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Strawberry-Orange and Spinach Salad

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Fruited Spinach Salad

Fruited Spinach Salad

 

Strawberry-Orange and Spinach Salad

Looking for a FABULOUS salad that’s quick, light and especially DELICIOUS?  

This is the ONE!  Just toss this salad together for a quick lunch, or as a side to make any meal special.

My homemade dressing compliments the salad perfectly; not too sweet or tangy, and it’s healthy too!

I really think you will love this one, so make it up today and see if you don’t make it on a regular rotation:)

If you are looking for a more substantial salad for a meal, you could give this Spinach Dinner Salad a try, it’s really good and filling too.

For a really unique and scrumptious twist, this Salad with Roasted Squash and Poppy Seed Dressing is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!

If you prefer a meal in a bowl type salad, you are going to really enjoy this Fiesta Chopped Salad with it’s south of the border flavors and hearty goodness. 

Definitely a salad for every occasion and every taste, but this Strawberry-Orange and Spinach Salad hits the spot every time.




Strawberries and Mandarin Oranges in a Spinach Salad with Homemade Dressing

Ingredients:

Dressing:

1 Tbl. honey

2 Tbl. seasoned white wine vinegar

1 Tbl. juice from the mandarin oranges

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp Montreal steak seasoning

Pinch of ground nutmeg, fresh is best

 

Salad:

½ pound fresh spinach leaves, stems removed and torn into bite-size pieces

One can (10 ½ oz) mandarin oranges packed in juice, drained

1 – 2 cups fresh strawberries, halved




Directions:

Combine the honey, seasoned vinegar, 1 Tbl. juice from mandarin oranges, olive oil, montreal steak seasoning and nutmeg in a small bowl; mix well.

When grating the fresh nutmeg, this is what fresh nutmeg looks like. It is a nut/seed and if you have a grater that will make a fine grate, that will work best as you want it grated very finely. The nutmeg seed like this will keep for a very, very long time so don’t be afraid to purchase it.Fresh Fruit and Spinach SaladArrange spinach in large bowl.

Top with oranges and strawberries.Fresh Fruit and Spinach SaladPour honey mixture over top and toss to coat.

Or arrange spinach and fruit on individual salad plates as shown.Fresh Fruit and Spinach Salad

 Serve Fresh!

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014, 2018

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One Pan Penne Pasta

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One Pan Penne Pasta

One Pan Penne Pasta

Here’s a dish that easy, fast, economical and healthy. If you’re in a rush for dinner, this is a perfect solution.

Serve with some bread and fruit on the side, and your family is fed in a hurry – satisfied and full.




One Pan Penne Pasta

Ingredients:

14 oz. uncooked penne pasta, choose one that is high in fiber and protein 1 med. onion, chopped

1 Tbl. garlic, minced

1/2 – 1 lb. lean hamburger

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika, optional

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

14-18 oz. marinara sauce

8 oz. can tomato sauce

14 oz. diced tomatoes, roasted if available

9-12 oz. fresh spinach, optional

1- 1/2 cup cheese, shredded, cheddar, mozzarella or mixed



Directions:

Cook pasta according to directions, but al dente; add in spinach last 1 minute of cooking if using.One Pan Penne Pasta 1Cook for 2-3 minutes until spinach begins to wilt. 

Scoop out approximately 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

Drain the spinach into a colander.One Pan Penne Pasta 2In same pan that you had just cooked the spinach in, over medium heat, add the hamburger and onion; sauté until done, then add in garlic.

Drain off any fat. To the hamburger mixture,  add the Italian seasoning, basil, Montreal Steak seasoning, smoked paprika, balsamic vinegar, marinara sauce, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. 

Pour approximately 1/4 cup of the pasta water into the empty marinara sauce bottle.One Pan Penne Pasta 3


Shake the bottle with the pasta water to rinse out the excess of the marinara sauce 

One Pan Penne Pasta 4

And pour into the pan with the hamburger and marinara mixture.  One Pan Penne Pasta 5Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes to allow seasonings to hydrate and sauce to marry flavors.

Then, gently stir in the penne pasta and cheese and heat through.  Serve hot.One Pan Penne Pasta 6

Carrie Groneman’s recipe

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Here’s a GREAT comfort meal that you’ve just got to try!

Old Fashioned Moist Meatloaf – click HERE

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Old Fashioned Meatloaf


Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

I love dips and wanted to create my own favorite artichoke and spinach dip.  At a fraction of the cost of the restaurant version, this is quick and easy to put together, and best of all –  it is absolutely delicious!

