dinner salads: the chicken poppyseed

cooked chicken
one can mandarin oranges, drained
one small can pineapple chunks, drained
fresh sliced strawberries
fresh blueberries
chopped pecans
poppy seed dressing (i like brianna's)

one of the things i love most about summer is the food.  we eat salads for dinner several times a week, so i'm going to start an "unofficial" series of our favourites.  there is actually an entire chopped chicken breast (grilled) under all of that fruit and everyone in the family loves this salad.

this is panera's "strawberry chicken and poppy seed" salad.


grilled pizza

whole wheat pizza dough
bbq sauce
pre-grilled chicken
sauteed mushroom and onions
pizza blend cheese

preheat and coat rack with cooking spray and grill dough for 2-3 minutes on low heat until lightly browned.  turn over and top toasted side with desired ingredients.  place back on grill for a few more minutes until  heated through and cheese is melted.

easy and delicious!  i have made this several times and whole wheat pita bread make a nice crust and is easier to handle.   everyone can have their own individual pizza that way too.  another nice variation is marinara sauce topped with lightly steamed veggies and feta. 

happy memorial day!


no bake berry chocolate pie

2/3 cup chopped nuts
1-1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
12 oz. whipped topping, thawed
3 cups frozen berry blend 
3 tbsp. seedless strawberry jam

sprinkle nuts (i use pecans or toasted almonds) in greased springform or pie pan.  melt chocolate chips in microwave and set aside. in large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  beat in melted chocolate and fold in whipped topping.  spread into prepared pan and mound fruit on top.  microwave jam on high for 15 seconds, or until melted, and drizzle over fruit.  cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

i think it might just be the perfect summertime dessert.
adapted from taste of home


the perfect marinade

i've been using the grill.  a lot.

my oven has been out for months, so i finally learned how to fire up the gas grill.  my husband minded a little at first :) but once he realized i had skills, he let it go.  i'm grilling out almost every night, and it's been fun practicing something new.  in my search for recipes, i stumbled on the most wonderful marinade.  i didn't bookmark it, so i unfortunately can't give proper credit, but it's the perfect mix of sweet and zesty.  

3 tbs. soy sauce
2 tbs. honey
1 tbl. oil
2 tbs. lime juice
1 tsp. minced garlic

this makes enough marinade for 1 lb. of meat.  just perfect on chicken or skewered shrimp.
i've actually found a recipe for grilled homemade pizza.  i can't wait to try it next!