Greek Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki

House cleaning day/laundry day/shopping day/day at the park day means this 40 week pregnant mama has zero time to spend making and preparing dinner.  I can get the marinade done early in the day or the day before, marinate the chicken and do the tzatziki at the same time. So by the time it comes to BBQ, all I need to do is cut up some veg and make a side salad. for me, this is simple!

Cheers to the BBQ and healthy dinners!

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Ingredients: (serves 4)

For the chicken + marinade-

  • 10 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 palm full of fresh basil, minced
  • 1 palm full of mint, minced
  • 1 palm full of parsley, minced (roughly 1-2 tbsp)
  • 1 palm full of dill, minced
  • 3 tbsp EVOO
  • 3 TBSP full fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon, juiced (About 3 tbsp)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Tzatziki sauce-

  • 1 1/2C full fat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 red onion, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/2 English cucumber, grated
  • 2 tbsp mint, minced
  • 1 tbsp dill, minced
  • (If the garlic doesn’t sit in the yogurt for a little while, it can have a very strong flavour, especially if it is fresh garden garlic. If the flavours are too strong for you, I would suggest adding in 1 tbsp of honey. This can really help!)

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, or a food storage bag add all of your chicken and marinade ingredients. Let marinate for 30 minutes, up to one hour.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together all of your tzatziki ingredients except for the DILL. Set aside and let sit for as long as your chicken is marinating.
  3. Heat your outdoor grill to just below medium heat. Start skewering your chicken on to metal skewers or pre-soaked wooden skewers. brush the skewers with the marinade, and add them to the grill.
  4. Turn once your chicken starts looking opaque. *Note- if your chicken skewers are sticking to the grill, your heat may be too high. To avoid pulling all the meat off the skewer itself, I suggest using a metal spatula and gently scraping underneath the chicken skewers to move them before you turn them with a pair of tongs.
  5. Once your chicken is no longer pink (test a large piece or use a meat thermometer and make sure the temperature reads 160F) remove from the grill.
  6. Add your dill to your tzatziki and mix together.
  7. Serve with grilled peppers + onions, your tzatziki sauce and my Fresh Dill and cucumber salad!

 

 


Grilled Flank Steak with chimichurri sauce

I have come to the realization that we eat way too many flank steaks in my household… Here’s a delicious chimichurri sauce to pair with your flank steak! I’m pretty positive this recipe is already on my blog for a taco recipe – and it’s that good that it needs to be repeated! (Also I’m happy to say the cilantro and parsley were both used from my own garden!)

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Ingredients: (serves 2-4)

For the steak-

  • 1 flank steak, tenderized using a meat mallet to the same thickness
  • 1/2 TBSP each of dried: oregano, thyme, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chili powder and coriander
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper, or more to taste

For the Chimichurri sauce-

  • 1C loosely packed cilantro
  • 1C loosely packed parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 shallot, peeled and rough chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (remove seeds and ribs for less spice.)
  • 1 large lime or 2 small limes zested and juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • about 1/4c extra virgin olive oil, or enough to get it to a smooth consistency.

directions:

  1. Heat your outdoor grill to a medium heat. In a small bowl mix together your oregano, thyme, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, coriander, salt and pepper. Spread over both sides of your steak, pressing the spices in to the steak.
  2. Put your steak on the grill. Let cook for about 7 minutes on one side. Flip and continue cooking for another 5 to 7 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 125F. Remove the steak from the grill to a cutting board, cover loosely with tin foil and let it rest for about 7-10 minutes.
  3. In a food processor or a blender, add in ALL of your sauce ingredients. blend until you get a nice partially chunky but smooth consistency.
  4. Serve with your steak! mmmmmmmmm.

