cheese.

Optional to sprinkle top of Cheese, LIGHTLY, with Lawry’s Seasonal Salt, or More Creole. (I SKIPPED the extra salting).

Notes: I add Sauce close to serving time, due to Potatoes Eating Up Sauce. More flavorful that way.

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Italian Salad – LOW CAL. – LOW CARB.

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About 1.5lb Frozen Chicken Breast, boiled in Water + 1Broth Cube
1 small container PLAIN Greek Yogurt (Cream Cheese may work)
1/2-1 Italian Dressing Season Pkt. or premade Italian Salad Dressing
1/2c jarred Pepperoncini, cut up
Full 1/2c Turkey Pepperoni pieces
1/2c Red Pepper, chopped
A lil shy 1/2c Red Onions, chopped
Splash of Lemon Juice (100% fridge kind)
Olives, halved (Optional. I forgot in photo)
1/2tsp Red Pepper Flakes or Jalapenos, minced

Wraps/Buns/Flatbread/Bread of Choice
Fresh Tomatoes
Lettuce
Shredded White Cheese (Or diced Brick Cheese)

Add Frozen Chicken to pan of Water with 1-2 Chicken Broth Cubes. Bring to Boil. Boil til cooked. Cut up.
Add in rest of Salad Ingredients. Top onto Wrap/Bun of choice, with Toppings of choice. Eat.

Simple Crock Pot Ham and Vegis

Now, this is probably a given, with doing for years. (One of the many ways to eat Ham, the simplest, too!) Long lines of others who have done this. But, will throw it on here… Well… Just because!
We love having our Loaded Salad nights. For the Ham, we cook in Crock, with Vegis. Then, kiddos eat Ham and Vegis that night. Leftover Vegis make for great side dishes, upcoming dinners. And, Ham, gets cut up, and placed in fridge for our Salads! Or, Sandwiches or Dishes.

Large Ham Cut
1/3c Water
Few good splashes of Worcestershire
A good shake of Mustard Powder
2c Potatoes, or so
1-2c Onions, or so
1c Celery, or so
2c Carrots, sliced, or so
Optional: Mushrooms, Cabbage, I’ve even amped with 1/2can DRAINED Sauerkraut!, Green Beans, Canned Beans (Drained), endless options…

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Crock. Cover and cook on Low all day. Serve up. Or, separate and eat vegis as side dish for dinners. And, cut up Ham for Salads, Sandwiches, etc.

Loaded HEALTHY & BENEFICIAL Tuna & Mandarin Orange Salad with a DEVINE Balsamic Wasabi Dressing

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HEALTHY and BENEFICIAL!

1 can Tuna in Water, drained
– 1/4tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2c Crab (Optional)
3/4c Mandarin Oranges
1-2T of REAL Bacon Bits
1/4c Beet, Grated (These can get messy!)
1c Cucumber, matchstick cut
3/4c Red Onions, sliced thin
Grated Parmesan Cheese (Optional, I forgot)
Lettuce/Spinach to desired amount
Seasoned Texas Croutons

Dressing (Premix):
1.5tsp Kikkoman’s Wasabi Sauce
1.5T Balsamic Vinegar
1/2T Soy Sauce
1/4tsp Sesame Oil
1/4tsp Lemon Juice (100% Fridge Kind)
1/2T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1T Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (Benefits- USE!)
1/16tsp Sea Salt

Drain Tuna. Stir in McCormick’s Montreal Steak Season. Allow to set some and Marinade while prep rest. Premix Sauce, set aside. Cut up Rest (To your desired taste). Toss in Bowl Serve up and drizzle a little Dressing and add a few Croutons. Enjoy!
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tTt’s LOADED Ham N Cranberry Salad with Tay’s DEVINE Balsamic Dressing

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LOW CALORIES LOW CARBOHYDRATES – AMAZING Flavor!

Tay’s Balsamic Dressing:
2T Balsamic Vinegar
1/2T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4tsp Lemon Juice (Fridge 100% kind)
1T Honey Mustard
1T Maple Syrup (Organic Grade B)
1/16tsp Sea Salt
1/8tsp Pepper
1/8tsp Mustard Powder
1/4tsp Greek or Italian Season (I did Italian)

Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Ham
Dried LESS SUGAR Craisins/Cranberries
Cubed Cheddar Cheese
Red Onions, sliced
Mushrooms, chopped
Canned Basil Oregano Tomatoes, drained well
Sprouts
Cucumber, sliced, quartered

Cut all up to desired consistency. Premix Dressing. Allow to set about 10-20minutes. Drizzle over Salad. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!!!

