This is not your typical BBQ chicken smothered in sauce or burnt to a crisp. This is a perfectly cooked, juicy, delicious BBQ chicken. Now I will give you my secret to make this happen. It starts with large breast of chicken with the bone in and skin on. I know we have all been told to get rid of the skin but just wait and you will understand.
Now season that beautiful chicken breast by brushing each with a little olive oil and then using some salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder on the skin.
Next, get your grill smoking hot on high temperature. Rub some olive oil on your BBQ grates and place the breast bone side down on the grill. Now the secret, No matter what you see, how you feel, regardless of who tells you otherwise, do not turn the breasts over. Just let them cook on one side only. If you get a lot of smoke just open the grill for a few seconds. If yours starts to flame, move the breast to a different position on the grill, still skin side up.
Your results will be the most beautiful BBQ chicken breast you have ever cooked. They will be brown and crunchy on the skin side and juicy and tender on the inside. How do you know when they are done? When they reach your desired color of brown and crunchiness on the skin they are done.
Let the chicken breast rest before slicing in half to serve.
4 chicken breast, bone in and skin on
Top Sirloin Steak Stir Fry
1 tbsp. Olive oil
½ Yellow onion sliced
1 Red pepper sliced in strips
½ Shallot sliced
1 Zucchini slices in strips
3 Garlic cloves diced
Salt free seasoning blend, your favorite.
1 lb. Top sirloin steak sliced thin
5 Scallions sliced
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, pepper, and Shallots to the hot pan. Sauté for 2 minutes and add the zucchini. Season with a salt free seasoning blend. Cook until tender and remove to a serving bowl. Place the steak in the hot pan, season with the blend and sauté until cooked medium rare. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add the vegetables back to combine. Serve topped with the scallions.
Now my inspiration of the day. I had an urge for pasta but didn’t want to have something that heavy. So I turned zucchini into something like pasta, made sauce from scratch, added a little pork and you have my new creation.
Pulled Pork Over Shredded Zucchini
1 tsp Olive oil
½ Yellow onion chopped
1 Yellow chili pepper chopped
Blend of herbs to taste
4 clove Garlic chopped
8 Roma tomatoes
2 Zucchini shredded
12 oz Pulled Pork (left overs)
Heat a large stock pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion, and chili and season with herb blend. Cook stirring often. Add the garlic and Roma tomatoes, stir and bring to boil. Reduce the heat to medium/low and let cook for about 30 minutes stirring often until the tomatoes break down. Taste for seasoning and add the herb blend to taste. Add the pulled pork to the tomato sauce, stir to incorporate and let cook for about 10 minutes on low heat. Place the zucchini in the middle of the plate and top with the pork/sauce mix and serve. Serves 4
Ten Bean Soup
I must be crazy making a bean soup on such a hot day. Oh well that’s what central A/C is for. This is a real comforting soup that would be great all by itself or with some good crusty bread. I was going to make this in the crock pot but decided to do it on the stove. I like having more control when cooking beans.
8 cups water
2 cups beans, dried
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tomato chopped
½ yellow onion chopped
Mediterranean seasoning to taste
2 smoked ham hocks
½ lb. baby carrots
In a large stock pot combine the water and beans. In a skillet heat the olive oil and add the onion and tomatoes, season with the Mediterranean seasoning to taste. Cook until the tomatoes begin to breakdown then add to the soup. Add the ham hocks to the skillet and brown on all sides then transfer to the soup. Heat the soup at high temperature until it reaches boil. Turn the heat down to simmer, cover and cook for about ½ hour then add the carrots. Continue to cook, check the soup often until you get the texture you like. Season the soup with Mediterranean seasoning and salt to taste. Remove the ham hocks and take any meat from them. Chop the meat into small pieces and return the meat to the soup.
Lentils with onions and peppers with chicken sausage
This is a very easy and healthy dish to make. I added some sliced cucumber with the onions and peppers this time and I was very pleased with the results. You can use your favorite sausage, I cook mine on the grill. Enjoy.
1 cup dried lentils (I used green)
2 cups chicken stock
3 peppers your choice cut in strips
1/2 yellow onion cut thin
1 small cucumber cut in stips
Salt and pepper
2 chicken sausage
Place the lentils and stock in a sauce pan on high heat bringing to a boil for about 4-5 minutes. Turn heat to a simmer and cooked covered until the lentils are the soft texture you like. Mine took about 15 minutes to cook.
In a skillet over medium heat add the oil. Add the peppers, onion, cucumber and saute until soft. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook the sausage on the grill until cooked through.
To serve place the lentils in the middle of the plate and top with the vegetables. I do not season the lentils; I like the earthy flavor. If you want to season your lentils, do so after cooking. If you season the lentils while cooking they can become hard. Serve the sausage sliced into chunks either next to or on top of the lentils.
Pulled Pork Two Ways
I use the crock pot to prepare these two recipes; the pork comes out flaky and moist, full of flavor. Place the pork loin in the crock pot and season with the All purpose spice rub and cover with the enchilada sauce, add a little water if needed. Cook for about 4-5 hours at high. Remove from the crock pot and flake using two forks. Transfer to a serving bowl and add some of enchilada sauce to the pork.
