Spiralized Cucumber Greek Salad w/ Dill

Ok, I have a secret to share with you. It's my secret ingredient to make salads amazing. It's going to blow your mind. Are you ready? Spices! 

Spiralized Cucumber Greek Salad with Dill

Seriously, why don't you ever see spices on salads?! Sure, they get topped with pepper and you'll see salt or garlic in a dressing recipe occasionally but that's where it ends. It's crazy! It's time for a change, don't you think?

So I love, love, love this salad but I'm not actually a huge fan of cucumbers. If there's cucumbers on my salad I have to cut them up into tiny little bits to mix in a little better instead of those big chunks (which of course cucumbers always are). But something happens when you spiralize the cucumber and it's not as watery or something, I'm not sure exactly, but it's great! And it's so perfectly complimented by the feta and hummus and DILL on this salad, it's sooooo good! So that's it, the secret ingredient: dill on a greek salad. You're welcome. 

Spiralized Cucumber Greek Salad w/ Dill

Serves 2 big meal salads or 4 side salads | Prep time: 15 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 cucumbers - the bigger the better
  • 2 teaspoons of dill - dry or fresh
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped olives - kalamata or queen
  • 1/4 of a red onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons hummus - I recommend roasted red pepper or kalamata olive
  • Top with Feta cheese
  • Go Crazy: toss a little oregano on there too!

Directions:
Spiralize the cucumbers and divvy the noodles up between your desired numbers of servings then divvy up all the toppings to your heart’s content and enjoy!

 

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5 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Chili Verde

You get up too early (and yet too late, hello snooze button!). You rush getting ready. Rush breakfast (if you even bother). You rush out the door. You bust your butt all day. You try to hit the gym...most of the time...sometimes... You try to have a life - things to do, people to see. It goes on and on. Then you get home and it would be nice to sit down to a nice warm meal and relax but who wants to cook and work and clean and crap.

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There's a lot of crockpot recipes out there claiming to be easy. And some are...but some have you cooking meat and chopping a million things and you've been working forever and your kitchen’s a mess before you even put it in the crockpot. What’s the point?!

This recipe actually is super easy! I swear. You open a jar, a bag, a can, a box and throw in some chicken and you’re done. Now don’t go getting down on those jars and stuff I mentioned. I know these days, especially in the food blog realm, it should be all fresh, organic, from scratch, clean eating, whole foods. And I’m all for that, believe me! But real life doesn’t always accommodate that. Sometimes you settle for jarred and canned ingredients. I mean, we can eat better making this chili with stuff from jars than grabbing fast food or something so I’m calling it a win.

I’m calling this 5 ingredient chili because you can definitely get a good flavor from the salsa here but I can’t help but throw in some spices and then of course you have to top it with some goodies so that's more than 5 but the basics are 5 ingredients so I'm going with it. I topped it with greek yogurt and avocado (cutting the avocado was probably the most work I had to put into this but it was worth it). I put greek yogurt on everything but more on that in another blog post to come. This was the first time I tried avocado in chili and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it warmed up in it because I recently tried roasted avocado and I didn’t really care for it but it was great in the chili! I highly recommend it. I also added some shredded Mexican blend cheese one night on my leftovers, very tasty. 

5 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Chili Verde

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 16 oz jar of salsa verde
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 1 bag of frozen corn
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans

Directions

  1. Open the jar of salsa verde and dump it in the crockpot
  2. Open the bag of corn and dump it in the crockpot
  3. Open the box of chicken broth and dump it in the crockpot
  4. Open the cans of beans, drain and rinse, and….dump them in the crockpot
  5. Open the package of chicken and toss those in the crock pot too
  6. Break the 5 ingredient rule and add a couple tablespoons of chili powder and a couple teaspoons of cumin. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  8. Top with goodies and enjoy!

 

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