Dinner

Summer Market Grilled Chicken Salad Bowl

This salad is a great recipe to showcase how you can use both my grilled chicken and salsa verde recipes in your everyday life. These two are incredibly versatile! When you have all the “pieces” prepped in your fridge, this kind of goodness is so easy to throw together. I love all the colors in this salad, you can substitute any veggies you want, but I love this combination. If you ever don’t know where to start, just go for color! Eating the rainbow is a terrific rule of thumb for assembling a salad that’s both delicious and nourishing. In the summer especially I enjoy getting my produce from local farmers. Normally everything in this recipe, except for the pumpkin seeds, will come from my farmers market or local farm share. Ingredients: 3 grilled chicken breasts, see my recipe for grilled chicken here 4 hard-boiled eggs 4 sliced beets 6 sliced radishes 3 diced or shredded carrots 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved ¾  cup goat cheese, crumbled ½  cup toasted pumpkin seeds Dressing: 3 TBS. My salsa verde (find recipe here) 1 TBS. olive oil 1 TBS. white balsamic vinegar   Directions: 1. Follow directions for grilled chicken breasts recipe. 2. In a small saucepan add 4 eggs and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, bring the water down to a simmer by lowering the heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove eggs and put in ice and water bath. Peel. 3. Place 4 bowls on your […]

Shakshuka, Susan Style

I first came across this recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, “Plenty” by Yotam Ottolenghi. I loved this recipe at first sight and wanted to make it while on vacation at the beach. My only problem was that I didn’t have everything the original called for. So, being me, I decided to wing it and make up my own version. It turned out fantastic! We gave it a little Italian twist and now, after some polishing, its a solid recipe I make often and wanted to share with you all. The warm weather temps have got me thinking of all the delicious dishes that I can make with beautiful, ripe, farm fresh tomatoes; this dish is definitely one of them. I would serve this as a brunch dish but it could also be a very satisfying dinner alongside a green salad and some whole grain bread. Yum, eat up and enjoy! Ingredients: 2 red bell peppers 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, sliced 1 large or 2 medium onions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 6 roma tomatoes, diced or 15 cherry tomatoes, halved 2 TBS. chopped rosemary 2 TBS. chopped basil 6 eggs 1 TBS. olive oil Salt and pepper to taste ½ tsp. crushed red pepper (optional) Crusty whole grain bread Directions: 1. Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. 2. Add 1 TBS. of olive oil and all the sliced peppers and onions and saute for 5-10 minutes or until you get a nice color […]

Mediterranean Sausage and Goat Cheese Frittata

I think this might be one of my favorite brunch dishes but it is also a great supper alongside a green salad.  Eggs are so protein dense and such a complete protein.  Egg yolks also contain choline which is an important nutrient that detoxifies the liver, which is an important step in hormone balance. It is hard for me to understand why we divide this complete and nutrient dense food and put the slimy whites in a carton and call that healthy.   That doesn’t seem like a wholefood to me.  Sorry, but I really get upset with what these companies do to our food, claiming it is health food and charging double the price when half of the nutrition is missing.  If you want more information on the health benefits of eggs, Dr. Axe has a really great detailed article.  It is definitely educating and well worth the read. Eggs are a fairly inexpensive protein and are absolutely delicious.  Now, I do recommend Organic and Free Range Eggs. They are so much more nutrient dense than their mass produced, supermarket counterparts.  I buy mine from a local farm and the egg yolks are a beautiful orange and have the very best flavor. The sausage I use in this dish if also from a local Virginia Farm as well.  Riven Rock Farm raises some of the most flavorful beef, pork and lamb of any that I have tasted.  Pastured Pork is leaner than mass raised pork and has unbelievable flavor.  Again […]

Bacon Blue Cheese Burger Topped With Peach Chutney!!!

So…I made up this recipe and I have to say..these burgers are awesome!!!  They take many twists and turns but don’t freak out because I am telling you…the flavor combination is on point.  How can you lose with the combination of blue cheese, peach chutney, bacon and arugula loaded on a cinnamon raisin english muffin.  I start missing the flavor of a big burger right around this time of year.    The key to great burgers is the quality of beef that you are using.  I am using 100% grass-fed beef from Riven Rock Farm.  You don’t have to use much seasoning other than salt and pepper because the meat is already so flavorful and tastes incredible standing on its own.     WINTER BLUE CHEESE BURGERS WITH PEACH CHUTNEY 1 lb.  good quality ground beef (grass-fed preferably) 4 ounces blue cheese 1 egg salt & pepper Good quality Mayonnaise 8 slices cooked bacon arugula peach chutney (recipe to follow) Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins   DIRECTIONS: In a large skillet, cook the bacon until desired doneness (I like mine crispy).  Set aside. Meanwhile, In a medium bowl, add ground beef, crumbled blue cheese, egg and salt and pepper.  Mix together. ( I use my hands for this)   2. Form burgers.  I make 4 burgers with 1 pound of meat since I like large burgers.  If you prefer smaller burgers, you can make 6 instead. 3.  Once bacon is done, remove from skillet and set aside. Drain most of […]

