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Family Favorite Summer Salads

Posted on 21 May 2012 by noelskitchen

You really don’t need an occasion to plan a backyard barbecue party, however you can use a graduation party, summer birthday or a summer holiday as an excuse to throw a backyard party. Having your friends and family over for a summer afternoon of fun and wonderful food has become a tradition to most families.

Once the weather starts to warm up, I’m all for outdoor grilling and those delicious summer salads that go with it. They are the perfect side dish to any backyard barbecue or a midday snack for some family members. :)

With the weather as nice as it’s been, I couldn’t wait till summer to start making these salads. Here are two of my family’s favorite summer salads on our menu this week. Bon Appetit!

Macaroni Salad 

  • 1 pound salad macaroni, small macaroni, or shell pasta, cooked according to package directions and cooled
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I prefer Best Foods Light or Raley’s Brand Light )
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix (recipe coming soon)
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Add more mayonnaise if it seems too dry. Serve chilled.

Potato Salad

  • 6 russet potatoes, cubed, boiled until tender, and drained well
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 Tablespoon Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix (recipe coming soon)
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • salt and pepper to taste

In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Adjust seasonings and mayo to taste. Serve chilled.

 

 

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Tags: Corn, Homemade Salsa

Corn Salsa

Posted on 07 May 2012 by noelskitchen

A versatile and nutritious Corn Salsa that goes great with any Mexican dish or transformed into a great tasting salad.

Corn Salsa

I don’t know why I like this salsa a lot, maybe because it is so good,  or because it has so many versatile uses and it is really nutritious and good for you.  You can decide why you like it.

I like to make a big batch of this, which is the recipe below, so you might want to half it if you are only going to use it for one meal. Here are a few ways to eat this:

  • Chicken Tostadas with Corn Salsa
  • Add black beans for a Black Bean Corn Salad and serve as a side dish
  • Use as a salsa and serve with pita or tortilla chips. Black beans would be great in this for salsa too. (That recipe coming later)

Corn Salsa

 

 Makes: 3 cups corn salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving. Serve corn salsa with grilled meat or poultry.

 

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Restaurant Style Blender Salsa

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Restaurant Style Blender Salsa

Posted on 05 May 2012 by noelskitchen

Whenever I walk into a Mexican Restaurant, I am just in aw of chips and salsa. It brings me back to my childhood when we used to go to Pueblo Del Sol Mexican Restaurant. I would  love going there simply for their salsa. It was one of the best local Mexican restaurants  in town. That’s why I love this recipe. I don’t really know exactly what they put in their salsa but this one comes close to it in taste. The spiciness is perfect for our family because we love spicy foods. And I absolutely love the fact that it’s cheap to make and I always have the ingredients on hand in the pantry.

Restaurant Style Blender Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 whole jalapeno, seeded and chopped (leave seeds in if you like your salsa really hot and spicy)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • juice of 1 lemon(or lime will work too)
  • salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in the blender in the order listed. Puree until smooth (I do it for about 10 seconds), or you can leave a little chunky, if desired. Test seasonings to your desired taste.
  2. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

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Taco Rice with Beans and Corn

Posted on 19 January 2012 by noelskitchen

Beans and Rice are regular staple in our house and these key ingredients are always found on the weekly menu. Sometimes they are a side dish and sometimes they just make it as the main meal. That’s why I love the fact that these three key ingredients work so well together. With Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix this is one of my Fast Fix Meals on any night of the week.

 Taco Rice with Beans and Corn

 Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup black beans or pinto beans
  • 1 cup corn kernels (frozen or can)

Directions:

  1. In a stock pot over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil, add rice and taco seasoning. Stir until combined.
  2. Quickly add black beans and corn, stirring until combined. Cover and reduce heat to low.
  3. Cook for 25 minutes. Fluff lightly with a fork.
  4. Serve as a main dish or side dish.

*Garnish with tomato and cilantro (optional)

Recipe linked and shared on Recipe Lion’s Favorite Comfort Foods Giveaway

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Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce

Posted on 06 November 2011 by noelskitchen

I am seriously thinking why on earth do I buy applesauce for school lunches when it’s so much easier and healthier to make your own. Whether you need the perfect lunch time snack, after-school snack for your kids, or you’re in need of a wholesome pick-me-up during your day, applesauce is a delicious tasting snack or side dish.  Applesauce is a very affordable snack, packed with vitamins and fiber.

It freezes extremely well, meaning that you can maximize your time by making a gigantic batch in the crock pot and can or freeze it. My kids think it tastes great when it’s still partially frozen.

 

Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce

Smooth and almost creamy, thick and not-too sweet, scented with cinnamon and tasting fully of apples.

Ingredients:

  • 14 apples of your choice, peeled, cored and sliced (cheaper if you purchase the bag apples in the produce department)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (brown sugar would work too)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and mix together. Add ingredients to crock pot and cook on HIGH 2 -3 hours. Stir frequently and break up apples to desired consistency using a potato masher.
  2. **If you’d like a smoother applesauce, you can use a hand mixer.

Notes:Any type of apples will work for this recipe.

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