Favorite Grilled Chicken with Citrus, Cilantro Marinade

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 C of cilantro ⅓ C fresh squeezed orange juice Zest of ½ orange 6 T olive oil Juice of one lime 4 cloves garlic minced 1 tsp salt 6 boneless chicken breasts In a glass container, marinate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Grill about 4 to 6 minutes on each side or when the thermometer reaches 165. Let rest for 10 minutes then slice against the grain. Enjoy!        

Turkey Meatloaf

I have definitely made many turkey meatloaves over the years but I have finally settled on this recipe as my favorite.  This is a super easy recipe… all you need is one bowl and your hands! Adding the extra oil to this meatloaf guarantees a really moist end result. The other great thing about this recipe is that you can just as easily form some burgers from the mixture and throw them on the grill.  Just as delicious! The show stopper is the bacon. It allows the smoky flavor to penetrate the meatloaf and makes for a delicious crunch in each bite. This recipe is designed to make two meatloaves so you can have leftovers or freeze half.   (Makes two meatloaves, each one serves 6)     Ingredients: 2 lbs. ground turkey (I use organic, free range) ½ C sundried tomatoes in olive oil ¼ C of the olive oil from sun-dried tomatoes ½ large yellow onion chopped 4 cloves of garlic, minced 2 roasted bell peppers chopped (I use the jarred version from Trader Joes) 20 Kalamata olives, halved 1 C chopped parsley 3 T fresh oregano or basil chopped ¼ C gluten-free bread crumbs ½ C crumbled sheep’s milk feta cheese (don’t use the pre-crumbled feta because it is coated in flour) 2 eggs 1 T salt 1 tsp. black pepper 6 slices uncured smoked bacon (optional)   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Spray 2 medium-sized loaf pans with olive oil spray. 3. In a large bowl, […]

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 C strained plain greek yogurt 2 tsp fresh lime juice 1 small jalapeoño, minced 1 T cilantro, chopped Salt to taste Mix all ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to eat Black Bean Cakes Ingredients: 2 T 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 C shredded sweet potato 1 egg, lightly beaten ½ C almond meal ½ C chopped cilantro 1 T 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 cumin; cook […]

Moroccan Spiced Leg of Lamb with Roasted Pepper Aioli

  My family loves this lamb recipe and I will make it every spring for either St. Paddy’s Day (of course, we are Gleeson’s) or for a delicious Easter Dinner! Lamb makes Easter seem much more special to me. I like to make my Cauliflower Mash as the perfect side dish alongside a mixed green salad. The leftover Roasted Pepper Aioli works amazing as a spread on a leftover lamb sandwich. Yum!! Your family will love this recipe, I’m certain. If you’ve never made lamb before, give it a try this spring!   Ingredients: For the Moroccan Spice Blend: 1 T allspice 1 tsp. finely ground black pepper 1 ½ tsp. fennel seeds 1 tsp. Cumin 1 tsp. Coriander 1 tsp. Cinnamon ¼ tsp. ground Cloves   Directions: 1. Grind fennel seeds in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Add in other spices and blend well.     For the Roasted Pepper Aioli: ½ C walnuts 1 C avocado oil mayo 3 garlic cloves 2 red roasted bell peppers 1 small red chili 1 T coconut sugar Juice of 1 lemon Salt & pepper   Directions: 1. Put all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.     For the Gremolata: 5 cloves garlic 1 bunch of parsley, cilantro or mint or a combination of all three 2 T salt and pepper   Directions: 1. Mince garlic, chop herbs and then mix with olive […]

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 […]

Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Bowl

  I don’t want you to be overwhelmed by all the steps it takes to make this dish.  None of the steps are difficult and there should be plenty of leftovers so that you can eat it the next day.  This is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I got the idea from a recipe that I saw in a recent Food and Wine magazine but it did not have all the healthy elements so of course, I had to make it my own.  The dressing is mine entirely and I think it makes the bowl. Give this a try!!! Serves 6 Ingredients: Marinade 3 T coarsely chopped lemongrass 2 T finely chopped shallots 2 T coconut sugar 1 ½ T olive oil 1 ½ T fish sauce (such as Red Door) 1 T finely minced garlic ¼ C Bragg’s Amino Acids ¼ tsp crushed Thai chilies (optional) or black pepper   Spicy Chili, Lime and Cilantro Dressing: Zest of 3 limes Juice of 2 limes 1 T brown rice vinegar 2 T raw honey 1 ½ T Bragg’s Amino Acids 3 T avocado oil 1 jalapeno, seeded 1 handful cilantro Salt & pepper to taste   Noodle Bowls:  2 lbs. Skinless, boneless chicken thighs 1 pkg. Vietnamese Brown Rice Noodles (such as Star Anise Foods or Annie Chun’s) 1 large seedless cucumber, shaved 4 cups Arugula 2 large carrots shaved or grated 4 green onions, chopped 1 red or yellow bell pepper sliced thinly ½ C torn […]

