• 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:

  • 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:


  • Beef and Broccoli

    Just as good (or better!) as takeout! Can easily swap the beef for chicken, and can easily double or triple the recipe.

    Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.

    Ingredients:

    Beef Marinade:

    • 1 lb. flank steak/Milanese cut across the grain into 1/8″ thin slices, then cut into 2” length pieces
    • 3 TBSP soy sauce
    • 1 TBSP hoisin sauce
    • 1 tsp. Asian chili garlic sauce
    • 2 tsp. cornstarch
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. ginger powder

    Sauce:

    • 1 TBSP Japanese rice wine/dry sherry
    • 2 TBSP chicken broth
    • 5 TBSP oyster sauce
    • 3 TBSP brown sugar
    • 1 tsp. sesame oil
    • 2 tsp. cornstarch
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper

    Stir Fry:

    • 6 medium garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 TBSP minced ginger
    • pinch-1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
    • Sesame oil
    • 3 ½ – 4 cups broccoli florets cut into bit size pieces
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 3 green onions, sliced

    Directions:

    1. Pour marinade ingredients directly into freezer bag and mix well. Add beef and massage in marinade. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or refrigerate for 2-8 hours.
    2. When ready to make Beef and Broccoli, whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
    3. In another small bowl, combine garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon peanut oil. Set aside.
    4. Drain excess marinade off of beef (if there is any).
    5. *Work in 2 batches if your beef cannot fit in one layer.* Heat 1 ½ teaspoons peanut oil/vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat until very hot and sizzling. Add beef to the skillet and break up any clumps; cook without stirring for 1 minute, then stir and cook until beef is browned and almost cooked through, about 1-2 minutes (it will cook more in the sauce). Don’t overcook or it won’t be as tender! Transfer beef to a large plate and cover.
    6. Add 1 TBSP sesame oil to the now-empty skillet; heat until very hot and sizzling. Add the broccoli and saute for 30 seconds. Add water, cover pan, and lower heat to medium. Steam broccoli until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Alternatively undercook broccoli in the microwave and add when add in the next step.
    7. Push the broccoli to the sides of the skillet and add the garlic/ginger/red pepper/oil to the center of the pan, mashing the mixture with a spoon, until fragrant, about 15 to 20 seconds, then stir the mixture into the broccoli.
    8. Return the beef to the skillet and toss to combine. Whisk the sauce to recombine then add to the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened and beef is cooked through, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with the green onions and serve.

    Beef and Broccoli:

  • Lemon Pepper Cajun Chicken Pasta

    Adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. linguine
    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 4-6 thin chicken cutlets
    • 2 TBSP Cajun seasoning
    • 1 1/2 c. fresh parmesan cheese + 2 TBSP fresh parmesan cheese
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 4 TBSP butter, divided
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
    • 2 TBSP lemon juice
    • 1 c. heavy cream
    • 1 c. milk
    • 2 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta al dente, according to package directions. Drain.
    2. In bowl, toss together the olive oil, chicken, Cajun seasoning, 2 TBSP parmesan, and a big pinch of pepper.
    3. Melt 2TBSP butter in a large pan set over medium-high heat, add the chicken and sear until deeply golden on both sides, 5 minutes per side. Turn the heat off and pour over the lemon juice. Transfer to a plate.
    4. To the same pan, add 2 TBSP butter, the garlic, and chili flakes. Cook 1 minute, until fragrant, then pour in the cream and milk. Whisk until smooth. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer and cook 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Stir in 1 1/2 c. parmesan cheese and taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Then toss in the pasta.
    5. Serve immediately topped with sliced chicken and parsley.

