Posts Tagged ‘Avocado’

Chicken, Apple & Avocado Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

Chicken, Apple and Avocado Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

Chicken, Apple and Avocado Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

It’s been an unseasonably warm past few days here in central PA, so this week’s fantastic fruit recommendations from the Produce Geek fit nicely into what I was hungry most for during this balmy weather pattern. 

Here’s what I’m talkin’ about: Hass Avocados and Pink Lady Apples on a salad full of greens and grilled chicken breast – and accented with my zingy honey lemon dressing A delightfully light, yet filling meal that makes a terrific “day after holiday party” dish to alleviate at least a tiny bit of guilt from overindulgence. 

Vegetarians/Vegans: Substitute your favorite beans for the chicken and omit the cheddar cheese.

Gluten-conscious? You’re good to go provided your vinegar and cheese is in the clear – read the label!

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Pink Lady apples – 1/2 medium apple, chopped

    Raw materials for this week's salad

    Raw materials

  • Hass Avocados – 1/2 avocado, sliced

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Green leaf lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Romaine lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Red leaf lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Grilled chicken breast – 4 oz  for each serving, chopped
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional) – 1 oz.

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Canola oil – 1/4 cup
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil – 1/4 cup
  • White wine vinegar- 1/4 cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 Tbsp (freshly squeezed recommended)
  • Honey – 3 Tbsp
  • Cilantro – 2 tsps
  • Sea Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Course ground black pepper – to taste
Get cooking…
  1. Toss the green leaf, red leaf and romaine lettuces together and place on plate.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chopped grilled chicken breast and apple pieces.
  3. Add ground turkey and chives, and cook until the meat  is fully cooked.
  4. Remove meat from pan/wok & set aside  in a large bowl.
  5. Arrange the avocado slices around the perimeter of the bed of greens.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk the following together to create the dressing: canola oil, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, cilantro, honey,  sea salt & pepper.
  7. Pour 2 Tbs[ dressing for each serving into the bowl with the chicken & apples. Stir thoroughly.
  8. Add a serving of the chicken & apple mixture in the center of each salad plate (be sure to spoon up some of the dressing from the bottom of the bowl to drizzle on top!).
  9. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese (optional).
  10. Serve and enjoy!
Make as many servings as you need to feed your family and friends! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog to stay in-the-know about what to buy each week.

Pinto and Pepper Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Pinto and Pepper Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Pinto and Pepper Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

With the  Produce Geek recommending sweet red peppers and Hass Avocados among his  picks this week, I was inspired to create a south-of-the-border-style salad.

This meal has some “meat” with protein-rich pinto beans – and it has just a hint of “heat” with poblano peppers. Topping it off is a creamy avocado dressing that is worthy of a fiesta. 

Vegetarians/Vegans: No meat here…but there is dairy in the dressing. Vegans can omit the yogurt and replace it with a little extra tomato and avocado.

Gluten-conscious? You’re good to go provided your choice of yogurt is in the clear – read the label to make sure it doesn’t contain gluten.

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Sweet red peppers – 1/2 pepper, sliced
  • Hass Avocados – 1 cup, chopped (for the dressing)

    Raw materials for this week's recipe

    Raw materials for this week's recipe

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Green leaf lettuce – 3/4 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Romaine lettuce – 3/4 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Poblano peppers – 1/2 pepper, sliced very thin
  • Pinto beans – 1/2 cup

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Hass Avocado – As noted under The Produce Geek’s Picks above
  • Tomatoes – 1 cup, chopped
  • Plain Greek yogurt (or Sour cream) – 3/4 cup
  • Garlic – 1 clove, minced
  • Sea Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Course ground black pepper – grind according to taste
  • Cilantro – 1/2 teaspoon

Get cooking…

  1. Toss the following ingredients together and place on plate.
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Green leaf lettuce
    • Red sweet pepper slices
    • Poblano pepper slices
  2. Center Pinto beans on top of the veggies.
  3. Create the dressing:
    1. Put all dressing ingredients into a blender or food processor.
    2. Blend until smooth.
    3. Pour dressing into individual sauce cups or ramekins.
  4. Place salad dressing cup on plate and grab your fork!
Make as many servings as you need to feed your family and friends! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog to stay in-the-know about what to buy each week.

Nearly Naked Southwestern Vegetarian Stir-fry

Nearly Naked Southwestern Vegetarian Stir-Fry

Nearly Naked Southwestern Vegetarian Stir-Fry

Yes, I completely intend to grab attention with the name of this stir-fry! And it really does capture what the dish is all about – the core ingredients are SO full of taste, you really don’t need anything more than a little sea salt and cilantro to top it off.

The Produce Geek’s buying advice this week inspired me to combine jalapeno peppers (use poblanos instead if you’re the heat-sensitive type), tomatoes, and mangos with some other southwestern staples into a stir-fry that is a fiesta of flavor. Made with black and pinto beans, this vegetarian meal has volumes of taste and texture.  

Carnivores: Feel free to substitute lean ground beef for the beans.

Vegans: Simply omit the spoonful of sour cream /yogurt.

Gluten Conscious: You’re already there, just be sure to read the label on your sour cream and yogurt.

Everyone: Enjoy! And subscribe to Eat This Now directly to get the Produce Geek’s expert insight every week.


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Jalapeno peppers – 2 medium, chopped finely w/seeds removed

    Raw materials for Nearly Naked Stir-fry

    Raw materials featuring Produce Geek's picks

  • Mangos – 2 cups chopped, preferably organic
  • Tomatoes – 3 cups chopped (mix orange and red for a splash of color), heirloom varieties if possible, but regular vine-ripened will do nicely

Other ingredients…

  • White mushrooms –  4 cups, sliced
  • Shredded cabbage and carrots (aka slaw mix) – 6 cups (you can shred your own or buy a ready-to-go bag for convenience)
  • Black beans – 1 cup, cooked
  • Pinto beans – 1 cup, cooked
  • Brown rice – 2 cups, cooked
  • Onion – 3/4 cup, chopped finely
  • Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
  • Avocado – 2 small – medium sized, sliced
  • Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream – about 1 cup
  • Canola oil
  • Sea salt
  • Cilantro – flakes or fresh

Get cooking…

  1. Warm approx. 1 Tbsp of canola oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on med-high heat.
  2. Add garlic, onion, and jalapeno peppers and fry for approximately 3 minutes until they start to brown.
  3. Lower heat to slightly lower than medium and add slaw mix and mushrooms.
  4. Stir until they start to turn tender – approximately 4 minutes.
  5. Add beans, rice, tomatoes & mango, and stir until all ingredients are warmed and distributed evenly throughout the dish.
  6. Add sea salt and a few pinches of cilantro to taste – and serve it up!
  7. Top each serving with avocado slices and doll0p of Greek yogurt or sour cream.
Makes 4 spicy servings!
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