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Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cilantro
  • Limes (2)
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Tomato
  • Salsa (or try mine!)
  1. Combine about 1 cup of cilantro, juice of two limes, 1 tblsp of lime zest, 1 tsp of sour cream, 2 pinches of salt and a pinch of sugar in food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Pour marinade over chicken and let sit for 15-30 minutes.
Who knew RAW chicken could look this good?!

While that is marinading, begin making your salsa (or salad, if you are not feeling that motivated). To make the salsa, you’ll need:

  • 2 vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 hot pepper like Jalapeno or Hobanero
  • 1 cup of white onion
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • Small handful of cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp or more of cayenne pepper
  • A squeeze of lime juice

This is enough salsa to feed a party, or the entire Osmond family.

"...my salsa makes all the pretty girls dance..."

"...my salsa makes all the pretty girls dance..."

  1. Combine ingredients on pulse in food processor until to your liking. I like my salsa more watery than chunky, so I let it go a little longer than a minute. If you like chunky, a couple pulses should be fine.
  2. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour if you can, it’ll get better the longer it sits!
  3. Cut up tomato and tear the lettuce, DON’T cut! Cutting will make the lettuce turn brown faster, and no one likes to eat brown lettuce. Remember you eat with your eyes FIRST!
  4. Crush half a ziplock bag of tortilla chips and add to salad.
  5. Throw chicken on the grill for 5 minutes on each side, basting the chicken while it cooks.
  6. Serve separate or combined, and enjoy. Feel free to add other delicious taco toppings like avocado,onions, chopped jalapenos, hot sauce or sour cream.
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    Spinach Strawberry Salad

    IMG_1183I love salty. I love sweet. But the two should not be together: not at a party, not in the club and especially, not on my fork.

    I may be losing all cooking street cred, but there is nothing that is more disgusting than a combination like cheesecake: the same cream cheese on my bagel, in a cake?! Absolutely not. Food is either salty or sweet, not both.

    And yet, this salad completely breaks the rules and deliciously combines the savory and the sweet. While I would like to claim it was genius which inspired me, it was not. Instead, it was the strawberries and spinach bordering between edible and goo that led to the creation of this salad. Whether its fresh or slightly slimey, this salad will satisfy the savory and sweet.

    Spinach Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Here’s what you need:

    • A bag of spinach or mixed greens
    • 2 handfuls of walnuts
    • A ¼ block of Feta or ¾ of the already crumbled package
    • 6 Strawberries
    • 3 slices of Turkey Bacon (or regular bacon)
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • Balsamic Vinegar
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Step 1: Start by chopping the walnuts into small pieces and heat up enough oil to coat entire bottom of  skillet on medium/low heat.

    Step 2: Add walnuts and stir them around, they will start to smell strong (and really good!) The walnuts will begin to change to a darker, caramelized brown. Take them off the heat, move the walnuts to one side and drain 1-2 Tblsp into a small sealing container with a lid.

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    Step 3: Add 1 tsp of oil,  1 tsp of Balsamic Vinegar. Shake it like a salt shaker.

    Step 4:Drain the walnuts of oil by placing them on a paper towel set on a plate and put them aside.

    Step 5: Wash and dry the spinach, cut up the strawberries and cook the turkey bacon.

    Step 6: Cook the bacon between paper towels on a plate  for 2 ½ minutes on each side. Your bacon may need more or less time, depending on whether or not your microwave sucks more or less ass than mine. With that said, I’d recommend listening to the bacon pop. It’s like popcorn, only meatier and crispy once the popping slows. Smash it up over the spinach.

    AND FINALLY… put the walnuts, strawberries and dressing over the spinach and let your tastebuds go cray cray.

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