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Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad

Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad

Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad

Here is yet another salad combination that turned out great.  This combination came together since I had a pear, a grapefruit and a kiwi that needed to be eaten.  I decided — what better way to use them than put them all together in a salad?  Sometimes these last-minute combinations don’t work, but this one certainly did.

Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad

This salad is very healthy, all of these fruits and vegetables have great health benefits. Pears are low in calories and fat-free.  They are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of potassium and vitamin C.  Grapefruit and Kiwi are also good sources of vitamin C.  Kiwi is high in vitamin K, copper and fiber.  Spinach provides a good source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese and folate. These are just some nutritional highlights.  I am by no means an expert, but this information is readily available from multiple sources online.

Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad

Get in the kitchen and experiment with salads.  You may be surprised with your delicious and nutritious results!

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad:

 

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Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad
Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad
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1 person 5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5-10 minutes
Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad
Pear and Grapefruit Spinach Salad
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1 person 5-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, spinach thru feta cheese to a small bowl.
  2. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to a salad shaker or small jar with lid. Shake to mix, then drizzle over the salad.
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Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

It is cold here, really, really cold.  This tomato spinach soup made in the Instant Pot is a good way to help warm you up. I saw these little grilled cheese croutons on Food Network one day and decided I had to try that.  Just make a regular grilled cheese and cut into cute little cubes.  I love grilled cheese sandwiches, and I like to make lots of different variations, see my Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese recipe when you are in the mood to experiment.  To go with tomato soup, I stuck to the basic white bread and American cheese for this sandwich.

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

 

Saute the onions, then add everything except the milk and spinach. Set the cooking time for 15 minutes on high pressure.  When the pressure is reached and the 15 minutes of cooking time has elapsed, let the pressure release naturally for about 10 minutes.  Release any remaining pressure by turning the nozzle to release.

 

 

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

 

Add the 5 ounce can of evaporated milk to the tomatoes, then stir to incorporate. Gently stir in the spinach.  Make sure the soup is heated through before serving.

 

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

I enjoy eating comforting soup in the winter, but I am certainly ready for some spring weather!

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup:

 

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Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
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6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
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6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
Grilled Cheese Croutons
Servings: servings
Instructions
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
  1. Gather and Prep all of your ingredients. Dice Onion and grate your carrot.
  2. Turn your Instant Pot on the Saute mode and add olive oil. When it is hot, add the onion and the carrot and saute for a couple of minutes or until softened, stirring often. Add garlic and saute for another minute or less.
  3. Add tomatoes, broth, basil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes into the Instant Pot. Turn off Saute mode. Secure lid and turn the nozzle to Sealing, and set High Pressure Cooking to 15 minutes. After pressure is reached, the 15 minute cook time will begin to count down.
  4. Once 15 minute cooking time has elapsed, let pressure release naturally for about 10 minutes, then turn nozzle to Venting to release any additional pressure. (During the 10 minute time that the pressure is releasing, make your grilled cheese sandwiches)
  5. Remove lid after pressure has completely released. Carefully stir in the evaporated milk, then the spinach. Let soup completely heat thru on the warm setting before spooning into bowls.
Grilled Cheese Croutons
  1. Spread a thin layer of butter on each slice of bread. Place butter side of bread down in a large non-stick skillet. Add cheese on top of bread and cover with additional slice of bread, butter side up. Heat skillet to medium. Let grilled cheese cook slowly to achieve a golden brown color on each side. When both sides are cooked to perfection and cheese is melted, remove to let cool slightly.
  2. When cooled slightly, cut the grilled cheese sandwich into small cubes and serve on top of soup.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Chicken Cordon Bleu SlidersChicken Cordon Bleu Slider

These little sandwiches are so delicious!  I honestly didn’t have high hopes when I started making them, I don’t know why, but I wasn’t sure if they would even turn out to be blog worthy. Boy was I wrong, they turned out terrific and I will certainly be making these over and over.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Start with crispy Parmesan crusted chicken pieces to build your sliders.  I should have known they would turn out great.  How can anything not turn out great when you start with Parmesan crusted chicken?

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Put the chicken down on the sweet slider bun. Then top it with a thin slice of good quality deli ham.  I like the Boars Head honey glazed maple coat ham from the deli at Publix.  I usually get them to shave it as thin as possible.  I’m pretty sure the workers hate to see my order because I know it’s a lot of labor to slice a pound of this ham in such thin slices.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

The Swiss cheese goes on top of the ham and they go into the oven to get all melty.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

Drizzle with my homemade Honey Dijon mustard, or if you are in a hurry, use your favorite honey mustard straight from the store.

