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This makes a light, healthy recipe. Great for parties.
(Based on a recipe from The Food Network website.)

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons mint, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, peeled & chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 pocketless pitas
  • 1/2 cup hummus

Directions:

  1. Whisk the vinegar, mint, red pepper flakes, 1 clove garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chicken and marinate about 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, mix the tomatoes, cucumber and the remaining 1 clove garlic in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the chicken until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into 1/2-inch-thick strips. Toss with the vegetables.

  4. Brush the pitas with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt. Grill, turning once, until marked. Place a pita on each plate and spread with hummus. Top with chicken salad.

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Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped onion
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh white button mushrooms, chopped
  • Fresh thyme
  • 1 1/s cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3-5 cups chicken or vegetable broth

Directions:

  1. Saute chopped garlic and onions in 1 Tbsp. olive oil for 6-8 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms and thyme. Cook for 4 minutes.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp.  olive oil and the rice. Stir constantly for 4 minutes or  until the rice begins to make a popping sound.
  4. Add 1/2 cup white wine. Stir until absorbed.
  5. Add 3/4 cup broth and stir until absorbed.
  6. Continue adding 3/4 cups of broth and stirring until absorbed until the rice is translucent around the edges, about 20 minutes.

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Poaching salmon in a vegetable broth adds some nice flavor to the fish. This recipe makes a great, quick weeknight meal. Healthy too.

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets, bones and skin removed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stock, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • sea salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. In a deep saute pan, bring the water, wine, lemon juice & zest, onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf, salt and pepper to a boil for five minutes.
  2. Strain the ingredients then return the liquid to the pan (discard the cooked items). Return the liquid to a boil, add the salmon fillets, lower the heat and simmer the fish for approximately 6-8 minutes. If the fish is not completely covered with the poaching liquid, turn the fish over once carefully during the cooking process.
  3. Remove the salmon from the pan and transfer to a wooden cutting board. Allow the excess water to drain, then serve.

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This recipe is so easy, and makes a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner. I serve mine with plain Greek yogurt on top, but sour cream or salsa could be used as well.

Servings: 4-6 slices

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound russet potatoes (about 2) — or 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes — peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 10 large eggs

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees and move the oven rack to the middle position.
  2. Heat oil in a 10-inch ovensafe nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add potatoes, onion, red pepper and a dash of salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are soft (8-10 minutes).
  3. Whisk eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add mixture to the skillet and cook, using a rubber spatula to stir gently in a circular motion, until mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  4. Place skillet in the oven and bake until the top is puffed and the edges pull slightly away from the pan (3-5 minutes). Use a rubber spatula to loosen the tortilla from the skillet, place on a cutting board, and slice into wedges. Buen Aprovecho!

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This salad has all of the essential Waldorf salad ingredients except for the mayonnaise used in the traditional dressing.

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup finely diced Granny Smith apple
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1 small head butter lettuce
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. honey (mild, unflavored)
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped chives or shallots
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil (mild, without herbs)
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Boil 2 inches of water with 2 tsp salt in a 2-qt heavy saucepan. Add chicken and poach 12-15 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside to cool, then cut into small cubed pieces.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, honey, chives/shallots, and olive oil. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Place chicken, apple pieces, grapes, celery, and walnuts in a large bowl. Add 1/2 of the vinaigrette and mix.
  4. Divide lettuce between two plates. Add chicken mixture on top of each salad, then drizzle remaining vinaigrette on top (to taste).

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While visiting Greece with my hubby I fell in love with two dishes: Greek yogurt with fresh honey and Greek salad. Greek salad has become somewhat of a staple for me. It is easy to make, doesn’t require too many ingredients, can be altered depending on what you have in the fridge, and is always satisfying. I’ve altered this traditional recipe to include a grain called Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), which is easy to cook, nutritious, and has a lovely, fluffy texture.

Servings: 2 large salads

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups cooked Quinoa (You can buy Quinoa at your local grocery store and follow cooking instructions. I like to cook mine using chicken broth instead of water).
  2. 1 large cucumber, cut into bit-size pieces
  3. 24 oz. cherry tomatoes, stemmed & halved
  4. 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  5. 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, quartered
  6. 2 cups fresh spinach
  7. 1/2 cup goat’s milk feta cheese, crumbled
  8. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  9. 6 tsp. finely chopped fresh marjoram
  10. 4 tsp. Dijon mustard
  11. 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  12. olive oil, to taste

Directions

  1. Cook Quinoa using the directions on the box you buy. Substitute vegetable or chicken broth with water for optimal flavor. After cooking, place lid over pot to keep warm.
  2. Chop cucumber, tomatoes and onions.
  3. In a large bowl, add spinach, chopped vegetables, olives, and feta cheese.
  4. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, marjoram, mustard, and lemon peel. Whisk in olive oil. Toss gently with the spinach mixture.
  5. Add warm Quinoa to the bowl and then mix all ingredients together. Serve.

Notes: Leftovers can be added to scrambled eggs for a lovely breakfast. You could also add chicken to this dish for extra protein.

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My husband loves this dish. It is warm and gooey and totally satisfying. Best served with a big glass of red wine and some garlic bread.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. chicken breast cutlets
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 bunch (about 20 leaves) fresh basil, shredded
  • 1/2 pound smoked mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil to keep it from sticking to the grill. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side, then transfer to a covered platter to keep warm.
  2. Place a medium pot on the stove over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and chopped onions. Cook 10 minutes, stirring often. Add canned tomatoes and cook for 4 minutes. Wilt in the basil in the sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat the oven broiler to high.
  4. Layer the chicken in a casserole dish. Top with tomato sauce and slices of mozzarella. Cook until lightly browned on the top, about 4 minutes.

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