Peach-Jalapeño Grilled Chicken

Peach-Jalapeño Grilled Chicken
Peach-Jalapeño Grilled Chicken

We got a grill. WE GOT A GRILL! 

Over the last two years, I've slowly but steadily growing a list of "things I'll make when we get a grill," but we held out, looking for a good deal. And, after two years of waiting? Not once did we spot a grill on sale that was also a grill we wanted. But earlier this month, we finally got a grill off of Craigslist -- a steal, really. 

And oh have we been grilling. Chicken. Sausages. Fish for tacos. Even brussels sprouts. This recipe is one of the highlights for me so far, something that I started working on B.G. (before grill 😏) but could get quite right until we had a grill. Nothing like cooking over an open flame! 

I have been super crazy for peaches lately, gobbling them up fresh every day. This recipe using peach preserves, and fresh grilled peaches make for a sweet side. Jalapeños add some zing, along with a bit of fresh ginger. It's a spicy, sticky, sweet, savory combo that screams summer, Perfect with a side salad or grilled veggies. 

Peach-Jalapeño Grilled Chicken
Peach-Jalapeño Grilled Chicken

Peach-Jalapeño Grilled Chicken

Published July 31, 2018 by
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Serves: 2-3   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peach preserves
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 pound chicken breasts (about 2 large breasts)
  • For serving: 1-2 peaches, cilantro for garnish, lime wedges, fresh jalapeño slices

  • Directions:

    1. Whisk together the peach preserves, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, and jalapeño in the bottom of a medium-sized mixing bowl.
    2. Heat grill with a medium-high flame. When the grill is hot, place the chicken on the grate and close the lid. Allow the chicken to cook for 3 minutes with out moving to get good sear marks. Then, flip to the second side.
    3. Cook chicken breasts until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (I use this Instant Read Thermometer, and it’s great (affiliate link!))
    4. If serving with grilled peaches: slice peaches in half and remove the pit. Lightly oil the fleshy side of each peach (use a high-heat oil such as coconut) and place on the grill. Grill for 4-5 minutes, undisturbed.
    5. Remove chicken from heat, and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve hot with lime wedges and fresh jalapeño slices.

    Coconut Flour Waffles with Peaches & Pecans

    Coconut Flour Waffles with Peaches & Pecans

    Currently: sitting in the corner of our sectional (best seat in the place), watching Friends, S03 E03. Joey is sitting at Monica’s table, eating currant jam. 

    I have been watching the show Friends from the beginning — and while many people would follow that by saying, “for the seventh time,” for me, this is a first. And I’m addicted. Typically when we put on anything after 8pm, be it a show or a movie, I’m guaranteed to be asleep in 15 minutes. While I really enjoyed the first season of West World, for example, the second season put me to sleep every Sunday. But Friends is different. I’m not sure if it’s because the show uses minimal brain power to watch, or because each episode is only 20 minutes long on Netflix, but I can watch until at least 10pm before feeling like I need to go to bed. 

    There was a week earlier this summer when both Oliver and our room mate were out of town, and I was left to my own devices when it came to figuring out how to turn the TV on (I’m going to sound old saying this but, Do we really need four remotes?) and choosing what to watch (my preferred decision-making technique is to plop down on the couch and watch what ever is already on). But there I was, with the entire sectional to myself, flipping through Netflix. The rest is history — or it will be, when I finish the series… for now, binge watching friends is a bit like my version of Saturday morning cartoons (remember those?), and that means a plateful of waffles is in order! 

    Coconut Flour Waffles with Peaches & Pecans

    Coconut Flour Waffles with Peaches & Pecans

    Published August 9, 2018 by
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    Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 30 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 peaches, sliced thin
  • A handful of toasted pecans
  • For serving: butter and maple syrup and/or whipped cream

  • Directions:

    1. Heat a non-stick waffle iron. (If your iron is not non-stick, grease it generously).
    2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, and vanilla. Add in coconut flour, baking soda, and salt and stir until a runny batter forms.
    3. Give the batter one more quick whisk and then pour 1/4 cup of batter into the middle of the waffle iron. Close the iron, and cook until golden — about 5-10 minutes.
    4. Repeat step 3 until all batter is used; Serve hot topped with fresh peaches, toasted pecans, butter, and maple syrup.

    Layered Summer Ratatouille

    Summery Ratatouille

    Continuing with the theme of recipes that use up all of your summer produce: Ratatouille! 

    Admittedly my garden has been very slow to produce this year probably due to the hailstorm in mid-June, but I’m guessing most of you don’t have that problem, so you’ll be able to make use of this recipe soon!

    Is there a more beautiful way to display summer produce than a ratatouille? An array of color, layers of vegetables. And it's really quite simple to make, easier than pie! Easier than it looks — that’s for sure. 

    So what is ratatouille? There are two different versions: one where all the vegetables are stewed together, and this one, where delicate rounds of tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and eggplant are arranged over an herby tomato sauce. That’s it! From there you can customize: add protein to the sauce, top with fresh cheese or herbs, you name it.

    Summery Ratatouille
    Summery Ratatouille

    I served this version over Ina Garten's Parmesan polenta and OMG... I don’t think I’ve ever had such delicious polenta. I wouldn’t call it healthy or anything of that nature. But it is soooo good! And goes perfectly well with this ratatouille, rounding out the meal.

    Can you believe it’s August already? Where has the time gone?! 

    Summery Ratatouille

    Layered Summer Ratatouille

    Published August 2, 2018 by
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    Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 70 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 summer squash
  • 1 skinny eggplant
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper, any color
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil, or 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • For serving: minced fresh basil, shredded parmesan.
  • Optional: if you would like to add protein to this recipe, 1 cup of cooked hot Italian sausage crumbles.

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. In the bottom of a 9x9inch baking dish, spread the tomato paste in an even layer. Sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and basil. If you are using the sausage, spread crumbles over tomato paste layer at this time.
    3. Slice the zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, and bell pepper into thin rounds. Arrange the rounds in overlapping rows over the tomato paste layer. Brush with oil, and then season with salt & pepper.
    4. Bake for 50 minutes, until veggies are softened through an golden on the edges. Top with minced fresh bail and shredded parmesan. Serve hot.