Gluten-Free Main Dish: Balsamic Chicken with Pine Nuts

I am so excited about sharing this simple, healthy main dish. In under 30 minutes, this recipe for Balsamic Chicken Cutlets makes a great healthy weeknight or weekend entree. This recipe is perfect if you’re following a gluten-free, Paleo or low carb diet. Pine nuts are a great source of protein, dietary fiber, magnesium and iron, and they add great flavor and crunch to this easy recipe.

Back to School Main Dish: Balsamic-Soy Flank Steak

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My kids love when I make flank steak for dinner. Since school starts back this week, I thought I would start off the week right by sharing this recipe for Balsamic-Soy Flank Steak which is so simple and quick. I used McCormick’s Montreal Seasoning for the spices which is a blend of peppers garlic and spices (part of their Grill Mates collection).


Incredible Pasta Salad: Vegetarian Pasta Salad

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My kids love pasta salad, and always request it. This week my daughter, Leigh, and I threw this together. It was so delicious, fresh, healthy and gone in about 10 minutes. The photo got rave reviews on twitter and facebook when I posted it. Everyone was begging for the recipe. Here it is just in time for summer. It’s a cool and light idea when it’s so warm outside. Feel free to add cooked or grilled chicken if you like.

For the Sun-Dried tomatoes, I love “California Sun Dry Tomatoes” that come already julienne- cut.

Oh So Easy Family Favorite: Tortellini, Chicken and Feta Salad

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It means so much to me when people tell me how much they love my site (so to those of you who tell me that, thank you!) I ran into my friend, Adelaide, at my daughter’s recital a week or so ago, and she told me how she told her entire tennis team about me, and how they are all now subscribing and cooking from my blog. She even gave me an idea for a recipe that she and her good friend, Sissy Bice, had made. She showed me a photo on her phone that Sissy took of the finished dish. It seems I’m not only giving recipes and ideas, but I’m inspiring friends to be creative. I couldn’t wait to make this Tortellini, Chicken and Feta Salad for my family because these are all ingredients that they love. This recipe is so easy. Feel free to steam or blanch the asparagus and use feta or goat cheese. I love using rotisserie chicken as it makes dinner a snap. Thanks again to Adelaide and Sissy. Hope more of you will share ideas soon, Alison

Easy Salad with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges and Pecans

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For my college student cooking class last week, I wanted to offer a wonderful salad that was simple as well as delicious. Easy Salad with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges and Pecans is ideal anytime of the year and takes only 20 minutes to prepare. Feel free to add chicken, salmon or shrimp for to create a main-dish salad. Also, a lot of people have been asking about my college cookbooks. Contact me at alison@ingredientsinc.net for more information.

Balsamic-Glazed Pork with Grilled Nectarines

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Grilling season is here, and it’s so fun to be outside cooking on the grill while the kids are enjoying summertime. I am still in the midst of summer all-star baseball, so me being in a hurry is an understatement. Sometimes, I even use a grill pan indoors just to speed up the process. Balsamic Pork Chops with Grilled Nectarines is an awesome recipe. It is so quick and easy and incredibly flavorful. All my kids ate it, and we even ran out of food. This is perfect for Father’s Day, Memorial Day or any weeknight this time of year. This recipe was adapted from Clean Eating magazine.

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

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Since spring is around the corner, I was getting so excited that I decided to make my favorite spring/summer salad. And since I have tomato and basil on my mind from yesterday’s blog, I thought I would give you this recipe that is so easy and a true favorite at my house. Serve it with practically any main dish. Even my kids eat this salad, and they especially like it when I serve it with some warm crusty bread. Don’t forget to serve it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar so they can dip.

 

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

For an extra sprinkling of color, use multi-colored peppercorns and grind them over the salad just before serving.

Prep: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

1/2  pound  fresh mozzarella cheese*

2  large red tomatoes, sliced

1  large yellow tomato, sliced

3  tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

1/2  cup  shredded or chopped fresh basil

Balsamic vinegar

Preparation

1. Remove cheese from brine, and cut into 12 slices; sprinkle tomato slices. Alternate tomato and cheese slices on a platter; drizzle with olive oil. Cover and chill 4 hours if desired. Just before serving, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and basil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Note:*Fresh mozzarella is a soft white cheese available in the gourmet cheese section of any local grocery stores.