Friday, August 8, 2014

Green Curry Chicken Salad

Green Curry Chicken Salad
This is no ordinary chicken salad.  With lots of fresh vegetables, herbs and a surprising curried mayonnaise, this sandwich filler or green salad topper is perfect for a busy summer dinner on the run.  I may not have been posting many blogs these past few weeks due to my busy summer schedule and desire to be outdoors rather than sitting in front of my computer, but I have still been cooking, inventing and eating some fantastic meals.  I actually made this chicken salad to take as a dinner to one of my son's end of season baseball games back in June and I have been wanting to make it again ever since.  Using store bought cooked chicken made this meal super simple with just a few fresh ingredients to turn it from ordinary into something that would be worthy of serving to friends and family at a picnic or party. The addition of Greek yogurt not only reduces the fat and calories of the dish, it adds another layer of flavor and contributes to the Indian vibe of the recipe at the same time.  And this salad only gets more flavorful the longer it sits, so it is perfect for those occasions when you want to make something ahead of time. So the next time you reach for that container of store made chicken salad, grab the ingredients listed below and give this recipe a try instead!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Kiwi Salsa

Kiwi Lime Salsa
I came up with this recipe over a year ago after watching a segment on TV about the health benefits of kiwis and learning that they are one of the few common fruits that have lower levels of pesticides when grown conventionally.  So they are fairly inexpensive, highly nutritious and in my opinion, one of the tastiest fruits out there.  I had never thought of using kiwis in a salsa before, but had heard of mango salsas and ones made with other fruits so I thought I would give it a try.  It does take awhile to cut up all the kiwis, but it is worth it, especially if you want to impress all of your friends at your next party or get together.  I made this for my 33rd birthday party and it was definitely everyone's favorite dish.  It was gone within an hour and at least three friends left with a print out of this recipe.  I still get comments about it a year later, so I figured it was time to post the recipe for the rest of the world to see.  Nothing complicated or highly inventive, but amazing nonetheless.  And it looks pretty!  :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Red, White and Blueberry Salsa

Red, White and Blueberry Salsa
Happy July 4th!!!  I made this delicious fruit salsa for a party last July 4th.  I got the inspiration from an amazing kiwi salsa recipe I created a few months prior (recipe to come soon!!) that all my friends and family love.  I wanted to stay with the red, white and blue theme this time, so instead of kiwis I used blueberries.  Definitely an unexpected blend of flavors, but they work well together and it is a perfect dish to bring to a hot outdoor picnic. Serve with organic blue corn chips, or on top of chicken or fish tacos!