Grilled turkey breast tenderloins 

It’s grilling season! Fire up those grills, clean off the patio furniture and whip up a very tasty and healthy meal! Easy to marinate, grill and enjoy!

Enjoy!

  

Ingredients:

1 package Jennie-o turkey breast tenderloins

1/2-3/4 cup ff Greek yogurt plain

1-2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 tbsp oregano

1/2 cup lemon juice 

S&P to your liking 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a ziploc bag and marinate 30 mins at least or longer. 

Heat grill to medium heat. Grill 5-10 mins (depending on thicken as) each side. 

Serve immediately. Also, this is great as leftovers on a salad or sandwich! 


Avocado strawberry salsa 

This is the perfect topper on any fish or chicken. In trying to add more healthy fats to our diet, avocados were an easy choice and we both enjoy them. Whether on a sandwich, salad or salsa, we love it! Below is an easy and delicious salsa to top your chicken or fish or anything you’d like!

Enjoy!



Ingredients:

2 medium avocados 

10-15 medium strawberries 

1 cup fresh pico salsa 

Grilled fish or chicken

Directions:

Roughly chop avocado and strawberries. Mix with pico. Let sit 30 mins or more. Top your grilled fish or chicken. Leftover salsa can be stored in fridge 2-3 days before it gets wilty like. 


Roasted veggie quesadilla 

Another meatless, Lenten Friday night meal! Roast up your favorite vegetables, stuff your tortilla and grill up or bake in the oven. Quick, delicious and healthy. 

Enjoy!



Ingredients:

2 whole wheat tortillas (one per person folded in half)

1 ounce goat cheese

assorted roasted veggies (I used peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, kale, avocados all tossed with evoo and garlic and roasted up)

Directions:

Preheat a grill or skillet on medium heat.

On one tortilla, spread a 1/2 ounce of crumbled goat cheese. Top with assorted veggies. Top with remaining goat cheese and half tortilla.

Carefully place quesadilla down on grill or in skillet and let brown for 2-3 minutes. Once golden, gently flip onto the other side for the same amount of time.

Serve with salsa, sour cream etc. 


Grilled lemon yogurt chicken

No need to wait until January 1 to start eating right. I found a few things in my pantry and fridge for a delicious, easy and oh so healthy meal. Start the week off right with the great recipe. Serve with sides or over a salad as we did!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
Serves 2
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup ff Greek yogurt plain
1/2 cup or less freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic minced
Herbes de Provence (amt to your liking)
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl or bag and marinate for 30-60 mins.
Heat grill to med/high heat.
While grill is heating either make salad or sides.
Grill chicken 10-15 mins per side or until preferred doneness based on thickness of breasts. Slice or serve immediately!


Margherita flatbread pizzas

Pizza is such a Friday night staple, but ordering in can be so bad for you. So to still enjoy our favorites without too much guilt we made these great flat bread pizzas! (Recipe below based on several recipes we’ve tried and combined to what we enjoy!)

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1/2-1 cup crushed tomatoes
1/2-1 tbsp evoo
1-2 cloves garlic minced
4 plum tomatoes sliced thinly
Mozzarella cheese shredded or sliced to your liking
Fresh basil leaves lightly chopped
2 flatbreads

Directions:
Heat grill.
Combine crushed tomatoes, evoo and garlic in chopper and chopped well.
Grill flatbreads a few minutes on each side until toasted lightly.
Spread sauce on top of flatbreads and top with tomatoes, cheese and basil.
Grill until cheese is bubbly and tomatoes cooked. This will be quick. Keep an eye on the grill.
Serve immediately!


Grilled tuna steaks

There’s nothing better in the summer months than grilling out. But grilling all the time can get boring. So the husband and I try to find new things to grill. One thing we love is fish or seafood on the grill. So this week we picked up some tuna and grilled them up! Perfect!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
4 tuna steaks (6 ounces each)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the lemon juice, oil, garlic and thyme. Add the tuna; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for up to 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
Remove tuna from bag; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drain and discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.
Grill tuna, covered, over medium-hot heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare or until slightly pink in the center.


Grilled salmon tacos

Hello! Before I jump back into blogging, I need to apologize for my long break. Two years ago I was blogging daily, but blogging became more of a chore than a fun hobby. So, I needed to step back and let it go for a while. But now I’m back. Not sure how often I will post, but I’m going to slowly get back into it! So, I hope there are still a few of you out there! 🙂

Now onto the recipe!

With grilling season upon us, it’s hard to keep things from getting into a rut. Instead of your usual beef or chicken tacos, try fish or seafood. Today we tried salmon!

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Enjoy!

Serves 2 or add more for a bigger crowd!

