Tangy Tomato and Mango Salad

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I have to admit I don’t use many canned items. Tomatoes are one of my most favorite canned items to buy. I stock up on them and I use them in just about everything! Hunt’s has been my go to brand for a long time. My grandmother used to make our family spaghetti sauce recipe from Hunt’s canned tomatoes since it is so much work to do it from scratch every time we wanted it. I learned that Hunt’s diced tomatoes are just perfect in plenty of Italian dishes including this Tangy Tomato and Mango Salad.

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Over the years I learned how to grill and I just love accompanying meats with great vegetable and fruit salads to give my family what they need on their plates. This is a very simple side dish salad we  like to make ahead and put up in the fridge for time by the pool or for a gathering of friends. It’s super as a salsa also!

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I picked up my Hunt’s diced tomatoes at Walmart next to the pasta. You can find more great recipes and information on Hunt’s tomatoes at www.hunts.com and http://www.readyseteat.com/. You can follow along at Hunt’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. There will be a Twitter party on Friday, May 30th from 12-1 ET follow along with the hashtag #DinnerDone! I just love that they use a flash steam peeling method that keeps it natural. They are the best canned tomatoes!

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How often do you grill and make cold salad side dishes? Are you a fan of tomatoes? I would love to hear if you have any great picnic or pot luck salad recipes involving tomatoes. 

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If you would like to share this recipe please take a moment to click the pinned button below and pin the image above. I love to share recipes. I get so excited when someone gives me input on what they like or what they would try. Just like no one would expect lime and chili powder in this recipe! Here is the recipe for the Tangy Tomato and Mango Salad.

Tangy Tomato & Mango Salad
Serves 6
Hunt's diced tomatoes tossed with corn, mango, lime juice and chili powder.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can of Hunt's diced tomatoes
  2. 1 can of sweet corn; drained
  3. 1 mango; diced
  4. 1 lime; juiced
  5. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  6. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, pour in tomatoes and corn. Add in mango and lime juice. Toss well. Top with chili powder and salt. Toss again and refrigerate until time to serve or serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Temperature of salad depends on preference.
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Easter Egg Salad

Easter is almost here! I have a colorful little dish that’s easy to make with all those left over Easter eggs. It’s Easter Egg Salad. It is a lot of fun to create. You can dyed the insides of the eggs with any colors you like. The more colors the more colorful your salad will be. What’s great is you can use this as a side dish on Easter and have more fun making it with your children or teenagers.

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My son, Chancelor, helped me make this as I wasn’t feeling well. He said his fingers were going to be rainbow colored when finished. We used Americolor soft gel paste food color and water to dye the egg whites. The darker colors work better for the whites of the eggs. You can always use vinegar but we didn’t because we didn’t want the salad taste altered.  I love doing icing with these colors. They always have the best color turn out. Oh and they are really cool with pasta too!

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Don’t forget to stop by and check out these other great bloggers with their super cool Easter inspired recipes and crafts. You can follow along on social media with the hashtag #Foodelicious.

A Conquered Mess – DIY Easter Mason Jar Gift

Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen – Mrs. P’s Shortbread Cookies

I Love My Disorganized Life – Strawberry Cobbler with Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl

Do you have any fun Easter recipes? Whether it be side dishes or some cool and creative please comment below and link it up. I would love to see what you have going. Inspiration is always fun! Now it’s simply time for a little Da Vinci’s Demons. OH! And how is that for #AryaStark. What a great starting episode; I was glad they came back where it left off. Now, only if they would show more of Jon Snow ;)

Easter Egg Salad
Serves 3
Colored egg whites tossed with mayo and mustard to make a creamy egg salad.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 hard boiled eggs
  2. 1 teaspoon mustard
  3. 1 tablespoon mayo
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Americolor dye of choice
  6. Water
Instructions
  1. Boil eggs in a small sauce pan for ten minutes or until done. Let cook in cold water.
  2. In five small bowls add a drop or two of Americolor food coloring gel paste and add a cup of water. Slice eggs in half and remove yolks. Dye whites of eggs to desired color. Place aside.
  3. Whip egg yolks with mayo and mustard. Add salt and pepper. Lightly fold in diced colored egg whites. Serve cold with ham or other Easter dinner meal.
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Coleslaw

When you need something very basic for a side dish to go with a meal coleslaw is key. You can top it on a sandwich or slap on the side either way it does the job. Though, coleslaw for me is key when having spicy dishes as it helps cool down the flame or otherwise called heat.  

Coleslaw

This is a simple coleslaw recipe I use when needing to add a side dish to a meal like chicken or pulled pork straight from the crock pot. It’s a great one to pack for picnics, car trips, and quick dinners. I just love the simplicity of this coleslaw. Takes no more than five minutes to make and saves for a few days when refrigerated. 

Coleslaw

On another note, my son and I went to see The Legend of Hercules today. It had low ratings and I can’t understand why. It had great battle scenes, wonderful acting, and mediocre animation. The animation could have been better but I can deal with that when there is a good plot with pretty fantastic battle scenes.  How would you rate a movie? 

We plan to go see Lone Survivor this weekend too. I Frankenstein comes out in two weeks in which we will be also visiting the theater to see. I am looking forward to a few films this year. Divergent and Noah look surprisingly interesting. I prefer fantasy films, renaissance films, and medieval films. What kind of films do you enough? Anything specific you are looking forward to this year? 

Hercules with Dwayne Johnson really looks like it’s going to be that one to see. I personally cannot wait for all my shows to come back on including The Walking Dead. I am super curious to find out what happens after the split of the prison. It looks like it’s going to get really interesting!

Coleslaw
Serves 6
Coleslaw perfect for any picnic.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup mayonnaise
  2. 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  3. 2 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  4. Salt and cracked black pepper; to taste
  5. One bag coleslaw mix
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. Whip with a fork. Add coleslaw to the bowl and stir until coleslaw is well covered. Add salt and pepper and stir well. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until ready to serve.
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Zesty Green Salad – Thanksgiving Side Dish Round Up

Thanksgiving side dishes are my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. Why? Because Zesty Green Salad is the best ever salad to enjoy and even the next day on a sandwich with all the fixings. Do you have a favorite side dish? My other half makes some mad mashed potatoes. They are like whipped cream, you just want to pour them into your mouth!

zesty green salad

I love to top them with gravy and dip my roles into them. It’s the only dish he makes that day. The rest is my job. This year I plan to make my pies a day ahead. Is there anything you prep the day before Thanksgiving? I used to do salads but they tend to dry out. The bird gets cooked overnight slowly and as we wake up to the Macy’s Day Parade he gets turned up.  Is there anything special you watch on the Turkey Day? I bet plenty of you will say football. We don’t watch football that day. It’s all about the parade and dog show. Then we either watch Christmas movies or make a special visit to the theater. This year I want to see Frozen with my daughter.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Don’t miss out on these other great ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes:

  • Pary MoppinsThanksgiving Salad  – This gorgeous salad features sweet potatoes, mixed greens and a delicious cranberry and red wine vinegar dressing.
  • Tin Tin & LiviaGerman Red Potatoes – A savory and sweet German Red Potatoes dish with chives, bacon, and pistachios.
  • The Coers FamilyCream Cheese Mashed Potatoes Russet potatoes whipped with butter and cream cheese are perfect to wow your friends and family

Love that morning to wake up to the Macy’s Day Parade. I would love to see it in person one day. What float do you look forward to? I love to see The Peanuts characters and what new movie floats they come out with. Last year or the year before that I loved when they showed the Frankenweenie float by Tim Burton. That was super exciting! Plus, it says Christmas is on it’s way with Santa!

Zesty Green Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bundles of spring onions; chopped
  2. 1 cucumber; skin removed and diced
  3. 2 avocados; cubed
  4. 3 Roma tomatoes; diced
  5. 1/2 bottle of zesty Italian dressing
  6. Salt and cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop green onions and place in large bowl. Peel your cucumbers and then slice lengthwise and slice lengthwise again for quartered size pieces and place in large bowl. Slice and cube your Roma tomatoes and place in the large bowl. Cut open your avocados and take off the skin. Using a avocado peeler or spoon pull out the insides and then slice on cutting board and add to the large bowl. Open bottle of zesty Italian dressing and add half the bottle. Toss well. Top with salt and pepper.
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Jalapeno Cheese Corn Dog Bites

This recipe for jalapeno cheese corn dog bites I put off a few times just to make sure I had enough lighting to photograph the process and get it perfected. Eventually I just made the process easier. Corn dogs remind me of the fair in California when I was a kid. It was one of the first items I went for and a close second was always funnel cake. Once in a while, I crave corn dogs but nowadays I prefer them with jalapenos and cheese. They are so delicious they don’t even need ketchup or the gazillion bottles of different types of mustard I store in the fridge.

Jalapeno cheese corn dog bites in a basket

Am I the only one that is absolutely ready for Fall? I mean schools back in, my favorite TV shows are coming back soon, and all that is needed is the chilly air and PUMPKIN! Who’s ready for pumpkin and apple overload on the blog? I think I have officially decided to make a new Halloween recipe every other day for the month of October. Of course, expect my blog anniversary which is on October 4th which also coincides with my birthday! Super excited this year cause I am preparing for it!

I’ve already bought pumpkins and preparing for Friday nights premiere of Haven! Anyone else around here watch Haven? I am definitely a Eric Balfour fan. His character Duke is funny and deep. The setting of the show and just make me want to have a trouble and be in Haven.

Jalapeno cheese corn dog bites

Anywho! These jalapeno cheese corn dogs bites are perfect with chili or a huge pot of beans. Easy peasy too! It’s jiffy, some jalapenos and cheese. Of course a hot dog in the middle for fun! Summer isn’t over here yet but I am already prepare Fall food. I guess I can’t wait to go scarf shopping and put up the old gravestones in the yard. At least I have Duck Dynasty temporarily to laugh at while I wait for my huge list of to-watch shows this Fall. Do you have a show you can’t wait to watch?

Jalapeno Cheese Corn Dog Bites
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Ingredients
  1. 2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
  2. 1/3 cup pickled jalapenos; diced
  3. 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese; grated
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 3/4 cup milk
  6. Paper cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place liners in muffin/cupcake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix in corn muffin mix, milk and eggs. Stir well. Add in diced jalapenos and one cup of cheese. Mix well. Mixture will be thick. Using a ice cream scoop add one scoop full to each muffin cup.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown on top. Serve alongside chili or a bowl of beans.
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Bramborový Salát – Czech Potato Salad

The first Christmas with my in laws, his mother, served up this to-die-for Bramborový Salát also known as potato salad. This salad is not like most American potato salads. The Bramborový Salát is very rich in flavor and not over bearing with mustard.

Unlike my Italian side, that serves up spaghetti at Christmas, Czech’s make fried fish and potato salad. Specifically, a fried carp fish which is suppose to be different then the type of carp we have here in the states. This was such a different experience for me then the traditional homemade sauce and spaghetti.

Potato Salad, Bramborový Salát

I could not help myself! I just fell head over heels for this salad. I have been bugging my other half, V, to get me the recipe for a few years now. Finally, this fourth of July he asked his mother for it so we could share it with friends that came. He did not realize how much work it takes to make it that he now swears he will never make it again. Luckily, I have the recipe and completely plan to make it every chance possible I get.

Do you have a specific potato salad you like? Special ingredients? Mustard or mayo?

It is awesome that he is Czech and I get the chance to learn to cook so many different dishes from his country. I hope to share so many more Czech recipes with you all over time. A few of the recipes are already up on the site but are older and the photos definitely need to be updated. Though, the Bublanina turned out beautiful, in which, I was surprised as I thought I would completely fail at it. Egg whites are generally not my friend. I love my KitchenAid persimmon mixer for just that reason. It makes my life so easy!

Do you have a Christmas food tradition or are we the only weirdos like that? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Bramborový Salát – Czech Potato Salad
Serves 8
Tasty potatoes, carrots, peas and spices make up this Czech potato salad.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 5 large potatoes (regular brown russet potatoes)
  2. 1 white onion
  3. 2 sticks of celery
  4. 2 carrots
  5. 3 hard boiled eggs
  6. 5 baby pickles
  7. 2 oz frozen peas
  8. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  9. 4 tablespoons or more of mayonnaise (that's up to your preference)
  10. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  11. 5 pieces whole black pepper
  12. 3 pieces whole allspice
  13. 2 bay leaves
  14. 1/2 teaspoon thyme
Instructions
  1. Boil potatoes with the skin on. Boil eggs for about 10 minutes. When eggs are done add them too cool water and let sit 5 to 10 minutes. This will help make the peeling easier.
  2. Cook carrots and celery in salted water with whole black pepper; about five pieces. Also add 3 pieces of allspice whole, two bay leaves, and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Boil vegetables until done but still firm.
  3. Let the potatoes, eggs, and vegetables completely cool down. Peel potatoes and eggs. Dice in to small pieces the eggs, potatoes, carrots, and celery. Finely chop onion and pickles.
  4. Gently mix all ingredients including the peas together gradually adding in the salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Fold in mayonnaise. Refrigerate for a few hours but tastes best if made the night before.
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Just love this salad especially the NEXT day!

Red, White, and Blue Salad with Red Apple Balsamic

Do you plan your fourth of July menu in advance? Looking around for new recipes to try and show off to friends and family on the fourth is a past time for me. This year the inspiration of fruit side dishes is high on the list. This Red, White, and Blue salad with Red Apple Balsamic from Devo Olive Oil Co. is truly tasty.

Though, last year the patriotic cake I tried to bake never came out. It was a complete epic failure. My cake pans were so old that the cake stuck. Instead we made a crumble cake with patriotic roses on top. It was still cute! This year the idea is to try my hand at a new ice cream cake with a patriotic theme. Do you have a recipe on your list for the 4th of July?

Red, White, & Blue Salad with Red Apple Balsamic

 

The one reason I love working with Devo’s vinegar’s is how well they pair with fruit, salad, or meat. In this dish, the red apple balsamic soaked beautifully into the white pearl fresh mozzarella and held that flavor through out the dish. Some fresh basil or rosemary would go fabulous in this dish. Instead I choose not to add any seasoning and let the fruit accompany the vinegar with its own natural flavors.

Just cannot wait for this years Independence Day festival. Old cars, funnel cake, and Rick Springfield. What could be more fun? This one vendor even has the best peach tea. Looking forward to a good evening with the family. What does your family do for the 4th of July? Do you have any family traditions or any special recipes you all make? If you do please feel free to post links in the comments.

Red, White, and Blue Salad with Red Apple Balsamic
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package of blueberries
  2. 1 package of strawberries; sliced
  3. 2 cucumbers; quartered and sliced
  4. 1 container of fresh mozzarella pearls. drained
  5. 4 to 6 tablespoons of red apple balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Quarter and dice cucumbers then add to a large bowl. Add in blueberries with the cucumbers. Remove tops of strawberries and slice. Add strawberries in with the blueberries and cucumbers. Drain mozzarella pearls and a lightly toss with fruit mixture. Drizzle red apple balsamic vinegar over the fruit mixture while tossing lightly.
  2. Optional: Add fresh basil or fresh rosemary for seasoning.
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*Disclosure: Devo Olive Oil is providing one sample bottle of red apple balsamic vinegar.  I was not reimbursed for writing this post and all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Italian Garden Pasta Salad

It’s Summer BBQ season with the 4th right around the corner many of us are getting ready to light up the grill. Just like me, I am sure many of you have a go-to Summer salad recipe. For a little fun for the 4th, I invite all of my blogging friends to share their favorite Summer salad recipes. This can be a new or old post just has to be a Summer salad recipe.

Italian Garden Pasta

Here is a simple Summer salad recipe for Italian garden pasta salad that I use when the last minute BBQ happens. To share your recipe click the “add your link” button below.

Italian Garden Pasta Salad
Serves 10
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb bag of garden rotini pasta (or pasta of choice)
  2. 6 Roma tomatoes (diced)
  3. 2 bundles of spring onions (chopped; keep chives)
  4. 1 bottle Italian dressing of choice
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot with water and one tablespoon of olive oil and bring to a boil. Once boiling at pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until done. Drain pasta and let cool.
  2. Add pasta to a large bowl with tomatoes, spring onions, salt and pepper; toss well. Drizzle with Italian dressing till desired coating; toss well again. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until cool and serve.
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Red Skin Potatoes and Asparagus

This really is a crazy week between Summer college classes starting, birthday planning for my son, and the kids grandmother in the hospital for gall stones not sure how everything is going to get accomplished. My “go to” recipes when the week is super busy and it is HOT outside, IE: TX, is grilled food. Vegetables are the simplest to grill and full of nutrients that everyone needs to keep on moving. Try these red skin potatoes and asparagus.

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ALWAYS keep potatoes on hand! You can grill them, smash them, fry them, and bake them. They are, in my opinion, the perfect side dish to any recipe. When buying asparagus I never grill the whole bundle. Half the bundle is perfect for one meal and this recipe is what I used the second half in. Mixing in the greens for the other half and teenagers (boys -_-) they will eat the greens this way but alone never!

red skinned potatoes and asparagus

This recipe can be spiced up by adding paprika and cayenne pepper.

Red Skin Potatoes and Asparagus
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small bag of red skinned potatoes; quartered
  2. 1/2 bundle of asparagus; ends cut off and tops and centers saved
  3. 1/2 red onion; long round slices
  4. 2 sticks unsalted butter
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Lay out two pieces of of foil. The larger piece on bottom and the smaller in the center. Add quartered red skinned potatoes to the center of the foil. On top of the potatoes add the asparagus tips and centers (no ends). Add sliced rounds of onion over the top of the potatoes and asparagus and spread evenly. Add two sticks of unsalted butter to each side of the foil pack. Salt and pepper evenly over the medley. Pull up sides of foil and crimp to seal. Grill for about 30 to 45 minutes until potatoes and asparagus are tender.
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Lemon Asparagus

Asparagus is my most favorite vegetable on the grill. Many cooks like to pair it with Parmesan and I do like it that way, though it gets boring! I want more flavor!

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With Spring here, though it feels like Summer, it’s fun to bring produce that is in season. Lemons or Meyer Lemons are fantastic with asparagus. Just slice a few rounds and layer it over the asparagus to add a tangy flavor.

Lemon Asparagus

My recipe for Lemon Asparagus. It’s a great side dish for Memorial weekend!

Lemon Asparagus
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 bundle of asparagus
  2. 1 lemon (sliced in rounds)
  3. 4 tbsp margarine
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Foil
Instructions
  1. Lay out two pieces of foil. One should be larger than the other. Place the smaller piece in the center on top of the larger piece. This will help from getting holes in the pack and losing all of the butter.
  2. Place the asparagus in center of foil. Top with sliced lemons and salt and pepper. Add two tablespoons of margarine to each side of foil pack as pictured above. If you want to add more you are welcome to. Seal pack by folding up the sides and crimping the top shut.
  3. Heat grill to medium heat and place on lower rack. Cook for 30 minutes or until the asparagus is completely soft. Remove from grill and serve.
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