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Garlic Lime Chicken

Marinade
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 tablespoons lime juice

Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 onion, sliced thinly
6 cloves of garlic, whole

Garlic Lime Chicken
Place the chicken in the marinade for a minimum of an hour or overnight.

Heat butter and olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and allow it too cook on each side until golden brown (5-7 minutes each side). Remove the chicken and set aside, brown the onions and then add the whole garlic, turn the heat down to low and add the chicken and marinade back in and allow to cook until the chicken is fully cooked, this should take about 15-20 minutes.

You can also use this recipe and just grill the chicken for a delicious finish.
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Cooking 101: Herb Roasted Chicken

I love roasted chicken and make this simple recipe at least a few times a month. It is super easy and delicious. Herb Roasted Chicken

Ingredients
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon coconut oil, grape-seed oil or any other oil you prefer
4 pieces of chicken breasts or 8 pieces of thighs, it can be skinless or boneless. If you are using skinless and boneless, it takes less time to cook and check on the meat 10-12 minutes earlier.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Pat the meat with a paper towel to make sure it is dry and all moisture is removed.

Combine together the seasonings, oil and butter.

Pour over the chicken and rub it into the meat and place in a baking dish. If you use a metal dish, the cooking time will be decreased by 5-10 minutes.

Bake the skinless, boneless chicken breasts for 30-40 minutes
Bake the  bone-in chicken breasts for 40-50 minutes
Bake the skinless, boneless chicken thighs for 40-50 minutes
Bake the bone-in chicken thighs for 50-60 minutes

This is great on salads, in sandwiches or just the way it is.

To Brine or Not To Brine: ALWAYS BRINE!

Brining is the process of soaking anything in or saturate with salty water. This does not make the meat, vegetables or whatever you brine (I am not really sure what else you would want to brine) salty, it actually allows the water and flavor to flood every cell in the meat. It also takes any cut of meat that may be tough and tenderizes it. This easy technique can be used on ay cut of meat.
The Perfect Grilled Citrus Chicken

For all of the brines, immerse the meat in water and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of an hour, overnight or leave in the freezer labeled (cause it is very hard to tell what it is, duh!) Before you cook the meat, allow it to sit on the counter for 15 minutes out of the brine, pat dry. By patting the meat dry, you are removing the excess liquid which will allow the meat to brown.

You can watch my YouTube video on the topic here.

Thanksgiving/Christmas Brine
1 1/4 cup no-iodine added salt (2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 gallon vegetable stock
4 sprigs rosemary
4 sage leaves
1/2 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon allspice berries
1/2 tablespoon candied ginger
1 gallon ice water

Chicken Wings Brine
6 cups cold water
1/3 cup no-iodine added salt (1/2 cup kosher or coarse salt)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons hot sauce of your choice
2-3 pounds chicken wings

Poultry or Pork Apple  Brine
1/2 gallon cold water
2 quarts apple juice
2 cup no-iodine added salt (3 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
10 whole cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

Spicy Turkey Brine
2 quarts vegetable stock
1/2 cup no-iodine added salt (3/4 cup Kosher or coarse salt)
1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 cinnamon stick
2 quarts cold water

Apple Cider Poultry or Pork Brine
2 gallons water
4 cups apple cider
3 oranges, cut into quarters with peels
1 lemon, cut into quarters with peel
2 cups no-iodine added salt (or 3 1/2-cup Kosher salt or coarse salt)
2 cups packed brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
2 tablespoons dried rosemary
5 cloves garlic, smashed
3 tablespoons peppercorns
6 whole bay leaves
2 apples, cut into quarters
1 tablespoon whole allspice, coarsely crushed
1 inch of ginger, peeled and sliced

Poultry or Pork Maple Brine
4 quarts water
2 cups dark brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup no-iodine added salt (1/2 cup kosher or coarse salt)
8-10  cloves garlic, smashed
6-8 whole bay leaves
3 large sprigs of thyme
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns

