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Chicken Fajitas on the Grill

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IMG_5593.JPG Wow–Fajitas on the Grill and the best part is there were no pots and pans to clean up! Cooked in Aluminum Foil Packs right on the grill! They call them Hobo Packs.

Very quick prep and delicious ingredients. Feel free to substitute whatever peppers you would prefer. This is what I did.

Last night there were 4 of us so I used about 2 lbs. of chicken but kept everything else the same and it worked out just fine!

You’ll need heavy-duty aluminum foil for the grill.

Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken tenders–you can 1/2 them lengthwise into thin strips or leave them whole which is what I did. If you can’t find tenders use a cutlet and cut into thin strips.

1 medium red onion, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick (approximately)

1 poblano chile or serrano chile whatever you can get. Stemmed and cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips. I used both .

1 Red Bell Pepper–cut into strips lengthwise

1 Yellow Bell Pepper –cut into strips lengthwise

*you can really use any peppers that you’d like–these are the ones I used Shishito Peppers would be wonderful as well.

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper- you’ll need to be fairly generous with the salt –I used about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and a few grinds of the pepper mill.

4 -6 fresh oregano sprigs–at least 1 in each packet–I used 2 in each packet.

1 lime, thinly sliced crosswise

Warm flour or corn tortillas, sour cream , guacamole and salsa and some hot sauce for serving. I used small tortillas but any kind will work out nicely. This is a very easy Summer Meal.

Directions:

Cut up all the veggies, onions and chicken and light the grill, I had the grill turned up high , it should be medium to high. I put it to high to pre-heat and then lowered to a more medium – high, if you are unable to do this step just check on them after 12 minutes to make sure the bottom isn’t burning.

In a large bowl, toss the chicken, onion and all the peppers with the olive oil and cumin seeds. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss again.

Arrange 4 14 inch sheets of heavy duty foil on a work surface ( see pics) app. 14 inches don’t get the ruler out. Just eyeball it, it needs to fit a pile of veggies and chicken. Last night I increased the chicken so we had about 6 packs.

Pile the chicken and veggies evenly on one 1/2 of each foil sheet and top with the oregano and lime slices. Fold the foil over the ingredients and pinch the edges to seal.

Place the foil packets on the grill, close the lid and cook over moderately high heat until the chicken is cooked through, anywhere from 12 to 15 minutes.

Open the packets and serve with warm flour fajitas, sour cream , guacamole, salsa and hot sauce.

*Packets can be made a night ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

 

Sheet Pan Shrimp with Vegetables and Rice

We have been on a roll of eating out lately and as wonderful as all the food is we just wanted a night home with no take-out and some home-cooked food. IMG_6861IMG_6863 I decided to try this recipe and it came out perfectly. I so seldom use the broiler to cook but it worked out so well I must pass this one on. Sheet Pan cooking has become one of my most favorite ways to cook for so many reasons most obviously the speed in which everything cooks together in one pan!!!! So amazing.

The whole prep , cook and plate was under an hour! Actually way under an hour. Simple ingredients and pretty light in the calorie department. Give this one a try soon — you’ll thank me for it. A most amazing week night treat and a beautiful dinner for friends and family any day of the week. IMG_0858

This is what I did. You’ll need a large rimmed sheet pan.

Happy Cooking.

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic –app. 3 cloves garlic

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 lb. raw large shrimp, peeled and deveined ( remove tails)

1 pint grape tomatoes

1 medium zucchini, cut on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices

1 medium size yellow squash, cut on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices

1 Lemon, cut into quarters

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, divided

 

1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt – I used almost a teaspoon ( mix well with salt and pepper and give it a taste)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

I used a pouch of Jasmine Rice — you can cook up whatever kind of rice you’d like. I had a pouch in the house and the Jasmine Rice is so delicious not to mention how easy the pouch is. For 2 people 1 pouch for 4 people 2 pouches

Directions:

I sprayed the sheet pan with Pam Cooking Spray.

Preheat the oven on the broiler setting with oven rack at least 6 inches from the heat.

Stir together the olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper and 3/4 teaspoon of fresh thyme in a small bowl. Place Shrimp and Tomatoes in 2 separate bowls. Combine zucchini and yellow squash in a third bowl. Toss each with one-third of the oil mixture.

