Monthly Archives: June 2012

Avocado Caprese Salad

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One of the best appetizers of the summer is a caprese salad.  Fresh basil… Ripe tomato… Avocado….

Avocado? Wait a second, isn’t that last ingredient mozzarella?

While I love the gooey yummy taste of mozzarella, my stomach does not.  I have been making caprese salads with only tomatoes and basil for years now, but at a party last month I heard of a great alternative for mozzarella cheese, avocado!  The creamy texture and calming taste of avocado fits in super well with the basil and tomato, so much so that you don’t miss the mozzarella.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of fresh basil leaves, washed
1 ripe tomato, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1/4 C olive oil
1/4 C balsamic vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preparation:

Arrange the basil, tomato and basil leaves artistically on your platter.  Drip olive oil & balsamic vinegar across the tops of the veggies and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!!!

–Me

Easy Crock-Pot Fajitas

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I love crock pot meals…they are so easy and have little work involved besides dumping the stuff in the crock pot.  Sadly, I often am disappointed in crock pot recipes.  We don’t use ingredients with preservatives, artificial flavors, and chemicals which means that many crock pot recipes don’t work for us.  And the recipes I do find many times disappoint in flavor.  But today, I am happy to announce a GOOD crock pot recipe!

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts
1 onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 lime, squeezed
2 T cumin
2 T chili powder
1 C water

Preparation:

Put everything in the crock pot with the vegetables first.  Set it on low for 8 hours.  Shred chicken.  It’s done!  We wrapped our fajitas with lettuce and added some shredded cheddar cheese and avocado slices.  Delicious!!!

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