Saturday, March 29, 2008

Egg Salad Sandwich with Grilled Zucchini

I don't have kids in my house to color Easter eggs but my brother got his hands on some for me and I whipped up some colorful egg salad! I thought I would get this post out there in case any of you have some eggs still kicking around in your fridge.

I love this little gadget, another Pampered Chef gift from my sister. You can use it to slice eggs, mushrooms, and strawberries.

Lay the egg in the slicer facing one way and slice it

Turn the egg 90 degrees

and slice again! so simple!

wash your hands so you don't forget, touch your face, and go around looking like you made out with a Smurf all day.

dice up some onion or shallot, you know I chose shallot!

It looks so colorful with all the blue egg bits.

Lets get the dressing made. Grab some Mayo or Vegenaise, mustard and celery seed.

I'd say its about 3 tbs of mayo and one teaspoon of dijon mustard.

Add a pinch of salt, some celery seed and the secret ingredient, some sugar! The sugar is the secret ingredient my Mom always included. I seem to recall she also whipped some milk in there too, but I don't have milk in my house too often.

Mix it up!

and dump it on your eggs.

give it a stir and add the final and all important ingredient...


done! Now that you have the egg salad made, lets get a side dish going. Its beginning to be grill time again for more of the country, so I am grilling up some veggies.

Grab some zucchini and slice it up into 1/4 inch thick slices.

Get some italian dressing. This is the SO's dressing of choice.

Stick a few squirts in a bag with the zucchini and give it a toss. Put the zucchini on the grill for about 5 minutes on each side, just until it starts to get tender and you see grill marks. While it is grilling, toast up a roll or some bread for your Egg Salad sandwich.

Grab your zucchini and roll and plate it up!

A delicious and nutritious lunch is served!

Have a great Sunday!

Creamy Chicken with Roasted Red Peppers

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So lets get to some cooking. This recipe is another crockpot creation with awesome leftover potential.

Here is your recipe.

I am using a regular yellow onion for this recipe, I am beginning to miss my shallots.

If you are going to be slicing onions it is a good idea to cut a small sliver off the bottom so you have a flat surface instead of a rolling onion.

Another tip is to turn on the gas burner nearest you when you are chopping. If you don't have a gas burner I feel for you on so many levels. The flame needs oxygen so it creates a vacuum effect near it, which draws in the vapor that causes your eyes to tear up when chopping an onion.

Chop up your celery

You could roast your own peppers OR you could buy them in a jar.

As I was doing the prep work the night before I chopped the peppers and put them in a container to store in the fridge.

these are called Baby Bellas, but actually baby Portabella mushrooms are Crimini mushrooms, I guess its a marketing spin as portabella's are getting more popular.

I love mushrooms!

Chop them up and get them in a container to spend the night in.

lovely chicken breasts

I cleaned off some fat and chopped them up. I stored those in the fridge and went to bed.

The next morning get everything out and ready to cook!

Into the frying pan...chicken, onions, celery.

After the chicken is cooked a bit, toss in the mushrooms.

After you have the chicken and veggies pretty cooked its time to load up the crock pot.

layer it all in there

grab some wine

and your good old Campbells Soup!

Use the wine to get the rest of the soup out of the bottom of the can.

Pour it over the chicken and veggies.

Stir it all up and pop on the lid.

See you in a few hours!!

When you are ready to eat get your milk into the crock pot and let it heat through.

Grab yourself some english muffins.

Toast the muffin.

Load it up with the creamy chicken mixture. This is not the 'slop' on a shingle that your parents may have talked about.

This was really good but honestly, this leftover recreation was even better...

Throw it in a sauce pan with some cooked pasta and you have another delicious meal!