Heat a rimmed baking sheet in the oven for 2 minutes. Add zucchini, squash and lemon quarters (flesh side up) to hot baking sheet and bake until squash begins to soften, about 5 more minutes. Add the tomatoes after the initial 5 minutes and bake for another 5 minutes until tomatoes begin to burst. Stir in Shrimp and bake until shrimp are cooked through and zucchini is tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Squeeze juice from the roasted lemon over veggies and stir to combine.

Cook rice according to package directions. Divide rice, shrimp and veggies among your plates. Top evenly with remaining thyme if you wish. Yummy!!!!

 

Sheet Pan Chicken with Veggies with Chili Sauce and Honey

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By now you all know how very much I love Sheet Pan Meals. It makes for delicious dinners and easy clean-up and that’s always a win win for me. This was very easy to assemble and cooks in under an hour. Oven to Table in under an hour is my kind of meal. Of course you can substitute other veggies if you don’t like peppers. I finally got Joel to eat cooked peppers and onions and I try to use them as often as possible. It’s amazing to me that it took him this long to start to enjoy vegetables but I couldn’t be happier. He also eats Brussel Sprouts as well! I think Brussels would be good here as well as Broccoli ( but he won’t eat Broccoli) . I served over Brown Rice and it was just perfect. I used 1 Tablespoon of Sriracha which gives it a little hint of spicy.  I wouldn’t omit it because all the flavor of this recipe is in the honey/chili combo. You can put a little less Sriracha if you like.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

6 smallish chicken thighs–bone in , skin on

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 red bell pepper, cut up into medium sized pieces — see photo

1 yellow bell pepper, cut up as above

1 green bell pepper, cut up as above

1 red onion, cut up as shown in photos, medium sized pieces

Sauce:

1/4 cup Honey

1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce

1 Tablespoon Sriracha or any hot chili sauce you like

Juice of 1 lemon

5 cloves of garlic –minced

Pinch of Kosher Salt

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

Spray a large sheet pan with non-stick spray

In a bowl , whisk the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place 1/3 of the sauce in a gallon size plastic bag  and add the chicken. Squish around the sauce till it’s all over the chicken and place in fridge for about 30 minutes or longer.

Cut up the veggies and place in a bowl. Pour 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil over the vegetables.  It’s a little oil for a lot of vegetables but it works. You’ll be using the sauce on the veggies.

After 30 minutes–transfer the chicken to the sheet pan and roast just the chicken for about 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes remove the chicken from the oven and arrange veggies around the chicken (see photo). Drizzle the remainder of the sauce over the vegetables and the chicken. Mix with a spoon.

Return to oven and bake for about another 15 minutes, my chicken was done at this point because I had smallish thighs . I removed the chicken placed on a plate and covered with aluminum foil. I continued cooking the veggies for another 10 minutes because I like them cooked well. When veggies were done to my liking I removed from the oven and added chicken to hot baking sheet and mixed veggies up with a spoon over the chicken. I served over rice, quinoa or anything you’d like.

*You will have to experiment with cooking times for veggies and chicken depending on the size of your chicken thighs and your oven.

Springtime in a Bowl – Shrimp, Asparagus and Tomato Pasta

Springtime in a Bowl to brighten up this dreary Monday . Try it !

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It is really Springtime now even if it is feeling cooler than it should today in NY. That being said it is still Spring and it just makes you want to lighten up the menu a bit and my mind immediately goes to asparagus!  This recipe is a variation on my Summertime Tomato Pasta. I wanted to use some of those beautiful asparagus out there. Even though I knew Joel would pick them out , I still made this dish. The asparagus are large enough for him to easily pick out and put on my plate. This dish is light and delicious and pretty quick to prepare. It is like springtime in a bowl!  There are so very many things to do with asparagus but this just appealed to me tonite and if you leave the shrimp out you have a lovely vegetarian pasta dish and if you leave the pasta out you have a super light…

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You don’t have to be Jewish to love Matzo Brei

One of our all time favorite Breakfast Foods during Passover . It’s so good you may want to eat throughout the year. Yum!

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It’s all about the Matzo. Matzo and Eggs or so it seems. I always loved Matzo Brei since I’m a little girl, and I always wondered why it is that we only eat this delicious concoction during Passover.  It’s such a delicious treat why don’t we eat it more often? In our house we usually eat it till the matzo runs out. Usually for the week of Passover, then we stop. It’s so good. Everyone has their own little special spin on it.  Before I met Joel I always ate my matzo brei sweet with maple syrup sort of a matzo french toast. Joel loves it crispy and salty with a lot of pepper and since I know him he always asks for it this way. I sort of grew to love it this way as well. What’s not to love?  You definitely don’t have to be Jewish to love…

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Chicken Marbella–perfect for Passover

This is by far one of my most favorite chicken dishes that I make for the Holidays. It’s a great chicken dish for anytime really. 👍🏻👍🏻

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This recipe is my “go to” chicken. I’ve made it almost every Passover since I found it. The original recipe is from the”Silver Palate” cookbook. It was many winters ago that I first had it at my friend Susan’s house.  It has been a staple on my holiday table ever since. Not to say that it is not a recipe for every other day of the year and week, because it’s perfect for anytime. There is also the Brisket recipe that I posted during Rosh Hashana which is on the website, as well as the Honey Roasted Chicken, and Meatballs which all work well for this holiday. I usually make the Chicken Marbella and the meatballs as another dish.

Enjoy!

*The key to this recipe is the overnight marination, which is essential to the moistness of the chicken.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 cup pitted…

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Un-Stuffed Cabbage

This is one of my favorite recipes and the most perfect recipe for Passover. This definitely brings back memories of my grandmother who made Stuffed Cabbage for us. Check this recipe out–you’ll thank me! Happy Cooking and Happy Holiday!

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photo 3 (4)photo 2 (2)photo 3 (4)photo 3 (5)photo 4 (3)photo 2I love stuffed cabbage and my Grandmother made the most amazing stuffed cabbage ever . I love stuffed cabbage but do not feel like dealing with the actual stuffing of the cabbage, it is way too labor intensive for me.  I have made several variations of this and found this one to my liking the best. You can play with the ingredients which is what I did . Original recipe is from Kosher by Design and it is perfect for Passover by just leaving out the rice and substituting matzoh meal in its place. Basically this is meatballs in a sweet and sour sauce with cabbage . I doubt very much that Joel would ever eat real “stuffed cabbage” but he liked this. The cabbage cooks down so much that you don’t even realize you’re eating cabbage. I also used 1/2 chicken ground meat and 1/2 beef ground meat , this is entirely up to…

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Passover 2018

It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of the year again!  Today is the first day of spring and I am ready to post my Passover Recipes once again. Passover and Easter fall out over the very same weekend this year and I am sure most of you are starting to think about what you’re going to make . I will direct you to my Passover recipes that shouldn’t be missed. If anyone has any thing that they feel I must add to my repertoire I would love to see it. Please email me and let me see it– I am always on the lookout for new recipes especially for the Holidays. I have a few new recipes that I tried out last year that will be coming out on the blog in another few days. Stay tuned for them. I will also be posting some of these delightful recipes in the next 2 weeks.

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Chocolate Bark Surprise

 

 

 

My family always loves to see the same old recipes on the table and honestly so do I. The dishes bring a sense of family, nostalgia and tradition .  It brings memories of my Mother and Grandmother cooking in the kitchen and of all of us eating together at the Seders.

Make some memories of your own and keep Cooking with Candi. Enjoy and Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all of you.

These are my standard hits and just put the name in the search bar or hit Passover Recipes or google the name of the recipe and cooking with candi.

Enjoy!

Let’s start at the beginning:

  1. Homemade Chicken Soup with Not so Homemade Matzo Balls
  2. Passover Popovers
  3. Traditional Ashkenazi Charoset
  4. Chicken Marbella
  5. Bree’s Slow Cooked Skirt Steaks
  6. Slow Cooked Brisket
  7. Happy New Year Brisket–perfect for any holiday any time
  8. Old School Meatballs ( sweet and sour)
  9. Un-stuffed Cabbage–probably one of my all time favs in place of sweet and sour meatballs
  10. Apricot Honey-Mustard Chicken
  11. Honey Roasted Chicken
  12. Peach Farfel–a must!
  13. Karyn’s Cranberry Apple Crisp for Passover– a must have for every table you can even serve it as dessert
  14. Chocolate Bark Surprise
  15. Grandma Regina’s Farfel for Passover–my Grandmother lives on in this recipe and it is always on our Seder Table– a little difficult but totally delicious if you get it right!
  16. Judy’s Apple Matzoh Kugel for Passover
  17. Spinach Souffle for Passover– so very easy –Vegetarian/Dairy side dish
  18. Passover Cobbler
  19. My Favorite Macaroons–Traditional Style for Passover
  20. Julie’s Brownies for Passover
  21. Marcy’s Matzo Crunch Candy — most amazing dessert!

Baked Balsamic Chicken Parmigiana

As all of you know from reading my blog and following my recipes I have truly embraced the one pan meals. They are so super easy to prepare and cook not to mention cleaning up is pretty snappy.  I threw this recipe together the other night and I have to say it was pretty tasty.  Juicy roasted tomatoes and balsamic vinegar act as a delicious sauce for this wonderful week-day meal but why not for the weekend as well? You’ll love the tomato balsamic sauce not to mention melted mozzarella cheese! This is a keeper and the little bit of red onion added another delicious layer of flavor to this tasty dish. This is what I did, I actually gave you all a few options in the ingredients dept. so mix and match what works best for you .IMG_0265IMG_0266IMG_0269IMG_0272

Ingredients:

3-4 skinless chicken breasts ( I used 3 breasts for the two of us) 1 nice size chicken breast per person is probably a good guess.

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Italian Seasonings — if you don’t have this use 1/2 tsp. dried basil and 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste

2 Teaspoons of Garlic Powder — divided or use 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Garlic which would probably be 5-6 garlic cloves

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes which I left whole if you’d like for a mushier sauce you can 1/2 the tomatoes

1/4 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar–if you want to omit the sugar you can — I used it

3/4 cup to 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese — I used shredded

*you can garnish with fresh chopped parsley or fresh basil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place chicken breasts in a sprayed ( Pam or any other baking spray you like) and drizzle with the olive oil. Season with dried seasonings and if you’re using fresh garlic 1 Tablespoon of it here.

Rub seasonings all over the chicken.  Put tomatoes and red onion around the chicken in the baking dish.

Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, sugar and garlic powder or remaining 1/2 Tablespoon of fresh minced garlic. Pour over the chicken breasts and flip each breast to evenly coat.

Bake in pre-heated oven for app. 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. You can cut into a piece to check for doneness.

When chicken is cooked through sprinkle with cheese and set oven to broil for 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted .

This would be delicious served over rice or pasta but we just ate it as is and it was pretty delicious on its own.

Sheet Pan Chicken –Meditteranean Style-String Beans and Potatoes

I love one pan and one pot dinners! Just amazing! This is an easy no-fuss meal cooked in the oven on one sheet with a marinade that has a distinct Meditteranean flavor from the lemon juice, olive oil and oregano.  Use chicken thighs or legs , I prefer dark meat for this but if you insist on using white meat –go ahead. Some green beans and potatoes make this a one pan staple. Delicious and Nutritious. Did I mention super easy to clean up? It was the Golden Globes so I wanted to eat and watch without a big mess to clean up. You’ll need a rimmed baking sheet for this recipe.

Enjoy! this is for 2 +people but you can double for 4. It will probably feed 2+ but depends on your people. This is what I did for the 2 of us. We ate the whole thing! no leftovers! If you are making for a larger crowd (4 or more) either use a very large baking sheet or 2 baking sheets .

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. baby red potatoes- I quartered them but if they are very small you can cut in 1/2

1/2 lb. green beans , trimmed

2 Tbsp. olive oil plus for marinade

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, I salt chicken liberally and potatoes because they tend to be bland –see notes below on salt and pepperimg_3437

*2 Tbsp. Chopped Fresh Parsley – totally optional along with some slices of fresh lemon for beautiful presentation

 

Marinade for the Chicken- Marinate for about an hour

app. 1 package of chicken thighs– bone in , skin on . When I say 1 package it is usually a little under 2 lbs ( 6 smallish thighs)  which is more than enough for 2 people. Usually about 6 chicken thighs in a package depending on the size of thighs.

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

Juice of 1 lemon- I used juicer because I wanted to make sure I got every drop

1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar

1 Tbsp. dried oregano

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper , to taste–I used 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and about 10 grinds on the pepper mill for the marinade

In a large Ziploc Bag, combine chicken, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and oregano; season with app. 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds (10-12) of freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Marinate for at least an hour, turning the bag occasionally. Remove the chicken from the marinade by draining it, discard the excess marinade.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a large size baking sheet with cooking spray.

Place potatoes and green beans in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Top with chicken in a single layer. Salt is an important component here–I sprinkled a light amount over chicken and potatoes and string beans –probably another 1/2 teaspoon and a few grinds of the pepper mill

Place into the oven and roast until the chicken is completely cooked through, should register 165 degrees with a meat thermometer after about 1/2 hour . After I check for readiness I place under the broiler for a few minutes, till skin is golden brown and a little charred ( but not too charred) watch chicken for signs of burning.

Serve immediately, you can garnish with lemon slices and parsley for a beautiful presentation!

Enjoy