Paprika Rubbed Chicken Breasts and Asparagus!

We moved from Southern California to Gig Harbor Washington last month. Moving (as I am sure you know) pretty much dismantles your life. Regular exercise, good sleep, and healthy eating all get thrown out the window. But I took measures to insure we have healthy dinners our first few weeks in the new house by ordering meals from Sun Basket  meal delivery. And they have allowed me to share their recipe for Paprika Rubbed Chicken Breasts with Asparagus and Olive Tapenade with you!
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Moving may be a mess, but our diets don’t have to be! Even in the chaos, we are eating nutritious meals thanks to Sun Basket. Each Sun Basket box contains three nights of fresh, healthy, gourmet meals that are perfectly portioned!

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All you have to do is open up the box, pull out the ingredients, do a little slicing and dicing and 20-30 minutes later enjoy an incredibly delicious meal. Another perk, you don’t have to go to the store! And honestly, for the two of us, having  Sun Basket  delivery is cheaper than if we went to the store and bought everything ourselves.

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About This Meal:

A two-olive tapenade brings richness to smoky paprika-rubbed chicken breasts, served with one of our favorite spring vegetables, asparagus. Colorful, light and flavorful this meal will surely be a seasonal favorite!

 

The Recipe:Paprika Rubbed Chicken Breasts and Asparagus

Tips and what you need: a good frying pan and of course a good knife! 

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5 from 3 votes
Paprika Rubbed Chicken Breasts and Asparagus
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

A two-olive tapenade brings richness to smoky paprika-rubbed chicken breasts, served with one of our favorite spring vegetables, asparagus. Colorful, light and flavorful this meal will surely be a seasonal favorite! If you can't find boneless skin on chicken breasts, no worries. You'll follow the directions in bold below and cook a little longer.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken, chicken dinner, keto, Paleo, whole30
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Sun Basket Meal Delivery
Ingredients
  • 1-2 organic shallots
  • 10 ounces organic asparagus
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless skin on chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each) BTW if you can't find boneless skin-on, no worries, just buy bone in and follow directions below
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 ounce pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 ounce pitted Castelvetrano olives
  • 1-2 cloves organic peeled fresh garlic
  • 4 or 5 sprigs organic fresh flat-leaf parsley
Instructions
Prep and cook the vegetables
  1. Peel the shallots and cut them crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices. Separate the slices into rings.

    Snap off the woody ends from the asparagus.

    In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Working in batches if needed, add the shallots and asparagus, season with salt and pepper, and cook, turning the asparagus occasionally, until the shallots start to soften and the asparagus is crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add more oil between batches if needed. Wipe out the pan.

    While the vegetables cook, prepare the chicken and lemon.

Prep and cook the chicken and lemon
  1. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel; season generously with salt and pepper and the sweet smoked paprika.

  2. Juice half the lemon and set aside for the olive tapenade; cut the other half in half lengthwise, then crosswise into ¼-inch-thick half-moons.

  3. In the same pan used for the asparagus, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the chicken and the lemon slices and cook until the chicken skin is well browned and the lemon slices begin to char, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the lemon slices to the plate with the asparagus. Turn the chicken and cook until the meat is firm and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. (if using bone in skin on: after browning skin and turning skin side up, place a lid on the pan and cook for 10 minutes or until breasts are cooked through)

    While the chicken and lemon cook, prepare the olive tapenade.

Make the olive tapenade
  1. Finely chop the olives, checking for any pits.

    Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure ½ teaspoon (1 tsp).

    Strip the parsley leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.

    In a medium bowl, stir together the olives, garlic, parsley, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. When chicken is done, remove from pan, quickly add lemon and asparagus back to pan and toss for one minute to re-warm. Transfer the asparagus and lemon slices to individual plates. Top with the chicken and olive tapenade and serve.

 

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Homemade Blueberry Swirl ‘No Churn’ Ice Cream

Hey friends! I have a gorgeous treat for you today: Homemade Blueberry Swirl ‘No Churn’ Ice Cream. Now before you throw your hands up and say “I ain’t got no time for that!” I think you must have missed the key words… “No Churn” y’all! That’s right, you do not need a machine to make this smooth, rich, creamy ice cream.
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So, “How Does No Churn” Work?

It’s so simple it’s almost crazy. Why did anyone ever think we needed an ice cream maker to make ice cream? Believe it or not, you simply beat together heavy whipping cream, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk until peaks form, like soft whipped cream. Then pour into a container and freeze for at least 4 hours.

