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Main Course -- Sweet and Sour Salad

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6 oz. pasta noodles, cooked and drained
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
2 carrots, peeled and julienne sliced
3 - 4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1 and one half cups cooked ham, diced
One third cup soy sauce
One third cup sesame oil
One half cup sugar
One half cup vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp. crushed red pepper
Salt to taste

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and toss. Combine last 8 ingredients in a cruet and shake well; pour over salad and toss. Serve immediately or you may chill before serving.

The Skinny: Use your favorite sugar substitute.

Pita Bread with Dill Butter

1 package (9 oz.) store bought pita bread, sliced in half
1 cup butter, softened
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
One third cup fresh dill
1 Tbsp. green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine butter, lemon juice, dill, green onions, garlic and salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. Spread into each pita half and bake in the oven for 6 - 8 minutes.

The Skinny: We wouldn’t substitute anything for the real butter but you can if you must.


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