10-Minute Lunches: “Tea Room” Chicken Salad

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By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I’ve always loved chicken salad. To me, it’s the perfect feminine tea party food. Give me chicken salad, a freshly-baked croissant, a cup of fresh fruit and a spot of hot tea, and I can just sit and pretend I’m enjoying high tea in a different land and time. But I have a confession: I’ve always been nervous to make my own chicken salad. Surely I couldn’t throw together a salad as delicious as a fancy tea room’s! But here […]

10 Real Food Salad Dressing Recipes

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer In almost every fridge there are common items; the dairy, the veggies, the fruits, the meats, and there are a lot of sauces, jelly’s and always a couple bottles of salad dressings which are in the doors usually, those items are overloaded with all kinds of fake food ingredients. Here’s a list of ingredients from a typical bottle of ranch dressing: Vegetable oil, water, egg yolk, salt, sugar, cultured nonfat buttermilk, natural flavors, spices, dried garlic, dried onion, vinegar, phosphoric […]

Chicken Enchiladas and Salad in Thirty Minutes Flat

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer I looked at the clock in horror.  How could it be 4:30 already?  My husband would be coming home soon, and I had to feed him and eight kids at 5:00.   What to do? Thank goodness I write for Keeper of the Home.  Knowing I had this “Thirty Minute Dinner” assignment coming up, I had a few ideas swirling around in my head.  All I needed was that golden opportunity, and why, here it was, slapping me in the […]

10 Foods to Include in Your Summer Meals (And Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe)

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In the summer time, there is an abundance of fresh food available, no matter where you are.  At farmer’s markets and even local grocery stores, you’ll find locally-grown fresh produce in all varieties.  Some of these you may not be familiar with.  Time to try some new foods, and celebrate interesting ways to prepare familiar ones! Additionally, summer lends itself to some unique preparation methods.  I always crave fresh, simple, and often cool dishes in the summer, like salads, […]

How to Make an Amazing Green Salad

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We’ve all had one of those amazing salads, that was so good we just had to keep shoving forkfuls into our mouths. On the other hand, I imagine we’ve all had a boring salad. Just greens, a veggie or two, and a drizzle of dressing. You eat it because you know it’s good for you, and that’s the extent of it. I know those salads well, because I used to make a lot of them. Over the past year, I’ve realized that the salads that […]

8 Unique Recipes With Zucchini

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer About this time of year, people are wondering what to do with all the zucchini that just keeps coming from gardens. Zucchini is nutritious – a great source of fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C and many B vitamins – and it’s delicious too! But we seem to have a love/hate relationship with zucchini.  It’s fun when you can start harvesting them, but then when they don’t stop, it’s easy to get a little sick of it! In fact, there’s a […]

Simple and Fresh Tomato Salad

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer To make a superior tomato salad that is full of flavor, buy locally grown tomatoes that are of different shapes, sizes, and colors. This will make the salad visually interesting as well as delicious! The following tomato salad is a perfect side dish. Alternately, serve as an dinner entree or light lunch with a few mozzarella balls or freshly toasted bread. Fresh Tomato Salad This recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Mothership Tomato Salad in Jamie at Home. Serves […]

Cool Meal Ideas for Hot Days

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s 90 degrees outside and the last thing that’s on your mind is cooking, much less turning on the oven!  As summer kicks in full time, I find myself less and less motivated to spend time cooking, and working, in the kitchen.  I’d rather be spending time outside – gardening, going for a walk, playing with my kids, even hanging out the laundry – as long as I get to be outside as much as possible. But, my family still […]