Spaghetti Squash Tacos

vegetarian tacos tinga style

Spaghetti Squash Tacos (Tinga Style) is a vegetarian taco inspired by Pollo de Tinga. This Mexican inspired classic has deep flavors from Guajillo Chilis, onion and tomato. It can be eaten as a taco or with rice…or any way you wish!

Spaghetti squash Tinga is a great alternative for vegetarian tacos or tostadas and can be accompanied with all the traditional fixings. We love to eat ours with some pico de gallo, black beans & spicy salsa verde.

If you want to have a traditional Mexican taco night, be sure to get yourself some corn tortillas and Queso Oaxaca.

Looking for some more recipes with Guajillo Chilis? Check out this one.

vegetarian tacos tinga style
Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style
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Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style is a vegetarian dish inspired by Pollo de Tinga. This Mexican inspired classic has deep flavors from Guajillo Chilis, onion and tomato and can be eaten with rice, on a taco or any way you wish! Spaghetti squash Tinga is a great alternative for vegetarian tacos or tostadas and can be accompanied with all the traditional fixings. We love to eat ours with some pico de gallo, black beans & spicy salsa verde.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
vegetarian tacos tinga style
Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style
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Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style is a vegetarian dish inspired by Pollo de Tinga. This Mexican inspired classic has deep flavors from Guajillo Chilis, onion and tomato and can be eaten with rice, on a taco or any way you wish! Spaghetti squash Tinga is a great alternative for vegetarian tacos or tostadas and can be accompanied with all the traditional fixings. We love to eat ours with some pico de gallo, black beans & spicy salsa verde.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Spaghetti Squash
  1. Half each spaghetti squash and drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper. Place on a baking sheet, face down, and roast in the oven at 450 for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Once squash is slightly soft, take out of the oven and let cool. Once completely cooled, use a fork to scrap the flesh out. The flesh will naturally come out in strings.
    spaghetti squash vegetarian tacos
Tinga Sauce
  1. Place dried chilies, cumin & coriander in a small pot with 2 cups of water. Let simmer for 20 minutes while squash cooks.
    guajillo chilis for Mexican tinga sauce
  2. Heat 3 T olive oil in a separate pot and add sliced onions in batches to caramelize. When caramelizing onions, be sure to cook in small batches. If the pot is too crowded or not hot enough, the onions will steam and not get brown. Continue cooking onions adding more as the previous batch is complete. Be sure to season each batch with salt and pepper.
  3. After chilies & spices have simmered, add to a blender or food processor with 4 tomatoes. Season with salt and blend until liquid. (I usually quarter the tomatoes before adding to the blender/processor.)
  4. Once your sauce is blended and onions are caramelized, pour your sauce into the onion pot and simmer 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally and season with salt/pepper if necessary.
  5. Combine sauce, shredded squash and chopped cilantro together. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Be sure to season at every step and taste as you go!

This recipe is all about building and coaxing flavors, so slow and steady will always give you a more flavorful product.

Pro Tip for Timing:

  1. Put squash in the oven
  2. Put chilies and spices in the pot
  3. Cook your onions with the above is cooking
  4. Pull out your squash and turn off your chilies
  5. Blend your sauce & add to the onion pot
  6. While sauce is simmering, shred your squash with a fork

**Doing this recipe in those steps will make the different steps feel less overwhelming!

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Classic Sausage & Peppers

As a native Long Island Italian girl, sausage & peppers was one of the things I watched my dad drool over as a kid. I never loved cooked peppers as a child, but when I began to cook myself, I created my own recipe and it is hands down, the best sausage and peppers you will ever have.

And, as with all my recipes – It’s simple and quick. No long cook time for this classical sausage & peppers dish.

This recipe uses the One Pot Meal technique of building & layering flavors.

As with all of me recipes, this is a guideline and should be adjusted to your liking. Feel free to play as you go and ALWAYS cook with your senses!

If you like this One Pot Meal, you should also try my Classic Chili recipe as well.

