Marinated Meat and Veggie Packs

Notes: Prep work chopping veggies will take up most of your time. After that it’s super easy. Food for days!

Servings: 4-6 | Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1¼ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt + extra for sprinkling
  • 1½ pounds meat (chicken, beef, or combination), cut into 1½” to 2″ dice
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), cut into 1″ dice
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 1″ dice
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into 1″ dice
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into ¼” to ½” dice
  • 8 oz baby bella or white button mushrooms, left whole if they are small. Sliced in half if not.
  • pepper, to taste
  • note: requires aluminum foil
  • Seasoning: Sprouts seasoning, Breakfast Klub, Tony Cachere’s, or whatever you like.

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic, and spices. Set aside.
  2. Cut 8 large pieces (about 12-14″ long each) of foil and lay them out double stacked to start 4 grill packets.
  3. Evenly distribute the diced meat and veggies onto each stack of foil and somewhat “flatten” out the contents for even cooking.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then finish off each packet with equal amounts of marinade drizzled right on top.
  5. Carefully bring up the long sides of the foil so the edges meet at the center. Fold the two edges over together at least three times. Fold up the edges on the open sides at least two to three times and crimp those together with your fingers as well. 
  6. Let the food marinate for a minimum of 1 to 2 hours.
  7. Directions for Grill: Grill the packets flipping them once until the meat is cooked to desired doneness, about 20 to 25 minutes total.
  8. Directions for Oven: Cook on 375F for 25 minutes.
  9. Carefully open each foil packet to let steam release before eating. Serve with pasta or rice.

Recipe Origin:

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Burger with Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes | Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef, 85/15
  • buns
  • Pickles/ lettuce/ tomato to dress
  • 1/2 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • Breakfast Klub seasoning to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Onion Powder

Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup Heinz ketchup
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • 2 TBSP dill pickle relish
  • Emeril’s season salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients (with your hands). Make patties that are 1″ thick. Make small indentation in the center. Place indent side up on hot pan (or grill). Cook 4-6 minutes. Flip and cook until done.
  2. Make sauce by combining all remaining ingredients.
  3. Toast buns on grill.
  4. Dress with pickles, lettuce, tomato and sauce.

Notes:

Recipe Origin: Adapted from blog Little Miss Momma.

Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon Sauce

Prep Time: ? minutes | Cook Time: ? minutes | Total Time: ? minutes | Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 TBSP cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp black or white pepper

Pork:

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 (1 lb) pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. To prepare sauce, combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 11 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  2. To prepare pork, combine chili powder, cinnamon, allspice, and salt, stirring well; Rub over pork.
  3. If you want to use grill, put whole tenderloin on medium grill. Cook 3-4 minutes each side. Slice and serve with sauce.
  4. If you want to cook pork in a skillet, cut pork crosswise into 12 slices. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with Pam. Add pork to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side. Serve with sauce.

Notes:

Recipe Origin:  Tore out of local magazine.

Mojito Grilled Shrimp

Prep Time: ? minutes | Cook Time: ? minutes | Total Time: ? minutes | Yield: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1/2 lbs peeled, deveined shrimp (21 to 30 per lb, tails on)

Mojito Marinade:

  • 20 chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 thinly sliced shallot
  • 1/3 cup light rum
  • 3 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp freshly grated lime zest
  • 1 tsp coarse kosher salt

Directions:

  1. For Marinade: In a medium bowl, combine mint leaves, sugar and shallot. Pound with a wooden spoon to crush. Whisk in rum, ime juice, oil, lime zest and salt. Whisk until salt dissolves.
  2. For shrimp: Preheat grill on high heat.
  3. Put shrimp in 1 gallon resealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Seal and marinate at room temp. for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove shrimp, reserving marinade.
  5. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Place on grill and baste with marinade. Close lid.
  6. Cook until shrimp are just beginning to brown, 1-2 minutes.
  7. Turn shrimp over, baste again, and close lid. Cook 1-2 minutes until browned but still moist in center (cut to check).
  8. Transfer shrimp to a platter, drizzle with lime juice and garnish with mint sprigs.

Notes:

Recipe Origin:  Tore out of a local magazine.

Margarita Chicken Skewers

Prep Time: ? minutes | Cook Time: ? minutes | Total Time: ? minutes | Yield:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 12 strips
  • 1 10 oz can frozen margarita mix, thawed
  • 2/3 cup tequila *
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 TBSP chicken seasoning
  • Vegetable oil, for the grill
  • Baby arugula and lime halves, for serving

Directions:

  1. Place chicken, margarita mix, tequila, cilantro and chicken seasoning in a large resealable plastic bag.
  2. Squeeze air out and seal.
  3. Massage the bag to combine ingredients.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minute to 1 hour.
  5. Meanwhile, soak 12 wooden skewers in water.
  6. Preheat grill to medium.
  7. Remove chicken from marinade and thread onto skewer.
  8. Oil the grill grate, grill the skewers for 1-2 minutes per side, or until meat is cooked through.
  9. Serve on a platter with arugula and lime.

Notes: * I don’t really care for tequila, and I’m not going to go out of my way to buy some just to make this. Also, I’m not giving tequila soaked chicken to toddlers. So, I just make it with the frozen margarita mix and all the other ingredients.

Recipe Origin:  Tore page out of local magazine.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: ? minutes | Cook Time: ? minutes | Total Time: ? minutes | Yield: 20

Ingredients:

  • 20 strips bacon (about 12 ounces)
  • 20 medium-large shrimp, shelled and deveined (about 1 lb)
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 TBSP chopped chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground pepper.

Directions:

  1. If using metal skewers, go to step 2. If using bamboo, soak for about 20 minutes.
  2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until halfway done, about 4 minutes. Drain and cool on paper towels.
  3. Wrap a piece of bacon around each shrimp, skewer through the point where bacon ends meet to keep from unraveling. Thread 3-5 shrimp on each skewer.
  4. Puree the BBQ sauce, oil, lemon juice, mustard, chipotles, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp pepper in a blender. Set aside half the sauce for dipping.
  5. Preheat a grill, gril pan or broiler. Grill or broil shrimp for 5 minutes, basting with the sauce once they begin to turn pink. Flip, baste again and grill or broil until just cooked through,about 4 more minutes. Serve with extra sauce.

Notes:

Recipe Origin: Torn out of the pages or a local magazine.

Lime and Basil Grilled Tilapia

The combination of lime and basil really adds flavor to the Tilapia. Make a little more sauce if you can.

Can either be eaten along with grilled vegetables or sliced and served in tacos.

Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except for the tilapia fillets in a resealable plastic bag. Turn to mix and add tilapia fillets. Seal and refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat grill. Pour marinade into a saucepan. Bring marinade to a low boil and remove from heat. Grill tilapia fillets for about 3 minutes per side over a high heat. When fish turns opaque remove from grill and serve with a few spoonfuls of marinade drizzled over top.

Recipe Origin: No clue. We’ve made it several times, and it’s good.