Monday, April 14, 2014

Thai Chicken Salad

This was off of Our Best Bites.  It is a delicious salad.  I didn't like the dressing she made, but I don't like most dressings.  I ate most of this salad without dressing, but I did use a little bit of Walden Farms Honey Mustard Salad dressing on some bites.  If you want the soy sauce/peanut butter dressing you'll have to go to her site.

I cooked the quinoa in chicken stock and I used rotisserie chicken.  I loved the fresh cilantro mixed in too!

1 cup coleslaw mix
1 cup shredded chicken
1/2 cup quinoa
1/4 cup edamame
2 tablespoons cilantro
1/4 cup diced cucumber

Mix together and enjoy!

Coconut-Almond Breakfast Quinoa

I was looking for healthy recipes the other day...I'm not positive, but I think I found this off of Our Best Bites.  It was almost like having dessert for breakfast.  I topped mine with unsweetened coconut flakes, and fresh berries.  It was so tasty!

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Combine in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, then turn down low, cover and simmer 10-15 minutes.

I used the splenda brown sugar, and I waited to add the almond extract in at the very end of cooking so it had a stronger flavor to it.  Other toppings could be more milk, or honey, but I thought it was plenty sweet.  I actually had this with some egg whites 4 mornings in a row!

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

I found this recipe off of the Olive Garden website.  I used it for Alyx's dinner too and it was also very yummy.

1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup fresh Romano cheese, grated
6 egg yolks from jumbo eggs
Salt and black pepper to taste

Heat milk and cream in a heavy bottom saucepan until it begins to simmer.  Turn off heat.  Slowly whip in cheese, then remove from heat.  Place egg yolks in a separate bowl and slowly whip in a portion of the hot milk and cream mixture.  Slowly add egg yolk mixture back into remaining cream mixture.  Place back on very low heat and continually stir until simmering.  Take sauce off heat so it thickens.  Season to taste with salt and black pepper.  Serve over your favorite pasta.

Cheese Sauce for Pasta

I tried this new recipe for Alyx's Baptism dinner.  It was so yummy, definitely a keeper!

4 cups heavy cream
1 cup butter
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1 cup grated Colby Jack cheese
1  cup six cheese Italian (comes in a package already grated)
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese

In a medium sauce pan combine cream and butter.  Bring to a slow simmer, stirring constantly until the butter is melted.  Gradually stir in all the cheese.  Reduce heat to low and stir until all cheeses are melted.  Serve immediately.  Sauce will thicken as it cools.