Grilled Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin

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Hi all! Happy third Monday of the month!  That must mean I am posting on A Dose of Paige…right you are and this is one not to miss.  I am sharing a unique version of pork tenderloin – Grilled Chinese BBQ.  Busy night?  Well, with this recipe dinner will be ready in 20.  Head over to Paige’s blog to check out the delicious recipe!

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Grilled Chicken with Chiptole Peach BBQ Sauce

{a spicy peach}

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Who doesn’t love a sweet, juicy peach during the summer?  Seriously, if you don’t like peaches I am curious as to why not?  I get pretty excited the first time I see the stocked peaches at the grocery store.  Chase loves peaches, he would eat 10 in one sitting if we let him.  They are frequent visitors on our dinner plates (and breakfast and snacks for me) during the summer.  A fresh cut up peach stirred into some yogurt with a bit of granola – such a yummy (and healthy!) breakfast.

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What’s in a peach?

For a medium peach, there is about 60 calories.  These delicious gems contain a dose of vitamin c, potassium and vitamin A.  If you need a bit more fiber in your diet, grab a peach!  Nutrients in peaches aid in inflammation and help lower your cholesterol.  Careful however, because they do contain sugar, but it nature’s sugar so no added crap here.  The peach is actually from the rose family, originating from China.  China & Italy are the top peach growers.  Be careful not to eat that pit though!  They are poisonous, but if you dry it out on the counter then put it in the fridge for a bit, plant it and you could maybe have yourself a little peach tree!  You will have to move south to keep it growing and if you are lucky it may sprout.

So there’s a bit of peach info for you, now onto the recipe!

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I love incorporating peaches into different recipes, their unique flavor is subtle, yet noticeable.  In addition, they add the perfect amount of sweetness to a recipe.  Two summers ago, Chase and I grilled some chicken and topped it with a peach salsa of sorts.  We left it raw and it was a refreshing touch to the smokey chicken.

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This time around, I wanted to combine it with the smokey and spiciness of chipotle peppers.  If you aren’t a big spicy food fan, this isn’t quite your recipe, but there’s an easy switch!  Just eliminate the chipotle pepper :)  The peaches are cooked on the stove until melted, their natural sugars completely exposed.  A quick pulse in a food processor and this meal’s star is ready.  Definitely another Dinner in 20!  I hope you enjoy my perfect summer BBQ recipe!

grilled chicken with chipotle peach bbq sauce

Recipe by:  Sara
Prep Time:  2 minutes   |||   Cook TIme: 20 minutes   |||   Servings: 4   |||   Difficulty: Low

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts
1 small shallot, minced
2-3 medium sized peaches, diced
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup prepared BBQ sauce [Sweet Baby Rays]
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 chipotle pepper & 1 tsp of the adobo sauce
1/2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp cilantro, finely chopped
salt & pepper

Directions:
1.  Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper.
2.  In a small pot, add the garlic and shallots.  Cook for about 2 minutes.
3.  Add the peaches, ketchup, BBQ sauce, lemon juice, and chipotle peppers + adobo.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat.
4.  Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the peaches have completely softened.
5.  Remove from heat and pour contents into a food processor.  Add the cilantro.
6.  Pulse until completely smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.
7.  Using a brush to paint the BBQ sauce onto the chicken breasts.
8.  Heat a grill over medium-high heat.  Place the chicken on the grill, not directly over the heat.
9.  Cook on each side about 5-8 minutes, depending on thickness.  Paint a bit more BBQ sauce on each time you flip the chicken.
10.  Cut into slices and serve with additional sauce.

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Enjoy!

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Grilled Corn & Kale Salad

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Hey everyone!  Happy Tuesday!  I am excited to announce that I will be a recipe contributor to A Dose of Paige.  What does that mean?  Well, you may remember when Paige & I swapped blogs a while back.  She shared a DIY for spices jar labels & I shared a DIY homemade taco seasoning on her blog.  We loved doing the swap and both had a ton of great feedback from our readers.  That being said, she asked if I would contribute a monthly recipe to her blog.

Be sure to check out her blog every 3rd week of the month for a delicious dose of Paige.  June’s pilot recipe features a lot of fresh ingredients while using the grill.  Grilled Sweet Corn & Kale Salad!  Yum.  Sweet & smokey corn, crunchy kale, juicy tomatoes.  Have I got you intrigued yet?  Head over to her blog to get all the details:

A dose of Paige:  Grilled sweet corn & kale salad

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Open Faced Greek Burger

{summertime burger}

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This is my second Sunday in a row that I made a Greek-inspired dish.  I don’t know what it is, but Not So Doughie can’t get enough of all the fresh flavors.  Today, I made a Greek Quinoa Salad that I will be sharing in a few posts!

