Vietnamese style Chicken Salad

I have a confession to make. One of the last things on my priority list is working out and, for me, eating salads every day gets OLD. I do, however, try to make a point to have a salad for lunch as much as possible. That means, I have to keep them interesting! I can’t eat the same salad every day. I just can’t. I’ll get burnt out and then just not eat salad at all. One of my favorite salads of all time is a Grilled Pork Vietnamese Salad. It’s savory and fresh, but it’s a little hard to throw together for a quick lunch. This post focuses on a similar salad that’s much easier to put together but with the same satisfaction. Note to self: Make Grilled Pork Vietnamese Salad soon and write a new post.

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Slow Cooker Spiced Brisket with Vegetables

My husband and his paternal side of the family were raised Jewish. While we are not practicing the religion, we still like to acknowledge and teach our children about the holidays and traditions. This week is Passover and we wanted to have a special meal to celebrate. The star of the show this time was the Kosher Beef Brisket we got from Trader Joe’s. (I promise I’m not endorsed by Trader Joe’s, I just like it that much. I shop there all the time!)

I found a recipe online that I thought sounded very interesting. It uses a blend of spices I would never have thought would go so well with beef, but it works! The original recipe can be found here. There’s cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, mustard powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper in the rub. At first, I’ll admit that I was unsure as it smelled a lot more like a Christmas Ham than a Passover Brisket.  But, after 8 hours in the crockpot, the flavors really came together and it was great.

Kosher Beef Brisket with Spice Rub

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Deconstructed Wonton Soup

If you’re like me, what’s the best part of the Wonton soup? THE WONTON FILLING! That little pocket of flavor is what makes the soup so delightful. The downside? They only give you 2 or 3 Wontons in an average portion- bummer! It’s just mainly all broth.

My husband and I had some leftover cabbage and whatnot and wanted to make a soup. Hmmm… what else to we have? Frozen ground pork? Why, yes. Stuff to make stock? Yes again! Ginger? Duh. Oh, what about Won Ton wrappers?! Ohhh yeah.

So, Won Ton soup without actually making won tons was the winner. Fancy folk would call it “Deconstructed”, even.

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