Asian Cold Noodle Salad

Asian Cold Noodle Salad
(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)

 

1 lb spaghetti or dry noodle

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cucumber

Sauce:
1 green onion, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced (3 tsp)

1” knob fresh ginger, minced (1 tbsp)

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp dark (Chinese) vinegar

2 tbsp chili sauce

Pinch of salt

 

Cook noodles according to package directions and drain. Stir in olive oil. Allow to cool or chill in the refrigerator.

Peel the cucumber and cut it into 2” matchsticks.

In a small bowl, combine green onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, vinegar, chili sauce and salt.

Assemble salads by placing 1 cup of cold noodle in a bowl. Top with cucumbers and 1-2 tbsp sauce. Serve immediately.

 

8 servings, 275 calories per serving

Hack: Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

 

 

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

 

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

 

2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half (12 oz)

2 cups mozzarella pearls (8 oz)

¼ cup fresh basil leaves

3 tbsp balsamic reduction

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

 

Place tomatoes and mozzarella pearls in a bowl.  Tear basil leaves and sprinkle over top.  Toss with balsamic reduction, salt and pepper.

Serve immediately.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 

4 servings, 230 calories per serving

 

Easy Bruschetta

 

Easy Bruschetta
Easy Bruschetta

Easy Bruschetta

 

1 pint cherry tomatoes

⅓ cup fresh basil

4 clove garlic, minced (4 tsp)

1 tbsp balsamic reduction

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

 

Cut cherry tomatoes into bite-sized pieces (halves or quarters depending on size). Chop basil.

Combine tomatoes, basil, garlic, balsamic reduction, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

 

6 servings, 10 calories per serving

Hack: Although bruschetta is known as an appetizer served on toasted bread, it’s also tasty when tossed with pasta (including this Bruschetta Chicken Pasta), over mashed or baked potatoes, with rice or served with eggs!

Hack: Bruschetta can be frozen for up to 8 months. While the thawed product will differ in texture from the fresh product, it will retain its flavor and is best used in cooked dishes.

 

 

Colorful And Creamy Broccoli Coleslaw

Creamy broccoli coleslaw is a tasty and colorful twist on a summer classic! Serve it with grilled ribs, bbq chicken, sandwiches or all by itself!

Creamy Broccoli Coleslaw

Creamy Broccoli Coleslaw

Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 2
Calories 257 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup red cabbage, shredded (about ⅛ head)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, cut into small stalks
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup matchstick carrots
  • ½ cup coleslaw dressing

Instructions
 

  • Toss all ingredients in a small bowl. Serve immediately.
  • Hack: Cabbage, broccoli and carrot mixture can be made ahead and stored in a tightly sealed bag or container for up to 5 days. Add raisins and dressing when ready to serve.
  • Hack: Check the produce department of your local grocery store for pre-cut broccoli florets to avoid having to buy an entire head. You may also be able to find them in the salad bar.
  • Hack: Ask the produce clerk to cut a head of cabbage into wedges so you’ll only have to buy what you need. They’ll wrap the leftover pieces and put it back on the shelf for sale.
  • Hack: Matchstick carrots can be found in the packaged section of the produce department or on the salad bar. Freeze any leftover carrots for use in cooking.
Keyword barbecue sides, broccoli, cold side dish, cole slaw, cole slaw dressing, coleslaw, coleslaw dressing, picnic food, raisins, red cabbage, salad, vegetable side dish

Did you know?  Cabbage is part of the cruciferous collection of vegetables that are associated with lowering the risk of some types of cancer.

Suggestion: This dish pairs perfectly with Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork!

Suggestion: Use any leftover cabbage to make this roasted red cabbage and shrimp recipe or Oven Braised Pork Roast with Red Cabbage and Leek!

Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Maine Needhams are a traditional candy made of coconut, powdered sugar and potato dipped in dark chocolate. They taste just like a Mounds Bar…I promise!

Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Maine Needhams (Maine Potato Candy)

Course Snack
Servings 18
Calories 150 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • cup cold mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 8 oz dark chocolate candy coating (or candy melts), coarsely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Combine the sugar, shredded coconut, mashed potatoes, vanilla, and salt using a stand mixer or hand mixer.
  • Spray 18 ice cube trays** with cooking spray and divide the dough equally between them (about 1 ½ tbsp each). Place another ice cube tray on top of cups and press down firmly to pack dough down.
  • Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until solid. Remove candy pieces from trays.
  • Place chocolate coating in a dry, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second blasts, stirring in between each blast, just until melted.
  • Use tongs to dip and coat candy pieces. Place pieces on parchment paper or rack, leaving enough space between them that they don’t touch. Allow chocolate coating to harden.
  • **I use “poppable” ice cube trays with silicone bottoms!
  • Hack: Store leftover candy in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keyword buffet, candy, chocolate, coconut, homemade candy, Maine Needhams, Maine potato candy, Mounds Bar copycat, Needhams, picnic food, Potato candy

 

Who would put potatoes in candy, anyway?  Click here for a history of this delicious confection!

Need a stand mixer to make these tasty treats?  Check out my review for the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer!

Fast and Easy Classic No Bake Cookies

One pan, simple ingredients, no oven necessary. These classic no bake cookies are a fast and easy treat that’s on everyone’s favorites list!

Classic No Bake Cookies

Course Dessert
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 90 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.
  • Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.
  • Drop heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keyword buffet, chocolate oatmeal, dessert, fast and easy, no bake cookies, one pan recipe, picnic food, quick and easy

Did you know?   Oats are a great addition to your day.  They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health.  Check out the facts here!

How about an oatmeal raisin breakfast cookie?  Yup, you heard that right.  Breakfast cookie.

Best Creamy Potato Salad Recipe

This lighter, brighter recipe for a classic side will be a hit with the whole family! It’s the best creamy potato salad you’ve ever had!

Best Creamy Potato Salad

Best Creamy Potato Salad

Course Side Dish
Servings 4
Calories 253 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cubed potato (one large russet weighing ⅓ pound)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • cup blue cheese (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (1 clove)
  • ½ tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tbsp pickle juice
  • 1 cup chopped tomato (1 large, ½ lb)
  • 6 petite dill pickles or cornichons, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Boil potato cubes until tender but still holding together (5-6 minutes). Drain and add to a bowl, along with the chopped eggs.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, mix sour cream, mayo, blue cheese, onion, garlic, mustard, paprika, pepper and pickle juice.
  • Pour ½ of dressing over hot potatoes and egg. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until completely cool, 60 - 90 minutes or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing.
  • After salad is done chilling, add tomatoes, pickles and the remainder of the dressing. Toss to coat and serve.
Keyword blue cheese potato salad, buffet food, cold side dish, creamy potato salad, picnic food, potato salad, potato side dish, potatoes, side dish

Many have come to think of potatoes as The Bad Guys because of their carb content but they are also packed with nutrition!   They’re low in cost, can help regulate blood sugar and improve digestive health!

Suggestion: Hard-boiled eggs keep in the refrigerator for one week so consider making a few extra while you’ve got the water rolling! They make a great snack alone, pickled, deviled or in egg salad.

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