Flank Steak Taco’s with a Tangy Avocado Sauce

I love taco night because it’s one of the quickest dinner ideas when you’re tired and need to get dinner on the table…. And because I love taco’s. Also, flank steaks are so large that in my tiny family, they feed us for days… I suggest if you’re not serving at least 4 to 5 people these taco’s, use the left overs in a stir fry. I used them in my other recipe Sticky & Sweet Pork Noodle Bowl. Obviously I just replaced the pork with the steak. Or, use it in Philly cheese steak sandwiches. mmmm. It’s a great way to use up the left overs instead of leaving them in the fridge to throw away later.

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Ingredients: (makes about 10-12 taco’s)

  • 1 Flank steak, pounded to the same thickness
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • 10-12 corn or flour tortillas

Steak Rub:

  • 1/2 TBSP each: smoked paprika, chili powder, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste

Avocado Sauce:

  • 1C Cilantro, rough chopped (doesn’t matter if there’s stems in there.)
  • 1 avocado, halved and divided
  • 2 small limes or 1 large lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 4 TBSP plain full fat greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat your outdoor grill to medium heat.
  2. Mix all of your steak rub ingredients together in a small bowl, then rub generously over all sides of your flank steak.
  3. Put your steak on the grill and cook on one side for about 5-7 minutes and then flip and continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 125F.
  4. Once your steak reads 125F, remove it from the grill to a cutting board and cover it with tin foil and let it rest.
  5. While your steak is resting, take out a blender or food processor. Add all sauce ingredients. blend until a chunky smooth consistency. This is going to be a thicker sauce. If you need, feel free to add oil to thin it out a bit.
  6. Assemble your taco’s and garnish with pickled jalapeños and the other half of the avocado that wasn’t used in the sauce.

Pineapple Pork Satay

This is by far one of the worst photo’s of pork satay in the whole world, but I promise you it was absolutely amazing! There’s so much flavour in the marinade and sauce! It’s a little sweet and a little spicy, with pineapples and jalapeños! This is a must try!

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Ingredients: (serves 2)

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmer of fat and thinly sliced in to long strips

Marinade/Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 1/4C Pineapple chunks
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1″ ginger, peeled
  • 1 Lime, juiced and zested
  • 1C cilantro
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1/2 TBSP sesame oil
  • 1/2C Soy sauce
  • 1/4c EVOO
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a blender or a food processor, add all of your sauce/marinade ingredients and blend until smooth.  Reserve half of the sauce and set aside.
  2. In a ziplock bag or a bowl, add your pork tenderloin strips with the remaining marinade and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Once ready to cook, remove your pork from the marinade. Do not discard the marinade.
  4. Preheat your outdoor grill to a medium heat. Not too high as you do not want the thinly sliced pork to stick to the grill.
  5. Skewer your pork on to soaked wooden bamboo skewers or metal skewers.
  6. Brush your skewers with some of the remaining marinade, and then place on the grill. These will only take a few minutes on each side to cook. Once your pork is almost opaque, flip the skewers over to cook on the other side. Brush the rest of the marinade on the pork and let it cook for another couple of minutes.
  7. Remove from the grill, and serve with the reserved sauce that was NOT used to marinate your pork.
  8. Serve with rice and my Carrot Ribbon and Radish salad

Spring Flank Steak Salad

This flank steak salad sure was a hit tonight! It was once again ridiculously hot out today, so I decided that my BBQ was the best cooking source for the evening! This is loaded with flavour and fresh veggies (that I of course also grilled on the BBQ) and the “dressing” is a less intense version of a chimichurri sauce. It was actually quite refreshing.

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Ingredients:

For the steak-

  • 1 flank steak, pounded to a half inch, or at least the same thickness throughout
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground salt
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin

For the “Dressing” –  you don’t HAVE to grill all of these, you can simply just puree them all together uncooked.

