Last week I posted a recipe for a easy, refreshing, delicious Clementine Goat Cheese Salad. I mentioned in that post, that I made this dish to go with it, and here it is!
I rarely use recipes (ironic, no?!), but one thing I love doing, is repeating flavors in the different dishes of the meal. I used the same flavors in the chicken, the quinoa, and also the salad. It cuts down on needing a bunch of different ingredients, and makes everything go so well together!
This tastes great on it’s own, but even better when paired with the salad…
What You Need… (feeds 4)
4 Chicken Breasts
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tsp Minced Garlic
1 Sprig of Rosemary or 1 Tablespoon
1 Medium sized Orange
1 medium sized onion
1 Cup uncooked Quinoa (Omit or sub out with cauliflower rice for Paleo/Whole 30 option)
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.
What You Do…
Pour Olive Oil, Garlic, Rosemary, and juice from half the orange, into a small bowl and stir.
Take 2/3rds of the liquid and pour over chicken breasts in a large bowl or zip lock bag. Slice the other half of the orange and place inside bag/in bowl. Salt and Pepper to taste. Let that all marinate for 30+ minutes. If you want to do this in the morning and let it marinate in the refrigerator all day…even better!
Slice Onion in 1/2 inch slices and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Light your grill to medium heat and let it get hot.
Take quinoa and either place in a rice cooker (what I did) and add left over 1/3rd mixture from above and cook. It’s usually done in 20 minutes.
Or, if you don’t have a rice cooker, cook on stove top with 2 cups water plus added 1/3rd left over mixture. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and let it cook covered for another 15 minutes. Let it sit for another 5 minutes covered but with the heat turned off. Fluff it up.
While Quinoa is cooking place chicken, onions, and orange slices on the grill. Cook on each side for 7-8 minutes (depending on breast size).
Layer quinoa in a serving dish (I drizzled a little of the salad dressing over the top, but you could just drizzle with a little olive oil), then top with chicken, onions, and oranges.
In large bowl, combine broccoli, onion, raisins and bacon
Add vinegar pepper and sunflower seeds and toss well to combine
The original recipe which I got from my Grandma, included a 1/4 cup sugar (most recipes from the 50’s era seem to have a lot of sugar :)). I omitted all sugar to make this a paleo salad, and it tasted great!
Ready for some more blackberry inspiration? Try these Blackberry Vanilla Coconut Pops. Low sugar and kid approved! Not just for the kids, these are a cool treat for anyone on a summer day.
2 cups blackberries
2 Tbsp honey, divided (or more if needed)
1 tsp vanilla, divided
1 can full fat coconut milk
1 Tbsp water
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine blackberries, 1 Tbsp water, 1 heaping Tbsp honey. Simmer, stirring gently, 3 to 5 minutes. Mash berries with a spatula as they cook. Remove from heat and add 1/2 tsp vanilla.
Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing with spatula to extract all liquid. Discard solids, and set liquids aside to cool.
In another saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the coconut milk with another 1 heaping Tbsp honey. Simmer, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly blended. Remove from heat, stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla, and set aside to cool.
Fill pop molds 2/3 full with coconut mixture and then pour in blackberry mixture until mold is full. Insert sticks and freeze.
Red Currents are a lovely berry and I planted a bush for the kids to graze on a few years ago. It’s a berry that grew in abundance in Norway where I grew up (read more about red currants in last years blog post) and I have fond memories of snacking on picking berries that were warming in the sun. To me, they taste like summer in Norway.
Ava loves little cooking projects and making drink concoctions. She loves feeding them to test bunnies like her Grandma. Here, Ava and I turned sparkling water into a ‘festive and pink’ party drink. No sugar, no other additives.. simply mash berries and strain juice. Discard solids. Mix with sparkling water and top with some berries as garnish! Voila! Berry water for the princess party!
1/2 cup of red currants and a small handful for garnish
Mash berries in strainer
Discard solids and save the juice
In a large glass pitcher with ice and sparkling water, add berry juice
Stir and garnish each glass with some fresh berries
It’s blackberry season in Seattle! The season can be pretty long depending on weather. A bunch can have flowers, little green berries, ripening red berries and juicy sweet blackberries all at once! 🙂
Blackberries are known for their fiber and nutrients (like vitamin C and K) and antioxidant properties.. and of course, their tastiness! They are a great berry for pies, cobblers, crisps, shakes, cordial and other drinks.
We have a lot of recipes with blackberries on this blog, simply type in the keyword on our homepage! Because blackberries tend to grow wherever the vines reach, it’s a great activity for big and small.. berries are often found at or near ground level. Pick, eat, enjoy! And I’ll be posting more recipes as the summer goes on! 🙂
I’ve been wanting to try more infused waters lately. In my mind, they are a lot of work, but really…they aren’t!
I carved up a watermelon for the 4th of July, and we had some pieces left over in the fridge that I didn’t think were going to get eaten. SO…I poured some of the left over juice and a few pieces of watermelon with some mint into a few water bottles.
I mean to let them sit for a day, but… “LIFE”
Two days later, I tried them, and YUM!!! Maya wasn’t as sure. She was more consumed with getting the watermelon out of the bottom haha 🙂 What you need…
2 cups of Watermelon (depending on how much water you want to infuse!)
1/4 Cup Watermelon juice (I made this after I had cut a watermelon a few days earlier and there was juice at the bottom of the dish. You could also muddle a few pieces if you are doing this all at once.)
5-6 sprigs of mind torn into pieces
What you do…
Put water, watermelon, watermelon juice, and mint into (individual water glasses or a giant water container).