Monday, May 9, 2011

Another quick dinner: turkey tenderloins and butter lettuce-mango salad

I'm just going to have to fix this again, because my camera battery was charging and I have no pictures to post for you of tonight's dinner.  It was so delicious there really were no leftovers.  The applewood smoked turkey tenderloins are back in the refrigerated cases at my Costco.  Just in time for grilling season.  Those babies are just right for a quick dinner.  Do brush them or your grill grates with a bit of olive oil so they don't stick, but mine are usually done after 10 minutes or so a side on a medium-high heat grill.

Tonight the trusty Weber grill we have replaced grates and flavorizer bars on a few times, moved four times and just loved the heck out of finally rusted-out and the big pan under the bars just fell to the cart shelf below.  Have you seen the new Weber grills?  They are way too modern and stainless steel looking for me.  I bought ours in 1996 and Greg thought I was crazy spending almost $400 on a grill.  He has rescinded his criticism many times.  I'm thinking 15 years is a pretty good run for a grill.  When it first made it's appearance Kelly had just turned 6 and Sara was about to turn 4.  We have less than 16 weeks until we are empty-nesters, so the Weber has been witness to what will surely prove to be my favorite years.  I wasn't overjoyed with babies and the physically demanding years, but I survived.  I bought that grill with my little girls in tow and never looked back.  I would grill for lunches (even just for myself).  I would grill when Daddy was gone, because if I needed Greg to grill we would have missed a lot of good meals.  He's always been the "Grillmaster", but I've honed my skills and sometimes he'll even admit my chicken is better.  He's still got it, but I think some nights he's pretty happy to let me do the honors.  Now we'll need a new Weber.  Perfect timing.  Sara's grad party is Sunday and I'm expecting well over 100 guests and planning on featuring grilled chicken skewers and a big platter of grilled vegetables.   That's how it goes....

Pretty sure this is 1996, or the year of the grill, on the beach in Fort Walton, FL


So, make yourself a nice Costco turkey tenderloin.  I tossed cauliflower florets with lemon juice, a little olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled those on a grill pan.  I fully intended to make a new recipe for a mango-greens salad, but I was missing a couple of things so I came up with a really smashing mango salad that merits a blog post.

Butter lettuce-Mango Salad

1 head butter/Bibb lettuce, trimmed and washed
2 mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, sliced thin (make sure it's a good one and not too hot, if so skip it)
1 avocado, seeded and diced
1/4 C soft goat cheese, crumbled (feta would be good too)
splash of seasoned rice wine vinegar (maybe 2 T)
splash of olive oil (used a nice light one, maybe 1 T)
freshly ground sea salt, 1/2 tsp or to taste
freshly ground pepper, 1/4 tsp or to taste

Toss everything together to get the avocado nice and smushy and incorporate all the ingredients.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Mondays are so productive for me.  It's another New Music Monday post night.  Lord knows I should be doing something relating to the hundreds of guests I'm expecting Sunday.  Nah....

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