Quick and Easy Fall Salads

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Fall has arrived and with fall comes all my favorite food. One of my favorites is fresh salads and I have got a couple that I want to share with you. When I think of fresh salads for the fall I think of cranberries and any kind of dried fruit along with a variety of nuts. I love trying in new recipes along with all of falls bountiful harvests. Continue reading “Quick and Easy Fall Salads”

Weekly Ad Recipe – Skillet Chicken Thighs

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I love skillet recipes because they are convenient and easy to prepare! The best part is how tender and moist the chicken thighs are. Add bacon and spinach and you have an awesome meal in less than 30 minutes. Enjoy… I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Skillet Chicken Thighs
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 8 Bone-In Chicken Thighs
  • 3 Slices Bacon, chopped
  • 2 Large Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Small Onion, sliced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • ½ Cup Chicken Broth
  • 6 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
  • 1 T. Grated Lemon Peel
Instructions
  1. In 12-inch skillet, cook chicken and bacon over medium-high heat 5 minutes, turning chicken once.
  2. Stir in carrots, onions, garlic and broth.
  3. Cook uncovered 15 to 20 minutes, turning chicken and cooking until the internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees and vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove pan from heat; add spinach, salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in mixture about 3 minutes until spinach wilts.
  6. Stir in lemon peel until well blended.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Menage a Trois Chardonnay

 

6 Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

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This fall the Coborn’s Support Center moved to a brand new building. The building, my workspace and the entire campus are absolutely beautiful and it creates a wonderful atmosphere to work at, but unfortunately I have to drive a little farther for my daily commute. With busy mornings where you are trying to get up and go quickly, I needed something that makes planning out lunches a little bit easier.

I suppose the easiest lunchtime solution is to go out to eat, which I’ll admit is nice occasionally, but it can be pricey to do everyday Kraft-Dressingand not always healthy for you. That’s why I’ve collected some delicious recipes to share with you all that I promise will spruce up any boring lunch routine!

Food Prep Freshness

Glass mason jars help to keep the salads very fresh, and by using wide mouth  jars I have created delicious salads that are perfect for anyone on the go or looking for a healthy and fun way to get their greens in- no salad bowl necessary. My mason jars were even chalkboard jars I picked up from a craft store for added lunchtime creativity!

Everything on my Facebook homepage lately seems to feature food recipes, clean eating blogs and meal prepping ideas. What better way to follow suit than to make my complete week of salads on Sunday evening and have them ready to go for the entire week.

I love the taste, freshness and most of all the convenience of these Mason Jar Salads. Best of all you can make so many different varieties, which means lunchtime doesn’t need to be boring, it can be as original as each day of the week!

Check out some of the recipes for these Mason Jar Salads below:

Dietitian’s Choice Salad

Dietitian's Choice Salad

Dietitian's Choice Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Peas
  • ¼ Cup Peppers, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Garbonzo Beans
  • ¼ Cup Reduced Fat Feta Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomato, chopped
  • 2 Cups Spring Mix Salad Greens with Kale
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. In the same order that is listed above add your ingredients to a wide mouthed mason jar.
  3. Shake jar when ready to be eaten and refrigerate if you are saving it for a later date.
Notes
Dietitian's Notes:
-This salad is great because the wide variety of vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
-Add dried cranberries to your salad to represent as many food groups as possible, but make sure no sugar is added!
-Make sure you always have beans or some sort of protein added to your meals, and if a salad is your full meal make extra sure they are added!
-Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar add a great flavor and provide healthy fats.
-Aside from the Feta Cheese (19) and the Balsamic Vinegar (18) all of these ingredients have a 100 on the NuVal Scoring System!

 

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 6 Bacon Slices, cooked and chopped
  • 2 Cups Lettuce or Spinach Mix
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order listed above.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
  4. Shake jar, add chips and enjoy!

 

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Greek Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
  • ½ Cup Cucumber, chopped
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 T. Red Onion
  • 4 Oz. Skinless Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped
  • 2 T. Reduced Fat Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 T. Black Olives, chopped
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Layer jar with dressing, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.
  3. Add in chicken, feta cheese and olives.
  4. Top with lettuce.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  6. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Mom’s Salad

Mom's Salad Jar

Mom's Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 Oz. Bacon Real Bites
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order as listed above.
  3. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
  4. Be sure to refrigerate if salad is going to be eaten at a later date.

