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10/21/10 4:36 P

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Hey Everybody. I'm looking for some recipe idea's for a get together on Halloween night. Planning Chili and Veggie soup. What can I put with this to have a healthy enjoyable time? Any idea's??? emoticon

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9/25/10 12:17 P

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Shrimp, Cucumber Salad with Feta - It's a Meal!
2/3 c medium-grind bulgur (next to the rice in most supermarkets)
1 2/3 c water
1/3 c fresh lemon juice
12 oz precooked peeled or thawed frozen shrimp, coarsely chopped
3/8 tsp black pepper
1 c diced cucumber
1 pint grape tomatoes
1/2 c chopped red onion
1/2 c chopped parsley
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 c (2 oz) crumbled feta cheese
1/4 tsp salt

1. In a saucepan, combine bulgur, water, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool.
2. Place shrimp in large serving bowl. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Let stand for 5 minutes.
3. Stir in cucumber, tomatoes, onion, parsley, oil, and cheese. Add salt, remaining lemon juice, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and toss.
4. Stir in cooled bulgur. Divide evenly into four salad bowls.

Makes four servings. Per serving: 301 calories, 12 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 513 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 24 g protein

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9/19/10 11:25 P

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I made a good one this weekend based on something I had in a restaurant:

baby spinach
glazed walnuts
dried cranberries
crumbled goat cheese
Topped with Ken's steakhouse light Raspberry Walnut vinaigrette.


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9/17/10 1:37 P

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here is one of my favorites my recipe for Broccoli cauliflower salad

Broccoli, cauliflower salad 1 cup serving


Ingredients
Broccoli, fresh, 1 bunch cut into flowerettes
Cauliflower, raw, 1 head, medium (5-6" dia) cut into flowerettes
*Red onion raw, 1 cup diced
Kraft Miracle Whip Light Dressing, 1/2 cup
*Ingredients - Red Wine Vinager 4 tbsp
imatation sweetner, 8 packets
*Bacon (Farmland Low Sodium)8 slices cooked and crumbled



Directions
mix broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and bacon in a large bowl. mix remaining ingrediants in small bowl and pour over broccoli mixture, toss to coat. top with sun flower kernals if desired


Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 79.1
Total Fat: 3.8 g
Cholesterol: 7.7 mg
Sodium: 162.7 mg
Total Carbs: 9.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
Protein: 4.8 g

Edited by: 1ROCKYMAMA at: 9/17/2010 (13:40)

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9/16/10 11:34 A

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Here's a link to a warm spinach salad that is great this time of the year. I found it on the food network site and I think it is one of Emeril's recipes. It's always a hit when I serve it.

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9/15/10 6:52 P

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The recipes sound great. I'll have to try them. Over the week-end I'll write in my cucumber salad. Tonight I'm doing work for work.

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9/15/10 5:58 P

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Bronwater, and others

I had no idea what a jicama was BEFORE I tried this recipe.

www.wisegeek.com/what-is-jicama.htm

When I read that it is like a turnip, I nearly fainted, cause I HATE turnips.

To me it is like a potato, but not starchy. It is a diabetics best friend, from what I read.

They are ugly, but DELICIOUS, but what wouldn't be delish with cilantro and lime juice? LOL

Hope this helps.

I found it in the produce section where the turnips would be, NOT in the refrigerated section though.

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9/15/10 3:09 P

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Some great recipes, thanks all! Onereallybigdog - what IS jicama? The dictionary says 'yam bean', but have never seen any of those! Any ideas for a replacement ingredient???

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I'm gonna have to quit this group

'cause of all the great recipes, LOL

My grocery list is growing by the minute

Sure glad to have some new ideas though

They all sound like something that Tony the Tiger would say and since I'm a Tony, I'm gonna say it for him

They're GRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT!

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9/15/10 12:46 P

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corn avocado and tomato salad

2 cans of corn
2 avocados diced
grape tomatoes cut in half

Cilantro dressing:
1/2 bunch of cilantro
garlic
olive oil
salt

Blend dressing ingredients in the food processor and mix with other ingredients.

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Sounds YUMMY MULIMAH_AK

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9/15/10 12:23 P

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This salad I learned from a Palestinian:

dice 1 cucumber
dice 2-3 tomatoes
thinly slice and dice 1/2 onion
thinly shred some romaine lettuce
chop cilantro and flat leaf parsley
mix vinegar, oil and spices ( I would add mustard to emulsify it together)

and serve as fresh as possible. its really tassty

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Both of them sound delicious, but eSPecially the LEMON one

Lemons will be on my list when I go to the store NEXT
Thanks for sharing

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9/15/10 9:53 A

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my family has used the same salad dressing recipe for many years. my aunt makes it a bit different than my grandma who started the recipe and i've mixed both ways with a little touch of my own preferences. the recipe is:

canola oil and extra virgin olive oil (you could use just one or use vegetable oil instead of canola)
garlic powder
onion powder
kosher salt
black pepper

i normally make my salad up of a bagged romaine salad mix, baby spinach and tomatoes. sometimes i will use other ingredients like cucumbers, string beans, green peppers, croutons, or cheese (normally parmesan, shredded mozzerella or shredded cheddar). becareful of the toppings because the croutons and cheeses are not the healthiest picks for everyday salads.

another simple dressing is - extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice (i sometimes grate some of the peel into the salad), kosher salt and black pepper. I sometimes add lawrys lemon pepper seasoning as well.



