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Lemon Mushroom Chicken

July 24, 2016

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We made this chicken dish for a visiting friend, who was eating dairy-free and gluten-free food. Even my cheese-loving husband said he would enjoy having it again! We served it with zoodles (fresh zucchini noodles) for a wonderfully light summer dinner.

You will need:

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3/4 c lite coconut milk
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Then you will…

  1. Pat the chicken dry and season both sides with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Sear the chicken breast on one side, about 2 minutes.
  4. Flip the chicken and move it to one side of the pan to continue cooking.
  5. Meanwhile, add the mushrooms and garlic to the other side of the pan. Stir and allow the liquid from the mushrooms to cook off, about 5-6 minutes.
  6. Add the asparagus, lemon zest and juice, coconut milk and red pepper flakes. Stir.
  7. Flip the chicken to coat it in the pan sauce.
  8. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes before serving.
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Green Beans with Mustard Sauce

January 16, 2016

These green beans are a simple side dish that goes well with beef, pork or even fish. You can use fresh green beans if they look good at the market or frozen if that’s what you have on hand.

You will need:

  • 1 box (16 oz) frozen whole green beans
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 3 T olive oil

Then you will…

  1. Heat a medium pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cook beans until crisp-tender, about 5 min.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard with the pepper, salt, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil.
  4. Drain the beans and toss with the mustard sauce.

20151225 Mustard Beans

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Roast Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Madeira Sauce

January 5, 2016

This is a special entree that we served for the holidays. The garlic, rosemary and mushrooms make it extra special.

You will need:

  • 4 lb beef roast tenderloin
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 T rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 t thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 8 T butter
  • 1/2 c shallot, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c Madeira wine
  • 8 T flour
  • 24 oz beef stock

20151225 Roast Beef

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 550 degrees.
  2. Rub two cloves of garlic over the beef roast. Discard the pieces.
  3. Cut the remaining two garlic cloves into 8 pieces. Insert into the roast on the fatty side.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Rub the seasoning into the roast.
  6. Place the beef in a roasting pan, fat side up. Put in oven and reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Roast until medium done (~20 to 35 minutes per pound; 155 degrees on the inside), basting every 30 minutes. Allow to rest at least 15 minutes before serving.
  7. In a large nonstick skillet, melt two tablespoons of the butter.
  8. Saute the mushrooms with the lemon juice and zest until they are golden. Set aside.
  9. In the same skillet, melt two tablespoons of the butter and saute the shallot until golden and soft.
  10. Toss with the flour. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  11. Mix in one cup of the Madeira wine and cook until reduced by half.
  12. Add the beef stock and simmer until thickened as desired. (I mixed about a half cup of the stock with some of the roast’s drippings, after draining off the fat, to pick up more flavor from the roast. Then I poured this into the sauce).
  13. Stir in the mushrooms.
  14. Add the remaining butter and 1/2 cup of the Madeira. Heat through.
  15. Season to taste.

20151225 Madeira Gravy

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Lemon Dijon Turkey Breast

May 13, 2015

D and I made this for dinner on a whim after spotting some turkey breasts at a local grocery store. We paired them with red onion, mustard, lemon and capers for a delicious dinner.

You will need:

  • 2 lb turkey breast, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t ground pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T butter
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 c dry white wine
  • 1/4 c Dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 T capers, chopped

20150406 Dijon Turkey 02Then you will…

  1. Lightly pound the turkey pieces with a meat tenderizer/mallet until they are 3/4-inch thick.
  2. Pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Season with the salt and pepper on both sides.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the turkey and cook 3 minutes per side, until golden and cooked through. Cook in batches if needed.
  6. Remove the turkey and place on a plate. Cover it loosely with tinfoil.
  7. Melt the butter in the same skillet over medium heat.
  8. Add the onion and allow to saute 3-5 minutes, until they start to soften.
  9. Add the wine and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  10. Stir in the mustard, lemon zest, lemon juice and capers.
  11. Allow to reduce by at least half.
  12. Top the turkey with the sauce and serve hot!
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Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

April 20, 2015

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Gambas al Ajillo is a delicious Spanish dish, especially if you like seafood and garlic. There are a few steps here that can be done in advance, like preparing the seasoned olive oil. This will keep the day-of cooking down to a minimum.

You will need:

  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled with shells reserved
  • 1/2 c olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 t red pepper flakes
  • 1 t sherry vinegar

Then you will…

  1. Mince 4 cloves of the garlic.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of olive oil with the minced garlic, salt, paprika and lemon zest.
  3. Toss the shrimp with the olive oil seasoning mixture. Set aside.
  4. Crush 4 cloves of the garlic.
  5. In a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over low heat.
  6. Add the crushed garlic with the shrimp shells and red pepper flakes.
  7. Cook, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes. You want to keep the oil at a gentle simmer.
  8. Strain the hot oil through a fine sieve to remove the shrimp shells and cooked garlic. (You can throw away the used shells and garlic).
  9. Thinly slice the remaining two cloves of garlic.
  10. Return the hot oil to the skillet on medium heat.
  11. Add the sliced garlic to the skillet and sauté until just starting to brown.
  12. Add the shrimp, lemon juice and sherry vinegar.
  13. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  14. Season the shrimp to taste and serve with crusty bread to sop up the sauce.
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Roast Lamb Chops

January 8, 2015

20141226 Lamb 01My mom also had some bone-in center lamb chops at the house for the holidays. We decided to marinate them and bake them for a yummy addition to our holiday feast.

You will need:

  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T rosemary
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t cracked pepper
  • 1/2 t ground mustard
  • 1 lb lamb chops

Then you will…

  1. Combine olive oil, lemon zest, garlic and spices in a medium bowl.
  2. Toss the lamb with the marinade and let sit for at least 2 hours.
  3. Allow the lamb to rest on the counter at least 45 minutes before baking.
  4. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Spread the lamb on a baking dish with sides.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes per side, or until the chops reach the desired level of doneness for you.
  7. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.
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Lemon Chocolate Banana Bread

September 10, 2014

20140826 Lemon Chocolate Banana Bread

Here’s another sweet variation on banana bread. It’s got a few interesting twists like lemon zest and dark chocolate. I also used olive oil instead of butter or vegetable oil. The result is a banana bread that is a sweet surprise!

You will need:

  • 3-4 ripe bananas, lightly mashed
  • 1/4 c Greek yogurt (I had vanilla on hand, but plain would work too)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 c dark chocolate chips (or coarsely chopped)
  • 2 c flour
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 t salt

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the bananas, yogurt, eggs, olive oil, lemon zest and vanilla.
  3. Stir in the chocolate pieces.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  5. Add the banana mixture to the dry mixture. Stir until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden and just set in the middle.
  7. Allow to cool 15 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
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