Monday, July 17, 2017

Grilled Pineapple Chicken

This chicken only requires a little bit of indoor cooking, so it's easy for hot days. If you really want to avoid cooking, make the sauce ahead and assemble as it comes off the grill. You could even double the sauce to use on other stuff too. Probably keeps for about a week in the fridge, but I've never had it hang around that long.

Grilled Pineapple Chicken

Chicken and Pineapples
4 chicken breasts
1 cup large pineapple chunks
3 tbsp OlivenGrape Oregano Olive Oil, divided
Salt and pepper

Brush chicken with 2 tbsp Oregano Olive Oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat, 4-6 minutes per side.

Thread the pineapple segments onto skewers and brush them with remaining olive oil or oil a square of grill safe aluminum foil and place on there. Only takes a minute or two to finish.

Toss the sauce over everything and serve.

1 cup limeade
¼ cup OlivenGrape Pineapple Balsamic
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp minced garlic

Combine in a medium saucepan and simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced almost by half. Set aside and let cool slightly. The sauce will thicken further as it cools.

Quick cabbage side salad
2 cups thin sliced cabbage
½ red onion, diced
¼ cup chopped cilantro

Monday, July 3, 2017

Orange Coleslaw

I wanted to use some of the new Fruit Vinegars that we got in, because they are really tasty. If you don't have the Lemon Vinegar on hand, try substituting Prosecco Vinegar, with a tbsp of white sugar and a teaspoon of lemon zest whisked in the dressing.

Orange Coleslaw

1 medium green cabbage, sliced finely
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 cans mandarin orange slices
1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley

3/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup Mussini Lemon Fruit Vinegar
Pinch of Salt
Pepper to taste

Whisk the dressing together and taste to adjust the spices. Tumble the salad ingredients into a bowl and toss gently with the dressing to coat.

Chill 1-3 hours and serve. Best same day.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gnocchi with Herbed Goat Cheese Sauce

This one was fun. Gnocchi are just little fluffy pastas that always seem best with light fluffy sauces and a glass of wine. I've eliminated the glass with this one and put the wine in the sauce instead. But by all means, have another glass handy for yourself!

Gnocchi with Herbed Goat Cheese Sauce

1 tbsp OliveNGrape Italian Herb Olive Oil
1 tbsp OliveNGrape Oregano Olive Oil
3 tbsp dry white wine
1 cup vegetable broth
4 oz goat cheese
½ tsp minced fresh garlic
1 lb gnocchi
1 small zucchini, sliced
2 small fresh tomatoes, diced

Cook and drain the gnocchi. Rinse well & set aside.

Sauté zucchini & garlic in a pan over medium heat with the OliveNGrape Oregano Olive Oil for 3-4 minutes, until the zucchini is soft & the garlic is very fragrant.

In a small saucepan, combine the wine, broth & OliveNGrape Italian Herb Olive Oil. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by half. Add the goat cheese, salt & pepper. Simmer, stirring frequently until melted through.

Toss together with the diced tomatoes and serve.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Chicken Fajitas

This is an easy and fun meal for any time of the year. I just grab the freshest vegetables, onions and some seasoning and we're all set!

Chicken Fajitas

1 1/2 lb chicken
2 or 3 bell peppers
1 large onion
2 tbsp Original Seasoning Blend
2 tbsp Olive-N-Grape Persian Lime Olive Oil
1 tbsp Olive-N-Grape Hot Chili Olive Oil

Optional for topping and serving:
2 tbsp chopped green onions
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
sour cream
6-8 warm tortillas
salsa fresca
shredded lettuce
shredded cheese

Slice the chicken, onion and peppers into thin strips or small pieces. Heat the combined oils to medium high heat and add everything. Sprinkle with the seasoning blend and cook. Stir frequently until the chicken is no longer pink inside, 6-8 minutes.

That's it. Assemble as you like, this is fantastic over tortillas with salsa and lettuce. It's also great served in a bowl with rice. Have fun!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Spring Pea Pasta

I set out to make Lemon Pesto Pasta the other night. I cook the pasta and reach for the pesto, only to find that I was completely out! Oops. Happily, I think on my feet in the kitchen and grabbed a leftover piece of grilled chicken and some Parmesan. I had a bag of fresh peas in there too, waiting for something else, so I re-purposed them. I don't miss the pesto one bit.

Spring Pea Pasta

1pkg Lemon Pasta
1 grilled chicken breast, chopped or shredded
8oz fresh spring peas
1/4 cup pasta water
1 tsp butter
dash of black pepper
2-3 tbsp fresh grated Parmesan
1/4 cup Olive-N-Grape Parsley Olive Oil
1 lemon, for serving

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta al dente, rinse and set aside. Steam the peas in a microwavable safe bowl, or on the stove top until crisp tender.

In a small bowl, whisk the reserved pasta water with the butter, Parmesan and Olive Oil. In a serving bowl, turn out the pasta and combine gently with the peas and chicken. Toss the sauce with the pasta, making sure to coat everything.

Serve with a squeeze of lemon on each serving.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New Pasta Trials

We recently got in some really amazing one-pot meals. They have a great variety and are easy to make. They boast easy clean up and great taste. How could it go wrong?

Most of the ones we carry are also Vegan, so it's an easy meal to have on hand if you are or someone you know is Vegan.

This week, I made 3 different ones to see how they turned out and give you my impressions. Here you go!

First up, The Spaghetti with Herbs

This is a nice dish. It calls for 3 1/5 cups of water and it really means 1/5 not 1/2. The pasta is smooth and the flavor is rich and tomato-y. It suggests adding some sesame seeds, I suggest roasted veggies too.

Next, Trofiette Pasta with Basil Pesto

The question is, how can a Vegan Pesto be creamy? The answer is, don't drain your pasta. The silky starches from the cooked pasta, combine with the herbs to make this pesto sauce have a really great mouth-feel. The flavor is bright and the pasta is this cute wiggly shape that reminds me of moustaches. It also has sunflower seeds in it and I love their crunch, but there's never enough of them. It suggests Parmesan Cheese additions and I agree. I also suggest a couple tablespoons of unsalted sunflower seeds just because.

This leaves the Fregola with curry & raisins for last.

Okay, this one took a bit longer to cook than the directions said. The water just would not absorb! However, I think you should only cook it as long as the directions say, because it actually absorbs more as it cools (making leftovers a solid block). This isn't a curry like Indian curry. It's very mild and I ended up drizzling it with Olive-n-Grape Hot Chili Oil. I love the little nuggets of pasta, they're very fun, but I think this one needs the most additions. After the picture, I tore up some spinach to add in and extra raisins as well. I think this would be great with some browned sausage tossed in as well and maybe a few diced tomatoes.

These were so much fun. I can't wait to try more!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Asian Asparagus

This is another side dish that I like to turn into my main meal. The fresh asparagus of the season is just so good.

Asian Asparagus 

1 bunch asparagus
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp Olive-N-Grape Toasted Sesame Garlic Ginger Oil
1 tbsp Olive-N-Grape Garlic Cilantro Balsamic
1 tsp sesame seeds, black and white mixed
Few pinches Bonito flakes
     or, 1 tsp fish sauce

Trim the woody ends off the asparagus and cut into bite sized pieces on the angle.

Heat the sesame oil over medium heat and add the garlic. Saute for 30 seconds and add the asparagus. Season with the bonito flakes. Cook stirring often, until fork tender and bright green, 5-7 minutes.

While still on the heat, sprinkle on the balsamic and sesame seeds. Toss to coat quickly and remove from the heat.