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Friday Recipes

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Hi everyone… welcome to my new blog! This is the first blog I’ve ever had so I’m really excited about sharing some recipes and my random quirky thoughts 🙂 Some of my recipes are meals that I’ve been making for years while others are from various websites, cooking magazines (such as Paula Deen’s cookbook) and cook books from The Pampered Chef. In the effort of eating better, a lot of my recipes will be on the healthier side but there will also be comfort foods and deserts put into the mix as well.

For this weeks recipes, I wanted to pass on things that seem simple to make and don’t require turning on your oven 🙂

Asian Chicken Salad [Cooking With Paula Deen]

8 cups chopped romaine lettuce

2 cups shredded cooked chicken (the rotisserie chickens from the grocery store work great for this recipe)

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips

1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into strips

1 (81/4-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained

1 cup crispy rice noodles* (you should be able to find La Choy Rice Noodles at the grocery store)

1/4 cup chopped green onion

1/4 cup sesame oil

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 rice wine vinegar

2 limes, zested and juiced

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1. In a large bowl, place lettuce, chicken, bell pepper, apple, mandarin oranges, rice noodles, and green onion, tossing gently to combine.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sesame oil and olive oil. Slowly add rice wine vinegar, whisking to combine. Add lime zest, lime juice, sugar, and salt, whisking until well combined. Pour desired amount of dressing over romaine mixture, tossing gently to coat.

Serve immediately (Makes 6-8 servings)