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Salads

Today’s post is dedicated to Salads. Salads are on our dinner table almost every night mostly because they are Healthy, Quick and Easy. Basic lettuce and tomato salads are a little too plain to make it on our table. I prefer adding various ingredients that touch on the five food groups which are vegetables, dairy, grains, fruit and protein.

I have to admit in my early days of cooking I made a lot of plain salads. I thought I was spicing it up if I added avocado or seasoned croutons. I didn’t start experimenting with making more robust salads until I expanded my dining choices from food chain restaurants (no offense) to downtown restaurants with new age names (again, no offense) like “Planet One Bistro” which featured out of this world meals. Cute right? Okay, I made the name up because I didn’t want my local restaurants to be mad at me for saying their name was “new age”.

Building a salad is like creating a work of art. Various colors, textures, shapes and sizes blend together into a beautiful edible piece of art both pleasing to the eyes and mouth. One of my signature salads is one made with a 50/50 mix of greens, bright red tomatoes, English cucumbers, deep blue blueberries, shaved parmesan cheese, croutons and crumbed bacon. I top it off with my favorite dressing Gazebo Room Greek Salad Dressing and Marinade. Yummy! My Big Salad is also a family favorite.

If you ask me, it is hard to make a bad salad. No matter what you add to a salad it is a reflection of you and your taste in food. So, go crazy and create your own master piece salad. It’s sure to get rave reviews.

Salads

Ingredients:

Fruity Salad:

1 bag 50/50 mixed greens

2 roma tomatoes cut into quarters then sliced

¼ English cucumber cut in half then sliced

¼ cup blueberries (sliced strawberries and raspberries optional)

¼ cup walnuts

¼ cup kalamata olives

¼ cup shaved parmesan cheese

parmesan flavored croutons

Gazebo Room Greek Salad Dressing and Marinade

Avocado Salad:

1 bag 50/50 mixed greens

2 roma tomatoes cut into quarters then sliced

1 ripe avocado cut half then sliced

¼ English cucumber cut in half then sliced

¼ cup walnuts

¼ cup kalamata olives

¼ cup shaved parmesan cheese

ranch flavored croutons

Gazebo Room Greek Salad Dressing and Marinade

Mushroom and Egg Salad:

1 bag 50/50 mixed greens

4 large baby bella mushrooms sliced

2 roma tomatoes cut into quarters then sliced

2 boiled eggs diced

2 slices bacon cooked and chopped

¼ English cucumber cut in half then sliced

¼ cup kalamata olives

¼ cup crumbled feta or goat cheese

seasoned croutons

Gazebo Room Greek Salad Dressing and Marinade

Layer the ingredients for each salad into two bowls. Top with Gazebo Room Greek Salad Dressing and Marinade or your favorite salad dressing.

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Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

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Since I have a busy schedule between family stuff, work and dmariedining.com I am always looking for easy recipes that are packed with flavor. I think quiches are one of the simplest dishes to make when you don’t have a lot of time or you don’t feel like fussing over dinner. A quiche can be a full meal paired with a nice salad or it can be an appetizer (smaller portion) at the start of a meal.

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Mushroom and spinach quiche is one of my favorite meals to make. It has lots of protein and is very filling even though there is no meat in the dish. Mushrooms and spinach seem to go together well whether in a salad or a quiche.

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For all the moms out there that want to teach their kids how to cook, you may want to introduce them to the world of quiches. Because they are so versatile, you can turn quiches into a vegetarian dish, a seafood dish or a meat dish. Think about how it easy it would be to teach your kid how to cook a little spinach, beat a couple of eggs and add some cheese to a pie shell. I know I make it sound a little too easy but it is easy enough for a teenager to make.

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If you have young adults at home who have limited cooking skills (like my son), a mushroom and spinach quiche would be a good dish to teach them how to make for those independent days of cooking. This one will might even be an impressive meal for a date.

