Barbecue Chicken Salad #WeekdaySupper #McSkilletSauce

Hi Everyone,

I teamed up with #WeekdaySupper to share with you a week’s worth of tasty, quick meals that is sure to please the palate and the belly.  Today I have for you a super simple, flavorful salad that is loaded with chicken, black beans, corn and McCormick’s Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with Bacon Skillet Sauce.  Amazing!  No dressing needed with this salad.

Barbecue Chicken Salad #WeekdaySupper  #McSkilletSauce
This salad took less than 15 minutes to make and tastes out of this world. It has a nice smoky southwestern flavored barbecue sauce with hints of bacon. Oh you know me and bacon! To zip up my salad and to keep going with the southwestern flavors I decided to add a little bit of black beans and corn. Black beans and corn are a perfect complement to this salad. But you know what? Skip the lettuce and add it to a flour tortilla and you have some awesome tacos! I did that the next night with my leftovers. I added a pinch of hot sauce and sour cream and oh man was it good!!
Barbecue Chicken Salad #WeekdaySupper  #McSkilletSauce
Have you tried McCormick’s Skillet Sauces? I love the Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with Bacon Skillet Sauce. It has a sweet, smoky flavor with a slight onion flavor and hints of wonderful bacon. This would also make for a great simple chicken dinner, sided with a salad and maybe some potato salad.
Barbecue Chicken Salad #WeekdaySupper  #McSkilletSauce

 

Barbecue Chicken Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
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A simple, sweet smoky barbecue chicken salad made with black beans and corn.
Ingredients
  • 1 lbs. chicken, skinless boneless, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup corn, frozen
  • 1 7 oz. pkg. McCormick Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with Bacon Skillet Sauce
  • 8 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, add olive oil and chicken. Cook chicken until no longer pink; about 10 minutes. Add black beans, corn and McCormick Simmering Sauce. Cook for 5 minutes or until the corn is thawed.
  2. Evenly divide the lettuce between 4 plates and evenly top with chicken mixture.

Barbecue Chicken Salad #WeekdaySupper  #McSkilletSauce

I love how simple this meal was and I love that my family loved it too!!

If you’re looking for other great ideas using McCormick’s Simmering Sauces you should check out the Pinterest page.  There are so many tasty recipes there!

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Not sure what to have for dinner this week?  Here is this week’s recipe menu for you.

Monday – Slow Cooker Sicilian Chicken by The Dinner-Mom
Tuesday – Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry by The Messy Baker
Wednesday – Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps by Casa de Crews
Thursday - Chicken Fajita Bowls by Family Foodie
Friday – Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken Salad by Peanut Butter and Peppers

Have a great weekend!

Toodles,

Jennifer
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Barbecue Chicken Salad  #WeekdaySupper  #McSkilletSauce

This post is sponsored by McCormick in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

Tomato Florentine #createwithcrisp

Hi Everyone,

I have to tell you I have been so sick this week.  Ugh!  I never get sick but apparently it got to me.  I’ve been spending most of the week resting and eating soup for dinners.  I haven’t had much of an appetite.  I was sick of canned soup so I thought I would make a healthy good for you soup that I have been wanting to make for a while, which is Tomato Florentine.  The soup turned out fantastic and I love it and I think you will love it too!

Tomato Florentine #createwithcrisp

The soup is hardy, filling and full of tomato flavor.  But besides how yummy it tastes, it’s also super easy to make.  The soup contains ingredients like onions, garlic, carrots, pasta, spinach and of course tomatoes.  To add some great flavor I added some basil, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Here are some of the ingredients in the recipe.

Tomato Florentine #createwithcrisp

Normally Tomato Florentine doesn’t contain carrots, but I wanted to add them for extra nutritional punch, plus it gives the soup a little more heartiness. To peel my carrots, I used my new Cooking with Crisp Straight Peeler. It peels like a dream. No messy peeling, easy to use and dishwasher safe. It’s my new favorite peeler. I will be using it a lot.
Straight Peeler #createwithcrisp
One thing I hate to do is cut onions. I don’t know what it is about onions, but boy do they make my eyes water. I have tried everything and nothing works. Lucky for me I used my Cooking with Crisp Straight Paring Knife. It made cutting onions easy and fast. The Straight Paring Knife is one of my all time favorite kitchen utensils and I don’t think I could live without it.
Straight paring knife #createwithcrisp
For making the soup, I sautéed onions, garlic and carrots in some olive oil. Then I added my chicken broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and seasonings. I cooked the soup for about 30 minutes, than I added my pasta. I used quinoa pasta, but you can use any kind you like. For the finishing touch I added some freshly sliced spinach. Perfect! After a few minutes more of cooking I ladled it into a bowl and topped with Parmesan Cheese. It perfectly Italian and perfectly delicious and perfect for when your sick!
Tomato Florentine #createwithcrisp

