• Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

    Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

    Ingredients:

    • 2-3 lbs. boneless chicken breasts
    • 1 c. pineapple juice
    • 1 c. soy sauce
    • 2/3 c. brown sugar
    • 1 TBSP of ginger paste
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder

    Directions:

    1. Place chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag.
    2. In a bowl, whisk pineapple juice through garlic powder together.
    3. Pour HALF of the marinade over the chicken in the bag so the chicken is evenly coated. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
    4. Refrigerate the remaining marinade.
    5. When ready to cook, simmer the reserved marinade in a small saucepot, until sauce thickens to desired consistency.
    6. Grill chicken, slice, and drizzle with the reserved marinade.

    Grilled Hawaiian Chicken:

  • Chicken Shawarma Feast

    This feast is beyond delicious.
    Serve with pita, naan, or tortillas.
    Chicken recipe from Noshastic, and rice recipe adapted from A Family Feast.

    Chicken Shawarma Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. boneless chicken
    • 3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
    • 3 TBSP olive oil
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 2 tsp. pepper
    • 4 tsp. ground cumin
    • 4 tsp. ground coriander
    • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1 tsp. turmeric
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
    • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste

    Middle Eastern Rice Ingredients:

    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 c. rice
    • 1 tsp. curry powder
    • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
    • 1 1/2 chicken broth or water
    • Salt, to taste

    Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad Ingredients:

    Salad:

    • 1 large English cucumber, diced
    • 5 green onions, diced
    • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
    • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
    • 1/4 c. parsley, minced
    • 1/4 c. mint, minced
    • 3/4 c. crumbled feta

    Dressing:

    • Zest and juice of 3 lemons
    • 1/2 tsp. Sumac
    • 1 garlic clove, ,minced
    • 1/2 c. olive oil
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper

    Garlic Sauce Ingredients:

    • Mayonnaise
    • Garlic, minced to taste

    Directions:

    1. Chicken: Place the lemon juice through cayenne in a Ziploc bag and combine. Add the chicken and marinate overnight. Cook chicken on grill, stovetop, or oven.
    2. Rice: In a medium saucepan, add olive oil and heat to medium heat. Add rice and cook for five minutes stirring often with a wooden spoon. Add spices and cook one minute; then carefully add broth/water. Bring to a boil and cover and lower heat to low and cook for 12 minutes. During the 12 minutes stir occasionally. After 12 minutes, remove from heat and let sit covered for five minutes, then fluff with a fork.
    3. Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad: In a medium bowl, combine salad ingredients. In a small bowl combine dressing ingredients, and then mix dressing with salad.
    4. Garlic Sauce: mix desired amount of mayonnaise and garlic to taste.


  • General Tso’s Tofu

    Recipe from Domestic Superhero.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 blocks of tofu to make Crispy Baked Tofu
    • 1 c. brown sugar
    • 6 TBSP Hoisin sauce
    • 6 TBSP rice vinegar
    • 6 TBSP ketchup
    • 4 TBSP soy sauce
    • 1 c. water
    • Crushed red pepper to taste
    • 2 TBSP sesame oil
    • 6 TBSP fresh ginger, chopped
    • 8 green onions, chopped

    Directions:

    1. Prepare Crispy Baked Tofu.
    2. In a bowl mix brown sugar through crushed red pepper.
    3. Heat sesame oil in a skillet, then add ginger and cook about 1 minute. Add the sauce to the skillet and simmer for 10 minutes, until thickened.
    4. Add tofu to the pan and toss to coat and top with green onions.

    General Tso’s Tofu:

  • Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

    Note: make the dressing ahead so it can chill before serving.
    Recipe adapted from Carlsbad Cravings.

