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Italian Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes and Mushrooms

We eat a ton of chicken in our house, so it’s always great to find an awesome new recipe. This one is super tasty and only takes 30 minutes to prepare.

In this recipe, make sure you pound the chicken thin so that it cooks quickly. I did not drudge my chicken in flour. I just seasoned with salt, pepper and oregano and browned it in olive oil. I also did not use the white wine. I replaced with chicken broth.

Add the spinach! This recipe suggests it as optional….but get it in there! It adds great colour plus it’s good for you.

I served my chicken with a masked sweet potato, but you can certainly serve this with orzo, rice, spaghetti or crusty bread.

I found this recipe on Pinterest which lead me to the website themediterraneandish.com.

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4 large chicken breasts (pound to 1/4-inch thin)
1 Tbsp dried oregano, divided
1 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp black pepper, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, more for later
Extra virgin olive oil
8 oz mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and sliced
14 oz grape tomatoes, halved
2 Tbsp chopped fresh garlic
1/2 cup white wine (I used chicken broth)
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (juice of 1/2 lemon)
3/4 cup chicken broth
Handful baby spinach (optional)

1. Pat chicken dry. Season on both sides with 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Coat the chicken with the flour;dust off excess. Set aside briefly.
2. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large cast iron skillet with a lid. Brown the chicken on both sides (3 minutes or so). Transfer the chicken to a plate for now. (I put my chicken in a 9×13 casserole dish and continued baking it in a 375F oven)
3. In the same skillet, add more olive oil if needed. Add the mushrooms and saute briefly on medium-high heat (about 1 minute or so). Then add the tomatoes, garlic, the remaining 1/2 Tbsp oregano, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper, and 2 tsp flour. Cook for another 3 minutes or so, stirring regularly.
4. Now add the white wine (or chicken broth), cook briefly to reduce just a little;then add the lemon juice and chicken broth.
5. Bring the liquid to a boil, then add the chicken back in the skillet. Cook over high heat for 3-4 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for another 8 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and its internal heat registers a minimum of 165 degrees F. (I kept my chicken in the oven cooking while the sauce reduced. I then poured the sauce over the chicken and served)
6. If you like, stir in a handful of baby spinach just before serving. Enjoy hot with your favorite small pasta like orzo and a crusty Italian bread.

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Quinoa Spinach Power Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

The kids are almost back in school after the winter break…..time to get back to routine and prepping lunches for myself.

I found this salad on Pinterest which brought me to the website aheadofthyme.com.

I changed this recipe slightly. I pre-cook a bunch of Quinoa to use during the week, so I just took out a measured cup of Quinoa to make this salad. I find this easier than making a cup every time.

The best part about online recipes is the user feedback. I highly suggest that if you come across a great recipe…make sure to take a look at what people said about it. In this Quinoa salad recipe, lots of people swapped out the raisins. I did too. I added red onion. Other highly suggested options where pine nuts and feta. Someone also swapped out the spinach with kale with great results.

Make this salad your own! However, do not change the dressing! It is wonderful on this salad. I made the dressing and used it all on one cup of Quinoa with all my veggies and it was perfect. If you double this recipe, make sure you double the dressing too.

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1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
2 cups spinach, finely chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cup diced cucumbers
1/4 cup raisins
DRESSING:
1 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. In a medium bowl, rinse the Quinoa a few times
2. In a medium saucepan, boil 2 cups of salted water. Add the Quinoa and continue to boil for about 10 minutes until the Quinoa is tender.
3. Drain the Quinoa and let it cool.
4. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, raisins and cooled Quinoa.
5. In a small bowl, make the lemon vinaigrette. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour onto the salad and toss to coat.
6. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, if needed.

Simple Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

If you like kale…you’ll love this recipe. This salad makes a great base for your favourite toppings. I added grilled chicken, but you can add salmon, avocados, nuts, dried fruits or shaved Parmesan.

I massaged the dressing into the kale for about 1-2 minutes. I don’t mind the texture of kale but massaging it does make it softer. Also, the dressing gets really mixed in.

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10 oz raw kale, ribs removed and discarded
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small bowl mix together the oil, lemon juice and garlic. Pour over the kale and with clean hands start massaging the dressing into the kale. Taste the salad and add salt and pepper and continue to massage again. Taste again and adjust seasoning accordingly.
2. Serve as a side to dinner or have as a lunch.
3. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Cucumber Quinoa Salad

I took on the project of staining our back deck this weekend and I knew that I would have little time to make a good lunch.  I found this great recipe on Pinterest which lead me to the website gimmesomeoven.com. I pre-made my quinoa the day before so that it would be nice and cold. This salad is super fresh and delicious! It is easy to make and it doesn’t take long to put together. It was the perfect salad to have while working outside on a hot day.

