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Week 29, Meal 3: Salsa verde grilled chicken, roasted beet and goat cheese salad

Week 29, Meal 3: Grilled chicken tossed in pistachio and herb salsa verde over arugula salad with roasted beets, goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette

(Yield: 2 servings)

Chicken
12 oz. chicken breast, butterflied
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small shallot, minced
1/2 T tarragon, chopped
1/2 T parsley, chopped
1/2 T chives, thinly sliced
1/4 c pistachios, chopped
1 T olive oil
1 lemon, juiced

Salad
5 oz. wild arugula
6 baby beets, different colors if possible
salt and pepper, as needed
1 t olive oil
1 oz. chevre goat cheese Dressing
1 lemon, juiced
1 T vegetable or grapeseed oil

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss beets with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a rack in a small roasting pan, with enough water in the pan to cover the bottom of it. Cover the pan with foil and roast the beets for 30-40 minutes, until easily pierced with a pairing knife.

Remove from the oven and, using paper towels, rub the outer  skin and stem off. Cut beet pieces into wedges.

2. In a Magic Bullet or blender, mix the lemon juice and oil to make the vinaigrette. Reserve.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, shallot, tarragon, parsley, chives, pistachios and olive oil. Reserve.

4. Preheat your grill to high. When ready to grill, cook chicken until cooked through, 3-5 minutes per side. When chicken is cooked through, slice  into strips and toss with the salsa verde. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Mix the arugula and beets  in a bowl and dress with vinaigrette.

To plate: Lay the greens out thin over the whole plate, as  opposed to a mound  in the middle. Disperse the beets evenly. Top with half of the chicken and sprinkle each salad with 1/2 oz. of goat cheese.

Week 29: Salads that don’t suck

Back in November 2010 when I started this blog, I facetiously wrote that this was for “people who hate the gym and think salads suck.”

It’s been a year now, and while I’m still struggling with that whole gym thing, I will readily admit that salads don’t suck. A year ago, my vegetable intake seriously consisted mostly of french fries and grilled onions. (I just asked Wifey Nadia and she couldn’t think of anything past those two either.)

In that spirit, I asked Chef Brian to whip up a menu of “salads that don’t suck.” I’ve known for some time that Brian is a salad machine, but surprisingly, he said that this menu stumped him a little because he’s turned a lot of his favorite salad combinations into dinner entrees for this supposed salad hater.

But here we are, and here’s the menu:

Week 29, Meal 1: Glazed salmon over spinach salad with mango, avocado and coconut-peanut dressing

Week 29, Meal 2: Smoked paprika dusted chicken “milanese” with mixed greens, manchego, dried cherries, pine nuts and orange-sherry vinaigrette

Week 29, Meal 3: Grilled chicken tossed in pistachio and herb salsa verde over arugula salad with roasted beets, goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette

As always, each recipe makes two servings. Follow the jump for the shopping list. Continue reading Week 29: Salads that don’t suck

Week 24, Meal 1: This sandwich has it all

Even with half the amount of bread, this sandwich is doing double-time.

It’s crunchy, fatty, creamy, tart, sweet, salty, peppery, herbaceous … and … and I’ve run out of adjectives. Just look at the picture and eat with your eyes. I’m sure you get what I’m talking about.

Here’s Week 24, Meal 1: Prosciutto and goat cheese sandwich with fennel-apple slaw. Continue reading Week 24, Meal 1: This sandwich has it all

Week 24: Sandwitches

Chef Brian’s a good thinker-aheader.

He knew that I was ready to get back in the kitchen and thoughtfully put together an easy-to-make spread of one of my favorite foods: the noble sandwich.

Two of the meals are really quick to make and the finale to the menu isn’t bad either. Three cheers for an easy week in the kitchen. Here’s the menu:

Week 24, Meal 1: Prosciutto and goat cheese sandwich with fennel-apple slaw

Week 24, Meal 2: Roasted turkey with gruyere and cornichons

Week 24, Meal 3: Grilled vegetable panini with ricotta and roasted bell pepper puree

Each recipe makes two servings. Continue reading for the shopping list.

Continue reading Week 24: Sandwitches

Week 23, Meal 3: Big-ass-crouton salad

Back a couple of years ago Chef Brian gave his family and friends a cookbook for Christmas.

I never could nail the waffle recipe, and the list of panini suggestions have proved useful time and time again, but it was always one recipe, “panzanella bread salad” that stood out the most.

With all of my curiosity, I never actually made the meal. Luckily, Chef was smart enough to include a panzanella salad in one of our Fat Dude dishes, which has really opened up my eyes to the awesomeness of big-ass croutons.

Here’s Week 23, Meal 3: Grilled branzino over spring panzanella with lemon-tarragon vinaigrette. Continue reading Week 23, Meal 3: Big-ass-crouton salad

Week 22, Meal 1: Italian summer salsa ‘n’ shrimp

Grilled shrimp is a favorite meal at my house — Wifey Nadia is most fond of my “summer picnic” with grilled shrimp and asparagus, plus lemon wedges and French bread — but for too long my go-to marinade for shrimp has always been a simple one: parsley, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Week 22, Meal 1: Marinated and grilled shrimp tossed in an Italian summer salsa over sliced heirloom tomatoes took me out of my parsley-and-garlic-smothered comfort zone and into some sideways seafood universe where the sauce is based in tomato.

Not my usual marinade, but one that proved to be a great departure from the same-ol’ scrimp(t). Continue reading Week 22, Meal 1: Italian summer salsa ‘n’ shrimp

Week 14, Meal 1: Tarragon-crusted ahi over roasted beets with tangerine, beet greens, orange vinaigrette and blood orange yogurt

Wifey Nadia and I have always made a habit of celebrating Valentines Day out.

If it was a time when we had some extra cash, we’d splurge, if not … we’ll, we’d still splurge, just with the credit card, lol.

For the first year in our five years together, we decided to stay in. She hung out and I put together the first meal of our aphrodisiac-based menu.

Now this a meal fit for Valentine’s Day …

Check out Week 14, Meal 1: Tarragon-crusted ahi over roasted beets with tangerine, beet greens, orange vinaigrette and blood orange yogurt. Continue reading Week 14, Meal 1: Tarragon-crusted ahi over roasted beets with tangerine, beet greens, orange vinaigrette and blood orange yogurt

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