Smokey Pork and Citrus Kale Salad

SONY DSCCan you believe it’s February already?  How is this happening, you guys?  It seems like just yesterday we were in the midst of Thanksgiving preparation, and now, we are full blown into winter and darn near our decent into Spring.  Spring!  I mean I know I’m jumping the gun a bit here…but it will be here before we know it, no?

And that pretty much makes me feel all sorts of crazy emotions.  Because spring equals baby’s arrival…eek!  I can’t even begin to tell you how insanely fast this pregnancy has gone..wow.  I mean we have two trimesters under our belt and one to go; I swear I blinked and here we are.   And while I have seen so incredibly many changes in myself/my body during these last several months, there is positively one thing that has remained constant throughout this entire journey….CITRUS FRUIT.     Continue reading

Smokey Grilled Chicken Quesadillas with Chipotle Lime Sour Cream

SONY DSC

Sunshiney weather calls for sunshiney food!  And these quesadillas are all that..and a bag of delicious.

By using chicken breast tenderloins and just a few simple ingredients you are allowed to marinate and cook the chicken so incredibly quickly. Perfect for a weeknight. Fabulous for any night. Or day. So good. Continue reading

Thai Chicken Pineapple Kabobs with Coconut Rice

SONY DSC

Right here we’ve got a bunch of my favorite flavors all muddled into one fabulous, stand-out meal.  The tiny bit of peanut butter in the marinade takes the flavor of this juicy, smokey chicken straight over the top….the pineapple adds the perfect hint of sweet acid and the coconut rice just simply turns this number into a home run.  So yum.

SONY DSC

Continue reading

Sweet and Smokey Pork Tenderloin Skewers

SONY DSC

Alright, friends.  We are going to have a little chat.  Are you comfy with your grill?  Do you use it?  I have talked to so many of you lately that are intimidated by the grill and my current mission in life is to make that go away as quickly as possible.  Please, all I ask is for you to learn how to start up your grill.  Thats it.  Thats all you need.

Grilling is a giant time saver for me during these warmer months.  You throw your food on for a super quick sear and really, thats it.  Starting your grill is the most difficult part and once you have that figured out you’re left with nothing but charred, smokey, fresh flavor for the rest of the season.  Think of it as cooking on your stove with a cast iron skillet or really hot pan. Only outside.  Can you beat that?  I think not. Continue reading