Last weekend we (not me) went camping at a nearby campground.  The boys stayed the night, but I headed home for a comfortable sleep in my own bed.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind camping and can do the whole sleeping on the ground thing, but the tent was small & it wasn’t in my cards for the night.  Anyways, we bought some ground beef to make some burgers over the campfire for Chase (I opted for grilled shrimp, Bryan, hot dogs).

We had some beef leftover so Sunday night Bryan and I had a make-your-own-burger night.  He concocted some Asian inspired spicy burger while I created this delicious and fresh Greek burger.  This is a great burger for summer.  It is light (go bunless or use just the bottom portion), refreshing, and quick to prepare.  Reduce the calories a bit more by using ground chicken or turkey.

Burgers and hot dogs are staples in my family’s summertime dinner rotation, but sometimes we have to switch up the flavors so we don’t get burned out.  Throughout the summer, I plan to create some healthier, globally-inspired burgers.  First up on the list, my Open Faced Greek Burgers.

Open Faced Greek Burgers

Recipe By:  Sara
Prep Time:  15 minutes   |||   Cook TIme:  7-10 minutes   |||   Servings: 4 |||   Difficult Level:  Low/Medium

Ingredients:
For the burgers:
1lb ground beef (or chicken/turkey)
4 tsp fresh dill, chopped
2 Tbsp red onion, minced
4-5 basil leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp Marrakesh Za’atar
salt & pepper
4 tomato slices
red onion, thinly sliced
feta cheese
4 burger buns, bottoms only

For the cucumbers:
1 cucumber, small diced
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 Tbsp white or rice vinegar
1 Tbsp dill, chopped
1 Tbsp red onion, minced
salt and pepper

Directions
1.  In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the burger.
2.  Use hands to thoroughly mix together.  Do not over handle.
3.  Heat grill to medium and once warmed place burger over direct heat.
4.  Cook for 3 minutes and then flip burger.
5.  Cook an additional 4 minutes for a medium rare.
6.  Top with feta cheese and cook an additional minute or two.
7.  In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the cucumber salad.  Keep in fridge until ready to serve.
8.  Place a small but of cucumber on the bun.  Top with burger –> tomato –> cucumber –> red onion.

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Simple Herb & Garlic Chicken Kabobs

{summertime lovin’}

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If you read my dough bites post from Friday, you are aware that I made some kabobs on the grill.  When I first bought the chicken breasts at Kroger my intention was to roast the chicken slowly in the oven.  However, Chase suggested making kabobs since it was going to be beautiful outside.

We love eating kabobs at our house.  The best part is that we put whatever we like on our individual skewers.  I have made many a kabob – beef, shrimp, chicken veggies – with many a marinade – teriyaki, orange ginger, peppered.  This marinade I am sharing today is so very simple with a ton of flavor.  It was perfect for a spring meal and the flavor was not lost during grill time.

I didn’t prepare these kabobs ahead of time, but if you prepare them in the morning before work/school it makes dinner time much faster.  The time consuming part of kabob night definitely is the skewering part.  Have time at night?  Prepare the chicken in the morning and let it sit in the marinade all day.  Longer sit time = bolder flavor.

On the grill

On the grill

We used our propane grill and the kabobs took about 15 minutes to cook through.  We attempted to use this potato express to make baked potatoes to go with the kabobs.  Do NOT buy this dumb product.  It does not work.  After we were all finished with our kabobs, the potatoes were finally ready.  So that definitely was a kitchen failure.  It didn’t matter because the kabobs and asparagus were delicious enough!

The night concluded with dinner on the balcony and homemade ice cream sundaes.  We kicked off the summertime season with kabobs, outside dinner, and ice cream.  What do you cook when the weather is beautiful?

Simple Herb & Garlic Chicken Kabobs

Recipe By:  Sara
Prep Time:  15 minutes   |||   Cook TIme:  15 minutes   |||   Servings: 3-4   |||   Difficult Level:  Low

Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat and cut into large chunks
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp fresh herbs [I used a combination of sage, thyme, and rosemary]
1 Tbsp minced garlic
Veggie/Fruit for the skewers [I used cherry tomatoes, pineapple, green pepper, and mushrooms]
salt and pepper

Directions
1.  In a bowl, combine the olive, herbs, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper.
2.  Add the chicken and stir to thoroughly cover with the seasoning.  Let sit for 30 minutes – 8 hours
3.  Chop your vegetables as needed.
4.  Skewer the chicken and veggies onto wooden or metal skewers.
5.  Heat grill to medium heat and place chicken kabobs directly over flame.
6.  Turn often and cook for about 15 minutes.

