Tag: cucumber and strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing

Real Food Menu for Week of 8.31.2020

Does it weird you out when food bloggers post pictures of food with bites taken out of it? It does me. Like, I don’t need to see your dental imprint right now. This isn’t Criminal Minds.

I cut the Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites below with a knife, not my teeth. Mostly because I love you, but also to show you the texture inside. (Some of you have said that you’re weird about food textures.) We’ve all got our quirks, right?

This week’s quirky menu:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Rainbow Frittata – New Recipe! This would make a nice brunch dish; wait just before serving to top with tomatoes, avocado and your favorite hot sauce.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/266247/rainbow-frittata/

Mark’s Lunch:
Chicken Pineapple Curry – Here’s an old fav. This mild curry is great for meal prep because it keeps for a few days in the fridge, freezes well and reheats beautifully.
https://www.5dollardinners.com/chicken-pineapple-curry/

Dinner:
Vegan Macaroni Salad – New Recipe! I’ve made the traditional southern macaroni salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions a million times, but I have to say I rather like the different mix of veggies here! This makes a massive bowl of salad, perfect for parties. Or, make it on Sunday and eat off of it all week long. If you have the time, use Southern Living’s pasta salad pro tip.
https://simple-veganista.com/vegan-macaroni-salad/#tasty-recipes-26692

Greek Chicken Soup – Another favorite. The lemon juice adds a nice brightness to this dish.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/budget-friendly-greek-chicken-soup/

Kale Salad with Apricots and Almonds – Lightly sweet with just a little crunch from the almonds, this version is second only to our favorite Convert Kale Salad.
https://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/2012/04/kale-salad-with-apricots-and-almonds/

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing – Because sometimes you just want a light, refreshing salad for dinner. I was skeptical of the amount of vinegar in the dressing, but it’s balanced by the sweetness of the berries.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cucumber-strawberry-salad/

Snacks: Jicama Sticks with Chili-Lime Dip – We’re serving cucumber slices with this as well. If you like a little extra kick, add a touch of cayenne or a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.
https://www.marthastewart.com/317906/jicama-sticks-with-chili-lime-dip

Treat:
Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites – These fun-sized alternatives to a Larabar (which we love!) need just a touch of salt, so I added 1/4 tsp to my batch. Total yield = 18 bites.
https://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop/chocolate-almond-coconut-bites/

I hope your week is quirky AND fun-sized!

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Meal Prep for the Week of 8.18.2019

In order to beat the heat and 8000% humidity, I met up with friends to run at 6:30 on Saturday morning. It was still stinking hot at that hour. We followed Leg 4 of the Blue Ridge Marathon Relay as a training run. It’s a route we’ll repeat again and again between now and April. We had a great run in spite of the heat. In a few months, I’ll miss this weather.

We had friends over for dinner that night and had a blast playing Telestrations with them afterward. The rest of the weekend was fairly routine.

Now on to this week’s menu:

Breakfast:
Almond Flour Pancakes – Make a batch on the weekend, freeze individually, and pull out just what you need each morning.
https://joyfilledeats.com/almond-flour-pancakes/

Lunch:
Mustard Glazed Baked Chicken Thighs with Green Beans – So simple, but flavorful!
https://unsophisticook.com/baked-chicken-thighs/

Dinner:

Chicken Pineapple Curry – This dish deserves a post of its own! It’s a favorite dish when we’re craving comfort food. As a bonus for Mark, while I’m doing keto, he gets my pineapple.
https://www.5dollardinners.com/chicken-pineapple-curry/

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing – A new favorite! I thought the dressing was slightly too sour by itself, but when tossed with the salad, it’s perfect.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cucumber-strawberry-salad/

Keto Meatballs and Sauce with Zoodles – This one is so tasty! The cream in the sauce cuts the acidity of the tomatoes. I’m loving the wide zoodles, To make them, just slice a little off the side of the zucchini so that it lays flat on the cutting board. Use a vegetable peeler to slice thin, wide noodles. I saute them in coconut oil for a few minutes, just until tender. Very few things in life are worse than a mushy zoodle.
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/keto-meatballs-and-sauce/

Lemony Avocado and Tomato Tuna Salad – Hello, old friend! We usually fix this with cucumber instead of avocado because Mark hasn’t yet embraced that little wonder berry.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/eat-clean-lemony-avocado-tuna-salad/

Basil Tomato Cauliflower Rice Salad – I first made this salad 22 years ago, after attending the Southern Living Cooking School. It became my summer potluck go-to. I recently adapted it for cauliflower rice instead of the original Minute rice. You can certainly prepare it using rice; we like brown rice because it holds up well to the dressing even if it’s prepared a day ahead of serving.

