Italian House Salad

4 cups Italian bread, cubed
2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 TSP salt
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
2 TSP Dijon mustard
2 TBSP shallot, finely chopped
1 TSP honey
1/4 TSP salt
1/4 TSP black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
1 cup bocconcini mozzarella cheese (or shredded mozzarella)
2 hearts romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 jar roasted red peppers, rinsed, drained and cut into strips
1 cup assorted brine-cured olives


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Asian Mint and Chicken Salad

1 1/2 TBSP vegetable oil
1 1/2 TBSP rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TBSP white sugar
1 jalapeño minced and seeded
1/2 onion, sliced thin
juice of 1/2 lime

1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
3/4 cup of chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup of cooked chicken, chopped 1. Mix dressing ingredients.

2. Combine salad ingredients, and toss with dressing.

Cashew and Avocado Chicken Sandwiches

4 cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, shredded or chopped
1/3 cup Ranch dressing
1 1/2 TBSP fresh dill
1 cup cashews
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
cooked bacon
sliced Swiss cheese
whole wheat bread or buns

1. Mix chicken, dressing, dill, cashews, and avocado. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.

2. Assemble sandwiches with mixture, bacon and cheese

Asian-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup

1 TBSP cooking oil
1 TBSP sesame oil
I onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, sliced
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, cut thinly
2 TBSP chili powder (optional)
1/8 TSP chili flakes
1 1/2 quarts canned, crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 pounds, boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 TBSP Asian fish sauce (optional)
1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1 3/4 TSP salt
1/2 pound cooked spaghettini
1/2 head bok choy, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices
1/4 cup lime juice


Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

2 cups cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 TBSP dry mustard
1 TBSP sweet paprika
2 TSP kosher salt
1 TSP ground black pepper
1/2 TSP cayenne pepper
1 2-3 pound chicken, roasted
4 hamburger buns
1 cup prepared coleslaw


Tomato and Chicken Pockets

2 tbsp olive oil
1 chicken breast, cut into strips
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 TSP balsamic vinegar
1/4 TSP dried oregano salt and pepper to taste
6 small cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 tomatoes, diced
3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 whole-wheat pitas
iceberg lettuce
low-fat mayonnaise to taste


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