 

Tomato Florentine
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 7
  • Serving size: 1⅓ cups
  • Calories: 167
  • Fat: 3
  • Carbohydrates: 29
  • Sugar: 6
  • Sodium: 800
  • Fiber: 9
  • Protein: 11
  • Cholesterol: 0
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
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A perfect, healthy, simple tomato soup made with carrots, onions, garlic, pasta, spinach and seasonings. It's hearty, full of Italian flavor and the perfect one pot meal.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅔ cups carrots, peeled, sliced small
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium, fat free or vegetable broth
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp.dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked Fusilli pasta ( I used Quinoa Pasta) Penne Pasta or shells will work too
  • 6 oz. fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, add olive oil onions, garlic, and carrots. Saute until vegetables are slightly tender.
  2. Add chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, thyme, salt and ground pepper. Cook for 30 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  3. Taste test the soup to see if you need to add more salt or pepper than add uncooked pasta and cook for about 8 minutes. Add baby spinach and cook for 2 minutes more or until the spinach is wilted.
  4. Add to a bowl and top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Tomato Florentine #createwithcrispOh I didn’t tell you but this soup is amazing as leftovers.  Serve it with a side salad and some crusty bread and you have the perfect meal.

To check out Crisp Cooking and all of the fun products that are perfect for prepping your favorite meals in the kitchen, you can check out the following links:

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Have a super fabulous day!

Toodles,

Jennifer

Tomato Florentine  #createwithcrisp

This was a sponsored post with Cooking with Crisp.  All opinions are my own.

Blueberry Steak Salad with Homemade Blueberry Dressing

Hi Everyone,

Today I teamed up with Dole to share with you heart healthy recipes.  You do know that February is National Heart Healthy month.  However, I truly believe that every month should be a heart healthy month.  You need to eat more fruits and vegetables.  I know that I need to eat more fruits and vegetables too!  Now that spring is just around the corner, that means fresh produce will be coming our way.  Spring is my favorite time of the year because of trees and flowers blooming as well as freshly picked produce.

Blueberry and Steak Salad with Homemade Blueberry Dressing

For my heart healthy recipe I made Blueberry and Steak Salad with a simple homemade blueberry dressing.  Everything in this recipe is heart healthy.  For the base of the salad I used Dole’s 50/50 salad mix which is 50% spring mix and 50% baby spinach.  It’s full of vitamins and nutrients.  I also topped my salad with lean sirloin that has been grilled to perfection.  The sirloin contains protein which is great for the body and helps promote strong muscles.  Plus protein is filling too.  The blueberries are low-calorie, full of antioxidants and fiber.  One of my favorite little berries.

The salad also contains healthy fat such as walnuts and goat cheese.  A little bit of these healthy fats is great for the body because it promotes healthy hair and nails.  I noticed when I went on a low-fat diet a couple of years ago, my hair got brittle. Once I brought it back in small doses, my hair got shiny again.  Protein is also great for the hair too!

Blueberry and Steak Salad with Homemade Blueberry Dressing

The dressing is loaded with flavor and a little bit goes a long way.  It’s made with fresh blueberries, balsamic vinegar and dash of sugar and olive oil.  You could use stevia if you prefer over sugar, but honestly I have been doing so much better on my diet using real sugar over stevia.  But this recipe only contains a half a teaspoon of sugar.  The olive oil, is a healthy fat too!  I just love this salad.  It put me in the spring mood.  I know most of you are having cold weather and snow, but in Northern California it has been in the 70’s.  Spring fever has hit!

Blueberry and Steak Salad with Homemade Blueberry Dressing

I am happy that Dole is promoting healthy heart month.  I didn’t realize but Dole not only has banana’s and pineapple but they also have a ton of fresh fruits, like blueberries, strawberries, plums, peaches, grapes and more.  Plus they also have a large selection of fresh vegetables, like onions potatoes, radishes, mushrooms and salad mixes.  I loved their bagged salad mixes too!  Lots of different varieties that are perfect for lunches.