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But What About That Berry Swirl?

The swirl is everything! Simply simmer blueberries, a little sugar and lemon juice to make a simple blueberry syrup. Then you swirl it through the cream. Can you even believe how pretty this is?

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The Secret Ingredient: Creme Fraiche

You don’t need creme fraiche to make this ice cream amazing. It would be amazing without it. But creme fraiche adds an tantalizing tang to this creamy dessert. So I will suggest it, but you can make up your own mind (but do it ok?)

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The Recipe: Blueberry Swirl ‘No Churn’ Ice Cream!

What you need: a good quality sauce pan, organic sweetened condensed milk, a freezer safe container with lid and an ice cream scoop! I LOVE my heart shaped bowls!

5 from 13 votes
Blueberry Swirl No Churn Ice Cream
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

An incredibly delicious ice cream made without a machine!

Course: Dessert
Keyword: easy dessert recipe, ice cream, no churn ice cream
Servings: 3 pints
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 14 ounces cold organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 ounces creme fraiche (if you can't find it you can sub with sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan heat juice lemon, sugar and blueberries until simmering, stir frequently

  2. Use a spatula or potato masher to smash berries as they cook, simmering for five minutes or so, until the sauce has a syrupy consistency. Place syrup in a jar and place in the fridge until cool. Go do something else like laundry or Facebook while it cools.

  3. When berry syrup is cooled, pour whipping cream and vanilla into a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on medium until soft peaks form (usually 3 minutes or so)

  4. Add creme fraiche (if using) and sweetened condensed milk, beat again until soft peaks form (1-2 minutes)

  5. Fold cooled blueberry syrup into mixture by hand, swirling it in but being careful not to over mix or you will just have purple ice cream

  6. Pour into a container, seal and freeze for at least four hours

  7. Enjoy! Stays good in freezer for six weeks 

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Roasted Citrus Herb Game Hens with Vegetables

When it comes to incredible, healthy comfort food you can’t beat Roasted Citrus Herb Game Hens with Vegetables. Easy to prepare, stunning to look at, and oh so aromatic and flavorful. Truly a delight for the senses!
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The Hens:

We love roasted chicken, but now that it’s just the two of us we opt for organic game hens, rubbed in herbed butter and roasted to perfection! And just the right portion size. Of course if you are cooking for more than two, use a roasting pan and you can double or even triple the recipe.

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The Veggies:

Sweet shallots, brightly colored rainbow carrots, and potatoes round out this beautiful meal.

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Roasting:

I definitely like to keep meals easy. And while this meal requires a little prep, after that you just   pop it in the and let the hens and vegetables roast together in one pan for easy clean up. It cooks while you go do other things, like check your Instagram.

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The Recipe: Roasted Citrus Herb Game Hens with Vegetables

Tips and what you need: make sure to allow time for hens to completely thaw and then remove from the oven an hour before cooking to allow to come to room temp before cooking. You will need a cast iron or oven safe pan.

5 from 2 votes
Roasted Citrus Herb Game Hens with Vegetables

A delicious one pan meal for two! Paleo and Whole 30.

Course: dinner, Main Course
Keyword: gluten free, Paleo, roast chicken, whole30
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 1 pound game hens (room temp)
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 6 carrots, peeled and sliced into 2" pieces (I used rainbow carrots)
  • 2 medium size rose potatoes, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temp (can be subbed with ghee)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste, be generous
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped
  • 3 sprigs rosemary. 1 sprig leaves chopped, 2 left whole
  • 3 cloves garlic (one minced, the other two left whole)
  • zest of half a lemon, cut other half into wedges
Instructions
Prep Chicken:
  1. Be sure hens are completely thawed and remove them from fridge an hour before cooking so they can come to room temp. Rinse under warm water inside and out, pat dry with paper towels set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in center position

  3. Prep veggies and place in cast iron skillet or oven safe pan, drizzle with olive oil, generously sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, toss

Prep Herbs and Butter:
  1. Strip leaves from thyme sprig and chop, strip leaves from one sprig rosemary and chop (about 1 teaspoon), mince 1 clove garlic. Zest half the lemon and cut the second half into two wedges.

