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Soups and Salads

Quick Asian Chicken Soup – Cooking for One!
  • Complexity: medium

Quick Asian Chicken Soup – Cooking for One!

I make dinner almost every night even when I am home alone! Sometimes I do scramble up a few eggs or add leftovers to a salad but other nights I use creativity by opening up my refrigerator using up what I have on hand.

This morning I opened the freezer and found one bone-in chicken breast. I took it out but didn’t have any idea what to do with it at that moment. As the day went on the snow came and it is very cold here in Connecticut. Therefore I decide to make a soup! I looked in the refrigerator and this is what I came up with. I do wish I had a red pepper – so if you make this soup add some or other vegetables. I had a cubanelle pepper and it was delicious in this soup!

PS – there were even a few pieces for Jake!!

 

Rice Salad with Tuna, Capers and Herbs
  • Complexity: medium

Rice Salad with Tuna, Capers and Herbs

This is such a yummy salad! You can use white, brown or your favorite style rice! You can also substitute with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles to make this fit your diet or lifestyle if on the Paleo Diet. I make this for lunch when I have my girlfriends over and we all enjoy this dish so much! (So much better than a sandwich).

Give my Rice Salad with Tuna, Capers and Herbs. You can also add cherry tomatoes to this salad – just cut them in 1/2!

 

Roasted Tomato Soup
  • Complexity: medium

Roasted Tomato Soup

My husband wanted an easy dinner so I thought how about soup and BLT’s… When I was at the grocery store roma tomatoes were on sale and it came to me.. Roasted Tomato Soup for dinner! I already had onion and 1/2 of a red bell pepper at home to create this flavorful soup. It is also a perfect paleo recipe for you to enjoy…

 

Salmon Potato Salad with a Creamy Dill Dressing
  • Complexity: medium

Salmon Potato Salad with a Creamy Dill Dressing

We just love smoked salmon and what a great way to enjoy in a potato salad with a creamy dill dressing! So yummy.. Enjoy during your next BBQ or back yard summer party!

Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette
  • Complexity: medium

Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

For a no-cook recipe use cooked shrimp for my Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette. This is a perfect Paleo recipe for you to enjoy!

Split Pea Soup
  • Complexity: medium

Split Pea Soup

This is my daughter's favorite soup following a ham dinner! It is actually expected that Split Pea Soup will be made… Now that she lives on her own I have to make a double batch so she can bring 1/2 home! AND she enjoys my half and saves hers to take with her! Love you Nikki…

 

Tri-Colored Quinoa Salad with Seasonal Vegetables
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Tri-Colored Quinoa Salad with Seasonal Vegetables

Spring is here and I just love cooking with fresh vegetables.  I love walking through the produce department at Shop Rite as it's always inviting and they also carry organic vegetables and fruit.

My husband I spend the day working out in our yard and we were so excited to enjoy steaks our Big Green Egg.  We just returned from Cabo and it was a great trip but after eating Mexican all week we both just wanted steak and a nice salad. This was a perfect meal for the 3 of us!  Of course we cooked up a steak for Jake too!!  

This can be made a day in advance stored in the refrigerator. 

I should have added caper - I will next time for sure!

  • Time: 30 Minutes

Turkey Cobb Salad with Paleo Ranch Dressing

You can also add an avocado to this dressing!  

All of the ingredients were provided by Shop Rite.  They have an amazing produce department with local and organic fruit and vegetables.

 

 

Tuscan Bread Salad (Panzanella)
  • Complexity: medium

Tuscan Bread Salad (Panzanella)

This is the perfect summer salad. You can add any fresh vegetables to this salad and goes great with any Italian recipe. Give my Tuscan Bread Salad a try for your next Italian dinner!

Warm Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Dill Dressing
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Warm Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Dill Dressing

Thank you City Fish, Wethersfield, CT for the best salmon!  I just love salmon and enjoying in this salad topped with a dijon mustard dill dressing made it a perfect meal.

This is also a great way to use up left over salmon.  Just make a little extra for dinner!

Here is the recipe for the Dijon Mustard Dilll Dressing

 

White Sweet Potato and Leek Soup
  • Complexity: medium

White Sweet Potato and Leek Soup

My husband and I entertain often and we just love it… However, as an Italian I am always worried about not having enough food – Are you like that too? I had picked up some leeks (I don’t remember why at that time) and I always have white or orange sweet potatoes in my house.

Last minute I decided to make a soup. Normally I hand out a cocktail when company arrives but this time I gave everyone a little taste of my soup! Went over perfect – then the drinking began.

This is a great fall recipe and follows the paleo diet! Enjoy1

Tips on how to clean leeks is below!

Zuppa di Pesce
  • Complexity: medium

Zuppa di Pesce

Zuppa Di Pesce is an Italian fish soup. My nana made it for us at Christmas but you can enjoy anytime you want! Enjoy

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