Looking for a flavorful new grilled vegetable side dish? Try my recipe for Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers!

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

If you are a regular reader of Katie’s Cucina you know I love to grill. I’m not intimidated of grilling I’ve learned to embrace it. Living in Florida we grill a lot. Especially when its still 90 degrees out as the rest of the country is finally starting to cool off. I’ve been making these Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers all summer long. I’ve refined the recipe over the summer and finally took the time to photograph this delectable grilled side dish. I prepped all the veggies, placed them in a gallon-size ziplock baggie and poured in all my seasonings. Sealed it up, mixed the veggies using my hands on the outside of the bag and let it sit until I was ready to grill dinner. You can even prep this in the morning, place it in the refrigerator and when you get home from work your side dish is already ready for you.

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

I love my STOK® grill. I love that my grill has interchangeable grill inserts. I typically grill chicken on the traditional grill grate and then throw in some veggies into the vegetable basket at least once a week.  This is what the green beans, red bell peppers and red onion looked like as I poured my zip lock baggie full of veggies into my vegetable basket.

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell PeppersJust 10-15 minutes later this is how my veggies looked. Nicely cooked with little grill bits. The green beans were still al dente and crisp. The bell peppers and red onions were sweet in taste. I now love grilling green beans! Who would have thought to grill green beans?

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

Katie Original Recipe

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Grilled Asian Green Beans and Red Bell Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Green Beans, trimmed
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Red Onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic in Water

Directions

  1. In a large gallon bag, place green beans, red bell pepper, and red onion in the bag. Then add in the sesame oil, salt, black pepper, soy sauce, and minced garlic. Seal bag and mix with hands in the outside of the bag.
  2. Heat the grill to medium-low heat (should be at 350 degrees Fahrenheit). Pour the vegetables into a vegetable grill basket and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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Juicy and flavorful chicken and green olive filling make these homemade chicken empanadas irresistible!

Chicken Empanadas

I love a good empanada! I just started eating empanadas over the past decade. Whenever I go to Whole Foods or even the grocery store (yes, they sell them in our warm food case at the bakery) I typically grab a chicken and spinach empanada! I’ve never made them at home; however, my mother in-law has made beef empanada’s a few times. When we were planning my brother in-laws birthday last month we decided we would server chicken and ground beef empanadas for a light lunch as well as my homemade salsa and a seven layer dip. The empanadas made for  a perfect lunch and we happened to have quite a few leftover. We made 3 dozen. Two dozen beef and one dozen of the chicken empanadas. I was tasked with making the filling. I grabbed cooked rotisserie chicken meat (there I go again with the rotisserie. If your not embracing the rotisserie chicken you need too!), some of my favorite spanish spices, and a few large green olives. I just so happened to make enough filling for one dozen empanadas. It was fate. And boy were they flavorful!

In case you’ve never made chicken empanadas I have a few pictures on how to make them. They are so easy to make and best of all you can prep them ahead of time and fry them right before your about to eat.

Chicken Empanadas

I use pre-made empanada dough found in the freezer section. You will want to defrost them in the fridge the day before. Place 1-2 tablespoons of chicken filling in the middle of the empanada dough disc.

Chicken Empanadas Then fold the empanada in half like the photo above. (My mother in-law, Linda, is my hand model for these photos!)

Chicken Empanadas

Then, use a fork and seal the dough shut by pressing the tines of the fork into the dough. Set them in a covered container until your ready to fry them. Then once your ready to fry, in a deep skillet, heat 1-inch of canola oil to 375°. Of course, if you have a deep fryer then you can use that. Fry a few empanadas at a time (try not to over crowd the skillet), turning once, until browned and crisp, about 3-5 minutes. Place the fried empanadas on a paper towel. While your waiting for the rest to cook you can transfer the cooked empanadas to a baking sheet, and place in the oven on low to keep warm! 

Chicken Empanadas

The cilantro cream sauce is awesome and compliments the chicken empanada perfectly. It’s a sauce that my mother in-law has been making with her empanadas over the past few years and I love it. It’s fresh and full of flavor and of course just a few ingredients. If you don’t have sour cream or don’t want to use sour cream you could always sub greek yogurt instead. You will still achieve the same great taste. Whether you are hosting a party or just want a fun new lunch I would highly recommend you try your hand at making homemade chicken empanadas!

