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Cream of Mushroom Sauce

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This is a wonderful sauce that can be used on chicken and pork.

Ingredients:

8 oz. sliced mushrooms

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 c. chicken broth

1 c. half and half

1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Parsley

Directions:

Add the garlic to the pan in some olive oil and cook until soft. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until they have released their water and softened.

Add the chicken broth and cook for a few minutes until the broth has reduced a bit. Add the half and half and cook for a few more minutes. Add the parmesan cheese and chopped parsley and stir until the cheese has melted. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings.

 

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Grilled Pork Chops

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These were really good – and always, really easy! The important thing is to plan ahead and marinate them for at least 6 hours!

Ingredients:

2 bone in pork chops

1/3 c. white vinegar, divided

1/3 c. soy sauce

2 T. brown sugar

2 T. canola oil

2 bay leaves

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 serano chile, seeds removed (wear gloves!)

1/4 c. thinly sliced green onions

Directions:

Combine 2 T. vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, bay leaves, red onions and serano chile in a Ziploc bag. Add the pork chops and mix well to coat the chops. Marinate in the refrigerator for several hours.

Remove the pork chops and onions from the bag. Strain the liquid into a sauce pan, discarding the solids.

Add the rest of the vinegar to the strained marinade. Reduce it down to about half on the stove, resulting in a syrupy consistency.

Heat the grill. Grill the chops well on both sides, brushing them with the reduce marinade.

Plate the chops. Top with the onions and green onions. Pour the remaining marinade over the top.

Sausage and Vegetables

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This is so simple, but yet so tasty! It’s a perfect outdoor cooking event!

Ingredients:

2 sausages

1 red pepper, sliced into thin rings

1 green pepper, sliced into thin rings

1 yellow onion, cut into rings

1 fennel bulb, sliced

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Grill the sausages until done. Slice into bite size pieces.

Coat the vegetables with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Grill the vegetables. We used a grill basket for the onions and fennel so that they wouldn’t fall through the slats. When done, cut them into smaller pieces.

Mix everything together and serve.

Shrimp & Sausage Bowl

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This was good – a bit plain, but tasty enough. It’s pretty healthy, too! This would be good served over some noodles or rice as well.

Ingredients:

1 lb. shrimp

3 Italian sausages, cut up

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, diced

1 zucchini, chopped

1/4 c. chicken broth

2 garlic cloves, minced

Red pepper flakes

Dash of seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay

1 T. chopped parsley

 

Cook the sausage until cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add some olive oil to the pan. Season the shrimp with the seafood seasoning. Cook until opaque and pink. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add more olive oil if needed. Cook the peppers and onions until soft. Season with salt & pepper. Add the sausage and zucchini and cook until the zucchini softens. Add in the garlic. Return the shrimp back to the pan. Add the chicken broth and red pepper flakes and parsley. Stir well to combine.

Achiote Sauce

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This sauce has great flavor and can be used on lots of different types of meat. It is a marinade which takes at least a couple of hours on the meat. Try to cook the meat so that the heat touches all the aspects of the meat – like a rotisserie or standing up in a pan.

Achiote sauce ingredients:

3 T. achiote paste (I found some at Amazon)

2 T. chili powder

1 T. garlic powder

1 T cumin

1 T salt

1 T pepper

1 T oregano

3/4 cup white wine vinegar

1 cup pineapple juice

Directions:

Mix all the sauce ingredients together, making sure it is smooth. Marinate the meat in the sauce for at least 2 hours.

Cheeseburger Muffins

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This was such an easy way to make a cheeseburger – it would also work great with meatballs.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 chopped red onion

1/4 cup breadcrumbs or smashed crackers (you can use gluten free crackers if you like)

1/4 tomato sauce

1 egg

Garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste

Shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a muffin tin.

Combine all ingredients, except for the cheese. Fill each muffin tin with the meat mixture.

Cook for about 35 minutes or until the meat is firm. Top with the cheese and cook for another 5 minutes.

Serve with ketchup and mustard.

 

Grilled Indian Chicken

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If you’re looking for something really easy to make, this is it! The flavors are tasty and it takes just a very short while to make.

Ingredients:

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 t. cumin

1 t. turmeric

1 t. garlic powder

1 t. salt

1/4 t cayenne pepper

Directions:

Wash and dry the chicken thighs. Combine all the seasonings into a zip lock bag. Add the chicken thighs and mix well.

Heat a grill pan. Oil as necessary. Place the chicken thighs on the pan and brown well on both sides. Reduce the heat, cover, and cook until done.