Foil Packet Garlic Steak & Potatoes

Ingredients:

2-2½ pounds top sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into 2½-inch pieces (Chicken works great too)
1 pound baby yellow potatoes. quartered (about 1 inch)
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
fresh chives for topping

Directions:
In a large bowl combine steak, potatoes (works best if you boil these for 5 minutes first), oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and seasonings and combine. Divide steak and potatoes between four pieces of foil (about 12 inches worth), then wrap the foil tightly around the contents. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Check before 20 minutes if you want the steak on the rare side.

Blueberry Almond Protein Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 scoops (40g) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/3 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Add all ingredients to a bowl and combine well.

Grease oor spray a muffin tin and scoop mixture 1/2 cup at a time into each muffin space.  Bake for 20 minutes and let cool before trying to remove from the tin.  Store in an airtight container or wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.

 

Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°.
  2. Combine garlic salt and ginger in small bowl, then rub over pork distributing evenly.
  3. Best cooking method is to cook on a rack set into a baking sheet pan but a foil lined baking sheet works too.
  4. Cook pork for 40 to 45 minutes or until desired pork is cooked to preferred doneness.
  5. Combine chili sauce, honey and sriracha and brush onto pork loin during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking.
  6. Slice and serve, garnish with cilantro.  Goes well with cabbage slaw.

 

 

Chinese Chicken Chopped Salad

INGREDIENTS
Salad ingredients:
  • 3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped, massaged kale
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1-2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1-2 cups mandarin oranges
  • ¼-1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds (I like using the black ones for color contrast)
Dressing ingredients:
  • ¼ cup liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine the salad mixture and toss together.
  2. Whisk together salad dressing ingredients in a separate bowl.
  3. If serving the whole salad immediately, stir in the salad add-ins (chicken, oranges, almonds, sesame seeds) and enough dressing to lightly coat the salad, adding a little at a time so it doesn’t get too soggy.  I only used about half of the dressing and saved the excess.
  4. Serve right away or keep dressing separate and prepare as needed.

Homemade Pesto Sauce

If you grow herbs in the summer you may be overrun with so much of it you end up giving it away or just letting it go out of control.  Grab a few fistfuls of whatever is growing like crazy and whip up an easy pesto sauce in minutes.  It makes a great marinade for chicken, steak and seafood.  The version I use is dairy free and still is flavorful and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • cup fresh herbs, packed cups (basil, cilantro, mint, whatever you got – or mix it up!)
  • 1 cup raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, etc)
  • cloves fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients, except olive oil, to a food processor.
  2. Give it a few quick pulses to combine.
  3. Turn speed on low setting and slowly start to add olive oil, drizzling in slowly.
  4. Pause part way through and scrape down the sides of your food processor and check the consistency. I prefer mine to be thicker (less oil) and some like it as more of a sauce (more oil).
  5. Pour into a glass container and store in the fridge for up to a week.