Creamy Broccoli Apple Salad

For the office St. Patrick’s Day potluck, it was a green theme.  There were green deviled eggs and green rice krispie treats, along with shepherd’s pie and cabbage rolls.  I needed a recipe with some green, some health, and some quickness.  This salad from Turning Back the Clock fit all my needs.  I adapted the recipe to omit the mayonnaise and got tons of compliments on the dressing.  I doubled the recipe and it came together quickly and easily, and fit in with our office Get Fit Challenge.  Perfection.

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CREAMY BROCCOLI APPLE SALAD

  • 4 cups broccoli florets and stalks (If you don’t like the stalks you don’t have to use them but why not?) about three small heads
  • 2 large apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 dried cranberries
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice, about half a lemon
  • 1 cup Fage plain greek yogurt (you can use any plain greek yogurt, I just love Fage, tastes the closest to sour cream and if you get the 0% there is no fat)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  1. In a large bowl, mix the broccoli, apples, carrots, cranberries, onion, and pecans together.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the Fage, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix to combine evenly.  Saran wrap for the next day work potluck or dish up a bowl right away.

Monday Night Dinner: InstaPot Spicy Honey Chicken and Asian Roasted Carrots and Broccoli

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I’m excited by my InstaPot purchase.  It was pricey at $99 but this kitchen wonder replaced my pressure cooker, my crockpot, and my rice cooker.  All three sold on Craigslist for nearly the whole expense.  Miss Mioux bought one too and sold her rice cooker and crock pot to a coworker.  She was patient enough to wait until it went on sale for closer to $70.  I love that I can do all the prep, saute and cooking in one vessel, plus it leaves only one thing to clean.

My first test was to make brown rice.  I loved that it took half the time on the pressure setting that my rice cooker would take.  It does so much!  Miss Mioux made a killer cheesy broccoli soup once.  Maybe one day we will be brave enough to utilize the make your own yogurt settings.  For now we are taking this to the next level and cooking chicken.  I recommend getting the carrots into the oven and then starting the chicken cooking while the carrots roast.  This way the sauce for the chicken should be just about thick enough when the veggies are done roasting and everything will be hot and ready at the same time.

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ASIAN ROASTED CARROTS AND BROCCOLI

  • 3 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound broccoli, chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and Sriracha.  Set aside.
  3. Place carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet (we halved ours so they would roast faster).  Drizzle with olive oil, add garlic, and toss with your hands until evenly coated.  Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until fork tender.  While the carrots are roasting, start your chicken.
  4. Stir in the broccoli and bake another 7-10 minutes.  Remove and drizzle with the soy sauce mixture, gently tossing to combine.
  5. Serve with Spicy Honey Chicken.  Garnish with sesame seeds.

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INSTAPOT SPICY HONEY CHICKEN

  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite sized chunks
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • sesame seeds
  1. Preheat the InstaPot using the sauté setting.  Sprinkle salt and pepper over the diced chicken and add to the InstaPot with oil, onion, and garlic.  Stir occasionally until onion starts to soften, about three minutes.
  2. Add soy sauce, ketchup, and red pepper flakes to the InstaPot and stir to combine.  Add the lid and pressure cook on high for three minutes.  The InstaPot will stay “ON” until it builds up enough pressure within, then it will count down.  When the timer beeps, turn the pressure cooker off and do a quick pressure release.
  3. Add sesame oil and honey to the pot and stir to combine.  In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in water and add to the InstaPot.  Select the sauté option and simmer until sauce thickens, stirring often.
  4. Serve with Asian Roasted Carrots and Broccoli.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

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CARROTS: OILED, GARLIC-ED, AND READY TO ROAST

 

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CHICKEN: ONIONED AND ON SAUTE MODE

 

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STIR TO ALLOW SAUCE TO THICKEN

 

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DRIZZLE THAT SAUCE, BABY!
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INSTAPOT AMAZING!

This Monday Night Dinner inspired by:

Damn Delicious

Pressure Cooking Today

Cooking from the Pantry: Crustless Quiche Popovers

crustlessquichepopover_inovenI am always the first to rise in my home.  I embrace the quiet serenity as the perfect opportunity to enjoy my coffee, read, and if the mood strikes, throw together simple meal.

Crustless Quiche Popovers

  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 cups (8oz) Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. Pancake Mix
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray muffin tin lightly with cooking spray, or lightly grease and flour.
  3. Beat eggs and milk together in a large mixing bowl.  Add all other ingredients and mix well.
  4. Spoon into muffin tins, filling to just below the top.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool just enough to pick them up and eat!  Feel free to test the first one while still standing over the stove.  It is responsible quality control.

This is an easy recipe to substitute and add to based on your taste preferences and what you have on hand.  Diced ham or cooked crumbled sausage would be lovely.  Diced red bell pepper or green chilies would be delicious.  Shredded Gouda or Mozzarella would be heavenly.  Dried thyme or ground paprika would be delightful.  Follow your heart.

They are even delicious the next day, simply warm in the toaster oven or microwave.  Light and perfect.

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