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Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Couscous in Foil Packets

Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Couscous in Foil Packets

Ingredients

2 cups cooked pearl couscous
1 lb boneless salmon filets (skin on or removed)
olive oil
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1 large zucchini, sliced
1 yellow summer squash. sliced
1 red onion, sliced
¾ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and sliced
¾ cup sliced Kalamata olives
2 lemons, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
freshly ground pepper
Kosher salt
4 fl oz vegetable broth
½ cup chopped Italian parsley

Directions

Prepare couscous to package directions. Pre heat the grill to medium high (400-450 degrees.) If cooking over an open flame, place a grill grate over the fire.

Place a large piece of tin foil on a work surface. Drizzle some olive oil on the bottom.
For each salmon slice, layer on the following (remember to divide all ingredients into four portions): 1/2 cup cooked couscous, one slice salmon, yellow summer squash, zucchini, tomato, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, lemon slices, garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper & parsley. Drizzle some broth and a little more oil over the top. Fold the foil edges over the salmon making a packet. Leave a little room in the packet for air to circulate.

Place the wrapped salmon over the grill or open flame and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Cooking time depends on the thickness of the salmon and your desired level of doneness. You can test salmon while it’s cooking by opening up the foil, but be careful of the steam! Using a sharp knife peek into the thickest part of the baked salmon. It’s almost done when it’s beginning to flake, but still has a little translucency in the middle. Once your salmon flakes easily with a fork, it’s done. If you like it a bit more on the rare side take it off the grill at the very slightly translucent phase and let it rest off the grill for a few minutes before serving.

You can also bake this in the oven! Simply follow all of the prep work and preheat the oven to 375˚F. Place the wrapped salmon on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is done to your liking. See Step 4 for how to judge doneness.

This salmon can also be enjoyed the day after you cook it. Simply reheat in a lightly oiled skillet or in the microwave.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Ultimate Campfire Skillet S’mores

Recipe: Ultimate Campfire Skillet S’mores

Ingredients

11 oz (1 bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
11 oz (1 bag) butterscotch chips
7 oz shredded, sweetened coconut
cup half and half
10 oz (1 bag) marshmallows
graham crackers for serving

Directions

Over the Campfire

Set a metal rack a few inches over your campfire. Line a 10 inch cast iron skillet with foil and melt the butter. Evenly layer in the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut. Drizzle in the half and half. Top with a generous layer of marshmallows. Tent with another piece of foil and cook for 6-10 minutes until the marshmallows are gooey. Remove skillet from the flame. Using a propane torch, brown the marshmallows to your liking. Serve with graham crackers.

Over the Grill

Preheat the grill to medium high and follow the directions above.

Baked in the Oven

Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Place the butter in a 10″ cast iron skillet. Melt the butter in the oven. Remove the skillet from the oven. Evenly layer in the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut. Drizzle in the half and half. Top with a generous layer of marshmallows. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the marshmallows are golden brown.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Campfire Loaded Veggie Nachos

Recipe: Campfire Loaded Veggie Nachos

Ingredients

1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 10 ounce can Rotel, drained
½ large red onion, diced & divided
1 2 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
1 tsp Tajín Clásico mexican spice blend
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp cumin
1 16 ounce bag tortilla chips
1 8 ounce package shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 ripe avocado
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
lime slices
sliced jalapeños

Directions

Line a 10 inch cast iron skillet with foil.
Combine the corn, beans, 1/2 of the onions, Rotel, olives, Tajín Clásico, pepper and cumin in a large bowl.

Place 1/2 of the chips in the skillet, top with 1/2 of the cheese and 1/2 of the corn mixture. Repeat with another layer of chips, corn mixture and cheese.

Campfire or Grilled Nachos

If you are heating over the campfire; tent with foil and grill until the cheese melts 8-10 minutes. Remove from the fire, carefully remove foil. Top with avocado, the rest of the onions, cilantro, lime wedges, jalapeños and drizzle Chipotle Cream Sauce.
If using the grill, heat over medium high heat and follow the rest of the directions. Serve immediately.

Baked Nachos

Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with rack in the middle. Place the skillet in the oven, tent with foil and bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven, carefully remove foil. Top with avocado, the rest of the onions, cilantro, lime wedges, jalapeños and drizzle Chipotle Cream Sauce. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Grilled Brie with Tomatoes and Basil

Recipe: Grilled Brie with Tomatoes and Basil

Ingredients

2 wedges brie cheese, or 1 large round
1 pt grape tomatoes, quartered or 1 pound ripe tomatoes diced
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
¾ tsp salt and more to taste
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped basil ribbons, chiffonade
1 loaf sliced rustic baguette or pita chips
balsamic glaze and shaved parmesan for topping

Directions

Tomato Basil Salad

Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt pepper and basil in a large bowl.

Grilled Brie

Line a 10 inch cast iron skillet or griddle with foil (this makes for an easier clean up.) Place the brie in the center of the skillet. Grill over a campfire or hot grill for 15-20 minutes or until the brie softens and bubbles.

Baked Brie

This is easy to make in your kitchen too! Simply preheat oven to 375˚F with the rack in the middle.

