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Healthy Homemade Avocado Lemon Salad Dressing Recipe, with Lemon cilantro garlic and honey, great on any salad perfect for spring and summer menu plans
Healthy Homemade Avocado Lemon Salad Dressing Recipe
We are finally having some beautiful spring weather here. When we have nice weather I eat a lot more salad.  I tend to eat the same salad combos but like to mix it up with different salad dressings.   This smooth and creamy avocado dressing is pretty amazing. I like it on green salad, pasta salad or even a corn and bean salad. Hope you enjoy it too.
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 a clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (red wine vinegar works too)
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • salt/pepper to taste
Blend everything in a blender or food processor  until smooth and creamy. Add just a bit of water if you would like the dressing a little thinner. I do! Then adjust the salt.
This makes about 1/2 cup or so (give or take). Depends if you like it a little thicker or not. It should last 2-3 days in the fridge – the flavor changes a bit.  Of course you can double the recipe and adjust it to your taste if you tend to like it more or less with the acidity of the lemon/vinegar.
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Main Dish/Entrees

Almond Chicken salad with grapes

BBQ Chicken pizza

six thumbs up salad1Six thumbs up salad

Rice Taco rolls

Mexican meatball soup ~ Albondigas

Cauliflower Bacon pecan salad with Kraft raspberry vinaigrette

brown rice chicken vegetable chili1Brown Rice & Garden Vegetable Chicken chili

Sides

What to do with Swiss Chard

 Tomato Basil rice

fresh garden salsaFresh Garden salsa

Cucumber Salsa

Grape Salsa

Condiments

Dip for Sweet potato fries

Zucchini relish

Desserts

Crushed pineapple to cake mixPineapple Angel food cake

Brownies with hidden zucchini

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Making food for my family to eat has become the chore of my world!
The hard part is the decision for something delicious and appealing to the multiple senses.
I know I am not alone in this daily struggle.
Here are a collection of ideas for us all

Cooking basics

Basic White Sauce recipeHow to make a Basic White Sauce (Bechamel sauce to use for Mac & Cheese, Alfredo sauce, Cheese sauce)

How to preserve and using apples ~ including Homemade Cinnamon apples

Breakfast

Orange rolls

Butternut squash muffins

Butterscotch sweet rollsButterscotch sweet rolls

Appetizer

BruschettaSimple Homemade Bruschetta 

Dinner (Entree)

almond crusted tilapiaAlmond crusted Tilapia

Apricot Almond Chicken 

Chicken taco meat and Corn and Black bean salsa

Teriyaki noodle bowls

Unstuffed peppers

Chicken Cordon BleuChicken Cordon Bleu

Side dish/Vegetables

Sweet Potato casserole

Grilled Zucchini and Zucchini with Balsamic Vinegar

Red Potatoes with parsley

Desserts

Pineapple and fresh peach cobblerPineapple and Fresh peach cobbler

Bread

Sweet Potato biscuits

Sweet Potato biscuitsButtermilk Sweet Potato cornbread

 

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amazing meatball sandwich, red potato salad, picnic food, easy to make, DIY, #amazingmeatballsandwich, #picnicfood, #DIYMy Grandmother makes Amazing Meatballs!
I love to eat them in Hot Dog Buns.
Perfect for picnics.
Eat them cold in a bun for Easter Weekend lunch-
Eat them warm for a game day appetizer!
I love to eat potato salad as a side.
Such comfort food!
Amazing Meatballs-Ingredients, Meatball Sandwiches, #amazingmeatballs, #amazingmeatballsandwiches
MeatBalls
1½ pounds of ground beef
¾ cup of milk
1 cup of quick oats
½ cup of chopped onion
1 egg
1 teaspoon of salt
1 Tablespoon of chili powder
¼ teaspoon of pepper
¼ teaspoon of garlic powder

Mix meat ball ingredients all together.
Form meat into the size of golf balls, and place on a cookie sheet and for 30 minutes at 350°.
While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce.
amazing meatball sandwich sauce, crockpot cooking, #amazing meatball sandwich sauceSauce
2 cups of ketchup
¾ cup of brown sugar
2 Tablespoons of Liquid Smoke
½ cup of chopped onion
½ teaspoon of garlic powder

Mix the sauce ingredients together in the crockpot while the meatballs are cooking.
Add the meatballs from the oven to the crockpot and coat with the sauce.
Simmer on low for 1 hour.
Serve in a hotdog bun or individually

HINT
They are better the next day!

amazing meatball sandwich red potato salad, #amazingmeatballsandwichredpotatosaladRed Potato Salad
3 red potatoes per person
1 egg per person
and a stalk of celery per person
mayonnaise

Cut the red potatoes in quarters and put into a pot.
Cover potatoes with water and boil until the potatoes are tender.
Make hard boiled eggs, peel and slice.
Chop celery into slices. (My children do not like pickles, yet I love the crunch celery adds, and the color)
Once the potatoes are tender.  Drain the water.  Put the potatoes in a bowl.
Add the eggs, celery, and mayonnaise.  Mayonnaise is up to your liking.  I like a lot.
The mayonnaise absorbs into the potatoes when they are warm, so it takes a bit more.
Stir together.
Refrigerate, or serve warm!

This is a perfect meal to take on a picnic!

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One of our favorite summer meals is cool pesto pasta.  When we have it, I use homemade pesto.  It is so easy to make and tastes wonderful, here is the recipe for you to try.

Pesto Recipe

5 or so Cloves of Garlic
15 Large Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 Cup of Pine Nuts (a more frugal option will be Walnuts, Pecans, or Cashews and it works just fine)
Salt and Pepper to taste
7 or so Tablespoons of Olive Oil

  1. In a Blender, blend together the above ingredients, adding oil last slowly.

We mix with pasta, cut up cherry tomatoes and chicken for a cool summer salad.  Super Yummy!!!

Enjoy!

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Chicken Gravy Recipe

Have you ever made gravy from scratch before?  Roast a chicken in the oven and you will be left with drippings that are TOO YUMMY to waste.  I  wanted to share the recipe in case some of you have never made gravy from the drippings before.

This time I had about 2 cups of drippings in the bottom of the baking dish after roasting the chicken in the oven.  Pour the drippings into a large sauce pan.  If there is lots of fat skim some of it off.  Heat the drippings up, over medium- heat and bring it to a boil

In another bowl add 1 tablespoon corn starch to 1/2 cup of cold water.  Mix till all the lumps are out of the corn starch and it is well mixed… then you can slowly add it your chicken drippings.  Whisk the whole time, to prevent lumps.   Stir at a full boil for 1 minute, then turn heat off and let stand for 1 minute.  Salt and pepper to taste (chicken gravy tends to need a lot of salt).

 If you like your gravy a little thicker add a little more corn starch to your “corn starch water mixture”

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