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Smoked Salmon Salad

Hello Food Friends,

My roommate and I are trying to be super healthy, in part because of recent diet restrictions for us both (different reasons). One of the challenges we are both facing is finding filling food that is good for us, and tastes good.

So being the awesome person she is, my roomie has decreed if I make it she will at least give it a shot and we’ll narrow down our list of food yays and nays that way! Carte blanche on options to a fan of cooking….yeah I’m in creative heaven.

First up, we have a Smoked Salmon Salad that I made for us. This one is super easy as we just 1) prepare ingredients, and then 2) assemble ingredients, before 3) serving. Simple!

So prepping the ingredients. Here goes.

Smoked Salmon Salad Ingredient Preparation

Ingredients:
1 cucumber
1 zucchini
1 mango
1 package spinach/spring mix/other leafy greens (14 oz)
1 package smoked salmon (5 oz)
1 container baby/cherry tomatoes
2 cups fresh, uncooked snow or sugar snap peas.
1 container fresh sprouts (these are alfalfa sprouts)

Salad Assembly.
1. Heat 1 1/2 cups water, 1 tspn salt, and 1 tspn olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add peas and let cook ~10 minutes, until crisp but cooked fully.
2. Rinse the leafy greens and put into a salad keeper or salad bowl.
3. Slice the cucumber and zucchini into circle slices. Add to leafy greens.
4. Cut the mango in half, around the pit, and then dice (cut just shy of the skin for easiest way) the mango into little cubes. Add to leafy greens.
5. Rinse the tomatoes and add to the leafy greens.
6. Drain the peas and add to the leafy greens.
7. Rinse the sprouts and top the salad.
8. Slice the smoked salmon as desired (I did narrow strips), and top the sprouts with the salmon.
9. Serve and add dressing (a fruity vinaigrette tastes awesome with this one!)

Enjoy your creation!

Smoked Salmon Salad – Mmmm!

Serve, enjoy, and have leftovers for 3 days with the salad keeper preserving your yum-factor on your food! I wouldn’t go more than 3 days with smoked salmon. I will say, our salmon only lasted the day of and the following day, though the rest of the salad lasted another two days for both of us for lunches. Smoked Salmon. Mmmmm.

So hope you enjoy this one, and hope if you try this, or any variation thereof, that you’ll share it with me (and all the people who may read this post at any point in time)!

Craft You Later,
Beth

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Grilled Bruschetta Lamb

Hello Again Everyone!

I apologize for the downtime, I have been taking copious pictures, notes and brainstorming sessions down, and just have been completely slack about getting posts up here on the blog. I am making a promise now to do way better from here on out, I swear! 🙂

Anyways, I wanted to start us back on track with a meal I made the other night using a slew of yummy ingredients. I stopped by at my friends at The Enchanted Olive and they were teasing me a bit about my slackness on the blog. So thank them for the boost and post here!

In their honor, and to give them a ‘thank you’ for kick-starting me back into my blog posts, I am posting a recipe that I created using quite a few of their creations (oils & vinegars below are all theirs!). So here goes, the Grilled Bruschetta Lamb, all for you!

Grilled Bruschetta Lamb, Grilled Corn, Bruschetta Salad, with sliced cukes & bread on the side!

Ingredients:
3 lamb chops
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 very small onion, diced (you can add more or less depending upon how onion-y you want it)
1/2 cucumber, diced
2 teaspoons chopped basil
2 teaspoons Sundried Tomato, Parmesan & Garlic Olive Oil
4 teaspoons Butter Olive Oil, divided
2 teaspoons Herbs De Provence Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Pecan Praline Balsamic Vinegar (specialty vinegar available only in the store, can substitute in any nutty vinegar instead though!)
2 teaspoons Fig Balsamic Vinegar
2 ears of corn, not shucked
2 cups Lettuce or Spinach

