Posts Tagged ‘dinner’


November 4, 2009
Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad with Cheddar Toast and warm Tomato Soup

So perhaps this is cheating, but who says every dinner has to be hot out of the oven and dirty at least one pot?  There are those days when the thought of having to cook anything, no matter how quick, just seems tiresome!

It was warm and sunny today and I just couldn’t bring myself into the kitchen for any length of time, so chicken salad seemed perfect for dinner!  There are so many variations of chicken salad and you can season depending on your mood. 

Tonight I made a light and sweet salad (my favorite recipe below) and paired it with  Tomato Basil Soup (Progresso is my all time favorite) and cheddar cheese toast, served with a small green salad.  And just like that, you have a healthy and filling dinner in about 10-15 minutes…and best of all, no pots or pans to wash. 

Chicken Salad Dinner

  1. Mix chopped chicken (canned or leftover from another meal) with chopped celery, apples, and craisins; add in light mayo, honey mustard, and raspberry vinaigrette until desired consistency. 
  2. Serve with a salad greens, soup, sliced cheese and bread (pita pockets, dinner rolls, toast, crescent rolls)

Chicken Salad Variations:

Try spicing up your standard chicken (or Tuna) salad with different herbs, fruits, and veggies.  Here are some ideas for add-ins to get you started…for example: Dill and Cucumber or Basil and Diced Tomatoes

  • Dill, Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme, Basil
  • Apples, Grapes, Craisins, Oranges
  • Celery, Cucumber, Tomatoes
  • Chopped Pecans or Walnuts
  • Light Mayo or Miracle Whip, Honey Mustard, Spicy Mustard, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Italian or Greek Dressing

Friday Fun

October 23, 2009

Friday nights should be fun…friends, family, good food, and memories!

Before leaving the house I grab an old blanket, a roll of paper towel, one small candle lantern and lighter, and a couple bottles of water.  On the way out we stop by Little Caesars for a $5 peperoni, and then head out to the lake.  Sitting cross-legged at the end of a pier; eating pizza right out of the box; watching the water change colors and sparkle as the sun begins to set; talking with Eli (my 16 month old) about the ducks as they fly by and honk, the breeze, the rippling water; scooting together under a blanket as the moon and stars start to come out, and chatting around the tiny, twinkling lantern.  This is what family memories are made of.

Have fun making your own this weekend!  Picnics don’t need to be elaborate, and the ones that taste best are often the easiest.  Here are some ideas to get you started…

Location: pick somewhere the whole family can enjoy

  1. park, playground, nearby camping ground
  2. lake or pond (have fun feeding ducks and fish with dinner leftovers!), stream bank
  3. large, grassy field where you can play frisbee or toss a ball.

Food: keep it simple; meals that don’t have to be a certain temp, don’t make a mess, and don’t require special utensils (soup is a pain because it inevitably spills, and you have to bring bowls and spoons)

  1. sandwiches and chips
  2. pita pockets stuffed with chicken salad (or other favorite filling)
  3. pizza out of the box
  4. or if you happen to be without children…a warm loaf of french bread, a good block of cheese, some grapes and strawberries, and a bottle of wine!

Activities: think of something your family loves that you haven’t done in a while



  1. play ball or toss a frizbee
  2. take a simple board game or cards (I don’t recommend cards if it’s at all windy!)
  3. take old bread or crackers you can feed ducks and fish
  4. candlelight is always a plus!

Please feel free to share!  What is your favorite dinner-time picnic memory???