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Spinach Mandarin Orange & Pecan Salad Recipe

 

Last week I shared two recipes with you….

Mandarin Orange Lime Poppy Sees Dressing

Cilantro Lime Marinade 

But I did not share the salad recipe that brought them both together in one dish.  I made it again this weekend for a family Easter picnic and everyone loved it, so I thought it would be worth posting.  This is a tossed salad so amounts do NOT have to be exact.

Spinach Mandarin Orange & Pecan Salad

  • 1 12oz bag of baby spinach  (washed and dried)
  • 1 cup crasins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup red onion sliced thin
  • 3/4 cup candied pecans
  • 2 cups mandarin oranges

Top with grilled chicken (Cilantro Lime Marinade for Chicken) and Mandarin Orange Lime Poppy Sees Dressing

 

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Almond grape chicken salad recipeThis is one of my families favorites.   I made it last night for dinner with the grapes I got for only $1.29 per lb at Albertsons.  I also made some Grape Salsa.

Almond Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

  • 1 pound Diced Cooked Chicken Breast
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1 cup red or green grapes halved
  • 3 stalks of celery diced small
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

You can cook the chicken breast any way you want.  But I prefer to roast it in the oven or do a quick boil…. but if I boil it I always add a little onion, celery, and garlic to the water.  Gives it a much better flavor.

Once the chicken is cooked thru, cooking time will vary on size of breast. I normally cook them 25-35 minutes.  Take them out, and let them rest on a cutting board to cool.

Once they have cooled down some (normally 10 minutes) chop them into small bite sized pieces. Put them into the refrigerator to cool even more.

Chop your veggies, add all the ingredients in a bowl.

Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Almond Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe ~ Cool Summer Eats
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Diced Cooked Chicken Breast
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1 cup red or green grapes halved
  • 3 stalks of celery diced small
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. You can cook the chicken breast any way you want. But I prefer to roast it in the oven or do a quick boil…. but if I boil it I always add a little onion, celery, and garlic to the water. Gives it a much better flavor.
  2. Once the chicken is cooked thru, cooking time will vary on size of breast. I normally cook them 25-35 minutes. Take them out, and let them rest on a cutting board to cool.
  3. Once they have cooled down some (normally 10 minutes) chop them into small bite sized pieces. Put them into the refrigerator to cool even more.
  4. Chop your veggies, add all the ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

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Grandmas Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes ~ Quick and Easy Recipe

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When I was little my Grandma always made pineapple upside down cake,  the smell of sweet cake filled your lungs as soon as you walked in the door.   Grandma made everything from scratch, and I do not think I could ever recreate the exact ewwy gooey goodness she made.  But these cupcakes are a fast and easy copycat version that make me think of and remember the happy memories of my childhood.

Yields: 24 cupcakes

Ready in 45 minutes

Ingredients:
1?2 cup butter, melted
1 1?2 cups brown sugar
24 maraschino cherries
2 (20 ounce) cans crushed pineapple
1 box of yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1 1/3 cups pineapple juice
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Directions:
1. Move an oven rack into the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Grease 24 muffin cups.
3. Line a work surface with waxed paper
4. Spoon 1 teaspoon melted butter into the bottom of each muffin cup.
5. Spoon 1 tablespoon brown sugar in each muffin cup.
6. Press a maraschino cherry into the center of the brown sugar in each muffin cup.
7. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of crushed pineapple over the cherry and compact it with the back of a spoon into an even layer.
8. Mix yellow cake mix, eggs, pineapple juice and vegetable oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Turn mixer speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes.
9. Pour cake batter into the muffin cup, filling them to the top; do not overfill.
10. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
11. Allow cupcakes to cool at least 5 minutes before inverting muffin cups onto the wax paper to release. Serve with pineapple and cherry sides up.

 

Grandmas Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes ~ Quick and Easy Recipe
 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1?2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1?2 cups brown sugar
  • 24 maraschino cherries
  • 2 (20 ounce) cans crushed pineapple
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups pineapple juice
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Move an oven rack into the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease 24 muffin cups.
  3. Line a work surface with waxed paper
  4. Spoon 1 teaspoon melted butter into the bottom of each muffin cup.
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon brown sugar in each muffin cup.
  6. Press a maraschino cherry into the center of the brown sugar in each muffin cup.
  7. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of crushed pineapple over the cherry and compact it with the back of a spoon into an even layer.
  8. Mix yellow cake mix, eggs, pineapple juice and vegetable oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Turn mixer speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes.
  9. Pour cake batter into the muffin cup, filling them to the top; do not overfill.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  11. Allow cupcakes to cool at least 5 minutes before inverting muffin cups onto the wax paper to release. Serve with pineapple and cherry sides up.

 

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Not Your Granny’s Brownie ~ Better Than Robert Redford Recipe by Tiffany

I think most of us have all heard of the dessert that has the nut crust, cream cheese/ pudding center with whipped topping on top, right?! I have heard this particular dessert called many different names. But I’ll never forget the name I grew up calling it, Better Than Robert Redford. How about you, what do you call it? Robert Redford dessert is requested for just about every birthday we have. Our oldest turned 18 just a few days ago and wanted, yep, you guessed it, Robert Redford dessert. Just for fun, I wanted to try it a bit different and made a yummy variation of the original dessert. The results were super chocolatey yumminess. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box 19.5 oz. family size chocolate fudge brownie mix + ingredients to make brownies
  • 1 box 3.4 oz. vanilla instant pudding & pie filling
  • 1 box 3.4 oz. chocolate instant pudding & pie filling
  • 1 box 8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 containers 8 oz. each Cool Whip, (reserve one cup)
  • 1  Hershey’s chocolate bar 1.55oz  or candy bar of your choice, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. confection setting. Prepare brownies as directed on box. Pour brownie mix in a 3qt. greased baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let brownie cool completely.

In a standing mixer, beat cream cheese, 1 cup Cool Whip and powdered sugar. Spread cream cheese mixture over cooled brownie. Wash out mixer bowl. Next, combine chocolate & vanilla pudding with milk in your standing mixer, beat. Spread pudding mixture over cream cheese mixture. Top with Cool Whip, chopped candy & nuts if desired. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Not Your Granny's Brownie ~ Money Saving Recipe
 
Cuisine: Dessert
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 box 19.5 oz. family size chocolate fudge brownie mix + ingredients to make brownies
  • 1 box 3.4 oz. vanilla instant pudding & pie filling
  • 1 box 3.4 oz. chocolate instant pudding & pie filling
  • 1 box 8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 containers 8 oz. each Cool Whip, (reserve one cup)
  • 1 Hershey's chocolate bar 1.55oz or candy bar of your choice, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, optional
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. confection setting. Prepare brownies as directed on box. Pour brownie mix in a 3qt. greased baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let brownie cool completely.
  3. In a standing mixer, beat cream cheese, 1 cup Cool Whip and powdered sugar. Spread cream cheese mixture over cooled brownie. Wash out mixer bowl. Next, combine chocolate & vanilla pudding with milk in your standing mixer, beat. Spread pudding mixture over cream cheese mixture. Top with Cool Whip, chopped candy & nuts if desired. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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