Easy Homemade Smoked Salsa is a game changer. I’ve often purchased smoky flavored salsas, but I got to thinking, “How difficult could it be to make my own?” Answer: Easy peasy! Yes, the smoking takes some time, but it certainly isn’t difficult. Besides, the extra depth of flavor that smoking the veggies creates is totally worth the extra time. Your tastebuds and your guests, if you actually save any for them, will thank you.…
Yes, we are still grilling here in south Florida. Who am I kidding? We grill all year round in these parts. Smoked Chuck Roast with Garlic Sage Butter has become a new favorite. Melt in your mouth tender with smoky flavor from the Traeger and an amazing earthy note from the garlic sage butter, this is a chuck roast worthy of a dinner party.
Even though the smoking requires a longer grill time (about 3 hours for 2 1/2 pounds of meat), that is what gives this chuck roast a deep flavor and tenderness that can’t be beat. However, it is an easy recipe that doesn’t require constant babysitting. You will want to keep your meat thermometer handy to ensure you don’t overcook the roast. Pulling it off the grill at 140ºF ensures a perfect medium-rare cook. The internal temperature will continue to rise as it rests for about 10 minutes before slicing.…
Spinach Stuffed Rolled Chicken only looks like a fancy dinner that you spent hours prepping in the kitchen. This is a company worthy dish and is actually quite easy to prepare. You could even prep it the night before, then just pop it in the oven when you get home from work the next day. I love to prep dishes like this ahead of time when I’m having dinner guests so that I can spend more time socializing than in the kitchen.
One of the things I like most about this dish is the amazing flavor using fresh ingredients imparts. The seasoning is simple, but the flavor of the bell peppers and onion really infuse the chicken. And, if you elect to grill the chicken rather than bake it, you’ll get some of that wonderful smoky flavor as well. I’m definitely a grill advocate, and with a bit of grill season left, why not throw this stuffed chicken on the grill?…
I have always loved salmon, especially grilled on a cedar plank. When I was a kid, my dad would prepare fresh from the river salmon for us on the grill, and it was delicious. I decided to give my Cedar Plank Salmon an Asian flair by creating a miso ginger glaze. Boy am I glad I did. The miso adds a slightly earthy flavor, and a bit of lemon adds a brightness to the sauce. Get yourself a cedar plank (or six), and take Grilled Miso Ginger Cedar Plank Salmon for a taste test. You won’t be disappointed.
A little spicy, definitely smoky from the grill, and oh so delicious–Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw brings me back to my days of living in San Diego. You probably know that the slaw and sauce is what really makes a fish or shrimp taco shine. I combined the slaw and sauce to make a creamy slaw for these shrimp tacos.
Who says the grill is just for meat? Grilled Veggie Summer Salad makes a sensational lunch or a light dinner that is totally customizable. In fact, I used the grilled veggies in my meal prep last week, so I took salads to work for lunch all week. (See the notes below for other uses for the grilled vegetables.) You can top this salad with your favorite dressing, or try the Creamy Avocado Dressing in this recipe. Russ usually just likes ranch dressing for his salads, but he actually tried this one and liked it. Yay! Greek yogurt, avocado, roasted garlic, and seasonings combine to make a tangy, flavorful dressing that pairs perfectly with the smokiness of the grilled vegetables.
Smoked Lemon Rosemary Chicken is the most succulent whole smoked chicken I have ever prepared. While it does take some time on the smoker, the end result is well worth the wait. The lemon is just the right amount as to not be overpowering, and the rosemary is a perfect complement to the smoky flavor imparted by the Traeger.
I hope the new year is finding you happy and healthy. Russ and I spent a relaxing New Year’s Eve at home together after a round of golf in the morning. Is it just me, or does anyone else have a hard time staying up to watch the ball drop these days?
Although we’ve both been crazy busy with work for the last month, I did get Russ to sit down and select his top ten guy approved recipes from 2017 for you. These are recipes that I make for him frequently. First of all, most of them are easy weeknight meals or slow cooker creations that make dinner a snap on those late nights. Second of all, all ten recipes are gluten-free depending on how you serve them (not that he cares), and most of them are Whole30 friendly. Third of all, I did ask him to rank them, so they are listed from his most favorite to his tenth most favorite.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement this year. It really does mean the world to me. Your comments about recipes you’ve tried is what keeps me motivated to keep Inspired Fresh Life going. Cooking really is a passion of mine, and making (mostly) healthy whole foods that taste amazing is a plus. And a really special thanks to Russ for being my constant guinea pig and giving me honest feedback about the dishes I prepare.
Read on for Russ’s guy approved recipe picks for 2017:
This is a great recipe for using up veggies from the fridge. You can mix and match nearly anything you like. The meat you use is also versatile. I’ve made Veggie and Sausage Breakfast Casserole with turkey sausage, bacon, and prosciutto. Of course, you don’t even need to include the meat if you want a vegetarian or more cholesterol friendly dish. If you don’t include the meat, just add an extra cup of veggies.
If you’re like me, you’ve tried a number of different recipes that promise crispy chicken from the oven. Either they weren’t crispy, or they used ingredients that weren’t very healthy. Well, despair no more. These Crispy Oven-Baked Chicken Thighs really are crispy, and use only tapioca flour, a blend of spices, and an egg. You can also mix up your spices for different flavor combinations.
No, you don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to come around again to enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage. This is such an easy recipe to prepare with a huge flavor pay off. It’s not quite a “fix it and forget it” slow cooker dish, but the extra steps make a difference and are really quite simple.
Deliciously smoky, and fall-off-the-bone tender, Smoked Rosemary Wings deliver on flavor, and are so much healthier for you than restaurant fried wings.
You definitely want to try these Easy Steak Fajitas. Whether you serve them over greens or wrap them in a warm tortilla, you are going to love the flavor. I love to add fresh tomato, avocado, and shredded cheese to mine, but you could use additional toppings such as black beans or sour cream.
I make Slow Cooker Carnitas about once a month. It’s such an easy dish to prepare, and it gives us a ton of leftovers for lunches, another dinner later in the week, or the freezer. You can serve the carnitas in a tortilla with your favorite toppings, over rice, or in lettuce wraps (which is what I did for myself).
Yum! Creamy Veggie and Chicken Sausage Gnocchi is so easy to make and full of fresh flavors. For me, this is pure comfort food, and I was excited to find Delallo Gluten Free Gnocchi. Of course, you can use any gnocchi you like, or even a pasta for that matter.
I used ground chuck, zucchini, spinach, and cauliflower rice in these Whole30 compliant Veggie Loaded Meatballs, and I really don’t think he realized how many veggies were packed into each serving. I served mine over wilted spinach and served his over linguine with a little pasta sauce. He always loves it when I make different variations of meatballs, and these were no exception.
This Chicken Enchilada Casserole is an easy weeknight dinner. Russ is not always a Mexican food fan, but he loves this casserole. Depending on your family size, you should end up with some yummy leftovers for lunch during the week.
Smoked Rosemary Wings are one recipe from Inspired Fresh Life that I think my brother Buck might actually make. He, like may dad, loves to experiment on the smoker, and I think I finally have my own recipe that they will want to try. Everyone who has tried these wings has loved the flavor and how fall-off-the-bone tender they are.
Grilled Rockfish was a special treat while visiting the Pacific Northwest since it’s not a fish I can get in south Florida. A quick thirty minute marinade, then ten minutes on the grill is all it takes for this delectable dish.