Katie’s Kitchen

Katie Ryan's Cooking Blog

Start your weekend off right with the Wake up Crew’s recipe of the week! Every Friday morning during the Free Country Wake Up Crew on WFRE Katie Ryan will feature a new recipe you can make at home!


{Katie’s Kitchen} Southwest Salad with Salsa Verde Chicken

Brought to you by Catoctin Mountain Orchard

Yesterday was “National Men Make Dinner Day” so I let Tim cook for the night! I did help with the recipe, but he did all of the work!

This recipe is extremely easy. The “prep” is where you spend most of your time with this meal.

I used a pack of boneless skinless chicken breast and placed it into a bag. Season with ground cumin, salt and pepper. Then, pour in your favorite brand of salsa verde over top of the chicken and let marinate for about an hour.

We grilled the chicken, but you can also bake or sautee the chicken in a pan on the stove, too.

The rest of your recipe is just putting together your salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, corn and black beans! I also added salad crunchy tortilla strips to the top and used my favorite ranch dressing.

Your quick and easy southwest flavored salad will be a great “go-to” recipe when you’re short on time for cooking!


  • 2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 can reduced sodium black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • chopped tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • Your favorite southwest dressing

{Katie’s Kitchen} Salisbury Steak

Brought to you by Catoctin Mountain Orchard

YUMMMMMMMMMM (with a million more M’s)

This was better than I expected and so easy! Tim pretty much licked his plate clean and said “okay we should have this once a week!”

Start out with your ground beef patties. Combine ground beef, minced garlic, Italian seasoning mix, 1/2 package dried onion soup mix , 1/2 cup panko or italian bread crumbs, yellow mustard, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Mix with a spoon or your hands until everything is combined. Then, form 4-6 oval shaped patties.

Cook each patty about 2-4 minutes on each side in a skillet on medium-high heat. Then, remove, cover and set aside.

Then, start on your gravy!  Add 1 T of olive oil to your pan. Sautee mushrooms and onions 2-4 minutes. Add in the garlic and saute another minute. Add in warm water, 2 pkg low sodium brown gravy mix, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir with a whisk over medium heat until gravy thickens.

Add your patties back into the gravy mixture and use a spoon to cover with gravy. Cook over low heat an additional 5 minutes or until patties are cooked through.

Put it all over a pile of mashed potatoes and you are done!

Ingredients for Salisbury Steak

1 lb organic ground beef ( or the best quality you can afford)

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning mix

1/2 package dried onion soup mix

1/2 C panko bread crumbs ( you can use Italian bread crumbs or homemade here too)

1 tsp yellow mustard

2 tsp natural ketchup

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Ingredients for Salisbury Steak gravy: I got the recipe here! 

2 pkg low sodium brown gravy mix

2 C warm water

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp ketchup

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 C chopped fresh mushrooms

1/4 C diced onions

fresh parsley for garnish