Mediterranean Summer Tabouli

Tabouli is a great snack to pack for picnics or bring for your next pot luck. It’s super simple and quick to make.

Typically Tabouli is made with bulgar wheat, but this version utilizes QUINOA to make it gluten free and protein packed.

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!

For some more ideas on how to utilize Quinoa – check out this Marinaded Veggie Recipe.

Tabouli
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Enjoy this simple, finely chopped salad with tons of parsley. Serve with lettuce wraps or crackers for a snack or as a side dish to some grilled meats. To achieve the right tabouli texture, you will need to chop the vegetables as finely as possible. (Be sure to use firm tomatoes!)
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Tabouli
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Enjoy this simple, finely chopped salad with tons of parsley. Serve with lettuce wraps or crackers for a snack or as a side dish to some grilled meats. To achieve the right tabouli texture, you will need to chop the vegetables as finely as possible. (Be sure to use firm tomatoes!)
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Boil quinoa in salted water until tender. Strain well & let cool
  2. Finely chop mint, parsley and scallion. Use the whole scallion (greens and white)
  3. Very small dice cucumbers and tomato
  4. Mix all ingredients with lime juice & olive oil. Season well with salt & pepper
  5. Serve with lettuce wraps or crackers for a snack or as a side dish to some grilled meats.
Recipe Notes

Pro Tips:

  1. Be sure not to use too much Quinoa when you mix up the salad.  The idea is to have a little quinoa with the salad, not a little salad with your quinoa.
  2. If you are making ahead and have the time - strain your tomatoes to separate eliminate the seeds and juice. This will keep your tabouli dry and not too wet as it sits.

 

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Balsamic Marinated Summer Veggies

There are many vegetables at the market that grow in abundance in the Summer.

Squash, Zucchini, Peppers, Eggplant – These veggies are cheap. Unfortunately, many people don’t like them or don’t know how to make them SUPER yummy so that they enjoy them.

My secret – This is the ONLY way I will eat these particular veggies.

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!

Balsamic Marinated Summer Veggies
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This simple & fast marinated veggie recipe can be made ahead of time and eaten all week. You can also use the let over marinade as a dressing! Add some cooked Quinoa, Cous cous or Rice for a full lunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Balsamic Marinated Summer Veggies
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This simple & fast marinated veggie recipe can be made ahead of time and eaten all week. You can also use the let over marinade as a dressing! Add some cooked Quinoa, Cous cous or Rice for a full lunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Balsamic Marinade (aka. dressing)
Veggies
Servings: people
Instructions
Marinade
  1. Add all ingredients to a jar and season with salt & pepper. Shake it up.
Roasted Veggies
  1. Load all the cut veggies in a bowl and pour the marinade over the top. (Peppers - simply cut off the sides for large pieces)
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Place all veggies on a baking sheet. Be sure to not crowd the pan and do not let them overlap. (This will ensure that they will brown and not steam)
  4. Place in a 450 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes until they are tender. No need to flip or move the veggies.
  5. Enjoy with a salad or as a side dish. Finish with some of the left over marinade as a dressing!
Recipe Notes

The veggies for this recipe are also really great if grilled! -- Just be sure to cut the pieces lengthwise so they don't fall through the grill.

Add these veggies to some cooked quinoa, cous cous or brown rice for a delicious Summer salad.

Marinade will last weeks in your fridge!

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Sweet Potato & Corn Hash with Seared Chicken

sweet potato & corn hash

This sweet potato and corn hash with seared chicken recipe is such a great mid-week fix. For days when you are coming home from school pick up and work. For when you have about 30 minutes until your kids lose their shit.

This sweet potato and corn hash comes together so fast that it’s a great standby to keep on hand weeknights, and when served with seared chicken, it’s so easy and flavorful that I make it when we’ve got company, too.

To make things even faster, I get chicken skewers at the butcher and take them off the skewer. They cook faster and are already cut & seasoned for me!

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

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!

sweet potato & corn hash
Sweet Potato & Corn Hash with Seared Chicken
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This starch free dish is healthy and delicious. Did I mention you can get it together in 20minutes!?
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
sweet potato & corn hash
Sweet Potato & Corn Hash with Seared Chicken
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This starch free dish is healthy and delicious. Did I mention you can get it together in 20minutes!?
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Sweet Potato & Corn Hash
  1. Small dice your sweet potato (no need to peel it) & cut the kernels off the corn. (An easy trick to cutting the kernels off an ear of corn - Lay it down on the cutting board long ways and cut along the sides. Basically turning your round ear of corn into a square)
  2. Chop you cilantro & scallions and keep seperate
  3. Heat a bit of oil in a pan on medium high heat. Throw in the sweet potato and cook until a bit brown and just tender. Do not season yet & be sure not to cook too much because they will get mushy.
  4. Add corn and season with salt & pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes until corn is cooked through.
  5. Add chopped cilantro & scallions and season again to taste. Set aside in a bowl.
Seared Chicken
  1. Using the same pan, heat oil until smoking.
  2. Season chicken with salt & pepper and add to the pan
  3. Cook until browned and cooked through. About 5-7 minutes.
  4. Lower the heat and add a pad of butter to the pan & your garlic.
  5. Using a wooden spoon, scrap the bottom of the pan to get those brown chicken bits off. It's ok if the butter begins to brown a little. That's yummy!
  6. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon & season with a little salt & pepper. If the sauce is a little thick, you can add a bit of chicken stock or water to thin out.
  7. Serve the chicken on top of the hash and drizzle with a little of the lemony pan sauce. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

To make things even faster, I get chicken skewers at the butcher and take them off the skewer. They cook faster and are already cut & seasoned for me!

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

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Pea Mint Pasta

Pea Mint Pesto Pasta is made by making a type of ‘pesto’ out of fresh peas and mint, with the bright flavor of lemon juice and the bite of garlic.

This is a great summer picnic snack since it holds really well at chilled or room temps, although it is great eaten hot or cold.  It’s a wonderful addition to kids’ lunches, too!

Another bonus? Kids love to help make pea mint pesto! Check out the recipe and see what steps they can help with!

Even though it’s really just a simple sauce tossed with pasta, it’s got a big flavor that feels fancier than it really is!

If you’re making it as a side, it goes really well with Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies.

Pea Mint Pasta
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This pea mint pesto pasta sauce can be eaten cold or warm. It's great for a summer picnic! Pea Mint Pesto Pasta is made by making a type of 'pesto' out of fresh peas and mint, with the bright flavor of lemon juice and the bite of garlic. This is a great summer picnic snack since it holds really well at chilled or room temps, although it is great eaten hot or cold.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Pea Mint Pasta
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This pea mint pesto pasta sauce can be eaten cold or warm. It's great for a summer picnic! Pea Mint Pesto Pasta is made by making a type of 'pesto' out of fresh peas and mint, with the bright flavor of lemon juice and the bite of garlic. This is a great summer picnic snack since it holds really well at chilled or room temps, although it is great eaten hot or cold.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, except olive oil into your food processor and blend
  2. Add the oil slowly until the sauce is a thick consistency. Then add the pasta water to thin out, all while blending.
  3. Season heavily with salt and pepper and buzz once more to incorporate.
Recipe Notes

Tasks for kids to help: (basically they can do it all on their own if they are 5+)

  1. Picking herbs
  2. Crushing & peeling garlic
  3. Adding the ingredients to the food processor and pressing the button to pulse
  4. Adding the olive oil and salt

Pro Storage Tips:

This pesto will last about a week in your fridge if stored in an airtight container. You can also make in large batches & freeze in small portions.

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