Friday, September 19, 2014

Oriental Chicken Pasta Salad

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This salad is great for feeding a crowd and always a favorite!


I have made this salad dozens of times! I have made it for friends coming over for dinner and served it with a side of garlic bread. I have made it for baby and bridal showers, you name it. It makes a ton and is pretty easy to make! Not only that, it's a gorgeous salad and has the best flavor. 


So next time you are in charge of a salad, try this one out and let me know how you liked it!




Oriental Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
  • 1 box bow tie pasta
  • 3 to 4 chicken breast or a rotisserie chicken
  • lemon pepper, to taste
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • bag of spinach
  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • FOR THE ALMONDS:
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
Instructions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375. Season the chicken with lemon pepper. Bake for 1 hour or until done. If using a rotisserie chicken, pull chicken off and put in a bowl, then sprinkle with lemon pepper.  While the chicken is cooking, make the dressing.
  2. FOR THE DRESSING: Add all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse until combined. Put in the fridge.
  3. Cook the pasta according to al dente directions rinse and set aside. Slice the peppers. When the chicken is done, let cool then slice into small pieces. In a very large bowl (or 2 bowls if you don't have one big enough) toss the pasta, spinach, peppers, chicken & dressing. Top with the candied almonds & additional sesame seeds if desired. 
  4. FOR THE ALMONDS: In a non-stick skillet melt the butter over medium-low heat. Then add the sugar and almonds cooking just until a light golden brown. Quickly remove from the heat and set on a paper towel until cooled. Be careful not to burn them.
  5. NOTES: If making this ahead of time. Store the ingredients in separate containers int he fridge and toss all together just before serving. I usually make this with a rotisserie chicken. It is just so easy to pull off the chicken, sprinkle with lemon pepper and you are done.
  6. Recipe Source: my mother-in-law :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Marshmallow Crunch Brownies

Guys, you gotta head over to Classy Clutter to check out this recipe I am sharing today! It's incredibly delicious. One of my favorite brownies for sure!




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Overnight Blueberry French Toast

A delicious breakfast with blueberries, cream cheese and a hint of lemon!

We were lucky enough to get to spend some time at the beach in Ventura, California last week. We met up with my husbands family and it was so good to be together. It had been a while since we were all able to be in the same place. One brother lives in North Carolina and the other in Ohio & my in-laws are in Utah. We are spread all over! So it was about time we had a reunion of sorts. Long days on the beach, lots of yummy food and card games at night! I just love beach week! 


Anyways, I had good intentions of having some posts ready for when I was out of town but time got away from me. I've got a bunch of great recipes I can't wait to share! I just can't stop with the lemon blueberry combo. It's too good! I also love a recipe that I can prep the night before. This was very easy to make and then in the morning I just set it out, heated my oven and baked it! This would be great for company or brunch or just because! 

 
I only used 4 ounces of cream cheese but next time I may just use the whole 8 ounces cause I love cream cheese. 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

White Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

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White chocolate is added for a fun twist on the classic rice crispy treats!

You know, there is just something about rice crispy treats that I love. Normally I am not a huge marshmallow fan. Like, I don't eat them plain or even dipped in chocolate. But melt them and that's another story. I am also a huge white chocolate fan. So, when I came across this recipe for white chocolate rice crispy treats?! Oh ya, I had to try it out. Super easy, super tasty and my kids loved them. Make them for an after school treat and you will be mom of the year :)




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