Chicken

Chicken, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Sugar Free, Summer

Tuscan Chicken and Tomato Salad

Serve with grilled garlic cheese bread-

This is the perfect tribute to summer’s plentiful tomatoes and fresh herbs. It is light eating during July and August’s sweltering days. I originally prepared this as a “stack” with the salad as a side, but it was so messy to eat that it ended up more as a salad. My family found that this final version is much easier to prepare and eat!

All, American, Chicken, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Sugar Free, Summer

Summers Cobb Salad

Serve with creamy cilantro and parsley dressing-

I developed this version of the Cobb Salad to include some of the season’s more popular offerings found in farmer’s markets and our backyards. My family voted for a creamy dressing so I pulled what was growing rampant in my herb garden to accent a homemade ranch dressing. The result was 5 stars, as witnessed by both my daughters going back for seconds!

I have arranged the ingredients on a large platter for each person to assemble individually their salad, plus it showcases the rainbow of colors of fresh ingredients found this time of year. It’s a beautiful presentation!

All, American, Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Main, Pizzas, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Barbequed Chicken and Pineapple Pizza

Serve with Romaine Salad with Quick and Easy Vinaigrette-

With the warm weather here to stay and not a mosquito in sight, I love to grill pizza on the outside grill. Grilling the crust adds a nice smokiness, and tastes as decadent as fast food but it’s really good whole foods eating!

We love this version- a bit more gourmet for the adults, but kid-friendly enough that they’ll ask for another slice, or two.

All Seasons, Asian, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Sugar Free

Asian BBQd Chicken Thighs

Serve with chopped bok choy salad and soba noodles-

My daughter thinks this is a classic summer meal, especially eaten under the umbrella of our teak table on our back deck. It is beautiful plated due to the vibrant bok choy nestled next to the caramelized grilled chicken. The bok choy salad was adapted from a recipe from Sally Solbrowski, my dear neighbor who has since passed away. This raw salad is her legacy and I continue to make it at many neighborhood functions where we fondly remember her culinary skills as well as her zest for life.

Chicken, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Summer, Vegetable

Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

Serve with whole grain baguette with goat cheese-

This is one of those “out of necessity” dinners that I made when my kitchen was being renovated and I did not have a stove or oven. I couldn’t even access my grill which was right behind the staging area for the workers. It was spring and I knew I wanted to incorporate the juicy, sweet strawberries at their peak this time of year. I got carried away and used them in the salad dressing as well as in the salad. What a great experiment! It’s the strawberry version of the popular raspberry vinaigrette, so expect this salad to be on the sweet side.

All Seasons, Asian, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Sweet Soy Braised Chicken Thighs

I am always testing Asian-inspired chicken recipes in the slow cooker but had yet to find one that stood out. I am a big fan of the podcast The Splendid Table with Lynn Rosetta-Casper. She also has great cookbooks and this recipe is adapted from a slow roasted chicken recipe found in her cookbook, The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper. It is very family-friendly receiving two thumbs up from my girls and I think the secret is taking some of the liquid and reducing it in a skillet as the sauce to be served with the chicken. I typically serve this with jasmine rice and steamed bok choy.

All Seasons, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Slow Cooker, Sugar Free

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Rice Bowl

The Green Lemon in south Tampa has crave worthy rice bowls that inspired me to make this slow cooker version that was a huge hit with my family. This is one of those easy, add everything to the slow cooker and walk away for most of the day recipes. We could all use a no brainer at dinner time for our most harried days!

All, American, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Grains, Low Sodium, Main, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken, Arugula and Summer Veggie Rice Bowl

For a quick, keep-the-kitchen-cool meal that incorporates many of summer’s favorite garden vegetables look no further than this protein-rich rice bowl. Rice bowls are perfect one dish eating as you can easily mix and match your favorite proteins, vegetables and dressings depending on the season and what’s in the fridge.