Monday, July 11, 2011

Easy Summer Dinner Recipe

Jen at Graham Like The Cracker is hosting a Dinner Blog Train that she kindly asked me to join. How fun!

My first recipe is too easy to even be called a "recipe," but if you're looking for a very easy summertime dinner that does not involve cooking, this is it. My food processor has been up in my closet for about 10 years - seriously - until I recently pulled it out again. I decided to whip up a "chopped salad" since I had one at a restaurant recently and loved it. Something about salad chopped up into itsy bitsy pieces makes it so easy to love, and tastes so much better for some reason!

Here is my recipe for Chopped Salad:

-1/2 head of romaine lettuce
-5 Broccoli pieces
-5 Large Mushrooms
-5 Baby Carrots
-5 Tomatoes
-Any other veggies you want

Simply load all of this into your food processor, and pulse until it is in tiny pieces. Dish into 2 bowls, and sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese. Slice some avocado and place on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add dressing of your choice. I personally love Bernstein's Italian Dressing for this salad. You can also add chopped turkey, blue cheese crumbles, sliced egg or bacon pieces to this salad for protein. YUM!

I've also added chicken to this, and used BBQ Sauce and Ranch for the dressing for a BBQ Chopped Salad.

Now - for my boys - who won't eat just salad for dinner....

I picked up Dinosaur Chicken Breast Nuggets from Costco -

Microwavable Brown Rice packets from Trader Joes -

A bit of the Chopped Salad (or a veggie of your choice)

And some fresh fruit.

They ate up every bit!

Please take a moment and go visit the other great recipes listed as part of this blog party. Next up: Pam at Keeping Life Creative!

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  1. Yum... Alton loves the dinosaur chicken nuggets. I swear those things are kiddo crack! lol

  2. Ok, so i'm convinced my kids need the dinosaur nuggets. I served them Tyson's nuggets last night and they are so gross... if you don't cook them for 15,000 hours, they end up all gooey. Yuck.

  3. Wow - all my kids got were the nuggets - what a great mom!

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  5. Interesting. I've never thought to chop salad. Perhaps I'll give it a try!!
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  6. I never considered putting my salad in a food processor - great idea! Awesome pictures, too. I love recipe posts with wonderful pictures!!

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  7. I love BBQ Chicken Salad! California Pizza Kitchen has one that is awesome. Of course, I haven't been able to enjoy it since leaving California. But now I know how to make my own at home. Yay! Thanks for sharing this. I don't have a food processor but I don't see why I can't just manually chop everything up into smaller pieces prior to mixing.

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  8. That salad sounds delicious! New follower coming over from Voiceboks!
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  9. I never thought about putting salad stuff in the food processor either, what an easy idea! And, now, I'm hungry!

    Gina from vB

  10. This is great! I love whole dinner recipes, especially when they're healthful. I recently tossed my ancient food processor. The plastic parts were turning yellow, lol!
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  11. I love that salad idea...I always need fast and easy, and when it's 100 degrees out plus, no cooking is even better!
    Cheers from vB,

  12. I'm always on the lookout for recipes for my toddler! what a timely post this is!

    Janie via vB

  13. Sounds yummy! Found you off VB- following you now! Stop by my page anytime!

  14. I love chopped salad. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!! Visiting from VB.