WannaBe Chef

Recipes and randomness from Amanda's kitchen.

Picnic at the lake May 21, 2010

Filed under: Chicken,Pasta,Side dish,Vegetable — WannaBe Chef @ 6:45 pm

Wayne and I recently found one of the “10,000 lakes” here in MN and decided to have a little picnic at the park tonight.  Since we can’t have a grill at our townhouse, we are reeeally missing our once-a-week grilled dinner (we used to have “Chicken Sunday” at our house).  I marinated some chicken and whipped up some simple sides today.  I didn’t use any recipes for the stuff, so just remember, measurements are approximate!

Grilled Chicken
Marinate desired number of chicken breasts in a mixture of teriyaki sauce, garlic and ginger for at least 6-8 hours (overnight is good too!).  Cook on the grill and enjoy! 

Le Grill Master

We made lots of extra 🙂

Tangy Pasta Salad 
(makes 2-3 servings – we finished the whole bowl)

4-5 ounces dry pasta (I used rotini)
1-2 Tbsp finely minced onion
1/4 cup Miracle Whip Light
1-2 tsp mustard
2-3 Tbsp juice from a jar of yellow peppers / pepperoncinis
salt, pepper to taste
few dashes of McCormick Salad Seasoning

-Cook the pasta, rinse under cold water
-Mix the pasta with all the other ingredients
-Garnish with a few yellow peppers and a sprinkle of paprika, if desired

Cucumber Tomato Salad
(makes 3-4 servings)

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
3/4 of a large seedless cucumber, chopped in pieces similar in size to the tomatoes
2-3 Tbsp (or so) chopped onion, similar in size to the other veggies
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
squirt of dijon mustard
tiny bit of minced garlic
salt and pepper
1 tsp agave nectar or honey
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and feta in a medium bowl
-Combine remainder of ingredients in a small bowl, whisking in the oil last
-Combine dressing with veggies just prior to serving

…and some grapes 🙂

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