I crumbled the feta on top of my serving and did not add it into the salad. I also only used half of the dressing. I will definitely use the other half on a garden salad.

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1 English cucumber, diced
2 cups chilled cooked quinoa
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup julienned or roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
1 batch Lemony Italian vinaigrette (see below)

LEMONY ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, homemade or store-bought
Pinch of salt and black pepper

To make the cucumber quinoa salad:
1. Toss all ingredients together until combined. Serve immediately.

To make the lemony Italian vinaigrette:
1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.

*If you add hot quinoa fresh out of the pan, it will melt the cheese and wilt the basil in this recipe. It is recommended to cook the quinoa beforehand and chill.

Mediterranean Cucumber Cups

I made this awesome appetizer for book club last night.  We all have dinner with our families before we meet for book club, so I like to have something light to nibble on. This recipe was perfect!

I will definitely make this recipe again and again.  It is super good and super easy.

Instead of a melon baller, I just used a teaspoon to scoop out the cucumber. I also cut up the scooped out cucumber and added it into the rest of the vegetables.

You could definietly make the filling and scoop the cucumbers out ahead of time and then assemble right before your guests arrive.

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YIELD: About 15 cucumber cups

2 cucumbers
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 vine ripe tomato, seeded and finely chopped
1/8 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 cup fresh feta, crumbled
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon plus 1/2 tablespoon zest
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper

1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the onion, bell pepper, tomato, olives, oregano, feta, parsley, lemon juice and zest, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. Peel the cucumbers partially, leaving thin strips of skin going down the entire length of the cucumber. Trim the ends of the cucumbers and cut each cucumber into 1-inch thick slices. Scoop out the center of each slice with a melon baller, leaving a shell of flesh.

3. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the Mediterranean salad into the cucumber cups. Garnish with additional parsley and feta, if desired.

Pecan Crusted Wild Halibut

I really love this recipe.  The pecans crusted on top is seriously the best part!

This recipe is gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free and low-carb.

I made some changes to this recipe with what I had in my pantry, no longer making it gluten-free or dairy-free. In the flour mix, I substituted the almond meal with all-purpose flour. In the egg mix I used skim milk instead of almond/coconut milk. When frying the fish, I used canola oil and not coconut oil.

I had great results with the changes I made. The oil I used for frying did not turn the fish greasy at all. In fact, most of the oil was still in the frying pan after cooking. I will however use coconut oil and not canola oil the next time I make this recipe. I really feel like I missed out on that added flavour to this great dish.

This recipe is from http://janeshealthykitchen.com/pecan-crusted-wild-halibut/

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Flour Mix:
2 tablespoons almond meal
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon dry onion flakes
1/4 teaspoon unprocessed salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Egg Mix:
1 large egg
1 tablespoon coconut milk or almond milk
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard, or 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Pecans:
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans (not ground)

Fish:
2 wild halibut fillets, or other delicate fish, about 1/2 pound in total
2 tablespoons coconut oil for cooking

Garnish:
Lemon wedges
2 tablespoons fish oil, optional

1. Flour Mix: Combine almond meal, lemon zest, onion flakes, salt and pepper on a small plate
2. Egg Mix: In a small bowl, whisk egg, milk and mustard
3. Pecans: Place the chopped pecans on a small plate.
4. Dredge each halibut fillet in the almond mixture, turing it to coat all sides. Then dip in the egg mixture to coat;then press it onto the pecans, turning to coat all sides.
5. Melt coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat, until a drop of water sizzles.
6. Add halibut fillets to the skillet and cook covered 2-5 minutes or until lightly browned, adding additional coconut oil as needed.
7. Transfer the fillets to plates. Garnish with a drizzle of fish oil(if using) and lemon wedges. Serve.

Ranch Dressing

I love this ranch dressing. It’s awesome on the “Southwestern Salad with Ranch Salsa Dressing” recipe that is also on this blog. I have also used this dressing as a dip for a vegetable platter. This recipe is taken from “The Best of Rose Reisman” by Rose Reisman.

Rose has added a tip of using a mixture of milk and lemon juice if you did not want to use buttermilk.

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1/3 cup (80 ml) reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup (125 ml) buttermilk (or mix 1/2 cup/125 ml 2% milk with 2 tsp/10 ml lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes)
1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard
4 tsp (20 ml) lemon juice
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) crushed garlic
1 1/2 tsp (7.5 ml) sugar

1. Whisk mayonnaise,buttermilk, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper, garlic and sugar until combined.

