Greek Marinated Chicken

I love the fresh flavors that this marinade brings to the chicken! The marinade is so easy and I traded in whole chicken pieces for chicken breasts to make the cook time quicker.
Greek Marinated Chicken
greek marinated chicken
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 medium lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • ¼ bunch fresh parsley
  • 1-2 lbs chicken breasts
Directions
  1. To make the marinade, combine the yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper in a bowl. Zest 1 lemon into the bowl. Also add the juice from half of the lemon (about 1-2 Tbsp). Stir until the ingredients are well combined. Roughly chop a big handful, or about ¼ bunch, of parsley and stir it into the marinade.
  2. Add the chicken breasts and marinade to a gallon sized zip top bag. Remove as much air as possible, close the bag tightly, and massage the bag to mix the contents and make sure the chicken is well coated. Refrigerate the bag for 30 minutes.
  3. After marinating for 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 375 degrees in preparation to bake the chicken.
  4. Place the chicken in a large casserole dish (9×13). Bake the chicken in the preheated 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Recipe source:  http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/06/greek-marinated-chicken/

Crab and Lemon Aioli Bruschetta

My favorite new appetizer!! I love having crab in the summer, there is just something so light but meaty about it! Mixing the crab with the lemon aioli definitely makes this app what it is!

Crab and Lemon Aioli Bruschetta

crab and lemon aioli brushetta

Ingredients

Toasts:
1 ciabatta loaf, cut into 12 (1/2-inch thick) slices
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 clove garlic, peeled and halved
Crab:
8 ounces lump crabmeat
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Aioli:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 large lemon, zested
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

For the toasts: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the bread slices in a single layer on a heavy baking sheet. Drizzle both sides of the bread with the oil. Season with salt and bake until light golden, about 10 minutes. Cool for 1 minute, and then rub the toasts with the cut side of the garlic.

For the crab: In a small bowl, gently combine the crab, lemon juice, chives, and salt.

For the aioli: In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon zest, salt, and cayenne pepper.

Mix the crabmeat with the aioli mixture and place on top of the toasts.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/crab-and-lemon-bruschetta-recipe.html

5-Minute Healthy Frozen Yogurt

You can now enjoy your favorite dessert right at home, anytime you want! By far the healthiest, easiest, frozen yogurt you will ever make. Mix up the fruit choice to create your favorite fruity concoction!

5-Minute Healthy Frozen Yogurt

healthy frozen yogurt

Ingredients:

1 (16-oz.) bag frozen fruit, frozen solid (I used a tropical medley)
3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (non-fat or whole)
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Add the frozen fruit, agave nectar (or honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.

Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe source: http://www.justataste.com/2013/08/healthy-easy-peach-frozen-yogurt-recipe/

Roasted Veggies with Chipotle Cream

For a light and healthy dish, try this vegetarian concoction. Adding a spicy cream takes this dish to the next level!

Roasted Veggies with Chipotle Cream

roasted veggies with chipotle cream

Ingredients

Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
One 1-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1/2-inch cubes (3 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Chipotle Cream:
1 cup greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tbsp Chipotle “mayo” (vegan mayonnaise, I used Just Mayo)
1 teaspoon of Sambal (chili paste)
1 teaspoon agave
1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Spray a heavy baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

For the vegetables: Toss the zucchini, bell pepper, squash, oil, cumin, oregano and salt in a medium bowl. Spread the mixture in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast until the vegetables are golden and tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

For the cream: Mix the greek yogurt, lime juice, agave, paprika, sambal, and “mayo” until smooth in a small bowl.

Spoon the vegetables onto a plate and serve with a dollop of the chipotle cream. I served on top of tortilla chips but feel free to serve in a crunchy tortilla, or simply on their own.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/roasted-vegetable-tostadas-with-chipotle-cream-recipe.html

Broiled Tilapia with Mustard-Chive Sauce

This is a great easy fish to make for a weeknight meal. It takes only about 15 minutes to prep and cook. The sauce is by far the star of this dish, it would also be great on chicken!

Broiled Tilapia with Mustard-Chive Sauce

broiled tilapia with mustard chive sauce

Ingredients

Fish:
Cooking spray
4 (5 to 6-ounce) tilapia fillets
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Sauce:
1/4 cup plain, full-fat Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey (I used agave)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

For the fish: Preheat a broiler. Spray a small baking sheet or glass baking dish with  cooking spray. Set aside.

Drizzle the tilapia fillets on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the fillets in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and broil until cooked through and the flesh flakes easily with a fork, about 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

For the sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, agave nectar, and mustard until smooth. Whisk in the lemon juice and chives. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Transfer the tilapia to a serving platter and drizzle with the sauce.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/broiled-tilapia-with-mustard-chive-sauce-recipe.html

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

This recipe is such a great alternative to hummus. It contains minimal and simple ingredients to create such a healthy dip. The best part about this dip is that it doesn’t brown. Most avocado dishes will brown the next day, but this dip stayed green! If it does brown a tiny bit, your best bet is to add a little lime juice and mix.

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

creamy-avocado-yogurt-dip

Ingredients
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Pita chips, tortilla chips, cut up veggies-for serving

Directions

1. Place the yogurt, avocados, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and cumin in a blender or food processor. Mix until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. Scrape dip into a serving bowl and serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, or cut up veggies.