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making these Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders:

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders
Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders
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Servings Prep Time
12 sliders 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 sliders 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders
Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders
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12 sliders 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 sliders 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Sliders
Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Honey Dijon
Servings: sliders
Instructions
  1. Prepare Parmesan Crusted Chicken. Prepare Honey Dijon while chicken is cooking.
  2. Assemble sliders by placing chicken pieces, ham, and half a slice of Swiss cheese onto the bottom bun. Place into oven just long enough to melt cheese. (about 5 minutes)
  3. Add Honey Dijon and serve immediately.
Parmesan Crusted Chicken
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pound chicken thin and cut into small pieces, (at least 12 pieces). 2 large chicken breasts should give you about 12 small pieces if you pound the chicken thin. If you want larger or thicker pieces than I like, you may need 3 chicken breasts. Set aside.
  2. Combine the bread crumbs, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, add egg and water and whisk together. Line your bowls and baking sheet up so that the chicken can go from the egg to the crumbs and then the baking sheet.
  3. Dip each chicken piece into the egg and then into the crumb mixture. You may need to press the chicken to make sure the crumbs stick. Place all chicken pieces onto baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. (try to evenly distribute the crumb mixture to ensure there is plenty for all pieces, if you have extra you can always add more to the top of the chicken pieces)
  4. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken pieces. Make sure the largest chicken piece is cooked through before assembling the sliders. Prepare Honey Dijon while chicken is cooking.
Honey Dijon
  1. Add all ingredients for Honey Dijon in a small bowl and whisk until combined.
Recipe Notes

** This Ground Black Mustard Seed from Whole Spice is a great ingredient to add a little more spiciness.

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Spinach Orzo Salad

Spinach Orzo Salad

Spinach Orzo Salad

What could possibly make a salad better than adding a little pasta??  If you love pasta and like salads, this recipe is for you. This salad is great just after you make it, the orzo will warm most of the ingredients up just a little.  It is also great as leftovers the next day, straight from the refrigerator.  I took my leftovers to work the next day for my lunch, and it was delicious!

Spinach Orzo Salad

Just layer all of the ingredients on top of the spinach and mix together.  The chickpeas and the chicken provides you with plenty of protein.  Feta cheese gives the salad lots of tang and the sun-dried tomatoes add some tang along with just the right amount of sweetness.  The dressing gives the salad plenty of acidity and takes the flavor level up a notch.  Spinach Orzo Salad

All of the ingredients of this salad mixed together will give you a mouth full of flavor in every bite. This salad is very easy to put together, any skill level of cook can do this, and I know you will be satisfied with these results!

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this Spinach Orzo Salad:

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Spinach Orzo Salad
Spinach Orzo Salad
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 mintutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 mintutes
Spinach Orzo Salad
Spinach Orzo Salad
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 mintutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo pasta as directed on package.
  2. While orzo is cooking, mix the dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic flakes, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a salad dressing shaker (or jar with lid) and shake until completely combined.
  3. Place spinach in a large bowl. Add sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, chicken, feta and cooked orzo on top of spinach. Drizzle the dressing over everything and toss just until mixed. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate and enjoy later.
Recipe Notes

**If you use sun-dried tomatoes that are not packed in oil, you might need to add a tablespoon of oil to the dressing, to obtain the same moisture level results.

** leftover chicken or turkey will work great for this recipe, or rotisserie chicken is always a great option.

**you can use fresh garlic or garlic powder if desired, just adjust a little more or less to account for the difference in potency of the garlic.

 

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Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad

Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad

Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad

Apples and Bacon just go great together for some reason.  I decided to throw some broccoli in so this salad would be healthier and it worked out great.

Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad

This salad has plenty of texture, the crunchy nuts, the crispy, crunchy bacon and of course the apples and broccoli are crunchy.  I know a lot of people don’t really care for blue cheese, but it gives this salad an extra zing.  If you don’t care for blue cheese just substitute feta or even cheddar.  I think either of those cheeses will work great.

Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad

It’s something I say all of the time when I post new salads, but the combinations are truly endless.  I have put things  together few times for a salad, and they just didn’t work at all.  It’s all about experimenting, just keep it interesting and salads can really be exciting, and of course so very healthy. And don’t forget the salad dressing, but try not to overdress your salads or the calories will add up quick.  My go-to is almost always flavored oils and balsamic vinegars.

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad:

Disclosure:  Tina’s Tastings does make a few pennies on any purchase made from the Amazon.com affiliate links.

 

Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad
Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5-10 minutes
Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad
Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly wash and dry all produce and cut or chop to your specifications.
  2. Place lettuce greens in a bowl and top with all other ingredients.
  3. Drizzle with oil and vinegar or your favorite salad dressing.
Recipe Notes

**you can toast your nuts in the microwave by heating for 20-30 second increments until hot and aromatic.

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