Ingredients:
3-6 ounces skinned salmon (serves 2-3)
1/2-1 tbsp of taco seasoning
Limes
Taco toppings:
Tortilla
Shredded cheese
Sour cream or Greek yogurt (we prefer Greek yogurt)
Grape tomatoes chopped slightly
Shredded lettuce (we use organic baby kale)
Chopper peppers
Avocados

Directions:
Rub taco seasoning on salmon. Heat and oil grill slightly. Grill salmon until flakey. Squeeze with a bit of lime juice from fresh limes.
Once the salmon is done, turn off grill, flake salmon and set aside. Heat tortillas for a minute or two on the cooling grill. Sprinkle cheese on tortilla and warm/melt on grill.
Once cheese is melted, remove and top with sour cream/Greek yogurt and salmon. Then add your favorite toppings! Serve with rice, mangoes, salsa and chips, and a fresh margarita!


Balsamic glazed chicken with pine nuts and scallions

Well, grilling season is here! We recently grilled great turkey burgers and tonight, chicken. Chicken can get boring very quickly! So when I see interesting ideas like this one, I’m always eager to try them right away. This recipe uses ingredients already on hand, so it makes this dinner even easier. We paired with grilled asparagus and potatoes for h and it was a perfect meal!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 (4 ounce) chicken cutlets
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 to 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions:
Whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Drizzle evenly over chicken cutlets in a large shallow dish. Let stand 15 minutes.
Combine green onions, pine nuts and parsley in a small bowl; set aside.
Cook chicken, discarding marinade, over medium high heat on a grill or sauté pan 4 minutes on each side until desired degree of doneness. Top with pine nut mixture.

Note: This can also be made on a grill.—we made ours on the grill. It was great!


Green chiles cheese turkey burgers

We’ve had a very mild winter. With minder temps comes more outside time and more grilling time. Because we seems to have a long grilling season, I try to come up with a variety of new grilling recipes! Recently, I’d seen this recipe and knew right away I’d want to make it as I prefer turkey burgers over beef burgers. Sure, as you know I love burgers but always, if given the choice, always choose turkey over beef! This recipe was fantastic and one we’ll make again!!
I put mine in a low carb wrap, h on a ww bun! Top as you like. We used mozzarella cheese, avocados, spinach, and tomatoes!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1 1/3 pounds ground turkey, 85% lean
2 4-ounce can green chiles
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Toppings as suggested in recipe, our choices above:
4 potato rolls
4 slices pepper jack cheese optional
1 4-oz can green chilies optional

Directions:
Place turkey, chiles, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire, and oregano in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix together until fully incorporated. Scoop out 1/3 lb of meat mixture and form into a patty. Repeat with remaining meat mixture. Season patties on both sides liberally with salt and pepper.
Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover gill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill burgers until well browned on both sides and an instant read thermometer registers 165 degrees when inserted into the middle of the burger, about 5 to 7 minutes per side. Place slices of pepper jack cheese on top of burgers in the last few minutes cooking, if using.
While the burgers are grilling, place the buns cut side down on the grill and cook until lightly browned. Remove from grill. Place burgers on buns, top with additional green chiles, if using, and serve.


Andouille beef burgers with Cajun mayo

Ok seriously make these burgers now! I mean these are fantastic. I didn’t use the bun to keep it low carb and gluten free, husband enjoyed his pictured below in a bun. We did add spinach and tomatoes instead and instead of chopping the sausage I was lazy and threw all the burger ingredients into a fp and just ground it all up. Easy peasy!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
Spicy mayonnaise
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning blend
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce-I doubled this

Burgers
1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into scant 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup pecans, toasted, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck or ground beef (20 percent fat)-I used 96/4

Caramelized onions
1 1/2 pounds onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for brushing grill rack
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon golden brown sugar-I used splenda brown sugar

6 large hamburger buns, split
8 ounces crumbled blue cheese

12 pickled okra pods, halved lengthwise*
3 cups watercress tops-we used spinach and tomatoes instead

Directions:
For mayonnaise:
Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Cover and chill.

Do ahead: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

For burgers:
Toss first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add beef; blend gently. Shape mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties. Transfer patties to small baking sheet.

Do ahead: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

For onions:
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Toss onions and next 3 ingredients in large skillet. Place skillet on grill; cook until onions are golden, stirring often, about 25 minutes. Remove from grill; season with salt and pepper.

Brush grill rack with olive oil. Grill buns, cut side down, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer buns to work surface. Grill burgers until brown on bottom, about 3 minutes. Turn over; sprinkle with cheese. Grill until burgers are cooked to desired doneness, about 3 minutes for medium. Place some onions, then burger, on each bun bottom. Top each with okra and watercress. Spread mayonnaise on cut side of bun tops; place on burgers. Serve with remaining mayonnaise.