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Powerhouse Salad

DSC_0611The problem with healthy eating is that I use other holidays as an excuse to eat whatever I want. You see, there was Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Neil’s birthday, MLK Jr. Day, and just around the corner is Groundhog’s Day, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and oh man, soon enough I’m sunk. Honestly, I could justify about every day as a holiday.

If I were to find more recipes that are healthy that I truly, honestly look forward to, I don’t think I would have the “splurge when it’s a holiday” problem. Maybe I’d even choose one of those healthy recipes on a holiday. Well, I think I’ve found one. As mentioned before on this blog, I like a salad with crunch. Pile on the veggies, pile on the toppings, pile on the love. The more the merrier. This salad is right up my alley.

Maybe I’m late to the party, but why haven’t I yet discovered pomegranate seeds? I could finish these things straight out of the package in one sitting. They’re sweet, crunchy, and packed with good antioxidant stuff (or so I hear). Trader Joes sells them in the produce section. These colorful gems add a nice sweetness to this salad that pairs well with the citrus dressing.

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Perhaps it’s not so bad to think of every day as a holiday. Each day is precious after all, and in my book, worth celebrating. I’m going to celebrate today by eating a bowl of this delicious salad, and hopefully won’t feel as guilty tomorrow!

Powerhouse Salad
Prep Time: 30 min. Cook Time: 0 min.

For the Salad:

1 bunch lacianto (dinosaur) kale, destalked and cut in thin strips
1 lb. brussels sprouts, finely chopped
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
6 pieces crispy bacon, chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

For the Dressing:

1 lemon, juiced
1 orange, juiced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk all ingredients of the dressing together. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss until salad is coated in dressing.

Serves 8

A New Year, A New Look!

As we ring in the new year, we decided the good ol’ food blog needed an update. So, we’d like to welcome you to The Newlywed Chefs 3.0 (ish)! Hopefully, this site is more visually appealing and easy to navigate. We are so thankful for our friends that continue to visit this page, try our recipes, and follow us online as we continue in our culinary adventures. Here’s to another delicious year!

Chicken & Dumplings

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Now, I’m no expert, but if there is one thing I’ve learned about marriage, it’s that you won’t be the same people that you were the day you said “I do.”  Your lifelong commitment to each other is unwavering, but your interests, motivators, goals, and dreams shift over time. And that’s okay. The cool thing is when you grow and change as an individual, your relationship matures and deepens as you fall even more in love with the person they are becoming. After only 5 years, I can look back and reflect how much I loved Neil with all my heart the day we tied the knot, and if I stop and think of our relationship now, I am overwhelmed with how much more I love him.

In a similar, yet much less significant way, we’ve been revisiting some of our first recipes. They were really good when we posted them a few years ago, but we’ve learned a few tricks of the trade since then and have made them even better than they were. Here at The Newlywed Chefs, Chicken & Dumplings is one of our most visited pages. At first I questioned why, but then I stopped and remembered how delicious this dish is, and made it again at once. The dumplings are more biscuit-like, and bake on top of the chicken portion, which is similar to a pot pie filling. It takes a little time, but it’s really not hard.

Simply cook the chicken and set it aside to rest as you cook the vegetables.

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Top with the dumpling dough and steam the dumplings atop the vegetables until they are puffed and airy.

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This creamy savory dish will warm your whole body- perfect for a cold winter’s night. I hope you enjoy the new and improved recipe. I’m sure you’ll love it even more than it once was before.

Chicken & Dumplings
Prep Time: 20 min. Cook Time: 50 min.

Ingredients:

For the Chicken:

1 lb. chicken thighs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 cups baby bella mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons herbes de provence
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
3 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Dumplings:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk

Preparation:

First, make the dumplings. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Using a pastry blade, cut in the butter until mixture begins to clump. Once a course meal has formed, stir in egg and buttermilk. Bring dough together with hands, and transfer onto a floured flat surface (a countertop works well). Pat dough into 1-inch thickness. Cut into 1″x1″ squares, and let rest while making the rest of the dish.

In a large dutch oven, brown chicken thighs over medium high heat along with one teaspoon of salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes per side and season with another pinch of salt as you flip. Removed browned chicken and set aside.

In the same pot, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and all vegetables except the garlic. Continue to cook over medium high heat, and add pepper, herbes de provence, and red pepper flake. Cook for 8 minutes and add 2 tablespoons of flour to the vegetable mixture. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes until vegetables are soft.

Add garlic, wine, stock, and bay leaves and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat and add chicken. Cook over medium low for about 20 minutes. Remove chicken and shred using two forks. Return to the pot and add dumplings atop the chicken mixture. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, or until dumplings are puffed and cooked through. Serve hot.