Line a 10 inch cast iron skillet or griddle with foil (this makes for an easier clean up.) Place the brie in the center of the skillet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the brie softens and bubbles.

Serving

Top the melted brie with the tomato basil mixture. Top with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and shaved parmesan. Serve with baguette.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

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Grilled Pork & Sweet Potato Skewers with Pumpkin Aioli

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Directions

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Recipe: Lamb Kofta Tacos

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Directions

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Recipe: Grilled Thai Spice Chicken Sliders

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Recipe: Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

We love this healthy and simple Grilled Greek Chicken Pasta Salad recipe. Great for lunch of dinner and perfect for the lunchbox too!

4 servings

–for the chicken
1 pound grilled skinless chicken breast
olive oil
garlic salt & pepper
–pasta Salad
12 ounces pasta, cook to package directions (macaroni, bow ties or penne are preferred)
12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
salt & pepper to taste

Grilled Chicken Breast: Trim chicken of fat. Pre heat your grill (or grill pan) to medium high heat. Coat chicken with some olive oil & season chicken with garlic salt & pepper. Grill about about 7 minutes on each side until you have nice grill marks & the meat is white & cooked through. Let chicken cool a bit & slice into bite sized pieces.
Pasta Salad: Toss pasta with all of the ingredients. Adjust any ingredients to suit your tastes.

~ Marla Meridith

Grilled Pork & Sweet Potato Skewers with Pumpkin Aioli

These Grilled Pork Skewers truly capture the flavors of the holiday season!

6 skewers

–for the grilled pork
1 pound pork loin (roast or chops, two 8 ounce pieces)
sprinkle of garlic salt
sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
grapeseed oil
–for the sweet Potatoes
1 pound sweet potatoes, bite sized cubes (1/2 inch thick)
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
!Pumpkin Aioli
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
1 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

chopped parsley for serving
you will also need skewers

If using wooden skewers soak them in water now.
Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.
Toss the sweet potatoes with grapeseed oil and toss with the pumpkin pie spice and garlic salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Toss with a pair of tongs so all sides cook evenly. Bake another 15 minutes and remove from oven. Cool a bit so you can use your hands to put them onto skewers.
Season both sides of the pork with a pinch of garlic salt and pumpkin pie spice. Add some grapeseed oil onto your grill pan. Pre heat the pan over medium high heat. The pan is ready when a splash of water sizzles. Place pork loin onto the pan and cook each side for about 7 minutes. Reduce heat a bit if they start to burn or cook too quickly.
Remove the pork from the heat and let cool a bit so you can handle. Cut the pork into 1 inch cubes. Keep the pan oiled, you will add the skewers back onto it.
Skewer the cooled sweet potatoes & pork. Turn the heat to medium & place the skewers onto the grill pan. Heat for a few minutes until sweet potatoes and pork are heated through.
For the pumpkin aioli: Mix all the ingredients together.
Serve with tabouli, cous cous, rice or pasta.
The National Pork Board recommends that for tender, juicy and delicious pork loins, roasts, chops and tenderloins to cook them like you would a steak – until a digital thermometer reads an internal temperature between 145°F (medium rare) and 160°F (medium), followed by a three-minute rest.

~ Marla Meridith

Grilled Pork & Sweet Potato Skewers with Pumpkin Aioli

These Grilled Pork Skewers truly capture the flavors of the holiday season!

6 skewers

–for the grilled pork
1 pound pork loin (roast or chops, two 8 ounce pieces)
sprinkle of garlic salt
sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
grapeseed oil
–for the sweet Potatoes
1 pound sweet potatoes, bite sized cubes (1/2 inch thick)
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
!Pumpkin Aioli
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
1 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

chopped parsley for serving
you will also need skewers

If using wooden skewers soak them in water now.
Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.
Toss the sweet potatoes with grapeseed oil and toss with the pumpkin pie spice and garlic salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Toss with a pair of tongs so all sides cook evenly. Bake another 15 minutes and remove from oven. Cool a bit so you can use your hands to put them onto skewers.
Season both sides of the pork with a pinch of garlic salt and pumpkin pie spice. Add some grapeseed oil onto your grill pan. Pre heat the pan over medium high heat. The pan is ready when a splash of water sizzles. Place pork loin onto the pan and cook each side for about 7 minutes. Reduce heat a bit if they start to burn or cook too quickly.
Remove the pork from the heat and let cool a bit so you can handle. Cut the pork into 1 inch cubes. Keep the pan oiled, you will add the skewers back onto it.
Skewer the cooled sweet potatoes & pork. Turn the heat to medium & place the skewers onto the grill pan. Heat for a few minutes until sweet potatoes and pork are heated through.
For the pumpkin aioli: Mix all the ingredients together.
Serve with tabouli, cous cous, rice or pasta.
The National Pork Board recommends that for tender, juicy and delicious pork loins, roasts, chops and tenderloins to cook them like you would a steak – until a digital thermometer reads an internal temperature between 145°F (medium rare) and 160°F (medium), followed by a three-minute rest.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Lamb Kofta Tacos

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