Basic Grilled Salmon

grilled salmon

grilled salmon

Grilled Salmon
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Salmon filet (or similar, "steak-like" fish)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Seasonings to taste (dried dill, sea salt, pepper, lemon juice)
Instructions
  1. Preheat a gas grill to medium heat.
  2. Rinse salmon filet under cool running water and place on board or platter.
  3. Lightly brush skin and flesh sides of salmon with olive oil.
  4. Season salmon as desired with dried dill, sea salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice.
  5. Place the salmon directly on the grill with the flesh side facing the grill, and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Flip salmon filet over so skin side rests on grill and continue cooking until salmon is opaque and flakes easily, about 4-8 minutes.

 

Honey Lime Chicken Kebabs

chicken kebabs

chicken kebabs

Honey Lime Chicken Kebabs
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1inch cubes
  • 1 tsp finely grated lime peel
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • dash chili powder
  • cilantro sprigs (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven broiler to high.
  2. Combine chicken pieces, lime peel, garlic and chili powder in a bowl and toss to coat.
  3. Thread the chicken pieces onto 8 skewers, being careful not to press the chicken pieces too closely together.
  4. Cover a broiler ban or baking dish with foil lightly wiped with olive oil; broil 4 minutes on each side until done. (If you prefer, chicken does not need to be skewered. Can spread chicken pieces directly on lightly oiled foil-lined baking dish and broil as above).
  5. While chicken is cooking, combine lime juice and honey in small bowl. Drizzle over cooked chicken kebabs. Garnish with a dash of chili powder and cilantro sprigs, if desired.

 

Easy Baked Breaded Chicken or “Chicken Nuggets”

oven baked chicken tenders

oven baked chicken tenders

Easy Baked Breaded Chicken or “Chicken Nuggets”
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken, or bone-in chicken with skin removed
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • other seasonings to taste (I’ve used “poultry seasoning” as well as oregano, garlic, chili powder, etc)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pour olive oil in to a baking dish large enough to hold chicken pieces in a single layer.
  3. Mix flour, salt, pepper, paprika and seasonings into a gallon sized plastic bag. Add chicken pieces to bag and shake to coat.
  4. Place coated chicken pieces in pan and bake in oven until cooked through, turning over once halfway through baking time. For bone-in chicken, bake about 60 minutes total (30 minutes each side) and for boneless chicken bake about 30 minutes total (15 minutes each side).
Notes
To make healthy “chicken nuggets”, cut boneless chicken thighs or breasts into 1 inch “nugget” sized pieces and coat by shaking into whole wheat flour/seasoning bag as above. Bake in oven for 20 minutes total, turning over after 10 minutes.

You can experiment with different coatings too. For variety try crushed whole grain corn flakes or crispy brown rice cereal with seasonings.

 

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Pork

slow cooker thai peanut pork

slow cooker thai peanut pork

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Pork
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 lb boneless pork roast or loin (about ¼ lb per person), cut into 1-2 inch chunks
  • 2 red, orange or yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce (look for all natural brand or use Bragg's Liquid Aminos for gluten-free version)
  • ⅓ cup natural chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  2. Remove cover for last 1 hour of cooking so sauce thickens. Serve with brown rice.
Notes
Ingredients can be combined ahead of time and frozen in sealed airtight bag. Empty contents of bag into slow cooker and cook on low 6-8 hours until fully cooked.

 

Chia Bites

chia bites

chia bites

Chia Bites
 
They taste better than they look! If you prefer, dry powdered milk can be used instead of the almond meal.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup nut or seed butter (almond, peanut, sunflower, soynut, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon raw cocoa
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup raw rolled oats
  • 3-4 tablespoons ground almond meal
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except almond meal and mix well until blended.
  2. Gradually add almond meal 1 tablespoon at a time and stir until well mixed. If too sticky, add more almond meal.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and serve, or store to enjoy later in airtight container separated by layers of parchment paper or waxed paper.

 

Grandpa Gary’s Uncooked Pasta Sauce

uncooked pasta sauce

uncooked pasta sauce

Grandpa Gary's Uncooked Pasta Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 4 or 5 large locally grown tomatoes, diced
  • Several sprigs fresh basil, to taste (I use about ½ cup, packed), chopped
  • 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and let them marry at room temperature for at least an hour.
  2. Serve atop cooked whole grain pasta or, for a gluten-free option serve over sautéed julienned zucchini "noodles". Top with grated parmesan cheese and a pinch of red pepper flakes if desired.

Serve Grandpa Gary’s uncooked pasta sauce over julienned zucchini “noodles” or baked spaghetti squash for a delicious summer meal.

uncooked pasta sauce over julienned zucchini noodles

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Drumsticks

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Drumsticks
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups prepared all natural/gluten free salsa
  • Juice of 1 fresh lime
  • ¼ tsp chile pepper
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients except cilantro into slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Garnish with cilantro and serve.
Notes
Ingredients except cilantro can be combined in airtight sealed bag and frozen ahead of time. Empty contents into slow cooker and heat 8 hours on low until fully cooked.

 

Homemade Whole Grain Croutons

Serve these croutons over romaine lettuce or spinach with homemade caesar dressing and fresh grated parmesan cheese for a healthy Caesar Salad

Homemade Whole Grain Croutons
 
Ingredients
  • 6 slices of old/stale (not moldy) whole or sprouted grain bread (gluten free, if desired)
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut bread slices into cubes.
  2. Mix bread cubes in a large bowl with 3 TBSP olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp dried oregano. Toss until bread is evenly coated. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in oven preheated to 300 degrees for about 30 minutes, until dry, crispy and golden brown. Stir once during baking. Store in air-tight container or sealed zipper bag.

 

Grilled Eggplant

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Grilled Eggplant
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1-2 TBSP olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat grill to medium-high.
  2. Wash eggplant and trim off ends. Slice lengthwise into ½ inch slices. Brush each slice with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Place on grill and cook until grill marks appear, about 5 minutes. Turn over and cook on the other side until grill marks appear and eggplant is tender, about 5 more minutes.

 

Grilled Vegetable Packets

Grilled Veggies

Grilled Veggies

Grilled Vegetable Packets
 
Depending on what vegetables you include, this dish is non-starchy vegetables and/or quality carbs.
Ingredients
  • Vegetables of your choice (zucchini, carrots, onions, peppers, sweet potatoes, potatoes, etc.)
  • 1-2 TBSP olive oil
  • sea salt to taste
  • dried or fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano), to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop vegetables into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Lightly oil a 20 inch piece of aluminum foil and place vegetables on foil. Use more foil pieces if necessary so that vegetables are distributed in center of foil in about 3 inch high pile. Drizzle with olive oil and season as desired with sea salt and dried or fresh herbs. Wrap foil around vegetables and seal edges tightly.
  3. Place foil packet directly on grill over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until vegetables are tender. Be careful when opening foil as steam will have accumulated.