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 […]

Lamb Barbacoa Tacos

  I first came across a recipe by Rick Bayless who is one of my favorite chefs since he specializes in foods from Mexico.  I found that his recipe, although delicious, would be a bit challenging for most with all the specialized ingredients. I tried to make it a bit easier here although there are lots of ingredients.  If you have a difficult time locating the chilies and chili powders you can try an International store near you or just rely on good ole’ Amazon! Don’t let the ingredient list scare you because once you have purchased everything, you will have plenty of ingredients to make it over and over again.     Ingredients: 3 lb. lamb shoulder 1 TBS. Avocado Oil 1 cup chicken stock or beer Salt and pepper 1 large white onion sliced Rub: 2 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed, seeded and torn into large pieces 1 tsp. Ancho Chili Powder 1 tsp. chipotle chili powder 3 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped 1 ½ cups tomato puree 1 TBS. coconut sugar 1 ½ TBS. Apple Cider vinegar 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. Cinnamon ½ tsp ground espresso powder ½ tsp. Smoked paprika 1 tsp. Oregano To Serve: Corn tortillas or Siete grain free tortillas Salsa Guacamole Feta Cheese   1. In a very large (12-inch) skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat.  Pat the lamb dry with a paper towel and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Sear lamb on all sides. Make sure that each […]

Curried Socca

This curried socca is a terrific side dish or appetizer! I really enjoy having an option that is just as satisfying as bread but much healthier. I love to serve this along with my peach chutney or, you guessed it, my salsa verde. Both options are delicious! If I make the salsa verde, I actually make it a little more “mint heavy” as mint and curry are long-time good friends. I found this recipe in one of my absolute favorite cookbooks, “At Home in the Wholefood Kitchen” by Amy Chaplin. I love this cookbook and keep coming back to it for guidance and inspiration in my day to day cooking. This Socca is delicious and naturally gluten-free, it won’t cause the bloating that so many of us experience after eating glutinous products. Hope you enjoy making it and pairing with tons of yummy foods like grilled meats and veggies. This recipe makes about 6, 9-inch socca. Enjoy! Ingredients: 3 cups chickpea flour 2 ¼ teaspoons sea salt 3 cups warm filtered water, divided 2 tablespoons melted extra virgin coconut oil 2 tablespoons ghee, plus more for cooking socca 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds 5 teaspoons homemade curry powder (or high-quality organic store-bought) 2 onions finely sliced Directions: 1. Mix the chickpea flour and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine well. 2. Pour in 1 ½ cups warm water and whisk until completely smooth, then add the remaining water and coconut oil; whisk again and set aside. 3. Warm 2 tablespoons of ghee […]


This Saurkraut recipe is such a satisfying side with grilled chicken or some kind of roast. Something about the flavor helps to round out the meal and make you feel full. Its also make from cabbage which is a cruciferous vegetable that can help improve digestion with the fiber it offers and also balances hormone levels. The probiotics in this recipe work to elevate the good hormones in your body. Besides that, it is an incredible asset in preventing cancer and can actually decrease cancer risk by removing toxins (xeno-estrogens) from the body. I try to find ways to incorporate fermented food into my diet and this is a great way to do so. It’s so good for your overall gut health. A little side note: If you choose to strain the whey when making my homemade yogurt, this is the perfect use for it. If you don’t have whey then water also does the trick. This recipe and the yogurt are perfect to make in the same week. Enjoy making these fermented foods and pay attention to how it makes your tummy feel. It has definitely helped me. Happy eating! Ingredients: Fresh Organic cabbage, 1 medium/large head 1/2 cup of whey from organic yogurt and (or) filtered, lightly salted water 2 TBS Salt (kosher or sea salt, non-iodized) A bowl Mandolin (optional) A potato masher or similar tool A large jar for fermenting with a lid A small ziploc bag   Directions: 1. Slice your cabbage into thin pieces or shreds. (you can […]