• Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

    This chicken is so flavorful! Carlsbad Cravings calls it Mongolian chicken, but I definitely get teriyaki vibes. Would make a delicious filling for teriyaki tacos (tortillas, pineapple salsa, and maybe some cabbage)!

    Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings

    Viareggio Ingredients:

    • 1.5-2 lbs. chicken breast
    • 1/2 c. soy sauce
    • 1/2 c. water
    • 1/3 c. brown sugar
    • 4 TBSP Asian sweet chili sauce
    • 2 TBSP sweet Japanese rice wine (or dry Sherry)
    • 1 TBSP hoisin sauce
    • 2 tsp. grated ginger
    • 1/4 tsp. pepper
    • 1 tsp. Sriracha
    • 1.5 TBSP cornstarch
    • Serve over rice and with broccoli

    http://neilfeather.com/fwp_portfolio/1241/ Directions:

    1. Add chicken to the bottom of your slow cooker.
    2. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce through the Sriracha and pour 1/2 c. over chicken. Refrigerate the rest of the sauce. Cook on LOW for 4 hours or on HIGH for 2 hours, or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
    3. When chicken is tender, remove to a cutting board and shred.
    4. After you remove the chicken from the slow cooker, place your cooker insert (if insert is stovetop cooking approved, otherwise remove sauce from cooker and place in a small saucepan) on your stovetop over medium high heat. Whisk in the 1.5 TBSP of cornstarch followed by all the remaining sauce from the refrigerator. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until thickened. Add shredded chicken back to slow cooker along with thickened sauce. Toss to combine.
    5. Let cook an additional 30 minutes (can add broccoli for the last 30 minutes, if desired) on LOW to absorb sauce. Add salt to taste. Add additional Asian sweet chili sauce for more sweet heat, Sriracha for spicier, brown sugar for sweeter if desired. Serve over rice.

    Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken:

  • Mediterranean Smothered Chicken

    Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats.

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 4 small chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness
    • Garlic salt and pepper, to taste
    • 8 oz. angel hair pasta
    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 large shallot, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 c. marinated roasted (or sundried) tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
    • 2 TBSP capers, drained
    • 1 tsp. lemon zest
    • 1/2 c. chicken broth or water
    • 1/4 c. half & half (or heavy cream)
    • Juice from 1 lemon
    • 1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 c. chopped basil
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large, nonstick sprayed skillet over medium-high heat; season the chicken with garlic salt and pepper and add to hot skillet. Saute for 3-4 minutes a side, or until no longer pink in the center. Remove to a plate then set aside.
    2. Cook pasta in a pot of salted, boiling water then cook until al dente. Drain then set aside.
    3. Let chicken skillet cool off the heat for a few minutes, then return to burner and reduce heat to medium. Add olive oil and shallots and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic then saute for 30 more seconds, stirring constantly.
    4. Add roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, capers, and lemon zest then saute until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth/water, half & half, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and basil then reduce sauce slightly, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, as necessary.
    5. Divide pasta among plates then top with a chicken breast. Smother with tomato and artichoke mixture.

    Mediterranean Smothered Chicken:

  • Jennifer Aniston’s Salad aka The Rachel Salad

    Israeli couscous has become a family favorite, so I subbed the quinoa for the Israeli couscous. You could also use bulgar, farro, couscous, etc.

    Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats.

    Ingredients:

    Couscous Salad

    • 1 1/2 c. water
    • 1 c. Israeli couscous
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. olive oil
    • 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 English cucumber, diced
    • 1/2 small red onion, minced
    • 1/2 c. packed fresh parsley, finely chopped
    • 1/2 c. loosely-packed fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
    • 1/2 c. roasted salted pistachios, chopped
    • 1/2 c. (2oz) crumbled feta cheese
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Mixed lettuce

    Lemon Dressing

    • 1/2 c. lemon juice (about 2-4 lemons)
    • 1/2 c. olive oil
    • 1 TBSP honey
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Lemon Dressing: Add ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid, or small bowl, then shake or whisk to combine.
    2. Couscous: Add water, salt, and olive oil to sauce pan and over medium high heat bring to a boil; once boiling, add the couscous and stir; then cover the sauce pan and lower the heat to simmer; simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer cooked couscous to a bowl.
    3. Add dressing: Add about 1/8 c. of dressing to the slightly warm couscous and toss well to combine. Set aside (or refrigerate) to cool completely.
    4. Salad: Add couscous to a large mixing bowl then add chickpeas through mint, and toss to combine. Add about 1/3 of the dressing and toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasoning.
    5. Serve: Add mixed lettuce greens to a plate, top with a generous scoop of the couscous salad; sprinkle the pistachios and feta on top and drizzle with dressing.

