Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Board

One word: Chimichurri. If you don’t make it on the reg, you should. It’s a healthy, delicious way to add flavor to almost anything. In this case, filet mignon. This, my friends is The Organic Kitchen’s Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board! 
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The Steak and Chimichurri:

Tender, juicy filet mignon, seared on the cooktop and finished in the oven, drizzled in fresh lime chimichurri… simply dreamy. Chimichurri originated in Argentina and is usually a simple combination of onions, garlic, olive oil, green herbs, and lemon or lime juice. Totally worth the five minutes it takes to whisk together!

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The Potatoes:

Crispy roasted potatoes are our favorite. We use ‘new gold’ potatoes for this board but you could also use fingerling or even sweet potatoes. We drizzle them in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly turned black pepper and then pop them in the oven. While they roast, we prep the salad and cook the steaks. The whole meal takes about 50 minutes, from start to gloriously delicious finish!

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The Salad:

Keeping it simple here: greens, apples, pecans, and your choice of feta or avocado and a light, lemon vinaigrette! What an exquisite meal!

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This Meal is Adaptable!

I show this as a meal for two served on one platter, but of course you could make this incredible meal for two, four, or six and simply serve on plates!

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The Recipe: Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board

What you need: a grilling pan, a rimmed cookie sheet and parchment paper. As always you need a good quality knife. I love my Wusthof Ikon 8″ Chef’s knife!

5 from 15 votes
Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

A complete meal of steak, potatoes and salad! Serve on a board for two, or double/triple the recipe to feed a crowd.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: date night, easy dessert recipe, Paleo recipes, potatoes, steak, whole30 recipes
Servings: 2
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 10 'new' gold potatoes (or any small variety), quartered
  • about 1/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced or grated with microplane
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and diced
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional, whole30 please omit)
  • 2 6 oz filet mignon
  • 2 cups baby greens
  • 1/4 cups pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons feta (or avocado if living dairy free)
  • 10 slices apples
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place one oven rack in upper third of oven and another rack in lower third of oven. Place a sheet of parchment on rimmed cookie sheet

  2. While oven heats: quarter potatoes, place on parchment covered cookie sheet

  3. Lightly drizzle potatoes in olive oil (about 1 tablespoon) and toss. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste, toss again

  4. Place cookie sheet on upper rack in oven and roast for 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are crispy and browned

While potatoes cook, do everything else:
  1. In a small bowl whisk together: 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, parsley, cilantro, shallot, pinch of sea salt and pepper, zest and juice of one small lime. Set aside

  2. In another small bowl whisk together salad dressing: 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, honey (optional), a pinch of sea salt and a few turns pepper. Set aside

  3. Place greens, feta 9or avocado), nuts and apple slices on platter (or in bowl)

  4. Season both sides of steaks lightly with sea salt and pepper

  5. Heat an oven safe grill pan for three minutes on cooktop on high heat

  6. Add olive oil to pan, heat for 30 seconds. Add steaks to pan, turn heat down to medium and sear for five minutes

  7. Turn steaks and place in oven on lower rack, cook 4-5 minutes for rare, 5-6 minutes for medium rare, 8 for medium (note: every oven cooks differently. Your timing may vary) 

  8. Remove steaks from oven and allow to 'rest' for five minutes

  9. Toss salad in dressing, place on platter. Remove potatoes from oven and place on platter. Slice steaks, place on platter and drizzle with chimichurri, serve!

 

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Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula

When it comes to romantic meals, this Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula ranks high on our list! It’s beautiful, light, lemony and best of all, simple to make.
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How To Get It Done Quickly and Easily!

To keep this meal quick and easy, we use chicken tenders dredged in in flour, sautéed in olive oil, lemon and white wine and then toss it all together with pasta and baby greens! The entire meal takes about 20 minutes to make. We love this meal any time, but it’s also perfect for celebrating anniversaries, Valentine’s day and simply double the recipe for small dinner parties!

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Make This Meal Gluten or Completely Grain Free!

To make this meal gluten free we use Jovial Gluten Free Pasta! The grains are not only gluten free but are soaked for easy digestion! BUT if you want to go completely grain free we recommend Cali’flour Foods pasta! I love introducing you to interesting new healthier pasta options and Cali’flour Foods has come up with a winner! This pasta is made with only two ingredients: cauliflower and lentils for a firm, al dente, grain free pasta that tastes great and has fabulous texture. I also love Cali’flour foods pizza crusts. And now they make mini flat breads too!

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The Recipe: Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula for Two

Tips and what you need: for best results cook pasta to package instructions. You will need a stock pot, and a colander. If you want to try GRAIN FREE CALI”FLOUR FOODS PASTA <—click!

5 from 12 votes
Easy Chicken Piccata with Baby Arugula
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A quick and easy version of a traditional Chicken Piccata with a heathy twist of added baby greens!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: #chicken piccata, grain-free, pasta
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces chicken tenders
  • 6 ounces pasta, we love Jovial gluten free pasta or Califlour Foods Grain Free Pasta (see links above)
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup your favorite flour (regular, gluten free, or almond flour)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled and minced or grated
  • 1 lemon ( juice one half, slice the other)
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • sprinkling of toasted pine nuts (optional for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Place a medium pot of salted water to boil, cook pasta to package instructions. While waiting for water to boil and pasta to cook prepare chicken

  2. Place your choice of flour in a shallow bowl. Generously sprinkle chicken tenders with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour. Set aside

  3. Place medium sized pan on med/high heat. When pan is hot, coat pan with olive oil. When oil is hot but not smoking add chicken tenders

  4. Sauté for 3 minutes or until golden in color, turn and cook other side for 3 minutes (don't forget to start that pasta!)

  5. Remove chicken from pan, place on a plate and cover (don't worry if chicken is not cooked through, we cook it more in a minute)

  6. Turn heat off. Add wine to pan

  7. Turn heat back on to medium and scrape pan with rubber spatula to loosen any browning and chicken bits as wine simmers

  8. When wine is simmering, add minced garlic

  9. Simmer for about two minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic, then add broth, butter, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 4 lemon slices and capers, stir

  10. Return to simmer and add cutlets to pan. Cook for a minute or two on each side. (do not overcook) Check chicken to be sure it is cooked through and turn off heat.

  11. Place greens in a colander. When pasta is al dente, pour into the colander (do not rinse) drizzle with a little olive oil and toss with a pinch of sea salt

  12. To plate: place pasta and greens on each dish, top with chicken and sauce, garnish with parmesan and pine nuts (if using) and serve

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Sun Dried Tomato Hummus!

When it comes to choices in appetizers, hummus is a favorite at our house. We especially love this Sun Dried Tomato Hummus. It’s fabulous and only takes five minutes to make!
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THE STORY OF HUMMUS:

Hummus is a staple food from the Mediterranean and  middle east. And like all staple foods it has a history. Back in the day when people had to travel long distances on foot or animal they had to carry their food with them. It needed to be lightweight, nutrient dense and easy to make….dried chick peas, otherwise known as garbanzo beans fit the bill. When travelers arrived to their destination they could soak the dried chick peas in water, mash with olive oil, add a little lemon juice and sea salt and they had a protein packed meal loaded with energy producing healthy fats!

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Adding  Flavor To Hummus:

We are big fans of plain hummus. It’s totally a fan favorite. But sometimes we love to toss in some additions to take the flavor profile up a notch. Check out my gorgeous brilliant pink Roasted Beet Hummus as well as  the black bean and roasted red bell pepper variations on my Trio Platter! 

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Sun Dried Tomato Hummus: Perfect Alone or as Part of a Platter!

This hummus can certainly stand on it’s own served with a simple assortment of veggies or pita. But I also love it as one component of my Ultimate Mediterranean Appetizer Platter. Trust me, this platter is a hit at any party.

The Recipe: Sun Dried Tomato Hummus!

Tips and what you will need: you need a food processor to make hummus, and as always you need a good knife! If you want to turn this into a complete meal salad, click here.

Recipes for Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Hummus is perfect for dipping with pita and a variety veggies!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Medeterranean, Middle eastern
Keyword: easy appetizer recipe, party recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Ingredients
For Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
  • 1 16 oz can garbanzo beans, no liquid
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil and herbs (and more for garnish)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (start with 1/3 and add more if needed, I usually add)
  • juice of 1/2 a small lemon
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoons roasted pine nuts (for garnish)
  • Serve with sliced Persian cucumbers, carrots, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, flatbreads, pita chips, tortilla chips etc.
Instructions
For hummus:
  1. Place drained garbanzo beans and sun dried tomatoes in the food processor. Give it a whirl. 

  2. Add lemon juice through the drizzle feature on top of the machine and process. Add olive oil. Process, add a pinch of sea salt. Check the consistency and add more olive oil a little at a time if needed. When hummus is the right consistency, taste. Add more salt of necessary.