Basil Tomato Cauliflower Rice Salad
Adapted from Southern Living Cooking School – Fall 1997
To cool cauliflower rice quickly, spread on a jelly roll pan and place in freezer for 10 minutes.
2 T. coconut oil (or ghee)
2 (12 oz.) bags frozen cauliflower rice
6 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced – bonus points for using juliets from Pa Kettle’s garden
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil – I used purple basil
1/3 cup favorite Italian dressing – My recipe below
shaved Parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese
In a large skillet on the stove top, saute the cauliflower rice in coconut oil just until tender. Set aside to cool.
Toss the cooled cauliflower rice with tomato, onion, basil and dressing. Top with cheese.

Homemade Italian Dressing
3/4 c. olive oil – Should I tell you to use “good” olive oil like Ina does?
Nah. Use whatever you have/like.
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1 T. dried Italian seasoning
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 T. Swerve or other sweetener of choice
1 dash of paprika – for color
1 smidgen of nutmeg – because I put it in everrrrryyyythang
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients together to emulsify. Shake before serving.

Snacks:
Mine – Same ol’, same ol’…celery and peanut butter, gouda snacking cheese. Maybe I’ll make pimento cheese next week?
Mark’s – Tiny but Mighty Popcorn, Watermelon, Bananas

Treat: Strawberries and Fresh Whipped Cream

What’s going on in your kitchen this week? Have a great week, everyone!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Meal Prep for the Week of 8.11.2019

True to form, I started a painting project yesterday and well, I’m in a little over my head. This one has been in the works for awhile and I’m starting to see that it will either be a glorious success or a spectacular failure. There is no in-between, I’m afraid. I’ll let you know either way. Here’s a sneak preview:

I haven’t had much time for cooking this weekend, so I have just a few pictures for you. I’ll update them going forward. Hope you don’t mind. Let’s dive into this week’s menu:

Breakfast:
Cinnamon Roll Noatmeal – This variation is so good! I added 3/4 tsp. of cinnamon and a smidgen of nutmeg (’cause it’s my favorite spice and I add it to nearly everything!) to the dry noatmeal mix from here…
https://www.healthysweeteats.com/my-favorite-noatmeal-aka-low-carb-oat-free-porridge-the-basic-recipe-and-6-variations/
…and made the cinnamon roll drizzle from here:
https://www.wholesomeyum.com/easy-low-carb-keto-oatmeal-recipe/

Lunch:
Chicken and Garlic with Fresh Herbs – We’ll have this with a side of fresh green beans from Pa Kettle’s garden. The chives, rosemary and thyme are all from our garden. We grilled the chicken and then finished it on the stove.
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chicken-garlic-with-fresh-herbs/

Dinner:

Keto Waffles – Breakfast for Dinner!
https://www.eatingonadime.com/keto-waffles-recipe/

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing – New Recipe! Because sometimes you just want a light, refreshing salad for dinner. I was skeptical about the amount of vinegar in the dressing, but it’s just right. I left the honey out and used monkfruit sweetener instead. We both really enjoy this salad. Hope they don’t do random drug testing at work!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cucumber-strawberry-salad/

Perfect Roast Chicken – Ina’s classic roast chicken. This recipe is an oldie, but a goodie.
https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/perfect-roast-chicken

Turkey, Bacon and Swiss on a Lettuce Bun – No recipe, just cut “cheeks” from a head of iceburg lettuce, fill with turkey slices, a slice of bacon, tomato, cheese and your favorite condiments. I like spicy brown mustard. Fast, easy, keto!

Keto Meatballs and Sauce – New Recipe! We’ll serve over zoodles to amp up the veggies.
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/keto-meatballs-and-sauce/

Snacks:
Keto – Gouda Snacking Cheese, Cucumber slices, Celery and Peanut Butter
Delightful, Carb-Filled Snacks for Hubby – Watermelon, Grapes, Bananas, Tiny but Mighty Popcorn

Treat:
Keto Strawberry Icebox Pie – New Recipe! Honestly, this one was a mixed bag. A delicious, mixed bag that I would make again, but decrease the sweetener by half. This was just too sweet for our tastes as written. I didn’t bother to make the whipped cream for the two of us because, dang, that’s a lot of cream! I’m keeping this in the freezer, because it stays a little soft in the fridge. If you like strawberry cheesecake, you’ll like this pie. This would make a nice dessert for guests, and I bet they’d never guess it is keto!
https://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/keto-strawberry-icebox-pie-low-carb/

Have a great week, everyone! I’ll just be over here, with paint in my hair and stain under my fingernails.

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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