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Copycat Portillo’s Chopped Salad – Amazing! August 17, 2012

I love Portillo’s chopped salad.  Portillo’s is a fast food chain in the Chicago area.  If you ever visit Chicago, I highly recommend checking out Portillo’s.  Indulge in a hot dog and fries and go back a second time to try their chopped salad!  I’m pleased to share this copycat recipe with you.  It takes forever to chop up the ingredients, but it’s worth it.  I ended up quartering the recipe and I had enough for 2 HUGE salads.  Save the second salad by placing a paper towel over the salad and covering with plastic wrap.  The paper towel helps absorb the moisture and keeps the salad fresh for the next day.  This tastes just like Portillo’s chopped salad.  Also, I have tried out many salad dressings and the best match I could find was Marzetti’s Sweet Italian dressing.






  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 – 2 heads Romaine lettuce, depending on size
  • 1 small head red cabbage, minced or 1 bag sliced red cabbage, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2  c. ditalini pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 c. gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • Vinaigrette dressing, bottled or homemade (we used a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette)



1. Wash and dry the lettuces. Finely chop until the lettuce is in small pieces. Put in a large bowl.

2. Add remaining ingredients, except dressing, and toss to combine well.

3. Serve dressing along side the salad or pour on and combine just before serving.


The original Portillo’s Chopped Salad includes diced chicken breast, but we opted to leave that out to make it more picnic and side-dish friendly. I think I’ll be making this for just our family very soon and including the chicken. It would definitely be hearty enough to make a complete meal.


SOURCE:  http://stolenmomentscooking.com/homemade-portillos-chopped-salad/



Substitutions:  I left out the red onion.  Next time I will add chicken!

Time:  It took me close to an hour to chop everything up and clean up, including distractions from the kiddo’s.

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878988426/

Weight Watchers Points:  I calculated 8 WW+ points.  I used 2 T. dressing.



Lemon Butter Salmon June 10, 2012

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I’ve been trying really hard to like fish.  This is my second attempt at eating salmon.  I was able to eat the entire filet the last time I made it, so I thought I’d try again.  My husband will not eat it, so it’s just me!  I saw this recipe on Pinterest, of course.  It looked simple and tasty, so I gave it a try.  After 25 minutes, I took it out of the oven and it was totally raw.  Boo!  The rest of the family was ready to eat their grilled burgers and dogs (yum), so I threw it in a pan and pan fried it for 4 minutes per side.  I put some lemon-pepper seasoning on each side before frying.  It was really tasty!  I ate it all up and am willing to try it again!



Pinterest Recipe:  Tin foil, lemon, salmon, butter S – Wrap it up tightly and bake for 25 minutes at 300 °.  DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE.  YOUR SALMON WILL BE RAW!!!

My Recipe:  Place salmon in a lemon juice marinate for at least 30 minutes.  Cover filet in lemon-pepper seasoning.  Pan fry fillet in a couple tablespoons of butter for 3-4 minutes per side.

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878506079/

Time:  15 minutes


– Lisa


Sonoma Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad sandwiches as I’ve mentioned in a previous post!  This is the second recipe I’ve posted and I like this one is a tad better.  I really liked the poppy seed dressing and the cranberries!  I might add some green onion next time to give it a little more kick.  The recipe made a good amount of salad.  It would easily make 6 average sandwiches or 4 large sandwiches.  This is something I could make on Monday and eat all week for lunch!




Recipe Linkhttp://cookingclassy.blogspot.com/2012/05/sonoma-chicken-salad-sandwiches.html

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878505938/

Substitutions:  I made quit a few substitutions.  I substituted walnuts for pecans.  I excluded the poppy seeds (I don’t like them in my teeth).  I didn’t have honey, so I used agave nectar.  Also, I used shredded rotisserie chicken.

Time:  20 minutes


– Lisa


Getting Organized … Freezer / Fridge Inventory Printable March 12, 2012

The first printable that caught my attention on the simply101.com website was the was a “Freezer Inventory” worksheet.  Realizing that I have no idea what is in my freezer (or fridge), I thought taking inventory of my fridge and freezer could be my first step.  I used the worksheet on simply101.com for my inspiration, but created my own version in excel.  Here is a link to my printable:  Freezer & Fridge Inventory.


My printable includes six categories of food including (1) Main Dishes, (2) Meat and Seafood, (3) Veggies / Side Dishes, (4) Breakfast Items, (5) Desserts and Snacks, and (6) Misc Items.  Every two weeks (before I make my meal plan), I will take a quick Freezer & Fridge Inventory using my printable.  I will document the food item, location (I have two freezers), whether I need more, and what meal I could make out of that food item.  If I need more, I will add that item to my grocery list (see a post coming soon).  If I can use up that item in a meal, I will make sure to plan that meal for my next meal cycle.  This is how I will keep my food from sitting in my freezer for weeks, months, or (oh my) years!


While taking inventory of my freezer and fridge, I realized that I needed a clip board.  I remembered that I pinned a crafty clipboard that I will make (post coming soon).


Upcoming posts related to this article:  (1) Cutsy Clip Board, (2) 2 Week Meal Planning, (3) Grocery Shopping’s A Breeze


Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878045918/


Twiced Baked Potatoes

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I always order twice baked potatoes at nice restaurants, but have never made them myself.  The caption on the pin attracted me to this recipe.  The caption reads “only 88 calories..”!  I recalculated the calories after I made the recipe, and I came up with 225 calories.  Maybe it was the cheese I used?  The recipe took 1 hour 45 minutes total; however, only 25 minutes of that time is hands on!  These turned out great.  I will be making them again.  Next time I might make a few extra potatoes, because I didn’t have enough filling to stuff the potatoes as much as I’d like to.  I should also mention that the picture on the pin shows a whole potato stuffed, but the recipe tells you to cut them in half, which is what I did!  I ate mine like a potato skin!


Time:  10 minute potato prep / 1 hour baking / 15 minute filling prep / 20 minutes more baking = total of 1 hour 45 minutes!

Substitutions:  My husband is not a fan of mustard, so I eliminated the mustard.  Also, I forgot to sprinkle the paprika.  After 17 minutes of baking, the cheese wasn’t crispy on top, so I turned on the broiler for the last 3 minutes and that did the trick!

Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878045817/

Recipe http://www.wwrecipes.net/twice-baked-potatoes.html



The Best Broccoli of Your Life! January 2, 2012

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This is my very first post! Yay! Please forgive any misspelled words and my sub par grammar. Writing is not a strength of mine.

Okay, so I saw this posted on Pinterest a few times and decided I had to try it since broccoli is my favorite vegetable. My daughter, Sophie (she is 4), loves “trees” too and I thought she would love this!

Here is the link to the recipe: http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2008/11/the_best_brocco.html

I did alter the recipe, so here is how I made it!

I read that the broccoli should be very dry, so I washed it about 2 hours before I wanted to bake it. It was actually still a bit wet, so next time I won’t wash it at all. The recipe says that the heat will kill any bacteria. Okay, I’ll buy that!

I preheated the oven to 425 degrees.

I cut the florets off the bunches and placed them in a large bowl. Since I only had about 1 pound of broccoli (the recipe calls for 4-5 pounds … holy broccoli), I only used 1 T. of olive oil, 1/4 tsp. of minced garlic, 1/4 tsp. ground pepper, and 1/4 tsp. sea salt to coat the broccoli.

I transferred the broccoli to a foil lined baking sheet and roasted in the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, the broccoli had a nice brown crispy look to them. I brushed about 1/2 T. of olive oil, and dropped lemon juice on each floret. The recipe calls for the juice of a real lemon, but I didn’t have one. I excluded the pine nuts, basil, and Parmesan cheese as I didn’t have any of those either. Regardless, it turned out great! I loved the crispy texture. My daughter wouldn’t even take one bite because there was “brown” on it. Kids!