Posted in Appetizers, Grilling, Poultry, Vegetables

An Appetizer idea…


The other night we had some friends over to celebrate a birthday and I served Chicken Skewers with Cucumber Dip.  This is a good first course that is easy to eat because it does not require using a fork or plate. 

I always find it so awkward at wedding and parties when you have a drink in one hand and have to use a fork and plate for the hors d’ oeuvres.  Finger food is the way to make life easy for everyone.

Enjoy your easy nibbling cuisine!

Marinated Chicken skewers with Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Serves 8

Ingredients:

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets

Juice of 1 lemon

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Skewers

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken breasts into 2” cubes and put into bowl to marinate. 
  2. Add lemon juice, garlic, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.  Mix well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Skewer chicken breast pieces.
  4. Grill Chicken skewers for 7 minutes on each side until browned and cooked.

Dip Ingredients:

½ European cucumber – seeded and grated

4 ounces low fat cream cheese – softened

½ cup fat free Greek yogurt

2 cloves garlic – minced

Salt to taste

  1. Remove excess water from cucumber by placing it in a double paper towel.  Twist the ends of the paper towel over the sink to allow the cucumber water to drain from the cucumber. 
  2. In a bowl, fold in the cucumber, cream cheese, yogurt, garlic and salt. 
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight).
Posted in Beef, Grilling, Pork, Poultry, Rub, Slow Cook

A great rub for Barbecuing


to marinate and cook with.  The meat came out very tasty.  This rub recipe is for 5 pounds of meat but if you are cooking with a smaller amount, use some of it and the rest can be stored in an airtight container.

Rub for Meat

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons ground coffee

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon smoke salt

1 teaspoon coriander seed

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon oregano

2 teaspoons garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and rub on top of 5 pounds of pork, beef or chicken. 
  2. Marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. 
  3. Cook on grill until done.
Posted in Appetizers, Grilling, Poultry, Sauces

Visiting Friends…


We are going to a friend’s house tonight for dinner and I am bringing an appetizer.   I made this a few times last summer and friends really enjoyed it.  Also, kids like this because it’s “food on a stick” which is always a hit.

Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Serves 8

Prep time: 15 minutes

Marinating time: overnight

Cook time: 15 minutes

Estimates Values per serving:

Calories = 200                                              Fat = 5 grams

Marinade Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic – minced

2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

½ cup rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon fresh ginger – minced

½ cup fresh cilantro – finely chopped

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts – cut lengthwise into 1-inch wide strips

Skewers (about 20 – 25)

1 recipe spicy peanut sauce (recipe below)

Chicken Directions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, chili sauce, lime juice, ginger and cilantro.  Add chicken to bowl, cover and let marinate overnight. 
  2. Remove chicken strips from marinade and  skewer
  3. Working in batches, grill chicken skewers for about 5 – 7 minutes or until completely cooked. 

Spicy Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

½ package (4 ounces) low fat cream cheese – cubed

½ package (4 ounces) fat free cream cheese – cubed

½ cup skim milk

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan.
  2. Heat on low, stirring, until all ingredients are melted and mixture is smooth.
Posted in Grilling, Main Courses, Poultry, Vegetables

Life is Good when the weather gets hot…


We had a beautiful day of fun, sun and BBQ eats.  Last night I marinated chicken and this morning assembled the skewers.  Here is Sweet and Spicy Marinated Chicken Skewers…

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers

Serves 6

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 255                                              Fat = 2 grams

Ingredients:

½ cup ketchup

¼ cup honey

¼ cup chili sauce

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce*

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 pounds skinless/boneless chicken breasts

12 skewers

2 red bell peppers – cut into 1 inch pieces

2 large sweet onions – cut into 1 inch pieces

2 medium zucchini – cut into 1 inch pieces

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together ketchup, honey, chili sauce, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. 
  2. Cut chicken into 2-inch pieces and add to marinade.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Skewer vegetables and chicken pieces, alternating between onions, zucchini and peppers on each skewer.
  4. Heat grill and add chicken.  Grill for about 5 – 7 minutes on each side until chicken is cooked through and serve.

*Can be found in the Asian section of the grocery store.

Posted in Appetizers, Beef, Grilling, Vegetables

Memorial Day Weekend Entertaining – Part III of IV


Tonight’s recipes include Cucumber Yogurt Dip with grilled Flat bread and

Asian Marinated Grilled Steak.

Enjoy your BBQ while keeping weight management goals in check!

Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Prep time: 10 minutes

Refrigeration: overnight

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 124                                              Fat = 3 grams

Serves 8

Ingredients:

½ European cucumber – seeded and grated

4 ounces low fat cream cheese – softened

½ cup fat free Greek yogurt

2 cloves garlic – minced

Salt to taste

4 Large pita breads

  1. Remove excess water from cucumber by placing it in a double layer of paper towels.  Twist the ends of the paper towel over the sink to allow the cucumber water to drain.
  2. In a bowl, fold in the cucumber, cream cheese, yogurt, garlic and salt.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight).
  4. 5 minutes before serving, grill pita bread on the BBQ, cut into 8 wedges per pita and serve with chilled cucumber dip.

