May 022013
 

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Once in a while I buy two broccoli and make a big salad that can last a couple of days . Peas are a great add on. If you did not know that peas are a great with broccoli salad, it’s time to try it out. It turned out to be very filling.

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Mar 302012
 

Inspired by the broccoli salad I had at Louie’s Restaurant, I decided to make my own version in my very own kitchen.

Since, I have never made this salad, I went online and looked around. I found this very delicious looking salad from Simply Recipes.

It was a great salad and seemed easy to make and it was. I even learned about the very important step called blanching. Yeah!

I liked the recipe, but did not feel like adding the peas and bacon.  So, I did what I do best. I used the recipe as a base and went along and created my own. I substituted slivered almonds with sunflower seeds and mayonnaise with olive oil.

  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets and stems, chopped  ( I used one stem of broccoli)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Some ice cubes and water
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey

  1. In a medium sized pot, boil water with salt. Add broccoli florets and stems. Boil for two minutes tops. (No more than two minutes to prevent over cooking). Drain. You will notice the Broccoli turn into a beautiful bright green. The broccoli on the right actually looks more palatable than the raw broccoli on the left.
  2. Place drained broccoli in bowl of ice water to cool. ( blanching)  Drain. Chop the Broccoli.
  3. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and honey for dressing.
  4. In bigger bowl,  mix the cooled, chopped broccoli, sunflower seeds, onion, raisins and dressing. Toss the salad and let sit in refrigerator about one hour before serving.
Mar 182012
 

The place: Louie’s grill and bar

Our reason for going to Louie’s: Every meal on the Louie’s Restaurant menu is under $10?

The appetizer was on the house. A lovely bowl of  fresh chips and dip. Nice!

The drinks: I like a place that serves juices, because to tell you the truth, I don’t really fancy soda, bottled or fountain.  I got my favorite; Orange juice. Delicious!

What we got and what you could get:

Blue cheese burger

The reason Hubbie gets this one is the crumbled blue cheese. He says it creates a sensation in his mouth that is indescribable.

Southwest chicken platter

Because I grew up eating real food (aka non – fast food – kind of food), I always prefer not to eat food that is burger related or burger appearing. So, I went for the platter section and selected the blackened chicken breast topped with chipotle honey mustard, grilled onions, jalapenos, applewood smoked bacon and melted mixed cheese. What a treat of flavors.  I selected a side of fried green beans and a side of broccoli salad.

The Broccoli salad was a special treat.  I had never eaten anything green or veggie like that was so crisp, so crunchy, and so nutritious looking. It tasted absolutely delicious with the chicken.

 

Louie’s has several locations in the metro area. My favorite is the Lake Hefner location. The ambiance at this Louie’s is heightened by the romance of the lake water, the cool breeze and the fact that even while sitting inside you can see the lake and sail boats cruising by. This is just perfect for a nice romantic dinner with your other half. Go early so that you can catch a glimpse of sunset over the lake. Enjoy!
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Of course you can select more fabulous items any time on the Louie’s Menu . The menu may vary in your location as they strive to use the freshest ingredients in each location.

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