Baby Spinach ‘n Bacon Salad

July 16, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a great Salad to go with Salmon Dish, Baby Spinach ‘n Bacon Salad. You’ll need Baby Spinach Greens and Turkey Bacon as your main ingredients. The recipe comes from the CooksRecipes website which has a fantastic selection of recipes to please all tastes! Be sure to check out today. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Baby Spinach ‘n Bacon Salad

Baby spinach leaves are wilted in a warm bacon vinaigrette dressing. Perfect for any time of year.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (7-ounce) bag baby spinach greens*
1/2 cup fat free salad croutons

Dressing:
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
5 slices turkey bacon
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced

Cooking Directions:
1 – Place spinach greens in a large mixing bowl. Remove any undesirable leaves or large stems. Add croutons. Set aside.
2 – Make dressing. Blend together vinegar, water, mustard and Splenda® Granulated Sweetener in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
3 – Finely slice bacon into small strips. Place in a medium saucepan and fry over medium-high heat until crispy (approximately 3 to 4 minutes).
4 – Add onion and garlic and cook over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes.
5 – Add vinegar mixture and simmer 1 to 2 minutes. Pour over spinach and croutons. Toss well. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 (1 cup) servings.

Tip: Regular fresh spinach may be used in place of baby spinach but will result in a less delicate salad.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 80; Calories from Fat: 35; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 620mg; Total Carbs: 8g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 5g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/baby_spinach_’n_bacon_salad_recipe.html

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 29, 2015 at 5:56 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Bread or Rolls leftover from dinner or going stale……..

 
A great way to use a stale loaf of bread or rolls is to make croutons! Cut up into blocks, fry up for a minute or so with some butter and oil and sprinkle on seasoning of choice, Garlic Salt and italian Herbs work well. Then toast in the oven! The leftovers can be frozen and used as needed.

One of America’s Favorites – Caesar Salad

February 23, 2015 at 6:24 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 4 Comments
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A Caesar salad

A Caesar salad

A Caesar salad is a salad of romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper. It is often prepared table side.

 

 

The salad’s creation is generally attributed to restaurateur Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant who operated restaurants in Mexico and the United States. Cardini was living in San Diego but also working in Tijuana where he avoided the restrictions of Prohibition. His daughter Rosa (1928–2003) recounted that her father invented the dish when a Fourth of July 1924 rush depleted the kitchen’s supplies. Cardini made do with what he had, adding the dramatic flair of the table-side tossing “by the chef.” A number of Cardini’s staff have said that they invented the dish.

Julia Child said that she had eaten a Caesar salad at Cardini’s restaurant when she was a child in the 1920s. The earliest contemporary documentation of Caesar Salad is from a 1946 Lawry’s The Prime Rib (Los Angeles, California) restaurant menu, twenty-two years after the 1924 origin attributed to the Cardinis.

 

 

A simple Caesar salad

A simple Caesar salad

The original Caesar salad recipe (unlike his brother Alex’s Aviator’s salad) did not contain pieces of anchovy; the slight anchovy flavor comes from the Worcestershire sauce. Cardini was opposed to using anchovies in his salad.

In the 1970s, Cardini’s daughter said that the original recipe included whole lettuce leaves, which were meant to be lifted by the stem and eaten with the fingers; coddled eggs; and Italian olive oil.

Bottled Caesar dressings are now produced and marketed by many companies.

The trademark brands, “Cardini’s”, “Caesar Cardini’s” and “The Original Caesar Dressing” are all claimed to date to February 1950, though they were only registered decades later, and more than a dozen varieties of bottled Cardini’s dressing are available today. Some recipes include mustard, avocado, tomato, bacon bits, garlic cloves or anchovies. Cardini’s Brand original Caesar dressing is somewhat different from Rosa’s version.

 

 

One of the most common Caesar salad variations, shown here topped with grilled chicken

One of the most common Caesar salad variations, shown here topped with grilled chicken

Many variations of the salad exist; for example, by topping a Caesar salad with grilled chicken, steak, or seafood. Certain Mexican restaurants may improvise on items such as substituting tortilla strips for croutons or Cotija cheese for the Parmesan.

Ingredients
Common ingredients in many recipes:

* romaine or cos lettuce
* olive or vegetable oil
* fresh crushed garlic
* salt to taste
* fresh-ground black pepper
* lemon or lime juice – fresh squeezed
* Worcestershire sauce
* raw or coddled egg yolks
* freshly grated Parmesan cheese
* freshly prepared croutons

Variations
There are limitless variations. However, some of the more common are:

* other varieties of lettuce
* grilled poultry (most often chicken), meat, shellfish, or fish
* capers
* Romano cheese
* anchovies
* bacon

 

 

 

There is inherent risk of infection by salmonella bacteria occasionally found in raw egg from cracked or improperly washed eggshells. This is a concern with many similar dressings that are emulsified with eggs, though generally the pH level is thought to be acidic enough to kill those bacteria. Nevertheless, later versions of the recipe call at least for briefly cooked coddled eggs or pasteurized eggs. Recipes may omit the egg and produce a “Caesar vinaigrette”. Many variations of this salad exist; yogurt is sometimes substituted for the eggs to maintain a creamy texture and others call for using mayonnaise, oil and vinegar.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 21, 2015 at 6:14 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 1 Comment
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Have you ever wondered what to do with old extra hamburger or hot dog buns? Wonder no longer! Turn them into croutons, stuffing, baked or fried French toast, strata, garlic bread or sandwiches. If you use them for croutons you can create your own seasoned croutons. Use any spice or herb you would like. waste not want not!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 26, 2014 at 6:25 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 3 Comments
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A Salad tip from Janice!

 
To add some crunch to fruit salads, use almonds and dried banana chips as “croutons.”

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