Lemon Marinade

INGREDIENTS

    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
    • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea), or to taste
    • 4 strips of lemon zest
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed with the side of a cleaver or minced
    • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, or a mix of all four
    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • Add a tsp of sugar and dijon (optional)

PREPARATION

    1. Combine the lemon juice, hot pepper flakes, cracked pepper, and salt in a nonreactive (glass, ceramic, or stainless steel) bowl and whisk until the salt crystals are dissolved. Add the lemon zest, garlic, parsley and basil. Stir or whisk in the olive oil. The virtue of this marinade is its freshness: Use it within 1 to 2 hours of making. Stir again before using.

Recipe Cred: Epicurious

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

SERVES 4-6
INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large yellow onion, finely diced

4 cloves of garlic, minced

½ serrano chili, minced

1 tablespoon chili powder (ancho chile powder if you can find it)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 tablespoon sweet paprika

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon salt

1 pound dark meat ground turkey

2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into half-inch cubes (or about the size of a pinto bean)

1 quart chicken stock or chicken bone broth

1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 15oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

avocado, cilantro, and sliced scallion for serving

PREPARATION

1. In a heavy bottom pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

2. Add the onion, garlic, serrano chili, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and salt. Cook down until caramelized and fragrant, about 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the ground turkey and cook until crumbled and combined with the onions. Add the sweet potatoes and chicken stock (or bone broth) and bring to a simmer, then cover and let cook for another 20 minutes.

4. After the sweet potatoes have cooked, add the beans, stir to combine and cook for another 20 minutes uncovered.

5. Taste for salt and spice, then garnish with avocado, cilantro, and scallions.

Recipe Cred: Goop

Gluten-Free Quinoa Granola

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup high-quality maple syrup
  • 3 cups quinoa flakes
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups roughly chopped raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped dried figs
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped pitted prunes

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl and add the quinoa flakes, stirring to combine thoroughly.
  3. Evenly spread the quinoa on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  4. Roast, stirring now and then, until the flakes are dried and crunchy and a lovely golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  5. Let the quinoa mixture cool completely before mixing with the remaining ingredients. Store in a glass jar for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 12 half-cup servings.

Mustard Vinaigrette

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 rounded tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, or use half olive oil and half canola or grapeseed oil
  • 1 small garlic clove

PREPARATION

  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Whisk in the oil.
  2. Peel the garlic clove and lightly crush, or cut down to the root end with a paring knife, keeping the garlic clove intact. Place in the dressing and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Remove from the dressing before serving.

BBQ Shredded Chicken

8 to 10 servings

3 to 4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, or a mix of thighs and breasts
Olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 (or more) cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) barbecue sauce, store-bought or homemade, plus more for serving

Heat the oven to 325°F. Remove the chicken from its packaging and pat it dry.

In a Dutch oven or heavy pot (with a lid) heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until quite soft. Add the smoked paprika and stir. Add the chicken one piece at a time, stirring to mix well with the onion. Stir in the salt and a few generous grinds of black pepper. Pour in the barbecue sauce and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat.

Cover the pot with a heavy lid and put in the oven. Bake, covered, for 90 minutes, or until the chicken is extremely tender. Remove from the oven and use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken to a large bowl. Use two forks to shred the chicken finely.

While you’re shredding the chicken, put the sauce, uncovered, back on the stove over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce the liquid in the pan to about half of its volume. Pour this thickened sauce over the chicken and stir.

Serve with buns, slaw, avocado, and extra barbecue sauce on the side. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Slow-cooker instructions: Follow the recipe as written above, but instead of putting the chicken and sauce in the oven, pour it all into a slow cooker. Cook for 5 to 7 hours on LOW. If desired, you can lift out the chicken and reduce the sauce in a separate pan on the stovetop, but this may not be necessary; it simply depends on your preference.

Recipe Cred: The Kitchn

Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry or chili powder or paste, mild or hot, to taste
4-5 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, diced
3 ears of corn, roasted, kernels removed
1 large sweet potato, peeled, diced
1 14-oz can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
1 cup seeded, chopped fresh heirloom tomatoes- I used yellow and pink
4 oz. chopped roasted green chiles
1 quart light vegetable broth
1 14-oz can coconut milk
2 rounded cups* cubed organic tofu or cooked chicken pieces
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
A quick drizzle of organic raw agave, to taste

To serve:
3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
Fresh lime juice from 2 juicy limes

Instructions:
Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat and stir in the cumin and curry or chili powder; cook for one minute to infuse the oil with spice.

Add the chopped garlic and onion. Stir and cook for five minutes. Add the roasted corn, sweet potato, canned fire roasted tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, green chiles; stir for a minute. Add in the broth.

Cover and bring to a high simmer. Lower the heat and simmer gently, until the sweet potatoes are tender, about twenty minutes or so.

Add the coconut milk and tofu (or cooked chicken). Stir and season with sea salt and ground pepper; and add a drizzle of organic raw agave to taste. Heat through gently- please don’t boil it.

Just before serving, add the chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Stir. Taste test. Adjust seasoning. The lime juice brightens the taste and accents the spice. Agave cools the hotness.

Garnish with a lime wedge and pass out the spoons. Slurp. Smile.

Simple Tahini Free Hummus

Ingredients

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons almond butter or tahini
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove fresh garlic, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Dash cayenne pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons water (if needed)

Directions
Stick it all in the food processor!! That’s it!

Recipe Cred: The Amazing Jessy O’Leary

The Great Pumpkin Cookie

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

1 cup oatmeal

1 tsp of soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 egg

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 cup chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Mix dry ingredients separately and set aside. Cream butter and brown sugar in a mixer. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture. Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients and 1/2 cup of the canned pumpkin. Mix well then add the rest of the dry ingredients and the other 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin. Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoons on cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes. Don’t overbake. It’s ok if the cookies come out a little gooey.

Recipe Cred: Betsy

Enchiladas with mushrooms, beans and cheese

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped

8 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered or sliced if large

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 15.5-ounce can low-sodium black beans, rinsed

8 ounces Monterey Jack or mild Cheddar, grated (about 2 cups)

kosher salt and black pepper

1 14-ounce can red chili enchilada sauce (about 1½ cups)

8 corn tortillas, warmed

fresh cilantro leaves, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 400° F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and poblano. Cook, tossing often, until the onion is browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cumin. Cook, tossing frequently, until the mushrooms are browned and tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the beans, 4 ounces of the cheese, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Spread ½ cup of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Roll up the filling in the tortillas, dividing evenly (about ⅓ cup per tortilla), and place seam-side down in the dish.

Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and the remaining 4 ounces of cheese. Bake, uncovered, until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is melted, 14 to 16 minutes. Serve topped with the cilantro.

Recipe Cred: Real Simple

Slow Cooker Creamy Mac and Cheese

Serves 6

2 hours of time

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil the macaroni in water for six minutes and drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Heat over medium high heat and stir until the cheese melts.
  3. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Combine cheese mixture, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper in your slow cooker. Add the drained macaroni and stir again.
  4. Cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally (I cooked mine for about 2 hours and stirred it twice and it was perfect).

Recipe Cred: Six Sisters