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9/15/10 9:49 A

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This salad is from Cooking for Real, with Sunny Anderson on the FoodNetwork. It has an ingredient that I'd never tried or even heard of: Jicama and it was quite the hit when I did it the first time. Hope you enjoy it as much as I/we did!



Mango and Jicama Slaw
Recipe courtesy Sunny Anderson, 2009

Prep Time:20 minInactive Prep Time:15 minCook Time:--
Level:
Easy
Serves:
6 servings

Ingredients
1 lime, zested and juiced
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 red jalapeno, seeded and finely diced Salt
2 semi-ripe mangos, peeled and grated
1 large jicama, peeled and grated
1 bunch cilantro, leaves chopped
1 ripe pineapple, peeled and cut into 3 equal rounds
Directions
In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, zest, apple cider vinegar, honey, jalapeno, salt and pepper, to taste. Add the mango, jicama and cilantro, and chill 15 to 30 minutes. Cut each pineapple section in half and remove core, so you have 6 canoe-like pieces. To serve, place pineapple canoes on a plate and top with mango-jicama mixture.

Printed from FoodNetwork.com on Wed Sep 15 2010 2010 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved


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9/15/10 9:29 A

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This salad recipe is from my healthy recipe website www.lifezing.com/recipes

Servings 5
Amount Per Serving

Calories: 233.3
Total Fat: 11.4 g
Total Carbs: 30.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
Protein: 6.3 g

Ingredients:

* 1 head of romaine lettuce (or any other lettuce), torn in pieces
* 2 cucumbers
* 2 tomatoes, diced
* 1 radishes, sliced
* 1green onions, sliced
* a handful of chopped Italian parsley and a handful of fresh mint
* 1 green pepper(capsicum), diced (optional)
* 2 small pita breads

For the Fattoush dressing:
1. 2 small lemons, juiced
2. 2Tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
3 2 or more cloves of garlic mashed in a dash of salt in a mortar

Directions

1. Brush the pita breads with little bit olive oil .
2. With kitchen scissors, cut the bread into thin breadsticks. Toast in a 325F oven till crispy and golden. Set aside.
3. Prepare all the salad ingredients; mix the dressing; when ready to serve, toss the salad with the dressing and serve the breadsticks on the side, or break them up the traditional way, and incorporate in the fattoush.

Take care to mix the bread just before serving otherwise it may become soggy.


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BRONWATER's Photo BRONWATER Posts: 109
9/15/10 8:21 A

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Thanks Roryinde, that sounds delicious - I love seafood and will definitely try it out.

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Oh that sounds good with nectarines (I don't think I would find figs where I live).

Thanks for sending me spark mail; I don't go to spark every day but I do check my blackberry so that's great!

Here's my salad. I make this all the time;especially in winter. I don't have a calorie count for it but I think its pretty light! Its adapted from a good food recipe (bbcgoodfood.com)

Thai apple salad

Dressing:
2 tbsp fish sauce
4 tsp brown sugar (something like muscavado)
4 tbsp lime juice
chilli flakes to taste

Salad:
24 tiger prawns,ready to eat
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
2 spring onions, finely sliced
2 apples, small slices
bunch of coriander, chopped
bunch of mint, chopped

Mix dressing and add salad ingredients.


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9/15/10 3:56 A

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If you're not keen on figs, you could use fresh peach or nectarine - also taste good with salty ham.

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Sounds great if you leave the figs OFF

LOL

I'm normally not a pickey eater, but I don't care for figs and dates, unless the date is with a hot mamma, but I'm happily married so my dating days are in the past.

Maybe I should try the figs, they say our taste buds change every 7 years or so.

Looking forward to all the new and refreshing recipes here.

So bottoms up to some fig salad!

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9/12/10 10:01 P

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I just saw some figs in the store. I will give this a try, it sounds delicious.

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Thanks. This sounnds great and easy

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We all know salad is good for us, but it can get a bit repetitive. I love figs, they're so sweet and delicious. You canprepare this one in 5 mins, and it's great for lunch. For 2 people you need:
2 large figs
50g skim milk mozzarella, or 50g soft goat cheese
2 small slices parma or serrano ham
Lots of salad leaves (including rocket, if poss)
Fresh basil
For the dressing: 2tbs olive oil/ 1tbs lemon juice/ 1tsp honey/ sea salt and black pepper (just mix the lot together)
Around 400 calories per person

Place a handful of leaves on each plate, cut a cross in the figs and squeeze at the bottom so that they open like flowers. Add one to each plate. Pour a teaspoon of dressing over each fig. Drape the ham around the gigs, cut or tear the cheese into small pieces, and scatter over together with the basil. Pour over the remaining dressing and eat!

Do you have a favourite salad?

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