NOTE: if you cannot find flatbread, pita bread works just as well.

Asian Marinated Grilled Steak

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes + overnight marinating

Cook time: 10 – 15 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 340                                              Fat = 8 grams

Ingredients:

1/3 cup soy sauce

1 cup rice wine vinegar

3 tablespoons brown sugar

½ teaspoon liquid smoke

1 clove garlic – minced

¼ cup scallions – chopped

2 tablespoons ginger – minced

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

2 pounds London broil

1 tablespoon corn starch

Directions:

  1. Whisk soy sauce, oil, vinegar and sugar in a bowl to dissolve sugar.  Add liquid smoke, garlic, scallions, ginger, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds.  Combine with steak, cover bowl with wrap and marinate overnight.
  2. Remove steak from bowl and reserve marinade.
  3. Grill steak for about 7 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking.
  4. Transfer marinade to a sauce pot, whisk in cornstarch and cook on medium heat until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly (about 5 minutes).
  5. Cut steak across the grain and pour cooked marinade on top or serve on the side.
Posted in Grilling, Poultry, Sauces, Side Dishes, Vegetables

Memorial Day Weekend BBQ – Part II


These recipes offer a delicious BBQ menu while keeping your management goals in check.  I have cooked these two recipes for friends before and know that they are worthy of compliments.  The baked beans can be assembled the day before and just baked in the oven the morning of your BBQ blowout.  The chicken marinates overnight so the only thing you need to do on party day is heat up the grill and watch them cook while enjoying great conversation with your friends.

Enjoy the BBQ!!

Sorry that there are no pictures, my camera ran out of battery…

BBQ Chicken Breasts

Serves 4

Prep time: 5 minutes + 1 hour to overnight marinating

Cook time: 15 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 240                                              Fat = 2 grams

Ingredients:

1 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

7 dashes Chipotle Tabasco sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

½ teaspoon liquid smoke

1 teaspoon instant coffee granules

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon pepper

4 skinless chicken breasts with bone

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, brown sugar, liquid smoke, coffee, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper. 
  2. Add chicken breast and let marinate for at least an hour or overnight. 
  3. Heat outdoor grill to 425o and add chicken. 
  4. Cook chicken for about 7 minutes on each side or until done.

NOTE: If you’d like to serve the left over BBQ marinade sauce on the side, heat in a small pot and bring to boiling before serving it on the side.

BBQ Baked Beans

Serves 6

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Estimated values per serving:

Calories = 210                                              Fat = 1 gram

Pre heat oven 350o

Ingredients:

1 large can (28 ounces) can of 98% fat free baked beans

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon honey

¼ cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

½ teaspoon chipotle Tabasco sauce

1 small onion finely chopped

1 ounce bourbon

¼ teaspoon pepper

3 teaspoons garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh – minced

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients in a Dutch oven pot and mix gently. 
  2. Place in oven and cook for about 1 ½ hours then cook another ½ hour uncovered.
  3. Serve with beef, chicken or anything from the BBQ.
Posted in Beef, Grilling

Enjoy the BBQ…


We’ve been gone most of the weekend  so I have not had the opportunity to cook home made dinners.  But I do have some  great ideas for this upcoming holiday weekend. Here is a recipe that I have cooked many times for company.    The best thing is that you can make this in advance and heat it up the morning of your BBQ.

Enjoy the BBQ…

Texas BBQ Pork Loin

Serves 8

Pre heat oven 250o or BBQ grill 250o

Prep time:

Cook Time:

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 300                                              Fat = 8 grams

Pork Loin Rub Ingredients:

1 tablespoon finely ground black pepper

½ tablespoon ground oregano

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon celery salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 pounds boneless pork loin

Directions:

  1. To make the rib rub, combine all the ingredients. Rub over the surface of the pork loin to coat.
  2. If cooking in the oven, place pork in baking pan and cover with aluminum foil.  Cook pork for about 5 hours or until internal temperature reaches 155o.  When cooked, increase oven temperature to broil to brown the meat.
  3. If cooking on the grill, place pork AWAY from direct heat.  Close the BBQ grill for about 5 hours or until internal temperature reaches 150o.  Move the pork directly on the coals to brown until internal temperature reaches 170o.

BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

1 cup strong coffee

1 cup ketchup

½ cup Worcestershire sauce

½ cup white vinegar

3 tablespoons chili powder

1 jalapeno pepper – minced

3 cloves garlic – minced

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in large saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium low heat.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Cool sauce and pour into a food processor and puree for 30 seconds.
  3. Return sauce to saucepan and heat for 5 minutes or until mixture is warmed.
  4. Serve with pork loin.