Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Two More Recipes

Here are two more recipes that I promised to share months ago...but I'm just now getting around to it. Anyway, they're both pretty tasty and pretty easy, too. Plus, they're good warm-weather meals. Even though summer "officially" ended over the weekend; temperatures are still hovering near the nineties. So any meal that can be prepared with a minimal amount of heat is a big winner in my book these days.

Summer Strawberry Salad

Baby Spinach
Romaine Lettuce
(I usually just do one bag each, and I'm done) But if you prefer to cut your own, it's about one bunch of spinach, and one head of Romaine.

1 granny smith apple, chopped
1 red apple, chopped
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Add right before serving.
2 Tbsp. lemon zest
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. mustard seed
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil (vegetable, olive, or canola)

Mix all dressing ingredients together and toss with salad right before serving. Top with 1/2 cup sliced toffee almonds.

Asian Pasta Salad

1 lb. Pad Thai noodles or Linguine
12 green onions, cut on angle
1 large red pepper cut, cleaned, julienned
1 large carrot, peeled, julienned

1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup sugar

Cook noodles until al dente. Rinse with cold water to shock. To caramelize almonds, put sugar in pan on medium heat with almonds on top of sugar. Heat until sugar melts then stir sugar and almonds together. Remove from heat and spread on waxed paper to cool.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. ginger
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. sesame oil

Whisk until mixed.

Combine dressing with vegetables and almonds and toss with noodles. Garnish with green onions.

So I should have shared these recipes at the beginning of the summer. Better late than never, right? Have a great Wednesday. Today's the first day of preschool. Keep your fingers crossed that I don't cry harder than he does. :)


ms. less is always more said...

New blog header... I love it!

Both these recipes look like two big thumbs up... I'll have to try them both!

Erin said...

Oh my gosh, that Asian Pasta Salad looks scrumptious!!! Good luck today with the little guy's first day of pre-school! What a milestone for both of you! :)

nichole said...

I want to make that Asian salad now. Looks delish!

Love the new header by the way. ;)

Kotori said...

Oh, love that Asian salad... I'm going to have try that one!

Dallas Shaw said...

yum- thanks!

PS~Erin said...

Delicious looking!! Thanks!