Dole Salad

I wanted to let you know that this salad would also make a great side salad.  You could skip the steak and just make little portions to go with your dinner.  I was really surprised, but when I put the salad together, my Husband told me he couldn’t wait to try it.  Really?  Your excited for a salad?  He saw me making the dressing and I think he was intrigued by it.  Funny how that is.  You know, it’s so much healthier to make your own salad dressing than buying it.  You can change-up the flavors by adding a little bit of dijon mustard or adding other fruits to it.  It’s a great base for a dressing.  Try it with strawberries instead of blueberries!

Blueberry and Steak Salad with Homemade Blueberry Dressing

Blueberry Steak Salad with Homemade Blueberry Dressing
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: ¼ of the recipe
  • Calories: 413
  • Fat: 15
  • Carbohydrates: 10
  • Sugar: 4
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 31
  • Cholesterol: 82
Recipe type: Salad
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A heart healthy salad made with lean grilled sirloin steak, fresh blueberries, goat cheese and walnuts and is topped with a simple blueberry dressing.
Ingredients
  • 12 oz lean sirloin steak
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup Dole blueberries, divided
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salad:
  • 4 cups Dole 50/50 Spring Mix and Baby Spinach
  • ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat grill to medium.
  2. Rub steak with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle pepper.
  3. Place on grill and cook each side for 6 minutes for medium cooked. Once cooked, take the steak off the grill and cover with aluminium foil. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes. Slice against the grain into thin strips.
  4. To make dressing: In a blender or food processor, add half a cup of blueberries, sugar and balsamic dressing; process until combined. With the food processor on, slowly add the olive oil. Taste it to see if you need to add a dash of salt and pepper.
  5. Between 4 plates, evenly divide the Dole 50/50 Spring Mix and Baby Spinach, cooked steak, walnuts, blueberries and goat cheese. Pour dressing over the top
Notes
For the cheese, you could also use feta or crumbled blue cheese.

Blueberry and Steak Salad with Homemade Blueberry Dressing Dole also provided me with a couple of recipes that I wanted to share with you.  They are heart healthy and looks so delicious!

Heart Smart Salad

Heart Smart Salad

 

Heart and Hand Tarts - So adorable!  They would be great in lunches.

Dole Heart in Hand Tarts Recipe

You can check out other great, good for you recipes on Dole’s website.  Just go to the following links:

I hope everyone is getting healthy!  I have been trying!  Eating healthy salads, fresh fruit smoothies and I have been walking.  I feel great!

Toodles,

Jennifer

Blueberry and Steak Salad with Homemade Blueberry Dressing

This has been a paid post.  All opinions are my own.

Simply Orange Side Salad

Hi Everyone,

You know those nights where you make a nice steak or chicken and you do not have anything to serve on the side?  That was me Sunday night.  I looked in my pantry and I didn’t see much.  I looked in the fridge and it was practically empty except for a few veggies.  I sat at the kitchen table debating, what do I make to go with my steak?  Then I realized, I could throw those veggies together, add an orange and I have a side salad.  Perfect!  So I chopped my veggies, threw together a simple dressing and I had a fabulous salad that even my Husband loved.

Simply Orange Side Salad

The salad is made with romaine lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, scallions and wonderful navel orange.  The flavors are so light and refreshing together and oranges are a perfect complement to the dish, plus its perfect because they are in season right now.  If you wanted to make this a meal salad, add some cooked chicken and some slivered almonds too it.   I bet that would be fantastic. The dressing is a simple champagne vinegar, orange juice and olive oil.  It can’t get any easier than that.

Simply Orange Side Salad

Simply Orange Side Salad
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4 salads
  • Serving size: ¼ of recipe
  • Calories: 96
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 7
  • Sugar: 1.3
  • Sodium: 18
  • Fiber: 2.4
  • Protein: 2
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
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A light, refreshing, sweet and savory side salad made with cucumbers, spinach, scallions and fresh oranges and topped with a simple orange flavored dressing.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, fresh
  • 1 cup cucumbers, diced
  • 1 orange, peeled, cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup scallions, diced small
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • 3 tbsp, champagne vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Evenly divide all of the fruit and vegetables between 4 bowls.
  2. To make dressing: In a small bowl, ad orange juice and champagne vinegar. Whisk in olive oil. Pour over salad.

