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strawberry & mixed green salad + bread crumb chicken
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today marks the ten week countdown to this little nugget’s tentative arrival date. it still cracks me up that she is due on a tuesday. although, if she is anything like her mother she will be no doubt be a little bit late.

i’m getting bigger, days are getting warmer, and i’m looking for food that is lighter, but still filling. this salad is one of those great meal salads. all the individual players bring their own, bright early summer vibe to the table, and a bite with everything together is DEVINE.

this bread crumb chicken is delicious on top of this salad, but would be great all on it’s own too. store bought bread crumbs are great, but blending up these seasoned croutons will take it to the next level.

strawberry & mixed green salad + bread crumb chicken

serves: 4

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 10 minutes

total time: 20 minutes

ingredients: 8 cups mixed greens (i used a blend of arugula & romaine hearts for a crunchy, peppery blend). edible flower petals optional. 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced. 1 cup chopped strawberries. .25 cup gorgonzola cheese. .25 cup chopped pistachios. 1 lb chicken tenders (they are perfect because they cook up quick enough that your bread crumb crust wont burn and your chicken will be perfect). .5 cup dijon mustard. .5 cup bread crumbs (either extra croutons blended up or prepared from the grocery store). .5 cup olive oil. .25 cup balsamic vinegar. 1 tbs lemon juice. 1 tbs honey. 1 minced garlic clove. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper.

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start by combining all but two tbs of the olive oil, the vinegar, the lemon juice, 1 tbs of the dijon, the honey, garlic, 1 tsp of the salt and half the pepper.

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whisk everything together to make your vinaigrette and set it aside.

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then season your chicken with the remaining salt and pepper (both sides) and then slather the remaining mustard on the chicken.

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make sure all of it is lightly covered. coat the chicken tenders in the bread crumbs and set aside.

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heat the remaining olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium high heat. when the olive oil is hot (shiny but not smoking) add in the chicken. cook until the breading is golden brown on both sides. about 6 minutes total. flipping just once. set the chicken aside to cool and rest before slicing.

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combine the greens, edible flowers if you are using, celery, strawberries, and gorgonzola together and toss well. sprinkle the pistachios over the top.

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slice the chicken tenders into thin slices so they don’t need to be cut with a fork and place them on top of the salad. drizzle with your vinaigrette.

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serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

strawberry & mixed green salad + bread crumb chicken

serves: 4

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 10 minutes

total time: 20 minutes

ingredients: 8 cups mixed greens (i used a blend of arugula & romaine hearts for a crunchy, peppery blend). edible flower petals optional. 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced. 1 cup chopped strawberries. .25 cup gorgonzola cheese. .25 cup chopped pistachios. 1 lb chicken tenders (they are perfect because they cook up quick enough that your bread crumb crust wont burn and your chicken will be perfect). .5 cup dijon mustard. .5 cup bread crumbs (either extra croutons blended up or prepared from the grocery store). .5 cup olive oil. .25 cup balsamic vinegar. 1 tbs lemon juice. 1 tbs honey. 1 minced garlic clove. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper.

start by combining all but two tbs of the olive oil, the vinegar, the lemon juice, 1 tbs of the dijon, the honey, garlic, 1 tsp of the salt and half the pepper. whisk everything together to make your vinaigrette and set it aside. then season your chicken with the remaining salt and pepper (both sides) and then slather the remaining mustard on the chicken. make sure all of it is lightly covered. coat the chicken tenders in the bread crumbs and set aside. heat the remaining olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium high heat. when the olive oil is hot (shiny but not smoking) add in the chicken. cook until the breading is golden brown on both sides. about 6 minutes total. flipping just once. set the chicken aside to cool and rest before slicing. combine the greens, edible flowers if you are using, celery, strawberries, and gorgonzola together and toss well. sprinkle the pistachios over the top. slice the chicken tenders into thin slices so they don’t need to be cut with a fork and place them on top of the salad. drizzle with your vinaigrette. serve and enjoy.

taco tuesdayz: crispy shrimp tacos with quick pickled onions & avocado cream

cinco de mayo may have come and gone, but lucky for us, taco tuesday comes once a month to this here blog. don’t let the wide variety of ingredients on these tacos deter you. they are all easy to come by ingredients, many of which you may have on hand and they all come together to make one BOMB ass taco.

these quick pickled onions and avocado cream are great on shrimp tacos, but they are also great on tons of other things. i like to use the pickled onions in quesadillas or on my breakfast eggs and the avocado cream is great on this delicious corn or as a salad dressing.

now, if you aren’t a crispy taco fan, by all means, skip that step and enjoy the soft tortilla. but if you like them crispy, i have a sure fire way to make the most delicious at home crunchy tacos.

crispy shrimp tacos with quick pickled onions & avocado cream

serves: 8 tacos

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes

total time: 45 minutes

ingredients: 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp. .5 cup orange juice. .5 cup greek yogurt. .5 cup red wine vinegar. .25 cup olive oil. .25 crumbled or grated cotija cheese. 2 limes, each sliced into 6 wedges. half a ripe avocado, diced and smashed. 1 cup chopped romaine leaves. 1 green onion, white and light green parts, thinly sliced. half a red onion, thinly sliced. 1 tbs honey. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper. .5 tsp chili powder. .5 tsp dried turmeric. .25 tsp cayenne pepper. 8 flour tortillas. 3 tbs vegetable oil or other oil wit a high smoking point. handful of cilantro leaves for garnish. large cast iron or non stick pan. tongs. paper towel or dish towel lined drying rack or baking sheet.

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start by making your quick pickled onions. in a bowl, combine half the olive oil, the red wine vinegar, the honey, half the salt and pepper and stir it well to combine. add in your sliced onions and set them aside to pickle. then, combine the remaining salt and pepper with the turmeric, chili powder and cayenne and stir well to make a spice blend. dry your shrimp well and place them in a bowl. add in the green onion. season with half the spice blend, drizzle with the remaining olive oil and pour in the orange juice and the juice of 3 of the lime wedges.

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stir well till the shrimp is evenly coated with spice and liquid. heat your pan over medium high heat till it’s nice and hot and then add in your shrimp. cook the shrimp until just cooked through, about 3 minutes a side. remove the shrimp to cool slightly and continue to reduce the liquid from your marinade in the pan for another 3-5 minutes till it thickens and reduces by half.

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while the marinade reduce and the shrimp cools a bit, make your avocado cream. mix together the greek yogurt, the rest of the spice blend and the avocado. mash up the avocado as best you can into the greek yogurt.

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pour in the juice of 3 more limes and 1 tbs of the liquid from the pickled onions. and stir well till the mixture is nice and creamy and set it aside.

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roughly chop up the shrimp and pour the reduced marinade over the shrimp.

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now, if you prefer a soft taco, you can skip the next step. but if you like a nice crispy taco shell, wipe out your pan and add the vegetable oil to the pan. allow it to get nice and hot, shiny but not smoking. add in one tortilla at a time. cook for about 20 seconds on one side before flipping and frying up the other side for another 20 seconds. flip the tortilla one more time and then use your tongs to fold the tortilla in half to make a taco shell. cook for 10 seconds then flip. 10 more seconds and then remove the shell to a paper towel lined rack or backing sheet to dry. set them down upside down so any extra oil drains off. complete with as many tortillas as you intend to eat at that time.

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once your tortillas are crispy, layer up your tacos. serve each with a layer of romaine, shrimp, avocado cream.

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top with a couple pickled onions, cilantro leaves and cotija cheese. use the remaining lime wedges for those who want a fresh squeeze of lime juice over the top. serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

crispy shrimp tacos with quick pickled onions & avocado cream

serves: 8 tacos

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes

total time: 45 minutes

ingredients: 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp. .5 cup orange juice. .5 cup greek yogurt. .5 cup red wine vinegar. .25 cup olive oil. .25 crumbled or grated cotija cheese. 2 limes, each sliced into 6 wedges. half a ripe avocado, diced and smashed. 1 cup chopped romaine leaves. 1 green onion, white and light green parts, thinly sliced. half a red onion, thinly sliced. 1 tbs honey. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper. .5 tsp chili powder. .5 tsp dried turmeric. .25 tsp cayenne pepper. 8 flour tortillas. 3 tbs vegetable oil or other oil wit a high smoking point. handful of cilantro leaves for garnish. large cast iron or non stick pan. tongs.

start by making your quick pickled onions. in a bowl, combine half the olive oil, the red wine vinegar, the honey, half the salt and pepper and stir it well to combine. add in your sliced onions and set them aside to pickle. then, combine the remaining salt and pepper with the turmeric, chili powder and cayenne and stir well to make a spice blend. dry your shrimp well and place them in a bowl. add in the green onion. season with half the spice blend, drizzle with the remaining olive oil and pour in the orange juice and the juice of 3 of the lime wedges. stir well till the shrimp is evenly coated with spice and liquid. heat your pan over medium high heat till it’s nice and hot and then add in your shrimp. cook the shrimp until just cooked through, about 3 minutes a side. remove the shrimp to cool slightly and continue to reduce the liquid from your marinade in the pan for another 3-5 minutes till it thickens and reduces by half. while the marinade reduce and the shrimp cools a bit, make your avocado cream. mix together the greek yogurt, the rest of the spice blend and the avocado. mash up the avocado as best you can into the greek yogurt. pour in the juice of 3 more limes and 1 tbs of the liquid from the pickled onions. and stir well till the mixture is nice and creamy and set it aside. roughly chop up the shrimp and pour the reduced marinade over the shrimp. now, if you prefer a soft taco, you can skip the next step. but if you like a nice crispy taco shell, wipe out your pan and add the vegetable oil to the pan. allow it to get nice and hot, shiny but not smoking. add in one tortilla at a time. cook for about 20 seconds on one side before flipping and frying up the other side for another 20 seconds. flip the tortilla one more time and then use your tongs to fold the tortilla in half to make a taco shell. cook for 10 seconds then flip. 10 more seconds and then remove the shell to a paper towel lined rack or backing sheet to dry. set them down upside down so any extra oil drains off. complete with as many tortillas as you intend to eat at that time. once your tortillas are crispy, layer up your tacos. serve each with a layer of romaine, shrimp, avocado cream. top with a couple pickled onions, cilantro leaves and cotija cheese. use the remaining lime wedges for those who want a fresh squeeze of lime juice over the top. serve and enjoy.