Notes: Organic Maple Syrup (Grade B) has Many Benefits! As do Sprouts! Use them!
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Geeky Greeky Salad (Healthy and Fulfilling Greek Salad)

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3c Spinach, chopped
To desired amount- Lettuce
About 3/4c canned Black Olives, drained (I halve half)
1/2c Italian 6 Cheese Shredded Cheese
1/4c Feta Cheese (Optional, I skip. It’s in Vinaigrette)
1T Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
3/4c – 1c Tomato, diced (Or Cherry Tomatoes, halved)
3/4c Red Onions, sliced THIN
1/2 can Chickpeas, drained
1c Cucumber, sliced/halved
1/2 Red or Green Bell Pepper

2-3 Frozen Chicken Breast
2 Chicken Broth Cubes, crushed + 3c Water
2tsp McCormick’s Greek Seasoning

Kraft Greek Vinaigrette Dressing*
Texas Toast SEASONED Croutons

Boil Frozen Chicken Breasts with crushed Broth Cubes, Water, and Greek Seasoning.
Toss All Salad Ingredients. Top with cut up/shredd. cooked Chicken. Toss with Dressing. Top with Croutons.
(I mix above, then add lettuce, last. Til, I get to desired consistency)
*Salad Dressing is Optional, Ranch, or other Favorite, can be used.
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Mahalo! Hawaiian Pasta Salad – It’s Grindz!

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A Spin Off from Our Hawaiian Sliders: Recipe Here

2c Uncooked Noodles of choice (I would’ve used Bow Tie, only had Mostaccioli)

1c uncooked Chicken Breasts, cubed largish
1c Ham Steak, diced (Mine was uncooked)
1/2c Lawry’s Hawaiian Marinade
1/2T Coconut Oil

1/2 Red Pepper
1/2 Green Pepper
1/2 Onion

Sauce:
1/2c Mayo
1/2c canned Crushed Pineapple (In juice), slight drain
1/8-1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp Paprika
1/4tsp Lemon Juice (Fridge Concentrate Kind)

Topping: Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Marinade Chicken and Ham for about 5 hours. Heat skillet with Coconut Oil. Add in marinaded Chicken and Ham. Cook til done. Set aside. Allow to cool.
Mix Sauce ingredients. Set in fridge, til use.
Boil Noodles (Noodle tip: Add in a LIL Oil and a pinch of salt while boiling. Helps noodles sticking.). I drain and rinse in cold water. DRAIN WELL!!!
Chop up Red Pepper, Green Pepper, and Onion.
Combine all together. Serve.
(When premaking for party… Keep in mind, noodles and chicken mix may eat up sauce. So, I always make a lil saucier. Add sauce no longer than 30 minutes prior to serving. Altering sauce amount (Like doubling) is up to your tastes.)

NOTES: I’m sure you can make a “Half the Flavor” pasta with skipping marinade… But, it’s SO TASTY with! And Cheap!
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Poppy Seed Salad Dish- Top over Bow Tie Noodles (For Pasta), or Coleslaw (Slawad), or Chicken (For Sandwiches/Wraps)!

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MAKE THIS using Coleslaw (As we did- Lower Carbs./Cals.). Or
SKIP Coleslaw
and: Try over Bow Tie Noodles. Or make into a Chicken Salad (Skipping Coleslaw and Adding Chicken Chunks- Top onto buns/wraps). Or Lettuce for salads. MANY IDEAS!!!

3/4 TO 1c KRAFT Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing (I did 1c)
2T Mayo (Optional)
14 oz. bag Coleslaw Mix (Or: Bow Tie Noodles/Chicken/or Lettuce)
1/2c canned Mandarin Oranges, drained
1/2c Fresh Strawberries, sliced
3-4 slices Bacon, baked/crispified, crumbled*
1/4c Carrot, grated
1/4c Sweet Red Bell Pepper, chopped small (Optional)
Lil shy 1/2c Onions, chopped (I believe I did Red)
– Top with Shredded Cheddar Cheese
– Top with 2-3T Honey Roasted Sunflower Sesame Seeds

I bake Bacon on foil, in the oven at 450 for about 12-15min. (No need to preheat). Once cooled, crumble. Toss all, EXCEPT, last 2. Then Top with Cheese and Sunflower Seeds. Serve.