    Lemon Pepper Cajun Chicken Pasta:

  • Hibachi Fried Rice

    Ingredients:

    • 2 c. jasmine rice, rinsed well and drained
    • 2 c. water
    • 2 TBSP sesame oil, divided, plus additional as necessary
    • 1 lb. chicken, diced (optional)
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 6 eggs, whisked
    • 1 TBSP butter
    • 4 TBSP soy sauce
    • 10 oz. bag frozen peas and carrots
    • 10 oz. bag frozen corn
    • 10 oz. bag broccoli
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Using a strainer, rinse the rice thoroughly for 90 seconds; then add the rinsed and drained rice to the Instant Pot and add 2 c. of water and give it a stir. Secure the lid, and cook on manual for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, allow natural release for 10 minutes, followed by quick release and fluffing the rice with fork (or leave lid on until ready to assemble fried rice).
    2. Cook the frozen vegetables in the microwave, but undercook them by about 1 minute as they will continue to cook in the fried rice.
    3. If adding chicken: In a large skillet heat sesame oil, and saute chicken until done and put cooked chicken in a bowl.
    4. In a large skillet, heat 1 TBSP sesame oil and then add the onion and saute for a couple of minutes. Remove onions from skillet and put in a bowl.
    5. In the skillet, heat remaining 1 TBSP sesame oil and scramble the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
    6. Fluff the rice in the instant pot and add the butter and stir until butter is melted; then add the soy sauce and stir to combine; then add the chicken, if using, and stir to combine; then add the cooked vegetables and stir to combine, and then add the eggs and stir to combine.
    7. Taste and adjust seasoning: add sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and/or butter.

    Hibachi Fried Rice:

  • Chili Mac

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 2 lb. ground chicken or turkey
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 4-6 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 2 Taco seasoning packs (about 1/2 c.)
    • 1 Chili seasoning pack
    • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes
    • 2 cans red, pinto, black, or kidney beans
    • 4 8oz. cans of tomato sauce
    • 3 c. water
    • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
    • Toppings: cheddar cheese, chipotle, avocado, and/or sour cream

    Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat and then add ground meat, onion, and garlic.
    2. When the meat is cooked add seasoning through water. Bring to a simmer and cover and simmer for at least 2 hours.
    3. Prepare pasta according to package and add desired toppings.

    Chili Mac:

  • Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole

    Adapted from Real House Moms.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 c. cooked chicken shredded or diced
    • 2 c. Monterey jack cheese
    • 1/3 c. sour cream
    • 2 4 oz. cans diced green chilis 
    • 15 oz. canned green chili enchilada sauce
    • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
    • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Top with: Salsa, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and/or jalapenos

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, 1/3 cup enchilada sauce, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and diced green chilis. Mix until everything is combined.
    3. Pour 1/4 cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of an 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan and spread it out until the bottom is covered. Use 3 tortillas to cover the bottom of the pan. I cut or tear them in half to fill gaps.
    4. Spread 1/3 of the chicken mixture over the tortillas. Cover chicken mixture with 1/3 cup enchilada sauce. Use 3 more tortillas to cover the first layer.
    5. Add another 1/3 of the chicken mixture and spread out over the tortillas. Add 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce and 1 cup shredded cheese over the chicken mixture. Using 3 more tortillas, cover the second layer.
    6. Add remaining chicken mixture and spread over tortillas. Add another 1/3 cup enchilada sauce over chicken mixture. Cover the third layer with remaining tortillas.
    7. Using remaining sauce, pour over the entire top of the casserole. Try to cover as much of the tortillas as possible to keep them from drying out while the casserole bakes. Spread the remaining cup of cheese over the top of the sauce.
    8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and casserole nice and bubbly.
    9. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving for easy to serve portions.

    Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole:

  • Cashew Chicken

    Adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. chicken thighs or breasts, thinly sliced
    • 1 TBSP cornstarch
    • Black pepper, to taste
    • 1/4 c. honey
    • 1/2 c. soy sauce
    • 1 TBSP fish sauce
    • 1-2 TBSP chili paste (sambal oelek)
    • 2 TBSP ketchup
    • 2 TBSP oil
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
    • 2 red or orange bell peppers, thinly sliced
    • 1 c. fresh Thai or regular basil, roughly torn
    • Steamed white or brown rice
    • Handful of cashews

    Directions:

    1. In a medium bowl, toss together the chicken, cornstarch, and a pinch of black pepper.
    2. To make the sauce: Combine the honey, soy sauce, fish sauce, chili paste, and ketchup in a bowl.
    3. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken and brown all over, until it becomes crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and peppers, cook another 2-3 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant.
    4. Pour in the sauce and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the sauce coats the chicken, about 5 minutes.
    5. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.
    6. Serve the chicken and sauce over bowls of rice. Top with cashews and additional basil.