Herb Baked Eggs

Eggs are one of my all around favorite sources of protein. This one food is a complete protein, a healthy fat and packed with amino acids. The egg yolk, besides tasting delicious, is also full of choline which is a methylator and great at removing unwanted xeno-estrogens from the liver. Which is just one reason among many why I do not believe in leaving out the yolk and eating only the egg white; egg yolks do tremendous things for balancing your hormones! So, eat up and embrace all the delicious ways you can cook with this diverse food. I enjoy them hard boiled on a salad at times, but baked eggs are my absolute favorite. Below is an easy and quick recipe for baked eggs. You can easily throw this together for a little brunch or, for a light dinner, with a green side salad.   Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter, melted ½ cup heavy cream 1 large clove of garlic, minced 1 ½ oz ham, finely chopped 1 ½ oz gruyère cheese, finely chopped 4 eggs 1 tablespoon finely chopped herbs (I use thyme and parsley)   Directions 1.Preheat oven to 200˚C (400˚F/Gas 6) and put a baking tray on the top shelf. 2. Grease 4 ramekins with the melted butter. 3. Pour half the cream into the ramekins and then put a quarter of the garlic, ham and cheese into each. 4. Break an egg into each ramekin. 5. Mix the remaining cream with the herbs and pour over […]

Favorite Grilled Chicken

This is my favorite marinade for grilled chicken. I almost always have these ingredients on hand and it’s delicious and so easy to prepare ahead of time. I usually incorporate some kind of marinated chicken into my meal prep because it’s incredibly versatile. I can top salads, quinoa bowls and tacos with this chicken. This is also a terrific place to start if you’ve never made your own marinades before because I know that it can be intimidating. However, it’s so important for me to know what’s going into my food and jarred marinades often have hidden sugars, salt and preservatives. You don’t need to compromise quality ingredients for flavor. For me, preparation is always key to stay on track with clean eating. Cheers friends, enjoy this healthy, fresh and delicious marinade all summer! Marinade Ingredients: ½ cup of cilantro ⅓ cup fresh squeezed orange juice Zest of ½ orange 6 TBS olive oil Juice of one lime 4 cloves garlic minced 1 tsp. salt 6 boneless chicken breasts In glass container, marinate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Grill about 4 to 6 minutes on each side or when thermometer reaches 165. Let rest for 10 minutes then slice against the grain. Enjoy!

Black Bean Cakes w/ Jalapeño, Cilantro Remoulade

Every once in a while I enjoy making a meatless dinner, especially with a recipe as packed with flavor as this one. I like to make these when I need to use up some veggies in my fridge, or for a meatless Monday dinner after the weekend. This recipe is gluten-free as well and the cakes can easily be made bigger for burgers. It’s a perfect dish for spring and summer, especially on those hot days when you don’t feel like eating a lot of meat. Did I mention that this remoulade goes great on just about anything? It’s delish. Eat up friends and enjoy food that makes you feel great! Jalapeno Cilantro Remoulade ½ cup strained plain greek yogurt 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1 small jalapeoño, minced 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped Salt to taste Mix all ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to eat Black Bean Cakes Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 4 green onions, thinly sliced 1/2 red or orange bell pepper, diced 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely diced 1 cup shredded sweet potato 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/2 cup almond meal ½ cup chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 (14.5 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed salt and black pepper to taste Directions: 1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. 2. Saute green onions and bell peppers until softened, about 1 minute. 3. Stir in garlic, 2 diced jalapenos, and […]

Parsley, Mint and Lemon Salsa Verde

  This is my own version of Salsa Verde. I added fresh herbs, took out the anchovies and what I got was a delicious, fresh and bright green mixture that goes great on anything! This is one of those recipes I’m continuously finding new ways to use. I’ve had it as a dip for veggies, a sauce to top any cooked fish or meat (especially lamb) and mixed with an aioli for sandwiches. I will also turn it into a quick salad dressing by mixing 1TBS. of the salsa verde with a little extra olive oil and vinegar. Spectacular! The uses for this one are endless. Enjoy it any way you want, let me know how you like it! This will be in my fridge most of the summer. Ingredients: 1 small bunch parsley 1 small bunch mint ¼ cup pine nuts (can substitute walnuts or cashews) 2 cloves garlic 1 TBS. capers 2 TBS. white balsamic vinegar ½ tsp. salt ¼ cup lemon olive oil or ¼ cup regular olive oil +the zest of 1 lemon. ½ tsp. crushed red pepper Directions: 1. In a food processor, combine parsley, mint, pine nuts, garlic, capers, white vinegar and salt. 2. Put lid on and turn it on slow speed. Drizzle olive oil in while the processor is running until salsa verde is the consistency you would like. You might need to add a little more olive oil if you want the salsa to be runny. 3. When done, stir in crushed […]

Curried Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has now become a household name and rightfully so. It is not actually a grain but an edible seed that is free of gluten and a complete protein. One serving size equals about 8 grams of protein which is very high for a plant based food. Now you can find a red, white or black variety on just about any supermarket shelf. Each has it’s own texture and cooking time and I use all three interchangeably. Quinoa is a great substitute for other grains and is easy to prepare. This salad is one of my “go to” recipes. I make a large batch at the beginning of the week and use it in many different variations. It is excellent for breakfast with a fried egg on top, alone as a light lunch, or a hearty dinner alongside chicken, salmon or a sweet potato. Recipe 1 cup dried quinoa, rinsed and cooked 2 carrots chopped or shredded 1 red bell pepper chopped 3 green onions chopped (I use the whole thing) 1 handful parsley chopped 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup toasted, slivered almonds or pepitas 1 1/2 TBS. curry powder (or to taste) Salt & Pepper Drizzle of Olive Oil Juice of 1/2 lemon Directions              Cook quinoa according to the package. Add all of chopped vegetables. Sprinkle curry powder into mixture followed by salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle salad with olive oil and lemon juice. Now stir it all together and EAT! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Don’t hesitate […]