  • 1 Avocado, halved – grilled
  • 1/2 large bunch of cilantro, rough chopped (I did not grill this.)
  • 2 cloves garlic, grilled
  • 1 bunch of green onions, whites and greens – grilled and rough chopped
  • juice and zest of 2 limes (also grilled the limes.)
  • 1/4c EVOO
  • 1/4c water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, grilled
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad-

  • 1 head lettuce of your choice, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • Fresh peas
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced

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Directions:

  1. Heat your outdoor grill to a medium heat. Pat flank steak dry with paper towel, and make small slits against the grain. Do not slice all the way through, maybe only 1/4 of an inch. In a small bowl, mix together your steak spice rub ingredients. Once mixed well, slather on both sides of the steak. Place on the BBQ. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on one side. Flip the steak over and continue cooking until a meat thermometer reads 125F. Remove the steak from the grill to a cutting board and cover it with tin foil to rest.
  2. While your steak is resting, add your halved limes, green onions, avocado, green pepper, garlic and jalapeño pepper to the grill. Let them get a nice char on both sides, and then remove them from the grill. Put the green pepper to the side, as this is not a sauce ingredient.  Place your avocado, cilantro, garlic, green onions, lime juice and zest, EVOO, water, jalapeño pepper, salt, pepper and honey in a blender or food processor. Process until nice and smooth. Taste, and season more if need be.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, add a tbsp of EVOO. Saute your leeks and peas for a couple minutes until the leeks are softened. Remove from heat.
  4. In a large bowl, assemble your salad ingredients – lettuce, peas, green peppers and leeks.
  5. Slice your steak thinly against the grain and add it to the salad bowl. Add some dressing, and toss the salad to mix. Add more dressing if desired.

 


Apple & Pear Stuffed Pork Loin

This pork tenderloin recipe has been an absolute hit! I am so happy that so many of you like it! Along with the revamping of the rest of my blog, I am also revamping some recipes and photo’s. The recipe for this is pretty much almost the exact same, but it has a different cooking method to ensure moist and juicy pork, and we added in some brie cheese. (Because why not?!) Hopefully you like this version just as much (if not more) than the last one! The fruit content has been cut down to a reasonable amount to stuff the pork tenderloin without too much overflow and waste. The left over apple and pear in this recipe that is NOT used on the pork, is used in this Spinach salad with a creamy brie poppy seed dressing. Enjoy!

Ingredients: (serves 2-3 with some left overs.)

  • 1/2 of an apple, sliced thinly. It’s your choice to peel or not to peel.
  • 1/2 of a pear, sliced thinly. it’s your choice to peel or not to peel.
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 TBSP fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 TBSP Evoo
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 pork tenderloin, butterflied and pounded to 1/4″ thick. (Thinner is better. don’t worry if you can’t get it quite this small.)
  • Enough salt, pepper and smoked paprika to season BOTH sides of your tenderloin
  • 3 heaping TBSP Brie cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. In an ovenproof skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp EVOO. Let it get nice and warm. Add your sliced apples and pears. Cook until soft. Add in your sliced garlic and rosemary. Cook until your garlic is fragrant. Careful not to Burn your garlic. Remove from heat.
  3. Lay the mixture out into a line closest to one edge of your ALREADY seasoned pork tenderloin. Add the cheese along the line (all things stuffing the pork should be going from one side to the other.) Drizzle your maple syrup on top of the garlic and pear mixture.
  4. Start rolling your pork. Bring one end of the pork OVER the stuffing. Keep rolling nice and as tight as you can. Once you’ve rolled up the pork, secure it in at least 4 to 5 places with butcher twine.
  5. In the same oven proof skillet over med-high heat, drizzle another TBSP of EVOO. Let it get nice and hot. Sear your pork tenderloin on all sides. Let it sit for a few minutes on each side to get nice and browned to lock in all that flavour. Don’t flip your pork if the cooking side is still only white. IT MUST BE BROWNED.
  6. Once pork is seared on all sides, place it straight into the oven at 425F for 10-13 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 145F.
  7. Take pork out of the oven and move to a cutting board. Let it rest for 5-8 minutes. Then slice, and serve!