Tuscan Chicken Skillet

This is a quick and delicious meal that comes together in 15 minutes and gives you another 30 minutes to wind down from your busy day while it finishes in the oven. You could make it Whole 30 if you replaced the beans with potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 pint baby bella mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes, patted dry if oil packed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

Instructions:

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 450°F.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large oven-safe skillet with a lid over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  3. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
  4. Place skin-side down in the pan and sear until golden-brown, about 5 minutes.
  5. Flip and sear until the other side is golden-brown, 4 to 5 minutes more.
  6. Transfer skin-side up to a plate.
  7. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet along with the mushrooms.
  8. Sauté, scraping up the browned bits at the bottom of the pan, until browned and just tender, about 5 minutes.
  9. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, rosemary, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a few grinds of black pepper.
  10. Sauté for 1 minute more.
  11. Stir in the white beans and broth.
  12. Nestle the seared chicken breasts skin-side up in the mushroom mixture, and add any accumulated chicken juices on the plate.
  13. Roast uncovered until the thickest piece of chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, about 30 minutes.Serve in shallow bowls, spooning some of the sauce over the chicken and vegetables.
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Alaska Cod Parmesan

Alaska Cod Parmesan

Ingredients:

  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 Alaska Cod or Halibut fillets (4 to 6 oz. each)

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to broil setting.  
  2. Mix cheese, , bread crumbs, mayonnaise, lemon juice, basil, oregano and onion powder.  
  3. Add salt and pepper, to taste.  
  4. Divide and spread topping onto the top of each fillet.
  5. Place fillets on foil-lined broiler pan.  
  6. Broil 5 to 7 inches from broiler element for 3 minutes, or until top is browned and bubbly.  
  7. Reduce heat to 300°F and continue to cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes.  
  8. Cook just until fish is opaque throughout.  
  9. Serve immediately.

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Cajun Chicken Thighs Veggie Skillet

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This is some great comfort food on an autumn day. Since anything Cajun is good with rice, serve over rice!

Cajun Chicken Thighs Veggie Skillet

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun spice mix, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, medium dice
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/4 lb button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 scallions, sliced for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven in broiler mode.
  2. Season the chicken lightly with salt, pepper, and cajun spices.
  3. In a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil.
  4. Add the chicken skin side side down and cook until well browned.
  5. Then flip and cook on the other side.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  7. Drain any residual oil, just keep a little for the onion.
  8. Add the onion to the frying pan and stir.
  9. Add the carrots, garlic, red bell pepper, and mushrooms in the skillet.
  10. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and saute until the vegetables are beginning to brown
  11. Gradually mix in the broth.
  12. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  13. Return the chicken to the skillet and bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes.
  14. Transfer the skillet to the bottom of the oven and broil for about 15 minutes.
  15. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  16. Sprinkle with chopped scallion.
  17. Divide the chicken and vegetables among plates and serve immediately.

 

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Italian Wedding Soup

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The term “wedding soup” is a mistranslated phrase of the Italian language phrase “minestra maritata (“married soup”),” which is a reference to the fact that green vegetables and meats go well together. The minestra maritata recipe was long popular in Toledo, Spain, before pasta became an affordable commodity to most Spaniards. The modern wedding soup is quite a bit lighter than the old Spanish form, which contained more meats than just the meatballs of modern Italian-American versions. This version uses sausage for the meatballs, but you could use beef or even ground turkey. I used the ever popular kale as the green, but it could be spinach or other hearty greens.

Italian Wedding Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound italian sausage
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 4 ounces ditalini pasta
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  3. Combine the sausage, ricotta, pesto, parmesan, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp of pepper in a large bowl.
  4. Mix with your hands until just combined.
  5. Form into 24 small meatballs, about 1 tablespoon each.
  6. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Broil until lightly browned.
  8. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat.
  9. Add the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and ½ tsp salt.
  10. Cook, stirring, until the onion is softened.
  11. Stir in the chicken broth, 2 cups water, kale, and ditalini.
  12. Cover and bring to a boil, then partially uncover and reduce the heat to simmer.
  13. Cook until the pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes.
  14. Add the meatballs and simmer, uncovered, until warmed through.
  15. Season with salt and pepper.
  16. Drizzle each serving with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan and parsley.