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Grilled Mahi Mahi with Mango Curry Sauce

{food so nice, they named it twice}

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I am so glad that the weather is finally warm.  Although still not my optimal temperature, it has been really nice to soak up the vitamin d.  On Easter Sunday, my poor pale skin got fried.  We were outside at Bryan’s grandparents the whole day and I didn’t even think twice about my white skin seeing sun for the first time in forever.  Needless to say, I didn’t put sunscreen on and my chest and forearms decided to turn bright red.  Luckily, my wonderful coworker brought me a cute little aloe plant for my birthday that I was able to smear on my burn.

Anyways, moral of the story:  wear sunscreen.

Beautiful weather in my eyes means using the grill to whip up dinner.  I love when Bryan uses our charcoal grill because the flavor is absolutely delicious, but sometimes it is just easier to use the propane grill.  I still get a great grilled taste so it works for me.

While at the store deciding on dinner – which was going to just be grilled chicken – I came across some beautiful, very on sale pieces of Mahi Mahi.  I bought these two fillets for a total of $7.45.  I even went as far as asking the meat guy if there was a reason they were so cheap.  He said it was simply the deal of the day.  I didn’t want to buy them and learn the cost was so low due to being old or whatever.  However, they did not have an fishy odor so I suppose a deal it was!

IMG_3952So out went my idea for a simple grilled chicken dinner with a side of green beans.  My creative juices started to flow and I decided I would top the fish with a mango avocado salad.  However, when I got home as I fished through my cupboards I came across a can of coconut milk.  I changed my direction a little bit and opted to create a mango coconut sauce.  The sauce was very sweet so to balance the flavors I stirred in some curry powder and WOW it was delicious.

I am not the biggest fan of curry flavor, but I do like it in small doses.  This sauce is a perfect example of curry being utilized in a subtle, but bold way.  All of the different spices in the curry plus the sweetness of the mango complement each other nicely.  A sauce with sweet, spicy, and salty notes – what more could you want?

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I served the fish with a side of quinoa and some sauteed broccolini [will be posting this recipe soon].  The fish is very hearty and this healthy meal left me very satisfied.  So if the sun is shining in your neck of the woods, dust off your grill and throw on some fish.  This sauce can easily be used on any type of fish or even chicken breasts.

Grilled mahi Mahi with mango curry sauce

Recipe by: Sara
Prep Time:  10 minutes    |||     Grill Time:  9-12 minutes   |||    Servings:  4   |||   Difficulty Level:  Low

Ingredients:
4 pieces of Mahi Mahi
salt and pepper
1 mango, peeled and cut into pieces
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp curry powder
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered [optional]

Directions:
1.  In a food processor combine mango, coconut milk, water, cilantro, and seasonings.  Pulse until smooth and season with salt and pepper.  Store in fridge until ready to serve.
2.  Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper.
3.  Heat grill to a medium flame.
4.  Place the fish on an angle,tops side down first.  Grill for 3-4 minutes.
5.  Turn a quarter and grill another 3 minutes.
6.  Flip the fillets and grilled 3-4 minutes or until just cooked through.
7.  Drizzle the sauce over the fish and top with cut tomatoes.

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Enjoy!

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Pad Thai Marinated Pork Tenderloin

  {a twist on a Thai favorite}

Lately, I have been interested in learning how to cook ethnic foods.  One of my favorite go-to recipes is my Shrimp Pad Thai (recipe post to come soon).  Pork tenderloin was on sale at Kroger so I snagged a large 2 pound piece.  When I opened it up there were two 1 lb pieces inside so another pork recipe will be posted again soon.  I had a taste for my Pad Thai so I decided to experiment with a Pad Thai marinade.  I prepared the marinade before work so the pork was able to absorb all the yummy flavors throughout the day.  The kitchen smelled amazing just while making the marinade!

Due to our surprisingly mild fall weather, it was a great night to bring out the grill.  When i came home from work Bryan had the charcoal grill fired up and ready to throw on my yummy pork.  Since the meat was already soaking all day, preparation for our Thai-inspired meal did not take long at all.  I boiled some long grain brown rice and steamed some edamame to go with the pork.  The marinade was reduced to a delicious glaze to pour over the meat.  Overall, I had some happy praises for my new creation.  It will definitely be a regular dish in our house.

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