MAKE AHEAD: Refrigerate for up to 3 days
MAKES: 1 cup
CALORIES: 18 (1 Tbsp/15 ml)

Cobb Salad Wraps with Chicken, Avocado and Black Beans

This wrap is amazing!! I took it from “The Best of Rose Reisman – 20 years of healthy recipes”. In her notes, Reisman states that a Cobb salad traditionally has chicken, blue cheese, bacon and heavy dressing…this is her lightened up version made into a wrap.

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8 oz (250 g) boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
1/2 cup (125 ml) diced plum tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup (125 ml) diced ripe avocado
1/3 cup (80 ml) canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup (60ml) finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped parsley
4 tsp (20 ml) lemon juice
1 Tbsp (15 ml) reduced-fat sour cream
1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
1 tsp (5 ml) finely chopped garlic
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) hot chili sauce
Pinch of salt and pepper
4 large whole wheat flour tortillas
1/2 cup (125 ml) shredded agreed cheddar cheese (45g)

1. Lightly coat a nonstick grill pan with vegetable spray and set over medium heat. Grill the chicken for 4 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Cool slightly, then slice thinly.

2. Combine the tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, black beans, green onions and parsley in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, sour cream, olive oil, garlic, chili sauce and salt and pepper and mix well.

3. Spread half of each tortilla with some of the tomato mixture. Top with slices of chicken and the shredded cheese. Fold the 2 sides in and roll up. Place the wraps in a clean grill pan and cook for 5 minutes, turning halfway, just enough to warm through. (Or heat in a 400F/200C oven for 5 minutes until warm.). Cut in half and serve.

Make ahead: Make wraps up to 2 hours in advance. Cover and refrigerate.
Makes 8 servings

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Panini Clubhouse with Crisp Prosciutto, Avocado and Cheese

You have to make this panini!!! I took this recipe from “The Best of Rose Reisman – 20 years of healthy recipes” by Rose Reisman.

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I do not have a panini press so I use a large skillet and press down on the wrap with a smaller skillet.

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2 oz (60 g) sliced prosciutto
8 oz (250 g) boneless skinless chicken breast
2 Tbsp (30 ml) reduced fat mayonnaise
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) crushed fresh garlic
Pinch of ground black pepper
4 large whole wheat tortillas
2/3 cup (160 ml) grated Parmesan or Swiss cheese
1/3 cup (80 ml) diced, seeded plum tomatoes
1/3 cup (80 ml) diced sweet onion
1/2 diced ripe avocado

1. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking oil and place over medium heat. Sauté the prosciutto for 5 minutes or just until dry and beginning to crisp. Remove from the pan, cool slightly and crumble. Wipe the skillet and respray.
2. Working with one at a time, pound the chicken breasts between two sheets of waxed paper to an even 1/4-inch (6 mm) thickness. Sauté the chicken for 5 minutes, or just until cooked and no longer pink in the centre, turning halfway. Cool for 5 minutes, then dice.
3. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, garlic and pepper in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Spread evenly over the entire surface of the tortillas. Scatter the chicken, prosciutto, cheese, tomato, onion and avocado overtop. Fold in the sides of each tortilla and roll it up tightly.
4. Preheat a nonstick grill pan to hot and spray with cooking oil. Sear the rolls on both sides until browned, approximately 2 minutes per side. Slice in half before serving.

Make ahead – Make the panini early in the day. Cover and refrigerate and heat just before serving.

Guacamole

It amazes me sometimes at how old my blog is, but yet the recipes I make almost weekly just never end up here.

This recipe is taken from “The New Moosewood Cookbook” by Mollie Katzen. I use 3 avacodos in my recipe since I take some out for my son, then I mix the rest with diced tomatoes which he doesn’t like.

I add 1/2 tsp of cumin and 1/2 tsp of chili powder.  I use either lemon or lime, whatever I have on-hand.

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Basic Guacamole:
2 Tbs fresh lemon or lime juice
2 medium-sized ripe avocados
1 to 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt (possibly more, to taste)

Optional Augmentations:
1/2 tsp cumin (possibly more, to taste)
1/2 tsp chili powder
Black pepper and cayenne, to taste
Tiny amounts of: minced green or red pepper peeled, seeded, and finely minced cucumber or diced ripe tomatoes
2 to 3 Tbs mayonnaise

1. Place the lemon or lime juice in a medium-sized shallow bowl.
2. Add the avocado (you can just cut it open and spoon it out of it’s skin), and mash with a fork to whatever consistency you like.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover tightly and chill. NOTE: To help the guacamole retain it’s color, add the avocado pits. Remove them just before serving.

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