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Simply Salads: More than 100 Delicious Creative Recipes Made from Prepackaged Greens and a Few Easy-to-Find Ingredients Hardcover – April 1, 2007
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Many of the salads are complete meals just by adding a meat (she has chapters devoted to chicken, beef, seafood and pork) plus vegetarian options by adding beans, chickpeas, fruit etc. There's a great 7 layer salad that is to die for.
Overall a great cookbook, nice photos, great recipes. Well worth it.
Also, a great gift for someone trying to lead a healthier lifestyle by eating and using truly fresh ingredients.
The biggest question regarding these packaged greens, of course, is whether to trust the `pre-washed' claim, especially in light of the recent vegetable borne food contamination on spinach and onions. I was firmly in the camp, even before this news, of thoroughly washing all greens, sometimes several times (for spinach especially), and I was backed up in this view by no less then Emeril Lagasse who, on a show a few years back, gave a scolding look to the notion of using unwashed greens, regardless of the packaging. The author tends to believe the packagers' claim of effective pre-washing. I would recommend washing and spinning dry, regardless of how big the `prewashed' blurbs are on the package.
I warmed up to Ms. Chandler's book when I saw her list of recommend kitchen tools and pantry items. These lists seem to be done by every Tom, Dick and Harry cookbook writer, and many are unnecessarily long for the `cook because I have to' working parent. Ms. Chandler's list is just about right.Read more ›
Not without good reason! Right on the cover, Jennifer Chandler announces that her cookbook contains "more than 100 delicious creative recipes made from prepackaged greens and a few easy-to-find ingredients." My goodness, who could ask for more, but I did. I wanted proof. Let's walk through the book. (When I get a new cookbook, I start at the beginning and leaf through every single page, stopping at certain recipes to read for difficulty and ingredients. Oh my, but I want to try so many recipes from this book.)
This introductory chapter displays all the packaged greens, a standard list of kitchen aids needed, and pantry items. The first recipe is "Steakhouse Wedge Salad" and what a gorgeous photo (Every single recipe has a close-up photo of the salad). By the way, each recipe comes with a homemade dressing, but, of course, store-bought can be used. Here's a Wilted Spinach Salad with mushrooms and an egg-based dressing.
The book is arranged by categories of salads. The two recipes above come from the Greens chapter. Others are the various meats, Fruit, then Beans, Grains, Rice & Pasta, next Slaws, and the additional Dressings chapter. Let's continue our flip-through: Grilled Romaine with mandarin orange slices and toasted almonds with a green goddess dressing. Does it look great! Black and Blue Chicken Salad (Bleu cheese and blackened chicken), Prosciutto and Melon Salad, Beef Tenderloin Salad with Horseradish Dressing (yogurt, sour cream, horseradish, and mayonnaise--sounds heavenly, yes?), and Grilled Lamb and Tabbouleh Salad for a Middle Eastern flavor.Read more ›
The book is organized in an easy format first explaining all the salad blends, then the recipes are organized by poultry, meat, seafood, vegetable, fruit, bean,grain and pasta, and slaws, with a final chapter for vinaigrettes and dressings that is so good and so healthful that you will never go back to store bought. Easy too!
Many of the salads are easily main course meals. My children love all the ones we have made and several are absolute favorites -
like 'hearts of romaine with tart apples, hazelnuts and cheddar cheese (we use Pink Lady instead of Granny Smith); 'Asian noodle salad with peanut dressing'; 'creamy broccoli slaw'; and a strong favorite - 'chicken tostada salad'.
Overall, this book is a great way to get the family to eat healthy foods and it is all made *so* easy. What more could you want?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am sure the recipes are good, but you can't tell where one recipe ends and another starts. Who decided this would be a good idea? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a well thought out recipe book. I like the fact that I can use pre-packaged mixes of chopped vegies, and then add things like tomatoes, avocados, celery, onions, etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edwin K. Roberts
Some very interesting recipes, but the book is very disorganized and difficult to follow. I love to cook but probably won't purchase another online cook book based on this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noelle Branch
This is a fun collection of recipes. I usually prefer hard bound cookbooks but this is fine on my Kindle. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catalina