Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad


Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad

Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad

This recipe, Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad is from Diabetic Connect.  This couldn’t be simpler to make.  It’s a refreshing dish to serve on a hot summer’s night or bring it to your warm-weather potluck: just toss the salad with the dressing when you’re ready to serve.


Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad Recipe


Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad

8 oz. Chinese egg noodles, or other thin noodles or pasta, fresh or dried

1 cup creamy peanut butter

¾ cup rice vinegar

2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil

2 Tbsp. Shaoxing wing or dry sherry (see Notes)

1 cup thinly sliced scallions

2 Tbsp. naturally brewed reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp. Asian chile sauce (see Notes)

2 heads baby romaine or 1 head regular romaine lettuce

1 ½ lbs. cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced crosswise into ¼ inch slices and chilled

2 medium red peppers, cut into ¼ inch dice

1 large English cucumber, peeled, seeded, halved lengthwise and cut into ¼ inch slice

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (see Notes)


Fill a large bowl with water and add ice cubes.  Cook noodles to boiling water until tender, 2-4 minutes if fresh; about 6 minutes for dry (or according to package directions).  Drain and transfer the noodles to the ice water.  When the noodles are cold, drain well and transfer to a very large bowl.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, whisk peanut butter, vinegar, sesame oil, and Shaoxing (or sherry) in a bowl until smooth.  Add scallions, cilantro, if using, soy sauce and hot sauce; stir to blend.

If using baby romaine, half lengthwise, notch out the core, and cut crosswise into ½ inch pieces.  If using regular romaine, remove the tougher outer leaves.  Halve lengthwise, notch out the core, halve again, and cut crosswise into ½ inch pieces.  You should have about 8 cups.

Add lettuce, chicken bell peppers and cucumbers to the noodles.  Add three-fourths of the dressing and toss to coat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the remaining dressing if desired.

Transfer the salad to a serving bowl.  Serve garnished with sesame seeds.

NOTES:   Shaoxing, is a seasoned rice wine.  It is available at most Asian specialty markets and in the Asian section of some larger supermarkets.  If unavailable, dry sherry is the best substitute.

Sambal oelek, a spicy blend of chilies, brown sugar and salt, and Sriracha, Thai chile sauce, can be found in the Asian section of many large supermarkets and at Asian markets.

Look for toasted sesame seeds at the supermarket near other Asian ingredients.  Or toast regular sesame seeds in a small dry skillet OVER LOW HEAT, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

TIP:  To quickly poach boneless, skinless chicken breasts, place in a large skillet or saucepan.  Add lightly salted water (or chicken broth) to cover and bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer PINK in the middle, 10 to 20 minutes, depending on side.

IF PREPARING AHEAD OF TIME:  Cover and refrigerate the salad for up to 1 day or prepare the dressing (step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days; thin with a little water as needed.


(Recipe for Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad came from Diabetic Connect, 2014)


Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad


We have end-of-season picnics for my son’s flag football team.  This makes enough to serve plenty of hungry boys and their families.

          Dolores Deifel                                                                   Mundelein, Illinos


Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad Recipe  

Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. kosher salt

1 medium butternut squash (2 ½ to 3 lbs.), peeled and cut into ¾ inch cubes

2 cups uncooked jasmine rice

2 large sweet red peppers, cut into ½ inch pieces

1 cup pine nuts, toasted

6 green onions, thinly sliced

3 Tbsp. snipped fresh dill

3 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh parsley

Dressing:   ½ cup olive oil

3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. pepper

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, oil and salt.  Add squash; toss to coat.  Transfer to a greased, foil-lined 15x10x1 inch baking pan.  Bake at 450 F. for 25-30 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.  Cool completely.

Meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions.  Remove from the heat; cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine the red peppers, pine nuts, green onions, dill, parsley, squash and rice.  In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients.  Pour over salad; toss to coat.  Serve at room temperature.  Cover and refrigerate leftovers.            12 servings (3/4 cup each)


(Recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad came from Taste of Home, 2013)


Savory Herb Corn Muffins


Savory Herb Corn Muffins

Savory Herb Corn Muffins

I got this recipe from the “Eating Well magazine.  Why don’t you give this Savory Herb Corn Muffins a try?

Savory Herb Corn Muffins Recipe 

Savory Herb Corn Muffins

Cooking spray

½ Tbsp. olive oil

½ cup finely diced onion

½ cup finely diced mushrooms

½ cup finely diced red pepper

1 cup chopped fresh spinach

1 (14 to 17 oz.) box corn muffin mix

6 oz. Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar or Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar, grated (about 1 ½ cups)

1 Tbsp. dried thyme leaves

1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves, crumbled

2/3 cup Cabot 2% Plain Greek Style Yogurt

2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Coat insides of 12 hole muffin tin with cooking spray.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onions, mushrooms and red peppers and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add spinach and cook until spinach wilts, 1 to 2 minutes longer; set aside.

In large bowl, stir together muffin mix, cheese, thyme and rosemary; stir in yogurt, eggs and reserved vegetables until no dry mixture remains.  Fill each muffin cup about two thirds full.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or golden brown on top and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


(Recipe for Savory Herb Corn Muffins came from Eating Well Magazine, October 2013)


Santa Fe Chicken Chili

Santa Fe Chicken Chili

Santa Fe Chicken Chili

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


Stir up this chili on Sunday and you’ll be set for a couple weekday meals.

                Sonia Gallant                                                                     St. Thomas, Ontario


Santa Fe Chicken Chili Recipe

Santa Fe Chicken Chili

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½ inch cubes

4 medium sweet red peppers, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 large onions, chopped

¼ cup olive oil

3 Tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

2 cans (14 ½ oz. each) chicken broth

2 cans (16 oz. each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 jar (12 oz.) salsa

1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen corn

½ tsp. each salt & pepper

In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, sauté the chicken, peppers, garlic and onions in oil until the chicken for about 5-7 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.

Add the chili powder, cumin and cayenne; cook and stir for 1 minute.  Add tomatoes and broth; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.     14-16 servings

(Recipe for Santa Fe Chicken Chili is from, 2012)

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