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cornbreadsalad_sm.jpgA great filling salad with three types of greens and a creamy buttermilk lime dressing with a hint of honey. Cornbread croutons add crunch and a southern flair.

Cornbread, cut into 1-inch cubes
Lettuce
Arugula
Spinach
Tomatoes, chopped
Buttermilk-Lime Dressing (below)

Preheat oven to 250°. Scatter the corn bread in a single layer on a half-sheet pan and bake until the pieces are lightly toasted, about 7 minutes.

Place lettuce, greens, 3 cups of toasted corn bread and tomatoes to a large bowl and toss to combine. Drizzle with buttermilk dressing, season with salt and pepper, and toss again. Serve immediately.

Buttermilk-Lime Dressing

3/4 cups buttermilk
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1 1/2 limes)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2-1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup finely minced fresh basil or cilantro
1/4 cup finely minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup finely minced green onions
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until combined. Can covered tightly and stored in the fridge up to two days.

Original recipe


greek_pork_sm.jpgAlthough the dill-yogurt sauce and tomato salad give the dish a unique Greek flavor, the super easy marinated pork was the real star. It is so delicious and versatile I plan on using it for my go-to pork chop recipe with many other sides, like cheese grits and okra or rice pilaf and green beans.

Pork:
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning
2 tsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
3-4 thick cut boneless pork chops
Cooking spray
Combine the vinegar, oregano, olive oil, and garlic in a zip lock bag. Add the pork to the bag and seal. Marinate the meat for 20 minutes at room temperature, turning after 10 minutes.Heat a grill pan or frying pan coated in cooking spray over medium high heat. Remove pork from marinade and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add pork to pan, and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan and let it rest for 2-3 minutes.

Dill Yogurt Sauce:
1/2 cup of Greek style (or regular) plain yogurt
1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp fresh dill weed, chopped (or 1/2 tsp dried)
1 clove of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until mixed thoroughly. Place in the refrigerator until needed.

Tomato Salad:
2-3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 bunch of green onions, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper
optional: chopped cucumber and kalamata olives
Combine all ingredients.

Original recipe

A simple summer recipe with fresh tomato & corn salad. Not earth-shattering, but good and pretty quick to put together.

Chicken:
1  tablespoon  olive oil
1 1/2  teaspoons  ground coriander
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin
1/4  teaspoon  chili powder
1/8  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
4  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Salad:
2  cups  cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4  cup  sliced green onion tops
2  tablespoons  thinly sliced fresh basil
1  tablespoon  balsamic vinegar
1  teaspoon  olive oil
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
1  (7-ounce) can whole-kernel corn, drained or 4 corn cobs
optional: arugula

To prepare the chicken, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine coriander and the next 5 ingredients (coriander through 1/8 teaspoon black pepper); rub evenly over both sides of chicken. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done.

To prepare salad, combine tomatoes and remaining ingredients, tossing well. Slice chicken; serve over salad.

Optional: Use fresh corn on the cob, if in season. Roast corn under broiler for ~18 minutes until golden, turning cobs every so often.

4 servings (serving size: about 4 1/2 ounces chicken and 3/4 cup salad)     

Calories: 296 (23% from fat)
Fat: 7.4g (sat 1.3g,mono 4g,poly 1.1g)
Original recipe

If you've ever seen the anime TV series Samurai Champloo, the characters always seem to be eating soft, round 'dumplings'. This is the closest thing I've found to approximate them. These need to be started 1 1/2-2 hours ahead of time because the yeast dough needs to rise an hour. The filling can be made early and refrigerated until needed. It's quite a bit of work, but the buns come out soft and pillowy from the steam and the filling is basically Chinese barbecue with hoisin and five spice. Also would probably be good with Korean bulgogi style filling (?).

Filling:
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 pound ground pork
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dough:
1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 14 2/3 ounces)
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

To prepare the filling, brown ground pork with 5 spice powder. Place pork in a medium bowl. Add onions and next 7 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt); stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate.

To prepare dough, combine 1 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour, oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

Punch dough down; let rest 5 minutes. Turn dough out onto a clean surface; knead in baking powder. Let dough rest 5 minutes.

Divide dough into 10 (or more, for smaller buns) equal portions, forming each into a ball. Working with one dough ball at a time (cover remaining dough balls to keep from drying), roll ball into a 5-inch circle. Place 1/4 cup filling in center of dough circle. Bring up sides to cover filling and meet on top. Pinch and seal closed with a twist. Repeat procedure with remaining dough balls and filling.

Arrange 5 buns seam side down, 1 inch apart, in each tier of a 2-tiered bamboo steamer. Stack tiers; cover with lid.

Add water to a large skillet to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Place steamer in pan; steam 15 minutes or until puffed and set. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 bun)
Nutritional Information
Calories: 259 (21% from fat)
Fat: 6.1g (sat 0.9g,mono 3.2g,poly 1.5g)
Original recipe

An Asian twist on the typical tuna salad sandwich with a chili sauce kick and tons of vegetables: peas, celery, green onion, and radish.

