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Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower

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This was absolutely delicious. I prepped it a day ahead of time and the flavors melded together wonderfully.

Ingredients:

4 boneless and skinless chicken thighs

Balsamic glaze (from Trader Joe’s)

1 t. Fresh thyme, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

2 medium shallots, sliced thin

16 Kalamata olives, sliced

1 lemon

Fresh parsley for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450.

Place the chicken in a Ziploc bag. Season with some salt and pepper. Add the balsamic glaze, thume, and garlic. Mix well and allow to marinate for awhile.

Combine the cauliflower and shallots in a large sheet pan. Toss with 4 t. olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables out in a single layer. Bake until the cauliflower starts to brown (about 25 min).

Remove pan from the oven. Toss the vegetables. Clear 4 spaces on the pan. Add the chicken, making sure each piece has contact with the pan. Return the pan to the oven and cook until the chicken is done and the cauliflower are tender (about 20 min).

Remove from the oven. Toss in the olives. Grate some lemon zest over the pan. Squeeze the lemon juice to taste. Toss altogether. Sprinkle parsley over the top.

If you’re following Weight Watchers, this was 6 Smart Points.

 

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Veggie Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

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This was absolutely delicious and perfect for the pizza oven.

Ingredients:

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1/2 yellow pepper, sliced

1/2 onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 pork tenderloin, butterflied and pounded flat

1 1/2 c. spinach leaves

1/3 c. shredded mozzarella

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Saute the peppers and onions in some olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until the peppers are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper on both sides.

Lay the spinach leaves evenly over the pork.

Top with the pepper mixture.

Add the mozzarella cheese.

Roll up the pork tightly. Skewer the roll with toothpicks about 1 1/2 inches apart so the roll will hold its shape.

Slice between the toothpicks to create individual pork rolls.

Heat a pan and place some olive oil. Sear the pork rolls until browned, about 2 minutes per side.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done.

Let the steak rest before removing the toothpicks.

Chicken Kebabs

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These were absolutely delicious! So tender and tasty!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces

1 red onion, cut into wedges

1 c. plain Greek yogurt

2 T. olive oil

2 t. paprika

1/2 t. cumin

1/8 t. cinnamon

1 t. red pepper flakes

Zest from one lemon

Juice from one lemon

5 cloves of minced garlic

1 3/4 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients from yogurt to pepper in a bowl and mix well.

Thread chicken pieces on a metal skewer, adding the onion wedges along the way.

Brush the yogurt mixture onto the kebabs, making sure to cover them well.

Cover and refrigerate over night.

Grease a grill with some olive oil. Heat the grill. Place the kebabs on the grill and cook until done – turning frequently.

Sheet Pan Chicken

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I’m always trying to find a good chicken recipe that I can easily make. I like it when the outside is tasty and inside is moist.

Ingredients:

4 whole chicken leg quarters

2 T. olive oil

4 T. Dijon mustard

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 475. Stir together the olive oil and mustard. Season the chicken legs with salt and pepper. Brush the mustard sauce generously all over.

Lay the chicken, skin side up, in a foil lined baking pan. Roast for 20 minutes.

Reduce the temperature to 450. Roast until the chicken is done (165 in the thickest part of the leg) – about another 20 minutes or so.

Orange and Rosemary Glazed Ribs

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We made this in the pizza oven and they were delicious!

Ingredients:

1 rack of pork spare ribs

6 t. chopped rosemary

3 t. minced garlic

1 12 oz jar of orange marmelade

1 T. cider vinegar

Directions:

Rinse the ribs and pat dry. Place the rack on a sheet of heavy duty foil, large enough to wrap the ribs. Sprinkle them with 4 t. rosemary, 2 t. salt, 2 t. garlic. Wrap them with the foil, meaty side down, and make an airtight seal. Transfer them to a baking sheet and roast them in the pizza oven at 600 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes (turning it half way).

Meanwhile, for the glaze, whisk together the marmalade, vinegar, 2 t. rosemary, 1 t. garlic. Cover and set aside.

Once the ribs are done, unwrap them and place them onto a baking sheet lined with foil and topped with a cooling rack. Generously brush the marinade on top. Place them back into the oven, uncovered, until the glaze starts to bubble and brown. This will only take a couple of minutes. Once out of the oven, cut them and serve them on a platter lined with rosemary sprigs.

Mushroom & Garlic Linguine

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This was great!

Ingredients:

1 lb. linguine

Butter

Olive oil

1 lb. sliced cremini mushrooms

6 minced garlic cloves

1/2 c. Pecorino cheese, finely grated

2 T. chopped parsley

Directions:

Cook pasta.

While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter and oil in a frying pan. Add the mushrooms, seasoning with salt and pepper. Saute until browned and tender. Add the garlic and sauté a bit longer.

When the pasta is done, add the cooked pasta to the mushrooms. Add 3/4 c. of the pasta water too and the cheese. Cook until the water has evaporated. Add the parsley and serve.

Chicken Cutlets Milanese

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This recipe brought me back to my childhood – this was one of my most favorite recipes. True comfort food!

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts, sliced very thin

1/4 c. capers, drained and patted dry

1/2 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2″ sections

1 large egg, beaten

1 c. fine breadcrumbs

1/2 c. finely grated Pecorino cheese

Garlic powder

1/4 c. chicken broth

1 T. Dijon mustard

Directions:

In a large fry pan, heat some olive oil. Place the capers and cook them until crisp (about 5 minutes). Remove the capers to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

In the same pan, add some more olive oil. Add the asparagus and cook until tender crisp. Mix the chicken broth and mustard together and add to the asparagus. Cook until the liquid is almost all absorbed. Remove the asparagus and set aside. Clean the inside of the pan.

Place the beaten egg in a shallow dish. Mix up the breadcrumbs, cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl and put it on a piece of wax paper. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Take each breast and pass it in the egg. Then pat it into the breadcrumb mixture.

In the same frying pan, heat some oil. Add the coated chicken breasts and cook until golden on both sides and cooked inside.

Plate them and top them with the crispy capers and asparagus.