Last week we put out a call for your Best Bean Recipes in our $10,000 “Best Recipe Ever” contest. After much deliberation our judges decided on a colorful and healthy bean salad that is perfect for a light summertime lunch or backyard barbecue side dish. Congratulations to “smtndmt637” for her award-winning “Santa Fe Bean and Barley Salad!”
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Who wants to cook on these hot summer days? Salads are usually the answer, and nothing is easier than a retro iceberg lettuce wedge salad. Wedge salads are usually thought of as being smothered in dressing, with bacon, cherry tomatoes, and maybe a sliced hard-boiled egg alongside. How about a refreshing version with a modern Italian twist to keep your kitchen cool and tantalize your taste buds?
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Kale is a super food…
Greek Yogurt is super trendy…
Why not combine them both into one super trendy, super food salad?
If you love the tangy zing of a classic Caesar Salad, but not the added fat and calories from the heavy dressing, then this recipe is for you!
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We started the 2013 “Best Recipe Ever” contest with a bang! The first theme was “Best Salad Ever” and the contenders did not disappoint. We received so many great entries and this beautiful and delicious recipe came out on top. Congratulations to “Mshivers60” for her “Santa Fe Salsa Salad!”
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We have assembled our best salad recipes! There’s a little bit of everything: cold salads, warm salads, fruit salads, healthy salads, and Caesar salads. They are healthy, colorful and flavorful. Give one a try this week!
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There’s no need to settle for the same old side dishes this summer…why not spice things up a bit? Once you try this recipe for “Sriracha Spiked Sesame Slaw” you will never look back! Take a peek at the winner from our recent salad recipe contest.
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This retro-inspired side dish recipe is not only a great way to encourage kids to eat their veggies, it can also be a great addition to your Thanksgiving table!
Cubes of Cracker Barrel Sharp Cheddar Cheese is tossed with some of your favorite veggies along with some crispy bacon and roasted peanuts for crunch.
Speaking if side dishes, don’t forget the weekly recipe contest theme this week is “Side Dishes!”
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Last week it was all about Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies are right around the corner and Christmas cookies aren’t too far behind. With all the sweet treats this time of year, I figured it was time to post a good old fashioned salad.
Well, a salad with a twist…
If you are a fan of the classic Caesar Salad, you will love this version. It is a “seared” Caesar Salad! The technique creates what I would describe as a built in crouton. Simply slice a head of romaine lettuce in half and brush on a layer of Ranch of Creamy Caesar dressing. Then press in a combination of panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sear, cut side down in a pan until a crispy crust is formed. Serve warm as a light lunch during this “indulgent” time of year!
Panko bread crumbs (regular or Italian flavor)
Grated Parmesan cheese
Lengthwise halved pieces of Romaine lettuce
Freshly grated black pepper
On a large plate, toss together desired amount of panko crumbs and parmesan, depending on how many romaine leaves you are making. Brush each long piece of romaine (cut side) with some ranch dressing. Firmly press on the crumb mixture the length of the lettuce piece. Heat some olive oil in a large skillet and place romaine leaf, coated side down, into skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until panko crumbs are crispy and leaves just start to soften. To serve, place lettuce coated side up on serving dish; drizzle with extra ranch dressing, if desired. Serve warm.
Crisp and juicy watermelon is a summertime favorite! This weekly blog giveaway has everything you need to enjoy this refreshing and flavorful fruit this summer.
-Watermelon knife – extra long and sharp to cut through the large melon!
-Red cutting board
-Set of 4 watermelon bowls
-Watermelon dish towel
-Watermelon pot holder
-Watermelon measuring spoons
To be entered to win this wonderful watermelon prize package, simply leave a comment here on the blog telling us your favorite way to enjoy watermelon! Good luck everyone!
One of the many reasons I love watermelons is because this beautiful, pink fruit is so versatile. It tastes great on its own as a sweet and refreshing snack, but also pairs well with savory flavors to create unique salads. In this recipe the sweet fruit is balanced with tangy feta cheese and black olives. Toss in a few crunchy pumpkin seeds and you have a fantastic summer side dish!
Here is what you will need:
-Black olives (I also like Kalamata’s from Lindsay Olives!)
-Pumpkin seeds (Sunflower seeds also taste great!)
2 cups cubed watermelon, chilled
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
Cut watermelon into cubes and remove any seeds. Mix the watermelon, feta, black olives and pumpkin seeds. Cover and chill the salad for 30 minutes before serving. Serves 4.
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Last week, while I was in Austin for the IACP conference, there was one side trip I simply had to make. A quick visit to the original Whole Foods Market! The chain began in Austin and I wanted to scope out the flagship store.
The first store was started by an idealistic bunch of 19 people dedicated to providing their customers with organic and sustainable products. Today, with stores all across the country and over 50,000 team members their commitment to these core values are as strong as ever.
Here in Austin there is also a Culinary Center in addition to the grocery store. There you can take cooking classes ranging from basic techniques to exotic culinary adventures. They even provide full-service catering and event planning from this location.
Take a look at that sparkling kitchen as well as the fantastic variety of cookbooks for sale inside the Culinary Center!
One of my favorite parts of this store was the enormous bulk foods section. Just about every herb, spice, grain or bean was available in these bins. I love being able to buy bulk items. It is more environmentally friendly as it cuts down on packaging and shipping. Buying bulk can also save you money. Think about all those times you have to buy an entire, expensive jar of a spice you only end up using once. In this scenario you can simply purchase the one or two teaspoons you might need for a recipe and a fraction of the cost!
Of course, I am also a fan of any market that has a bar inside the store! Shoppers could participate in wine and beer tastings, or just relax at the bar to enjoy a glass of their favorite beverage. I was there on a Friday afternoon and they even had a local musician there to entertain the group. Love it!
As I was leaving the store, this caught my eye by the front door. So many grocery stores will have a basket of candy for children to snack on while their parents do the shopping. Here at Whole Foods there are baskets of fresh fruit! While I waited for my taxi to take me back to the conference I saw dozens of kids choose their favorite from these baskets. Such a wonderful way to teach good habits from an early age.
Whole Foods also provides an array of healthy recipe cards scattered throughout the store. I love anything with grapefruit, so this recipe for a simple and colorful salad instantly caught my eye. Enjoy!
AVOCADO AND GRAPEFRUIT SALAD
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 head Bibb or butter lettuce
Carefully peel grapefruits, making sure to remove all of the white pith. Working over a large bowl to catch any juice, cut the membrane from the outside edge of each segment to release the fruit and let it drop into the bowl. Add avocados and onion, and toss well. Arrange lettuce leaves on a platter, spoon salad over the top and serve. Serves 4.
Nutrition per serving: 230 calories, 15 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 25 g total carbohydrate, 9 g dietary fiber, 12 g sugar, 4 g protein
Dairy free, Gluten free, High fiber, Low sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian
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