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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: Sheet Pan Roasted Veggies with Feta

Recipe: Sheet Pan Roasted Veggies with Feta

Ingredients

2 broccoli crowns, sliced into florets
1 pt cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
½ red onion, sliced
½ zucchini, sliced into half moons
½ lemon, cut into slices
1 8 ounce block of feta cheese
6 mini bell peppers, sliced in half
¼ cup olive oil
sea salt, pepper and dried oregano

Directions

Pre heat oven to 400˚ Fahrenheit.

Slice all the veggies, lemon and feta. Place on an unlined sheet pan in a single layer.

Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with quinoa, rice or pasta.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Very Veggie Lasagna

Recipe: Very Veggie Lasagna

Ingredients

1 lb brown rice lasagna pasta
1 (10 oz) package frozen, chopped spinach
1 (16 oz) container 4% milkfat cottage cheese
1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese (non fat or whole milk)
2 tbsp olive oil
½ yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow zucchini, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 green zucchini, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 bell pepper (any color)
25 oz whole white mushrooms, sliced
1 32 oz jar your favorite tomato sauce
Kosher salt & pepper
1 chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
2 cups shredded mozzarela and cheddar cheese

Directions

Cook pasta to package directions. Drain then rinse in cold water.

Thaw the spinach in the microwave. Squeeze out excess water and place in a large bowl. Mix with the ricotta and cottage cheese. Season with some salt and pepper.

Add olive oil to a large skillet. Sauté the onions and garlic over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and bell peppers. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, cook for 5 minutes or until the veggies soften. Mix the veggies as they cook. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Stir the tomato sauce into the skillet and 1/4 cup parsley. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375˚ Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.

Start with a thin layer of sauce in a 9X13 inch casserole baking dish. Add a layer of cooked lasagna noodles. On top of the pasta add a layer of the ricotta/cottage cheese mixture, then a layer of sauce and the noodles again. Continue layering finishing with a layer of the pasta then finally the sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella and cheddar cheese over the sauce.

Bake the lasagna for 35 minutes then broil on low for 5 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. Top with 1/4 cup chopped parsley. Serve while hot.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Italian Tortellini Salad

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quinoa & Veggies Lunchbox Power Salad

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Italian Tortellini Salad

Looking for the perfect dish to serve hungry guests this summer? Look no further than this Delicious, quick and easy Italian Tortellini Salad recipe with homemade dressing. Ready in just 20 minutes!

8-10 servings

20 ounces three cheese Tortellini (ie: Buitoni)
8 ounces uncured sliced Genoa salami, cut into thin pieces
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 zucchini, chopped into small pieces
8 ounces mozzarella pearls, drained
2 (2.25) ounces sliced black olives, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh italian basil
–Italian Vinaigrette
3/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/8 cup white wine vinegar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup finely freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp of EACH dried parsley, drained oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp EACH black pepper, paprika
1/2-1 tsp agave or honey, or add more to taste

–Tortellini Salad
Cook the tortellini to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until the pasta is cool.
Place tortellini in a large serving bowl and toss with all the other ingredients.
Toss the salad with the dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature.
–Italian Vinaigrette
While the tortellini is cooking make the dressing. Add all ingredients into a mason jar, tighten the lid and shake until well combined. You can also add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined.
Store in an airtight container up to two weeks. Shake or whisk each time before use. If the oil becomes a solid in the fridge, just lettuce dressing sit out a few minutes for it to become room temperature.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

What is it about sheet pan meals that swoon? Maybe it’s because they require minimum prep, healthy fresh ingredients, are budget friendly, have great flavor and feed a pack of hungry folks. Also, they are pretty quick to clean up too!

6 servings

1 lb chicken breast
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 zucchini
1 red onion
–Marinade
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp Chimayo chili blend – or 2 tbsp regular chili powder
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tsp ground cumin ground black pepper
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp garlic powder
–Serve with
sliced avocado
sour cream
freshly chopped cilantro
lime wedges
corn or flour tortillas

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.
Cut all vegetables and the chicken into 1/4 inch strips. It’s nice to have everything relatively uniform in size.
Make the marinade by whisking all the ingredients together.
Spread the chopped ingredients in a large baking sheet.
Pour the marinade over the top and rub it into the chopped veggies and chicken to thoroughly coat with your hands.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Toss once with tongs during cooking time.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle some fresh cilantro and lime wedges over the top. Serve with corn or flour tortillas, sliced avocado and sour cream.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quinoa & Veggies Lunchbox Power Salad

In this Quinoa & Veggies Power Bowl all of the flavors combine perfectly with an Asian style sesame dressing. This is a healthy, vegan take on sesame noodles.

4 Servings

1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed, cook according to package directions
1 bag (4 ounces) Duda Farrms Fresh Foods Radish MiniSticks
1 cup zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
1/2 cup green onions, sliced thinly
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon garlic olive oIl
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
black pepper & sea salt to taste

Let quinoa cool & fluff with a fork. Stir in all the other ingredients ~ adjust oils, vinegar & seasonings to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quinoa & Veggies Lunchbox Power Salad

In this Quinoa & Veggies Power Bowl all of the flavors combine perfectly with an Asian style sesame dressing. This is a healthy, vegan take on sesame noodles.

4 Servings

1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed, cook according to package directions
1 bag (4 ounces) Duda Farrms Fresh Foods Radish MiniSticks
1 cup zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
1/2 cup green onions, sliced thinly
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon garlic olive oIl
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
black pepper & sea salt to taste

Let quinoa cool & fluff with a fork. Stir in all the other ingredients ~ adjust oils, vinegar & seasonings to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

~ Marla Meridith