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Dinner Recipes

Pork Chops Infused with Garlic and Fresh Sage

Pork Chops Infused with Garlic and Fresh SageThe recipe is one of those minimalist dishes that is just pork chops, sage, garlic, lemon, cracked black pepper, and salt, and nothing more.

It’s a perfect dish that one can make quickly with just a few simple and readily available ingredients.

Ground Lamb with Orzo Pasta (a/k/a Yiouvetsi)

Ground Lamb with Orzo PastaI was always a huge fan of the Greek cuisine and even more so since spending my amazing honeymoon visiting the Greek Islands. This cuisine is known for utilizing a lot of lamb. The simplicity of the ingredients is what truly makes this cuisine a joy to prepare and to eat.

Yiouvetsi dishes are most often made with chunks of meat – beef and lamb are the most popular, but this recipe with ground lamb is a delight and easier on the budget. This recipe also calls for the use of the traditional orzo pasta (however other pasta types should work equally as well).

This dish turned out absolutely wonderful in my favorite Le Creuset Dutch Oven.

Baked Sea Bass with Couscous

Baked Sea Bass with CouscousI am a huge fan of white fish and especially sea bass. It’s not overly fishy and works with a variety of flavor combinations/various spices. I had left over olive oil infused with herbs and spices (from my marinated goat cheese recipe).  Using this flavorful oil with sea bass created absolutely heavenly results. The combination of flavors (rosemary, juniper berries, garlic and thyme) is the perfect enhancer for the beautiful wild sea bass fillets.  This recipe can certainly work with a variety of different fish types (especially white fish).  I believe for best results it is extremely important to purchase the best possible quality fish that’s available.

I served my baked sea bass over pearled (a/k/a Israeli couscous) with fresh grape tomatoes. Quick and easy dinner in around 20 minutes time! Now that’s something to get excited about.

Soy Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Rosemary

Soy Balsamic Roasted Chicken with RosemaryThis recipe is courtesy of my friend and fellow food blogger Salad Girl Nat. The simplicity of the dish and the ease of prep sold me on the spot.  I had to try this for myself.

This is probably one of the best chicken recipes I’ve ever tried.  The sauce is simply to die for!

Chicken Meatballs with Angel Hair Pasta & Homemade Pesto

Chicken Meatballs with Angel Hair Pasta & Homemade PestoTypically I make turkey meatballs (and usually in the slow cooker), but since I had no ground turkey meat on hand I decided to substitute with chicken. I was inspired by a recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks that promised to deliver delicious meatballs without utilizing eggs or breadcrumbs. Most of the time breadcrumbs and/or eggs are added to the meatballs to keep them moist.  Not these!  The addition of zucchini and walnuts produced super yummy and moist meatballs without gluten or dairy! The mix of paprika, oregano, thyme and granulated garlic is absolutely fantastic and yields great flavor.

As as a quick side I prepared some angel hair pasta (not homemade) and added pesto that I whipped up a few days prior.   Quick and easy dinner for the whole family (soft enough for babies and toddlers)!

Baked Salmon with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Baked Salmon with Dill Yogurt SauceThis  is one of those no fuss, simple and incredibly tasty recipes.  A few good salmon fillets and roughly 20 minutes and you have yourself an amazingly tasty and healthy meal.  This recipe is also extremely versatile.  You can serve these fillets hot over your choice of a grain (I opted to serve mine hot over a bed of pearled whole wheat couscous) and you can also serve these cold over a salad.

The addition of cool dill yogurt sauce makes this the perfect summer dish! I find baking fish to be the simplest method of all.  It guarantees you perfectly cooked fish that won’t undercook or overdry due to overcooking.

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