• Mexican Street Corn Salad

    Recipe adapted from Diane Morrisey.

    Ingredients:

    Dressing:

    • Juice of 1 large lime
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
    • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 3 TBSP sour cream
    • 3 TBSP mayonnaise

    Corn Salad:

    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 6 c. quality frozen corn (can use fresh or canned)
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
    • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
    • 5 green onions, chopped
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
    • 1 c. cotija or feta cheese, crumbled

    Directions:

    1. Dressing: In a bowl combine lime juice through mayonnaise and mix until smooth and combined.
    2. Corn Salad: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the frozen corn and allow to char for about 5 minutes (may take longer). Resist the urge to move the corn around the pan, because the corn won’t caramelize if you do. Transfer the corn to a large bowl and add the red pepper, red onion, cilantro, green onions, and jalapeno peppers, and mix to combine. Add the dressing and mix. Taste and adjust lime juice, salt, and pepper, as needed. Top with cotija or feta cheese.

    Mexican Street Corn Salad:

  • Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

    Recipe adapted from Amy Hannon of Euna Mae’s.

    Ingredients:

    Dressing:

    • 1 1/2 c. strawberries, halved
    • 1/4 c. champagne or rose vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 TBSP sugar
    • 1-2 TBSP honey, plus more if needed
    • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
    • 2/3 c. light olive oil
    • 1 TBSP poppy seeds

    Salad:

    • 6-8 c. mixed lettuce
    • 1 rotisserie chicken, breast meat pulled
    • 2 c. fresh strawberries, halved
    • 1/2 – 1 red onion, sliced
    • Honey roasted pecans, or any pecan
    • Crumbled feta

    Directions:

    1. Dressing: In a blender or food processor, combine combine strawberries, vinegar, salt, sugar, honey, and mayonnaise. Blend for a few seconds until smooth. Add the olive oil and poppy seeds and blend until the dressing comes together. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
    2. Salad: In a large serving bowl, or individual bowl/plates, add the lettuce and lightly toss with dressing, then add the chicken, strawberry halves, onion slices, pecans, and feta and drizzle with more dressing.

    Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad:

  • Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

    Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.

    Ingredients:

    Salad:

    • 1 rotisserie chicken, breasts shredded (about 3 c.)
    • 4 c. Napa cabbage, shredded
    • 1–2 large carrots, julienned
    • 1 c. cucumbers, chopped
    • 2 mangoes, diced
    • 1 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 3/4 c. fresh mint, chopped
    • 1/2 c. peanuts, chopped
    • 1/2 c. green or red onions, sliced
    • 3–4 jalapenos, sliced

    Peanut Dressing

    • 1/2 c. peanut butter
    • 1/3 c. soy sauce
    • 1/3 c. sesame oil
    • 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • 2 TBSP sriracha
    • 2 TBSP sugar
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 garlic clove, peeled
    • 1/4-1/2 c. water to thin to desired consistency

    Directions:

    1. Salad: In a large serving bowl add all the salad ingredients.
    2. Dressing: Pulse peanut butter through garlic in the food processor or blender. Adjust consistency with water.
    3. Assembly: Add dressing to salad and toss to combine.

    Thai Chopped Chicken Salad:

  • Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

    Recipe adapted from Olivia Adriance.

    Ingredients:

    • 1-1/5 lbs. chicken thighs, breasts, or tenders
    • 4 TBSP avocado oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 lb. baby Bella mushrooms, sliced thick
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2-3 TBSP fresh thyme, roughly chopped
    • 2 c. chicken broth
    • 2 TBSP soy sauce
    • 2 TBSP cornstarch
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Serve over mashed potatoes

    Directions:

    1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat; then add 1-2 TBSP avocado oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste, and then add chicken to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes per side until golden brown. Chicken may not be fully cooked. Remove chicken from pan.
    2. Add 2 more TBSP avocado oil and then add onions and mushrooms, spreading them out and cook, stirring infrequently for about 7 minutes, or until the onions are soft and the mushrooms are mostly golden. Do not add salt at this point as the mushrooms will sweat and steam and not get golden.
    3. Stir in garlic, thyme, and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
    4. Combine chicken broth and soy sauce in a bowl and pour 3/4 of the mixture over the onions and mushrooms, stirring to deglaze any bits stuck to the bottom.
    5. Add cornstarch to the bowl with the remaining broth and soy sauce and whisk to combine.
    6. Pour cornstarch mixture over onions and mushrooms and stir to combine. Simmer for 2-3 minutes while the gravy thickens; then add the chicken and reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 10 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 and is tender. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
    7. Serve over mashed potatoes.

    Chicken with Mushroom Gravy:

  • Cauliflower Chickpea Chimichurri Tacos

    Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod.

    Ingredients:

    Cauliflower:

    • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
    • 1 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 large head cauliflower, washed and cut into bite-size florets
    • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

    Chickpeas:

    • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
    • 1 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried
    • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

    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

    Serve: tortillas filed with cauliflower and chickpeas, topped with chimichurri sauce, pickled onions, and guacamole.

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
    2. Cauliflower: In a small bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss until well coated. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Remove from the oven.
    3. Chickpeas: In a small bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Place the chickpeas on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss until well coated. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until chickpeas are crispy. Remove from the oven.
    4. Chimichurri Sauce: Combine lemon zest through parsley in a food processor and puree until ingredients are combined and fairly well pureed. Leave just a bit of texture. 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.
    5. Assemble Tacos: top a tortilla with roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, chimichurri sauce, pickled onions, and guacamole.

