Chile One-Pot Pasta

I love this one pot meal! It is a life-saver to my new life as a full-time Mommy to a newborn! Not only is this easy (and less clean-up) but its delicious!

Chile One-Pot Pasta
 

Ingredients
1 pound penne pasta
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup grated pecorino
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 tablespoons Calabrian hot pepper paste (I used Harissa chile paste)*
1/3 cup chopped chives
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions
In a 10-inch high-sided saute pan, bring 1 inch of water (about 4 cups) to a boil over high heat. Add the penne and the salt. Cook, stirring often, until the pasta is al dente, about 9 minutes; there should be a little water left in the pan.

Sprinkle the pecorino over the pasta; toss to coat. Add the tomatoes, chile paste, chives, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil, and toss.

*Harissa comes in mild to hot varieties, so make sure to choose the level of spice depending on your preference.
Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/calabrian-chile-pasta.html

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/

Buckwheat with Lemon-Parsley Pesto

My husband grew up on buckwheat so we decided to give it a try. We found this barley recipe and decided to use buckwheat instead. Adding pesto, pine nuts, and a little red pepper flakes makes this side dish a must-try!

Buckwheat with Lemon-Parsley Pesto

buckwheat with lemon parsley pesto

Ingredients

1 cup buckwheat
2 cups parsley
1 garlic clove
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt
pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions

Cook 1 cup of buckwheat as the label directs; transfer to a bowl.

Pulse 2 cups parsley, 2 tablespoons each olive oil and toasted pine nuts, 1 garlic clove, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a food processor until smooth.

Add the mixture to the buckwheat along with 2 more tablespoons toasted pine nuts and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; toss. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little something extra.

TIP: If the mixture is too sticky, just add olive oil until your desired consistency.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/barley-with-lemon-parsley-pesto.html

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

Whitefish with Mint Salmoriglio Sauce

By far the best fish dish I’ve made so far! This amazing sauce was used on pasta but thought it would be amazing on fish. I like anything lemony so combining it with fresh mint just took it to a whole new level!

Whitefish with Mint Salmoriglio Sauce

whitefish with mint salmoriglio sauce

Ingredients

1 lb whitefish of your choice (I used Sole)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 large lemons)
2 lemons, zested
3 cloves garlic, smashed or finely minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes until the fish is cooked through.

In a small saucepan, bring the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the mint and parsley.

Once fish is done cooking, take it out of the oven, pour the sauce over the fish and let it marinate in the sauce for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/orzo-with-mint-salmoriglio-sauce-recipe.html

Baked Halibut with Arugula Salsa Verde

If you want a fresh fish recipe, this is as easy as it comes. This salsa verde and dry rub takes this fish to the next level of freshness. I couldn’t find Halibut in my local grocery store, so I used Rockfish instead. Really, any meaty whitefish will do.

Baked Halibut with Arugula Salsa Verde

baked halibut with arugula salsa verde

Ingredients
Fish Topping:
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (I grow garlic chives so I used those)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Baked Halibut:
Four 6-ounce halibut fillets, each about 1 1/2 inches thick (I used Rockfish)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Arugula Salsa Verde, recipe follows
Lemon wedges for garnish, optional

Arugula Salsa Verde:
1 cup finely chopped arugula
2/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained (I omitted the capers just because I am not a fan, but I added a little more salt to balance it out)
Juice of 1/2 large lemon (about 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice)
Zest of 1 large lemon
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

Directions

Baked Halibut:
Position an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the fish topping: Mix the chives, parsley and lemon zest in a small bowl. Cover and chill. This can be prepared 4 hours ahead, but keep chilled.

For the baked halibut: Coat the halibut fillets all over with the olive oil. Place the fish on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper and chive-lemon topping, pressing slightly to adhere. Bake the fish just until opaque in the center, 9 to 10 minutes. Transfer 1 fish fillet to each of 4 plates. Spoon the Arugula Salsa Verde alongside. Serve with the lemon wedges, if using.

Arugula Salsa Verde:
Stir the arugula, parsley, olive oil, capers, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and red pepper together in a small bowl. Cover and chill. The salsa can be prepared 4 hours ahead, but let it stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

*Since I made this the same night as I was planning on eating it, I didn’t use the recommended prep and stand at room temp times. I am sure if you let the flavors develop for longer periods of time it will be better, but this dish was just as tasty without it!