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Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Ingredients:
1 9 inch deep dish pie shell thawed
1 10 oz bag baby leaf spinach
1 10 oz pkg sliced button mushrooms
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp parsley
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
¼ tsp cumin
¼ cup half and half
¼ cup fontina cheese shredded
½ cup Gruyere cheese shredded
4 eggs
2 shallots sliced thin
paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 1 tbsp of butter with olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add spinach, ½ tsp salt, and black pepper. Saute until spinach is wilted but bright green. Remove spinach from the pan and set aside. Add 1 tbsp of butter to the pan along with mushrooms, shallots and ½ tsp of salt. Saute until mushrooms are slightly browned.

Poke the bottom of pie shell with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly brown. Remove from oven. Layer spinach on the bottom of the pie shell. Sprinkle half of the cheeses over the spinach. Layer the mushrooms over the cheese then top with the remaining cheese.

Beat together eggs, red pepper flakes, cumin, parsley, a pinch of salt and half and half. Pour into pie shell, sprinkle with paprika.  Bake for 25 – 35 minutes until the middle of the pie is set. Test with a knife. It should come out clean. Let the pie rest for 10 minutes.

 

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Deli London Broil 2 for 1

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Recently I was trying to think of something quick to make that would not involve chicken. Don’t get me wrong. I love chicken but every now and then my family wants to eat meat without feathers or scales. Red meat is not really part of our diet but a nice piece of beef once in a while is welcomed.

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I had no idea of what to make when I got to the grocery store. I was wondering around the deli department when I saw a beautiful piece of London broil on sale. Sandwiches first came to mind but then I thought I could saute the meat and place it on top of portobella mushrooms for a little more flair. By the time I finished wondering up and down the groceries aisles I had come up with a new recipe that could be served in two different ways using the same ingredients.

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To top off my new creation I decided to make a simple yogurt dressing. I wasn’t sure how to make yogurt dressing so I just added ingredients I thought would blend naturally with yogurt. I used plain Greek yogurt because it is thick, holds up well and absorbs other flavors nicely when you mix them with the yogurt.

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Deli London Broil 2 for 1

Ingredients:

1 ½ lb deli sliced London broil

1 green onion sliced

1 jar beef au jus

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp olive oil

½ medium jar roasted red peppers in oil

4 portobello mushrooms

6 small club rolls sliced in half

This recipe can be served as a sandwich or on top of the portobello mushrooms.

General Recipe:

Place olive oil in a large fry pan with butter over medium heat to melt butter. Add roasted red peppers, green onion and garlic. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add beef au jus and seasonings then bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium low and add London broil to the pan. Gently coat meat with sauce mixture. Remove from heat.

For Sandwiches:

Thinly slice portobello mushrooms. Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a medium frying pan. Add mushrooms, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.

Warm club rolls then layer with London broil, mushrooms, roasted red peppers and yogurt dressing.

Portobella tops:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove stems from portobella mushrooms and wipe clean with a damp paper towel. Brush with olive oil and place on a rimmed cookie sheet. Season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and layer with London broil, roasted red peppers and yogurt dressing.

Portobella Mushrooms with Eggplant

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Years ago when I was learning how to cook on my own, eggplant parmesan became one of my “special” dishes to make. But like with anything else if you don’t practice it you forget how to do it. I had not made eggplant parmesan in many moons but it came to mind when I was trying to think of a new dish to try out. My family likes roasted and fried eggplant but I wasn’t sure they would like eggplant parmesan. Instead of making “another casserole dish” as my hubby would say, I decided to stuff a portobella mushroom with eggplant parmesan.

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After I assured my hubby I was not making another casserole, I told him he needed to test a stuffed mushroom recipe for me. At first I was surprised when he told me no because it sounded fattening. I asked him, “how are mushrooms fattening?” Then I had to laugh when he said it sounded like I was going to use some kind of bread stuffing and gravy on the mushrooms. Once I explained what I meant by stuffed portobella mushrooms he was on board to be my tester. Just to be on the safe side I decided to rename the dish and changed it to “Portobella Mushrooms with Eggplant”.

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That episode reminded me how important a name can be when presenting a dish. You never know what might turn someone off from even trying something new. Keep it simple and appealing has become one of my mottoes!