    Jennifer Aniston’s Salad:

  • Vietnamese Spring Roll Bowls

    Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.

    Dressing/Sauce Ingredients:

    3 garlic cloves
    2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
    1/4 c. brown sugar
    1/4 c. fish sauce
    1/3 c. lime juice
    1/3 c. vegetable oil

    Bowls:

    Rice noodles or egg noodles
    Basil, chopped
    Cilantro, chopped
    Mint, chopped
    Jalapenos, chopped
    Cucumbers, julienned
    Carrots, julienned
    Red bell peppers, julienned
    Tofu, crispy baked
    Mixed greens

    Directions:

    1. SAUCE PREP: Pulse the sauce ingredients together in a blender or food processor.
    2. VEG PREP: Chop the herbs and jalapenos, julienne cut the vegetables, prepare crispy baked tofu.
    3. NOODLE PREP: Cook your noodles according to package. Run under cold water to stop the cooking. Transfer to large serving bowl.
    4. BOWL PREP: Toss the noodles with the dressing and all the herbs and veggies; then add mixed greens to your bowl and top with the noodle mixture and tofu.

    Vietnamese Spring Roll Bowl:

  • Thai Basil Chicken

    This is restaurant quality deliciousness!

    Recipe adapted from Brian Lagerstrom.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. of ground chicken or turkey
    • 3 shallots, rough chopped
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced 
    • 3 TBSP ginger, grated or minced
    • 2 c. green beans, cut into 1/2inch pieces
    • 6 oz. bag of baby spinach
    • 1 c. fresh basil, chiffonade(d)
    • 1 egg per person
    • High smoke point oil (peanut, canola, grapeseed, etc.)
    • Salt 
    • Pinch red chili flakes

    Sauce:

    • 1 1/2 TBSP soy sauce
    • 1 1/2 TBSP fish sauce
    • 3 TBSP oyster sauce (or hoisin if you can’t find it)
    • 3 TBSP water
    • 2 TBSP brown sugar

    Directions:

    1. Prep/cut veg and mix sauce. 
    2. To make the sauce, stir the following together until dissolved: soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, water, and brown sugar.
    3. Preheat a large saute pan over high and add a glug/long squeeze of oil. Add cut green beans and a pinch of salt and stir to combine. Cook for 3-4 mins, stirring until they’re charred on the outside and slightly softened. Remove green beans from the pan and set aside. 
    4. Add another glug/squeeze of oil and add the chicken to the pan with a pinch of salt, breaking up the chicken while you cook for about 3 minutes until beginning to brown. Add chopped shallots and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, and pinch of chili flake. Continue to cook for about 30 seconds. Add back in cooked green beans and raw spinach. When spinach is wilted in, stir in sauce. Cook for 20-30 seconds or until sauce has reduced a bit. Remove from heat and stir in basil. 
    5. Heat another pan over medium heat and fry eggs. Season with salt.
    6. Serve over rice and top with fried eggs.

    Thai Basil Chicken:

  • Mango Chile Chicken Rice Bowl

    This dish is amazing and is restaurant quality delicious!

    Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

    Ingredients:

    Mango Salad

    • 3 mangos, diced
    • 2 Mini Persian cucumbers, chopped
    • 1 Serrano or jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
    • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro chopped
    • 3 TBSP fresh mint, chopped
    • 3 TBSP fresh basil, chopped
    • 2 green onions, chopped
    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
    • 2 TBSP lime juice
    • Salt, to taste

    Chicken

    • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts, thinly sliced
    • 1 1/2 TBSP cornstarch
    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1/4 c. Thai red curry paste
    • 1 TBSP fish sauce
    • 6 TBSP salted butter
    • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • chili flakes
    • 3-4 cups cooked rice

    Mango Salad Directions:

    1. Combine the mango, cucumbers, serrano pepper, cilantro, basil, and green onions in a bowl. Toss with olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, and season with salt.

    Chicken Directions:

    1. In a bowl, toss together the chicken and cornstarch.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
    3. Add the Thai red curry paste and cook 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
    4. Add the chicken and toss to coat in the curry paste. Cook until the chicken becomes crispy, about 8 minutes.
    5. Remove from the heat and add the fish sauce.
    6. Meanwhile, in a small skillet melt together the butter, garlic, and a pinch of chili flakes. Cook until the butter is browning and the garlic crisps.
    7. Spoon the chicken over the bowls of rice. Pour the garlic chili butter over the chicken. Top with the mango salad. Enjoy!

    Mango Chile Chicken Rice Bowls:

  • Bean Dip

    Recipe adapted from the Magical Slow Cooker.

