Category: Entrees

Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Burgers

Cheesy Jalapeno Grit Burger

Creating fresh takes on burger recipes is one of my favorite things to do during the warmer months. I often see a variety of burger options at the grocery store in the meat department. Those are great in a pinch, but when I have a little extra time, I like to create my own hand crafted burgers. This one came to me when I was trying to think of new ways to use corn meal. I found it to be the perfect binder in this recipe for cheesy jalapeño corn burgers.

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The corn meal creates an almost crispy outside to the burger, which I loved. The meat in this recipe is sort of an afterthought. I wanted the other ingredients to be the stars of the show, so instead of using beef, I used ground chicken. These burgers are delicious on their own with a little spicy mayonnaise (I use mayo mixed with a little chipotle in adobo sauce) on top served alongside grilled hearts of  romaine or your choice of veggie.

Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Burger

Yield: 4-6 burgers

Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Burger

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 c corn kernels, thawed
  • 1/2 c cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic, pressed into a paste
  • 1/3 c red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to 400 degrees. Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
  2. Form into patties.
  3. Place on grill. Cook 10 minutes, flip and cook ten minutes longer.
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Bacon, Mozzarella and Veggie Frittata

Bacon Mozzarella Veggie Frittata

Breakfast meals are just as delicious for dinner or any time of day. I often forget to reach for the eggs and whip up a breakfast type dish for dinner. This simple garden fresh  Bacon Mozzarella and Veggie frittata makes a delicious dinner that is high in protein and packed with good for you veggies. Next, time you are can’t decide on a dinner recipe, think breakfast!

Bacon, Mozzarella and Veggie Frittata

Bacon, Mozzarella and Veggie Frittata

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 c half and half
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large mozzarella ball, sliced into 6 pieces
  • 3 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 c grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 c red onion, chopped
  • 2/3 c baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes (optional)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a pie or quiche pan with non stick spray.
  2. Cook bacon until crispy. Allow to cool and then coarsely chop.
  3. While bacon cooks, heat olive oil in a separate pan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onions. Cook until tender and onions begin to soften. Turn heat off and allow to cool.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and half and half. Add garlic powder, chives, chili flakes and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir.
  5. Add mushrooms, onion and bacon to pie pan. pour egg mixture over. Assemble mozzarella slices on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
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Quinoa and Arugula Salad with Mediterranean Chicken

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One of my favorite things about Spring is switching from stick-to-your-ribs comfort meals  to lighter, garden fresh recipes. I love making a meal out of grain salads and earthy greens topped with grilled or roasted herb chicken. Hints of lemon run through this Quinoa and Arugula Salad with Mediterranean Chicken dish, making for a bright and flavorful Spring recipe. It becomes so much more than a salad when you combine all of these ingredients.  A little bit of parmesan cheese, crunchy sunflower kernels and heart healthy avocado top the recipe and each bring there own unique flavors.

Quinoa and Arugula Salad with Mediterranean Chicken

Quinoa and Arugula Salad with Mediterranean Chicken

Ingredients

  • FOR SALAD
  • 1 c quinoa
  • 4 c arugula
  • 1 c grape tomato, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/3 c Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp sunflower kernels
  • FOR DRESSING
  • 1 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • FOR CHICKEN
  • 1 lb chicken breast tenders
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Transfer to a bowl and chill 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine chicken and marinade ingredients. Toss to coat.
  4. Pour chicken onto baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl combine ingredients for salad dressing. Add arugula, tomatoes and quinoa. Stir to coat. Transfer to serving dish, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, sunflower kernels and avocado.
  6. Place chicken on salad. Serve.
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Tortilla Chili Verde

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I love a meal that can be stretched and reheated throughout the week. Sunday is an ideal day to prepare a big batch of chili to have during the start of a new week. Having a healthy recipe on hand keeps me from ordering out and starts the week off on the right foot. Another fantastic aspect of this recipe is that you only use one pot for super quick cleanup.

This chili made with grass-fed ground beef, green salsa and fresh vegetables covers all the bases for a healthy recipe. Instead of using oil, I begin cooking the ground beef first and then add in my veggies which will cook in the juices from the meat. You could also use ground turkey or chicken if you prefer.

The secret ingredient in this recipe is corn tortillas. The tortillas are added to the chili and then simmered for 20 minutes. This breaks the tortillas down completely and they become a part of the broth adding a nice roasted corn background, much like tortilla soup.

Tortilla Chili Verde

Tortilla Chili Verde

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grass fed beef
  • 1 c white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 16 oz jar of green salsa
  • 24 oz low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 corn tortillas, torn into large pieces
  • 1 c cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, begin to brown ground beef over medium heat.
  2. After 5 minutes, add onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, onion powder, salt and cumin. Use a wood spoon to break up ground beef and stir well. Cover and cook 5 minutes longer.
  3. Remove lid and add chicken broth and salsa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add tortillas. Simmer 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in beans. Continue to simmer for a thicker chili or serve.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and chopped avocado.
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