Ingredient: garlic clove, minced

American, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Summer

Oven-BBQ’d Chicken

Serve with blueberry and Corn Rice Salad-

While I was grateful for being able to camp out in my parent’s luxury high-rise for the summer while we were trying to sell our house, the drawback is no grill!! By Week 3 and lack luster results with a George Forman grill, I decided to try a barbequed chicken recipe in the oven. This meal is perfect for the transitional month of September when corn and blueberries are still in season and you might have abandoned your summer grilling, but not your summer attitude.

All, All Seasons, Dairy, Fall, French, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

Baked Eggs with Herbs

Serve with mixed greens, Asiago and strawberry salad with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette, toasted French bread-

My teen and I like to occasionally take in The Barefoot Contessa, as Ina Garten inspires us to be joyful cooks. This simple French egg dish modified from one of her TV episodes was prepared by my daughter one rainy spring evening. This outstanding, yet simple, meal inspired us to elevate a weekday meal by adding some ambient music, tapered candles, and a beautiful table setting. J’oie la Vie!

American, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Summer

Grilled Sirloin With Tangy Mop Sauce

Serve with and grilled corn with chili and cilantro cream; green beans with garlic-lime gemolata-

I was perusing a magazine and came across a recipe for “mop sauce”. It looked like a barbeque sauce to me, but upon researching exactly what is a mop sauce, I learned that it is a thin sauce applied to meat as it is being grilled or broiled. While containing a lot of flavor, it is thin enough to leave a thin layer on the surface of the meat that soaks in as the meat cooks.

Let me tell you, I am now a huge fan of mop sauces! It eliminates the need to marinate a meat, leaves the meat tender, and imparts such amazing yet subtle flavor. Best of all, you can save most of it to serve with your grilled meat, hence, “mopping” up the meat with it. Most mops contain Worcestershire or soy sauce, but I mimicked the smoky flavor without all the preservatives and sodium. It’s sweet and tangy all at the same time!

All Seasons, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Fajitas

Fajitas were originally made with skirt steak, hence, the name fajita coming from faja or “belt”. Texas ranch hands have been making them since the 1930s and the dish’s popularity is still evident in every Mexican or Tex Mex restaurant in the U.S. Skirt steak is tough and typically marinated overnight for tenderness prior to grilling, but the slow cooker automatically takes care of transforming the meat to a tender, flavorful base for this meal.

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Herbed Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

Serve with grilled summer squash and tangy potato salad-

Once the temperatures stay in the 80s in Florida (which for us is May), this is one of my all time favorite hot weather meals. It is my go-to menu for summer backyard entertaining where all that is needed are chilled watermelon slices for the kids and perhaps ice cream cookie sandwiches as a cool sweet finale.

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Chicken, Potato, and Arugula Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

I like to have a healthy, quick meal that can be put together in under 30 minutes on those nights when we roll in after 7pm. We can still sit down as a family, get homework done, and have some downtime before its lights out for another action-packed day. This one bowl meal fits the bill, as you can use a store-bought rotisserie chicken or left over chicken from a previous meal.

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Weeknight Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Serve with chopped romaine salad and balsamic vinaigrette-

Spaghetti with meat sauce is one of those tried and true weeknight meals that I default to when I am lazy, don’t want expensive takeout or Pb&j sandwiches, and lucky enough to have all the ingredients on hand. I am including this basic recipe in hopes that you’ll refer to it in a pinch with the notion that you do not need to buy commercially prepared jarred sauce; homemade is pretty easy, sugarless and fresh! Serve a crisp romaine or garden salad along with some Italian bread to sop up the sauce if you don’t mind the extra carbs.

All, All Seasons, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Greek, Lamb, Main, Sugar Free, Summer

Gyro Burgers

Serve with baked sweet potato chips-

I love gyros so much that I suffer through most crowded fairs just so I can eat this classic Greek sandwich. Now I am not equipped at home to make the shaved lamb/beef mixture, but I wanted to make a version of it at home to satisfy my cravings. I knew I could make a burger version with pita bread instead of a bun. Craving satisfied!

Ttzatziki sauce, a Greek cucumber yogurt sauce, is traditionally served with the gyro, but I have made the sauce optional, substituting plain yogurt instead. If you have the time and/or inclination, I highly recommend you make the tzatziki; it’s so worth it! You’ll find the recipe below in “The Whole Meal Suggests” section. It will not be added to the shopping list, so you will need to add these ingredients manually to your weekly list.