Blistered Shishito Peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers
  1. 2 cups shishito peppers
  2. 1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  3. 1 lime
  4. Maldon sea salt
  1. Heat sesame oil in pan until pan shimmers. Add peppers and toss as they begin to blister. When fully blistered, remove from pan and squeeze with a generous amount of lime juice and Maldon sea salt. Enjoy!
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Mushroom Ragout Over Grilled Polenta

Mushroom Ragout over Grilled Polenta Cakes
  1. 1 package Frontier Soups Corn Polenta mix (or other dry polenta)
  2. 1/2 cup butter
  3. 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced
  5. 1 pound mixed wild mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, chanterelle), cleaned and sliced
  6. 1 pound baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  7. 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  9. salt and pepper, to taste
  10. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  11. browned butter sauce (See below)
  12. 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, course chop
  13. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (to serve)
  1. For polenta, follow directions according to Polenta package. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy skillet melt the butter on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until fragrant and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in the mushrooms, thyme and sage, cook over medium high heat until the mushrooms start to release their liquid. Add salt and pepper, continue to cook another 15 minutes until mushrooms begin to caramelize. Add in the cream, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Taste and adjust salt if desired. Set aside and cover to keep warm.
  3. Slice your polenta into squares, or use a biscuit cutter to cut shapes. Use grill pan to grill polenta cakes over medium-high. Grill the cakes until golden brown grill marks on both sides and warmed through, about 5 minutes per side. Top the grilled polenta cakes with warm mushroom ragout, browned butter, hazelnuts fresh herbs and parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy!
  4. Browned Butter Sauce
  5. Place butter in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low for about 5 minutes.
  6. Whisk in white wine vinegar (it will foam up) until it becomes golden brown and smells nutty, about 3 minutes.
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Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl
Serves 2
  1. Vegetables
  2. 2 tablespoons of olive, melted coconut, or grape seed oil
  3. 1/2 red onion, sliced in wedges
  4. 2 large sweet potatoes, halved
  5. 1 bundle (227 g) broccolini, large stems removed, chopped
  6. 2 big handfuls kale, larger stems removed
  7. 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  8. Chickpeas
  9. 1 15-ounce (425 g) chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  10. 1 teaspoon cumin
  11. 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  13. 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  14. optional: 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  15. optional: 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  16. Tahini Sauce (optional)
  17. 1/4 cup (56 g) tahini
  18. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  19. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  20. 2-4 tablespoons hot water to thin
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and arrange sweet potatoes and onions on a bare baking sheet. Drizzle both with a bit of oil, making sure the flesh of the sweet potatoes are well coated and placed skin side down on the sheet.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven flip sweet potatoes and add broccolini. Drizzle broccolini with a bit of oil and season with a pinch each salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for another 8-10 minutes, then remove from oven and add kale. Drizzle kale with a touch more oil and season with a pinch each salt and pepper. Bake for another 4-5 minutes then set aside.
  4. While vegetables are roasting, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add chickpeas to a mixing bowl and toss with seasonings.
  5. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp oil and chickpeas and sauté, stirring frequently. If they’re browning too quickly, turn down heat. If there isn’t much browning going on, increase heat. I found 10 minutes total at slightly over medium heat was perfect. Once the chickpeas are browned and fragrant, remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Prepare sauce by adding tahini, maple syrup and lemon juice to a mixing bowl and whisking to combine. Add hot water until a pourable sauce is formed. Set aside.
  7. To serve: Slice sweet potatoes into bite size pieces. Divide vegetables between 3 serving bowls and top with chickpeas and tahini sauce.
  8. Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep for a few days in the fridge.
  1. Provided by Minimalist Baker
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Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing

Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing
  1. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  4. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 1/3 cups (8 ounces) Israeli couscous, sometimes called pearl couscous or maftoul
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 2 cups packed baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
  5. 12 ounces grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, or baby heirloom tomatoes of assorted colors, halved (about 2 cups)
  6. 4 ounces (about 1 cup) feta, coarsely crumbled or chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  7. 1 cup jarred red bell peppers, drained and coarsely chopped
  8. 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  9. 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  10. 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  11. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. For the dressing: Whisk the oil, vinegar, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. For the couscous: Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Cook the couscous, stirring frequently, until golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water and the salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the couscous is just tender and the liquid is absorbed, 9 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Mix together the spinach, tomatoes, cheese, peppers, parsley, almonds and mint in a large bowl. Add the couscous and the dressing. Toss until all the ingredients are coated. Transfer to a large serving bowl and serve.
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Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs
  1. ½ cup olive oil
  2. 2 tablespoon Lemaster Family Kitchen TOSA seasoning mix
  3. 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  4. 1 medium onion
  5. 1 zucchini
  6. 1 red pepper
  1. Whisk together oil and seasoning mix. Add chicken cut into chunks. Marinate in the refrigerator at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  3. Cut vegetables into chunks and toss with some more olive oil and TOSA mix to coat.
  4. Thread chicken and vegetables on skewers. Grill until chicken is cooked and vegetables are crisp tender.
  5. Serve with saffron rice.
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Cherry BBQ Meatballs

