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Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili

Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili
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6
Servings
6
Chicken and Butternut Squash Chili
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6
Servings
6
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Instructions
  1. Spray a 6 quart Slow Cooker lightly with non-stick spray. Add the squash, peppers, onion, garlic, hominy, chilies, and black beans to the cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Combine the pureed beans, chicken stock, and red chili sauce in a bowl. Add the masa harina and stir or whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, and oregano to the liquid ingredients and stir once more. Pour the liquids into the cooker and stir to combine everything well.
  4. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Lay the chicken pieces on top of the vegetable mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 6 - 8 hours (the heat on every slow cooker is different so adjust the time according to how yours cooks).
  5. At the 6/8 hour point, stir the chicken into the other ingredients. Give things a taste and add more of any seasoning you think it needs.
  6. Tilt the lid slightly and turn the heat setting to High. Allow the chili to cook until it is the thickness that you like.
  7. While the chili is cooking on High, mix the sour cream, salsa, and cilantro together. Set aside.
  8. When you are ready to serve, ladle into bowls. Pass the sour cream mixture, lime, and cheese at the table.
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Asian Chicken Salad

Chinese chicken salad has become a classic in all of its incarnations. ¬†Recipes have included Ramen noodles, cole slaw mix, and crispy fried chicken. This doesn’t have any of those. It was inspired by a recipe in Fine Cooking Magazine, but I took it in quite a different direction. And I made it lighter and a little healthier to boot.

This recipe starts with red cabbage, broccoli (not pictured), red peppers, and carrots along with green onions.

DIGITAL CAMERAThe veggies are shredded or thinly sliced and combined with a peanut butter infused dressing. The P.B. providing the only extra fat in this recipe by the way. DIGITAL CAMERAGrilled chicken tenders provide the protein and almonds and crisp rice noodles adorn it all.DIGITAL CAMERAThis recipe takes a bit of time, but it is worth it. The dressing and chicken can be prepared ahead which can save some time on the day you prepare the salad. The ginger gives this dish a bit of a zing, but you could also add some chili action if you like heat with your zing. You know the drill…make it your own.¬†Seasoning the vegetables and letting them drain is key to the recipe in my opinion, so don’t skip that step. ¬†

Asian Chicken Salad
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2
Servings
2
Asian Chicken Salad
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Servings
2
Servings
2
Ingredients
Dressing
Salad
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Dressing: Combine all of the dressing ingredients in the bowl of a processor. Process until almost smooth. cover and refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the salad.
  2. Chicken: Place the tenders in a zip top bag. Add enough Asian dressing or Teriyaki Sauce to lightly coat the chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. Grill or broil . Thinly slice.
  3. Combine the cabbage, broccoli, red peppers, carrots, and green onions in a large bowl. Add the vinegar, salt, and sugar (or stevia). Toss to coat. Transfer to a colander placed over a bowl and allow to sit for 30 minutes, stirring and pressing occasionally.
  4. Squeeze most of the liquid out of the vegetables and place in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to combine. Add the dressing and toss to combine everything.
  5. Divide mixture between 2 plates. Top with almonds and crispy rice noodles and serve.
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