Lemon Caper Turkey Cutlets with Ratatouille

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Ratatouille is an awesome and easy way to incorporate tons of veggies into your dinner. Pair them with turkey cutlets for a tasty, fast, and fresh dinner that fills you up without the guilt. Use fresh herbs if you’ve got ’em.

Ratatouille Ingredients:
1 small red onion, sliced
1/2 eggplant, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 zucchini, chopped
1 yellow squash, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Ratatouille Directions:
1) Sauté onion and eggplant in olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
2) Add zucchini, yellow squash, garlic, and bell pepper. Sauté 5 minutes or until tender.
3) Add tomato, basil, and season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated.

Turkey Cutlets Ingredients:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
1 pound turkey cutlets
3 tbsp butter, divided
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (plus lemon wedges for garnish)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons capers

Turkey Cutlets Directions:
1) Mix together flour, salt, and pepper; dredge turkey in mixture.
2) Melt 2 tbsp butter with olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey and cook, in batches, 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Set aside and keep warm.
3) Add wine, lemon juice, and remaining 1 tbsp butter to skillet, stirring up anything stuck to the bottom of the skillet. Cook for a couple minutes.
4) Stir in garlic, parsley, and capers, and spoon sauce over turkey. Serve with lemon wedges.

 

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Best Roasted Broccoli

 

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Make as much or as little of this as you’d like! I could have eaten an entire baking sheet by myself I loved this broccoli so much. Adjust the ingredients to your palate and enjoy!

Ingredients:
A few heads of broccoli
A few cloves of garlic, crushed
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
Panko breadcrumbs
Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1) Chop the broccoli into bite size pieces, including the stems – they are tasty too!
2) Toss broccoli, garlic, oil, salt and pepper, and panko together in a bowl.
3) Roast for 10 minutes or so on 425.
4) Take out the broccoli and sprinkle on some Parmesan, then roast for another minute or two.

Roasted Artichoke

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Artichokes are one of my favorite favorite favorite foods. I could eat them every day. For years I’ve just steamed them, but last night decided to try roasting them. If you’re jonesing for an artichoke and want one in under 30 minutes, steam them. If you’re patient, roast them stuffed with garlic. I liked this version even better than steamed.

Ingredients:
Artichoke
Extra virgin olive oil
Half fresh lemon
Kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, sliced thin

Directions:
1) Cut off the top third of the artichoke, and then cut off the stem.
2) Drizzle a little olive oil on a large square of foil. Place artichoke in the middle of the foil, then squeeze juice from half of a lemon over it.
3) Stick the garlic inside the leaves of the artichoke, then sprinkle with kosher salt.
4) Wrap up the foil around the artichoke and bake for an hour and a half on 400.

Roasted Garlic

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This is a simple ingredient or side dish for a lot of meals, so I thought I’d include a quick “recipe” on the blog. You can buy the pre-roasted garlic minced up in the little jars at the grocery store, but homemade roasted garlic is SO much better. And it’s really very easy.

Ingredients:
Garlic heads (I roasted three here)
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Fresh black pepper

Directions:
1) Chop off the tops of the garlic heads to expose the cloves.
2) Drizzle the bottom of a pie dish or a small baking dish with a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
3) Add the garlic heads, chopped side up, to the dish. Drizzle them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4) Bake for 45 minutes on 375, covered in foil.

 

Grilled Vegetables with Jalapeño Butter

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Made for a Father’s Day dinner side dish, this simple grilled vegetable dish was taken to the next level with a the jalapeño butter. This is an easy meal to prep ahead of time if you have company coming. Start the butter early and leave it in the fridge, cut up the veggies, and then throw them on the grill for about 5-10 minutes until done.

Ingredients:
5 jalapeños
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons minced scallions
1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, sliced 1/3 inch thick
1 pound eggplant, sliced diagonally 1/4 inch thick
2 small zucchini, sliced diagonally, thinly
2 ears corn, shucked, cut into 1 1/2 inch thick chunks
extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and fresh black pepper

Directions:
1) Heat a grill to high heat and grill jalapeños (brushed with olive oil) for about 5 minutes, turning until blackened and softened. Put jalapeños in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to cool.
2) Peel, seed, and dice the jalapeños (I’d recommend using gloves to do this or you might get jalapeño burn). Return to the bowl and add cayenne pepper, butter, and scallions. Stir to combine. Refrigerate until shortly before serving. Remove from fridge before serving to allow butter to soften up again.
3) Season the mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini and corn with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, about 5-10 minutes until tender and slightly charred. Serve with the jalapeño butter on the side.

 

Corn Cakes with Tomato Avocado Salsa

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Ingredients:

Cakes:

3 ears corn
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup red onion, diced
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
2 eggs, lightly bean
2 tbsp buttermilk
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
canola oil

Salsa:

1 large tomato, seeds removed, chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, diced
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 clove of garlic, pressed
juice of 1/2 lime
1 1/2 tsps extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp white wine vinegar
kosher salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
1 ripe avocado, chopped

Directions:
1) You can go ahead and make the salsa if you’d like. Refrigerate it for an hour or two. The lime should help the avocado not to brown! Mix all of the salsa ingredients in a bowl and gently stir to combine.
2) For the corn cakes, start by preheating your oven to 200. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with pam (you’ll place the fried cakes on the sheet and keep warm in the oven.)
3) Shuck the corn, then cut the kernels off the cobs into a large bowl. With the back of your knife, scrape down the sides of the corn to get some of the corn juice into the bowl (this helps make the cakes a little more moist.)
4) Place half of the kernels into a food processor and slightly puree. Add back to the bowl with the rest of the kernels.
5) Add the flour, cornmeal, onion, basil, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper to the corn. Stir together.
6) Add lightly beaten eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and stir to combine. Be careful not to over mix.
7) Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Put just enough oil in to cover the bottom. Let sit for a few minutes so it gets really hot.
8) Take one very heaping tablespoon of corn cake mix at a time, and drop into the skillet. Cook about 4 at a time, 1 minute per side, until golden brown. Remove cakes to baking sheet to keep warm.
9) Repeat with remaining batter. Serve hot, topped with tomato and avocado salsa!

 

 

 

 

Adapted from Ezra Poundcake.

Simple Roasted Asparagus

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Roasted asparagus is one of my favorite easy green side dishes. They’re so flavorful already, you really don’t need to go overboard on the spices. We served this with a big Easter meal so we made two whole bunches. You could easily cut this down to one bunch for a just a few people. (Or two, with the amount of asparagus I can eat.)

Ingredients:
2 bunches fresh asparagus
2 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves
kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 400.
2) Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
3) Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus and place on baking sheet.
4) With a brush, baste the oil on asparagus, gently turning to coat all sides.
5) Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, then crush garlic cloves over and toss together.
6) Bake about 18 minutes.