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Oregano Baked Chicken

Man do we hate losing weight… Why couldn’t pizza, burgers, and steaks be good for us?!?! It’s like God is playing some sick joke on us. Needless to say, I need to lose a few pounds and this baked chicken recipe is actually delicious! Chicken and veggies a few times a week and I start dropping the pounds.

Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think.

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 16-18 minutes

Ingredients:

2 medium sized chicken breasts (about 1 lbs)

1 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp thyme

2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degree Fahrenheit

Sprinkle the chicken breasts on all sides with salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme. Coat with olive oil.

Line a cookie sheet or tray with aluminum foil and lightly coat with olive oil or cooking spray. Place chicken breasts on tray and place in oven for 16-18 minutes or until internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit using an instant read thermometer.

Serve with steamed veggies, mashed potatoes, or a salad. Enjoy!

Masala Fish Tacos

We first tried fried fish coated in store bought fish masala at a relative’s house. Beer and fried fish of any kind are always a hit! It wasn’t long after until I realized I could make Masala Fish Tacos, and they instantly became a hit in our house!

Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think.

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb of tilapia fish cut into 1 inch pieces

2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 medium red onion chopped

1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped

limes

Instructions:

In a bowl, mix the cut pieces of fish, garam masala, garlic powder, and salt. Once evenly mixed, then coat everything with the olive oil.

Heat enough oil to fry the fish in a deep frying pan to 250 degrees. Fry for approximately 4-5 minutes or until fish is white on the inside, tender, and breaks apart easily.

Wrap either corn or flour tortillas (we recommend corn) in a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds until hot. Remove from paper towel and build each taco accordingly:

Spread mint chutney down the center of the tortilla and then top with the fried masala fish. Sprinkle chopped onions and cilantro on top. Squeeze fresh lime juice for added flavor.

Cranberry Walnut Salad

My wife makes this salad every so often to compliment some of the meats I grill. From Greek Chicken to our Indian Spiced BBQ Chicken, this salad is a great way to start a meal or add to it! Simple, fast, and delicious!

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups Spring Mix

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)

1 cup cucumber diced

2 oz. goat cheese

1 tbsp dried cranberries

1 tbsp walnuts

1/4 tsp black pepper

salt to taste

Instructions:

In a large salad bowl, layer spring mix followed by cucumber, tomatoes, cranberries, and walnuts. Scoop small chunks of goat cheese over the salad. Salt and pepper.

Don’t mix salad until prior to serving! Enjoy!

Greek Chicken

The Mediterranean diet is world renowned for providing many benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and blood pressure among other things. For us, the simplistic recipes, rich with flavor, tend to win our hearts over and over again! This Greek Chicken recipe is quick, easy, and flavorful.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

8 chicken drumsticks (take skin off)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp rosemary

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp thyme

1 tbsp of lemon juice

Instructions:

Place the drumsticks into a container and coat with olive oil and all other ingredients. Cover and marinate for at 4 hours in a refrigerator.

Set your grill to 400-450 degrees. Brush grates with olive oil to ensure non-stick surface. Place drumsticks onto the grill and close the lid. Grill for 10-12 minutes per side for a total of 20-24 minutes depending on the thickness of your drumsticks. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove from grill and let sit for approximately 5 minutes to let juices settle back into chicken.

Serve with mashed potatoes or a side of veggies!!

Veggie Philly Cheese Steak

Another quick and easy recipe for my vegetarian family and friends!! I absolutely love the flavors in this sandwich. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

4 hoagie rolls

1 medium onion sliced

2 green bell peppers sliced

8 ounces of mushrooms sliced

3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

4-6 slices of provolone cheese

olive oil

Instructions:

Place a 12″ pan on medium heat. Coat with olive oil and add onions. Cook for about two minutes. Add bell peppers and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and cook for another minute.

Add soy and Worcestershire sauces and mix into vegetables thoroughly. Lower heat to medium-low and let cook for one minute. Add salt and pepper in with vegetables. Taste mixture and add more salt if needed.

Pile veggies into a row in the middle of the pan and layer cheese slices on top. Let cheese melt completely before scooping into hoagie rolls and serving.

 

 

Blueberry Muffins

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup blueberries

Topping Ingredients:

2 tbsp white sugar

2 tbsp brown sugar

3 tbsp all purpose flour

3 tbsp softened butter

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure your mixer has the flat beater attachment in place.

Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, salt) in mixer bowl and mix thoroughly. Add egg, milk, and oil and run on low (speed 2 on KitchenAid mixer) setting for one minute or until smooth. Pour the blueberries into the batter and mix using a spatula.

Place cup cake liners into a muffin tray and brush/spray each cup with oil. Pour batter into each cup 3/4 of the way to the top.

In a separate bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the topping until it crumbles easily. Sprinkle the topping on the top of each muffin batter cup until completely covered.

Put muffin pan onto center rack in oven for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Upon removing from oven, let the muffins cool for ten minutes before removing from pan.

Mint Chutney Cheese Sandwich

I got this idea while thinking about a sandwich that my Father-in-Law would love to eat. I wanted to eat a grilled cheese, but I knew I’d have to put some sort of Indian twist to it. And just like that, the Mint Chutney Cheese Sandwich was born!! To be honest, I might be making all future grilled cheese sandwiches like this after eating this!

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

8 slices of Oatmeal bread (or whichever sliced bread you prefer)

8 slices of Smoked Gouda cheese

8 slices of Vermont Cheddar cheese

1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced

4 tbsp of mint chutney

4 tbsp of tamarind sauce (for dipping)

1 tbsp of soft butter

Instructions:

Place a 12″ pan on medium heat. For each sandwich, butter the outsides of the sandwich bread and layer accordingly: one slice of bread, 2 slices of Vermont Cheddar, 1 tbsp of mint chutney (spread evenly), thin layer of onions, 2 slices of Smoked Gouda, topped with a slice of bread.

Place onto pan and toast each side until golden brown and cheese is fully melted. Flip often to avoid burning the bread while the cheese is melting. Remove from heat, slice in half, and use tamarind sauce for dipping.

Give this delicious sandwich a try and let us know what you think!