Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Ingredients:  Chicken- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast thinly sliced, or pounded to 1/2 inch thickness 8 tortillas flour or corn, 6-inch Marinade- 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon chili powder ground 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin ground 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon Pepper freshly ground 1/4 teaspoon oregano dried 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper ground, add more for spicier marinade 1 teaspoon honey 2 tablespoons lime juice plus zest of 1 lime 2 tablespoons olive oil Pineapple Salsa- 1 cup pineapple diced, ¼ inch 1 cup tomato diced, ¼ inch 1/4 cup red onion finely diced 2 teaspoons jalapeño minced 2 tablespoons lime juice plus zest of 1 lime 1/2 cup cilantro […]

Slow Cooker Chili Mac

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 (30 oz) can chili beans 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes 2 cups beef broth 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 8 oz elbow macaroni salt and pepper to taste Desired toppings: cheddar, sour cream, green onions, corn chips Instructions: In a large skillet brown ground beef until no longer pink. Drain grease and add to slow cooker. Add in remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. ** NOTE: If you need to cook this for more than 2 1/2 hours leave the pasta out. Cook pasta on the […]

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

Ingredients: 2 fl. oz. tequila 2 fl. oz. grapefruit juice 2 fl. oz. lime juice 2 jalapeño slices + more for serving 1 fl. oz. simple syrup 1 to 2 cups of ice Instructions: Place tequila in a jar or cup. Then, add in a couple of slices of jalapeños plus the seeds. Let sit for at least 30 minutes so that the tequila can get infused with the spice. Add 1 to 2 cups of ice to a cocktail shaker and then pour in the infused tequila. Add the rest of the ingredients. Option to add more simple syrup, depending on your preference. Give the shaker a good shake so that everything gets mixed together. Serve over ice with […]

Healthy Turkey Chili

Ingredients: 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 1 pound extra lean ground turkey or chicken (99%) 4 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 1/4 cups chicken broth 2 (15 oz) cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15 oz) can sweet corn, rinsed and drained For topping: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream Instructions: Place oil in a large pot and place over medium high heat. Add in onion, garlic and red pepper and saute for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Next add in […]

Grilled Jerk Shrimp & Pineapple Kabobs

Ingredients:  1 pound (20-25 or 16-20) shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/2 cup jerk marinade 2 slices pineapple, cut into 1/2 inch pieces Jerk Marinade: 1+ scotch bonnet pepper 2 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon ginger, grated 2 green onions 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped 1 tablespoon allspice 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon oil 2 tablespoons white vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon dark rum 1/2 orange, juice and zest 1 lime, juice and zest Blend all in a food processor   Instructions:  Marinate the shrimp in the the half of the jerk marinade for at least 20 minutes and up to over night, skewer the shrimp and pineapple and grill over […]

Oven Cooked Barbecue Brisket

Ingredients: 5-6 pounds brisket 1 teaspoon celery salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion salt 2 ounces liquid smoke 1 ounce Worcester Sauce 1 cup prepared Barbecue sauce (your choice) Instructions: In a small bowl whisk together celery salt, garlic powder and onion salt. Season both sides of the brisket. Place meat in a foil lined baking pan that is enough to fully enclose the meat. Pour Liquid Smoke and Worcester Sauce over the meat and as it drips to the side lift meat up so the liquid also seasons under the meat. Crimp the foil tightly over the meat. Return to the refrigerator and marinate overnight. Bring the meat to room temperature (30 minutes) and bake at 275 […]

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

Ingredients: 2 fl. oz. tequila 2 fl. oz. grapefruit juice 2 fl. oz. lime juice 2 jalapeño slices + more for serving 1 fl. oz. simple syrup 1 to 2 cups of ice Instructions: Place tequila in a jar or cup. Then, add in a couple of slices of jalapeños plus the seeds. Let sit for at least 30 minutes so that the tequila can get infused with the spice. Add 1 to 2 cups of ice to a cocktail shaker and then pour in the infused tequila. Add the rest of the ingredients. Option to add more simple syrup, depending on your preference. Give the shaker a good shake so that everything gets mixed together. Serve over ice with […]

Spicy Vegetable Samosas

These spicy vegetable samosas are an easy treat for Indian food lovers! Hot, crisp and delicious – and no frying! Ingredients: 2 Tbs olive oil Spices: 1 tsp red or yellow curry powder 1 tsp garam masala ¼ tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp cumin ½ tsp chili powder a scant ⅛ tsp – ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, depending on how hot and spicy you like your samosas (I go with a level ⅛ tsp, which is plenty hot for me)   Vegetables: 1 medium onion, chopped fine 1 medium carrot, chopped fine 2 medium potatoes, peeled and finely diced 2 medium red bell peppers, diced optional – 1 or more red or green chili peppers to taste, seeded and […]

20 Minute – Lemon Broccoli Pasta

  Ingredients: Yield: Serves 6 3 quarts water 1 tablespoon salt 1 and 1/2 to 2 pounds fresh broccoli 1 pound rotini pasta 3-4 cups spinach 4 tablespoons butter 1 large lemon, zested and juiced 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 cup fresh Parmesan, plus more to garnish olive oil, to garnish salt and pepper to taste fresh lemon wedges, to garnish Instructions: In a large skillet or pot, bring the salt and water to a boil. While you wait, prep your broccoli by trimming the stems and cutting the florets into similar sized pieces (I like mine bite-size.) Add the rotini and boil on high for 4 minutes. Add the broccoli, cover, and […]

Coconut Curry Shrimp

Liven up your seafood menu with a dynamic twist! Try this recipe for Coconut Curry Shrimp. It’ll be sure to awaken your tastebuds and add a little spice to your week! Ingredients: Shrimp Marinade: ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/7 tsp cayenne pepper 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 lb extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined For the sauce: 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp salt or to taste ½ tsp turmeric 2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp curry powder 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can (5.5 oz) unsweetened coconut milk fresh cilantro or parsley for […]