This was absolutely delicious. I prepped it a day ahead of time and the flavors melded together wonderfully.
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
Fresh parsley for garnish
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.
This was absolutely delicious and perfect for the pizza oven.
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
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.
These were absolutely delicious! So tender and tasty!
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
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.
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.
4 whole chicken leg quarters
2 T. olive oil
4 T. Dijon mustard
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.
We made this in the pizza oven and they were delicious!
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
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.
This was great!
1 lb. linguine
1 lb. sliced cremini mushrooms
6 minced garlic cloves
1/2 c. Pecorino cheese, finely grated
2 T. chopped parsley
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.
This recipe brought me back to my childhood – this was one of my most favorite recipes. True comfort food!
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
1/4 c. chicken broth
1 T. Dijon mustard
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.
Simple and tasty!
4 (5 oz) skin on sea bass fillets
1/4 t. pepper
1 t. salt
1 lemon, cut into wedges
3 T. olive oil
2 T. white wine
2 T. butter
2 T. chopped parsley
Score the skin of the fish with a sharp knife (this prevents the fish from curling).
Sprinkle the fillets with salt and pepper and let sit for about 20 minutes.
Heat a large pan. Add the lemons, cut sides down, and cook until lightly charred. Add the olive oil and place the fillets, skin side down, in the skillet. Cook, undisturbed, until the skin begins to brown and the fish is almost fully opaque.
When the fillets appear to be about 90% cooked, turn them over (the fillets should release easily from the pan). Finish cooking. Transfer the fillets and lemon to a place. Wipe the skillet clean.
Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the wine, some salt, and the butter. Mix continuously to emulsify. Spoon the sauce over the fillets and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with the lemon wedges.
So good…and healthy!
4 bell peppers
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 c. pico de gallo
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 c. shredded Mexican cheese
Chopped cilantro leaves
Preheat the oven to 350.
Cut top off peppers and remove seeds. Chop the tops into small pieces and set aside. Boil the whole peppers in some water for about 5 minutes. Invert and drain.
In a large pan, sauté the meat with the onions and chopped peppers. Once the beef has lost its pink color, stir in the tomatoes, taco seasoning, and pico de gallo. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 c. of the cheese until blended. Remove from heat.
Sprinkle the inside of the peppers with some salt. Stuff each pepper with the meat mixture and place them on a foil lined baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
Once the peppers are done, sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Serve with toppings.
This was delicious. I always boil my cabbage first!
1 cabbage, cut into wedges
6 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
Cherry tomatoes, halved
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 oz. crumbled blue cheese
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. olive oil
2 t. white wine vinegar
Boil cabbage in water for about 5 minutes. Remove from water and set aside.
Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
Spray the cut sides of the cabbage with cooking spray. Grill until charred. Transfer to a cutting board and chop. Place it in a bowl.
Add the scallions, bacon and tomatoes.
In a separate container, add the blue cheese, mayo, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
Drizzle over the cabbage and serve.