    Ingredients:

    Meat:

    • 1 lb. ground beef, turkey, or chicken
    • 1 TBSP chili powder
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • Cayenne pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 c. mild salsa

    Salad:

    • 8 c. Romaine lettuce, chopped
    • 1 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 14 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 14 oz. can of corn, drained and rinsed
    • 1/4 c. red onions, chopped
    • 2 avocados, sliced or chopped
    • 1/2 c. (or more) pepper jack or shredded cheese, grated

    Cilantro Lime Dressing:

    • 1 bunch of cilantro
    • 2 large tomatillos, husks removed and roughly chopped
    • 1 jalapeno, deveined and seeded, if desired, roughly chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
    • 1 c. mayonnaise
    • 1 c. sour cream or Greek yogurt
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 2 TBSP ranch seasoning mix
    • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
    • Milk, as needed to thin

    Directions:

    1. Meat: brown meat over medium heat in a large skillet, and drain any excess fat. Stir in all the seasonings and salsa and simmer for 1-2 minutes until thickened and warmed through.
    2. Salad: put all salad ingredients in a large bowl, top with meat, and dressing.
    3. Dressing: add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Chill before serving! Dressing may thicken in the fridge, so whisk in some milk before serving.

    Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  • Jewish-Style Brisket

    This Jewish-style brisket is so delicious. It reminds me so much of the brisket my Grandma Boden would make. The sauce/gravy is everything!

    Recipe adapted from Sam Zien.

    Ingredients:

    • 5 TBSP oil
    • 5-7 lb. brisket
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
    • 12 oz. tomato paste
    • 3/4 c. brown sugar
    • 1/2 c. soy sauce
    • 2 TBSP Dijon mustard
    • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
    • 4 c. beef stock

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. Heat 2 TBSP of the oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven.
    3. Add the brisket and brown on both sides, 5-7 minutes per side.
    4. Transfer brisket to a platter and drain excess fat.
    5. Combine remaining 3 TBSP oil with the garlic in a small bowl; when brisket is cool enough to touch, rub the garlic mixture over the brisket, top and bottom.
    6. Put half the onions in the bottom of the Dutch oven and place the brisket on top.
    7. Combine the remaining ingredients, except the remaining onions and stock, in a medium bowl. Mix well and spoon over the top of the brisket, then top with onions.
    8. Pour the stock around the outside of the brisket, cover with a lid or very tightly with foil, and bake for 4-5 hours, until fork-tender (start checking at 3.5 hours).
    9. Transfer to cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for about 20 minutes. Then slice across the grain.

    Jewish-Style Brisket:

  • Make Ahead Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    This is the perfect side dish to prepare ahead of time. Tastes like delicious twice baked potato filling.

    Ingredients:

    • 4-5 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes
    • 8-10 garlic cloves, peeled
    • 2-3 TBSP olive oil
    • 1/2 c. butter, melted
    • 3-4 oz. cream cheese, softened
    • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1 c. sour cream
    • 1/2 – 3/4 c. milk
    • 1/2 c. green onions, thinly sliced (reserve some for garnish)
    • 2 tsp. onion powder
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. pepper

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. Place the garlic cloves on a sheet of foil large enough to enclose the garlic; then drizzle garlic with olive oil. Seal foil tightly and roast for 15-20 minutes, until garlic is soft and creamy. Remove from oven and mash garlic into a paste.
    3. Meanwhile, cut potatoes and add to a pot and cover with water. Boil over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes, or until soft, and then drain.
    4. In a large bowl add all of the ingredients and mash until creamy. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
    5. Either bake for 45 minutes or cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. If baking later, remove from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, then bake for 45 minutes, or until heated through.

    Make Ahead Creamy Mashed Potatoes:

  • Veggie Palak

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 1 lb. fresh baby spinach
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
    • 1 TBSP minced garlic
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 tsp. garam masala
    • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1 14 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained
    • 1 14 oz. can kidney beans, drained
    • 1 lb. potatoes, cooked and roughly chopped
    • 1 14 oz. can light coconut milk
    • 1-2 tsp. sugar or honey
    • 1 tsp. lemon juice

    Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the spinach in batches and season with salt. Sauté until spinach is wilted.
    2. Once spinach is wilted transfer to food processor, and pulse until chopped and smooth.
    3. After all the spinach is sautéed, add the tomatoes through cumin to the hot skillet and sauté for 1-2 minutes; then add the spinach, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, and potatoes; then add the coconut milk and toss to combine.
    4. Once the coconut milk comes to a boil add the sugar or honey and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning.

