Grilling in Winter…..

I know, I know, I live in South Florida, which means we can technically grill all year round, but then again, it does rain a lot so your grilling moments can come to an end very quickly!

A few years ago our gas outside grill died a horrible death of rust and exposure to the south florida weather elements. So after assessing the situation I decided just for the convenience and maintenance to invest in an electric grill instead.

This way I can use it outside and inside and the weather will never be a problem 🙂 am I smart or what? lol

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Anyway, yes I know its not the same as a real BBQ (not to mention the really real once like they have in my country “Uruguay” see pic below)

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but you know what, it works for us. So with that said, tonight I brought out my handy dandy Wolfgang Puck electric grill/griddle (oh please note I use the griddle part of it a lot for pancakes, omelettes and lots of other yummy things).

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This morning I put some flank steak into a ziplock bag and marinated it in mojo for about 8 hrs. Whilst the grill was getting hot, I turned the oven on to 400 deg F and seasoned some Broccolini (yes I know, twice in a week but we love this veggie). ❤

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This time I drizzled some Parmesan Garlic Olive Oil from the Sedona Olive Oil company. I let it roast for 15 minutes turning it over once to get an even color on it.

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I also made some light and fluffy Couscous, seasoned with cilantro, lime, turmeric and garlic.

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Once the grill was very hot I quickly cooked the Carne Asada and served it immediately with a side of Couscous and some roasted Broccolini ❤

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Nothing nicer that the satisfaction of making my family happy 🙂

Cod Poached in Thai Ginger Broth

I have to say that today’s dinner was a meal fit for a King and guess what? It only took me under 30 minutes to make it and it does qualify as a healthy meal ❤

I started with some lovely fillets of cod that I had purchased at Trader Joe’s this weekend which I lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and put them to the side.

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Turned my oven on to 400 Deg F, grabbed a roasting pan and placed some lovely Broccolini on it. Drizzled it with some Lemon infused olive oil from the lovely Sedona Olive Oil Company, garlic powder, salt and pepper and into the oven it went for aprox 15 minutes, make sure you turn them over every 5 minutes or so to ensure that they don’t burn.

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Whilst the broccolini was cooking away, I chopped some scallions and garlic and gave it a quick sauté, then I added about 2 cups of Thai Ginger broth and some chopped cilantro and let it simmer away for a few minutes to infuse all the flavours.

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I then added the cod, covered the pan with a lid and let it cook for a few minutes on each side basting it every now and then.

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I removed the cod from the pan and poured about 1/4 cup of coconut milk into the broth.

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Placed one of the cod fillets in a bowl, added about a cup of the broth, topped it off with some of the roasted broccolini and there you have it. A lovely thai spicy broth with some hearty cod and delicious broccolini. Don’t tell me that is not a meal fit for a King?

Mahi Burgers and Veggies

Rainy evening in South Florida calls for a nice home cooked dinner…..

Sticking to our healthy regime and after biking in the rain today we get to treat ourselves to some oven cooked mahi burgers and roasted vegetables.

For the Mahi Burgers I used:

  • 1 lb mahi mahi fillet, cut into chunks
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise
  • 1⁄4 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper

Placed all of the above ingredients into a food processor and let it whiz away until all the ingredients were nicely blended. Shaped into 4 patties and baked in the oven at 400 deg for about 20-30 minutes.

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For the veggies I used:

  • Baby New Golden Potatoes
  • Red, Yellow and Orange peppers
  • Onions
  • Green Onions
  • Cabbage
  • Baby Carrots
  • Garlic cloves

I gave it all a quick seasoning with salt, pepper, oregano and a little drizzle of sesame oil. Gave it all a toss and into a 390 Deg F oven it went for about 40 minutes until everything was nicely caramelized.

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I plated the veggies, topped it with a Mahi Burger and topped it with a drizzle of my fave Sriracha Mayonnaise ❤

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Dinner is served 🙂

The Wonderful Butternut Squash……..

Its time to take a step back and revisit life and food as I know it! This is the start of the new me! lol, that sounds kind of funny right?

Anyway, after a total vegetarian day ( this was not on purpose, just happened and please note I come from cow country), I came back from my first go at an Orangetheory Fitness gym and have to say that I think I am dying!

