Recipes

*Newly added (thank you for your patience as I continue to link my recipes!)

Easy Shrimp, Orzo & Zucchini

Apple Pecan Bacon Salad

Greek Chicken Skewers

Cilantro Lime Chicken Bowls

Olive Tapenade

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A great spread if you are an olive ️lover! (And great with a charcuterie board). Thanks to my friend @melanieyyc for sharing the recipe…

*Ingredients:

1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

1/2 cup pimiento stuffed green olives

1-2 cloves minced garlic

Drizzle of olive oil

*Directions:

Blend in blender until mixed but still a chunky consistency.

 

Naan Bread

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*Ingredients:

1/2 c warm warm (you may need a bit more)

~8g package active dry yeast

1 tsp sugar

2 1/4c all-purpose flour

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon oil (a bit more to grease the pan)

*Directions:

In a small bowl, add the sugar, water, and yeast together. Stir to combine well. Let it sit ~10-15min. Place flour in a large bowl, make a well in the middle.  Add the yeast mixture, yogurt and oil. Knead the dough (or use a dough hook on a mixer) until smooth and shiny. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm place for ~1hr. (The dough should double in size).

Divide the dough into 8 portions and roll out each into a flat circle.

Heat up your frying pan (a cast iron skillet works best) over medium high heat.  Lightly oil pan and place dough on pan. The dough should puff up, bubble and dark spots appear. Flip and cook the other side. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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*Ingredients:

Single Batch:
(makes approximately 2 tbsp spice mix for 1 pound ground meat)

1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp or more cayenne pepper (optional if you like it spicy!)

Make Ahead Big Batch:
(makes 8 batches of spice mix; use 2 tbsp spice mix per 1 pound ground meat or poultry)

8 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dried oregano
4 tsp paprika
8 tsp ground cumin
4 tsp salt
8 tsp black pepper
4 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp or more cayenne pepper (optional if you like it spicy!)

*Directions:

  1. Combine all the spices in a bowl (store extra in an air-tight container or jar).
  2. Brown ground meat in a saucepan. Add 2 tbsp taco seasoning per 1 pound of ground meat or poultry along with 1 cup water and simmer until most of the water has evaporated.
  3. Serve ground seasoned meat in soft corn tortillas, hard shell corn tortillas or in flour tortillas along with your favorite toppings such as shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced onions, diced peppers, cubed avocado, beans, salsa, grated cheese, sour cream and/or cilantro. Alternatively you can use the leftovers make a taco salad out of the same ingredients.

 

Cuban Lunch Bars

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Do you remember Cuban Lunch Bars? So simple and so good! Good luck keeping them around long! Here’s my Mom’s Recipe…

*Ingredients:  

1 package peanut butter chips

1 package chocolate chips

1 cup crushed peanuts

1.5 cups crushed ripple chips

*Directions: 

Melt chips. Add the rest of the ingredients.  Pour into baking cups. Set in freezer. Enjoy!