Thursday, April 5, 2012

Caesar Chicken Pasta Salad

This recipe came from good friends of our family, and we tried it last night--it is awesome and would be perfect for a summer meal or potluck!

3 cups cooked penne pasta (we did about 10 oz)
2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil or 1 Tablespoon of minced basil from the refrigerated section of the grocery store
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup Lite Caesar dressing
1/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley
1 4 oz package crumbled feta cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
3-4 roasted skinless boneless chicken breasts cooked and sliced
Option ingredients: avocado, chopped bell pepper, cucumber

Combine the first 9 ingredients in a bowl.  Toss well to coat.  Place 1 1/4 cup pasta mixture on each plate and top with chicken breast.  (We chopped the chicken and mixed it in with the salad and then just used a bit of extra dressing).  You could omit the chicken for a vegetarian pasta salad.

Crock Pot Turkey Spinach Lasagna

My mom found this and raves about it, and everyone she's made it for raves about it, so it's on our menu for this month!

1/2 pound ground turkey
1 large onion
1 TBSP olive oil
1 26 oz jar marinara sauce
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 9 oz package oven ready lasagna noodles
2 cups part skim ricotta cheese
1 8 oz package grated part skim mozzarella cheese
1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
4 TBSP grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP oregano

1.  In a large skillet over medium heat, saute turkey in oil until it is no longer pink and then drain.
2.  In a large bowl combine turkey, marinara sauce, and tomatoes.
3.  Coat a large slow cooker with cooking spray.  Pour 1 cup of the turkey tomato mixture into the cooker.  Layer noodles, ricotta, mozzarella, spinach and sauce.  Repeat layers twice, ending with the turkey-tomato sauce.  Use all the spinach in the first two layers, ending with sauce and then cheese.
4.  Cover and cook for 2 1/2 hours on low or until noodles are soft and cheese is melted.  Sprinkle with grated parmesan.
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