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Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken

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Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken

Featured on my TV episode, Mediterranean Day.

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced small
  • 1 cup English cucumber, diced small
  • ¼ cup red onions, diced small
  • ¼ cup sliced Kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup each of fresh parsley, fresh basil and fresh mint; roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Grilled Chicken:

  • 1 chicken breast, flattened out to about ½ inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for the salad
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing, set aside
  3. Preheat grill or grill pan on high heat
  4. Lightly oil chicken and season with salt and pepper
  5. Cook chicken until grilled beautifully - about 3 to minutes a side
  6. Add dressing to salad, slice chicken and put on top of salad with a little bit more dressing.

 

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Cold Asian Noodle Salad

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Cold Asian Noodle Salad

A simple and delicious way of eating without cranking up the oven.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Sriracha
  • ½ cup carrots, julienned (matchstick size)
  • ½ cup sugar snap peas sliced diagonally
  • ¼ cup radish sliced thin in half circles
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup English cucumbers sliced thin in half circles
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil (like avocado)
  • 10 peeled, deveined tail-on shrimp (I used 16/20’s in this recipe)
  • Kosher salt
  • Sesame seeds
  • Thinly sliced green onions and chopped cilantro for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions - do not overcook, drain, rinse well with cold water, drain again and transfer to a bowl
  2. While noodles are cooking, in a small bowl combine vinegar, soy, sesame oil, sugar and sriracha - stir well and set aside
  3. To the noodles add carrots, peas, radishes, celery and cucumber - mix and add a little sauce (adding more sauce as needed)
  4. Heat a pan over medium/high, add oil and justvwhen it’s about to smoke add the shrimp and cook about 1 minute - season with Kosher salt, add splash of ½ tablespoon soy and 1 tablespoon Sriracha; mix well and cook until done, remove shrimp from heat
  5. Place the noodles/vegetables on serving plate, top with shrimp and garnish with green onions, cilantro and sesame seeds
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Green Goddess Dressing

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Green Goddess Dressing

It’s 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather accepts the Best Actor Award for Marlon Brando in The Godfather, All in the Family was huge on TV and Green Goddess Dressing was all the rage – and still should be.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, coarsley chopped
  • 2 green onions, white & light green parts coarsely chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Put all ingredients in a processor and blend until smooth 

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Finlandia Croutons

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Finlandia Croutons

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Of course you can buy pre-made croutons, but when these are sooo good – should you!

INGRIDIENTS

  1. 4 cups torn bread pieces: French, sour dough – up to you
  2. ¼ cup Finlandia All Natural Butter*
  3. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  4. Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  5. ¼ cup finely chopped curly parsley

DIRECTIONS

  • Toss bread in a dry, medium hot non-stick pan until getting toasty – about 5 minutes
  • Then add the Finlandia*, garlic powder, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and parsley
  • Continue mixing until all croutons are coated – 2 to 3 minutes
  • Serve 

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.

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Asian Grilled Chicken Tacos

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Asian Grilled Chicken Tacos

There’s just something about making tacos on the grill – and when they’re Asian inspired they’re even more special. Try this version for a great change.

Makes 6 ‘street’ size tacos

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons Sambal chili sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons honey

  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup sour cream or non-fat Greek yogurt

  • 1/3 cup shredded red cabbage

  • 2 chicken thighs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 6 flour tortillas - ‘street’ taco size

  • Chopped cilantro for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put 1/3 cup of the chili sauce, honey and soy sauce in a medium bowl and mix well - remove about 1/3 to a small bowl and set aside

  2. Add chicken to the medium bowl with the marinade, submerge to cover and refrigerate at least an hour to overnight

  3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of the Sambal to the sour cream or yogurt, mix well and set aside.

  4. Remove chicken from fridge about 30 minutes before cooking

  5. Heat grill or grill pan to medium high, spray with cooking spray and add chicken

  6. Cook until well marked on both sides and cooked through - using set aside sauce to brush with

  7. Remove from grill, slice the chicken, spread some of the sour cream on a tortilla, add the cabbage and the chicken, and finally a little chopped cilantro.

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GREEK CHICKEN WRAP

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GREEK CHICKEN WRAP

Proof you can eat healthy quickly, this takes 5 minutes. 

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup deli roasted chicken breast meat, shredded
  • 1/4 cup English cucumber, skinned, thinly sliced half rounds
  • 1/4 red onion very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • pinch Kosher salt
  • 2 pita breads
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup greek yoghurt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix chicken, red onion, cucumber, fresh herbs (keep a pinch aside for garnish)
  2. In small container mix oil, lemon juice, and Kosher salt, pour dressing into chicken/mix and coat well
  3. Warm pita breads, 1 minute each side in dry skillet
  4. Build: pita, chicken/salad mix, yoghurt, garnish with pinch of herbs
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GRILLED STEAK SALAD

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GRILLED STEAK SALAD

This is a staple meal in our house – protein with a bunch of greens, so quick and delicious. I can get it on the table in 10 minutes.

Serves 2, as an appetizer

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 boneless New York steak
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 10 grape tomates, halved
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • big handful watercress
  • big handful baby arugula
  • big handful frozen peas
  • 1/4 sliced onion
  • handful blue cheese crumbles

DRESSING

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • big pinch Kosher salt
  • 6 grind fresh black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grainy Dijion mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 lemoon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat dry cast iron pan or skillet until smoking hot
  2. Throw all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well
  3. Rub steak with little oil and season well on both sides
  4. Cook steak for 3 minutes, flip cook 2 minutes – let meat rest 3 minutes
  5. While thats cooking, defrost peas in a collinder under running hot water for 1 minute 
  6. In large bowl, drizzle 3 tablespoonsof dressing over leaves, onion, avo, tomatoes and peas, toss the salad
  7. Crumble over the blue cheese
  8. Serve the salad, topped with sliced steak (cutting against the grain), drizzle over a little more dressing.

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asian green bean salad

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asian green bean salad

Holy shit! This is an amazing summer salad, it really packs a punch of flavor. Say no, to boring salads, and make this instead. 

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • bag french green beans, trim off tough ends
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1'' fresh ginger, finely diced 
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 4 green onions, tops and tails removed, diagonally finely sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • handfull Frech Fried Onions

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes, drain
  2. drop beans into an ice bath – keeps the color and stops cooking, pat dry with paper towels
  3. in a small bowl mix asian dressing: garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy
  4. in a large bowl throw in green beans, green onions, cilantro, red pepper flakes and pour over all of the asian dressing, coat everything
  5. garnish with French Fried Onions
     
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