Classic Sausage & Peppers
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As a native Long Island Italian girl, sausage & peppers was one of the things I watched my dad drool over as a kid. I never loved cooked peppers as a child, but when I began to cook myself, I created my own recipe and it is hands down, the best sausage and peppers you will ever have. And, as with all my recipes - It's simple and quick. No long cook time for this classical sausage & peppers dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Classic Sausage & Peppers
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As a native Long Island Italian girl, sausage & peppers was one of the things I watched my dad drool over as a kid. I never loved cooked peppers as a child, but when I began to cook myself, I created my own recipe and it is hands down, the best sausage and peppers you will ever have. And, as with all my recipes - It's simple and quick. No long cook time for this classical sausage & peppers dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Sausage & Peppers
Garlic Ricotta Mix
Servings: people
Instructions
Sausage & Peppers
  1. Season & sear sausage links in a shallow pot until brown all over. Then remove links from the pan.
  2. Add enough Olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan & add onion & garlic to the pot. Season with salt & pepper. Allow to cook and slight brown.
  3. Add peppers & re season slightly. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes until tender.
  4. Add Honey (or carrots) and cook 1 more minute. *If adding carrots, allow to cook for a few more minutes to let them soften.
  5. Using your hand, crush the tomatoes in the can and pour into pot. Rinse the can with about a 1/2 cup of water and add to the pot. Re season with salt & pepper.
  6. Add sausage back into the pot & allow to simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once sausages are cooked through, add chopped parsley & basil and cook another 5 minutes. Taste and re season if necessary.
Ricotta Accompaniment (Optional)
  1. Mix 2 T olive oil, 1 cup Ricotta, chopped garlic & parsley in a bowl. Season heavilty with salt & pepper. Can be served on top of the sausage and peppers to add a creaminess or served on toasty Italian bread. Either way - IT'S AMAZING!
Recipe Notes

Ingredients to prep ahead: 

  • Peppers, onion & garlic can all be chopped and stored together ahead of time. This can be done 1-2 days ahead as long as you store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Herbs can be rough chopped 1 day ahead. Store in an airtight container with a paper towel inside the container. This will help maintain low moisture.

As with so many Italian-American dishes, this one just gets better with time. I wouldn't recommend freezing, but you can definitely make a big batch and eat it through the week.

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Winter Squash Soup

Winter squash Soup

Getting a variety of Winter squash in the Fall months is my favorite! Winter squash keep outside the fridge for what seems like ever and are so great for adding some depth and warmth to any dish.

This Winter squash soup is very simple and fast AND like so many of The Connected Chef recipes, can be batch made and frozen for another week’s meal. I love working smarter, not harder. 🙂

This recipe uses Butternut Squash, but feel free to swap that out for any other Winter squash you have available. (Kabocha, Acorn, Carnival, Pumpkin, ect.)

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!

Winter squash Soup

Winter Squash Soup

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This Winter squash soup is very simple and fast AND like so many of The Connected Chef recipes, can be batch made and frozen for another weeks meal. I love working smarter, not harder. 🙂

This recipe uses Butternut Squash, but feel free to swap that out for any other Winter squash you have available. (Kabocha, Acorn, Carnival, Pumpkin, ect.)

Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Winter squash Soup

Winter Squash Soup

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This Winter squash soup is very simple and fast AND like so many of The Connected Chef recipes, can be batch made and frozen for another weeks meal. I love working smarter, not harder. 🙂

This recipe uses Butternut Squash, but feel free to swap that out for any other Winter squash you have available. (Kabocha, Acorn, Carnival, Pumpkin, ect.)

Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Ingredients


Servings: people

Instructions
  1. Rough chop onions & garlic & set aside

  2. Rough chop squash & set aside

  3. Brown 1 stick of butter at the bottom of a stock/soup pot

  4. One butter is browned, add onions & garlic and season with salt & pepper. Let brown lightly.

  5. Add squash, sage, thyme & maple syrup and stir. Reseason.

  6. Let vegetables cook and soften slightly.
    Then, add your liquid (chicken/veggie stock or water).

  7. Allow the soup to simmer as the squash softens, about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  8. Add milk and let cook for 5 minutes more.

