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Fresh Salsa

Summer and roadside produce stands seems to hand in hand. Local farmers have plentiful bounties and are always willing to sell straight to the customer ! We all love the idea of a bargain, but when I read the sign ” all local organic produce” , “fresh herbs”  and “plum tomatoes” I had to stop!

For days  I’d been thinking on how to vamp up the flavor of our grilled chicken breast  without the use of a grilling sauce  and there it was: fresh tomatoes, herbs, fresh peppers  and spring (green onions). Mix up, serve as a dipping side and yum, yum, yum!

The man had harvested the goods that same morning. Oh what a treat it was… the freshest, truest flavor of salsa I’ve ever had. It’s simple, has 4 ingredients and is chock full of flavor. Careful handling the Jalapeno  , it could irritate sensitive skins! The actual heat of the pepper is concentrated in the seeds and  white stuffs inside the pepper, so discard if you like less heat, or leave it all in for a fiesta in your mouth. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 red plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
4 green onions, finely chopped
1 medium jalapeno pepper, finely chopped ( leave seeds and white out for less heat)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Salt to taste

Mix the tomatoes and shallots in a bowl, toss in the cilantro and salt. Mix in jalapeno to taste. Serve immediately. This salsa can be kept refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Turkey Lasagna

 

What to do with all that leftover turkey? Because we cannot live on Sandwiches alone, we searched to develop great recipes to incorporate leftover turkey. A simple all-time family favorite is lasagna. All it takes is some lasagna noodles, 4 cups of simple tomato sauce and some cheese. It takes 50 minutes from start to finish and is definitely a crowd pleaser . Enjoy!

 

Ingredients: for 8 portions

2 boxes of lasagna noodles
2 Tbsp of olive oil
2 cups leftover turkey, chicken or mix, chopped
4 cups simple tomato sauce
2 cups ricotta
salt pepper to taste
1 tsp oregano 
1 tsp basil
grated cheese to taste

 

Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Mix ricotta with the chopped turkey in a large bowl, add the basil and oregano, and salt pepper to taste. Cook noodles in abundant salted water for 10 minutes or till al dente. Do not overcook or they will fall apart. In a roasting pan, coat bottom with the olive oil and place a bottom layer of noodles, make sure they are arranged so that the whole bottom is covered with no gaps, overlap noodles if needed.

Place a layer of ricotta turkey mix ( about 1/2 of the mix), then place another layer of noodles. Add another layer of ricotta mix, and finally top with remaining noodles.  Pour sauce on top, and place in the oven to bake for 35 minutes.  Take out of the oven and sprinkle with grated cheese. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving. . This lasagna can be assembled ahead of time and remain in the “ready to bake” stage in the refrigerator for 2 days or in the freezer for 2 weeks. ENJOY!

Mixed Greens And Grape Tomatoes With Rosemary Garlic Chicken

Viva la diet!!!! This is a great salad that is satisfying and figure-friendly and is ready in a cinch!

It combines the sharpness of dark mixed greens with the sweetness of grape tomatoes and the bouquet of savory vinaigrette. Can be served as lunch or as an appetizer.

Makes two hearty portions that brown bag very well.

Ingredients:

4 cups of mixed greens or flat leaf lettuce
1 cup grape tomatoes
2 half chicken breast chopped
2 cloves garlic peeled
stripped leaves of 1 spring fresh rosemary
6 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Fresh ground pepper to taste

Heat 2 Tbsp of the olive oil in a heavy skillet, toss in the rosemary leaves and the garlic cloves and stir. Add the chicken and let cook. The oil will now infuse the chicken with flavor. Meanwhile, toss the mixed greens in a bowl with the remaining oil and vinegar till all leaves are evenly coated, assemble the mixture on the serving plates. Place the tomatoes and the cooked chicken, ground pepper and serve immediately.

Sun Dried Tomato Carbonara Sauce


Carbonara is a traditional sauce which incorporates the sweet smokiness of cured pork. Our version plays up vegetables for a much healthier choice without sacrificing flavor. Try using turkey bacon if you are watching your cholesterol. It’s a great supper without the mega calories!
Ingredients:

2 Cups assorted vegetables, such as squash, zucchini fresh corn and peas diced
1 yellow onion finely chopped
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, julienned
3 strips bacon, turkey bacon or pancetta
3 Tbsp pan drippings of sausage or bacon
salt & pepper to taste

Cook bacon in a sauté pan till golden brown;  remove from pan and reserve  3 Tbsp of drippings. Cook the onions in the drippings till golden brown but not burnt, incorporate the vegetables and the sun dried tomatoes.Let cook till the juices released by the fresh vegetables are absorbed by the tomatoes.

Serve over pasta such as rotelle as a hot dish or as a salad. Fresh grated Pecorino Romano compliments the sweet tanginess very well.

Tuscan Rice Salad

 

Want to try a different kind of salad? This tasty mix will satisfy your taste buds. Ideal for leftover rice, can easily be converted to an appetizer or light meal by adding veggies or cooked meats.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked rice
3 Tbsp olive oil
8 chopped olives, (4 kalamata and 4 queen)
1/2 diced tomato
salt & fresh ground white pepper to taste

In a bowl, place the cooked rice and add the olive oil, mix well. If you are not sure how to cook rice properly, click here for directions, they are posted on the right . Add the other ingredients, mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve at once. Ideal for leftover rice, can easily be converted to an appetizer by adding veggies or cooked meats.