2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 clove of garlic, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce
2 (5 ounce) cans of tuna, drained
1 cup peas, fresh or thawed from frozen
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup green onion, sliced green tops
1 radish, finely chopped
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
ground black pepper to taste
lettuce leaves
whole wheat tortillas

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and Thai chili sauce.
Add tuna, peas, celery, green onion, radish, and slivered almonds, and mix well. Add black pepper if desired (salt too, if you want).
Original recipe
Ridiculously easy sweet and sour chicken, using frozen fried chicken breasts and a ketchup based sauce. Not the most healthy or organic thing in the world, but delicious and great for unexpected entertaining or potlucks. Serve with sticky white rice and steamed broccoli or green beans.

1 Pkg. Tyson Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets (about 5 pieces)
1/3 C. almonds (chopped, toasted)
1 set of green onions (finely chopped)

Sweet & Sour Sauce:
6 T. Ketchup
6 T. Sugar
2 T. white vinegar
1 C. water
1 T. cornstarch
Fully cook chicken in oven according to instructions. While chicken is baking, combine 1/2 C. water and cornstarch until dissolved. In small sauce pan, combine ketchup, sugar, vinegar, 1/2 C. water and bring to soft boil. Add cornstarch/water mixture and simmer for 5 minutes stirring constantly! (will burn if ignored). After chicken is cooked, cut chicken into bite sized pieces, and pour sweet & sour sauce over chicken. Sprinkle green onions and almonds (toasted=good) on top of chicken

Cummings family recipe
Like most stir fry style dishes, feel free to vary the choice of vegetables. The peanut sauce is addictive with tofu and also works well as a dipping sauce for eggrolls. Can be served over rice instead of pasta.

8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
1 pound firm tofu, drained and cubed
1 cup (2-inch) sliced green onions
1 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1 cup asparagus, cut into 1" pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut in strips
Sauce:
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons chile paste with garlic
4 garlic cloves, minced
Combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
Sauté or bake tofu until browned on all sides. Remove from pan, sauté vegetables until tender. Add sauce; stir to coat.
Cook pasta in boiling water 8 minutes, omitting salt and fat. Place pasta mixture in a large bowl. Top with vegetable/tofu mixture.

Nutritional Information (for 2 c. serving)
Calories: 465
Fat:14.5g

Original recipe
There are few fried foods that are truly worth the fat and calories to me. This is one of them. The filling can be made ahead of time for convenience, assembly is best done with multiple helpers. Serve with soy sauce and/or apricot jam for dipping.

1 lb. ground pork
1 pkg. shitake and/or portabella mushrooms, chopped
½ c. diced water chestnuts
1 ½ c. bamboo shoots
2 c. napa cabbage-add last
chives
shredded carrot
garlic
2 tbs. soy sauce
1 tbs. cornstarch
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 pkg. eggroll skins
1 egg
vegetable oil
Cook pork, drain. Add onion, chives, veggies, spices, cornstarch towards the end of cooking.
Use 2 tbs. filling per eggroll, roll up, seal with beaten egg. Fry in hot oil and drain
A great use for leftover chicken, this salad is full of celery, carrots, cranberries, almonds, green onions, chicken, and wild rice. I added a spoonful of guava jam to the dressing since I didn't have any fig vinegar.

Dressing:
1/4  cup  fig vinegar or white wine vinegar
2  teaspoons  sugar
1  teaspoon  Dijon mustard
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1  garlic clove, minced
2  tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tsp. jam (optional)
Remaining ingredients:
2  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2  cups  uncooked wild rice
1  tablespoon  butter
Cooking spray
1  pound  skinless, boneless chicken breast
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
1  cup  chopped celery
1/2  cup  shredded carrots
1/3  cup  dried cranberries
1/4  cup sliced green onion
1/4  cup  chopped almonds, toasted
2  tablespoons  minced red onion

To prepare dressing, combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Cover and chill.

Combine broth, rice, and butter in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove rice mixture from heat; cool.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 8 minutes on each side or until done. Cool; cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

Combine cooked rice, chicken, celery, carrots, cranberries, almonds, and red onion in a large bowl. Add dressing; toss gently to coat. Cover and chill.

6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)
Calories: 352
Fat: 10.3g (sat 2g,mono 5g,poly 2.5g)

Original recipe
Fresh tasting salsa built on the backbone of jarred Pace. Chopped black olives add richness, but you'd never guess they're in there.

2-3 C. chopped plum tomatoes (about 6)
1 small jar medium pace picante
1 small jar mild pace picante
1/2 small can chopped black olives
1 can green chilies
2 T. olive oil
1/2 T. white vinegar
1/4 C. green onions (chopped)
1 T. fresh cilantro (minced)
1-2 Jalapenos (finely chopped)
Mix ingredients together. Vary the amount of Jalapenos used to desired "heat" level (I usually use at least a half of one).

From: the Sutton family
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