Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ann's Curried Chicken Salad

I had something like this at a gourmet food store so I went home and figured it out. It is super yummy.

2 cooked or grilled chicken breast, diced
1 stalk celery, chopped into small bits
1/3 c raisins, chopped just a bit - I like golden best
2 T curry powder
½ t salt
A few dashes ground pepper
1/3 – ½ c sliced almonds
Enough mayonnaise to completely moisten, about 1/3 c

Mix everything but mayo in a bowl. Add mayo a little at a time until the salad reaches your desired consistency. This is great as a salad. Put a serving of this chicken salad on some lettuce leaves surrounded by sliced tomatoes. Liberally salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil an/ord balsamic vinegar.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Middle Eastern Chicken, Tabbouleh, and Hummus

Middle Eastern Chicken
1 c plain yogurt
1 t each coriander, cumin, oregano
2 cloves garlic minced
1 t lemon juice
1 pack chicken tenders 1 - 1 /2 lbs... you could use boneless, skinless breasts too

Mix all the stuff in a ziplock bag or airtight storage continer and coat the chicken thoroughly. Marinate for at least a few hours or overnight. Grill or pan cook chicken till done.

4 bunches parsley, chopped fine either by hand or in a food processor
1 c bulgar wheat
1 cucumber peeled, seeded, and diced
1/4 c lemon juice
1/3 c olive oil
tomato diced, optional

Pour 2 c boiling water over uncooked bulgar wheat in a heatproof mixing bowl. Cover and let sit at room temperature for an hour till wheat puffs. Mix in the rest. Add extra lemon/olive oil to taste, salt and pepper. Keeps well in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Hummus Among Us
2 14-1/2 oz cans chick peas
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 T lemon juice
3 T tahini (sesame paste)
1 ½ t salt
2 T olive oil or more to your liking - I personally like a lot more!
optional - dill or paprika
pita chips for dipping!

Mix it all up in a food processor and add more olive oil as it spins to get the consistency you want. Great on a plate with a drizzle of olive oil and either dill or paprika. YUMMY mixed with the tabbouleh or on pita chips.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Some weeks I want fish and greens; this week my body said loudly PIZZA! And not just any pizza. I wanted one stuffed and loaded... this one is Emeril Lagasse's recipe.

For an easier version I substitute two cans of store bought pizza crust for the homemade stuff (you can find it in the refrigerated aisle next to the biscuits), and I use sweet italian sausage instead of hot. So good!

Click here for the original recipe.