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Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

10-12 oz. frozen chopped spinach

1/4 – 1/3 cup milk

1 Tbl. olive or vegetable oil

14 oz. can artichokes, not marinated, rinsed and drained

1/2 bulb roasted garlic (click HERE for instructions), chopped fine OR 1 tsp. garlic minced finely OR 1/s tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce, or to taste

2 – 8 oz. cream cheese blocks

1/2 tsp. montreal steak seasoning

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/4 roasted garlic seasoning, optional

2/3 – 1 cup fresh parmesan cheese, gratedSpinach and Artichoke Dip 1

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Directions:

Cook spinach according to package directions. In a colander, drain the spinach; pressing with the back of a spoon to remove excess moisture.Spinach and Artichoke Dip 2Combine in a food processor or with a hand mixer.Spinach and Artichoke Dip 3Pour into a small crock pot to heat through.  You can heat it over the stove, but stir often and over low to medium heat to prevent burning.Spinach and Artichoke Dip 4Serve warm with crackers, pita chips baguette French bread or even cut-up vegetables.

Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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Festive Baby Green Salad

Festive Baby Green Salad

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Festive Baby Green Salad

Festive Baby Green Salad

I crafted this salad for the holidays, using baby greens, pears, apples, honey roasted nuts, parmesan and a wonderfully luscious dressing incorproating cranberries.   Not heavy but healthy, easy to put together for any gathering and sings of festivities and holidays.

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Festive Baby Green Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 cup canned cranberry sauce, whole-berry or jellied

2 Tbl. fruited vinegar (such as raspberry), or red wine vinegar

2 Tbl. water

1 Tbl. olive oil

1/4 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. Dijon or regular mustard

1/8 tsp. salt, or to taste

1/8 tsp. Montreal steak seasoning

6-8 oz. baby greens – or a mix of baby greens and spinich

2 medium pears, ripe, but firm, cored and thinly sliced OR apples

2 oz., about

6 Tbl., honey roasted almond or walnuts or pecans, chopped

1/2 cup craisins, or desired amount

1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese, shaved or shredded, or as desired amount  Festive Baby Green Salad 2  Festive Baby Green Salad 1

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Directions:

Process in a small chopper or whisk very well in a medium bowl the cranberry sauce, vinegar, water, oil, balsamic and mustard, salt and Montreal seasoning. This dressing can be kept overnight in the refrigerator.Festive Baby Green Salad 3When ready to serve, place greens in a large serving bowl. Add desired amount of dressing, pears and nuts; toss to mix and coat. Scatter shaved or shredded Parmesan on top.Festive Baby Green Salad 4Serve immediately.Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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Dinner Spinach Salad

Perfect Dinner Spinach Salad

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Dinner Spinach Salad

Dinner Spinach Salad

My handsome hubby Stan grows the most scrumptious spinach in our garden! I wanted to find a way to use those lovely green leaves.  I created this ‘salad’

It actually is more than a salad, I will say, it would be considered an elegant meal, though not difficult to make at all and very gourmet-like.

It could also be served as an elegant side salad to impress any guest.

It is so satisfying and the flavors are incredibly complimentary that it is one you will want to make time after time as a regular all through the seasons. 

 



Dinner Spinach Salad

Ingredients

1 large sweet onion (Vidallia if available)

2-3 Tbl. butter

 1/2 tsp sugar

10-12 oz. package of  spinach leaves

1 can Northern beans, drained & rinsed (these add a rich butter flavor.  Even if you don’t care for beans, give this a try)

1 roasted red bell pepper, cut into strips, then in half or thirds

4-8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled (depending on taste)

1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds

1 can mandarin oranges, drained – save the juice

 Dressing:

Juice from mandarin oranges

1 tsp. prepared mustard

1/2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. roasted garlic seasoning optional

1/3 cup rice vinegar

3/4 tsp. Montreal Steak seasoning

1/2 tsp. Emerills seasoning




Directions:

First, slice the onion thin and then in half.  Place in large fry pan with the butter.  This will seem a lot, but it will shrink tremendously.Dinner Spinach SaladContinue cooking till the onions begin to wilt. translucent and begin to brown, then add in the sugar. 

This step brings out the natural sugar in the onions for a sweet and surprisingly wonderful taste.Dinner Spinach SaladContinue to caramelize the onion, cooking over med heat till soft and golden; keep warm.

In a large bowl combine the rest of the salad ingredients OR make individual salads according to desired salad ingredients.

Whisk together the dressing ingredients and serve over the salad, a little at a time till desired strength.

Arrange warm onions on top of salad.

Serve immediately.

Recipe by Carrie Groneman,

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow

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