  2. Use a fork to mash soft butter, minced garlic, lemon zest, thyme, chopped rosemary and generous pinches of sea salt and black pepper together. Melt butter mixture, set aside

  3. Make two small wells in pan by pushing the veggies to the side and set hens in each well. Use hands or pastry brush to rub/brush herb butter mixture onto chicken 

  4. Place in the oven and cook for 1 hour, rotating pan a half turn 30 minutes into cooking (note: ovens are notoriously inconsistent and cooking time can vary depending on size of bird and altitude. Juices should run clear and internal temperature should be 165 degrees. You can use a meat thermometer if you want to take the guess work out of it)

  5. If chicken isn't quite browned enough, turn on broiler for a few minutes to brown. When hens are done, remove from pan, tent with foil and allow to "rest" for 10 minutes. Turn oven off and put pan with veggies back into the oven while you wait.

  6. To plate: place veggies and chicken onto plates, drizzle with pan drippings and garnish with parsley if desired. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Sweet, savory, and salty these Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are the appetizer dreams are made of!
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How To:

Making these little flavor bombs is actually very easy. We start with Medjool dates, make a little slice to remove the pit and then spoon a little goat cheese where the pit used to be. Then wrap with bacon and pop in the oven until crispy!

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Flavor Options!

Want to spice things up? Add a little jalapeño to that goat cheese. If you want to sweeten the deal roll in maple syrup before baking. No matter which you choose the result will be nothing short of mouth watering!

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Add Them To A Platter!

Served alone these are exquisite but I also love to add them to my Ultimate Mediterranean Appetizer Platter!

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The Recipe: Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

What you need: a rimmed baking sheet (like this) unbleached parchment paper (like this)

5 from 1 vote
Recipe for Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates are a huge hit at every party and much easier to make than you'd think. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: easy appetizer recipe, party recipe
Servings: 20 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • Toothpicks
  • 20 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 4 oz soft goat cheese
  • 10 strips of thin sliced bacon, cut in half
Optional:
  • jalepeno
  • maple syrup or brown sugar
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet.

  2. Slice dates almost end to end. Pull out pit. Use a small spoon to put a little goat cheese into date. Wrap with half a slice of bacon and run a toothpick through (side to side) to hold bacon on place. Place on parchment covered cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove toothpicks, serve.

Variations:
  1. Before baking roll in brown sugar or sprinkle with sea salt. If you want a spicy bacon wrapped date, mince jalepeno and add a teaspoon or two to the goat cheese before filling dates.

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Easy Mango Salsa!

Mangos are in season! You know why? Because mangos are always in season here in the United States. We’re lucky to have access to many different varieties of mangos, and because they each have their own unique seasons, we can enjoy mangos and this Easy Mango Salsa all year long.
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Mango Tips:

1. Ripe mangos should be firm but have a little ‘give’ when lightly pressed, like a ripe but firm avocado. Keep unripe mangos on the counter at room temperature. Mangos shouldn’t be refrigerated before they are ripe.
2. Mangos will continue to ripen at room temperature, becoming sweeter and softer over several days.
3.To speed up ripening process, place mangos in a paper bag  and roll the bag closed.
4.Once ripe, mangos should be moved to the refrigerator, which will slow down the ripening process. Whole, ripe mangos may be stored for up to five days in the refrigerator.
5. Mangos can be peeled, cubed and placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to six months.
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THE SALSA!:

If you are able, make this salsa the morning of the day you plan on serving it. That gives the  flavors need a chance to meld…but if you forget to plan ahead, no worries! It will still be delicious served right away.

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LEARN TO WORK WITH CHILI PEPPERS!

This salsa does contain Serrano chilis. Chili peppers are hot little thangs so you’re going to want to know how to handle them safely, luckily I can help you with that! Click to learn How to Handle a Hot Chili Pepper.

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Serving Suggestions:

We love this sweet and spicy mango salsa on fish, like this tropical salmon….

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…and we love it on our Spicy Lime Chicken

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…or our pulled pork tacos. Of course this salsa is great on plain old tortilla chips too!

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The Recipe: Easy Mango Salsa!

What you need: a good knife! Click to learn How to Handle a Hot Chili Pepper.

5 from 17 votes
Mango Salsa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Sweet and tangy with a blast of heat.

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: kid-friendly recipes, party recipe, summer recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 large mango, peeled, cored and diced
  • ¼ of a medium red onion. finely diced
  • 2 tsp cilantro, freshly chopped
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 serrano chili, finely minced (use as much or little as you wish)
  • ½ of a small red bell pepper, diced
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except serrano chili and toss. Add serrano a 1/2 teaspoon at a time, stirring between additions until desired heat is achieved. Cover and refrigerate till serving.

 

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