Caribbean Salad

Caribbean Salad from Kaye's Cupboard..

I really love salads! I love the mix of textures and tastes, especially when they come together as wonderfully as in this salad! I found this salad on the Our Best Bites blog, one of my very favorite places to find new recipes.

Caribbean Salad from Kaye's Cupboard.The original recipe had an orange vinaigrette, which I made a few times. Recently, though, I decided that a splash of straight orange juice gave that extra citrus flavor, but without the oily taste of a vinaigrette. Also, I made this as a side salad, so I didn’t include chicken, but it becomes a main dish when the chicken is added!

  • 1 large bunch Romaine lettuce or two bags pre-cut Romaine
  • 1 lb chicken breast, grilled and sliced or cubed
  • 2 8-oz cans mandarin oranges
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced or diced
  • 4-5 green onions, diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2-4 tablespoons orange juice

Yield: 6 main dishes or 10-12 side salads.

{Kudos to ourbestbites.com! Seriously, go visit their site if you haven’t before!}

Creamy Crock Pot Italian Chicken

Creamy Crockpot Italian Chicken from Kaye's Cupboard

 

If you are looking for a simple dinner idea, make this the next one you try! I first had this at my in-law’s house, and it has become a staple in my meal rotation. I love tossing four ingredients in the crock pot, and then forgetting about dinner until we’re ready to eat! With no real effort, this chicken is delicious; there is plenty of flavor from the dressing. Oh, and my very picky five year-old had seconds!

  • 4 chicken breasts, thawed or frozen (I always put them in frozen, then compensate by leaving the crock pot on high longer)
  • 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1 cup Italian dressing (I use creamy)
  • 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to crock pot; cook on high for 2 hours (add an extra hour or two if the chicken is frozen). Switch to low heat for another 2-3 hours. When chicken is cooked through, shred with a fork and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Serve over rice or pasta.

{Kudos to the Kaye family!}

A New Beginning

I have had a recipe blog for a few years now, and it is has been a reference for me to help me remember all of our favorite dishes, but it has also been an outlet- a little project that lets my mind take a break from the day-to-day. I haven’t always been good about posting often, but I have always come back to it, and so I decided recently to upgrade from my beginner blog. I am going to re-post all of the recipes, with new photos. Hopefully I can do this in a timely manner, so that I can get back to trying new recipes, although I am excited for a reason to make the food I already know we love!