*Notes: I sometimes drizzle 1/4tsp Bacon Grease into salad, especially if I’m using the lower count of bacon pieces (3).

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BalsBerry Chicks N Poppy Seed Slawad (Balsamic Raspberry Chicken w/ Poppy Seed Coleslaw Salad)

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Thawed Chicken Breasts or LEGS

1/3c Raspberry Preserve (Try Healthify w/ 1/3c Fresh Raspberries, mashed)
1/4tsp Lemon Juice (I use concentrate kind)
1tsp Dried Mint
1.5T Balsamic Vinegar
1T Soy Sauce
1/8tsp Sea Salt

Premix sauce. Place aside til use. OPTIONAL: I marinaded chicken with Brush of White Vinegar and a sprinkle of McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning.

A few ways to cook:
1.) Grill Chicken (Best on Charcoal- See tip below). Near end, brush well with sauce (Save 2T for preserving brush-on). Flip, brush other side. Allowing each side to cook few minutes. Brush rest on RIGHT BEFORE serving.
2.) Add chicken to foil. Pour over sauce. Bake at 450 til done.
3.) Brush legs with sauce 30minutes prior to cooking (Great time to heat grill), SAVING 2T sauce for prior-serving brushing. Grill. CHARCOAL’S BEST! (Check out grill tip below)- Careful cooking- This method, the sauce gets a slight char.

Notes: Healthify this using 1/3c Fresh, crushed Raspberry.
Grill Tip:

Served with Poppy Seed Slawad (Poppy Seed Coleslaw Salad):
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MAKE THIS using Coleslaw (As we did). Or SKIP Coleslaw and: Try over Bow Tie Noodles (For Pasta). Or make into a Chicken Salad (Skipping Coleslaw and Adding Chicken Chunks- Top onto buns/wraps). Or Lettuce (For salads). MANY IDEAS!!!

3/4 TO 1c KRAFT Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing (I did 1c)
2T Mayo (Optional)
1/2c canned Mandarin Oranges, drained
1/2c Strawberries, sliced
3-4 slices Bacon, baked/crispified, crumbled*
14 oz. bag Coleslaw Mix (Or: Bow Tie Noodles/Chicken/or Lettuce)
1/4c Carrot, grated
1/4c Sweet Red Bell Pepper, chopped small (Optional)
Lil shy 1/2c Onions, chopped (I believe I did Red)
– Top with Shredded Cheddar Cheese
– Top with 2-3T Honey Roasted Sunflower Sesame Seeds

I bake Bacon on foil, in the oven at 450 for about 12-15min. (No need to preheat). Once cooled, crumble. Toss all, EXCEPT, last 2 ingredients. Then, top with Shredd. Cheese and Sunflower Seeds. Serve.

*Notes: I sometimes drizzle 1/4tsp Bacon Grease into salad, especially if I’m using the lower count of bacon pieces (3).
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Strawberry Chicken Bacon Salad

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With the LOADS of Strawberries grown in the garden… We’ve been finding ways to use them, outside our pies, shortcakes, rolls, etc.  Salad it is!

1 Chicken per Salad (Charcoal grill chicken. Once chicken is just about done on grill. LIGHTLY brush a very little Lemon Juice on each side.)
Bacon (Place foil on baking dish. Bake in UN PREHEATED oven at 425 for 12-15minutes)

Salad:
Spinach (Optional)
Red Romaine Lettuce
Reg. Lettuce
Red Onion, sliced
CHIPOTLE Cheese, cubed
Strawberries, halved

Dressing: 
We used WISHBONE Ranch. Your Preference. TRY Tay’s DEVINE Balsamic Dressing or Poppyseed Dressing.


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Chorizo Tater Salad Dish

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With coming into some Potatoes, we’ve been on a Tater kick!  Have a back load of Tater Recipes, I never got the chance to schedule for posting. 

1/2lb ground Chorizo, cooked

Potatoes:
6 Red Potatoes, quartered or so
1T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 sm. Onion, minced
1tsp FRESH Basil, minced
1tsp FRESH Oregano, minced
1/8tsp Sea Salt, or to taste
1/2tsp paprika

Mix Potato ingredients. Bake, uncovered, 450 for 45minutes. Give nice mix, bake 10-15 more minutes, if needed.