Simple Fish Brine
1 gallon water
2 cups no-iodine added salt (or 3 1/2-cup Kosher salt or coarse salt)
2/3 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
2 lemons, quartered with peel on

Beer Fish Brine
4 cups light ale
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1/4 cup pickling spice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon old bay seasoning

Steak Brine
6 cups water
1/4 cup sea salt
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
4-6 cloves garlic, smashed

Sweet Poultry/Pork Brine
2 quarts chicken broth
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups no-iodine added table salt (non-iodine)
2 cups honey or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
2 tablespoons whole cloves
8-10  cloves garlic, smashed

Smokey Poultry/Pork/Steak Brine
4 quarts water
2/3 cup sea salt
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
4-6 cloves garlic, smashed
1 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon liquid smoke

Hawaiian Poultry/Pork Brine
4 quarts pineapple juice
2 oranges, quartered with peel
1 lime, quartered with peel
2 cups brown sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 1/3 cups soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup no-iodine added salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
6 cloves garlic, cut into halves
4-6 whole bay leaves
2 tablespoons red pepper, crushed

Cornedbeef/Pastrami Brine
4 quarts water
1 cup kosher salt
10-12 cloves garlic, smashed
3 tablespoons pickling spices
1/4 teaspoons juniper berries
8 bay leaves

Italian Brine for Pork/Beef/Steak
6 cups water
¼ cup kosher salt
¼ cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
6 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute (I love me some stevia)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Fourth of July

I love everything that Independence Day stands for: reaffirming your commitment to freedom, Fourth of Julyliberty and the freedom of choice. What a beautiful concept.

As I celebrate everything else in life, I celebrate this wonderful holiday with the fs: food, friends and family.

I have compiled together all of my favorite recipes to make your Independence Day gathering that much easier. You can find all of my recipes on Pinterest.

What about decorating? I like to keep it very simple when it comes to cookout decorations. Leave out huge bowls filled with raspberries, blueberries and whipped cream. This will run the center of the table and place the desserts and appetizers at the center on top of cake stands of varying sizes. This keeps the gathering communal because it forces everyone towards the food, then they can sit down and make some new friends. Also, this makes cleanup so easy because you don’t have to worry about pulling up the decorations and putting them away. I am a huge fan of simplistic beauty.

Regardless of what you make, who you spend the day with or what you do; please remember one thing. We are so fortunate to live in a country where we have so many rights that have been fought for and preserved by countless men and women. Remember to thank a veteran for their service. Happy Independence Day!

 

Butter Chicken

I am a huge fan of butter! My friends make fun of me because I buy butter from Costco 2014-06-12 20.23.13and I usually buy 8lbs of it to last me a month. I live alone so this delicious butter is not shared with anyone else, it is just for me!

I am a firm believer in buying grass-fed organic butter. Why? Let me list the reasons.

1.) Grass-fed butter contains lauric acid.

2.) Butter is filled with antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin E (another antioxidant that helps protect our heart), vitamin K (helps our body with blood clotting), vitamin D(strengthens immune system and proper absorption of calcium), Activator X, aka.Vitamin K2 (bone strength and calcium distribution), selenium (an antioxidant that shows some evidence of reducing the odds of prostate cancer), and one of the best sources of vitamin A (promotes the health of our thyroid, adrenals, organs, and aids in the absorption of calcium).

3.) It tastes so much better, the rich color is an indicator that it is filled with nutrients.

4.) Butter helps fat-soluble vitamins be absorbed by the body which means that you actually benefit from the great healthy foods that you eat!

5.) Butter contains short and medium chain fatty acids, studies show that these acids help the great battle against cancer and benefits our immune system.

6.) Grass-fed butter has the highest levels  of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which keeps you skinny (no, really- studies show that it helps with weight loss and weight management, and if that wasn’t enough- it fights against carcinogens.)

7.) Children are growing faster due to the hormones found in milk, when feeding your children organic milk and butter, you are keeping them from ingesting harmful chemicals and hormones that they do not need.

