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Roasted Potatoes with Feta Cheese

Roasted Potatoes 3_1While my family loves pasta I am a potato girl. I love potatoes almost any way you fix them whether they are oven fried, mashed, boiled or roasted. Nothing against pasta and rice but I think potatoes are wonderful because they soak up the flavors of whatever you add to them. By now you may know I love the idea of layering flavors in a dish. So the layers of flavors in this roasted potatoes dish is both savory and sweet. I recently discovered a nice way to roast potatoes with a few cranberries and raisins. Then I topped them off with feta. Yummy!

Roasted Potatoes 2_1Potatoes can be both good and bad for the diet. The key to eating potatoes is to do it in moderation. Having said that I would stay away from deep frying potatoes no matter what. Potatoes tend to absorb grease which puts on the pounds, effects your skin and is not healthy! Still, potatoes have lots of fiber, vitamin C and B vitamins. As long as you keep the portions small you can partake of any type of potato you like. For this recipe I used red potatoes. I haven’t tried it yet but I am sure sweet potatoes would taste good too. I will let you know how that one turns out later.

Roasted Potatoes with Feta 1_1For those of you who don’t eat meat you can still enjoy this dish by leaving off the crumbled bacon.

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Roasted Potatoes with Feta Cheese

Ingredients:
1 lb potatoes quartered
¼ cup cranberries
¼ cup golden raisins
¾ cup Gazebo Room balsamic vinaigrette
¼ cup feta cheese
2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
1 scallion thinly sliced (separate the white and green parts of the onion)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black ground pepper
½ tsp dried rosemary
½ tsp smoked paprika
3 tbsp melted butter
3 slices crisp bacon chopped
Cooking Spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for the bacon, feta cheese and green onion. Mix well to coat the potatoes. Spray a lipped cookie sheet with cooking spray to prevent potatoes from sticking. Spread potato mixture with juices onto the cookie sheet. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until potatoes are golden brown and fork tender. Remove from oven and place in a casserole or serving dish. Sprinkle with feta cheese, bacon and  a little green onion.

 

BIG SALAD

If you are a sitcom fan, then you know about Elaine’s love of and constant search for the “BIG SALAD”.

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Salads are a healthy quick and easy dish to make when you don’t have a lot of time or you are too tired to fix a big meal. The great thing about salads is that they are very versatile. You can custom design every salad by using whatever is available in your pantry or frig. Every salad you make can become a work of art that is both pleasing to the eye and definitely pleasing to the stomach.

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On nights I do not have to cook for the family I will make a Big Salad and load it up with whatever I can find in the fruit bowl or refrigerator. Apples, dried cranberries, golden raisins, nuts and olives are a household staple so that is the base of most of the salads I make. Because my son only likes iceberg lettuce and my husband and I like mixed greens, I usually keep both on hand. Sometimes I mix various types of lettuce to keep things festive.

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Cheese, cheese, cheese. I love cheese! Whatever you do, do not forget to add cheese to your salad. Feta, Blue Cheese, Shaved Parmesan or just plain cheddar will give your salad that extra boost and provides good protein. To keep things light, I like to use Gazebo Room Greek Salad Dressing and Marinade to top it off. This dressing has become a family favorite  and brightens up the salad with a unique taste.

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I never did discover what made Elaine’s Big Salad so delicious but I am sure my Big Salad recipe is sure to make you smack your lips.

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Salad Fact:
Did you know that in ancient times salads were considered an aphrodisiac? The next time you feel a little frisky try fixing that special someone a Big Salad and they will love you for it!

BIG SALAD

Ingredients:
1 bag of mixed salad greens
5-6 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
5-6 calamata pitted black olives
2 slices of crispy cooked bacon chopped
¼ cup sliced avocado
½ green apple sliced thin
1 tbsp feta cheese
1 tbsp shaved Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp dried cranberries
1 tbsp golden raisins
1 tbsp almonds
1 tbsp cashews
1 tbsp walnut
1 tbsp croutons
2 tbsp favorite salad dressing

In a BIG bowl layer the mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado, apples,bacon black olives, cranberries, golden raisins, cheeses, nuts, croutons and salad dressing. If you want an even bigger salad, add some chicken or seafood to make this a truly wonderful meal.

Eat up!