• 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:

  • Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon Bowls

    Adapted from Life Made Sweeter.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. skinless salmon, cut into cubes
    • Serve with rice, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, edamame, and/or avocado

    Marinade:

    • 1/4 c. soy sauce
    • 3 TBSP honey
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 tsp. sesame oil
    • 2 tsp. Sriracha
    • 1 tsp. rive vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper

    Sauce:

    • 1/4 c. soy sauce
    • 3 TBSP honey
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 tsp. sesame oil
    • 2 tsp. Sriracha
    • 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
    • 1 1/2 water

    Spicy Mayo:

    • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
    • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
    • 2 TBSP Sriracha
    • 1 TBSP rice wine vinegar
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced

    Directions:

    1. Marinate Salmon Bites: In a bowl, add the marinade and mix to combine. Add the salmon and toss to combine. Marinate for 20 minutes.
    2. Sauce: In a small saucepan, add the soy sauce through salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water to make a slurry; then add the slurry to the sauce and simmer until thickened.
    3. Spicy Mayo: In a bowl, add the mayonnaise through garlic and whisk to combine.
    4. Salmon: Heat air fryer on 390F for 10 minutes, after 10 minutes add the salmon, discarding the marinade, and cook for 6 minutes, or until cooked. Or can bake at 415F for 10-12 minutes. May gently shake the air fryer basket halfway through.
    5. Bowl: Add rice to a bowl, top with the salmon, add cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, edamame, and/or avocado. Drizzle with the sauce and the spicy mayo.

    Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon Bowls:

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Pie

    Adapted from Cook’s Country.

    Ingredients:

    Crust:

    • 16 Oreo cookies, roughly broken
    • 1 TBSP sugar
    • 4 TBSP unsalted butter, melted and cooled

    Ganache:

    • 3/4 c. heavy cream
    • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    • 1/4 tsp. salt

    Filling:

    • 2 TBSP water
    • 1 TBSP unflavored gelatin
    • 1 1/2 lbs. (5 c.) frozen raspberries
    • 2/3 c. sugar
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1 TBSP lemon juice
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 12 oz. (2 1/2 c.) fresh raspberries

    Whipped Cream:

    • 1 c. heavy cream
    • 2 TBSP sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • Pinch of salt

    Directions:

    1. For the crust: Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 325F. In a food processor, pulse the Oreos and sugar until fine even crumbs. Drizzle melted butter over crumbs and pulse to incorporate.
    2. Transfer mixture to a 9 inch pie plate. Using your hands, press crumbs very firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Using a greased bottom of a measuring cup, smooth out the crust into an even, compact layer. Bake until crust is fragrant and appears set, about 15 minutes; then transfer pie plate to a wire rack and let cool completely.
    3. For the ganache: Microwave the cream, chocolate, and salt in a bowl, whisking frequently until melted, 1 to 3 minutes. Poor into cooled crust, and using a spatula, spread into an even layer. Refrigerate, uncovered until set, 30 – 60 minutes.
    4. For the filling: Meanwhile, whisk 2 TBSP water and gelatin together in a bowl and let sit until gelatin softens, at least 5 minutes.
    5. Cook frozen raspberries, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat until mixture is boiling, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened and reduced to 2 1/2 c., 10 – 12 minutes.
    6. Off heat, add the lemon juice, vanilla, and gelatin mixture to raspberry filling until gelatin is dissolved, about 1 minute. Set aside until cooled slightly, about 15 minutes. Transfer filling to crust and refrigerate until set, ,about 4 hours. May loosely cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 day.
    7. Fresh raspberries: Arrange fresh raspberries is in concentric circles over filling, rounded sides up, pressing berries gently to adhere to filling.
    8. For the whipped cream: Use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whip all the ingredients on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and whip until soft peaks.

    Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Pie: