Today, Lovella and Anneliese are appearing on CTV Kitchener noon news doing a cooking segment.
They will be talking about the 'Mennonite Girls Can Cook' cookbook.
Be sure to watch it if you can. We 'girls' are all so excited for them.
It looks like summer has finally arrived here in BC, so with all the fresh produce available - either from your garden or your green grocer, salads can be your answer when the question is, "Quick, What's for Dinner?"
Hoisin Shrimp Caesar Salad
Salads are only limited by your imagination. however if you're too tired to think at the end of the day, here's a few lists to help you plan a quick dinner salad.
Start with Greens - spinach, red or green leaf lettuce, romaine, butter, iceberg or a combination.
Meat or protein: sliced deli meats cut into ribbons,
cooked leftover or BBQ'd chicken,, steak or pork, thinly sliced or shredded
precooked bacon or pancetta
sliced hard boiled eggs
cheese, any kind, diced or julienned
any kind of beans (black, garbanzo, kidney...)
tinned salmon, tuna crab or chicken
shrimp or prawns or imitation crabmeat (all quick to thaw in cold water)
Vegetables: sliced or diced red/green/orange or yellow bell peppers
green onion or thinly sliced red onion
cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes
thinly sliced red or white or savoy cabbage
julienned or grated carrots
canned veggies - mini corn, olives, wax or green beans
frozen peas or corn, thawed
Fruits: red, black or green grapes
apples or pears, cored and sliced or shipped
melon pieces, bananas, kiwi, , pineapple, mango or papaya
orange or grapefruit segments, (fresh or canned)
fresh berries of all kinds, (frozen blueberries work too)
Extras: pomegranate seeds,
raisins or dried cranberries, dates figs,
Any kind of nuts -
candied or spiced nuts
shelled, sunflower seeds, pinenuts, toasted sesame seeds,
wonton strips, pretzels, corn chips.....
Dressings: There are excellent bottled dressings in the supermarket
or you can make your own -
Try to match the flavours in the dressing with your salad ingredients (ie: sweet with fruit, herb with veggies, creamy with meats and cheeses)
Fruit salads: On a hot day fruit salads can be refreshing.
Drizzle fruit with yogurt
Arrange fruit pieces over cottage cheese,
Spoon chopped fruit over ice cream for a special treat.
Serve your salad with: fresh bread from the bakery
your own homemade bread or rolls
Cornbread or muffins
baking powder biscuits (these take only 10 minutes in the oven)
an assortment of crackers
Salad suggestions: (from Mennonite Girls Can cook blog)
Santa Fe Chicken Salad
Chicken Tarragon Salad
Maple Glazed BBQ Salmon salad
Wild Rice and Artichoke Chicken Salad
There are, I know many other options - some seasonal or uniquely available in your region.
Take up the challenge and create your own signature salad.