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Yum! Hubs whipped up this super easy and very delicious meal on a weeknight where I was needing a little TLC. I love the simplicity and bright, warm flavors. And the leftovers were great for days! I sliced up the chicken and ate it cold over the couscous for a refreshing and satisfying work lunch. Highly recommended for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

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Lemon Parsley Chicken with Baked Couscous
image and recipe via little spatula

3 chicken breasts
2 cups couscous
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 lemons, 1 zested
2 Tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
Kosher salt
Freshly Ground pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place in heated skillet for 2 minutes per side. Add garlic and saute for an additional minute. Remove from heat. In a medium baking dish, place couscous with chicken broth, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste; stir to mix. Place chicken breasts on top of couscous mixture. Sprinkle with parsley and zest the lemon over dish. Place in oven for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with additional lemon wedges.

Green Goddess. I never really tasted something that captured that for me until this dish. Lemony green goodness. I’m so looking forward to leftovers tomorrow. I imagine this is just as delicious cold as warm! I’ll be adding it to the list of possible pasta salads, coming to a summer BBQ near you!
{update: this is AWESOME cold and I will definitely be using it as a sauce on at least 10 summer pasta salads this year. Yum!}

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Broccoli & Feta Pasta
via the kitchn

1 pound broccoli, trimmed and cut into large chunks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup chopped Italian parsley
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup feta cheese, divided
1 pound pasta

Cut the broccoli into small florets and steam on the stove or in the microwave with 2 tablespoons of water. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside. Start your pasta water and cook to al dente (I cooked mine in the broccoli water).
While the pasta is cooking, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large sauté pan. Cook the onion and garlic until it just begins to soften then add the broccoli. Cook for several minutes or until the onion turns translucent. Add the parsley and cook until it’s well wilted. Pour in the lemon juice and simmer for about two minutes. Transfer to a blender and add 1/4 cup of the feta cheese and the 1/4 cup water. Puree until smooth, adding a drizzle of olive oil and a little more water if it sticks and turns to a lump. Puree until as smooth or chunky as you prefer. Taste and add any necessary additional salt and pepper. Serve over your pasta of choice with additional feta to taste.

Oh. My. I’ve always had a soft spot for sloppy joes, but mixing them up with taco flavor and toppings? Mind blown. And easily made vegetarian by swapping out the meat & chicken broth!

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Taco Sloppy Joes
via lemons for lulu

1 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup salsa
1/4 cup chicken broth
14 ounces pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup lettuce, shredded
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Sour Cream (and any other toppings you’d like!)
4 hamburger buns

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until mostly brown. Add the diced onion and cook until the turkey has browned and the onion is translucent. Add garlic, chili powder, oregano, cumin and salt. Stir. Add broth and salsa. Stir. Add the beans and frozen corn. Reduce heat and cook for 10-15 minutes or until mixture has thickened.
Split each hamburger bun. Top each with turkey mixture, cheese, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, etc. Enjoy!

Finally! I’ve been meaning to try zucchini noodles for so long and after we finally picked up a spiralizer, I knew it was on. Love this for a meatless Monday! It’s rich and satisfying but not too heavy. Planned on making this with pork chops, but ended up just eating 2 giant bowls instead!

Creamy Red Pepper Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Red Pepper & Chèvre Sauce
via GI365

2 roasted red peppers, about 8 ounces (fresh or jarred)
1/2 cup minced onion
2 pounds zucchini, ends cut off and spiralized or cut into ‘noodles’
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 ounces of soft goat cheese, (usually labeled chèvre)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
Freshly ground black pepper

Add the 2 roasted bell peppers, 1 tablespoon olive oil, goat cheese and 1 teaspoon salt to the blender. Blend until smooth. For the zucchini noodles: heat a large, deep sided skillet over medium high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic; sauté for a minute or two until the onion is softened but not browned. Add the sea salt and zucchini noodles to the skillet and sauté using a pair of non-stick tongs to toss the noodles. Just as the zucchini noodles begin to soften, but before they start shedding water, add the sauce and cook just until the sauce is heated. Adjust the salt to your taste, and serve immediately with the freshly chopped parsley, grated parmesan, extra goat cheese, and freshly ground black pepper.

We’ve had quite a few sunny days here in Seattle. And when the sun comes out, I get the urge for grilled food. These burgers had just a bit of bite, and a ton of flavor. I love the contrast of the fresh, crunchy lettuce and cucumbers with the cool, creamy sauce and spiced burgers. A perfectly balanced and rather healthy meal. This is the sort of thing I’ll eat all spring and summer long. A few minutes of prep and a few on the grill, great for a weeknight meal.

Greek Inspired Burgers
Spicy Chicken Burgers with Mint Greek Yogurt
via applemint

1 lb ground chicken
1 red jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
Salt to taste
1 Lebanese or English cucumber, sliced with skin on
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
3-4 tbs fresh mint, chopped
Few leaves of fresh crunchy lettuce (I used butter lettuce)

Mix together the ground chicken, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, chili powder and cumin. Form into wide flat patties. Grill or pan fry in a bit of olive oil until cooked through (about 5 minutes per side). Mix together the Greek yogurt, mint and salt to taste. Serve the burgers warm over toasted buns, pita or alone, with the cucumber and lettuce and yogurt sauce.