Potato Salad Sauce:
1tsp dried Cilantro
4T Mayo
3-4T Crema Mexicana
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1/8tsp Pepper
1.5tsp TO 1.5T Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)

Bake Potatoes. Cook Chorizo. Add Potatoes and Chorizo together. Mix sauce in RIGHT BEFORE SERVING! Enjoy.
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Squawkin Oinkers- Fiesta-wiches (Chicken Bacon Salad Sandwiches)

Chicken Bacon Fiesta-Wiches
2 Frozen Chicken Breast (Boiled in water with few CRUSHED Chicken Broth Cubes)
3T-4T canned Southwestern Corn (Peppers/Onions kind)*
2T REAL Bacon Bits
Sauce:
1 TO 1.5T Mayo
1 TO 1.5T Miracle Whip
3/4tsp Lemon Juice (Fridge kind)

Grated Parmesan and Romano Cheese (Store shelf kind)
Buns (Lower Cal. / Carbs– Use Wraps, Cabbage Leaves, or Egg Rolls)

Boil in water with few CRUSHED chicken broth cubes. Remove chicken, shred. In bowl mix Sauce ingredients. Mix in rest. Serve each sandwich with GOOD Sprinkle of Grated Parmesan and Romano Cheese (Store shelf kind), top with Roma Tomato Slice, and (Kid’s preference-Optional) swipe bun with a little Miracle Whip.

* If no Southwestern Corn/ Or in place of it- Add: 3-4T Corn, 2T each- Red Pepper & Onion (Minced), 1T Green Pepper (Minced), 1/8tsp Sea Salt (I add salt to sauce)
If premaking earlier than eating, add mayo, miracle whip, lemon RIGHT BEFORE serving. Or chicken will soak it up. Or just do as I do for kiddos, swipe bun with little Miracle Whip.
We used 2 chicken breasts from 3lb Frozen bag of chicken. Made 2-3 sandwiches.
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Black Bean Salad Tacos

Black Bean Salad Tacos


3/4 lb. Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage*
1 can Cuban Style Black Beans (Onions, Pepper, & Cumin), slight drain
1 can Black Beans, drained
1c Southwestern Corn (Peppers onions)
1 can Tomatoes with Green Chilies, drained
1/2c can Pineapple, drained, cut smaller (I used Heavy Syrup)
1/2 Red Pepper
1/3c Red Onion
1T Dried Cilantro
1/2T Dried Chives
2T Rice Vinegar
1T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1T TO 1.5T Lime Juice (I did 1.5T)
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1/8tsp Ground Pepper
1/4tsp Cumin
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Dried Oregano
1/4tsp Chili Powder

Cook sausage. Add all to crock. Cook on low 4-5hours. Serve on shells with choice toppings (Sour cream, cheese, salsa, rice (Cooked in chicken broth), etc. Roll. Fry in skillet coated with Butter Flavor Cooking Spray.
Or eat with chips, sour cream, cheese, and salsa.

*I was going to use turkey meat. But, only had the sausage.
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Chicken of the Sea Salad (Tuna Salad)

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Tuna Salad:
FOR SAUCE:
I used a lil more than 1/2 jar Miracle Whip
1tsp TO 1+1/4tsp Lawry’s Seasonal Salt
1/4-1/2tsp Paprika
1-1.5T Dill Pickle Juice from pickle jar. *SEE NOTES
1/8 tsp Onion Powder
MIX ABOVE INGREDIENTS Then set on top:
1.5c Shredd. Cheddar Cheese (Save some for topping presentation- 1/2c)
1c Frozen Peas
Add later:
About 2c uncooked Macaroni Noodles, cooked hour before eating
2 cans Tuna, drained (1 hr. prior to eating. KEEP IN CANS TIL THEN!)

I premade sauce morning of use. Keep in fridge. About 1.5 hour prior to eating, cook noodles. Rinse noodles in cold water, drain well. Mix together sauce with tuna (Drained). EYEBALL adding noodles into sauce, to consistency desired. Toss rest of noodles. I always have it a little saucy, as it’ll sit an hour and absorb some. Top with rest of cheese. Place into fridge.
*NOTES: I didn’t have pickle juice from the jar, what we usually use, so improvised with vinegar and dill. 1/2 tsp Dill Weed and 2 tsp White Vinegar. Works very well in a pinch. Just allow the sauce to sit and marinade at least a few hours, prior to adding it to noodles.

