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Old 06-02-2011, 07:45 PM   #1
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Summer recipes?

I am in need of yummy, Summer recipes. Things that won't heat up the house. I am good on grilling and crockpot things~thinking more along cold, asian salads??? Things along that line.
Any good recipes?
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:49 PM   #2
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I was just going to post a similar thread. It's so very, very hot here. I would love ideas for this awfully hot weather: salads, sandwiches, etc.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:55 PM   #3
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I'll make up a whole bag of boneless chicken breasts on Sunday and cut it up for use in salads through the week. Here's my favorite that I add chicken to:

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup pecans, blanched and slivered
1 pound spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
1 quart strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons minced onion
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup raspberry vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Directions

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook and stir pecans in butter until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and let cool.

In a large bowl, combine the spinach with the toasted pecans and strawberries.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, onion, paprika, raspberry vinegar, and vegetable oil. Toss with spinach just before serving.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:02 PM   #4
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Here's another salad that I add chicken to:

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Chinese Chicken Salad

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1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 (3 ounce) packages ramen noodles with seasoning packet
1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 (10 ounce) can mandarin orange segments, drained
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Directions

In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together vinegar, sugar, and oil. Microwave on high until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Mix well, and set aside to cool.

Crush ramen noodles in the packages. Pour into salad dressing.

In a salad bowl, toss romaine lettuce with oranges, almonds, and salad dressing.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:05 PM   #5
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I use this pasta salad all the time with good results

Cook and cool 1 lb bow-tie pasta (other types will work too)

Mix 1 pack dry hidden valley ranch dressing with about 1/4 -1/2 cup mayo

Chop 1 onion & 1 red or orange sweet pepper

Add 16oz shredded cheese

mix all and chill.....

To make a complete meal you may add diced ham as well.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:06 PM   #6
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beef and mushroom sloppy joes

Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes
YIELD: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
TOTAL: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 ounces ground sirloin
2 (8-ounce) packages presliced cremini mushrooms
1 cup prechopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup no-salt-added tomato paste
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
4 (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, toasted

Preparation
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add beef; cook for 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.
2. While beef cooks, place mushrooms in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until finely chopped. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic to pan; cook for 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomato paste and next 5 ingredients (through salt) to pan; cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid evaporates. Stir in pepper and hot sauce. Spoon about 1 cup beef mixture on bottom half of each bun; top with top halves of buns.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:12 PM   #7
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The other 2 recipes are from my Allrecipes Box. This one is from my mother-in-law and is pretty general -- more as a look/eyeball deal:

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Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Cooked chicken breasts, chopped
Small can crushed pineapple (or tidbits) drained
3/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Add mayo with a pinch of salt, sugar, and celery seed.
I think 4 boneless skinless work with this, but again, I eyeball it and generally add more of everything.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:33 PM   #8
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Thanks Guys~keep posting!
It is hot, hot here. Trying to get a jump on Summer meal planning.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:42 PM   #9
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Cashew-Avocado Chicken Salad
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cashew-...ad/Detail.aspx
Good by itself or in a pita pocket

Cinnamon-Curry Tuna Salad
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cinnamo...ad/Detail.aspx
Not something everyone will like but if you are an adventurous eater, it's really good.

Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pear-an...-2/Detail.aspx
Cool and tangy. I add crumbled bacon, grilled chicken and/or dried cranberries to make it more filling.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:34 PM   #10
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I just made an Asian Chicken salad tonight. Its very simple and quick.
I marinate the chicken in Kikkoman's Toasted Sesame marinade for 30 minutes then grill. Slice and serve over salad.

ramen Noodles (Oriental flavor)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Break up the noodles and toast them with the almonds until golden brown.
Head of Napa Cabbage(or you could use a pkg of pre-cut cole slaw mix)
julienne carrots
thin slices shallots

To make dressing:
1/2 cup canola oil
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
1 packet of ramen seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper (I leave this out)

Mix all together until the sugar and seasoning is fully disolved. Pour over salad just before serving.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:55 PM   #11
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Cajun Pasta Salad


Broil boneless, skinless chicken breasts, with cajun seasoning already on them.
Boil 2 packages of multi-color Rotini (drain & put olive oil on the pasta so it doesn't stick)
Cut several stalks of celery and several carrots (depending upon how well your family likes these veggies)
You can also put in one bunch on green onion (again, depending on your family)
Cut the chicken into bite size pieces
Combine.....put on more Olive Oil, several spoons of Mayo (I use Miracle Whip), and add more cajun spices (basically to taste) and mix well.
Put in fridge

I make it without any veggies but you can add anything you want to it.

Enjoy!!
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:44 AM   #12
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My daughter who loves broccoli asks for this salad year round...

Broccoli Sunshine Salad (Betty Crocker recipe)

1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 cups broccoli flowerets (1/2 lb)
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (1 oz)
4 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled (1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
*We add sunflower seeds
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:46 AM   #13
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Any ideas for summery sandwiches?
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:47 AM   #14
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This is one of DH's favorite summer recipies. We found it in Rachael Ray's magazine and it's so good with fresh, sweet Jersey corn! Who knew raw corn was so sweet?!

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes...r-shrimp-rolls

Summer Shrimp Rolls

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp—peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pesto (see recipe finder)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 hot dog buns

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, until opaque, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the corn and let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, pesto and lemon juice. Add the shrimp-corn mixture, bell pepper and scallions; toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serve in the hot dog buns.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:49 AM   #15
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Any ideas for summery sandwiches?
Veggies! I slice eggplant and zucchini long ways, marinate in Italian dressing and grill (red/green peppers too). Yum!

The chicken salad I posted above makes great sandwiches / pitas.
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