Recipe Source: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/creamy-avocado-yogurt-dip/

Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Mint Yogurt

I saw this recipe on The Chew and knew I had to try it. It was featured on an episode of people competing for the Weight Watchers challenge so you know it’s healthy! This recipe consists of a simple marinade, quick oven time, and a yummy sauce. The recipe originally called for a sear before roasting but I wanted to cut the cook time so I just roasted it in the oven without the sear and it was just as good! Keep note, if you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, it’s totally fine to use dried. This pork tenderloin is a must-try for a healthy meal!

Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Mint Yogurt

pork tenderloin with mint yogurt

Ingredients

  • 24 ounce Pork Tenderloin; trimmed of excess fat (about 2 medium size tenderloins)
  • 2 tablespoons Oregano; fresh or dried
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Zest
  • 3 cloves Garlic; smashed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 large zippered plastic bag
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper

Minted Yogurt Sauce

  • 8 ounces Greek Yogurt; fat free
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Mint
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Dill
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • pinch of Black Pepper

Directions

In a large zippered plastic bag, mix the Oregano, Thyme, Zest, Garlic and Olive Oil.  Place the Pork Tenderloins inside the bag, coating them evenly.  Then store in refrigerator anywhere from 2 to 24 hours (I stored mine overnight).

Place the refrigerated Pork Tenderloins into a pre-heated, 400 degree oven for 20-23 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.

In the meantime, make the mint yogurt. Mix the Yogurt, Mint, Dill, Lemon Juice, Salt, and Pepper in a bowl, and vuala!

When the pork is done cooking, transfer it to a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes (to seal in all the juices).  Slice into ¾” oval pieces.  Allow 3-4 pieces per serving.

As usual, I served this over couscous but feel free to serve over quinoa, rice, or tabbouleh.

Recipe source: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/weight-watchers-recipes/herbed-pork-tenderloin-with-minted-yogurt-sauce-ryan-hutmacher

Chicken Tikka Masala {Crockpot}

I am not a huge fan of ethnic food but I crave chicken tikka masala all the time! When I found this crockpot recipe I was more than excited to try it! This is, by far, the best crockpot recipe I have made so far considering I got a crockpot as a wedding present back in October. I haven’t used my crockpot nearly enough as I should, but this recipe makes me want to search for more great crockpot recipes!

Remember: Spices marinating for hours on end intensifies the flavor so be careful when adding the cayenne.

You may think 2 tsp of cayenne isn’t that much, but combining it with the cumin, and the masala, and the cinnamon, the flavor gets intense. As much as my husband and I love spicy food, 2 tsp of cayenne was a little overbearing (which is why I adjusted the ingredients accordingly).

Chicken Tikka Masala

chicken tikka masala

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins, or about 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 lbs.) – cut into 1.5″ cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 (29 oz.) can of tomato puree
  • 1½ cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • ½ tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 0-2 tsp. cayenne pepper (depending on your heat preference)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • Chopped parsley or cilantro, for topping

Directions

  1. Place everything up to the bay leaves in a large bowl. With a spatula, stir to combine everything and make sure the chicken is coated well.
  2. Gently place the mixture in the insert of the crockpot and add the two bay leaves.
  3. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
  4. When done, in a medium bowl, whisk together heavy cream and corn starch, then pour the mixture into the crockpot and gently stir. Let cook an additional 20 minutes to thicken up.
  5. Serve hot over a bed of white (or brown) rice, or as usual I put mine over couscous. I think a little thicker grain will be better with this though, like rice, to really soak up the great sauce.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe source: http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2012/10/19/chicken-tikka-masala-crockpot

Zesty Fish Tacos

The best gift I got from my bridal shower was a recipe book that had a bunch of recipes from my family and friends. One of those recipes was a fish taco recipe from my aunt. I tried it once and it was great but of course it was missing that “spicy” factor. I found another recipe from one of my new favorite shows, The Chew, and combined to 2 recipes.

Zesty Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Ingredients

Halibut (cut into 1/4 pieces)
2 tbsp lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
corn or flour tortillas (I used corn, but either will work)

For the Spicy Crema:
2/3 cup greek yogurt
2 teaspoons chopped Chipotle Peppers (in adobo sauce)
Salt

For the Lime Crema:
1/2 Greek Yogurt
1 whole green onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro (I don’t like cilantro so I didn’t use it but if you do, I suggest using cilantro)
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1.5 limes)
1/4 tsp lime zest
1/2 tsp salt

For the Cabbage Slaw:
2 cups shredded Purple Cabbage
1/2 Red Onion (slivered & rinsed with water)
2 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
Juice of 2 Limes
Salt
Cracked Black Pepper

Directions
Prepare the spicy crema: Stir together all ingredients and adjust seasoning to taste. Set aside.
Prepare the lime crema: Whisk together all ingredients and adjust seasoning to taste. Let it stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.
Prepare the cabbage slaw: Toss the ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside. This can be covered and stored in the fridge a few hours in advance.
(Tip: For the cabbage slaw, rinse the sliced onions in cold water to reduce their strong flavor. Or, you can substitute the raw onions for pickled onions, if you prefer.)

For the fish, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, chili powder and salt, and pour over fish. Marinate at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.

Add some olive oil to a pan and heat over medium-high heat. When the oil starts to sizzle, add in the halibut and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

Once the fish is cooked through it’s time to assemble!
To assemble, spread a tablespoon of spicy crema onto the center of a corn tortilla. Place a piece of  fish over sauce. Top with Cabbage Slaw. Add another tablespoon of the lime crema to the top. Garnish with lime wedges.

Fish Tacos

Recipe source: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Fried-Fish-Tacos-Clinton-Kelly