I often ask myself, “How can something so simple be so gosh darn delicious?”
Well, if you live around or shop at a Kroger, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. In their deli, they have a chicken salad that is just out-of-this-world. It’s sweet, creamy, crunchy, tangy … all things that make up a fantastic chicken salad. Several people at work bring it by the tubs and have it for lunch. It’s that awesome. Yep, it’s the …
Derby City Chicken Salad.
Of course, I had to put my spin on it and try to make it healthier and lower in points. Not only did I succeed, but the flavors are ON POINT! I love this lightened-up version and don’t think I’ll need to make a Kroger run anytime soon. 😉
When mother nature decides to be a frigid you-know-what, comfort food is what most people turn to.
I remember those snow days: staying home from school, watching Bob Barker and getting so excited when Plinko made an appearance, making tomato soup (Campbell’s of course). But there’s the other half to the tomato soup that completed lunch.
A toasty, buttery, ooey-gooey, cheesy sandwich that went with tomato soup like salt to pepper, peanut butter to jelly or Plinko to Price Is Right … a match made in food heaven.
So what’s more fun that dipping a grilled cheese into a creamy tomato soup? Cutting it into “croutons” of course. Drop them in soup or sprinkle them on a boring salad. They also make great, super easy finger foods for your toddler, or a great party favor everyone loves. Endless possibilities.
Quick! Name something you could eat as a main dish for any meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. … … … … Ok, ok, pizza doesn’t count! (but who doesn’t love cold pizza the next morning?! yum! 😉 )
I’ll give you a hint: it’s the perfect balance of melty cheese, buttery egg yolk, and molten tomato sauce. All 3 make up one of the best things I can rely on when I need that “comfort food” fix -any time of day! Yep, it’s:
ITALIAN BAKED EGG, ITALIAN BAKED EGG!
For this recipe, I love to add polenta. It’s so creamy and adds a depth of flavor that sets this apart from other italian baked eggs. I’ll never make it without polenta. Trust me, it’s that good.
I want everyone to try these italian baked eggs and fall in love like I did. Maybe I should host a brunch. You’re all invited! 😉
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One of my favorite things to order at an italian restaurant is the caprese salad. It seems to come in different forms, but they all compare with the main ingredients: tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic. Angels sings when these come together. I had recently made a caprese chicken and it was incredible. This go round, I had no chicken but I did have a tube of organic polenta in my pantry …
I could have easily thrown together this, but wanted something easier. Easier?! How could it get any easier? Well, let me tell you. The hardest part of this meal: slicing tomatoes. Oh, and maybe waiting for the cheese to melt … but that glorious moment will come 🙂 I had these as a vegetarian meal with a side of brown rice, but these would make the most perfect hor dourves that would impress just about anyone. I’ve broken up the points for however you decide to serve them; hor dourves, appetizer & meal. Enjoy!
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