Of course I realized that I have nothing for lunch tomorrow, so into the kitchen a go, energy or not!

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Found one of my favorite veggies hiding in the back of the fridge, a lovely Butternut Squash!

Gave it a quick passing with my handy dandy peeler, cubed it and placed it in a roasting pan. Added some chunky sliced onions, some whole garlic cloves, some leftover baby sweet peppers and 2 lovely jalapeños from the yard.

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A little drizzle of sesame oil, a dusting of salt, black pepper and into the oven they went for a slow nice roasting until they are totally caramelized……

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So there you have it, that didn’t take much of my non existent energy, I will now have a delicious lunch and tomorrow night I will transform the leftovers (that is if there are any left) into a creamy butternut squash soup 🙂

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Once again, 2 meals out of one ingredient! Don’t you love it ❤

Rosemary, Rosemary, Rosemary…

Walked by my huge fragrant Rosemary bush today and decided, whatever I make today will have to have lots of Rosemary!

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I had 3 nice fat chicken breasts in the fridge so decided that was it, tonight we are having Garlic Rosemary & Lemon Chicken!

Out came the following ingredients:

  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup of rosemary
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • salt and pepper
  • chicken stock
  • 2 1/2 lbs of chicken breasts

I sliced the chicken breast in big thick slices, the thicker you cut them, the juicier they stay :-). Placed my chicken in a pan.

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After peeling my garlic cloves, I used my handy dandy garlic press and added that to the chicken, together with a 1/4 cup of rosemary and rind of a lemon.

Drizzled it with some aromatic rosemary olive oil and tossed it nicely before putting it into a 450 deg F oven for about 20 minutes.

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After 20 minutes, I pulled it out, gave it a nice toss, added 1/2 cup of chicken stock and juice of 1 lemon and put it back in the oven. Turned oven off and let it rest in there for another 5 minutes.

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While the chicken was resting, I placed my newly discovered bag of petite sweet potatoes by Green Giant in the microwave for 8 minutes and presto! Dinner is ready for the lovely hubby and I ❤

Best part of it is that for once, I have leftovers to take to work for lunch tomorrow, now there we have it, 2 meals for the price of 1 🙂

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PS: Next time I make this I am going to quickly sear the chicken to give it a little more color as it looked a bit anemic for my taste!

Veggie Pizza a la Andy

My honey is finally back from his business trip and I was in the mood for lots of veggies tonight.

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Yeah yeah I know, no home made pizza dough today, bad bad girl, instead I used a can of Pillsbury Thin Crust Pizza dough.

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Chopped some yellow and red onions, as well as some sweet baby peppers and some garlic and cooked them till they were nicely caramelized.

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Once the above concoction was ready I put it to the side and paid attention to my dough. Sprayed some olive oil on my pan, spread the dough out and brushed it all over with some pesto sauce.

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Into a 400 Deg F oven it went for about 15 minutes, I like my pizza crust nice and crunchy!

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Once it was ready I topped it with lots of fresh arugula, followed by the caramelized onions, peppers and garlic and topped it off with some crumbled goats cheese and cranberries.

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The hubby is a ham and green pepper pizza kind of guy so I was surprised when not only did he agree to have this for dinner, but seemed to thoroughly enjoy it <3.

I love my honey! Now to enjoy his company and my veggie pizza 🙂

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Simply Steak…..not!

Due to circumstances out of my control, we have been eating out a lot lately but I am glad to report that I am back in my happy place “The Kitchen”!

Tonights dinner had no excitement and you probably know me by now……

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Had some lovely steak and not much else going on. So I decided that Brochettes would be a tad more exciting than plain ole steak.

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I pulled out some handy dandy skewers, an onion and a green pepper. Chopped the steak, onions and green peppers to equal sized pieces and onto the skewer they went!

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Then I seasoned them well with a tad of salt, lots of black pepper and into my George Foreman Grill they went.

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In the meantime I cooked a cup of jasmine rice with a fresh handful of german thyme from the yard and a few garlic cloves.

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Also on the side just to wrap it all up I made some garlic butter to drizzle on the steak for an extra punch :-).

My son and I are now ready to dig into our deliciously tasting brochettes, served on  thyme and garlic rice with a little drizzle of garlic butter ❤

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