Tomato Bruschetta without the bread

chicken-bruscetta

When most people (like me) think of bruschetta, they think of a piece of toasted bread rubbed with garlic and oil and topped with a tomato mixture.  Several years ago I learned that the word bruschetta actually refers more to the toasted bread than it does to the tomato topping.  However, I didn’t think a recipe titled “Tomato topping” would sound as appealing.

Continue reading

Quinoa, Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Salad with Fresh Herbs

Quinoa, Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Salad with Fresh Herbs  This dish is great for summer…and probably a nice, healthy change of pace from all the BBQ and pizza you’re consuming this summer!

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups cooked quinoa – Cook quinoa as directed on package (although I suggest substituting the water for chicken stock for optimal flavor) and let slightly cool
  • ½ cucumber, cubed
  • 1 large tomato, cubed
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 T fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 c Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c Pecorino romano
  • ¼ to ½ c crumbled feta (optional)

Continue reading

Macadamia Nut-Crusted Chicken over Salad with Mango, Avocado and Tomato (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free)

Macadamia nut crusted Chicken over salad with mango, avocado, tomatoThere was a place in New York City that I used to order many “overtime dinners” from because they had healthy and tasty options. Well, though my days of working overtime in the office are long gone, my memory of my overtime dinners remain.  This was my interpretation of Macadamia nut-crusted chicken over salad that I had for many a meals.  I was happy to report that the whole family loved this one.

This recipe uses my favorite seasonings noted in my seasoned chicken recipe. This recipe is also Paleo, whole30 and gluten-free-friendly.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Thick Chicken breasts
  • 1 egg mixed with 1T water
  • 1.5 c macadamia nuts (crushed using food processor or old coffee grinder (coffee grinds cleaned out!))
  • ½  to a full cup almond meal (make your own or buy ground almond meal/flour in the store)
  • 2T garlic powder
  • 1T paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce (or mixed greens of choice)
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 c grape tomatoes, halves
  • 1 T Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 TExtra virgin olive oil
  • 1t Dijon mustard

Continue reading