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Recipe: Southwest Chicken & Rice Bowls

Recipe: Southwest Chicken & Rice Bowls

Ingredients

2 cups long grain brown rice, cooked to package directions
4 tbsp olive oil, divided
3 medium chicken breasts cut into 1-2 inch pieces
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground chipotle pepper (more if you love extra spicy)
juice from 1/2 lime
½ red bell pepper diced
½ yellow bell pepper diced
½ red onion, diced
1 cup canned or frozen corn, drained
1 can (15 ounce) black beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup sliced black olives
¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
Optional Toppings
chopped fresh cilantro
crumbled queso fresco
pico de gallo
fresh lime wedges
sour cream

Directions

Cook the rice to package directions.

Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken breast, seasonings and lime juice. Cook 3-4 minutes each side until cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and transfer to a plate. DO NOT rinse the skillet.

Add the remainder of the olive oil to the skillet (2 tbsp) and saute the onions for 3 minutes. Add the bell peppers and saute another 4 minutes. Add the corn, black beans and olives. Cook another 3 minutes until hot. Mix in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro. Add the chicken back into the pan and cook 2 minutes.

Plate the rice into bowls. Top with the chicken mixture. Top with any additional toppings you desire. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: One-Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo

This healthy One-Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo recipe, is perfect for busy weeknight meals. Your entire family will love it and the best part is it’s quick to clean up too!

Ingredients

1 head garlic
4 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
4 drumsticks
1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
3/4 cup soy sauce (not low sodium)
1 cup water
1 tbsp light or dark brown sugar
5 dried bay leaves
freshly ground black pepper to taste
salt to taste
1 (1lb) bag white rice
garnish with
chopped green onions
freshly chopped cilantro

Directions

Cut entire head of garlic in half through the center “equator” , it’s OK if some bulbs detach. You don’t need those.

Heat the oil in a large Dutch Oven over medium heat. Place the 8 chicken pieces in the pan with the skin side down. Cook for 5 minutes until golden brown, then flip with tongs and cook the other side for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate.

Add the vinegar, soy sauce, water, sugar, bay leaves and garlic too the pot. Bring to a simmer then turn down to low, stir so the sugar dissolves. Season with pepper.

Return the chicken to the pot skin side up. Cover and cook the chicken carefully and gently. Adjust the heat to maintain barely a simmer. Turning pieces once during cooking time. The dish is done cooking when the chicken is very tender and pulling away from bone. It should not be falling apart. Cook for 35–40 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

While the chicken is cooking, cook the rice to package directions.

Serve the chicken over the rice and tip with chopped green onion and chopped cilantro. Spoon any extra sauce over the chicken and rice.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Buttery Lemon Garlic Cauliflower Rice

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Vegan Creamy Roasted Leek Soup

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Recipe: Chipotle Lime Steak Kebabs with Cilantro Lime Rice

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: One-Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo

This healthy One-Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo recipe, is perfect for busy weeknight meals. Your entire family will love it and the best part is it’s quick to clean up too!

4-8 servings

1 head garlic
4 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
4 drumsticks
1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
3/4 cup soy sauce (not low sodium)
1 cup water
1 tbsp light or dark brown sugar
5 dried bay leaves
freshly ground black pepper to taste
salt to taste
1 (1lb) bag white rice
–garnish with
chopped green onions
freshly chopped cilantro

Cut entire head of garlic in half through the center “equator” , it’s OK if some bulbs detach. You don’t need those.
Heat the oil in a large Dutch Oven over medium heat. Place the 8 chicken pieces in the pan with the skin side down. Cook for 5 minutes until golden brown, then flip with tongs and cook the other side for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate.
Add the vinegar, soy sauce, water, sugar, bay leaves and garlic too the pot. Bring to a simmer then turn down to low, stir so the sugar dissolves. Season with pepper.
Return the chicken to the pot skin side up. Cover and cook the chicken carefully and gently. Adjust the heat to maintain barely a simmer. Turning pieces once during cooking time. The dish is done cooking when the chicken is very tender and pulling away from bone. It should not be falling apart. Cook for 35–40 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.
While the chicken is cooking, cook the rice to package directions.
Serve the chicken over the rice and tip with chopped green onion and chopped cilantro. Spoon any extra sauce over the chicken and rice.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Buttery Lemon Garlic Cauliflower Rice

In just 15 minutes you can have this gluten free/grain free Buttery Lemon Garlic Cauliflower Rice on the table. A great side dish and the perfect alternative to heavy carbs.

4 cups

1 head cauliflower
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp freshly chopped Italian parsley
salt and pepper to taste

To make the cauliflower rice: Chop the cauliflower into 4 floret sections. Rinse and pat dry very well. Discard and leaves and stem. Pulse 1/2 of the florets in a food processor until they are the consistency of rice. Repeat for the rest of the cauliflower.
Melt the butter in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the lemon juice and garlic. Cook one minute. Add the cauliflower rice. Cook about 5 minutes or until the level of doneness has been reached. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Rice with Peas

Sometimes simple recipes are the best…that’s what we have right here!

4 servings

1 cup long grain white rice
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cup frozen baby peas
salt and pepper to taste
garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley

Bring the rice and broth to a boil in a saucepan. Add the turmeric and stir to combine, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 18 minutes or until the rice is cooked through, adding more broth if needed. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve.
While the rice is cooking, sauté the onions in the olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the peas and cook for a few minutes until they are warmed through.
Combine the peas with rice, season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

~ Marla Meridith

Vegan Creamy Roasted Leek Soup

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Recipe: Chipotle Lime Steak Kebabs with Cilantro Lime Rice

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Vegan Thai Chickpea Curry

My Vegan Thai Chickpea Curry can be made rather quickly in just one pan. Which is perfect for those hectic weekday nights. Sometimes we all need a break from meat….you won’t miss it at all with this dish!

Ingredients

2 cups jasmine rice, cook to package directions
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1 cup diced red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons thai red curry paste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
salt & pepper to taste

Directions

Cook rice to package directions & while cooking…

Heat coconut oil over medium high heat until melted. Add onion & garlic, cook about 4 minutes until softened & fragrant. Add yellow pepper & cook another few minutes. Add chickpeas, curry paste, coconut milk & tomatoes, let simmer a few minutes. Mix well to combine. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Finish with chopped cilantro. Serve hot over rice.

~ Marla Meridith