Everyday Mom's Meals: Summer Time Boats

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Time Boats

Did that title immediately take you to the lake, nice and cool, and yourself riding in a big boat, the wind in your hair? Well...I'm actually talking about a different kind of summer time boat, but I guarantee you, you'll like them!

I'm kind of addicted to finding things to put in lettuce leaves. I think we've discussed this recently. I'm always looking for new dishes, or transforming old ones, so they can be served in their own little "boat" of lettuce. It's fun, healthy and totally hands friendly for all those cookouts and parties popping up this time of year.

I love a good Cobb salad. Especially a California Cobb, with the added avocado. But I I know from when I worked as a waitress, not everyone grooves on all the regular components of a Cobb. I remember these business ladies that would come in for lunch every week, and in the group of 4, not one of them ordered the salad as is. They each had something they wanted left off. And that's fine... to each their own. But I bring it up, because that's where these might be a better option. Set out all the "fixin's" so to speak, and let everyone build their own!

If you're planning a big Independence Day picnic or maybe a day at the lake, these would be a great take along! Simply pack everything up in separate containers and then assemble on site for your eating pleasure!

Boats and summer time go hand in hand, and now they can also go from hand to stomach too!

Cobb Salad Boats
1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken thighs
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garlic Powder to taste
3 hearts of Romain, leaves separated
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
4 oz. blue cheese crumbles
1 bunch of green onions, chopped, dark greens only
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
6 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 avocado
1 tsp. lemon juice
Favorite dressing

Preheat oven to 350. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Roast for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and chop. In a small bowl combine avocado, lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Mash until mixed well. To build boats, spoon some avocado mixture into bottom of lettuce leaves. This will act as a barrier and "glue" for the other ingredients. Add other desired toppings. Serve with dressing on the side.

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