Directions:
*** Start your grill. Mine is a propane grill, so it didn’t take very long to heat, however if you have a charcoal grill – heat it up, heat it up! Once that is going, commence to making your food! ***
1) Drain your tomatoes, dice your onion and cucumber, and combine them in a small bowl. Add in your basil, olive oils (only use 2 tspn of butter) and vinegars and mix together until well blended. You now have your bruschetta!
2) Place your lamb chops on aluminum foil and top with the bruschetta underneath and on top. Let sit in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
3) Take your ears of corn, and drizzle 1 teaspoon into each at the top of the husk so that it flows down into the entire ear of corn inside the husk.
4) Place your ‘buttered’ corn, still in the husks, directly on the *hot-and-ready* grill rack. You can peel off the outermost layer only, if you choose, if you don’t want to grill the entire husk. Leave on the grill for approximately 20 minutes, turning at least once.
5) Add your lamb to the grill, still in the foil, and leave for 10-20 minutes, depending on if you want the lamb cooked medium-rare or well done. I did this right next to the corn, and they cooked well side by side.
6) Remove items from the grill, shuck the corn, plate with additional bruschetta on top of the lamb, and enjoy!
7) For the salad, add your remaining bruschetta and other 1/2 of the cucumber to the lettuce/spinach, then top with your favorite dressing. May top with cheese if you want, but not needed for this salad!
8) Homemade Dressing (Extra): If you prefer, you can just drizzle the salad with the Fig BV and the Sundried Tomato Oil for a quick and scrumptious fix!

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did when I made it, and for all of my friends at The Enchanted Olive – thank y’all for the inspiration you provide with your product selections!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Healthy Chicken Wraps

Hello Friends!

I have recently been trying to eat healthier at lunchtime, and have decided to share a few of the meal ideas with you this week.

healthy chicken wraps tomato cucumber cheese honey dijon chicken tortilla

First up we have Healthy Chicken Wraps.

Ingredients:
1 boneless skinless chicken breast, diced to approximately 1-inch cubes
spices (for flavoring chicken to your preference)
1 tomato
1 cucumber
Honey Dijon Mustard
Tortilla Wraps
Deli-Sliced Cheese of your choice (Provolone, Swiss, Colby-Jack, PepperJack, etc.)

Cook your chicken how you like it flavored. I cooked mine in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of Butter Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon of Garlic Mushroom Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon Garden Veggie Dip Mix, and 2 teaspoons Diced Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix.

Cook over medium heat for approximately 12 minutes, until nice and tender, and no pink shows. Don’t overcook it though, as that will make dry chicken which is never good!

NOTE: Don’t heat olive oil before slicing chicken as that will cause smoke and fire alarms to go off, and other assorted irritants. Nope, I’ve never done that before, never! 😉

chicken skillet baked olive oil spices

Once done, your sliced chicken will look like this, or similar!

Store your chicken in the fridge in containers that will travel well with you to work (or wherever). I took one container, and put in all my chicken. Then in another container, I put a sharp paring knife, 1 tomato, 1 cucumber and my deli-sliced cheese. Since I love cheese, all kinds, I decided to do 1 slice of provolone and 1 slice of colby-jack per wrap. So I stuck 2 slices of each cheese in the container. Then I folded up 2 tortilla shells and stuck those in a plastic zippered bag to take in with me, as well as my bottle of honey dijon mustard!

Once you get to lunch, take your knife and dice up half of your tomato and a third of your cucumber into very small pieces. Trust me, it’s easier to eat as a wrap with smaller pieces, and spreads the taste around better!

Next, take your tortilla and spread the desired amount of Honey Dijon Mustard (this will have a kick, fair warning) all around. Place your 2 pieces of cheese in the middle (so the ends are cheese-less), top with a handful (or 2!) of chicken, your diced tomatoes and cucumbers, and fold like a burrito. And then….

chicken tomato cucumber tortilla cheese honey dijon healthy chicken wrap

Voilà! Healthy Chicken Wraps to enjoy for lunch!

So that is the first lunch item, stay tuned for more this week! Let me know what you think of this quick, easy, portable and healthy lunch idea!

Craft You Later,
Beth

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