Category Archives: Proteins

BBQ Chicken w/ Stuffed Feta & Black Olive Jam

I got a new toy today! And I’m in love with it! It’s pastel white, has wheels, and knows the way to my heart.  No, no, it’s not a car—it’s a new BBQ! Woooooo!

Why do I feel like I’m wooo-ing alone here?  I mean, other girls save up their money for new BBQ’s too—right? =)

Anyhoo, today was my day off. Ah, yes, zero obligations my friends! Just me, myself, and my new BBQ—getting our grill on. Check out what we came up with (it was really a collaborative effort).

BBQ Chicken w/ Stuffed Feta & Black Olive Jam

What you will need:

Chicken Breasts
Feta Cheese
Crushed Garlic
Black Olive Jam ( I used Dudrave Company’s Black Olive Jam bought from Lala’s in Deep Cove). You can also any other type/brand of sweet jam.

 

1. Cut your chicken breast 3/4 of the way down the middle & stuff with feta and crushed garlic.

2. Toothpick close the chicken breast and spread Black Olive Jam  the top w/ some crushed garlic.

3. BBQ medium-high until the chicken is fully cooked and the sugars from the Black Olive Jam have caramelized.

Love always,
R x

Honey Glazed Salmon with Mango & Apple Salsa

Hello foodies! I hope everyone’s enjoying the Vancouver sunshine. If you’re looking for a simple & healthy dinner to make tonight—I shared one of my favorite summer BBQ recipes with my readers this morning on VcB. Anyone in the mood for some Honey Glazed Salmon and Mango Salsa!? YUM!

If you would like to see the recipe, then allow me to guide you to my column on Vancity Buzz. =)

Enjoy!

-r x

Sesame Ginger Salmon w/ Edamame Puree

I wish I had that voice. The one that apparently everyone else has. You know, the one that tells you when you’ve over-ate or just need to eat healthy for the day. I don’t have it and frankly I can’t have it to be a full time foodie–to eat for a living.

Since I live so guilt-free and carelessly (when it comes to food), I aim to have a healthy and nutritious dinner at least 3 times a week. One of my favorite dishes to indulge in on my healthy day is this Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon.

The flavors of the Salmon are bold and mind blowing while the edamame purree is creamy and delicate.

Toasted Sesame Salmon w/ Edamame Puree

serves 2

2 salmon fillets
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
toasted sesame seeds (garnish)
green onions, sliced (garnish)

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1. In a zip-lock bag create the ginger marinade by combining the olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar,  garlic & ginger together. Add the salmon fillets and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to properly absorb.

2. Once ready, cook the salmon at 350 for about 10-12 minutes, or until opaque and easily flakable with a fork.

3. Remove and serve immediately, with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, green onions and the edamame puree below.

Edamame Puree 

Serves 4-5

1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, sliced
4-6 cups of shelled edamame
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Vegetable stock
Olive oil
Sea Salt and Ground Pepper to taste

 

1. Bring your vegetable stock to a boil and cook your edamame for about 3 minutes.  Drain and reserve the liquid.

2. Saute your chopped onion in 1 tbsp of olive oil until translucent.  Add  sliced garlic and saute for a few minutes until fragrant.  Pour cooked edamame and onions and garlic into your food processor.  Add in Sesame oil and garlic powder. Blend together &  slowly add reserved vegetable stock until the puree is smooth.

3.Salt and Pepper to taste.

 

Bon Apetit !
-R x

Strawberry, Goat Cheese & Chocolate Balsamic Flat Bread

It seems as though the sun has finally come out for us Vancouverites! About time I would say..after all, it is May 7th weather gods.

I’m going to go out on an optimistic limb here but I have a good feeling that the sun is here to stay. To keep the good weather coming–I’m going to share one of my absolute favorite summer recipes: Strawberry, Goat Cheese & Chocolate Balsamic Flat Bread.

I can’t describe how perfect this flat bread is for a summer day. All you need is a refreshing glass (or pitcher!) of sangria for absolute perfection. The caramelized onions, strawberries, goat cheese & mint leave the most unbelievable flavors in your mouth. The drizzled chocolate balsamic then ties everything together… in matrimony.

Pardon!? Chocolate Balsamic?

Yes ,Chocolate Balsamic. Such a thing does exist my fellow foodies! I got mine from the most adorable store called LaLa’s In my hometown Deep Cove.  Regular balsamic will work just fine, however, this chocolate balsamic is out of this world. It takes this flatbread to a whole new level.

One great thing about making a flatbread is its versatility. Feel free to get creative with your flavors. I added BBQ chicken to my second flatbread. It was great, and the guys really seemed to prefer it with the chicken (go figure!). You can use whatever BBQ sauce you like, but one brand which I recommend is The Gourmet Village Beer BBQ Grilling Sauce. It also sells at Lala’s gift store in Deep Cove.

Confession : I was on a tight schedule so I used a pre-made flat bread (I hope I haven’t insulted anyone here). But any flat-bread recipe will do.

 

Ingredients

2 (6-inch) round or square flatbreads
olive oil for brushing
6 large strawberries, sliced
 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup chocolate balsamic vinegar
1 onion, sliced thinly
6 mint leaves, chiffonade
3 tbsp of toasted sunflower seed

 

Additional Toppings:
BBQ Chicken Pieces ( I used Gourmet Village Beer BBQ grilling sauce)

Directions:

1. Thinly slice the onion & caramelize on medium heat until golden brown. Roughly 15-20 minutes.

2. Place flatbread(s) on a cookie sheet and lightly brush a little olive oil on them. Distribute the strawberries on top, followed by the goat cheese & the caramelized onions when ready.

3.Drizzle a few tablespoons of the Chocolate Balsamic Syrup. (The sugars of the balsamic will come out in the oven…absolutely divine) .

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until just golden.

5. Sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds & mint.

Easy, Sinful & Elegant. It’s perfection.
-r x