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Still, I hope folks remember not to judge a book solely by its cover. Most of the time you need to read a few pages to determine if a book is truly interesting. I love to read and have learned not to discount a book just because the title seems funky, stupid or weird thanks to book recommendations from by my book buddy Karen. The same thing can apply to a recipe. Check out the ingredients and see how hard it is to make a recipe even if the name makes you say “No Way!”. You may be surprised just like my hubby.

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He liked the dish….

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Portobella Mushrooms with Eggplant

Ingredients:
4 large portobella mushrooms (stem and ribs removed)
1 small eggplant cubed
1 small onion chopped
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
2 cloves fresh garlic or 1 large clove roasted garlic chopped
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 14 oz can of spicy red peppers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Clean outside of mushrooms with a damp towel and set aside.

Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Add eggplant, onions, tomatoes and seasonings. Cook until eggplant and onions are soft. Remove from heat and place veggies in a bowl with ½ cup of parmesan cheese and ½ of the mozzarella cheese. Stir until well blended. Sprinkle salt and pepper inside of each mushroom. Fill each mushroom with eggplant mixture and top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place mushrooms on cookie sheet and bake for approximately 35 minutes until mushrooms are soft and cheese is slightly brown.

 

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

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Sunday dinners are the one time most families have a chance to sit down together and enjoy each others company. Growing up, my family was no different. Every Sunday my aunt and uncle, Doll and Johnnie, would come over to our house for dinner. My mom and aunt would take turns making the Sunday meal and since both are great at cooking I looked forward to those dinners. During the summer there was one particular meal my mom and aunt Doll liked to make that was easy and refreshing. Chicken and broccoli casserole topped with bread crumbs and paired with a green jello mold with fruit cocktail.

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I never knew how they came up with the combination of a casserole and green jello but for some reason it worked. I think it was the whipped cream and fruit cocktail in the jello that won me over. What kid doesn’t like fruit cocktail and whipped cream? Plus, the jello was cool and refreshing in contrast to the hot bubbly chicken and broccoli.

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My version of their chicken and broccoli casserole has a little less fat but still has lots of flavor. There are simple substitutions you can make to cut down on the calories. Instead of using mayonnaise in the sauce I use cream of mushroom soup along with cream of chicken soup. Don’t let the word “creamed” scare you. You can always find a reduced fat or fat free version of the creamed soups. Also, leave off the bread crumbs (they were browned in lots of melted butter) and use a light shredded cheese as the topping. To add more flavor to the dish I stir in sauteed mixed mushrooms (button, shiitake and portobello).

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This may not be my mamma’s chicken and broccoli but it is a wonderful way to make your next Sunday dinner memorable.

 Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Ingredients:
4 boneless/ skinless chicken thighs
1 pkg chicken tenders
1 10 oz can cream of chicken soup
1 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
4 cups egg noodles
1 12 oz bag fresh cut broccoli
1 stalk of celery chopped
1 small onion sliced
½ cup shredded monterey jack cheese
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
¾ cup 2% milk
½ cup ½ and ½ milk
1 pkg mixed mushrooms (button, shiitake, portobello)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add a pinch of salt to 4 quarts of water and bring it to a boil. Add bag of broccoli to boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain broccoli after it cools and set aside.

Bring water to a boil again. Add egg noodles and cook according to package. Drain and set aside.

Rinse chicken and place in 6 cups of water with salt, pepper, celery and onions. Cook until done. Let chicken cool then cut into bite size pieces.

Saute mushrooms in 1 tbsp of melted butter until browned. Season with salt and pepper.

In a medium bowl whip together soups, parsley and milk until smooth.  Add additional milk if sauce is too thick.  Soups should be slightly loose for pouring.

Spray a rectangular casserole dish with cooking spray. Place egg noodles in dish and then layer with broccoli chicken, mushrooms and ½ of the monterey jack cheese and ½ of the cheddar cheese. The remaining cheese will be used for the topping. Pour soup over the layers and gently mix. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes until cheese has melted and top is slightly browned.