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Do you have a recent grad or know someone who has graduation? Party-planning can be stressful and expensive. Panera Bread offers a full-service catering menu that takes the worry out of preparing food for a large party or group of people.  Your Strong Tower is excited to bring you this great giveaway!

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5 Easy to Make Summer Salads

This week’s Meal Planning Monday is by Amy of Savvy Saving Couple.

Memorial Day kicked off the unofficial start to summer. That means warmer weather, sunshine, lazy beach days and cookouts. I don’t know about you but I love a good BBQ meal! For me, it is all about the delicious and easy to make summer salads.

Since the heat is up, I don’t exactly feel like spending my days stuck indoors cooking. That is why my family eats a lot of easy to make summer salads, and smaller meals. We love potato salad, green salads, pasta salads, and even simple sandwiches.

Here are some of my top 5 easy to make summer salads that are sure to please the crowds. They require minimal effort, and are jam-packed with flavor and zest.

Pesto Caprese Macaroni Salad: This pasta salad is a unique twist on pesto and caprese salad. I guess you can say it combines the best of both dishes into one make-ahead salad that could even double as a main dish. It is perfect for picnics and BBQ’s because it only gets more flavorful the longer it is chilled (up to 24 hours).

Parmesan Pesto Steak Salad: Looking for a salad that doubles as a meal? This protein packed dish is perfect for leftover steak tips, or even a cheaper cut of grilled steak. The pesto, extra Parmesan and steak are a surprisingly tasty combination that my husband loves!

Feta, Basil, Tomato and Bowtie Pasta Salad: I don’t know about you but I love pasta and feta cheese combined. This recipe is super colorful and totally tasty! It is almost like a caprese salad, but the main star is the salty feta which balances well with the fresh basil.

 

Corn and Asparagus Salad: The flavors of summer make this vegetable based salad a winning dish. Freshly shucked sweet corn, and tender asparagus pair well with honey, and balsamic dressing to make a sweet and savory medley.

Cheeseburger Salad: Who doesn’t love a good burger this time of year? Last year I was trying to watch my carbs so I decided to make a cheeseburger salad that contained all the classic of a burger with fresh Thousand Island dressing. The result was an amazingly tasty salad that I could probably eat every single day! I even made hamburger bun croutons that I added sparingly to my plate—way too good!

 

 

 

 

 

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Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This week’s post is by Christine Luken.

I absolutely adore pasta dishes, but my favorite by far is Chicken Cacciatore.  It’s not something that’s easily found in restaurants in the Greater Cincinnati area.  In fact, there’s only one place in town that I know of that carries this delightful Italian dish.  My family is originally from upstate New York, which is rich in Italian heritage.  You can always find great pizza and usually cacciatore at most of the local family-owned restaurants in that part of the country.

So, I’ve been on a quest most of my adult life to recreate the awesome Chicken Cacciatore I used to eat so often growing up.  And I have finally come up with the perfect recipe, made in the crock pot.  Chicken Cacciatore is usually made with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers.  My hubby’s not a huge pepper fan, so I subbed in artichokes which we both love!  So, if you’d rather have the peppers, then omit the artichokes and add in one chopped bell pepper instead.

 And I am excited that I’ve discovered a gluten-free pasta that tastes amazing and doesn’t get sticky or clumpy.  I found it at my new favorite store, Aldi!  Their “Live G-Free” brand is very reasonably priced and everything I’ve tried from the line so far has been good.  (My hubby especially likes the Live G-Free chocolate chip cookie mix.)  If you’re keeping an eye on your carb intake, mix half past and half zucchini noodles, which is what I usually do with my pasta dishes.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

 

  • 1 – 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 – 14 oz. cans of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 – 14 oz. can of artichokes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 8 oz. fresh baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced (optional)
  • 2 Tbs. red wine
  • 1 Chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 3 frozen boneless chicken breasts
  • Pinch of sea salt

 

Place all ingredients in the crock pot and stir to combine.  Cook 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low.  Serve over pasta or zucchini noodles.  Pairs well with a nice Merlot or Cabernet!

 

 

Easy Prep Easter Menu

Hello. Heather here from Real: The Kitchen and Beyond to share my favorite Easter menu. Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Christmas edges it out just a bit but I love Easter – the time when life is celebrated and all things are made new, when our family celebrates the resurrection of our Savior.