Cherry BBQ Meatballs
  1. 4 slices thick bacon, finely chopped
  2. 1/4 cup onion, minced
  3. 1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced
  4. 2 pounds lean ground pork
  5. 1 pounds lean ground beef
  6. 1/3 cup American Spoon Cherry BBQ Grilling Sauce
  7. 1/4 cup American Spoon Dried Red Tart Cherries, finely chopped
  8. 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  9. 2 tablespoons cream or half and half
  10. 1 whole egg, beaten
  11. 1 teaspoon dried basil
  12. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  13. 2 teaspoons salt
  14. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  15. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sauté the bacon in a small sauté pan over medium heat. When the bacon is about half cooked, add the onions and garlic and continue to sauté until bacon is cooked and onions are transparent. Drain any excess grease from the bacon. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix gently. Add the mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. Roll meat mixture into meatballs, using one rounded tablespoon of the mixture for each meatball. Place the meatballs onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a platter or serving bowl. Add grilling sauce to taste and mix gently before serving.
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One Pan Farro and Tomatoes

One Pan Farro and Tomatoes
Serves 4
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 1 cup farro
  3. ½ large onion (use white for mildness)
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. 9 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes
  6. 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  7. ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or less to taste)
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. Few basil leaves, cut into ribbons
  10. Grated parmesan, for serving (optional)
  1. Place water and farro in a medium saucepan to presoak (5-10 minutes is enough) while you prepare the other ingredients. Adding each ingredient to the pot as you finish preparing it, cut onion in half again, and very thinly slice it into quarter-moons. Thinly slice garlic cloves as well. Halve or quarter tomatoes. Add salt and pepper and set a timer for 30 min.
  2. Bring uncovered pan up to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. When the timer rings, the farro should be perfectly cooked (tender but with a meaty chew), seasoned and the cooking water should be almost completely absorbed. If needed, though, cook for additional 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a wide serving bowl. Drizzle farro lightly with additional olive oil, scatter with parmesan and basil.
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Pasta Fresca (Fresh Tomato Sauce)

Pasta Fresca (Fresh Tomato Sauce)
Serves 4
  1. 4 cups chopped tomatoes
  2. 6-8 fresh basil leaves
  3. 1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed
  4. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  5. salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  6. 1 lb. fusilli, bow-tie or penne pasta
  7. 1/2 lb fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  8. grated parmesan or pecorino cheese (optional)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Set aside 1 cup of the chopped tomatoes and 2 of the basil leaves. In a blender or food processor, puree the remaining tomatoes and basil with the garlic and olive oil until smooth. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  2. When the water comes to a rolling boil, drop in the pasta, re-cover the pot, and return to a boil. Uncover and cook the pasta until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cut the reserved basil leaves into thin strips.
  3. Drain the cooked pasta and toss it immediately with the mozzarella cubes. Add the sauce and mix well. Top with the reserved tomatoes and basil, and grated cheese if desired.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Chicken with Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Chicken with Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce
Serves 4
  1. 1/2 cup Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters - Spicy Thai Peanut Butter
  2. 1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  3. ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  5. 1 ½ cups warm water
  6. Optional: ½ to 1 tablespoon of sambal oelek for additional spiciness
  7. 4 oz. rice noodles (fettucini style)
  8. 1 small bunch broccoli, cut into small florets, stalks sliced ¼ inch thick
  9. 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick
  10. ½ red pepper, small dice
  11. ½ pound chicken, cooked and diced or shredded (1 ½ cups)
  12. 1/4 cup peanuts, broken into large pieces
  13. 1 green onion, white and green parts, sliced thin
  1. Mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, hoisin, water (and sambal oelek, if using) together in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Soak the rice noodles in hot tap water for about 30 minutes.
  3. Steam the broccoli, carrots, and red pepper until the broccoli is bright green and barely tender. Drain the water from the pan. Add sauce, chicken, and noodles to pan. Heat gently until noodles meld with the sauce, and the sauce has thickened a bit.
  4. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with peanuts and green onions.
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Key West Chicken Wraps

Key West Chicken Wraps
  1. 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  2. 1/3 cup honey
  3. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  4. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  7. 1 ripe mango, diced
  8. 1 avocado, diced
  9. 1 small jalapeño, minced
  10. 1/2 jicama, peeled and diced
  11. 1 head Boston leaf lettuce, separate and clean and dry leaves (or 4 soft whole grain tortillas)
  12. 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  2. 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  3. 1 teaspoon honey
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon white ground pepper
  5. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange the chicken thighs in a single layer. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over chicken. Cover dish with foil and marinade in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours. Turn chicken once midway through marinating time.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chicken, covered, in oven for 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven, uncover and turn chicken pieces over, and bake for another 15 minutes, until internal temperature is 165 degrees. Dice chicken into bite size pieces.
  3. For the dressing: combine lime juice, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine avocado, mango, jicama, and jalapeño. Add dressing to taste. Fold in chicken. Season, as needed, with more dressing.
  5. When ready to serve, arrange lettuce leaves or whole grain tortillas on a platter. Divide Key West Chicken Salad amongst leaves or tortillas. Garnish with cilantro and serve.
  6. Serves 4
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