Dinner

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!        

Mexican Brown Rice

I don’t eat grain every day but I haven’t taken it completely out of my diet because I am not in the business of deprivation. When I do make a grain side, recently it’s been brown rice. I find that a reasonable serving of brown rice, coupled with protein, digests very well and doesn’t leave me bloated. For many of us, as we age and change, it makes more sense to be careful about the carbohydrates we choose. I will sometimes pass on the rice at dinner but I will have it the next day at lunch with leftovers. It makes more sense for my body to have grain in the middle of the day because I need the energy. But my active 21-year-old son needs those with dinner! A big part of my health journey has been to realize that you don’t have to be afraid of grain. My philosophy is you need to know how it makes your body feel and if it will help you reach your goals or not. This Mexican rice recipe is filled with veggies and delicious flavors, you will feel good serving it to anyone, knowing they are getting the best possible choice. Ingredients: 1 cup brown rice 1 tbs. olive oil 1 14 ounce can tomato sauce 8 ounces chicken stock 1 tsp. sea salt ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup frozen corn 1 cup frozen peas Directions: 1. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil. Add […]

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 […]

Simple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I like to make this Butternut Squash soup fairly often in the fall and winter, its a great way to get in lots of veggies and it’s not overly heavy at all! This recipe is so easy to make and freezes very well if you wanted to make a big batch and have more another time. To be honest though, the toppings are my favorite part of this soup, they are so delicious! When you put them all together they are the perfect fall flavors! I just listed a few of my favorites but you could also top with goat cheese, crushed cashews or scallions. Enjoy this easy, delicious and healthy soup recipe! Ingredients: 1 Butternut Squash halved and seeded A drizzle of Olive Oil 1 TBS. Butter 2 shallots 2 cloves garlic 1 inch  fresh ginger 4 cups of Chicken stock Pinch of Nutmeg Salt & Pepper Optional Toppings: Chives Bacon bits Fried Sage leaves Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Homemade yogurt   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Drizzle Olive oil over the top of squash halves and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in 400-degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until desired tenderness. 3. While squash is roasting, melt butter in a small dutch oven and saute shallots over low heat to caramelize.  Add in ginger and garlic and saute for an additional minute. 4. Remove squash from oven and scoop out flesh and put in blender. Add the sauteed vegetables and process slowly adding chicken stock. […]

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 […]

Green Beans with Goat Cheese and Roasted Cashews

This dish is my nutrient dense, flavorful and wholesome answer to traditional green bean casserole. Out with the canned cream of mushroom soup and fried onion ring topping. No thank you! Give me all the goat cheese, roasted cashews and fresh herbs and mushrooms. Yum! This dish is so rich in flavor I guarantee you will not miss the old recipe one bit. I am really excited to make this! Don’t be afraid to add your own spin on traditional dishes! Especially any tweaks that add nutrition, flavor and freshness. Ingredients: 1 pound green beans ¼ cup chopped roasted and salted cashews 2 shallots ¼ cup butter ½ pound mushrooms sliced 1 tsp. Thyme ¼ cup sherry ½ pound chevre goat cheese ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. Pepper ½ cup grated parmesan   Directions: 1. In a medium-size saucepan, cover green beans in salted water. Boil until green beans are just done, (still have a snap to them). 2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute shallots until translucent. Add mushrooms and saute until mushrooms are browned. 3. Deglaze pan with sherry and let simmer for about 1 minute. 4. Lower heat to medium-low and stir in goat cheese until melted. Add thyme, half of the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. 5. Stir in green beans until evenly coated. 6. Sprinkle with nuts and the other half of the parmesan cheese. 7. Pour into a small casserole dish and put in the oven at 350 […]

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 […]

Healing Turmeric Bowl

  My friend Wanda made this delicious meal for me a couple of months ago and I have been reduplicating it ever since. Of course, as with all other recipes I have slowly made it my own. This recipe is done in 4 different steps. Now don’t let this deter you from trying this recipe because the last three steps can be done while you are accomplishing the first. I find that just cooking up the individual ingredients can result in several different meals during the week so don’t hesitate to double this recipe. Almost everything on here can be frozen including the dressing so you can have everything on hand to have this another week.   Ingredients: Serves 4 2 large sweet potatoes 1 carton chicken stock (4 C) Fresh ginger Turmeric Ghee 1 bunch of parsley Garlic bulb Arugula 1 lemon Raw honey Olive Oil Quinoa 4 eggs Sea Salt Peppercorns Shelled Pistachios Feta Cheese   Step 1: Turmeric Ginger Sweet Potatoes 2 large sweet potatoes 2 C chicken stock 1 tsp Turmeric ½ tsp chopped fresh ginger Salt & Pepper   Directions: 1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes. 2. In a small saucepan, combine sweet potatoes, turmeric and fresh ginger. Cover with chicken stock. 3. Simmer on the stovetop until sweet potatoes are soft and can be pierced easily with a fork. 4. Remove sweet potatoes from stock with a slotted spoon. Mash with a fork adding in as much broth as needed for […]

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 […]

Fresh Greek Chicken Wraps

This wrap is now such a favorite.  It is a lot lighter than the foods that I have been eating all winter long.  I think it is the perfect spring recipe since all the herbs will start popping up in the garden in the next month.  I have included a great marinade recipe but as a shortcut, you can always use a bottled Greek dressing. (I recommend Primal Kitchen since their dressing is very clean).  Also when it comes to the yogurt sauce you can always use a prepared plain Greek yogurt. I have to say though; the homemade tastes best! Recipe HERE for that.     Ingredients: Yogurt sauce 3 8-ounce containers of yogurt, strained, or 12 ounces Greek yogurt 2 T chopped fresh dill 2 T chopped fresh oregano 3 T chopped fresh chives 1 tsp lemon zest 1 T lemon juice Salt and pepper   Greek Dressing Marinade: ⅓ C olive oil 3 T apple cider vinegar ¼ C fresh parsley 2 T lemon Juice ¼ tsp coriander ¼. tsp cardamom 1 T fresh oregano 1 T lemon zest 1 T raw honey (or to taste) salt and pepper (to taste)   Wrap Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts 2 C mixed greens 1 C cherry tomatoes halved ½  C sliced red onion ½ C feta cheese, crumbled 8 Siete almond flour wraps     Directions: 1. Do ahead: Combine all ingredients for marinade except olive oil in a food processor or small blender. Once the blender is going drizzle in […]