    Veggie Palak:

  • Sloppy Joes

    Recipe adapted from Lauren’s Latest.

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 2 lbs. ground chicken or turkey
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 2/3 c. baby carrots
    • 2 small zucchini, quartered
    • 2 1/2 c. ketchup
    • 1 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 TBSP dried mustard
    • 1 TBSP chili powder
    • 2 tsp. cumin
    • 1/4 c. brown sugar
    • 1/4 c. water (or more) optional

    Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, and meat, and sauté until the meat is browned.
    2. Meanwhile, in a food processor add the carrots and zucchini and pulse until thick puree.
    3. Drain the meat. While meat is draining, in the same skillet used to brown the meat, add the pureed vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the ketchup through brown sugar and toss to combine. Add the meat back to skillet and toss to combine.
    4. If eating straight from skillet, add 1/4 c. water (or desired amount), taste and adjust seasoning.
    5. If adding to crockpot, add the mixture to the crockpot (don’t add the water), cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

    Sloppy Joes:

  • Tri-Tip Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

    Recipe from Cafe Sucre Farine.

    Ingredients:

    Chimichurri Sauce:

    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
    • 3 garlic cloves peeled
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 c. fresh basil packed
    • 1 c. fresh cilantro packed
    • 1 c. fresh parsley packed
    • 1/2 c. olive oil

    Tri-Tip:

    • 1 2-2½ lb. Tri-Tip steak
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. dried rosemary 
    • 1 tsp. pepper
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder

    Directions:

    1. For the Chimichurri Sauce, combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor and puree until ingredients are combined and fairly well pureed. Leave just a bit of texture.
    2. Transfer to a bowl and add olive oil. Stir until well combined. If too thick, add a bit more olive oil or lemon juice, to taste.
    3. Sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. Bring to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
    4. For the meat, combine dried rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub mixture between your fingers to crush the rosemary.
    5. Rub mixture onto beef on both sides and place meat on a dinner plate. Cover loosely and allow to come to room temperature for 30-45 minutes.
    6. Heat grill to medium high.
    7. Clean the grill grate thoroughly with a wire grille brush and wipe it with a paper towel soaked with cooking oil. Do this with a long handled tongs.
    8. Place steaks on the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side or until meat reaches 120˚F (for rare) or 130˚F (for medium). If meat is deep golden brown on the outside, but has still not reached the desired internal temperature, move meat to indirect heat to finish cooking.
    9. Remove from grill and tent meat with foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. (This allows the juices to return to the meat.)
    10. Slice against the grain and serve with Chimichurri Sauce.

    Tri-Tip with Chimichurri Sauce:

  • Orange Tofu

    This dish comes together very quickly. Great for a busy weeknight dinner.

    Recipe adapted from Nora Cooks.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 blocks of tofu to make Crispy Baked Tofu
    • 1 c. water
    • zest of 1 orange
    • 1/2 c. freshly squeezed orange juice, about 2-3 oranges
    • 1/2 c. sugar
    • 1/3 c. rice wine vinegar
    • 1/4 soy sauce
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tsp. ginger grated or paste
    • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
    • 2 TBSP cornstarch
    • 1/4 c. water

    Directions:

    1. Prepare crispy baked tofu.
    2. In a sauce pan add water through crushed red pepper and bring to a boil.
    3. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water to combine, and then add to the boiling sauce. Stir over medium-high heat constantly for a couple of minutes, until the sauce thickens. 
    4. Serve tofu over rice and spoon sauce over tofu and rice.

    Orange Tofu: