Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mango-and-Avocado Salsa

Mango-and-Avocado Salsa

***Susan's Note: I use 2 TBS of diced green chiles instead of the habanero. I used a canned sliced mango instead of a fresh one, and I didn't have cilantro so I used parsley. YUM on grilled chicken!

This salsa goes well with grilled or broiled chicken, pork, seafood, or beef.
Makes 3 cups

1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced medium
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced medium
1 small red onion, diced small
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 to 1 habanero chile (stem and seeds removed), minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt


In a bowl, combine all ingredients.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rice 'N Peach Salad

Rice 'n Peach Salad

****Susan's Note: Do not expect this to have a "peachy" flavor. It is yummy and sweet and perfect for grill-out suppers. Yum!

Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 20 min Makes: 10 servings, about 1/2 cup each

1-1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 can (11 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained or 1-1/2 cups corn cut from the cob
1 cup PLANTERS Almonds, toasted and salted, chopped
1 cup fresh peas or frozen peas, thawed
2 peaches (or nectarines), peeled, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup KRAFT CATALINA Dressing
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or fresh parsley
Make It

MIX all ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Barbecue Chicken with Mustard Glaze AND Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs

Barbecue Chicken with Mustard Glaze

****Susan's Note: Made this with boneless chicken thighs, and it was DELICIOUS. I would not hesitate to make it again. I served it with Rice N Peach Salad, Marinated Tomatoes in Balsamic Vinagrette, and cooked broccoli. Also, if you'd rather not grill, there is a similar excellent recipe called Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs.

An assortment of spices mixed with common condiments makes a thick, tangy-sweet glaze with a hint of smokiness. Grilled summer squash makes a light, fresh side. Cut 2 zucchini and 1 yellow squash lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Brush with 2 teaspoons olive oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Grill 3 minutes on each side or until tender.

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon sherry or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
8 (6-ounce) skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
Cooking spray

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Combine ketchup and next 3 ingredients (through mustard) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

2. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Rub spice mixture evenly over chicken thighs. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 12 minutes. Turn chicken over. Brush with half of ketchup mixture; cook 12 minutes. Turn chicken over. Brush with remaining ketchup mixture; cook 2 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165°.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs)

CALORIES 226 ; FAT 5.5g (sat 1.4g,mono 1.7g,poly 1.4g); CHOLESTEROL 115mg; CALCIUM 28mg; CARBOHYDRATE 15.4g; SODIUM 651mg; PROTEIN 27.7g; FIBER 0.4g; IRON 1.9mg

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Emeril's Panzanella (Bread Salad)


***Susan's Note: I had some old rolls in the freezer so I decided to make this for dinner, along with grilled chicken and corn on the cob. I added some cucumbers and a little bit of leafy greens - YUM! I also like this recipe for Panzanella - if your bread isn't stale enough.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2003

4 large vine ripened tomatoes, cut into large cubes or wedges
1/2 pound stale country-style Italian bread, crusts removed and cubed (about 8 cups)
1 1/4 cups thinly sliced red onions
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup Italian extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh basil, stems removed, washed and spun dry, turn into pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, bread, and onions.

In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, vinegar and oil. Pour the dressing over the bread salad and let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. Add the basil and salt and pepper, to taste, and toss to combine. Serve.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Asian Salmon

Asian Salmon

***Susan's Note: I slightly modifed this recipe. My husband loved it and I thought it was really tasty. I served it with brown rice with dill and boiled asparagus with lemon zest, butter, salt, pepper. Yum!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

2 salmon filets
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pinch ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced onion (I used chopped fresh scallions)
1 tablespoon sesame oil (I used walnut oil)

1. Make several shallow slashes in the skinless side of the salmon filets. Place filets skin-side down in a glass baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, pepper, onion and sesame oil. Pour the liquid over the salmon, cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove cover from salmon, and bake in the marinating dish for about 15 minutes, then broil for about 5 minutes. (Fish should be flaked with a fork.)

Banana Pineapple Bread

Pineapple Banana Bread

***Susan's note: I made this because I had extra bananas in the house and we were going away, so I needed to get rid of them. My sister and her family loved this bread - I put it in a 9 x 13 pan because we didn't have 2 loaf pans and it cooked in about 45-50 min.

Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: 32

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 eggs
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained (I used pineapple chunks, drained and pureed)
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 bananas)

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat the eggs, oil and vanilla; add pineapple and bananas. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans.
2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.