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chicken_pasta_salad_sm.jpgFinally, a pasta salad I like! The bright citrus dressing and red grapes are balanced by the addition of a few toasted walnuts & chopped green onions.

3  cups  uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)  or rigatoni (about 8 ounces)
1/3  cup  fresh orange juice (~1 orange)
1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
2  tablespoons  extravirgin olive oil
1  tablespoon  stone-ground mustard
2  teaspoons  sugar
1 1/4  teaspoons  salt
1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
2 tbs  white wine vinegar
2  cups  shredded cooked chicken breast (about 2 breasts)
1 1/2  cups  seedless red grapes, halved
1  cup  thin diagonally cut celery
1/4 c. sliced green onions
1/3  cup  coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
2  tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
optional: lettuce or arugula to serve it on

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Cool completely.

Combine orange juice and the next 7 ingredients (orange juice through rice vinegar) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk to combine. Add pasta, chicken, grapes, celery, green onion, walnuts, olives, and parsley; toss gently to combine.


Original recipe (Cooking Light)

Ultimate crock-pot convenience: put all the ingredients in and just let it cook till you're ready to eat.

1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 can whole or chopped tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste (6 oz.)
1 ½ lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
½ lb. sliced mushrooms
½ c. celery, chopped

Combine all ingredients, cook in crock-pot on high 4 hours. Serve with noodles.
Easy to make in the crock-pot with a few hours notice. Beware - makes the whole house smell wonderful for hours.

2 ½ lbs. lean boneless round steak
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. Burgundy or other dry red wine
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can beef consommé
1 envelope onion recipe soup mix
6 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (16 oz) package frozen pearl onions
3 T. flour
½ C. water
24 oz. medium egg noodles, uncooked
¼ C. grated Parmesan cheese
¾ C. sour cream

Trim fat from steak, cut into 1-inch cubes. Cook over medium heat 9 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain well.

Sauté garlic one minute in large skillet or Dutch oven. Add wine & next 3 ingredients; stir well, and bring to a boil. Blend flour and water in small bowl; add to sauce.

Combine steak, mushrooms and onions in crock pot, add sauce. Cook 1-2 hours on high.

Cook egg noodles, drain. Toss with sour cream-Parmesan cheese mixture.

Derived from Cooking Light
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8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti or linguini (or soba)
1 small bunch of asparagus, sliced thinly (1/4-inch thick) and roasted or other veggies
Extra firm tofu

2/3 cup walnuts, toasted

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium cloves garlic, peeled
4 tablespoons mellow white miso paste
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup+ warm water

Topping ideas: sliced green onions, chopped chard stems and leaves that have been cooked for a minute or two in a skillet with a bit of olive oil and salt, chopped fresh chives, toasted walnuts

To cook the tofu:
Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch slices. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a frying pan or wok. Pan-fry the tofu on both sides until golden and puffy. Transfer to paper towels. Once cool, dice into cubes.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt generously and cook the pasta per package instructions, being careful to not overcook. About 10 seconds before you are going to drain the noodles, add the asparagus to the pot. Now drain and toss with about 1/2 the walnut-miso dressing - you can make the dressing as you're waiting for the pasta water to come to a boil. To make the dressing, use a food processor, blender or hand blender to puree the walnuts, olive oil, garlic, miso paste, vinegar, and honey. Add the warm water a bit at a time until the dressing is the consistency of a heavy cream. Taste and add salt if you think it needs it.

Add as much or as little dressing as you like to the noodles and toss well with the vegetables.

Serves 2 - 3.


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