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Recipe: Tropical chicken polenta cakes

This recipe for tropical chicken polenta cakes is one you can mostly prepare days in advance, making it a convenient mid-week meal. Simply boil the chicken breasts and prepare the polenta, put both in their own sealed containers, and bring them out when you want to make this dish. If you end up with extra polenta cakes, use them to make "grilled cheese sandwiches." Seriously, they're awesome. On to the recipe: INGREDIENTS: Tropical Chicken: 3 …

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Quick Palmiers Recipe

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Posted by Jenny Lewis
Categories: Dessert, Quick Meals, Recipes, Sugar, France, Baking,

File these under “Super Easy, Still Impressive” - palmiers (light, sweet puff pastry cookies) are criminally cinchy to make and an impressive and tasty way to end a meal on a high (and not too heavy) note. I love to eat these with chocolate sauce or whipped cream, and every once in a while I get a little crazy and add some cinnamon to the sugar. Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 sheet of puff pastry …

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Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki Salad with Dressing

At home one night with plenty of nicely marinated chicken but no pita to be found, I had an epiphany - if souvlaki is basically an undressed Greek salad with chicken on a pita, why couldn’t I eat it as a DRESSED Greek salad with chicken without a pita? And thus my new summer standby meal was born - the chicken souvlaki salad. This recipe will feed two very well and leave four wanting more …

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Recipe: Coconut Crunchy Shrimp

Yesterday in Chicago the weather was sunny and 65… in the middle of February!  It was spectacular.  I was inspired by the warm weather to create something that reminded me of summer or my favorite warm weather place, the Caribbean.  The first time I ever tried coconut shrimp was at a restaurant I worked at in college.  They fried them up and served with a sweet plum sauce.  I absolutely loved them and ordered them …

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Recipe: Panko Crusted Salmon

One of my favorite, recent creations is a light, alternative to fried fish that is easy but still packs a ton of flavor. Panko Crusted Salmon is a great go-to meal during the week that literally takes maybe 20 minutes to prepare and broil. In this recipe, I used Norwegian Salmon, mostly because it always looks so great at the seafood counter but also because the flavor is amazing. Most fish would work with this …

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Recipe: Avocado Salad Wraps

It’s summer, and the food lobe of my brain turns to one thing when the weather starts warming up - avocados. Being on the East Coast, avocados are definitely my favorite summertime-only indulgence, and they are well worth the wait in all of their forms. Another recipe from Clean Eating magazine, these Avocado Salad Wraps are fantastic as a light lunch or, when paired with some bread or tortillas, a stove-free dinner on a hot …

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Recipe: The Perfect Protein, Rice and Beans

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Posted by Jenny Lewis
Categories: Dinner, Lunch, Quick Meals, Grains, Poultry, Grilling,

Beans and rice, rice and beans. Endorsed by scores of nations worldwide, beans and rice provides a balance of protein and carbs that can hardly be beat (not to mention the combination creates a very thrifty meal). Add some chicken for an extra protein bump and some salsa for flavor, and you have a dinner that’s quick, healthy and delish. This recipe came to me via the print edition of Clean Eating magazine, which I …

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Recipe: Tomato, Chickpea, and Arugula Salad

I absolutely love salads, so when I come across a new recipe, I have to share it with everyone - we all could use more veggies in our diets. This recipe is quite simple and tasty, as well as pleasing to the eye—because I am a huge believer in that we first eat with our eyes, before our mouths. Ingredients: 3 ounces baby arugula 2 scallions, thinly sliced 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, rinsed …

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Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

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Posted by Jenni Burns
Categories: Quick Meals, Recipes, Condiments,

My friend Becky gave me this vinaigrette recipe - I tried it, and it was delicious! I love vinaigrette dressing for salad, they are light and tasty. She got the recipe from “America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.” Basic Vinaigrette Makes about 1 cup Prep Time 10 minutes INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 Tablespoons vinegar (I usually use basalmic, but the recipe calls for red or white wine vinegar) 2 teaspoons minced shallot or red …

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