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Chicken-Penne Salad with Green Beans Fresh and cool for summer, this makes a perfect packed lunch or light dinner with lots of vegetables, a light fresh herb dressing, and shredded chicken. 2 cups uncooked penne (tube-shaped) pasta
2 cups (1-inch) cut green beans (about 1/2 pound)
2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
2 tbs. chopped fresh basil or oregano
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 (7-ounce) bottle roasted red bell pepper, drained and cut into thin strips
2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp black pepper

Cook pasta in boiling water 7 minutes. Add green beans; cook 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.
Combine pasta mixture, chicken, onion, basil, parsley, and bell pepper in a large bowl, tossing gently to combine.
Combine oil and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over pasta mixture; toss gently to coat.

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1. Scrub your potatoes well.

2. Bring (heavily) salted water to a boil and drop in your potatoes. Cook until tender - do not over cook. You can rinse the cooked potatoes in ice water to halt cooking. Halve and quarter them.

3. There are two options now. You can chill your cooked potatoes first - then fold your ingredients directly into the potatoes and serve or chill. This prevents the mayo and other creamy ingredients from 'melting' into the hot potatoes. The other option is to simply toss all the ingredients into the warm potatoes - and then chill until ready to serve (this is what I did). The last option is to fold all the ingredients into the potatoes and serve warm.

4. Chill your salad until ready to be served - or serve warm. We served it wrap-style in grilled flatbread - highly recommended. Season to taste with salt and fresh black pepper over top.

Original recipe

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A hearty lunch salad. Top with leftover shredded roasted chicken or other lean meat and it's a well rounded meal.

Yield:  2-3 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Salad:
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp chopped fresh oregano
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 med peeled sweet potato, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 orange, sectioned and chopped
1/4 cup vertically sliced red onion (optional)
3 tablespoons nuts, toasted (pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, etc)
1 (6-ounce) bag prewashed baby spinach

Mustard-Citrus Dressing:
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
3.5 tablespoon rice vinegar
.5-1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp orange zest

Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare salad, combine first 4 ingredients, tossing well. Place potato mixture on a jelly-roll pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400° for 30- 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven; cool. Combine potato mixture, orange sections, onion(if using), nuts, and spinach in a large bowl.

To prepare dressing, combine orange juice and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss gently to coat.

CALORIES 160 (30% from fat); FAT 5.3g (sat 3.2g,mono 1g,poly 0.8g); IRON 1.3mg; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 59mg; CARBOHYDRATE 27g; SODIUM 101mg; PROTEIN 2.9g; FIBER 4.1g

Original Recipe
IMG_5540_sm.jpgThis is something that I would not have eaten as a kid. However, as an adult who's no longer afraid of lentils, it's really good. We made it first with the Sazon Goya packet, but the msg-ness is a little  too overpowering. Next time, I'll just use the cumin and paprika. Serve as a wrap filling with some cilantro and spicy chili sauce as toppings.

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 red onion, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 packet Sazon Goya with saffron (1 teaspoon cumin and 1/2 teaspoon paprika)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup lentils (green)
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1 red pepper, dice
1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Serve with:
cilantro
spicy chili sauce
tortillas
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Toss the cubed sweet potatoes and the chopped red onion with 2 tablespoons olive oil, the SazonGoya seasoning packet, and salt and pepper.

  3. Place vegetables in a roasting pan and roast, gently stirring every 10 minutes or so, until potatoes are starting to brown around the edges and appear slightly crispy. Let cool.

  4. While potatoes are roasting, bring the lentils to a boil in the 2 cups of water with 1 teaspoon salt.

  5. Simmer lentils gently until tender, about 25 minutes.

  6. Drain lentils well, and let cool completely. Place lentils in a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and the juice of one lime.

  7. Stir in the sweet potatoes and onions, chopped red pepper, and queso fresco, and gently toss to mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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