    Cashew Chicken:

  • Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

    Recipe adapted from No Biggie

    Ingredients:

    Salad

    • 1 lb. box bow tie pasta
    • 4 chicken breasts cooked & shredded or all the breast meat of one large rotisserie chicken
    • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
    • 1/2 pack sliced almonds toasted
    • 1 bag lettuce of choice
    • 1 small bag snap peas
    • 1 small can mandarin oranges drained
    • Crunchy wonton strips

    Dressing

    • 2/3 c. red wine vinegar
    • 2/3 c. vegetable oil *or sesame oil is great here too
    • 2/3 c. soy sauce
    • 6 TBSP sugar
    • 2 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 tsp. salt and pepper

    Directions:

    1. Shred the chicken breast meat from a rotisserie chicken.
    2. Mix up the dressing – half will be used to marinade the chicken and pasta and remaining as a salad dressing.
    3. Cook the pasta until al dente, remove the pasta from the water.
    4. In a large bowl while the pasta and chicken are still warm, add the dressing and toss. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until chilled.
    5. Marinate chicken & pasta in the fridge overnight, or for a few hours until chilled.
    6. Toast the sliced almonds in a dry pan, remove from pan.
    7. In a large bowl add the marinaded pasta and chicken, green onions, almonds, snap peas, mandarin oranges. Toss with salad dressing.
    8. In a separate bowl add the salad greens and toss with dressing.
    9. On individual plates, add the salad greens and top with the pasta salad. Top with Crunchy wonton strips.
    10. Refrigerate any leftover dressing.

    Asian Chicken Pasta Salad:

  • Chicken and Dumplings

    Recipe from The Novice Chef.

    Soup Ingredients:

    • 6 TBSP butter
    • 1 c. chopped yellow onion
    • 1 c. matchstick carrots
    • 1 c. diced celery
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 TBSP all purpose flour
    • 12 oz. (1 can) evaporated milk
    • 32 oz. (1 quart) chicken stock
    • 4 c. shredded cooked chicken
    • 1 TBSP fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried thyme)
    • 2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper (or to taste)
    • salt, to taste

    Dumplings:

    • 2 c. all purpose flour
    • 1 TBSP plus 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 TBSP fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried thyme)
    • 3/4 c. (6 oz.) whole milk
    • 4 TBSP butter, melted

    Directions:

    1. In a large heavy bottomed pot (like a dutch oven), melt butter over medium-high heat. 
    2. Add onion, carrots and celery. Cook for 5 minutes, until vegetables being to wilt. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
    3. Add flour and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute.
    4. Add evaporated milk and chicken stock and quickly stir to combine. 
    5. Bring to a boil and add chicken, thyme, black pepper and salt. Let soup simmer, uncovered, while you make dumplings. 
    6. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pepper, salt and thyme. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the milk and butter into the center of it. 
    7. Using a wooden spoon (or rubber spatula), stir together until dough ball forms. If your dough seems too dry, you can add an extra tablespoon of milk. 
    8. Using a large** sized cookie scoop, scoop dough and drop directly into the simmering soup. Place them around the pot, not all in the same place. 
    9. Once all dumplings have been added, gently press them down so the soup runs over just the tops of them. 
    10. Place the lid on your pot and lower the heat a little to a low simmer (you don’t want the bottom of the soup to burn but also want the soup to still be simmering to cook the dumplings). 
    11. Cook for 15 minutes, gently stir the soup/dumplings and then cut one dumpling in half to make sure they are cooked through.
    12. If the dumplings are cooked through, serve hot! If not, cook an additional 2-3 minutes and check again. 

    Chicken and Dumplings: