Spring Salmon Salad Recipe (And A Whole Foods Gift Card Give Away)

There is something light and airy about springtime – you just feel a little energized, and perhaps you are Spring cleaning…out the old and in with the new. Time to re-decorate, liven up the wardrobe and freshen up the house for the summer months ahead.  Firing up the grill and lighting some tiki torches on a chilly Spring night might make for a perfect evening. I found this recipe on the Whole Foods site, and if you’re anything like me, this is definitely the time for fresh seafood and light, healthy meals.

If you have the fresh vegetable garden ready to go, this is the perfect meal for you!  If not, Whole Foods has a wide selection of some of the freshest ingredients in town – and it makes for one amazing salad. I grilled fresh Sockeye salmon that is FRESH from Whole Foods (not frozen). I’ve learned recently that some of the farm-raised seafood has high PCB levels and injected artificial colors. Here is a little bit more about why.

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Here is what you’ll need to make the perfect summer salad (and if you like olives, click on the link for additional ingredients):

  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 filet of salmon, about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • Dressing
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into quarters
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and cut into quarters
  • 4 cups washed baby salad greens
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and sliced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Method:

In a container for marinating, zest orange and lemon. Slice orange and lemon in half and squeeze out all juice. Remove any seeds. Add juice to zest. Place salmon fillet in marinade. Cover and refrigerate for one to two hours.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine shallots, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Blend for just a few seconds. Add olives (if desired) and bell peppers. Pulse until finely diced.

Heat the grill to medium-hot. Grill for about 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Turning is not necessary. Salmon is done when it turns a light pink color throughout.

In a large serving bowl, toss salad greens with cucumbers and tomatoes. Add diced vegetables from the food processor. Slice salmon fillet into small strips and decoratively lay on top of salad.

Here are a few others you might enjoy:

Super easy and basic salmon recipe – Surefire Salmon

And how about this one for entertaining? Honey Lime Slamon Kabobs

What’s even better is that Whole Foods in Virginia Beach (Hilltop area) is giving away another $25 gift certificate to one lucky Frugal Chick fan!

Wanna win it for yourself?  To enter the drawing (you can have up to 4 separate entries):

1.  Leave a comment telling me what you like about “A Frugal Chick”.

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4- Subscribe to A Frugal Chick’s e-mail newsletter.  Leave a fourth comment letting me know you do!

The winner will be picked on July 1st!  I will e-mail him or her and they will have 24 hours to respond.  If I don’t hear back we will pick another winner!

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Cooking For One: BBQ Chicken Pizza

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

BBQ Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 pre-made pizza crust
  • 1  uncooked chicken breast diced
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 8oz chredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (I prefer Sweet Baby Rays)
  • Garlic, Salt, and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Sprinkle stone or pizza pan with corn meal if you have it. If you do not, just spray with non-stick cooking spray.

3. Roll out dough to desired shape and place in preheated oven for 5 minutes. (we have a round and square stone so we typically make one of each for dinner)

4. While pizza dough is in the oven, saute garlic and onions together. Once they start to cook add chicken. Flavor with salt and pepper.

5. Once chicken is cooked and dough is half baked, spread 1/2 cup BBQ sauce onto pizza. Then layer a little bit of cheese. Followed by the chicken and onion mixture. Top it off with the remaining cheese.

6. Place back in oven for 10-15 minutes. My family likes the cheese to be a little bit more well done so we cook it longer, but it should be ready in 10 minutes.

Leftovers can either be packed for lunch the next day or put in a plastic freezer bag and frozen for another meal.

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Tyson’s Delicious and Quick Chicken Dinner #ChickenFryTime

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As educators it is a busy time of year for my husband and I. With the end of the school year fastly approaching our schedules are filled with concerts, award ceremonies, picnics, and graduations.  With a full calendar dinner can be a challenge.  Eating out gets expensive for a family of four so I have been searching for quick and delicious dinners that every one in my  family would eat (this is NOT always easy).  I am always looking for a quick chicken dinner since that is what my family prefers.

While shopping at Sam’s Club this week I spotted Tyson’s Chicken Fries (you can see my Sam’s Club trip here). The price was great for the quantity so I figured I would give them a try.

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They could not have been easier to fix- just place them on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven!  If I wanted to I could use these for a quick chicken snack or appetizer as well.

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The kids were happy with the chicken fries, french fries and green beans (it was a skinny food night!).  For a more grown up dinner I made the chicken fries into a wrap with lettuce, onions, cheese and ranch dressing for my husband and me.wrap final

 

It was a big success all the way around. Dinner was ready from start to finish in under 20 minutes and at the end of the meal all plates were empty!

Tyson’s Chicken Fries are just what a busy mom needs when her plate is full.  Especially at the end of the school year.

And in case this isn’t enough value to celebrate summer fun Tyson will be giving away free 6 Flag tickets to help with one family’s summer vacation. Check out their Facebook page to enter and win today!

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Cooking For One: Easy Shrimp Fajitas Recipe

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

This recipe for Shrimp Fajitas is simple and easy to do.  Plus the ingredients freeze well so you make this twice.

Ingredients:

1/2 onion sliced
1/2 bag frozen mixed peppers
1/2 lb easy peel shrimp
Fajita Seasoning (you can buy pre-made or make your own with the recipe below)

ingredients

Fajita Seasoning:

1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon crushed chicken bouillon cube
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin

Directions:

1. In a saute pan, heat 1 tblspn oil and then add onion and frozen peppers.

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2. While vegetables are sauteing, mix the fajita seasoning together.

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3. Peel shrimp.
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4. Once peppers and onions begin to get tender, add shrimp and sprinkle fajita seasoning on top.  Cook together for about 5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through.

Optional:

5. Serve hot in a tortilla shell with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese.

You know you want all those extras too!

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Cooking For One Recipes: Baked Pineapple


Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

Even if you normally cook for one, there are times when you need a recipe that feeds more than one. Whether it be for a bbq or a potluck, baked pineapple is my go to recipe for such an occasion. It has been in my family for years and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Baked Pineapple

Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 large can crushed pineapple
2 tblspns flour
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
6 slices of bread cubed
1/2 stick butter melted

Directions:

1. In medium bowl mix pineapple, flour and sugar together.
2. Beat egg in separate bowl and then add to pineapple. Stir Well. (stirring well to incorporate the egg is very important)
3. Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
4. Melt butter in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Pour melted butter over bread cubes.
5. Make sure all bread cubes have been coated with butter and then spread the bread cubes evenly over top of the pineapple mixture.
6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. You want to bake it until the bread topping gets brown and crispy.

This would be a yummy, easy treat to share with friends!

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Cooking For One Recipes: Baked Grapefruit With Cinnamon (YUMMY!)

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

Now I realize that Baked Grapefruit with Cinnamon sounds pretty disgusting.  And when I was told about it I had that same thought.  But my mom and sister swore by it so I figured I would give it a shot.  It’s one of my new favorite snacks!

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Ingredients:

Grapefruit
Cinnamon
Honey (optional)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Slice grapefruit in half and place on baking sheet
Sprinkle desired amount of cinnamon on top (add honey if you would like)
Put in oven for 15 minutes

After 15 minutes you can pull it out and eat with a spoon!  It makes a great snack at night while I am watching television!

 

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Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway (Plus a Quinoa Recipe)

Here we are again in Part 3 of our Quinoa series. I hope you saw my previous posts on Quinoa – catch up here and here!

So here’s the newest recipe. The last time I was in Whole Foods their cooking coach, Luke, was talking about this fantastic Tuna Tabouli recipe. There are some important things to note here for those that like healthy food options:

1)      Tuna Tongol – less mercury than regular tuna and better for you

2)      Tuna Tongol can be purchased at Whole Foods in cans near the produce section

3)      You can substitute quinoa for bulgar wheat

Below is the recipe. They were handing this out at Whole Foods in small pita rounds which were delicious. I also think it makes a great lunch or dinner snack – right out of the bowl!  You can also find the original recipe here. I opted to omit the celery.

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Tuna Tabouli

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked bulgar wheat (cooked quinoa can be substituted here)

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup parsley

¼ cup EVOO

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 stalks celery (optional)

3 green onions, finely chopped

1 7 oz. can Tongol Tuna

Fluff cooked bulgar wheat or quinoa with fork. Add salt, parsley, EVOO, lemon juice, celery, green onions and tuna and toss together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then serve.

Notes from the Host: Bulgur is wheat that has been parboiled, dried, and cracked into small pieces. It comes in fine, medium, and course sizes. Bulgur also cooks very quickly requiring only a thirty minute soak in boiling water. It has more protein, fiber and a lower glycemic index than white rice.

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The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For:

Whole Foods is giving away a $25 gift certificate to two of our lucky readers! To enter the drawing (you can have up to 4 separate entries):

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Easter Vegetables Recipe


Every time I make this recipe I fall in love with it all over again. It is very simple to make and looks festive too with the light greens and yellow. The other great thing about this recipe is that the farther ahead you make it, the better it will taste.

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Ingredients

1 15oz can french style green beans drained
1 15oz can early peas drained
1 15 oz can shoe peg corn drained(I couldn’t find it so used regular corn. I think shoe peg is prettier but either type tastes fine.)
1 cup chopped celery
1 small onion chopped
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vinegar ( i used apple cider)
1/2 cup oil (i used vegetable)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Add all vegetables together and toss.

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In a sauce pan stir vinegar, oil, sugar, and salt and pepper. Bring liquid to a rapid boil and then remove from heat. Pour over vegetables. Chill in fridge for at least 4 hours. I think it is best if chilled for 24.

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We like to eat this as a side with ham or chicken. It’s a nice easy make-ahead dish!

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Recipes Using Quinoa: A Whole Foods Adventure

I never thought I’d be able to write so much about QUINOA!  I’m excited for this 3-part blog post series.

For starters, some people are dubbing quinoa the “Superfood of 2013” – don’t take my word for it, see here. And Dr. Oz has used it in his cleansing diet, among other popular celebrities. That might be why Quinoa Cookbooks are popping up all over the place!

So what is quinoa? According to Wikipedia: Quinoa “is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. Quinoa seeds contain essential amino acids and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.  Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and its mild, slightly nutty flavor makes it an alternative to white rice or couscous.”

Where is the best place to buy quinoa locally? Well, I took a trip to Whole Foods!

I walked into Whole Foods on a Sunday afternoon during their local food truck rodeo event. The whole supermarket was buzzing with savvy, health-conscious shoppers. I have never been to such a friendly store in all of Hampton Roads, honestly. It was almost a social event! There were employees giving demonstrations in the produce section, while other experts were further back in the store whipping up a new recipe and handing out samples to customers as they walked through the store. Local food trucks gathered outside in the parking lot and customers congregated with their families eating BBQ, cupcakes and more. The whole atmosphere made you want to stay there longer and mingle, chat, and learn more about healthy foods.

I had the pleasure of meeting Maria.  She is their local marketing gal and a bustling multi-tasker. She proceeded to escort me around the store and inform me of everything from trail mix to mango salsa to kale, guacamole and more. She then recommended the Quinoa section!

Almost immediately I was excited to learn more. She introduced me to the different varieties: white, red, black, and tri-colored. Quinoa is so popular right now, they were evening running low on the white. A friendly shopper beside me (whose husband plays for the Admirals hockey team) demonstrated how you actually use the machines to fill bags there.  We started talking about AFrugalChick.com and lost track of time!

Ok – back to the quinoa. At Whole Foods, you take plastic bags and fill your own portion sizes of quinoa, beans, sunflower seeds, and more by lifting a lever.  Then you grab a sticker and marker and write the item number and name of the item on the bag.  It’s simple to do and you can use the lever to gauge how much of something you’d like (just be careful not to pull too hard or the contents come pouring out into your bag)! I filled up bags of black quinoa, red quinoa, and the tri-colored quinoa. Quinoa is very “frugal-friendly” as well – I think all 3 bags of quinoa cost $10 and have made at least 5 meals at my house. Quinoa Quick Tip: For added flavor, after you rinse off your quinoa, boil in chicken stock instead of water (this came from the customer above who showed me how to use the machines).

Maria recommended lots of fantastic recipes which I am excited to share with you. These include a Quinoa Salad Recipe, Tuna Tabouli and Quinoa & Kale Pilaf. She also recommended the book below which talks about all the ways to make the items in their store. There are instructions in the manual on Quinoa as well and you can pick one up at our local Whole Foods (located in Hilltop).

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Here is the first recipe – Quinoa Salad. This is something Maria likes to make at home for her family!

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked quinoa

1 bunch spinach, washed and patted dry

One apple, sliced and cubed

Handful cranberries

Handful sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons feta cheese

Oil/vinegar dressing

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Prepare quinoa as directed in the “Cooking Basics” manual. Add the quinoa, spinach, apple slices, cranberries, sunflower seeds and feta together in salad. Mix well.

Add salad dressing. Enjoy!

Notes:  Maria suggested sunflowers seeds as an addition to most recipes. They are a great, crunchy addition and very healthy for you, too. You can find them in the same front section of Whole Foods near the uncooked quinoa machines.

More quinoa recipes and tips coming soon. Trust me, you’ll want to stay tuned on this one. There might even be a giveaway!

 

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Where’s The Fish? #FishnVeggies

Every week I try to incorporate a new recipe into our menu. While I was grocery shopping at Wal-Mart I checked out Mrs. Paul’s Fish Tenders in the freezer section because I had a coupon for $1/1 Mrs. Pauls and wondered if my family would eat them or not. I figured it couldn’t be too bad with the right recipe.

The next day I told my kiddos we were having a surprise for dinner. I did not want to hear “yuck” or “gross” without them trying it.

All day my son kept bugging me about the  dinner surprise so  I finally told him that we were having fish. Other than tuna fish sandwiches we very rarely eat fish because cooking it intimidates me. While the kiddos were taking a nap I prepped the casserole, which thanks to a microwave, frozen veggies and pre-made fish tenders made it quick and easy, so that when hubby got home we could put it in the oven and spend family time together.

The house filled with a wonderful aroma.  As we began to eat, my son looks over to me and asked “Mommy, where’s the fish?”

That is when I knew I had a keeper! After dinner, I put the recipe in my binder so that I could make it again.

To make this super duper easy fish tender casserole you will need the following ingredients:

Fishe Tender Casserole

 Ingredients

1 box Mrs. Paul’s Fish Tenders
1 bag BirdsEye Steamfresh Broccoli Florets
1-1/2 cups cooked rice
1 cup whole milk or half and half
1-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon Garlic or garlic powder
1/2 tspn black pepper
1/4 tspn salt
1 tspn oregano

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cook the broccoli and rice as directed on bags.

3. Mix together the cooked rice, milk, 1/2 cup cheese, and all of the spices until well combined. Fold in cooked broccoli.

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4. Transfer everything into a 9 inch baking pan. Top with frozen fish tenders and remaining 1 cup of cheese.

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5. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

For more ideas check out tasty and easy video recipes from The Neely’s.

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