Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Caprese Salad

*Adapted from For the Love of Cooking.

Prep: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

1 cup of yellow and/or red grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
1/2 cup mozzarella balls, diced
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste

Add all ingredients in a bowl and toss together to mix. (Note: add the basil just before serving)

Garlic Basil Chicken

*Adapted from For the Love of Cooking.

Prep: 20 minutes (plus marinating time)
Serves: 2

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper, to taste
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1. Combine all ingredients, except the salt and pepper, in a ziplock bag and seal. Move around to coat. Let marinate in the refrigerator 4-24 hours.
2. When ready to cook, lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper.
3. Coat grilling surface with cooking spray. Grill 3-6 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through.

Serving Suggestions: Serve topped with Caprese Salad, chop up to use in tossed salads, or serve with pasta.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

*Adapted from Everyday Food with Sarah Carey on

Prep: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

8 fresh sage leaves
8 chicken tenders (about 1 1/4 lbs)
8 slices bacon

Place a sage leaf on each chicken tender, then wrap each with a bacon slice. Add tenders to a skillet, sage side down, over medium-high heat. Cook until fat is rendered and bacon is browned, about 6 minutes. Flip and cook until tenders are cooked through, about 6 minutes. With tongs, transfer to a pan or plate lined with paper towels.

Serving Suggestion: Romaine Salad with Tomatoes and Bacon

Crock Pot Kalua Pork

*Adapted from

3 lb pork shoulder blade roast, lean, all fat removed
1 Tbsp liquid mesquite smoke
2 tsp coarse sea salt

Place pork in a slow cooker and stab it all over with the tip of a knife. Rub sea salt all over the pork. Drizzle the liquid smoke all over the pork. Set crock pot to low and cook about 16 hours.

Notes: The recipe originally called for 1 Tbsp of sea salt but we thought it was way too salty, so I'll only use 2 tsp next time. The roast I bought was already cut into smaller pieces so it cooked much faster than 16 hours. It only needed 10 hours and it was starting to dry out so I will try to buy a roast in only one piece next time to be able to cook it longer.

Serving suggestions: with pineapple fried rice or in tacos with rice and black beans.

Friday, August 17, 2012

California Grilled Chicken, Avocado, and Mango Salad

*Adapted from

Serves: 4
Prep: 20 minutes + marinating time

INGREDIENTS for chicken
4 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
12 oz chicken breast, sliced (from 1 lb raw)

1 cup diced avocado
1 cup diced mango (from 1 1/2 mangos)
2 Tbsp diced red onion
6 cups baby red butter lettuce

INGREDIENTS for dressing
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
dash of sugar

1. Combine ingredients for chicken in a large ziplock bag and mix until chicken is covered with marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator up to 48 hours. Grill when ready to use.
2. Whisk ingredients for dressing and set aside until ready to use.
3. Combine the ingredients for the salad, divided into four bowls, and drizzle dressing on top.

*Notes: I used a George Foreman grill for the chicken and I used regular butter lettuce.