    Cauliflower Chickpea Chimichurri Tacos:

  • Carne Asada Tacos

    Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.

    Ingredients:

    Spice Mix:

    • 1 TBSP ground cumin
    • 1 TBSP garlic powder
    • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 2 tsp. chili powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 tsp. ground coriander
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

    Marinade:

    • 1/4 c. soy sauce
    • 1/4 c. orange juice
    • 2 TBSP lime juice
    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 TBSP brown sugar
    • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
    • 1 ½ – 2 lbs. flank steak pounded to an even thin thickness

    Directions:

    1. Add Spice Mix seasonings to a sealable container; whisk and set aside.
    2. Add all Marinade Ingredients – soy sauce through liquid smoke – to a large freezer bag and whisk to combine. Add 3 TBSP Spice Mix to Marinade and whisk to combine. Add steak, squeeze out excess air, seal and turn to evenly coat. Marinate in the refrigerator 4-12 hours (the longer the better).
    3. When ready to grill, mix remaining Spice Mix with 2 TBSP olive oil to create a wet Spice Rub.
    4. Discard marinade and pat steaks dry with paper towel. Rub steak evenly all over with Spice Rub and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
    5. Grill steak.
    6. Remove steak and let rest 10 minutes before chopping into small pieces.

    Carne Asada Tacos:

  • Pickled Onions

    Recipe adapted from Brian Lagerstrom.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 c. water
    • 1 c. distilled vinegar
    • 1/4 c. sugar
    • 1 tsp. peppercorns
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • Red onion, sliced
    • 2-3 sliced canned beets

    Directions:

    1. Combine water, vinegar, sugar, salt, and peppercorns in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
    2. Once it comes to a boil, add the sliced red onions, and then remove from heat and cool.
    3. Once cooled place onion mixture in a container and add the sliced canned beets and refrigerate for a few hours.

    Pickled Onions:

  • Salsa Roja

    Ingredients:

    • 8 Roma tomatoes
    • 3 jalapeno peppers
    • 1/2 onion
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • Olive oil
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
    • 1/4 c. lime juice

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400F.
    2. On a baking sheet, add the tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, and garlic and toss lightly with olive oil, then roast until tender. Check often so garlic doesn’t burn and remove garlic if it is tender but remaining veggies need more time. Once veggies are tender, remove from oven and cool.
    3. Add veggies and salt to a blender and blend until chunky; then add the cilantro and lime juice and combine. Taste and adjust salt, as necessary.

    Salsa Roja:

  • Air Fryer Jerk Chicken Bowls with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

    Ingredients:

    Coconut Rice:

    • 1 c. basmati rice
    • 1 14 oz. can coconut milk
    • 1/2 c. water
    • Salt, to taste

    Mango Salsa:

    • 2 mangoes, diced
    • 2 TBSP red onion, finely chopped
    • 2 TBSP cilantro, minced
    • 1/2 lime, juiced
    • Salt to taste

    Chicken Marinade:

    • 1 TBSP dried minced onion
    • 1 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
    • 1 tsp. allspice
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. pepper
    • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    • 1 TBSP vegetable oil or avocado oil
    • 1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
    • 1 heaping tsp. baking powder
    • 1 lb. chicken breast tenders

    Directions:

    1. Rice: Rinse rice until water runs clear. Combine rice, coconut milk, water, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir, then reduce the heat to low, and cover and cook for 15 minutes.
    2. Mango Salsa: In a bowl, combine the salsa ingredients.
    3. Chicken Marinade: In a gallon sized Ziploc bag add the minced onion through the baking powder and mix to combine; then add the chicken and coat the chicken evenly. Marinate in the fridge until ready to cook.
    4. Cook Chicken: Set air fryer to 400F to warm up for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the chicken and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until chicken reaches 165F.
    5. Serve coconut milk rice topped with jerk chicken and mango salsa.

    Air Fryer Jerk Chicken Bowls with Mango Salsa and Coconut Milk Rice:

  • Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Bowls

    Recipe adapted from Munchin With Maddie.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tsp. paprika
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1 tsp. kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
    • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
    • 1/4 tsp. cardamom
    • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
    • 1 lb. ground chicken
    • 1 egg, whisked
    • 1/2 c. panko breadcrumbs
    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • Serve over quinoa, with hummus, tzatziki, feta, pickled onions, and salad of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley with a drizzle of garlic expressions dressing

    Directions:

    1. In a large bowl combine paprika through black pepper and mix to combine. Then add the ground chicken through the minced garlic and mix until just incorporated.
    2. Transfer the bowl to the fridge for 10-15 minutes to firm up (longer is fine).
    3. Preheat air fryer at 400F for 10 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, roll the chicken mixture into balls, about 16-20 balls.
    5. When the air fryer is preheated, add the balls to a greased or parchment lined air fryer basket, cook in batches if necessary, and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the meatballs reach 165F.
    6. Serve over quinoa, with hummus, tzatziki, feta, pickled onions, and salad of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley with a drizzle of garlic expressions dressing

    Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Meatball Bowls: