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Chipotle Shrimp Salad

Chipotles, often a key ingredient in many dishes in Mexican cuisine. This Mexican chili pepper is used to make various salsas. Chipotle peppers have a mild but earthy spiciness and can be ground and combined with other spices to make a meat or seafood marinade. They can be very spicy, but add enhanced flavor to this great summer salad.

 

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INGREDIENTS
*1 pound frozen raw shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveined
*1 can Chipotle peppers, in their adobo sauce
* 1/2 cup brown jasmine rice
* 1/2 cup freshly cilantro, chopped
* 1 lime
* 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 (14.5 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
* 1/2 cup frozen corn
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* 1 tsp chili powder
* 1 Head Butter Lettuce
* 1/2 cup cherry yellow tomatoes, halved
* 1 avocado, diced
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Puree the Chipotle peppers and their sauce, some cilantro, olive oil, and 1/2 lime juice in a small food processor until smooth. Pour into a small baggy. Dump the shrimp into the baggy and squish the sauce all around them, getting everything all coated. Stick in the fridge and marinate at least 1/2 hour.
2. In the meantime, cook the rice in a rice with the cilantro and the juice from 1/2 the lime.
3. In a small saucepan add and heat the corn and beans. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, along with the cumin and chili powder. Keep heated on low until you’re ready to assemble.
4. Grill the shrimp, searing the shrimp one on side for 2 minutes. Flip and sear another minute.
5. Wash and arrange butter lettuce in large salad bowl. Top with rice, corn and beans, shrimp, avocado and tomatoes.
6. Add Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette Dressing. Squirt and Garnish with lime!

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Chicken Salad

This is a great summer salad for those days that it’s too hot to cook a meal. This is great on croissant rolls, spread on crackers, or with veggies.

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2 to 2 1/3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 chopped scallions
1 cup real mayonnaise
½ teaspoon garlic salt
¾ teaspoon finely ground black pepper

Place chicken in pot. Add just enough cold tap water to cover it. Bring to a boil over high heat.

When chicken boils, immediately remove from the heat and let pot stand, covered, 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Immediately remove chicken from pot. Discard broth or reserve for another use.

Fit a food processor with the steel blade and process each breast 1 at a time: Cut each breast into 4 pieces, and process about 5 seconds, then pulse the motor about 3 to 4 more times just until the breast is shredded but not finely ground. As each breast is finished, pour the meat into a 3-quart or larger bowl.

Add all the ingredients and chill for an hour. Serve.

Black-Eyed Peas

Nothing goes better with collard greens than a pot of southern black-eyed peas.

The black-eyed pea, also known as the cow pea, is thought to have originated in North Africa, where it has been eaten for centuries. It may have been introduced into India as long as 3,000 years ago, and was also a staple of Greek and Roman diets. The peas were probably introduced to the New World by Spanish explorers and African slaves, and have become a common food in the southern United States, where they are available dried, fresh, canned, and frozen. The flavorful peas are used to make soups, salads, fritters, and casseroles; they can also be puréed; or sprouted (courtesy of About.com)

Ingredients

1 medium white onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 (16 oz) bags of dry frozen eyed peas
Smoked Turkey Wing or leg
6-8 cups of chicken broth (or enough to cover the beans)
Red pepper flakes, black pepper (optional)

Directions

Chop onions & garlic.
In a large pot, add in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and saute the onions and garlic until tender.
Add in the turkey wing, black eye peas, & chicken broth
Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until black-eyed peas are tender.
Add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper if desired.