    Ingredients:

    • 16 oz. can refried beans (refried pinto or refried black beans)
    • 8 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded and divided
    • 7 oz. can fire-roasted green chiles
    • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, room temperature (or microwave for 30 seconds to soften)
    • 1 c. sour cream plus more for serving
    • 1 oz. pkg. taco seasoning (see below)
    • Sliced pickled jalapeno, if desired
    • Chips for serving

    Taco Seasoning:

    • 1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
    • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. oregano
    • 1 tsp. salt

    Crockpot Directions:

    1. To the crockpot add the refried beans, 2/3 of the cheese, chiles, cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Stir everything together and flatten out with a spatula.
    2. Sprinkle over remaining cheese and pickled jalapenos.
    3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.

    Oven Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350*
    2. In an a 8×8 pan add the refried beans, 2/3 of the cheese, chiles, cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Stir everything together and flatten out with a spatula.
    3. Sprinkle over remaining cheese and pickled jalapenos.
    4. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

  • Sourdough Pancakes

    Makes about 8 pancackes.

    Recipe from Twelve on Main.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 c. milk
    • 1 egg
    • 1 c. sourdough starter
    • 2 TBSP honey
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 2 TBSP coconut oil
    • 2 c. flour
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 4 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • Serve with syrup

    Directions:

    1. Preheat cast iron skillet or griddle.
    2. Mix milk, egg, sourdough starter, honey, vanilla, and coconut oil in a bowl.
    3. Add flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, and mix until combined.
    4. Pour 1/3 cup batter onto a hot griddle or cast iron skillet. Let it cook until you see nice big bubbles, and then flip. Leave them for another minute or so until it is cooked through.
    5. Serve topped with syrup

    Sourdough Pancakes:

  • Greek Turkey Burgers

    Recipe adapted from Recipe Runner.

    Turkey Burger Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
    • 1 c. fresh baby spinach, chopped
    • 1/4 c. red onion, minced
    • 1/4 c. crumbled feta cheese (plus more to top burger)
    • 1 TBSP fresh dill, chopped
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano, rubbed between palm of hands
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • Pepper, to taste
    • Serve on bun with sliced tomatoes, crumbled feta, if desired, and Tzatziki sauce (see below or store bought)

    Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients:

    • 1/2 c. shredded cucumber
    • 1 c. plain non-fat Greek yogurt
    • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
    • 1 TBSP fresh dill, chopped
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    Tzatziki Sauce: Place the shredded cucumber onto a clean dish towel or paper towels, gather it up and use your hands squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can; then add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir together until combined. Taste for seasoning then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Greek Turkey Burgers:

    1. In a large bowl combine the spinach, red onion, feta, dill, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.
    2. Add in the ground turkey and use your hands to mix everything together, don’t overwork the meat.
    3. Form the meat mixture into 4 patties.
    4. Heat your grill, grill pan, or skillet over medium heat. Spray or coat the grill grates/pan with oil.
    5. Grill the burgers for approximately 4-6 minutes then flip over and grill another 4-6 minutes or until done.
    6. Serve the turkey burgers on a bun with the tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes, and more crumbled feta.

    Greek Turkey Burgers:


  • Crunchy Tofu Roll Bowls

    These bowl is absolutely delicious and perfect for summer dinners. It’s also comes together very quickly.

    Adapted from Pinch of Yum

    Ingredients:

    • 1 block of extra firm tofu, for Crispy Baked Tofu
    • 1/2 c. teriyaki sauce, such as Soy Vay
    • 1 c. uncooked rice
    • 2 c. frozen shelled edamame
    • 1 cucumber, chopped
    • 1 avocado, chopped
    • 1 jalapeno, chopped or sliced
    • 1/2 c. crunchy fried onions
    • Mixed lettuce
    • Spicy mayo (see below) or Yum Yum Sauce (see below)
    • Sriracha

    Spicy Mayo: 1/4 – 1/2 c. mayo plus 2-3 TBSP of sriracha, mix and adjust to your taste.

    Yum Yum Sauce: 1 c. mayo, 1-3 TBSP sugar, 3 TBSP rice wine vinegar, 3/4 tsp. smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and sriracha, if desired; mix and adjust to your taste.

    Directions:

    1. Tofu: prepare Crispy Baked Tofu and then toss with teriyaki sauce (if you want a thicker sauce, simmer the sauce for a few minutes before tossing with the tofu).
    2. Rice: prepare rice according to package.
    3. Edamame: prepare edamame according to package.
    4. Assemble: in a bowl/plate, add mixed lettuce and rice; top with tofu, edamame, cucumber, jalapeno, avocado, crunchy onions, and add spicy mayo or yum yum sauce and top with additional sriracha, if desired.

    Crunchy Tofu Roll Bowls: