#SundaySupper Marinated Ginger Chicken & Spinach Salad

This is such an easy recipe and believe it or not, I have never marinated or grilled before!! I am not a cook by nature but I love food…so…Momma had to learn a thing or two and I have been having so much fun! Every week for #SundaySupper I am going to push myself to make an awesome meal. I love taking pictures and look forward to sharing my cooking experiences with you.

I typed “Marinated Ginger Chicken for the Grill” into google and I got exactly that from About.com. The recipe looked simple enough and I already knew the perfect salad to go with it.

Ingredients for the Ginger Marinade:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, skin on or off
  • Marinade:
  • 8 TB red wine vinegar
  • 2 TB dark soy sauce
  • 2 TB light soy sauce (I used 4TB of the one pictured)
  • 2 TB Asian sesame oil
  • 2 TB grated fresh gingerroot
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 scallions (green onions, spring onions), finely chopped
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper, or to taste

I mixed it in a large bowl and soaked two large chicken breasts. I cut them in half, they were big ones! I let it marinate for about two hours before grilling.  About 15 minutes or so on each side on medium heat, or however you like your chicken. I prepared the salad when the chicken was on the grill.

Photo taken by Marian Rosenthal | MSR Photography

Mock Trader Joe’s Super Spinach Salad

  • Spinach
  • Quinoa
  • Shredded or grated carrots
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Craisins
  • Edamame
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Ginger Pear Salad Dressing

Photo taken by Marian Rosenthal | MSR Photography

I love this salad so much I had to recreate it! It is actually why I wanted a Ginger Chicken Marinade because the ginger miso dressing that comes with the packaged salad is amazing! Knowing it would be super difficult to recreate the dressing, I opted for a store brand dressing that had ginger in it. I added some fresh veggies that aren’t normally in the salad, avocado and cucumber and let me tell you it was soooo good! Especially with the chicken on top, they go together perfectly. YUM! A Pear Martini in your other hand and you are ready for your BBQ.

The salad is really easy, just add in what you think is about right for the amount of extras for the spinach you need. I like a lot of ingredients so I like it heavy on seeds, craisins, etc. A little light on dressing. It was so good with the fresh avocado and cucumber added in! Very refreshing. I love Ginger, my new favorite cooking ingredient.

Photo taken by Marian Rosenthal | MSR Photography

I will be posting the Peartini Recipe shortly…coming soon…

Be sure to check out more dishes as our Labor Day Cookout with #SundaySupper continues!

Labor Day Cookout Recipes:

Starters & Snacks

Main Dishes

Salads & Sides



Wine Pairings

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Mac n Cheese – Pureed Carrot & Cauliflower

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My First Guest Post! 🙂 I am so excited to be working with Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites and other Tidbits about Life! I love her site. Check out her Lavender Pillow Mist, I’ll be making that one ASAP. I love lavender!

“For those that don’t know me, I’m Crazy Kwistin. I love taking pictures and blogging about my adventures with travel, food, photography and kids. I love things that are unique and different and most of all FUN! Check out my blogs’s at www.crazykwistin.wordpress.com and www.kwistinsfavorites.wordpress.com And Thank you Amber for being so awesome!”

I love this recipe!! From the Deceptively Delicious cookbook written by Jessica Seinfeld. The recipe calls for pureed cauliflower or squash but I really like it with carrot AND cauliflower. Plus is makes me feel extra good that my little ones are getting two different veggies…and carrots are orange, so… The first time I…

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#SundaySupper Apple Pulled Pork Sandwich with Pickled Onions

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OMG I am so f*cking proud of myself, excuse my french. I have a really hard time not cussing. I am a bit of a potty mouth, grew up with two brothers and a bunch of their obscene friends that I happen to fit right in with, haha. This recipe is so full of firsts!!! I have never touched, prepared, rubbed and braised a pork shoulder, pickled onions or made my own BBQ sauce. I had never even cut up a Papaya. I didn’t know there were little black sushi egg looking thingy’s inside. So, I woke up wrote out my list, the Hubster took the girls grocery shopping and brought me my supplies. Then he took one of them to dance class, the other one napped. And after that they were off to a Birthday Party. I really wanted to go but I had to finish cooking and also…

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Curried Chicken Salad on Pumpernickel #SeriousSandwich

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This is such a beautiful sandwich! I love what Emeril created! It was pretty easy to make and would be an impressive sandwich at a shower or to bring to a party. It is just so pretty. I cut them into smaller pieces and added a simple salad: spinach, currants and pear/champagne vinaigrette with gorgonzola from where else? Trader Joe’s of course. Then served it with a glass of champagne. Also I absolutely love currants, they are my favorite salad topper.

Click here for the recipe on Emeril’s Site.

Order your copy of Emeril’s new book Kicked-Up Sandwiches by clicking here. It is amazing! There are so many awesome recipes!! And don’t forget to order his amazing Horseradish Mustard! Also at the bottom of the page there are a few links to some other #SeriousSandwich posts that you won’t want to miss!

Mario Cooks made the Chili Dog

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#Patchouli Pillow Spray

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I love Patchouli!! I originally had my heart set on Lavender because I saw this idea on Mama’s Blissful Bites and that’s what she did, plus I love lavender. But I figured I had enough lavender things already and Patchouli was on sale plus I really love the scent so…I gave it a whirl. The smell of Patchouli always reminds me of being on vacation in Hawaii for my honeymoon, they must have had a similar scent there. Perfect for a Pillow Spray 🙂

This is so incredibly easy!! I am only going to make my own Pillow Sprays from now on. Just pick up your favorite essential oil and distilled water. I like adding in little fancies to make it look pretty…for mine I put in little marbles, but I was thinking for the lavender it might be nice to put in real lavender, definitely would be pretty!


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Bishop, California #Clouds #Photography #Sky

I recently took my girls on a quick road trip to Bishop, California. Once you get closer to Bishop head North on the 395 towards Mammoth the drive is really gorgeous and there are lots of spots to get beautiful country shots along the way. I was in complete awe of the sky and loved seeing some real weather rolling in and then a thunder and lighting storm that was so strong we had to head home for fear of getting whacked in the head with a branch or better yet…stuck by lighting. Honestly if I didn’t have my kids I wouldn’t have minded it at all, it was super neat, crazy windy and was definitely a unique weather experience I had never seen being a Southern California girl. We have had some pretty neat thunder storms in Encinitas recently but it was nothing like this.

IMG_6785The first night we got in right as the sun was setting, one of the prettiest sunsets I have ever seen.


IMG_6800Brewing all day…and here comes the storm.



These were taken the following day on the way home.