Coming home to this delicious meal after an exhausting day was so wonderful. I read recently about a chef that always keeps sausage in the fridge or freezer because it’s the perfect way start to any simple dish, packed with flavor. We ate this as is, but I bet it would be great served with rice or polenta! This recipe has plenty of kick, but I’m thinking about adding a few extra veggies, like bell peppers next time. Yum!

black beans and sausage

Black Beans and Sausage
via martha stewart

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound kielbasa or other smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 medium carrots, diced small
2 shallots, diced small
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for serving
1/4 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream), for serving

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add sausage and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add carrots and shallots to skillet and cook until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add black beans and broth and bring mixture to a boil. Add sausage, reduce heat to a rapid simmer, and cook until carrots are tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Serve with more parsley and a dollop of yogurt.

Wow. It’s been a bit since I made a marsala, and this one really, really hit the spot tonight. Shallots, perfectly mellowed in this creamy sauce. As a huge fan of bone-in, skin-on thighs that get browned a bit a in the pan before kicking up the flavor with a sauce, I’m pretty much obsessed with crispy chicken skin. It all started with Chicken Cacciatore. And this recipe does it just right.

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Creamy Chicken Marsala
via the view from great island

6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb small mushrooms, I used white button, cremini would be great too
3 Tbsp butter, divided
2 large shallots, peeled and finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 tbsp ground thyme
3/4 cup Marsala wine (or dry Sherry)
3/4 cup heavy cream
salt and freshly cracked black pepper
chopped parsley for garnish

Preheat the oven to 375F. Wipe the mushrooms with a damp cloth. Cut off the ends of the stems, and quarter them (you can halve the small ones). Heat a heavy oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until quite hot. Brush the skin side of the thighs with a little olive oil and, when the pan is good and hot, but not smoking, brown the thighs, skin down, for about 5-10 minutes, or until they have a nice brown color. Remove them to a plate.
Wipe out any burnt bits and add 2 Tbsp of the butter to the pan. Saute the shallots for about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the pan and saute for another 5 minutes, stirring often, until they start to shrink and brown. Add the wine to the pan and turn up the heat and let it reduce down a bit (about half). Add the cream and thyme to the pan and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper and finish the sauce by stirring in the last bit of butter.Nestle the chicken thighs back into the pan, spooning the sauce over them a bit as well. Bake the thighs for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve hot with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Sometimes I just don’t have it in me. Sometimes I’m craving something but I want it now and it’s time for a few shortcuts. Wonton soup is one of those things I crave all the time, but with order minimums, there’s only so many times I can order take out and be left with a bunch of other stuff in the fridge (although the husband never minds). I was having another one of those cravings this weekend, grabbed a bag of pre-made wontons, and tossed a few things I had in the fridge and freezer in. Voila! If I did a little more shopping before hand, I might pack this with some more veggies, like bok choy, carrots, broccoli, maybe a bit of cilantro. This is a great base for so many options. Easily made vegetarian or vegan too, subbing out the fish sauce, chicken broth and opting for meatless wontons. Endless possibilities!

5 minute won ton soup

Five Minute Wonton Soup
inspired by the view from great island

4 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 package wontons (I used Trader Joe’s frozen chicken cilantro mini’s)
1/3 cup very thinly sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions

Bring your stock and water to a low boil, stir in the fish sauce, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Toss in the wontons and let cook for about a minute. Add the mushroom and cook for an additional minute, until the wontons are just done. Remove from heat and stir in in the scallions. Serve hot!

I know that title is soooo long, but I felt like each ingredient really deserved to be highlighted because wow are they great together. And I’m usually a little meh on chickpeas and just sorta like sweet potatoes mostly — together with this lovely browned chicken and bright delicious sauce though, it was such a lovely tasty surprise!

braised chicken thighs in tomato honey ginger with sweet potatoes and chickenpeas

Chicken in Tomato Honey Ginger sauce with Sweet Potatoes & Chickpeas
via food52

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 medium chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on), about 2 pounds
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 shallots
2 garlic cloves
1 (1-inch) piece peeled ginger
1 medium sweet potato
15 oz can chickpeas
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons orange juice
Torn mint leaves for garnish, optional (I subbed parsley and it was great!)

Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to skillet. Brown chicken in hot oil, skin-side down, about 7 minutes. Set chicken aside. (Reserve skillet and fat in pan.) While chicken browns, finely chop shallot, garlic and ginger. Thinly slice sweet potatoes and set aside. Raise heat on reserved skillet to medium-high. Add chopped shallot, garlic, ginger, turmeric, paprika and cinnamon and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add honey and tomato paste and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth and add chicken to pan, covered with sweet potato slices and chickpeas. Cover and simmer chicken until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Before serving, stir in orange juice and scatter mint over servings.

I love this twist on a typical corn chowder! So much healthier too! With coconut milk instead of your traditional heavy cream, this soup has a satisfying heartiness without all the extra heaviness. And with a little chili pepper, it has just the right amount of kick. Might even toss in a bit of chicken next time for some extra protein. This is an awesome base for so many great additions, but is definitely delicious all on it’s own!

thai corn chowder

Thai Inspired Corn Chowder
via the kitchn

1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 medium Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 Thai chili pepper, finely chopped, optional
3 tablespoons finely grated lemongrass
4 cups corn kernels (frozen or fresh from 4 corn cobs)
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
13.5 oz can coconut milk (1 2/3 cup)
Olive oil
Salt to taste
Roughly chopped cilantro and lime wedges, for serving

Coat the bottom of a large pot with olive oil and place over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and a pinch of salt. Sauté until translucent. Stir in the potatoes, chili pepper, lemongrass, and a pinch of salt. Add a splash of broth, cover, and cook until the potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove the lid, stir in the corn and cook another two minutes. Add the remaining broth and bring to a simmer, then remove from heat. Stir in the coconut milk. Serve warm, garnished with cilantro and lime.