  3. Place in a bowl and garnish with chopped sun dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and/or pine nuts. Serve with sliced Persian cucumbers, carrots, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, flatbreads, pita chips, tortilla chips etc.

 

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Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayo

Sometimes a girl just gets a craving for a burger. And in my experience, the guys don’t mind going along with that craving one bit. These Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayo and Healthy Potato Salad are our new favorite burger and side!
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The Burger: It May be Turkey, But It’s Anything But Dry!

Sometimes people are afraid of turkey burgers because they can be a bit dry. Not the case here! We like to use 85% lean turkey for this burger, so it’s nice and juicy. We add spices and fresh jalapeño to make it super flavorful. But the flavor doesn’t end there!

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The Basil Mayo and Add Ons:

To create an even more delightful flavor experience, we top this burger with mayo whisked with a little fresh basil and white balsamic. Then we add traditional burger toppings like lettuce and tomato. Crazy good! Wanna Make This Burger Gluten Free? Opt for a gluten free bun or wrap in lettuce!

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Serve With a Side Of Healthy Potato Salad:

When it comes to potato salad we like ours tossed in olive oil, sea salt and pepper! Simple, light and a fabulous compliment to our tasty burger! Pine nuts are optional. Click here for Easy Potato Salad with Asparagus Recipe!

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The Recipe: Spicy Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayo

Tips and what you need:  a good knife, and a quality white balsamic (or sherry vinegar) Learn how to handle a hot chili pepper <—here. Serve with a side of Healthy Potato Salad <—recipe

5 from 15 votes
Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayo
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A flavorful burger with even more flavorful toppings!

Course: Main Course
Keyword: #bbq, #burger, #easy dinner
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
The Burgers:
  • 3/4 pound 85% lean ground turkey. If your ground turkey has excess liquid, be sure to set on paper towels to remove the juices.
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
The Toppings:
  • 1/3 cup good quality mayo
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic (or sherry vinegar)
  • 3 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 buns (or iceberg lettuce for wrap)
  • 2 slices white cheddar cheese
  • 4 tomato slices
  • baby or iceberg lettuce
Instructions
Burgers:
  1. You can use a pan on the cooktop or a grill to cook these burgers. If using a grill to cook burgers, clean, spray and preheat to 400 degrees

  2. Place turkey in a bowl, add spices and minced jalapeño. Mix with hands until well combined, form into two patties and set aside

  3. Whisk together mayo, vinegar and chopped basil, set aside

  4. Slice tomatoes

  5. If using a grill place burgers on grill cooking for 12 minutes (or until cooked through) flipping halfway through cooking time. If using a grill pan on the cooktop, heat grill pan on medium high heat. When pan is hot add a little olive oil and cook burgers for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time. Make sure burgers are cooked through.

  6. When burgers are done add cheese until melted, then place lettuce and tomato on bottom bun, add burger and top with basil mayo and top bun. Of course you can also wrap in lettuce if going protein style:)

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Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl (with Grain Free Option!)

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am about the arrival of spring! I am sure many of you feel the same way after this unusually harsh and long winter. Let’s kick spring into high gear with this Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl with Grain Free Option!
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Isn’t This Just So Pretty!?

Just as healthy as it is beautiful, this pasta dish is loaded with veggies, greens and fresh herbs! To put this pasta salad over the top we drizzle it with a delicious sweet and spicy asian almond butter dressing made with hints of ginger and sriracha!

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The Pasta Choices: Including a Delicious Grain Free Option!

When it comes to pasta, to each their own. You can use your favorite traditional spaghetti, or  gluten free spaghetti, but for this version I went completely grain free using Cali’flour Foods pasta! I love introducing you to interesting new healthier pasta options and Cali’flour Foods has come up with a winner! This pasta is made with only two ingredients: cauliflower and lentils for a firm, al dente, grain free pasta that tastes great and has fabulous texture. I also love Cali’flour foods pizza crusts. And now they make mini flat breads too!

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The Perfect Vegetarian Bowl Recipe or BBQ Side Dish!

This recipe makes the perfect meatless Monday vegetarian dinner or beautiful side dish to any protein. It also makes a beautiful presentation on any BBQ or picnic table. Of course,  you could just toss in some warm rotisserie chicken or grilled shrimp! Whatever floats your bloat.

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The Recipe: Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl (Grain Free Option!)

Tips and what you need: for best results cook pasta to package instructions. You will need a stock pot, and a colander. If you want to try GRAIN FREE CALI”FLOUR FOODS PASTA <—click!

