Crock Pot Low Country Boil

Ingredients:

  • 1-1 1/2 lbs small new potatoes
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or bone broth
  • 1 lb andouille or chicken sausage, cut into 1-inch bite sized pieces
  • 2 ears fresh corn, husked and cut into small pices (about 4 per ear)
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs large shrimp, shelled with tails on
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Cut potatoes into bite size pieces or use mini red potatoes.  Place potatoes in the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker and add chicken broth or bone broth.
  2. Add sausage, Old Bay and cayenne pepper.
  3. Lay corn pieces on the top layer, drizzle all with olive oil and cover.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, 3-4 hours on high, or until the corn and potatoes are fork tender.
  5. Add shrimp and re-cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the shrimp are pink.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to move the contents to a large bowl. Spoon some of the liquid over top of the mixture, drizzle with more olive oil, and add parsley. Toss and serve with lemons!

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.

Korean Style Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced apples, mashed with a fork
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • green onion and lime for garnish

Directions:

  1. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet until 1/2 inch in thickness.  You can use plastic wrap or a ziplock bag to accomplish this task.
  2. In a glass bowl combine liquid aminos or soy sauce, apples, onion, sesame oil, coconut sugar, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds.  Whisk until combined and scoop out about 1/4 cup of the mixture to set aside.
  3. Marinate chicken in the mixture bowl, turning to coat, and let marinate for 1 hour.
  4. Using a grill pan or an actual grill on medium heat, lay chicken flat and let cook for 3 minutes then flip.
  5. Pour the 1.4 cup of marinade you saved on cooking chicken after you turn it and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Top with green onions and a squeeze of lime juice.
  7. Goes great with brown rice, quinoa, veggies or salad.

Makes 4 servings. Recipe adapted from SkinnyTaste.com

 

Honey Dijon Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless pork chops 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • ⅓ cup plain greek yogurt
  • Minced fresh rosemary for garnish

Directions:

  1. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet (cast iron if you’ve got it) on medium heat and add 1-2 tsp olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add garlic and stir around the pan for 1 minute.
  4. Lay pork chops in the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes each side, or until browned and cooked through.
  5. Remove pork and set aside on a plate.
  6. Pour cider vinegar into pan and scrape up the cooked bits off the bottom of the skillet. Let the cider simmer for about 1 minute, add mustard and stir in yogurt.
  7. Cook sauce, stirring for a few minutes, then pour over pork chops and serve hot.