Chicken Empanadas

Katie Original Recipe for Empanadas and Cilantro Cream Sauce adapted from Tyler Florence

Chicken Empanadas

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10

Chicken Empanadas

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 10 Empanada Discos (pastry dough found in freezer section)
  • 2 cups Shredded Cooked Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Jarred Sofrito
  • 1 package Sazon Coriander & Arnatto)
  • 4 Super Colossal Spanish Queen Olives Pimento Stuffed, diced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • Cilantro Cream Sauce:
  • 1 cup Sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine, shredded cooked rotisserie chicken, tomato sauce, jarred sofrito, sazon seasoning, diced Super Colossal Spanish Queen Olives Pimento Stuffed, and shredded Mexican cheese. Mix until well combined and set to the side.
  2. Place empanada disc on a flat surface. Place 1-2 tablespoons of filling in the center of the disc (make sure to not over-fill). Fold empanada in half (moon shape), Seal the edges with a little water and crimp with a fork. Keep filled empanadas covered with parchment paper until ready to fry. (You can refrigerate up to a few hours before frying).
  3. Preheat a large skillet with vegetable oil on medium-high heat. Oil needs to be at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a few empanadas at a time in the pan (make sure to not over crowd the pan) Fry, turning halfway through, until evenly golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and place empanadas on a paper towel to drain off excess oil. To keep empanadas warm while others are frying, place in the oven on low.
  4. Cilantro Cream Sauce:
  5. In a bowl, combine, sour cream, minced cilantro, lime juice, and salt and pepper. Mix until well incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to serve empanadas.
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Looking for a hearty soup that both children and adults will love? Try this easy recipe for chicken and stars soup.
Chicken and Stars Soup
 
I’m at it again… Making another pot of soup. This time it’s a kid-friendly soup. I grew up eating canned chicken and stars soup. During a recent stroll through the pasta aisle I saw a box of pastina (also known as stars) and I knew I had to make a childhood favorite of mine.
 Chicken and Stars Soup
Did you know that growing up I would eat soup for breakfast? Like every day. My mom always struggled with my pickiness and I think one day decided to let me eat soup for breakfast and the rest was history… Just about everyday I would have a bowl of soup. Most days/weeks/months it was the canned variety and occasionally my mom would have a homemade pot of soup available and I would devour it before anyone could get to it!
Chicken and Stars Soup
This chicken and stars soup is easy to make and best of all most of the contents come directly from the chicken stock I made from a $5 rotisserie chicken. If you like to make (and of course eat) soup I highly recommend you checkout my post on making your own stock from a rotisserie chicken. As the weather starts to get cooler, pack your kids or yourself a thermos full of chicken and stars soup to enjoy during lunch! Or making it for dinner and serve with a salad and crusty bread!
Katie Original Recipe
Chicken and Stars Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Chicken and Stars Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chicken fat (or unsalted butter)
  • 2 cups, diced carrots
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 cups cooked dark chicken, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, halved and sliced
  • 1 yellow squash, halved and sliced
  • 1 cup pastina
  • 1 tsp fresh dill

Directions

  1. In a large stock pot, place the chicken fat in the pot (or butter) on medium heat until hot (about 1-2 minutes). Then add the diced carrots, celery, onions, salt, and black pepper. Cook with lid on for 10 minutes on medium-high heat. Stirring occasionally.
  2. Then add in the chicken stock, water, chicken bouillon cubes, and shredded chicken. Cook for an additional 10 minutes until soup begins to boil. Then add in the zucchini, yellow squash, pastina, and fresh dill and cook for 6 minutes. Serve soup immediately or let rest to room temperature and store in a sealed container for up to one week.
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Use leftover chicken fajitas to make these easy quesadillas. Perfect for lunch or even dinner and a great way to use up leftovers!

Easy Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

We love chicken fajitas in my home. The other week I shared with you my grilled chicken fajitas recipe. Today, I’m going to share how to transform the leftover chicken fajitas and re-invent them into a whole new meal! Whenever I have leftover meat and vegetables I tend to throw them into a quesadilla. You can cook them one of three ways; bake them, grill them, or fry them in a sauté pan. That’s how I choose to cook these leftover chicken fajita quesadillas. I will preface that I like to bake them the best… less messy and time spent stressing and worrying about flipping the quesadilla over and the contents of the quesadilla falls out. Maybe you don’t stress about stuff like that, but I do!

Easy Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

The next time you make chicken fajitas… make a little extra to ensure you have leftovers. Then forget about said leftovers for a day or two and then whip up a batch of my easy chicken fajita quesadillas for lunch or dinner.

Katie Original Recipe

Easy Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4

Easy Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  • 2 cups leftover chicken and vegetables fajitas
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • Sour cream and salsa for serving

Directions

  1. Reheat the leftover chicken and vegetable fajita filling until luke warm. Once the fajita filling is semi-cooked place 4 flour tortillas on the countertop. Divide the leftover chicken fajita filling among the four flour tortillas, then divide the cheese (1/2 cup on each tortilla), spreading both filling and cheese evenly.
  2. Heat up a large sauté pan on medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Place one of the filled tortillas in the pan. Then add another flour tortilla on top. Cook for 3 minutes until the bottom is golden brown but not burnt. Using two spatulas, carefully flip over (trying not to spill out the contents of the quesadilla). Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Remove from sauté pan, cut and serve. Repeat until all the quesadillas have been cooked. Serve with sour cream and salsa.
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Highball & Harvest (“H&H”) restaurant located at  The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.

