Breakfast, Salads, Super Sides

Do Something New with Your Easter Egg Leftovers

easter egg leftovers

Tired of Hard-Boiled Eggs?

If your family is anything like mine, you have about three different Easter celebrations. When I was a child, we’d celebrate Easter at our house and then go to each of my grandmother’s homes to celebrate, as well. Guess what that meant? We had a lot of leftover food and a lot of leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs!

After a while, I started to hate those eggs because I ate them plain – well, my mother would shake a little salt and pepper on them, but that was about it. As I got older, I began adding mayonnaise, mustard, and pickle relish for single-serve deviled eggs. Even this got boring after a while, though.

So, what do you do when you’re sick of plain hard-boiled eggs – or even deviled eggs? How about some of these tasty ideas?

leftovers

Spice Up Your Egg Salad

While egg salad is not that much different than deviled eggs on the surface, you can mix it up by adding exotic ingredients.

What would you think about adding a little curry to your egg salad? Or even some mashed avocado or grated cucumber for added, non-egg-y flavor.

Use your culinary imagination, and the sky’s the limit!

hard boiled egg recipes

Top Your Cooked Vegetables

Chop up some hard-boiled eggs and throw them on top of steamed vegetables. Chopped eggs are especially tasty, and aesthetically satisfying, on top of green vegetables (beans, broccoli, asparagus).

I’ll admit it. At first, I was nervous about trying this, but I was pleasantly surprised. Hard-boiled eggs really do make a yummy garnish for cooked vegetables.

hard boiled eggs

Don’t Forget the Cold Vegetables!

Sure, we all know we can chop up hard-boiled eggs and throw them on our lettuce salads. And most people add hard-boiled eggs to cold potato and tuna salad. But what about other cold salads?

Eggs can be a great addition to macaroni salad, shrimp salad – even cole slaw. And have you ever had cauliflower salad? This is something else I was afraid to try, but it turned out to be a delicious new addition to my cold salad repertoire.

pickled eggs

Pickle Your Eggs

Now this may be an acquired taste because not everyone likes pickled eggs. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of them, but they do hold a certain nostalgic value for me.

My grandmother always had pickled eggs on the table at Easter. Well, her pickled eggs always included pickled beets and onions, but there were always eggs in the mix.

Pickled eggs can be eaten by themselves or as a cold salad accompaniment. If you’ve never had one before, try them. You might really like them.

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Add Some Protein to Your Dips and Sauces

Finely chop your hardboiled eggs (yolk and all) and add them, along with some sour cream or plain yogurt, to your favorite dip seasoning mix. I think they’re best in French Onion dip or Ranch dip. You hardly even know the egg is in there, depending on how many you use.

Or how about some chopped hard-boiled eggs in a hollandaise sauce, or even a chicken a la king? You can easily sneak in the nutritional goodness of the egg without cluing in any egg-haters to their presence.

boiled eggs

Egg Up Your Main Dishes

You can always chop up your hard-boiled egg and throw it in with your favorite meatloaf mixture. Or you could spice things up a bit, Spanish-style.

Combining potatoes and eggs is a very popular culinary trick in Spain and in most of South America. That’s where I had my first Tortilla Española and absolutely fell in love with the flavor combination.

You can replicate the flavor in a casserole dish. Use equal numbers of boiled eggs and boiled potatoes. Throw them in the dish with some cooked sausage, peppers, onions, and spices. Layer the sliced eggs on top of the mixture with some milk-soaked bread and cheese. Repeat and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Delicious spicy breakfast (or dinner) casserole!

Some New Egg Ideas

Now you have some ideas for unique ways to use your leftover Easter eggs. You won’t be stuck eating just plain hard-boiled eggs, like I was for so many years! So go out and buy a few dozen and have fun decorating them for Easter. Or, if Easter’s a long way off, just decorate them for the heck of it. Why not?

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.  

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!  

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.   

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?  

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page

 

Cooking Healthy Food, Cooking with Chicken Leftovers, Exotic Flavors, Salads, Sandwiches

Guacamole Chicken Salad Recipe

guacamole chicken salad

It’s National Spicy Guacamole Day! Yum! A couple of months ago (on September 16), it was National Guacamole Day. September is also National Chicken Month. So, I got the idea to combine the two things into this salad (I love guacamole, and I love chicken salad). Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to post it then, so I thought I’d save it for today. I didn’t want to let all that work go to waste. Also, I really didn’t want my readers to miss out on the yumminess. So, here it is: my spicy guacamole chicken salad.

Oh, and by the way, this is totally a recipe you can make with any leftover crock pot chicken you might have sitting around. That’s what I used. Score!

Here’s how you make this:

Guacamole Chicken Salad Recipe
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 4 servings
This delicious recipe combines two of my favorite things to eat: guacamole and chicken salad. It’s the perfect way to add a little spicy Mexican kick to your leftover chicken.
Ingredients
  • 2 avocados (peeled and pitted)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1 large Roma tomato, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 serrano pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb cooked chicken, shredded
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mash the avocados with the lemon juice.
  2. Stir in the garlic powder, salt, red pepper, and cilantro.
  3. Add the chopped tomato and peppers, stirring lightly.
  4. Stir in the cooked chicken, and serve immediately on tortillas.

