Mighty Mango Slaw

Do you want to lift your taste buds above old-hat combos? How about a creamy dressing you can have today and tomorrow? When you make this salad, you will make it again and again. People do request it!  It’s that good! This colourful and chunky salad is spiked with jalapeño and fresh lime juice and zest that has your taste buds dancing. Great summer salads to celebrate RAW FOOD.

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RECIPE
Ingredients

1 lime
¾ cup (175 mL) regular or home made mayonnaise
1 tsp (5 mL) celery salt
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded
2 ripe but firm mangos
2 apples such as Granny Smith or Royal Gala
1 large red bell pepper, seeded (optional)
1 small napa cabbage
1 cup (250 mL) coarsely chopped cilantroIMG_0564

Directions
1 Finely grate lime peel into a large salad bowl. Add the juice from the lime, about 3 tbsp (45 ml). Stir in the mayonnaise and celery salt.

2 Peel and julienne mango into long thin strips.  Julienne red pepper as well. Finely chop jalapeno (no seeds). Slice peeled apples into julienne strips.  Stir all of these into the dressing.

3 Shred the head of cabbage by slicing as finely as possible crosswise. You should have about 8 cups (2 L). Stir into the salad.  Add about half of the chopped cilantro ( or parsley).  Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.  Scatter with remaining cilantro before serving.

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NEXT DAY Salad: Slice up the RAW vegetables except the apple and mango. Keep the dressing separate from the other ingredients. An hour before servings, combine all of the ingredients except half of the cilantro. Add the coriander (cilantro) just before serving.
Serves 6
Variation: Substitute parsley for the cilantro.  If you add only one mango — it still tastes great.  You may substitute peaches or nectarines for the mango.   You can add another diced jalapeño pepper if you like the heat. Taste your salad first before you add the pepper.

The  mango and apples balances the heat from the jalapeño pepper. The apples really give this salad a fresh crisp taste.

Chicken Diablo

chicken-diabloThere are many versions of this recipe. For my Chicken Diablo, I will be broiling the chicken breasts instead of using the fry pan. It is a healthier, lower calorie version when you bake or broil your chicken in the oven. If you use homemade mayonnaise for this recipe, you will not have all the preservatives you get in the store bought version. This is easy to make and so tasty!!!

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RECIPE
Ingredients

6 pieces chicken breast
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. mayonnaise or yogurt
1 tbsp. dry white wine or chicken stock or lemon juice or vinegar
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ( or more Panko or bread crumbs )
1 tbsp. chopped thyme or rosemary or sage or other herbs

Instructions
1. Dry chicken breasts with paper towels
2. Pound the chicken between 2 pieces of parchment or cut in half to make the cutlets thinner.
3. Combine in a deep dish or bowl the Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, wine, Worcestershire (Worcester) sauce, Tabasco and pepper.
4. Combine and then place on a plate the Panko bread crumbs, grated Parmesan and chopped herbs.
5. Dip chicken into the sauce and then coat on both sides with the Panko mixture. Place on a wire rack until ready to cook.
6. Preheat broiler and place baking sheet in the oven.
7. Place a piece of parchment on the baking sheet and then the chicken on top.  Broil 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Turn over after the first 4 minutes.
8. Reduce heat from broil to 350F/180C and bake 5 minutes longer.  Yummy!
chicken_breadingCoated chicken, ready to broil
chicken_breaded_ovenChicken Diablo out of the oven. Tasty and low cal!
chciken_diablo-plateChicken Diablo with roasted asparagus, tomato and sweet potato salad
cottage_tableWelcoming dining room at the picturesque lake house.
HAT2FOOD TIP: Serve warm and then refrigerate any left overs which are great cold sliced on salads or in a sandwich with some oven roasted tomatoes or just lettuce and more ‘homemade’ mayo of course.
You will want to make extra!