  9. Blend soup in blender or food processor. Fee free to add more stock at this point if the soup is too thick.
    Once blended the soup can be strained through a fine mesh strainer if you'd like.

  10. Re-season & enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Ingredients to prep ahead: 

  • All vegetables can be prepped ahead of time
  • When storing precut veggies, be sure to store them in an airtight container. You can also store them together based on the stages that they are used in the recipes. (i.e. onions/garlic in 1 container, squash/herbs in a separate container)
  • Brown Butter can also be done ahead and stored in a mason jar or other air tight container - I actually love making a giant batch of brown butter and storing it in my fridge. It's a great flavor boost in so many recipes.

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Veggie ragout with creamy cheese polenta

ragout

This Veggie Ragout & creamy polenta makes me feel SO warm and cozy as the weather gets colder.

By building flavors and adding ingredients in layers, you will find that this Ragout will give you both depth of flavor and a bright surprise at the end with the addition of some vinegar.

Make a double batch and freeze half to keep for another day. It will always make you happy when you are scrambling to figure out dinner and you remember you have a delicious homemade meal in the freezer waiting for you.

As for leftovers – I ALWAYS eat any extra polenta with my eggs in the morning. YUM!

The Polenta can be made with vegetable stock and no cheese to make this a yummy vegan dish as well.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  If you don’t like an ingredient or want to swap for another vegetable – Go for it! You know what you like!

Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!

ragout
Veggie Ragout & Cheese Polenta
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This Veggie Ragout makes me feel SO warm and cozy as the weather gets colder. By building flavors and adding ingredients in layers, you will find that this Ragout will give you both depth of flavor and a bright surprise at the end with the addition of some vinegar. As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  If you don't like an ingredient or want to swap for another vegetable - Go for it! You know what you like! Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
ragout
Veggie Ragout & Cheese Polenta
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This Veggie Ragout makes me feel SO warm and cozy as the weather gets colder. By building flavors and adding ingredients in layers, you will find that this Ragout will give you both depth of flavor and a bright surprise at the end with the addition of some vinegar. As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  If you don't like an ingredient or want to swap for another vegetable - Go for it! You know what you like! Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Ragout
  1. Chop all your vegetables to the same size and set aside Keep onion & garlic separate from other veggies
  2. Heat a pan to with olive oil using low heat. Add onion, garlic with salt & pepper. Cook until soft.
  3. Add all other veggies (except spinach & parsley)
  4. Season with paprika, gr. coriander, salt & pepper & cook for about 3-5 min. until the veggies begin to soften.
  5. Add red wine to deglaze the pan and cook down for another 3-5 min.
  6. Add canned tomato and crush tomato with spoon or hands (I like to use my hands :)) Let cook for another 3-5 min.
  7. Add bay leaf & chick peas and re-season with spices and salt & pepper to taste.
  8. Cook down at a simmer (uncovered) for about 20min. You want the vegetables to be soft, but not mushy. The ragout sauce should be a bit thick & have a deep flavor, similar to that of a stew.
  9. Finish with chopped spinach & parsley
Cheese Polenta
  1. Add 3 cups of milk & 2 cups of water & stick of butter to a medium sauce pan and warm.
  2. Once liquid is warm, season with salt to taste & add polenta
  3. Allow to cook on medium heat for 20 minutes, while stirring occasionally. As the polenta thickens and cooks you will need to stir more often.
  4. As the polenta cooks, it will likely need more liquid before it is completely cooked through. Add more milk as necessary throughout the cooking process.
  5. Taste the polenta as you go and it will begin to soften. Once cooked, add cheese. *The cheese will thicken the polenta more, so if you need to add a bit of milk to it to thin it out a bit, go right ahead!
  6. Re-season with salt & black pepper and enjoy Your final polenta should be smooth and creamy.
Recipe Notes

Items that can be prepared ahead:

  • chop vegetables
  • polenta

*Essentially, this is a great meal to make a few days ahead and the flavors will just get better as it sits.

