Dijon Chicken on the Grill

Grilled chicken is one of the easiest things to make, and it’s so wonderfully versatile. You can marinate it or coat it with whatever ingredient you like depending on your mood of the day.

One day, I was in a Dijon mustard mood.

I have no shame in saying that I am a mustard snob. I absolutely hate French’s mustard because once you go Dijon, you never go back.

The taste is strong yet subtle, if that makes any sense at all. It makes the simplest meal taste like it was fit for a king.

Barbecue season is around the corner, so these little guys are a perfect quick dinner for the family! Serve it with salad for a light meal, or with my eggplant fries and salad for a perfect meal.

For 4 people (and some leftovers), you will need:

1 pound of boneless chicken thighs

1/4 cup Dijon mustard (regular and a l’ancienne preferably)

Salt and pepper

Flatten your chicken thighs. 

Coat your chicken thighs with the mustard. You don’t want to drown them in mustard, but you do want to make sure that each piece is nice and covered in Dijon goodness.

Season with salt and pepper and put in a bowl.

Turn your grill on!

Once it is heated and ready, put the thighs on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes of each side (it may be more, but I don’t want you to overcook it! Thighs are more difficult to estimate a clear cooking time). 

Make sure your chicken is not pink when you cut through it and you’ll be fine.  

Once they are cooked, remove them from the grill and serve them immediately.

Enjoy! xx

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Peanut Butter Banana Boat

As I may have said before, bananas, chocolate and peanut butter are three of my favorite ingredients EVER.

Combined together, I can’t describe just how good they taste.

For those of you who have to live with an allergy to peanuts, I am deeply sorry. I have no idea how you survive, and I admire you for leading wonderful lives despite the tragedy in your life.

I, on the other hand, could not survive without peanut butter. It’s an addiction, I am not afraid to admit it.

It turns out that peanuts are actually really really really good for you, which makes me really really really happy!

Filled with healthy fats, antioxidants, they’re good for your heart, so long as you don’t finish the jar in one sitting (easier said than done).

The best thing to do is to buy natural peanut butter, because that means that it isn’t filled with useless ingredients that may be doing you more harm than good! The less ingredients on the label, the more your body will thank you in the long run.

This is one of the easiest desserts I have ever made.

When I feel like something sweet and salty and fruity and delicious, I make myself one of these.

For 2 servings, you will need:

1 banana

2 tbsp peanut butter

3 squares dark chocolate

First, cut your banana but not completely! We’re looking for a boat structure to our dessert.

Fill each half with one tablespoon of peanut butter.

Put your chocolate in a little cup and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it all melts (I like to reduce the power level of my microwave to do this, to make sure my chocolate doesn’t burn).

When it is melted, pour it evenly on each banana boat.

Put in the freezer for an hour, or until it has the consistency you want.

Take out of the freezer and enjoy!

Sunday Lamb Roast

All those people who say that you must not eat red meat in order to loose weight has obviously not been raised in a Sunday roast household.

Like I have said many times before, the trick is to eat a portion of red meat that is not too big. One serving is 3 ounces, or roughly the size of the palm of your hand. Skip the fat; just cut it off with your knife and voila! You can still enjoy red meat.

I’ve only recently come to truly enjoy the taste of lamb. I think it’s because the taste is more delicate than beef, but I don’t care about the reason…I just love it now!

I don’t eat it everyday, but if I did, I would make this roast once a week. It’s yummy and it makes you look fancy if you cook it for your family or friends!

Served with roasted potatoes or carrots (I have recipes for both of those), it will knock your socks off!

To serve 2 or 3 people, you will need:

1 rack of lamb (6 bones)

1 cup fresh chives

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic

1 egg yolk

Salt

Preheat oven at 450 F with the empty pan inside the oven.

Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl, adding more mustard if the mixture doesn’t seem to stick together well enough.

Take your meat and rub your mixture all over it.

Don’t be shy, you don’t want any piece of lamb to feel naked and left out!

When it is well covered, place it on the pan skin down.

Roast for 16 to 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cover with aluminum foil for another 20 minutes.

The crust should be crispy and almost falling off the piece of meat. That’s normal!

Cut and serve!

Enjoy xx

 

Cinnamon Roasted Carrots and Pears

Long title, I know, but I couldn’t possibly leave an ingredient out!

I made this one night because we had a few pears going rotten and I didn’t want to just throw them out, but eating them raw would have been a little nasty.

So I opened the fridge and thought: “What could I roast with pears?….Carrots! and Cinnamon!” The sweetness of the pear and the cinnamon blend really well together, and the carrots allow the dish to be not too sweet.

And thus was born this wonderful side dish.

I’m giving you the ingredients, but the proportions are really up to you. If you want lots of carrots, go ahead.

It goes really well with chicken or with another roast.

To feed 4 and have leftovers, you will need:

Multi-colored carrots

Pears

Cinnamon

2 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven at 350 F.

Cut carrots and pears in medium chunks. You could also leave the carrots whole but they will take longer to cook. 

Combine with oil in a bowl. 

Sprinkle on the vegetables, as much or as little as you want (cinnamon is natural super ingredient, just saying. Don’t be shy).

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until they are tender (or tough) to your liking. 

Serve with main dish.

Enjoy xx

Cookie Dough Bites

I am a big fan of cookie dough, raw or cooked.

It tastes like my childhood, which is ironic because I rarely ate cookie dough as a child. Nonetheless, every time I bite into some delicious cookie dough, I think of myself as a 5 year old brunette in a pink dress and pigtails.

Call me crazy, I already do.

This little cookie dough balls, I admit, do not taste the same as regular old fashioned the way your mom makes it cookie dough, but it’s still really tasty! You can make these with any nut butter of your choice. I went for cashew butter because I hadn’t used it in a while, but I feel as though it must be delightful with peanut butter.

The recipe is ridiculously easy (if you have a food processor) and there are hundreds of variations! You could different flavoured chips, raisins, m&ms, cranberries, or even candy if you want to treat yourself to an old favourite!

Eat one or two with a glass of milk. It will make your day!

Thanks to With Peanut Butter On Top for the inspiration!

To make 20 small bites or 10 big bites, you will need:

1 cup nut butter

Cinnamon

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Maple flakes

Combine all your ingredients in a food processor, except the chocolate chips, and turn that machine on! 

Put into a bowl and add about 3 tbsp of your chocolate chips. 

Roll the dough into 20 (or10) bites and place on a plate.

Sprinkle the maple flakes on the top.  

Melt the rest of the chocolate chips in a cup. 

Drizzle over bites.

Leave in the freezer for at least an hour if you want them to be extra cold! 

If not, enjoy them on the spot!