Simply Orange Side SaladI have some news to share with you.  The birdie has left the nest.  Little Jenny moved out this past weekend and got her first apartment. Honestly, I thought she would be living with us until she was 30.  lol  I am so proud of her!  However, it will be a little lonely in the house.  It’s going to be weird not having her laundry left in the washer, dishes missing from my cabinets, and messes in the kitchen.  ha ha  Kidding aside, it will be sad because I’ll miss the small talks that we have.  The random, let’s go shopping or out to dinner.  She lives about 30 miles away and with our commute, it will take me about 45 – 60 minutes to see her.  Lucky for me, she works up the street from my day job.  My guess is I may see her more now than before.  She’s going to need food and supplies for the house.  :)

Well that’s it for me today.  I hope you have a great rest of the week.

Toodles,

Jennifer

Simply Orange Side Salad

 

Green Protein Salad #createwithcrisp

“Whoever said salads are boring hasn’t used @CrispCooking tools. They make it fun to add seasonal ingredients and keep your New Year’s resolution on track. #createwithcrisp”

Hi Everyone,

To continue with my healthy living and my “Me” week, I decided to make myself a healthy, feel good salad just for me.  It is so perfect for lunch or dinner.  It’s light, refreshing, full of flavor and a breeze to make.  Let me share with you my Green Protein Salad.

Green Protein Salad “Whoever said salads are boring hasn’t used @CrispCooking tools. They make it fun to add seasonal ingredients and keep your New Year’s resolution on track. #createwithcrisp”

My salad is chock full of goodness!  It has romaine lettuce, spinach, edamame beans, cucumber, avocado and a big dollop of jalapeno hummus.  Of course you could use any kind of hummus you like for the salad, but I just love my jalapeno flavored hummus.  I made this salad because I was in need of something healthy and nutritious and I am really trying to be better this year. So far so good!

Green Protein Salad “Whoever said salads are boring hasn’t used @CrispCooking tools. They make it fun to add seasonal ingredients and keep your New Year’s resolution on track. #createwithcrisp

To make it fun to make, I used my new prep tools from Crisp Cooking.  For the lettuce I used my new Lettuce Knife  The Lettuce Knife is designed with a 7 in. blade that will accommodate even large heads and bunches of greens and lettuce. It is also a perfect cutting tool for slicing soft produce items such as tomatoes, mushrooms or strawberries. I simply love it and it cleans easy too!

Green Protein Salad #createwithcrisp

For the cucumbers I peeled my cucumber with my Serrated Peeler which makes for a nice, clean peel.  I have admit this is my favorite peeler ever!  You don’t need a lot of pressure to peel your vegetables, plus it gives it a nice edge.  You can also use it on soft vegetables like tomatoes.  It peels like a dream. I love it!

Green Protein Salad #createwithcrisp

Of course when your making a salad a Straight Pairing Knife for cutting your vegetables. I love this knife.  I use it all of the time.  I keep it right on my counter for easy grabbing.  It cuts everything perfect and without effort.

Green Protein Salad #createwithcrisp

It is so much fun making a nice healthy salad when you have fun cooking tools.  I even have a set of nice Salad Tongs, but I didn’t use them for this recipe.  I normally don’t use tongs, unless I am serving a big group.  It’s normally just my Husband and  I, oh and in case you’re wondering, he did not have any of my salad. His words were, it’s to healthy for me.  lol

Green Protein Salad #createwithcrisp

To keep my salad nice and fresh I squirted it with some fresh lemon.  It compliments the flavors of the vegetables perfectly.  Oh and in my recipe I added scallions, but after I revamped my recipe and I was eating my salad, I realized I forgot the scallions.  The salad was good without them, but it would add a nice twist of flavor.

Green Protein Salad #createwithcrisp

Green Protein Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
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A light, refreshing, healthy salad made with spinach, edamame beans, avocado, cucumbers and your favorite hummus.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ½ cup spinach, fresh
  • ¼ cup scallions, chopped fine
  • ½ cup edamame beans, shelled
  • ½ cup avocado, sliced
  • ½ cup cucumbers, peeled, sliced
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1 heaping dollop of your favorite hummus
Instructions
  1. Add all vegetables in a bowl. Top with lemon juice and add a dollop of hummus in the center.
Notes
No calories today, it depends on the calories of the hummus you used.

Green Protein Salad #createwithcrispI really do love salads like this.  I love the color, the flavor and how good I feel after I eat it.  Now I won’t feel guilty when I have a piece of chocolate.  lol

To check out Crisp Cooking and all of the fun products that are perfect for prepping your healthy salads and the upcoming spring produce you can go to the following:

You can also check out my Pintrest Board with fun ideas for using Crisp Cooking Tools.

Have a super fabulous day!

Toodles,

Jennifer

Crisp Cooking Tools #createwithcrisp