5 from 17 votes
Spring Roll Spaghetti Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A fresh and fabulous take on spaghetti! If you wish to add protein to this meal, grilled shrimp, rotisserie chicken, or thinly sliced steak all work well!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: #spaghetti, #spring roll, gluten free, pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into "matchsticks"
  • 2 cups seedless cucumbers, slice and cut into half moons
  • 4 green onions (scallions) sliced thinly on the diagonal
  • 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup each loosely packed cilantro, mint leaves and basil leaves
  • handful mixed baby greens
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice or apple cider vinegar or
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • optional garnishes: sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, or peanuts
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. While waiting for water and pasta to cook, prep veggies and herbs

Make Sauce:
  1. Whisk together almond butter, oil, honey, lime, sriracha, salt, ginger and garlic. Mix until well blended, set aside

Put it all together!
  1. When pasta is cooked, strain in a colander, do not rinse. In a large bowl toss noodles with carrots, cucumbers, scallions, shallot, herb leaves and half the dressing. Serve in bowls over mixed greens, with additional dressing to taste. Garnish with additional options if desired. Serve!

 

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Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake

There is just something fun about an upside down cake. Maybe it’s the unexpected pop of color, or that anticipation of sliding that top layer out of the cake pan, wondering if it actually worked (it always does btw). Whatever it is there is nothing more fun than eating it! This Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake is mini but it sure packs a visual as well as a flavorful citrus punch.
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The Cake:

Three mini layers separated by orange cream cheese frosting and topped with exquisite thinly sliced oranges sparkling with organic sugar! We used blood oranges for that deep, lovely color, but you can use small juice oranges if preferred or if blood oranges are out of season.

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Honestly, This Little Cake is Almost Too Pretty to Eat!

But somehow I am sure you will manage. I know we did. But what we love most about this little cake is that you can indulge and then it’s gone. So the indulgence doesn’t turn into a four day cake binge. Don’t act like that’s never happened in your life.

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Making It Gluten Free and Just As Good!

Not all gluten free flours are created equal. We recommend Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour for GF baking! Jovial soaks their grains for easier digestion and their gluten free flour blend just can’t be beat for baking.

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The Recipe: Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake

 

What you need: 3-5″ cake pans, unbleached parchment paper, and vanilla paste (or extract, I just prefer paste!) If you want to make this cake gluten free, I recommend Jovial Gluten Free Pastry Flour.

5 from 3 votes
Triple Layer Orange Upside Down Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A beautiful mini cake that is perfect for any day or celebrations!

Course: Dessert
Keyword: #blood organges, #layer cake, #orange cake, dessert, gluten free
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
The Cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or see my recommendation for gluten free flour above
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or baking oil of your choice)
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons organic granulated sugar (I love the course texture for this cake)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 2 small blood or juice oranges (one zested, one thinly sliced)
  • 2/3 cups buttermilk, room temp
For Frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, room temp
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temp
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • orange zest, from one small orange
Instructions
  1. Pan prep:

    Preheat oven to 350, place oven rack in center position. Use a paper towel to wipe the bottom and sides of mini cake pans with butter then lightly coat with flour, sprinkle bottom of one pan with 1 tablespoon of course granulated sugar (this will be the pan you place orange slices in)

  2. Cake Prep:

    Place flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, whisk and set aside

    zest 1 orange, scraping until white is exposed and then moving on to a new area, set aside, slice second orange as thinly as you can

    Use a mixer to beat together butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and coconut oil

    Add vanilla paste or extract, eggs (one at a time) mixing until incorporated

    Add buttermilk and flour alternately and mix until smooth

    Add half of the orange zest, mix well

    place very thinly sliced orange slices into bottom of pan with sugar, slightly overlapping the slices (you may have leftover slices) then sprinkle the oranges with one more tablespoon sugar

    Pour batter as evenly as you can into the three prepared pans

    Tap pans on counter to take out any bubbles

    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

    Allow to cool then remove cakes from pans before frosting

  3. Frosting Prep:

    Place butter, cream cheese, vanilla paste or extract, remaining half of orange zest into a bowl and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and mix until well incorporated. If needed, thin with a little buttermilk (don't make the icing too thin or layers will slide around)

    To get the "semi naked" look, frost the first layer generously , adding a little more frosting around the edges of cake. Then place the second cake layer and repeat. Last place the top layer (with orange slices) on. Hopefully some frosting is being pushed out between the layers, use a spatula to spread icing around the sides of cake, adding more if desired

  4. Slice and serve

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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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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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