I was very excited to see baby bok choy in our box this week. For those not familiar with bok choy, it is a Chinese cabbage. When it is picked young, it is really tender and makes a good salad. The bok choy in our box was just a bit too tough for a salad, so I decided to put it in a soup. I saw this recipe for Chicken and Bok Choy soup on Allrecipes.com. However, I wanted to go with an Asian flavor (since it is a Chinese cabbage).
We ate this as a light main dish, but it could also be a soup course for a larger meal.
I’m continuing my series of shared recipes. Life has been really crazy, so I haven’t been as creative as usual. Fortunately, there is lots of recipe help on the internet! I am so happy that Taste of Home has most of their recipes online now. This recipe for Roasted Kielbasa an Vegetables was really good. You can’t go wrong with Taste of Home.
Football season is here! It is hard to be a Packers fan in New Mexico. There are lots of us here, but more Cowboys fans; so we rarely get the Packers early afternoon games. We used to just tough it out and hope for highlights, but about 3 years ago we decided to go to a sports bar to watch. We rarely miss a game now. Since we ate lunch at the bar yesterday, I wanted to make a light evening meal.
These were pretty simple. I baked the sweet potatoes on Saturday, so I just had to scoop them out and mash them up tonight. Feel free to add more cheese; I was running low, so I was a bit stingy.
I love sweet potatoes, but they do take a fairly long time to cook. Too long to make them on a work night. I was searching for something to do with the sweet potatoes in our box, when I came across several different recipes for a southwest salad. I decided to do some prep ahead work over the weekend, so that I could get dinner ready quickly during the week. Since the salad required cooked and chilled foods, this became the ultimate opportunity to cook ingredients ahead and have a great dinner during the week.
The recipe I used for the dressing is adapted from this recipe from Hispanic Kitchen. It was less spicy than I anticipated, which was actually a good thing!
Peel sweet potatoes and cut lengthwise into ½ inch thick slices. Brush the sweet potatoes with ¼ cup of olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
Heat grill to medium heat. Grill sweet potatoes until cooked through, turning once. At the same time, grill the corn, turning frequently. This will take about 15 minutes.
Combine chili powder and 1 teaspoon of cumin. Rub over chicken breasts. Grill chicken breasts until cooked through, turning once. (About 10 minutes.)
Let sweet potatoes, corn, and chicken cool. Cut corn kernels from cobs. Thinly slice chicken.
While everything is cooling, make the dressing. Zest one of the limes, and juice both limes. In a blender, combine lime zest and juice, jalapeno pepper, garlic, cilantro, and remaining teaspoon of cumin. Blend until smooth. With blender running, drizzle in the remaining ¾ cup of olive oil.
The above steps can all be done ahead, with everything refrigerated until serving time.
Divide lettuce among plates. Top with tomato, cooked sweet potatoes, cooked corn, black beans, and sliced chicken. Drizzle dressing over.
I’m always on the lookout for good sweet potato recipes. I am trying to find new and different flavor combinations. I was really excited when I found this Bobby Flay recipe on the Food Network website for sweet potatoes grilled with lime and cilantro.
These sweet potatoes have a really nice flavor. Not too hot. They were a hit at our barbeque. I was too lazy to do all the steps of pre microwaving, so I threw everything in a foil packet. (Actually, 2 foil packets.)