 

I also love memories of waking up and finding a new cereal bowl with Easter candy in it at each place setting. We were often up bright and early for Easter Sunrise services and always hopeful that we would get to eat a piece of candy before we left. However, church clothes and candy don’t go well together so the candy was tucked away for Easter dinner dessert.

 

Easter dinner is another favorite part of my Easter Sunday. I still love gathering around a big table with my family and that exhilarating feeling of newness of life. Cooking a big Easter Dinner can be a lot of work for the cook but I believe it should be kept delicious and simple.

 

With many people coming home from Easter services or morning festivities for a big family meal, I want men and women everywhere to enjoy quality time with their families, rather than hours working in the kitchen.

 

This doesn’t mean no cooking. No, it just means making simple but amazing dishes. It means prepping ahead.

 

Here is my favorite Easter dinner menu and tips to help you get Easter dinner on the table with less hassle.

 

Ham – I love a good baked ham served with horseradish on the side – loads of fresh zesty horseradish. Buy your ham precooked at one of those many grocery sales or cook it ahead of time so it just needs to be reheated.

 

Mashed potatoes – In my humble opinion, mashed potatoes belong on every holiday table. I have a recipe to take that everyday mashed potato to new levels of flavor with my much sought after Amish Mashed Potatoes recipe. Peel and cut your potatoes ahead of time. Stick them in a pot of water and refrigerate overnight, or, if prepping them Sunday morning, set on the back of the stove with the lid on. There you go. One less step of time consuming prep work.

 

Sautéed Lemony Dill Asparagus – Spring and fresh asparagus go hand in hand here on the East Coast. This simple side can be whipped up in no time and is light and refreshing next to salty ham and rich mashed potatoes. Make sure you check out the recipe at the end of this post.

 

Of course we can’t skip dessert. We’re raiding the candy bowl and serving up the homemade peanut butter eggs for dessert. Peanut Butter Eggs are my favorite Easter Candy. Bet you can’t eat just one.

 

Does your family have an Easter Dinner tradition? Share it with us in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

 

Lemony Dill Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus

  • ¼ cup water

  • ½ teaspoon dried dill

  • ½ lemon

  • Salt (I use ½ teaspoon) and pepper (I use 1/8 teaspoon) to taste

Directions

  • Snap tough ends off asparagus.

  • Put into a sauté pan with water.

  • Top with dill, salt, and pepper.

  • Cover and cook over medium heat, 5-10 minutes, until desired tenderness.

  • Squeeze half of lemon over cooked asparagus and toss.

Serve.

 

 Heather writes at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond where the food is (mostly) real and the making’s easy. She believes any one can cook. Just follow the steps, starting at #1. Read, follow, taste, venture out. Don’t be afraid to fail, then try again. Her other hats are homeschooling, editing fiction, ghostwriting, and culinary marketing. Oh, and she believes life is always better with dessert.

Banana Silver Dollars Pancakes

This week’s post is by Christine Luken.

I’m a sucker for pancakes!  There’s nothing better than cutting into a warm stack of hotcakes drizzled in maple syrup – yum!  Unfortunately, many pancake recipes are full of white sugar, white flour, and unhealthy fat.  That’s why I was delighted when I came across this gluten-free, dairy-free, recipe for Banana Silver Dollar pancakes in a recent issue of First for Women magazine.

Honestly, when I first looked at the ingredient list, I wondered how these pancakes were going to turn out, with only a few tablespoons of coconut flour.  Amazingly, they were as light and fluffy as a slice of chocolate cake – and there’s no bowl required to make them!

In fact, you just dump all of the ingredients in the blender!  Blend for less than a minute, and then pour the batter into a muffin top pan.

 

I actually purchased this muffin top pan specifically to make this recipe, so I was invested in its success.  And I’m so glad that I did.

The only downside to this recipe is that it only serves two people, and you know I like to freeze my leftovers!  Maybe I’ll get a second pan for making double batches…

 

Banana Silver Dollars

(Modified from Recipe in First for Women Magazine)

 

  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tbs. coconut flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. cacao powder (or regular cocoa powder)
  • ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of sea salt

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 6-well muffin top pan.  Combine all ingredients in blender. Puree 30 seconds or until well blended.  Divide batter evenly among wells of the pan.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until middles are set.

 

Serves 2.  Calories – 318; Protein – 12 grams; Carbs – 34 grams; Fiber – 7 grams; Sugar – 15 grams; Sodium – 672 mg; Total Fat – 10 grams

 

 

 

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