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Citrus Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa

August 5, 2019

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This recipe is perfect for hot summer weather. The citrus is bright, and the mango salsa is juicy and fresh.

You will need:

  • 3/4 c orange juice
  • 5 limes, juiced and zested (4 in the marinade and 1 in the salsa)
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1 T honey
  • 3 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 t cumin, divided
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 c finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 lb chicken breast, cut into half thickness
  • 1 small mango
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped

Then you will…

  1. Prepare the marinade in a large bowl. Mix together the orange juice, juice and zest of 4 limes, olive oil, honey, soy sauce, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cumin, salt, pepper and the cilantro.
  2. Place the chicken in a large sealable bag or storage container. Allow to marinate at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper..
  4. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165.
  5. While the chicken bakes, make the salsa. Peel, core and chop the mango and the avocado. Mix them in a small bowl with the red onion, remaining lime (juice and zest), and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cumin.
  6. Serve the chicken topped with the mango salsa.
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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

May 18, 2019

We love using our Instant Pot, and this is fun new recipe for our rotation of family meals. I recommend using a decent quality steak with good marbling for an extra delicious dish.

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You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 lbs steak, sliced into thin strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t ground pepper
  • 1/2 c low-sodium beef stock
  • 1/2 c low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 T brown sugar
  • 4 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T sambal oelek or other chili sauce (optional)
  • 1 T corn starch
  • 12 oz frozen broccoli florets, defrosted

Then you will…

  1. Turn on the saute mode on your Instant Pot to medium heat and warm up the olive oil.
  2. Saute the steak strips with the garlic, salt and pepper until starting to brown, 3-5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the beef stock with the soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, and the sambal oelek.
  4. Stir the sauce into the steak mixture.
  5. Add the lid and close your Instant Pot. Cook for 10 minutes on high pressure.
  6. Allow the Instant Pot to rest for 5-10 minutes after done to begin releasing some of the pressure. Then manually release the rest.
  7. In a small bowl, combine several tablespoons of the broth with the cornstarch to make a slurry.
  8. Stir it back into the Instant Pot along with the broccoli.
  9. Turn the saute mode back on, allowing the sauce to thicken slightly while stirring. This should take about 5-10 minutes.
  10. Serve with rice.
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Chicken Bacon Ranch Party Rolls

April 2, 2019

These are so easy and perfect for a gathering. You can prep everything in advance and then pop these in the oven until they are toasty, while you are having fun with your guests. I challenge you to only eat one.

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You will need:

  • 6 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 packet Ranch seasoning powder
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 package 15-oz slider rolls
  • 7-8 oz sliced cheese, like a colby jack or provolone or cheddar
  • 1 precooked rotisserie chicken, picked from the bones and lightly shredded
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
  • 1 small bunch scallions, chopped
  • 4 T butter
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • 1/4 t salt

Then you will…

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt with the Ranch seasoning powder and milk. Set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Place the bottom halves of the rolls in the baking dish.
  4. Spread half of the cheese on the rolls.
  5. Top with the chicken.
  6. Top with the bacon.
  7. Top with the scallions.
  8. Place dollops of the Greek yogurt on top.
  9. Cover with the remaining half of the cheese.
  10. In a small bowl, melt the butter.
  11. Mix the garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, and salt into the butter.
  12. Spread a little of the butter on top of the final layer of cheese.
  13. Cover the sandwiches with the top halves of the rolls.
  14. Brush more butter on top of the rolls.
  15. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  16. Bake 15-20 minutes or until warm and melty.

 

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Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

November 27, 2018

Yumm. These tenders have all sorts of things that I love: honey, mustard, chicken. They are full of flavor from the marinade and can be prepped in advance. That makes them great for a weeknight.

You will need:

  • 1/3 c whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 c honey
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t onion powder
  • 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 lb chicken tenders
  • 2 c panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt

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Then you will…

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mustard, honey, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  2. In a large ziploc bag, combine the chicken tenders with the honey-mustard marinade. Ensure the chicken is coated, remove the excess air from the bag, and allow to marinate in the fridge for at least a half hour.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then place an ovenproof wire rack on top of it. Lightly grease the rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. On a plate, mix together the panko with the salt and pepper.
  6. Dredge the chicken in the panko and place on the rack on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

 

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Sticky Asian Chicken Thighs

November 9, 2018

I have been playing with chicken thighs recently since they tend to be packed with flavor. We served these sticky chicken thighs with some steamed rice and roasted broccoli…all of which made phenomenal leftovers.

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You will need:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 T hoisin sauce
  • 2 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 t sambal oelek
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 T olive oil

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, combine everything but the chicken. Mix well.
  2. Put the chicken in a gallon ziploc bag.
  3. Pour the sauce into the bag. Seal and toss to coat the chicken.
  4. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the chicken (hold onto the marinade for later) and pan fry for 6 minutes on one side.
  7. Flip and continue cooking another 4 minutes.
  8. Pour the marinade into the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  9. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through and the marinade is reduced to almost a glaze, about 5 minutes.
  10. Serve with rice and your favorite veggies.
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Spicy Tomato Glazed Pork Tenderloin

November 5, 2018

Pork tenderloins are a great protein: you can grill, roast or sear it, and it deliciously handles glazes. This glaze is quick to put together and can be made a couple of days in advance and stored in the fridge. Sambal oelek is an Indonesian chile paste made from crushed raw red chiles, vinegar, and salt. Most grocery stores carry it in the international foods section.

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You will need:

  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 6 oz (1 can) tomato paste
  • 5 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 t sesame oil
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cracked pepper
  • 1/2 t sambal oelek
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line an edged baking sheet with nonstick foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, honey, tomato paste, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, sesame oil, salt, pepper, and sambal oelek.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Sear the pork until golden on each side, about 5-6 minutes all together.
  5. Brush half of the glaze on the pork and transfer the tenderloin to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Roast in the oven for 7 minutes.
  7. Brush more glaze on the pork as needed and flip over.
  8. Roast for another 7-10 minutes, or until a thermometer in the middle reaches 145 degrees.

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

October 18, 2018

Casseroles are particularly lovely when you are busy, because you can prep them when you have a quiet moment. Then all you have to do is pop them in the oven when you need them. This one brings together some of our favorite flavors: cheese, chicken, and broccoli.

You will need:

  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 T flour
  • 1 1/4 c unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c light cream
  • 1 t paprika
  • 2 c shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • oz frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1 box stuffing mix, prepared according to instructions (I used a cornbread version)
  • 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 T fresh chives, minced

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and saute until starting to soften, about 4 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the flour and allow to cook for 2 minutes (keep whisking!).
  5. Whisk in the stock, milk, cream and paprika until well combined.
  6. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken, stirring frequently, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Stir in the Gruyere until melted.
  8. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken with the cheese sauce and broccoli.
  10. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the prepared stuffing with the cheddar and chives.
  11. Spread the chicken mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  12. Top with the stuffing mixture.
  13. Bake until bubbly and the stuffing starts to turn a bit more golden, about 30-40 minutes.
  14. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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