I thought about my commitment to lighten things up so the first way is served on a bed of red leaf lettuce, topped with chopped zucchini, green onion, brown mushrooms, and tomatoes.
The other way is similar to a sloppy Joe. Take a whole wheat burger bun and place each side on a broiler rack and place a slice of American cheese on top. Place in the broiler until the cheese is just melting. Remove from the oven and top with the vegetables, pulled pork and some shredded cheese. Place back in the broiler until the cheese melts.
Both ways make my mouth water.
1-2 lb. Pork Loin
2 tbsp. All-purpose rub
1 large jar of enchilada or red chili sauce
1 zucchini chopped
4 brown mushrooms chopped
1 tomato chopped
2 green onions chopped
6 whole wheat burger buns
6 slices American cheese
Shredded cheese, your choice
4 leafs of red leaf lettuce
What taste better on the grill on a warm summer day? Burger’s. Not just a patty of plain old ground beef but a burger with added flavor. This burger was moist and full of great flavor, I hope you try it.
½ yellow onion
½ red pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs. cilantro, chopped
1.5 lbs. ground beef
1 tbs. salt
1 tbs. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. Worchester sauce
Put the first three ingredients in a food processor and chop until fine. Add cilantro, ground beef, salt, pepper, and Worchester sauce. Mix well. Make into ¼ pound patties. Cook on the grill until cooked medium or medium well. Place on a grilled hamburg bun and add cheese, onion, tomato, and avocado. Serve with a fruit salad.
Grilled Sockeye Salmon
This is a great dish if you use good fish. The ingredients are simple and all you have to worry about is not overcooking your salmon.
2 fillets of sockeye salmon
Salt and pepper
Make sure there are no bones in your fish. Coat both sides of the fish with olive oil and season with the salt, pepper and paprika. Place fish skin side down on a hot grill and cook on one side till almost done to your liking. Flip over for one minute. Remove to a serving plate.
Serve with Swiss chard and beets and top with yellow mango salsa. I made two salsas, one mild and one hot with jalapeno and habanero peppers. To my surprise the salsa was not really hot.
Pepper Chicken with Guacamole
This was one of my first posts I made this year. It is also one of my favorite dishes. The combination of chicken breast and spicy chicken sausage gives just enough spice to the dish. Use as many combinations of pepper you have. I do like a little heat so I use some chili peppers. The guacamole calms down any heat that is present in the dish. Please enjoy.
¼ Red pepper sliced
½ Jalapeno sliced
¼ Banana pepper sliced
¼ Anaheim pepper sliced
½ Yellow onion sliced
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
½ tsp. Ground Pepper
½ tsp. Paprika sweet
½ tsp. Cumin
½ tsp. Chili Powder
1 Zucchini sliced
2 Chicken Breast, skinless, cut in chunks
2 Chicken Sausage sliced
5 Queen Green Olives chopped
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
Put 1 tbsp. olive oil in hot skillet adding first five ingredients. Add ½ of garlic powder, ground pepper, paprika, cumin, and chili powder. Saute till al-dante. Add sliced zucchini and saute till tender. Remove from pan and set aside. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil to the hot pan and add the sausage and chicken. Season with the remaining garlic powder, ground pepper, sweet paprika, cumin, and chili powder. Saute till cooked through. Add back the vegetables to the pan with the chicken and sausage. Add the chopped olives and combine. Add chopped fresh cilantro.
2 Avocados sliced
1 tbsp. Red onion chopped
1 Green onion chopped
¼ Jalapeno chopped
¼ tsp. Garlic powder
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Ground pepper
Juice from 1 Lime
Mash the avocado then add remaining ingredients except the lime juice. Mix till combined. Add juice of one lime, mix well. Refrigerate
Capellini with Vegetable Garlic Sauce
I wasn’t planning to do a pasta dish when I was thinking about my weekly menu but when I was shopping at Sprouts Sunday I noticed this beautiful package of Capellini (angel hair) pasta. Well this man can only resist things for so long. I love angel hair pasta. I instantly thought of a vegetable garlic sauce to pour on top. One word of caution, if you’re like me and love garlic make sure your significant other enjoys this dish with you or you will never be kissed again.
1 package of Capellini pasta
2 green onions, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped in small pieces
1 yellow squash, chopped in small pieces
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 handful of fresh oregano, chopped
2 tbsp. butter
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
Parmesan cheese, grated
1 handful lemon balm, chopped
1 handful cilantro, chopped
Heat a large pan of water on high heat. When the water boils add 2 large pinches of salt and your pasta. Cook for 3 minutes and drain.
In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil, green onion, zucchini, yellow squash and cook until tender. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper, oregano and cook until the tomatoes start to break down. Remove to a serving bowl.
Add olive oil and butter to your skillet add the garlic and cook stirring often. Don’t let the garlic brown. Combine the pasta, vegetables and garlic oil. Top with parmesan cheese, lemon balm, and cilantro.