Chili Lime Black Bean Burgers

I have made this chili lime black bean burgers recipe several times before. Using canned beans makes it super quick and easy, but this time I found some fresh black beans from the farmers market that I wanted to try. I have given measurements and instructions for both canned and dried beans. I made extra black beans and then measured out the amount for the burgers after they were cooked. I love having extra beans in the refrigerator for a quick lunch or snack.

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Chicken White Bean Chili Verde

A few mornings ago, I woke up and the ocean fog had rolled in overnight and cast a thick gray layer overhead. With a slight chill in the air, I knew that a big pot of this chicken white bean chili verde was about to be simmering on my stove.

I normally calculate how mild or severe the winter has been by how many times I have put on my heavy coat. After my very scientific calculation, I concluded that I had not put it on once this year, not once!

So, as you can imagine, I was all set for a cold day where I could snuggle up with a blanket and some warm soup. By noon, the fog had burned off and it was sunny and warm. This setback, however, did not interrupt my plans. I still made this chili!

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

These easy Asian lettuce wraps are filled with spicy ground turkey and fresh vegetables. They are the perfect quick dinner if you are looking to cut out carbs. Recently, I have been avoiding carbs for dinner and instead eating mostly protein and vegetables. Eating most of my daily carbohydrate intake for breakfast and lunch, I feel like I have more energy throughout the day. After dinner, I also have more energy because I don’t have a carb heavy meal weighing me down and making me sluggish. These easy Asian lettuce wraps are filled with spicy ground turkey and fresh vegetables.

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By |March 12th, 2012|Appetizers, Healthy, Main Courses, Quick and Easy, Turkey|11 Comments

Salt-Roasted Salmon

This was the first time that I had ever salt-roasted salmon before, or anything for that matter. My initial reaction was that the salmon would be extremely salty, but surprisingly it wasn’t. It does take some time and patience at the end of cooking to delicately brush the extra salt off – that can end up being salty if it’s not removed.

So, how does salt-roasting work? The salt draws moisture out of the food it surrounds without penetrating into the food. It also acts as an insulator to trap the heat, which results in food that tastes simply like itself in the best possible way. Salt roasting creates delicately flavored and simple food.

The best part, besides the food of course, there isn’t any expensive cooking equipment or hours slaving away by the stove! Cast iron pan, salt, food, oven – and done!

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By |March 2nd, 2012|Fish and Seafood, Main Courses|15 Comments

Arugula Pesto Pizza

Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things to make. It is an interactive and fun way to cook dinner with friends and family. Making pizza dough from scratch is nothing to be apprehensive or get discouraged about. It’s quite simple to use active dry yeast and only takes 30 minutes to rise. Plus, homemade anything always tastes better!

For this recipe, I wanted to mix things up a bit and use pesto instead of traditional red sauce. Since basil is not in season, I opted to for a winter pesto that uses peppery arugula. Mozzarella cheese, asiago cheese, and thinly sliced prosciutto are the toppings for this whole wheat crusted pizza.

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Zesty Orange and Soy Glazed Ribs

The fresh smell of oranges fills the air that can only mean one thing – it’s citrus season! As I walk though the farmer’s market, the stands are overflowing with ripe and juicy oranges. With Super Bowl fast approaching, what could be better during the big game than zesty orange and soy glazed ribs?

Bright and refreshing oranges are paired with asian flavors and spicy heat to elevate these ribs to a new level of deliciousness. Best part – no grill required! These are cooked to fall-off-the-bone perfection with a sticky, caramelized crust completely in the oven. Can’t get much more finger-lickin’ good!

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The Perfect Roast Chicken

The perfect roast chicken is a recipe that all cooks should master. The key is crispy, golden brown skin on the outside and juicy, tender meat inside. In this recipe, I add lemons, garlic, and thyme to the cavity of the chicken. Melted butter is brushed on before roasting to ensure golden brown and crispy skin. I roast the chicken on a bed of aromatics like carrots, celery, and onion.

The epitome of comfort food, roast chicken is warm and homey on a cold night. It can also be transformed into an elegant dish that will impress guests at any dinner party.
Tip For Perfect Roast Chicken:
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting. This will ensure even cooking throughout the chicken during roasting. Also, make sure the chicken is patted dry with a clean paper towel before the butter is added. Too much extra moisture and the skin will not get crispy.

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By |January 21st, 2012|Chicken, Fall Recipes, Healthy, Main Courses, Winter Recipes|6 Comments
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