Recipe for Chicken Pictured Above:
Frozen Legs
Favorite BBQ Season Pkt. (Marinade- Grill Mates Texas BBQ kind!)
Favorite BBQ Sauce

Add legs to plastic bag, add in seasoning, allow to thaw- Mixing around. Grill legs. Close to being done, smoother with BBQ sauce, flip and repeat on other side. Allow each side to thicken. Serve.

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Kid Approved Salad

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Lettuce
And/Or Spinach *See Notes
Options of:
Maraschino Cherries, drained
Pineapple, drained
Apples, diced small
Canned Cranberry Sauce
Cherry Tomatoes, halved
Onions, minced
Sweet Peppers (Orange, Red, Green, Yellow), chopped small
Peas
Carrot, grated!
Sweet Pea Pods, cut small
Mushrooms, minced!
Turkey Bacon, crisped and crumbled
Crab Meat, cut up small
Boiled Eggs, sliced or minced
Grated Parmesan
Texas Toast Croutons

Dressing:
Western Salad Dressing
1-2 Bananas, mashed

Mix the dressing ingredients well. Top a over salad. Toss till all’s coated nicely. I use ALL above except I may pick only a few of the fruit sometimes, whatever’s on hand. Also Peas over pea pods, most times. They LOVE the dressing!
*Notes: You can mince up spinach to get them to eat it. Usually big chunks steer kids away. Mincing sneaks nutrition in.

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tTt’s EASY Chicken N Bacon – Great for BLT Salads!

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Chicken Marinade (1 hour!):
1/4c Vinegar
1T McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning

Bacon

Marinade Chicken. Cut to desired sized strips. Preheat oven to about 425-450. Lay Chicken onto Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed pan. Cook about 15minutes. Lay on Bacon (You can lay it right over Chicken, too). Bake til Bacon and Chicken is done. Allow to set 1 minute.
Eat as is. Top onto Buns/Wraps for BLTs.
 – Or, as we did. In a Salad:
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Lettuce
Fresh Tomatoes
Red Onions
Shredded Cheese (Or Cheese Chunks)
Carrot Slivers
Boiled Eggs
Sweet MINI Bell Peppers
Dressing: Avocado Oil+Balsamic Vinegar, Ranch, etc.

Toss all into Salad Bowl. Top with Dressing of Choice.

(Note: Eggs can be kept separate to avoid molding, and added as you go… If making for later eating)

Dat Poos-ta’s the DEVIL! (Deviled Egg Pasta Salad)

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4c COOKED Shell Noodles, and drained (Or to taste)
10 Boiled Eggs, minced
2c Mayo
1/8c Apple Cider Vinegar
3T Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Sugar
1/8 tsp Sea Salt
3/4 tsp Paprika + More to sprinkle later
1/4 tsp Black Course Pepper
1/3c Sweet Relish
1/2 Onion, chopped
1.5 to 2c Celery
Small handful Mild Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Optional: SPLASH EACH bowl served with HOT SAUCE. Sprinkle each bowl with minced sliced tamed Jalapeno Slices.

Mix season, sugar, vinegar, mayo, relish, onions, and celery. Set in fridge. Boil noodles (Boil: Bring water with 1/8tsp sea salt and .5T Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add noodles, cook 10-13minutes). Drain. Add all together. Top with shredded cheese. Sprinkle top with a LITTLE paprika.
Tip: When boiling noodles, add EVOO to water. Helps with noodles sticking. And… Depending on how saucy you want this… Try 4.5 to 5 cups noodles. But, note that the longer it sits the more the noodles eat up the flavor.

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TAYco Salad

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Lettuce
Black Beans w/ Jalapeno in Lime, drained
1c canned Southwestern Corn (Or off Cob)
Fresh cut Tomatoes
Canned Black Olives, drained
Onions
Sweet MINI Bell Peppers
Carrot grated or slivers
Mushroom (Optional)
Shredded Cheese (Or Sargento’s Snack Cheese Bites)
Boiled Eggs (Optional)

1 lb Ground Turkey, Beef, or Chicken
1 Taco Pkt.
1-2T Taco Sauce (Optional)

Salad Tortilla Strips
Seasoned Texas Croutons

Dressing of Choice: Avocado Oil, Ranch, or just Salsa and Sour Cream

Cook Meat with Taco Pkt. and Taco Sauce. Add all to Salad Bowl. Mix. Serve with Croutons, Tortilla Strips, and Dressing of Choice.