Poultry, Quick Dinner, Savory

Tequila Lime Chicken

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It is warm in New England, which means, it is finally grilling season!  Thank god for that because boring chicken breast tastes best when grilled.  Here is a fun marinade for chicken tenders which I adapted (a.k.a made a smaller batch) from Ina Garten’s recipe.  As long as you have all the ingredients, it is super easy!

Ingredients:

8-10, boneless, skinless chicken tenders

1/4 cup tequila

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 Tbsp of chili powder

1/2 Tbsp of minced garlic

1 jalapeno, diced (remove the seeds if you don’t want it to be spicy)

1 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp of black pepper

Method:

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Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl or large measuring cup.

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Pour the marinade over the chicken in a zip-top plastic bag and marinate in the fridge for 4-6 hours.

Bring the chicken to room temperature and grill till cooked through.

I like to serve this particular chicken with a salad/salsa made with black beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes, bell peppers, and scallions.  I like to dress this salad/salsa with a little bit of lime juice (prevents the avocados from browning), salt, and pepper.

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Serve the chicken hot and the salad at room temperature.  I would recommend eating this meal outside with a cold margarita!!

 

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Fish & Seafood, Lent, Mexican, Savory

Chili lime Shrimp

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I have said this before and I will say it again, I love shrimp tacos! The only problem is that my husband is a hard-shell-beef-taco purist and, in my opinion, tacos are a social food.  It is rather sad to have all the elaborate fixings just for one!  Nevertheless, in grad-school, when I would have to cook for one, I would make simple small-batch shrimp tacos, but it never really “feels” the same.  So, I rarely get to eat shrimp tacos, unless we go out for Mexican food.  Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and I love “occasion” cooking.  Obviously, we had tacos–my husband made beef ones and I made myself some shrimp tacos, only because we had cooked shrimp for “cocktail” sauce in the freezer.  I wanted to make a warm dressing to sautee the already cooked shrimp in, hence this recipe.  This is a super quick preparation and packs a punch for pre-cooked shrimp.  They were delicious, and my only complaint was that I wish I had soft-shells!

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp of chopped scallions, only the white and light green parts.  Save the green tops for garnish

1 Tbsp of olive oil

1 tsp of ground cumin

1 tsp of chipotle chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp of salt

1 and 1/2 Tbsp of fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp of water

16-18 medium-sized pre-cooked shrimp.

Method:

Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat.

Add all the scallions and spices.  Bloom the spices with the scallions in the oil for 2-3 minutes.

 

Add the shrimp, lime juice, and water and cook for an additional 3 minutes till the liquid reduces to create a “dry” sauce.

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Remove from heat, you don’t want the already cooked shrimp to cook any longer, they will become really rubbery.  If you were starting with raw shrimp (which I would have preferred) cook till the shrimps are pink in color.

 

Garnish with chopped green scallions and get ready to stuff those tacos !!

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Fish & Seafood, Quick Dinner

Sweet and Spicy Citrus Tilapia

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Yes, I admit it, I am hooked on to pinterest.  So when I came across a new tilapia recipe I just had to make it.  It is different, fresh and yummy !

Ingredients:

4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets

Cooking spray

1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 teaspoon paprika

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Method:

1. Arrange fish in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Combine orange juice and next 9 ingredients (through garlic); pour over fish. Let stand 15 minutes.

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2. Preheat broiler.

3. Sprinkle fish with paprika; broil 15 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Drizzle sauce over fish.

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