 

Taco Salad

Taco Salad Jar

Taco Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Classic Catalina Dressing
  • 1 T. Salsa
  • 2 T. Sour Cream
  • ¼ Cup Taco Meat
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Kidney Beans
  • ⅛ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tortilla Chips, crushed
  • 2 Lettuce, shredded
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in same order as listed above.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
  • ½ Cup Strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ Cup Blueberries
  • ¼ Cup Almonds
  • 2 Cups Romaine and Spinach to Brim of Jar
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Wash produce.
  3. Add ingredients in order to above and keep refrigerated.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
Notes
Additional optional topping:
Mandrain Oranges

 

Tips & Tricks

The number one most important rule to remember when making these salads is to always keep the dressing at the bottom and the salad greens at the top of the jar. Keep the two layers as far away from one another as possible by having them separated with your hard veggies, protein and soft veggies. If you do that, your greens will stay crispy and fresh with no problems.

Follow this Layer List:

  •  Layer 1 (Bottom of Jar): 2-4 T. Dressing of Choice
  • Layer 2: Hard Veggies- This is where you add in carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • Layer 3: Protein- This is where you will add the cheese, meats, beans, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
  • Layer 4: Soft Veggies- In this section you will add tomatoes, onions, corn, avocado, etc.
  • Layer 5 (Top of Jar): Greens to the Brim- Add in your lettuce and/or spinach.

Try to keep the ratio of each jar about half-and-half. That means half of the jar holds the toppings, dressing, grains, proteins and half of the jar holds the greens.

As I mentioned I like to make several of these jars on Sunday evening so I’m prepared for speedy grab and go lunches later on in the week. Luckily these salads last a week in the refrigerator!

Because these jars are so full to the brim you might have to eat off a layer or two of greens (yum!), then replace the lid, shake the heck out of it to distribute the dressing, and then dig right in with a fork.

Hope you enjoy my creations and they make meal planning a success!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Gourmet BLT Sandwich

Gourmet BLT Sandwich Recipe and Creamy Siracha Sauce - www.cobornsblog.com

Creamy Sriracha Sauce Recipe - www.cobornsblog.comBLT Sandwiches have always been one of my family’s favorites. They seem to hit the spot day or night. Now that the kids are older I have decided to kick this family favorite up a notch with trendy ingredients like, thick cut Four Brothers Bacon, fresh avocadoes and Sriracha sauce!

The Brits lay claim to the very first sandwich, created as a royal meal for the busy Sir John Montague. This eighteenth-century Englishman, a.k.a. the fourth Earl of Sandwich, was a skilled gambler. Reluctant to miss even a few minutes away from his game, he instructed his servant to place meat between two pieces of bread so that he could eat with one hand and take bits between bets.

At my house it takes two hands to hold one of my family favorites and as the kids taste buds become more curious our sandwiches will continue to change and grow into are endless imaginations.

Creamy Sriracha Sauce

Creamy Sriracha Sauce
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 3 T. Mayo
  • 1 T. Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • To Taste Garlic Powder
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix until smooth
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Gourmet BLT

Gourmet BLT Sandwich
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Slices Four Brothers Wholesome Harvest Bread
  • 2 T. Creamy Sriracha Sauce
  • Half of a Wedge LA BONNE VIE Triple Cream Brie Cheese, melted
  • 6 Slices Ripe Avocados
  • 4 Slices Four Brothers Thick Cut Bacon, cut in half
  • 4 Slices Vine Ripened Tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ Cup Fresh Spinach
Instructions
  1. Toast three slices of bread.
  2. Evenly spread Creamy Sriracha Sauce and melted Brie onto each slice of toast.
  3. Set one piece of toast aside
  4. Continue to stack the following ingredients, in order, on remaining two slices: three slices avocado, ¼ cup spinach, two slices tomato and half of bacon.
  5. Stack layered toast on top of each other.
  6. Finish with third slice of toast.
  7. Cut in half and enjoy.

 

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Chef Todd
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