8.12.2014

Grilled Salmon & Argula with Apple Butter Vinaigrette

Grilling is one of my favorite ways to cook.  It's quick, healthy, and the best part is minimal clean up!  It's especially perfect for summertime because honestly, who wants to heat their house up even more with the oven?  Not me!

Last year, Musselmans was kind enough to send me a jar of Apple Butter. I was sort of an Apple Butter virgin at that time but my recipe Spiced Shredded Apple Butter Brisket Sliders turned out so well, I have been using it all the time! In addition to being delicious and versatile, it is gluten free and dairy free.

Musselmans just sent me another jar, a set of recipe cards and a Wilton Armetale Grillware Fish Griller!   This is perfect because I make fish quite often and it can be used in the oven, stove or grill.




Using these items, I wanted to share a simple recipe with you guys that has basically no prep and no clean up.  I do this during the week after work a lot because it's so easy and extremely healthy.  I used salmon but you could easily do this with another type of fish, chicken or steak.  I served the salmon over arugula but the vinaigrette is good with any type of lettuce or green.

Enjoy!




Grilled Salmon & Arugula with Apple Butter Vinaigrette
recipe by halftomatohalfpotato
serves 2

Grilled Salmon

INGREDIENTS
2 salmon fillets
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Montreal steak seasoning

DIRECTIONS
-preheat grill to about 500 degrees.  once hot, clean grill with brush
-rinse salmon fillets and pat dry
-brush on olive oil and season 
-place on grill, skin side up
-cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until fish lifts off grates without sticking
-flip, cook for another 3-4 minutes (when finished, salmon should be nice and crispy on outside and opaque and flaky on the inside)
-using spatula, separate the fish from the skin
-remove the fish from the grill leaving the skin behind


Arugula with Apple Butter Vinaigrette
yields approx 1/2 cup of dressing

INGREDIENTS

1 bag of arugula
1/4 cup apple butter
3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil

DIRECTIONS
-mix apple butter, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and salt together
-then whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil
-dress arugula with vinaigrette













1.11.2014

Baked Feta Chicken with Homemade Marinara Sauce

Happy New Year!  Hope your holiday season was as amazing as mine!  This year I spent the holidays with my family in Arizona.  Quite different from the east coast cold and snow I'm used to but I am definitely not complaining!

Now that the holidays are over and it's back to healthier eating choices, I needed to create something new and exciting instead of the same old boring grilled chicken and veggies.

One of my favorite appetizers is Baked Feta.  I thought about making it but then that would force me to sop it up with crusty bread, which I'm trying to avoid!  I figured I would try it over chicken and it was a success!  This would be great served over pasta but it pairs nicely with roasted vegetables as well.

In the original Baked Feta recipe, I used a jarred organic pizza sauce.  For this recipe I made a homemade marinara sauce.  I've included the recipe for my marinara below but either way is fine.

Enjoy!


Baked Feta Chicken with Homemade Marinara Sauce
recipe and photos by halftomatohalfpotato
serves 2


INGREDIENTS
1.5 cups crumbled feta cheese
1.5 cups marinara sauce (recipe below)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (adjust to heat preference)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
garlic salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS
-preheat oven to 375ยบ
-stir feta, sauce and red pepper flakes in a small bowl
-season chicken with garlic salt and pepper
-place chicken in a baking dish sprayed with non stick cooking spray
-top with the feta and sauce mixture
-bake for approximately 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (times may vary depending on
 the thickness of the chicken)


Homemade Marinara Sauce
recipe by halftomatohalfpotato

INGREDIENTS
-4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
-4 cloves fresh garlic, minced (i like to use my hand grater)
-1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
-fresh basil, chopped
-garlic salt and pepper


DIRECTIONS
-heat a sauce pan over medium-high heat
-add half the olive oil 
-add garlic
-cook until garlic softens 
-add tomatoes, basil, salt & pepper and the rest of the olive oil
-turn heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes

You could certainly make this spicy if you prefer by adding some crushed red pepper flakes.