To make this dish vegan - use vegetable stock instead of milk & leave out the butter. If you like coconut flavor, you can finish the polenta with some coconut butter (not oil).

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Lemon Chicken

  • Using the BRAISING method, this is the perfect one pot meal.

It requires minimal prep and cooks without needing much attention. That means it’s great for a week night or a busy day with your kids. It’s also a meal that can be adjusted to be made in a Crockpot or Instapot.

I used to make this recipe for family meal when I worked for David Burke in his UES restaurants. It was always a hit and a welcomed variation from the mundane, slapped together meals we were used to scarfing down as busy cooks.

This recipe was nicknamed “Long Island Chicken” because it’s a riff off of  the Lemon Chicken my grandma used to make me as a kid. I don’t have many childhood dishes, but this is definitely one of them.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!

Lemon Chicken
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Using the method BRAISING, it's this is the perfect one pot meal. This dish requires minimal prep and cooks without needing much attention, which means it's great for a week night or a busy day with your kids. It's also a meal that can be adjusted to be made in a Crockpot or Instapot. 
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Lemon Chicken
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Using the method BRAISING, it's this is the perfect one pot meal. This dish requires minimal prep and cooks without needing much attention, which means it's great for a week night or a busy day with your kids. It's also a meal that can be adjusted to be made in a Crockpot or Instapot. 
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Coat chicken in Paprika, salt & pepper
  2. Sear off in a hot pan to brown (Remember that you need high heat to sear. You can turn it down once the chicken goes in the pan. Spices will brown quickly, but don't worry about burning.)
  3. Removed seared chicken & set aside.
  4. Add onion, garlic, pepper, thyme & cook until lightly browned. Feel free to add a little oil if you need to.
  5. Add lemons, juice and halves pieces. Throw it all in there! 🙂
  6. Add chicken back into pot & add stock until ¾ of the way up the chicken
  7. Add butter & simmer on low until chicken is cooked through
  8. Finish with Kale and chopped parsley at the very end and cook 3-4 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Items that can be prepped ahead:

  • Cut veggies and herbs
  • half and juice lemons

Pro Tip: When storing prepped veggies, store them based on the stage that they are added in the recipe. If you are adding a bunch of veggies together in 1 step, they can be stored together.

  • store onion/garlic/peppers/thyme together
  • halve and squeeze you lemons into a container and save for cook time. Then you just need to dump and move on.

 

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Turkey Brine – Orange Coriander

turkey brine

This Orange Coriander Brine will leave you with a moist turkey and brighten it’s flavor through the use of citrus. Your Thanksgiving turkey this year will be the best you’ve ever had.

What is a brine?  A brine is a salty solution that will add moisture to any lean meat.

If you like this flavor combo, you can also check out our Orange Coriander Marinade to try on veggies or other meats throughout the year.

As with all Connected Chef recipes, let your kitchen and instincts guide you as you cook. The ingredient amount below are used as a starting off point; taste as you go and reseason as needed!

turkey brine
Orange Coriander Turkey Brine
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This Orange Coriander Brine add not only moisture to your Turkey, but brightens it's flavor through the use of citrus. Your Thanksgiving turkey this year will be the best you've ever had. This recipe will give you enough brine for a 12-20 lbs turkey.
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 24-48 Hours
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 24-48 Hours
turkey brine
Orange Coriander Turkey Brine
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This Orange Coriander Brine add not only moisture to your Turkey, but brightens it's flavor through the use of citrus. Your Thanksgiving turkey this year will be the best you've ever had. This recipe will give you enough brine for a 12-20 lbs turkey.
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 24-48 Hours
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 24-48 Hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except water to a large stock pot *be sure to add the whole citrus and juice in with the liquid Bring to a boil and stir Pour in ice water & let cool Once cooled, add turkey and let sit for 24-48 hours. Be sure to turn turkey every 12 hours if not fully submerged.
  2. Bring all items to a boil.
  3. Add ice water and cool
  4. Add turkey to the brine and let soak for 24-48 hours
Recipe Notes

Pro Tip: If your turkey is too big for a stock pot, use a cooler or clean 5 gallon paint bucket to keep the turkey/brine in.

If there is no room in your fridge, you can keep it outside in the cold. Be sure to keep the liquid iced & keep the top locked in some way by putting something heavy on top.

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Ponzu Sauce

Ponzu sauce is a tangy, salty sauce that is great with items like spring rolls, sushi or poke.

With only a few ingredients, this sauce can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for (ever?) months. The soy sauce & citrus preserves the aromatics and you never really need to worry about it going bad.

*Transformation tip: add some to fried rice for extra flavor!

As with all Connected Chef recipes, let your kitchen and instincts guide you as you cook. The ingredient amount below are used as a starting off point; taste as you go and reseason as needed!

Ponzu Sauce
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Ponzu sauce is a tangy, salty sauce that is great with items like spring rolls, sushi or poke. With only a few ingredients, this sauce can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for (ever?) months. The soy sauce & citrus preserves the aromatics and you never really need to worry about it going bad.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ponzu Sauce
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Ponzu sauce is a tangy, salty sauce that is great with items like spring rolls, sushi or poke. With only a few ingredients, this sauce can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for (ever?) months. The soy sauce & citrus preserves the aromatics and you never really need to worry about it going bad.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in an air tight container & shake
Recipe Notes

Remember: taste as you go and look for balanced flavors.

When tasting you should get an even amount of ginger & garlic. The honey should balance the saltiness of the soy & the citrus should be in the forefront, but not overwhelming.

If your sauce is too salty, balance with more honey and citrus juice. If it's too citrusy, add a bit more soy and drop of honey.

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Chili

This simple chili recipe is the easiest, most forgiving and delicious you will eat. Make 3 times the amount so that you can freeze batches of it for a rainy day!

Chili
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This is the easiest, most forgiving and delicious chili you will eat. Make 3 times the amount so that you can freeze batches of it for a rainy day!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Chili
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This is the easiest, most forgiving and delicious chili you will eat. Make 3 times the amount so that you can freeze batches of it for a rainy day!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. If you are using protein, you will coat the protein with spices and sear off first. For shrimp & chicken, remove the protein from the pot & set aside after searing. For ground beef, just continue to the next step.
  2. Add chopped onion & garlic first and sweat for a few minutes. Be sure to season with salt & pepper during this step.
  3. Add the rest of your veggies of choice & spices and cook off a bit. Be sure to season with salt/pepper again.
  4. Add more if necessary spices & stir and cook another couple minutes.
  5. Add beer and let reduce for 3 minutes.
  6. Add canned tomato, cooked beans & if you want it a bit spicy you can chop some chilis (jalapeño, serano, etc.) & add that, too.
  7. Add chopped Kale & re-season to taste with salt/pepper. Simmer for 20 more minutes.
  8. Enjoy! Great served with pico de gallo, sour cream and lime as well!
Recipe Notes

As with all of our recipes, this one s meat to be cooked with your senses. The ingredient portions are forgiving and you can feel free to swap out ingredients for what you like best or have available.

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Arugula Parsley Puree

This bright, herby arugula parsley puree is a simple sauce that can also be used as a marinade. It's excellent with fish, steak, or any protein!

Our favorite pairing for this easy arugula parsley sauce is definitely fish, but it is delicious with steak and other proteins as well!

If you decide to serve this bright and herby arugula parsley puree over a grilled steak, Corn Salsa makes a fabulous side.

As with other Connected Chef recipes, let the kitchen and your instincts be your guide as you cook. The ingredient amounts below are just a starting off point – use your senses as you cook!

It’s important to add water and olive oil to this arugula and parsley sauce just a little at a time.

As you do, take note of the sauce as it breaks down and emulsifies in the blender. Blend a little, then taste a little. And don’t be shy with the salt at the end; that’s what will bring out the most flavor!

This bright, herby arugula parsley puree is a simple sauce that can also be used as a marinade. It's excellent with fish, steak, or any protein!
Arugula Parsley Puree
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Our favorite pairing for this arugula and parsley puree sauce is definitely fish, but it is delicious with steak and other proteins as well!
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 5
Cook Time
5
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 5
Cook Time
5
This bright, herby arugula parsley puree is a simple sauce that can also be used as a marinade. It's excellent with fish, steak, or any protein!
Arugula Parsley Puree
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Our favorite pairing for this arugula and parsley puree sauce is definitely fish, but it is delicious with steak and other proteins as well!
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 5
Cook Time
5
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 5
Cook Time
5
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Blanch arugula & parsley in boiling water for 1-2 minutes until bright green and wilted. immediately transfer greens to a bowl of ice water to shock and cool down.
  2. Drain water from greens, reserving 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Combine blanched greens, reserved water & lemon zest in blender and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, slowly add water 1/4 cup at a time, until the sauce is thin enough to easily coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Add the mascarpone or cream cheese to the blender. Turn to low, then slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream, until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  5. Season with salt to taste.
Recipe Notes

Note: There is a lot of water content in this puree because the herbs are made up of mainly water. That means this recipe will require a decent amount of salt, don’t be shy. ☺

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Thai Marinated Chicken with Coconut Rice & Thai-Inspired Slaw

The marinade for this Thai chicken allows you to get a little creative in the kitchen, and the accompanying slaw is the same!

Use the proportions of the marinade ingredients below according to how much chicken you should make, and think about the final flavor of the dish; since this is both a marinade as well as the sauce the chicken cooks in, you have some room to wiggle a little with amounts and measurements.

Try to remember the balance of acidity (lime juice), salt (soy sauce) and sweetness (honey), with just enough fresh cilantro to open up the flavor and zingy ginger and garlic to add bite.  As with all Connected Chef recipes, we encourage you to use all your senses as you cook!

The coconut rice that goes with the Thai marinated chicken and slaw is also easier than it looks, especially when you think about the process of rice cooking. Cooking the rice in coconut milk gives it a creamy flavor that’s hard to beat, and it rounds out the entire dish nicely.

Toss the slaw together using whatever crispy, fresh vegetables you have on hand. Each of the different textures of the different vegetables will work well together, especially when you tie them together with a garlicky vinegar dressing.

This Thai marinated chicken and sides is one of my favorite recipes to teach in my classes, since it covers so many different aspects of the kitchen and requires you to use each of your senses throughout the entire process. It’s a great recipe to get kids cooking along with you!

Marinated Chicken, Coconut Rice & Thai Slaw
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This will be you GO TO dinner meal. Every client tells me how much this meal changed their life. Enjoy!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 min
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 min
Marinated Chicken, Coconut Rice & Thai Slaw
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This will be you GO TO dinner meal. Every client tells me how much this meal changed their life. Enjoy!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 min
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
Coconut Rice
Thai Slaw
Servings: people
Instructions
Thai Marinade
  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk: Start with soy sauce as the base, and then add each ingredient one at a time, tasting as you go.
  2. Add chicken to the marinade and set aside for at least 20-30 minutes while you prepare the rest of the meal.
  3. When chicken is ready to be cooked, sear in batches with marinade & season with salt & pepper
Coconut Rice
  1. Fine chop garlic, onion, ginger & sauté in pan with a heavy amount of oil.
  2. Add rice & toast (make sure there is enough oil to coat the rice)
  3. Once rice is toasted brown, add coconut milk & water
  4. Season heavily with salt & some pepper
  5. Once boiling, stir & bring down heat
  6. Stir occasionally until cooked through.
  7. **Be sure to be tasting rice as it cooks and adjusting seasoning. You can always add a bit of water if you need more liquid throughout the cooking process.
Thai Slaw
  1. Julienne all veggies (cut into thin strips).
  2. Pick herbs from stem & tear into slaw
  3. Dress with some lime juice, salt & pepper to taste.
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