Yeah, and did I mention that it tastes amazing???

Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter
1 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 chicken breasts or 6-8 chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
3/4 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2  teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2  teaspoons turmeric
1 1/2  teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2  teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
4  tablespoons tomato paste

Directions
Saute onion and garlic in butter in medium-low heat. Add the chicken and allow it to brown on all sides, this should take about 10 minutes.

Add the spices to the chicken and stir in the tomato paste.

Cover the pot and allow it to cook in the spices for 10 minutes.

Stir in the cream and lower the heat to low and allow it to simmer for another 10 minutes.

Serve over rice, cauliflower, with naan or just the way it is.

Macho Salad

Macho Salad Macho salad is a recipe that I learned a few years ago. What makes it so macho? It basically means that you add everything under the sun to a huge bowl and chomp away. Here are some of my favorites to add to this salad, feel free to add other ingredients and make it your own. As always, food is about having fun!

This recipe makes 4 large salads. (When I say large, think about feeding Adam Richman from Man vs. Food.) You can always make this recipe for fewer people and customize to your tastes.

My goal as a blogger is to teach you to take recipes that you adore and make it your own.

Ingredients
4 cups baby spinach mix (or any green mix that you prefer)
1 1/2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
1/4 cup bacon, crumbled
1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin slices if you can grill the pepper first, that would be amazing)
1-2 avocados, pitted and cut into thin slices (I always use 1/2 an avocado per person)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 cucumber, sliced
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 cup corn, freshly grilled and cut off of the cob (low-carbers leave this out)
1/4 cup black olives
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup mild cheese (I used Colby jack)
1/4 cup toasted pecans, almonds or any other nut you have on had

Dressing Ingredients
2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2/3 cups great quality olive oil

Salad Directions
Combine together all of the ingredients and set aside

Combine together the dressing ingredients and blend together and toss a small amount (few tablespoons) with the salad until it is lightly covered.

Spicy Thai “Noodles”

I am on a Thai kick right now! I have been craving foods that are not normally associated with the low-carb lifestyle and finding new and creative ways to feel the craving monster without giving into horrible foods. I have to say that you can’t even tell this recipe doesn’t contain noodles. A new use for veggies and to get your kids to eat healthy without even knowing it.Spicy Thai "Noodles"

Ingredients
1 head of cabbage, cut into long, thick strips to resemble noodles (each strip should be 1/2-1 inch wide and a few inches long)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast or 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into small pieces (there should be one cup of chicken) (vegetarians, leave this out and just double the vegetables)
2 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup light soy sauce (substitutes include: low-carb soy sauce, liquid smoke (if using liquid smoke only use 1/10 of what you would have originally used), coconut aminos or gluten free soy sauce)
1/2 white onion, sliced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
4 Thai chiles,cut lengthwise (seeded if yo don’t like too much heat)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon sesame oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 carrot, sliced (leave out if you want)
1/4 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 tomato, cut into wedges

Sauce Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar-free creamy peanut butter (you can also use almond butter if you like)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons sugar substitute
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce (substitutes include: low-carb soy sauce, liquid smoke (if using liquid smoke only use 1/10 of what you would have originally used), coconut aminos or gluten free soy sauce)
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or any hot sauce
2 Thai chiles diced (seeded)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced

Directions
In a medium bowl, combine together the sesame oil, soy sauce, onions, ginger, chili, and garlic. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes up to overnight.

Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan set to low heat and set aside.

In a large pan, heat the sesame oil to medium heat and add the chicken mixture, cook fully and set aside.

In the same pan, quickly stir fry the carrots, bell pepper and celery. After 1-2 minutes. add the mushrooms and tomato. Remove from the heat and set aside with the chicken.

In the same pan, add the “noodles” and cook for 3-5 minute until it gets some color and add the sauce to the “noodles” Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the cabbage is a bit soft.

Combine all of the ingredients together and allow the vegetables to absorb the sauce and serve.