Friday, February 18, 2011

Chicken-Pistachio Salad

This is a great salad!  Something different than your regular old salad with chicken.  Great for lunch or dinner.  Any left-overs are great for lunch the next day.  Serves 4.   

1 Tbsp. grated sweet white onion
1 large avocado pitted and peeled
3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. water

Puree the onion, avocado, oil, lime juice and water in a blender or small food processor till smooth.  Set salad dressing in the fridge till you're ready to use it.

1 cup shelled pistachio nuts, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup sliced sweet white onion
1 head of romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Chop the pistachios and place them in a pie plate.  Sprinkle the chicken breasts with pepper and garlic powder.  Press the chicken into the nuts.  Heat 1 tbsp. of the oil in a skillet and cook the coated chicken breasts, 2 minutes per side.

  Place the chicken in a baking dish and bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until juices run clear.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the skillet.  Add the sliced onion to the skillet.  Cook until the onion is browned.  Set the onion aside and let it cool.  Take the chicken out of the oven and set it aside to let it cool.  Then slice it up in preparation to place it on the salad.

Place the lettuce into salad bowls.  Top with the onions, sliced chicken breasts and avocado dressing.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Turkey Roll-Ups with Cilantro Sour Cream Spread

These are a great for an appetizer, snack or lunch.  I originally got this out of the South Beach Diet book.  I changed the spread a little.

Cilantro Sour Cream Spread
1/4 cup lite sour cream
1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 small garlic clove, minced

Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl.  Set in the fridge till you're ready to assemble your turkey roll-ups.  This spread can be used as a dip instead.  Sometimes it can be a little messy if you spread too much on.

Turkey Roll-Ups
4 slices of turkey breast lunch meat
4 medium lettuce leaves
1 green onion, sliced
4 red bell pepper strips
cilantro sour cream spread
Lay 1 slice of turkey meat down (you can substitute the turkey for ham if you like)  spread 1 tsp. or so of the cilantro sour cream spread on the turkey slice.  Add 1 red bell pepper strip, 1 lettuce leaf, 1 sliced green onion to the turkey slice.  Roll up the turkey slice and place a tooth pick to hold it together. Repeat the process as many times as needed.  Place in the fridge or eat right away.  Enjoy!

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