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/baked-halibut-with-arugula-salsa-verde-recipe.html

Baked Herb Lemon Chicken

This chicken dish is one of my all time favorites! It has that lemony fresh taste that I love but still enough garlic and zest from the herbs that my husband can enjoy as well. Best part is, it is so easy to make!

Baked Herb Lemon Chicken

Baked Herb Lemon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon sliced in wedges, 6-8 slices
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 9 cloves minced garlic- about 3 Tbs
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbs grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  •  2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves, plus 4 sprigs (or dried thyme)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Trim any excess fat from the breast and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish skin side up. Repeat with the remaining breasts. Sprinkle the breast with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Now slice one lemon lengthwise into 6-8 wedges and set among the chicken breasts in the dish.

Next add the extra virgin olive oil to a small sauté pan and heat over medium-low temperature, once warmed and the minced garlic and cook for just a minute and stirring constantly. Turn the heat off and add the dry white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, dried oregano, and minced thyme. Pour the warm mixture into the dish to surround the seasoned chicken breasts. Add the 4 sprigs of thyme on top the chicken breasts.

Bake the dish uncovered for 30 to 45 minutes, until the breasts are cooked and reach 165 degrees F. Remove from the oven, cover with aluminum foil and allow resting for 10 minutes before serving.

Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and pour desired amount of cooking liquid onto the platter for service.

Recipe source: http://www.andicakes.com/2011/01/07/baked-herb-lemon-chicken/

Mascarpone and Lemon Gnocchi

My husband loves gnocchi so I was happy to find this recipe for an easy version. These gnocchi are so light and fluffy, and doesn’t use your typical potato base for the dumplings. You will be in awe on how deliciously light this meal is!

Mascarpone and Lemon Gnocchi

marscapone and lemon gnocchi

Ingredients

Gnocchi:
1 cup mascarpone, at room temperature (8 ounces)
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large lemons, zested
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan (4 ounces)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra

Sauce:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, for serving

Directions

For the gnocchi: In a large bowl, combine the mascarpone, egg, egg yolk, nutmeg, lemon zest, Parmesan, and salt. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in 3/4 cup flour until the mixture forms a soft dough.

Sprinkle a pie pan or rimmed baking sheet with flour. Using 2 small spoons, drop 1 teaspoon-sized pieces of dough into the pie pan. Shake the pan gently to cover the dough with flour. Gently roll the pieces of dough into oval shapes.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a simmer. In batches, carefully add the gnocchi. The gnocchi should sink and then float to the top. As soon as the gnocchi begin to float, cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and place in a large serving bowl.

For the sauce: In a small saucepan, warm the oil and salt over medium-high heat for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the basil. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Add the sauce, cheese, and lemon juice to the gnocchi and gently toss until coated.

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

Creamy Avocado Pasta

I look forward to this dish every summer. It is my all-time favorite pasta! It combines my love for avocados and pasta into one fabulous dish. The summery freshness of this recipe gets me every time.

Creamy Avocado Pasta

creamy avocado pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced + lemon zest to garnish
  • 1-3 garlic cloves, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • ~1/4 cup Fresh Basil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 servings/6 oz of your choice of pasta
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Bring several cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Add in your pasta, reduce heat to medium, and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Now add in the pitted avocado, basil, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy.

3. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in a strainer and place pasta into a large bowl. Pour on sauce and toss until fully combined. Garnish with lemon zest and black pepper. Serve immediately.

TIP: This dish does not reheat well (due to the avocado) and it may brown after a day in the fridge. However, this is a great dish to eat cold the next day.

Recipe Source: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-minute-creamy-avocado-pasta/

Lemon Cumin Chicken with Homemade Pesto

I love finding recipes that turn chicken into something spectacular. This dish does just that! The homemade pesto is so delicious, and what I love about pesto is you can use it on absolutely anything! I love to make pesto in abundance and use it throughout the week.

Lemon Cumin Chicken with Homemade Pesto

lemon cumin chicken with homemade pesto

Ingredients

Marinade:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 large lemon
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Four 4- to 6-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts
Pesto:
1 1/2 packed cups fresh mint leaves (about 1 large bunch)
1 packed cup baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Cook’s Note)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 a large lemon)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Vegetable oil cooking spray

Directions
For the marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper flakes until smooth. Add the chicken and toss until coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. (Can also be made in a resealable plastic bag.)

For the pesto: In a food processor, blend the mint, spinach, cheese, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper until chunky. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until smooth.

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Spray the grill lightly with vegetable oil cooking spray. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Grill the chicken until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Place on a platter and serve with the pesto.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/lemon-cumin-chicken-recipe.html