Grilled Greek Packet

I used the oven at lunch today, and realized that’s a bad idea in 90 degree heat with probably 99% humidity! Dinner tonight will be cooked entirely on the grill in one nice and easy packet made of foil! The oregano and kalamata olives will really bring out the rich Greek flavor!

Tonight’s meal is awesome for a few reasons:
a. I finally get to use oregano for the garden!
b. It can be be prepared ahead of time and thrown on the grill. Perfect, because I will be at our high school graduation ceremony.
c. No inside cooking.
d. You can prepare this ahead of time for a camping trip and cook in the campfire.
e. Greek food is scrumptious!

2 chicken breasts – cut into 1 inch cubes
1 zucchini – cut into 1/2 inch rounds
1 large red bell pepper – cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup kalamata olives
1 clove garlic – minced
Juice of one lemon
2 Tbsp. white wine
2 sprigs fresh oregano chopped (or 1 Tbsp. dried)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. pepper
Pinch of salt

1. At least two hours ahead of cook time, mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Scoop contents onto a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil, and make a packet put of it. It may be easier to split it into two packets. Make sure it is sealed so you don’t lose any goodness while cooking. Refrigerate to allow for marination.
2. When ready to cook, preheat grill to medium high heat. Cook packet for 15 minutes, then flip over and cook for 10 more.
3. Remove packets from grill and carefully open. The steam inside is VERY hot! Scoop contents onto plates and enjoy!



Snappy Chicken

Having a garden rocks! I can always manage to whip up a meal with what we have in the freezer and pantry, but it is rare to have fresh produce at your fingertips! This meal was so simple to prepare and absolutely scrumptious! All it took was defrosting some chicken and sending my fiancé out to our garden to pick some fresher than fresh sugar snap peas! Yum!

Serves 2
2 chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs – cut into bite size pieces
2 cups sugar snap peas
2 8 oz. cans of sliced water chestnuts – drained
3 cloves garlic – minced
1 Tbsp. hot chili sesame oil
2 Tbsp. ponzu sauce
1 tsp. chopped ginger
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Sesame seeds to garnish

1. In a wok or large skillet, heat hot chili sesame oil over high heat. Add chicken and garlic and cook until chicken is opaque while stirring frequently.
2. Add water chestnuts, sugar snap peas, ginger, ponzu sauce, and red pepper flakes. Stir frequently while cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Do not over cook! You want crunchy sugar snap peas!
3. Plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and enjoy!

Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry

Having a garden outside my door has been an exciting new adventure for me! My morning started off by walking outside to assess what needs to be eaten. I picked our first round of broccoli already, and it is time to pick the secondary shoots. The herbs are finally ready to use as well. I couldn’t think of any way to possibly combine broccoli and basil and then it hit me over the head. Thai basil stir fry, duh!

1 pound chicken breast cut into strips
1 head broccoli – washed and cut into bite size pieces
6 oz. baby corn
2-3 chiles (I am using Red Fresno Chiles) – sliced into slivers
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
3 Tbsp. fish sauce
2 Tbsp. white wine
1 cup chopped fresh basil
Chopped cashews (optional)
Cooked rice of your choice (optional)

1. In a wok or large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and chicken, and cook while stirring frequently until the chicken is opaque.
2. Add chiles, fish sauce, wine, and cook until the peppers soften (about 2 minutes).
3. Add the broccoli and corn and cook until the broccoli is cooked to your liking (5 minutes for as light crunch).
4. Stir in basil and allow to wilt.
5. Serve as you please. If paleo isn’t your thing, serve over a bed of jasmine rice and sprinkle with cashews. I will be enjoying mine in a big bowl as is!

Asian Chicken “Lettuce Wrap” Salad

Our garden is growing so fast! I have a feeling that it is going to get to the point where we can’t eat the veggies fast enough! Our lettuce has been thriving, so I developed this recipe for lettuce wraps… Except that our lettuce is still young and not big enough to make a wrap, so I modified it. I present to you, Aisan Chicken Lettuce Wrap Salad – the less messy to eat version of lettuce wraps!
2 chicken breasts chopped in 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
2 cloves garlic – minced
2 tsp. grated ginger
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. orange juice
1 green pepper sliced into 1 inch strips
1 red pepper sliced into 1 inch strips
3 carrots sliced into 1 inch strips
1 large head of lettuce
Optional – A handful of chow mein noodles (not if you are looking for the paleo version obviously!)
Olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste

1. At least 3 hours prior to cooking, prepare the marinade by whisking together the teriyaki sauce, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and orange juice. Place the diced chicken in a ziplock bag and pour the marinade over it. Seal an refrigerate until ready to cook.
2. Prepare two plates with a large bed of washed and chopped lettuce. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate to keep crisp until ready to serve.
3. Preheat a wok or large frying pan over high heat.
4. Pour contents of ziplock bag into the hot pan. Toss for two minutes, and then add the peppers and carrots.
5. Allow to cook while stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked through and the veggies are tender – about 10 minutes.
6. Scoop the chicken mixture over the beds of lettuce and sprinkle with chow mein noodles if you wish.

A view of our lettuce rows in the garden: