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/

Bloody Mary Dip

My best friend used to love bloody marys but ever since she got pregnant she hasn’t been able to enjoy them. I thought I would make this dip for an upcoming party so she could enjoy it just as much as everyone else!
This dip turns your favorite alcoholic beverage into a classy non-alcoholic dip.
Bloody Mary Dip
bloody mary dip
Ingredients
8 ounces mascarpone, at room temperature
¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon hot sauce of choice, such as Tabasco
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish, liquid squeezed out
Zest of 1 lemon plus 1 teaspoon juice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon celery seeds
1 head celery, cut into 4-inch sticks
Directions
Put the mascarpone in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and add the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, horseradish, lemon zest and juice, salt and celery seeds. Process, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until the dip is smooth, about 1 minute.

Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and serve with celery sticks for dipping.

Recipe source: http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com/recipes/1286/bloody-mary-dip

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

Red Snapper with Fava Bean Puree

This 20 minute dish is full of flavor and won’t break the bank with the minimal ingredients. Don’t let the fava beans get you, because this puree has mint and lemon juice to cut that “bean” flavor. It is a great and healthy dish you will want to make over and over again!

Red Snapper with Fava Bean Puree

red snapper with fava bean puree

Ingredients

4 cups low-sodium chicken stock (see Tip below)
3 pound fresh fava beans, shelled or 1 pound frozen lima beans, thawed (see Tip below)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1 lemon, juiced
Optional: 1 cup chicken stock (see Tip below)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 (6-ounce) center-cut red snapper fillets (I used Rockfish)
Olive oil, for light frying/poaching

Directions

In a medium saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the beans. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the beans are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes*. Drain the beans and reserve 1 cup of stock. Place the drained beans and reserved stock in a blender or food processor. Add the mint and lemon juice, and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

In a large skillet, heat enough oil to fill the pan 1/4-inch deep, over medium-high heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes each side until brown and the center is just opaque.

Divide the fava bean puree between 4 serving plates. Place a filet of red snapper on top of the puree. Serve immediately.

*TIP-To save time, buy fava beans already cooked and shelled. Then simply microwave and put straight into the blender. Then use 1 cup of chicken stock in place of reserving the fava bean stock.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/red-snapper-with-fava-bean-puree-recipe.html

Whitefish with Garlic Butter

This recipe is packed with flavor! It takes a simple whitefish and elevates it with this awesome garlic butter! It is a unique and easy dish, and if there is any garlic butter left over it is great to use on other dishes!

Whitefish with Garlic Butter

whitefish with garlic butter

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced prosciutto di Parma
  • 1 tablespoon almond, rice, or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 (7-ounce) skinless cod fillets
  • Garnish: lemon wedges

Directions

1. Stir together first 10 ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a wide, deep, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper, and cook 4 minutes. Turn fillets over; cook 1 minute.

3. Spoon 1 tablespoon butter mixture over the top of each fillet; transfer skillet to oven, and bake at 450° for 2 minutes or until fish is just cooked through and opaque in the center.

4. Add any remaining butter to pan, and let melt, stirring with juices in pan; spoon over fish, and garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roast-cod-with-garlic-butter-10000001973668/

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

Whole Grain Spaghetti With Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms

This recipe takes a healthy vegetarian spin on your typical pasta dish. Adding my favorite brussels sprouts, and mushrooms create a yummy veggie meal! If you like brussels sprouts, this is just another great dish to use them in!

Whole Grain Spaghetti With Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms

whole grain spaghetti with brussels sprouts and mushrooms

Ingredients

Kosher salt
1 pound whole-grain or whole wheat spaghetti
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved and thinly sliced (I used a food processor to chop up my brussels sprouts)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 pound mushrooms, such as cremini, button or shiitake, cleaned and chopped (I used a food processor for these also)
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup creme fraiche, at room temperature (about 8 ounces)
1/2 cup vegetable broth (I used chicken broth because I that is what I had on hand)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 large lemon)
Zest of 1 large lemon
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted*

Directions

*Cook’s Note: To toast the almonds, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven until lightly toasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely before using.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and place in a large serving bowl. Toss with 1/2 cup cheese.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts, onions, mushrooms, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the creme fraiche, vegetable broth, lemon juice and lemon zest. Bring to a simmer and stir until the mixture forms a creamy sauce, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.

Pour the sauce over the pasta, add the almonds and toss until coated. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/whole-grain-spaghetti-with-brussels-sprouts-and-mushrooms-recipe2.html