The hardest part about this unique chicken salad recipe is going to be peeling the avocado. Here’s an easy guide that tells you how to peel an avocado. Or check out this excellent video that actually shows someone doing it in less than two minutes. Be sure to save the pit to stick in the bottom of your guacamole mixing bowl. That will help keep the guacamole from turning brown.

chicken salad recipe

It’s really not that hard to make your own guacamole, once you get used to it. And it’s something I definitely recommend you try at least once. Store-bought guacamole’s not bad (if you can find it), but the stuff you make fresh yourself is so much better.

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.

Old Family Recipes, Salads, Super Sides

German Potato Salad

 

german potato salad

I’m at least 1/16th German. My great-great-grandparents came over on a boat from Germany before my great-grandfather was born (my mom’s mom’s maiden name was Woehler). So, naturally, I’m drawn to all things German.

I’ve had German potato salad before, but I hadn’t had it for a very, very long time, so I thought it would be fun to celebrate National Potato Month by posting my favorite German potato salad recipe. This is, at least in part, in honor of my great-grandfather. I never got to meet him. He died 10 years before I was born, but my grandmother told me he always had to have potatoes of some sort at every meal.

I guess it’s a German thing. I had a coworker once whose parents were German, and she said she grew up having potatoes at every meal.

Anyway, here’s my take on the traditional German potato salad:

German Potato Salad
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Serves: About 12
This delicious German potato salad can be served either hot or cold.
Ingredients
  • 5 strips of turkey bacon
  • 6 medium-size russet potatoes, diced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Fry the bacon in a skillet over high heat until mostly crisp.
  2. Boil the potatoes in a 2-quart saucepan in enough water so that the potatoes are covered by about an inch or two for 13 minutes.
  3. Drain the water from the potatoes.
  4. Pour the potatoes out into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Crumble the bacon over the potatoes.
  6. Add the onion powder, salt, thyme, black pepper, and sugar.
  7. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the mixture, and combine well.
  8. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate to heat later (or to serve cold, if preferred).
German Potato Salad

You can peel the potatoes before cooking, if you prefer. I didn’t because I like eating potato skins. Also, I think they add some nice color and character to this salad. Besides that, I like to save myself as much time and work as I can in the kitchen. 🙂

For more information about how to boil “perfect” potatoes for salad, check out this article.

I made this potato salad and told my husband he had to at least try some (he’s notorious for not eating potato salad of ANY kind). As he puts it, “I’ve never met a potato salad that didn’t have something I won’t eat in it.” But this one DOESN’T have anything he won’t eat, and I told him so. He gave it a try and pronounced it, “Not bad.” LOL!

My four-year-old wouldn’t touch it, and my six-year-old took a bite and said it was a little too “spicy” for her. So, for now I’m the only one who really appreciates this dish. Not surprising, really. I live with a bunch of picky eaters!

If you give this a try, though, I’d love to hear what you think of it, so do leave a comment and let me know. Thanks!

 

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.

Cooking Healthy Food, Cooking with Herbs, Salads, Super Sides

Sweet Peach Vinaigrette

 

sweet peach vinaigrette

One of my favorite resources for cooking heart healthy meals is Dick Logue’s 1,001 Heart Healthy Recipes. I was browsing the Amazon product page for this book the other day, and I noticed in the book description, they’d listed a recipe for a honey mustard cranberry dressing (vinaigrette).

This sparked an idea in my own mind to create a vinaigrette using ingredients I had on hand (cranberry wasn’t one of them), and I’m fresh out of dijon. I did find a can of peaches, though, and I thought it might make a yummy, sweet addition to the vinaigrette dressing line up. Turns out, I was right.

Here’s what I came up with, and here’s exactly what I did to make it. I may never buy pre-made salad dressing at the grocery again. This is just too delicious to ever want to try any other type of dressing – except, perhaps, one using another fruit or some other spices (thyme is one of my very favorite spices, but I was all out of it today, so I couldn’t use it in this dressing – maybe next time).

  • 3/4 cup peach juice (I took the juice from a can of “no sugar added” peach slices)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsps oregano
  • 2 tsps parsley
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp honey (preferably local)
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a sealable container.
  2. Shake until thoroughly combined (about 30-60 seconds).
  3. Serve immediately over a crisp lettuce salad.
  4. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Sweet Peach Vinaigrette

If you try this out for yourself, I’d love to know what you think of it. And I’d be interested in hearing what variations you come up with too…if sweet peach vinaigrette isn’t your style. That’s one of the things I love most about cooking – the variety you can add and the personalization you can do with every recipe. All you have to do is let something spark inspiration within you, and let your culinary creativity run wild!

 

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.

Cooking Healthy Food, Salads, Sandwiches

Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

Yogurt Tuna Salad (1)

Tuna is a favorite at our house, even though my younger daughter and I are the only ones who like it in the old school, traditional tuna salad variety. Still, we all know how boring tuna salad can get after a while, right?

So, every once in a while, when you find an interesting looking tuna salad variation, you just have to try it. That’s what happened to me when I was browsing through Crazy Cat Girl’s blog the other day and came across her Easy Lunch to Go: Greek Yogurt & Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes recipe. You can check out her original recipe by clicking on that link.

I used it as a springboard to come up with my own variation (mostly because I didn’t have any tomatoes or scallions, so I had to substitute something!). Here’s my variation:

Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps
Recipe Type: Salad
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 4-6
No same old, boring tuna salad recipe here! This one is yummy and super healthy…and low carb!
Ingredients
  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 whole large raw carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup raw broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas, chopped
  • 1 can tuna
  • 3 tbspns plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dill seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Lay the lettuce leaves out flat on a large plate.
  2. Drain the tuna and scoop it out into a large bowl.
  3. Chop the carrot, broccoli, and snap peas.
  4. Add them to the tuna.
  5. Add the yogurt, onion powder, dill seed, salt, and pepper to the tuna and veggies.
  6. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  7. Spoon out a generous portion of the tuna salad into the middle of each lettuce leaf.
  8. Fold the lettuce around the salad to make little “pockets.”
  9. Serve immediately.

I’d love to hear what you think about this recipe. Leave me a comment below, and let me know!

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.

Cooking Healthy Food, Cooking with Herbs, Salads, Super Sides

Easy Homemade Salad Dressing

Fresh salads and healthy lifestyles go hand in hand. After all, what could be better for you than a big plate full of leafy greens, fresh vegetables, fiber-rich legumes and lean proteins? Unfortunately, you could end up negating these delicious and healthy choices if you aren’t careful about the type of salad dressing you use.

Taking a quick look at the list of ingredients on your favorite bottle of store-bought dressing can be a real eye opener. In fact, you may be surprised to see a host of ingredients you weren’t expecting, including high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners, trans fats, MSG, and an assortment of artificial colors and preservatives to make it all seem more fresh and natural.

Fortunately, making your own homemade salad dressing is faster and easier than you might think. Plus, you get to control how much you make at one time, so you don’t have to worry about throwing out your hard-earned money if you don’t use it all in time.

When it comes to homemade salad dressings, vinaigrettes are fast, easy and delicious choices. One general rule of thumb to keep in mind when creating your own vinaigrettes is to use 1 part vinegar (or other acidic ingredient) to 3 parts oil. In other words, if you use ¼ cup vinegar, you’ll want to use ¾ cups of oil. If you like a little more kick to your dressing, try a 2:1 ratio instead.

When choosing these key ingredients, don’t be afraid to get creative. Think beyond plain white, red or cider vinegar and give rice vinegars, aged or white balsamic, or fruit-infused varieties a try, as well. Citrus juices, such as lemon, lime, oranges and grapefruit, also work particularly well.

When it comes to choosing your oil, it’s hard to beat a high-quality extra virgin olive oil. However, you may want to consider other healthy alternatives, such as a more delicate grape seed oil, as well. Olive oils infused with garlic, rosemary or other herbs are also great choices.

A third ingredient you may want to add to your vinaigrette is Dijon mustard. Dijon is a popular choice because it tastes great and helps bind all the other ingredients together.

Beyond these three ingredients, there are countless ways you can customize your vinaigrette recipes to complement your salad ingredients. For example, you can add minced garlic, onion, shallots, fresh or dried herbs, honey, or a variety of fruit juices or zests.Spicy-Dijon-Vinaigrette

Here is a basic recipe to get you started:

Easy Dijon Vinaigrette
Recipe Type: salad dressing
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Why spend money on all those salad dressings that are full of fat and other not-so-healthy artificial ingredients. This salad dressing is healthy, delicious, and so easy to make. You won’t want bottled salad dressing ever again!
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbspns Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsps honey
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients into a glass bowl or container with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Mix or shake vigorously to combine thoroughly

Starting with this basic recipe, I bet you can come up with dozens of yummy options to suit whatever salads are on your menu. Enjoy!

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Fifteen years ago, I went to a party a friend was hosting and bought a stoneware mini loaf pan. I still have that thing today, and it’s just as awesome.

When I got married almost 13 years ago, I let the friend of a friend do a Pampered Chef bridal shower for me. I still have all those things too!

I’ve been buying Pampered Chef products at various parties (mostly online now) ever since. I have never been disappointed by a single thing I’ve bought with Pampered Chef.

So, when I recently attended yet another online party and saw that there was a $19.80 join special, I took the plunge. I’ve been enjoying Pampered Chef myself for decades. Why not share that love with others?

I’m so excited to start my Pampered Chef journey. I would be thrilled if you would consider joining me. Pampered Chef has so many tools that can help you as you seek to eat cleaner. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on my Facebook page.