Thursday, July 21, 2011

What's For Dinner?

It is too hot to cook,  but we still need to prepare meals for our family.  And don't let these 90's fool you.  It is like a sauna out there.  Here is this week's "What's for Dinner?"  The key is to not cook anything if you don't have to.  A Costco chicken is a weekly staple in the summer heat and can easily be used instead of cooking the chicken yourself.  The seasoning might not be the same, but when you are hot, who cares?
Disclaimer: this is an interactive map.  When I posted it, it was completely bright red with temps in the high 90's.
Southwest Chicken Salad

  • 3 teaspoon(s) olive oil
  • 1 ¼ pound(s) chicken-breast tenders, cut diagonally into 3/4-inch-wide pieces
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon(s) dried oregano
  • Salt
  • 1 small (4- to 6-ounce) onion, chopped
  • 1 can(s) (15- to 19-ounce) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 ear(s) corn, kernels cut from cobs (use a crispy canned corn if you would like)
  • 1 medium (4- to 6-ounce) red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup(s) salsa
  • cup(s) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 bag(s) (10-ounce) cut romaine lettuce
1. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil on medium 1 minute. Toss chicken with cumin, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; add to skillet and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken loses its pink color throughout, stirring occasionally. With slotted spoon, transfer chicken to bowl.
2. To same skillet, add onion and remaining 1 teaspoon oil and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until onion is tender and lightly browned.
3. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine beans, corn, and red pepper; set aside. In small bowl, combine salsa and sour cream for dressing.
4. Remove skillet from heat; stir in cooked chicken. On 1 large platter or 6 dinner plates, place romaine; top with bean mixture, then chicken mixture. Serve with salsa dressing.
Enjoy!



2 comments:

  1. Yep, sure is hot around here! We just made a trip to the store to buy two more fans. Yes, we have air conditioning in our home, we just like to move the air around even more. :\

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  2. Not being a chicken salad fan, that won't go for me. We do cold meat sandwiches and grill what we can. Tonight I will just use the stove top to make kielbasa and potatoes with green beans. Doesn't have to be cooked on high heat, just let it simmer.

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