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Arroz Con Pollo

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This is a very nice comfort dish, and a one skillet meal.

Arroz con Pollo

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp annatto seeds
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, medium dice
  • 1 roma tomato, medium dice
  • 1 jalapeno, stems and seeds removed, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, medium dice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 chicken thighs, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock, room temperature
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 lime. cut into wedges

Instructions:

  1. Heat the annatto seeds in the oil over medium-low heat until just starting to sizzle.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to steep until the oil cools to room temperature.
  3. Strain the seeds from the oil and discard the seeds.
  4. While the oil cools, make the sofrito.
  5. Combine onion, tomato, jalapeno,garlic, half bell pepper, and spices in a food processor.
  6. Process until uniform, but not smooth.
  7. Warm the annatto oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  8. Place the chicken thighs in the oil, skin-side-down; cook until brown and crispy.
  9. Turn and brown the other side.
  10. Remove from the skillet and set aside; reduce heat to medium.
  11. Add 1 cup of the sofrito to the pan.
  12. Saute, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the sofrito takes on an oily texture.
  13. Add the rice and stock, stir to combine, then bring to a simmer while stirring constantly.
  14. Add the chicken pieces and any accumulated juices, then scatter the peas and bell pepper over the top.
  15. Cover (leave a little space for air to escape), reduce heat to low.
  16. Simmer until the chicken is tender and the rice has absorbed most of the liquid, about 20 minutes.
  17. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  18. Serve with cilantro and lime wedges.

 

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BLT Chopped Salad with Corn and Feta

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This is one of our favorite salads, quick, easy, and delicious!

BLT chopped salad with corn & feta

Ingredients:

  • 2 romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1 cob corn, roasted
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp honey or agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, and corn.
  2. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, olive oil, honey, and lime juice.
  3. Whisk vigorously.
  4. Pour over salad and toss.
  5. Fold in bacon and feta.
  6. Serve!

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Pork Ramen Noodle Bowls

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You can either start this in the morning in the slow cooker or, if you forgot, cook it in the oven in the evening. Either way it is rich, delicious, hearty, and comforting.

Pork Ramen Noodle Bowls

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pound pork tenderloin, excess fat trimmed
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 3 Tbs. miso paste
  • 4 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 packages ramen noodles (save seasoning packets for another use)
  • 4 cups baby spinach

garnishes:

  • thinly sliced radishes
  • julienned carrots
  • hardboiled eggs
  • sliced scallions
  • lime wedges
  • sambal oelek or sriracha
  • crushed peanuts or cashews
  • sesame oil drizzle at the very end

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450.
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a cast iron skillet.
  3. Season the pork all over with salt and pepper.
  4. Sear the pork in the pan, until browned on all sides.
  5. Then slide the pan into the hot oven and roast for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Flip the meat at the 7-10 minute mark.

Or:

  1. Add the chicken stock to a slow cooker.
  2. Season the pork all over with salt and pepper.
  3. Add pork to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low about 6-8 hours.
  5. Remove pork and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  6. Shred and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  7. To a large pot or slow cooker, add the chicken stock, miso paste, soy sauce, fish sauce and lime juice.
  8. Bring to a simmer.
  9. Add the noodles and cook until al dente, just a few minutes.
  10. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about a minute.
  11. Using tongs, divide the noodles among 4 bowls, then ladle the broth over them.
  12. Nestle the shredded pork right on top of the soup.
  13. Garnish with as much or as little of the toppings as you what.
  14. Finish with a tiny drizzle of sesame oil.

 

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