Balsamic Baked Chicken

A variation on our capers chicken recipe, this one is juicier in the oven.  Enjoy! Ingredients 4 skinless chicken breasts 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon salt cracked black pepper, to taste 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic, (5-6 cloves garlic) 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved…

Korean Beef

When my husband complained that he was tired of tacos and sloppy joes, I had to find a creative solution to the ground beef in the fridge, lo and behold this is a new household favorite! INGREDIENTS: 1 lb Lean Ground beef 3 cloves minced garlic 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup brown sugar 2…

Chicken Lasagna

The lemon zest in this recipe really makes this delicious! Ingredients Olive oil, for coating baking dish 9 to 12 lasagna noodles 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 egg 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Zest of 1 fresh lemon 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste 24 ounces tomato…

Brown Sugar Salmon & Quinoa

INGREDIENTS: For salmon: 1 pound salmon 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 tablespoons honey 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce, gluten free if desired 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice 1 teaspoon dijon mustard 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, if desired…

Lemon Tilapia

INGREDIENTS: 4 Tilapia Kosher Salt Freshly ground black pepper 5 tbsp butter, melted 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes Juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon 1 lemon, sliced into rounds DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season tilapia with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Put butter, garlic,…

Chicken Salad with Walnuts & Grapes

My favorite chicken salads always have fruit and nuts in them, and this one is a recent favorite. Ingredients 1 lb. shredded rotisserie chicken 2/3 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup finely diced red onion 1/2 cup quartered red grapes 1/2 – 1/4 cup chopped walnuts salt and pepper to taste Instructions In a large bowl add…

Vodka Sauce with Shrimp

Ingredients 12 ounces dried linguini pasta, cooked al dente & well drained 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup minced shallots 1/2 cup vodka 1 can (14 ounce size) diced tomatoes, drained 2/3 cup heavy cream salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 pound large…

Crock Pot Taco Soup

It can’t get any easier than this recipe!  Delicious and easy = win win! INGREDIENTS: 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained 1 can sweet corn, drained 1 (10 oz.) can green enchilada sauce 2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth…

Onion Brisket

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 pounds yellow or red onions (about 2 large onions), sliced into half moons 3 1/2 pounds beef brisket Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups beef broth 2  tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari, if gluten-free) Directions: Heat a deep sauté pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat with the olive…

Chef Simeon’s Simple Pasta Sauce

Being a mom that likes to avoid buying canned and jarred sauces, I have been working on a pasta sauce for a while.  Turns out it was a pretty simple combination of ingredients for the perfect tomato based pasta sauce (I did have to use one can of tomato paste to thicken – try to…