(photo credit: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes)

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to dine at the new Highball & Harvest (“H&H”) restaurant located at  The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. When I’m not cooking, I really enjoy dining at some of the finest restaurants here in Orlando, Florida. Central Florida has a very hot restaurant scene. Gone are the days of visiting the theme parks and staying on property because that’s all that is around to eat. Yes, we do have our share of chain-restaurants (which I love many of them), but we also have a wide-variety of unique and one-of-a-kind farm-to-fork restaurants here. As soon as I found out that the new Highball & Harvest restaurant was serving Southern-inspired food I knew I had to try it! I might not have been born in the south, but I sure do love southern cuisine.

Chef Mark Jeffers

(photo credit: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes)

Comprised of The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes continues its dedication to farm-to-fork dining and authentic, local experiences with the opening of H&H, helmed by the resort’s rising young Chef de Cuisine Mark Jeffers who joined The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando in 2007. Having grown up on the water, the Daytona, Florida native pulls his culinary inspiration from his hometown state as well as his extensive travels around the South, from Low Country-infused Charleston to Cajun-spiced New Orleans. Chef Jeffers’ dishes are hyper local, infused with Floridian citrus and ingredients from nearby purveyors and the resort’s own 7,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm, which opened in October 2012 and continues to expand. The thirst-quenching heart of the restaurant will be its hands-on cocktail bar experience.

The dishes we create at Highball & Harvest are designed to give restaurant-goers a sense of nostalgia while enjoying southern classics infused with regional flavors,” says Chef Mark Jeffers. “We start with locally sourced products and allow the quality of the ingredients speak for itself.

Highball & Harvest’s most unexpected offerings:

  • Parker House Rolls, made from Khorasan wheat (Egyptian old-world grains) and served warm and moist with less gluten than typical bread, a complimentary bread presentation made from scratch by the resort’s 30-person pastry team.
  • Signature dishes: Pig-n-Potatoes, an all-day breakfast dish of poached egg, potato hash, and tender pork cheeks with sweet peppers, caramelized onions, H&H Hot Sauce, and hollandaise sauce. The Southern Spreads, pimento cheese dip and smoked fish dip served with pickled veggies, benne seed lavash, and grilled sourdough presented in a metal tackle box. Smoked Lamb Brisket with boiled peanut “baked beans” and collards.
  • Raw Oyster Bar with signature house-made H&H Hot Sauce. Chefs shuck oysters by hand and teach diners all-things-oysters.
  • Interactive cocktail table with handcrafted, herb-infused cocktails. Knowledgeable bar chefs muddle ingredients while curating a personalized cocktail experience. Cocktails are served on the rocks with hand-carved ice, sculpted bar side with a high-end Japanese ice saw and infused with Whisper Creek Farm herbs and fruits. Signature cocktails: “The Last Wish” served over an ice sphere with orange peel, the “Doc Holliday” with house ginger beer and blueberry jam, and the “Back 40 Punch”, a refreshing take on a bourbon cocktail mixed with sweet tea and lemon.
  • Cask wine. Central Florida’s largest selection of wines from the cask. This method ensures perfect temperature control and freshness, and is eco-friendly by reducing the amount of wine bottles used.


We started our meal off with hand-crafted beverages. I had the non-alcoholic Cranberry Cobbler as I showed on Instagram during our luncheon. Then the servers brought out the lightly and fluffy Parker House Rolls that were paired with two house made butters; an herb butter and an apple cinnamon butter.

Next up, the chef choose two appetizers for us to sample. We shared, family-style, The Southern Spreads which consisted of warm pimento cheese dip and a flavorful smoked fish dip served along side picked veggies like okra and carrots to name a few as well as benne seed lavash crackers and grilled sourdough that was fresh and fluffy. We also got to sample the crab cakes with fried green tomatoes. The crab cakes were all crab and no-filler. My favorite way to consume a crab cake! And then on top of that paired with a fried green tomato. My absolute favorite. Heirloom tomatoes with a grilled corn chow-chow lined the plate as well as a flavorful cajun remoulade and a house made hot sauce–that was more smokey than spicy.

And then it was time for our entree. I choose the shrimp and grits. Locally fished Canaveral Red Shrimp with Anson Mills Grits that were creamy with both white cheddar cheese and a hint of goat cheese. The chef lined the bowl with a delicious Charred Tomato barbecue sauce. The grits were topped with arugula, fennel shavings, and crispy fried onions. Such a sinfully delicious dish! My new friend, Lauren, from Spork Orlando, shared with me and I got to sample her blackened grouper. It was delicious and I loved the hominy ragout and the andouille sausage. The sausage paired surprisingly well with the blackened grouper. I wouldn’t normally think to pair two proteins together–must remember this for future recipes.

Last but not least… dessert. Oh my gosh, you guys the desserts are amazing. We had not one, or two, or three, but four different desserts. Don’t worry we all shared and had a few bites of each. Dessert is the pure reason why I workout. Life is sweet and I want to be able to eat those sweets! We had the chance to try the signature baby donuts. Lightly fried and sugared served with a cappuccino ice cream and a tube of chocolate hazelnut spread! Next up, the H&H Key Lime Tart–so refreshing and perfect for hot Florida days! The Strawberry Shortcake was served in a mason jar with poached rhubarb, strawberry sorbet, and a house made bubble gum marshmallow! Last but not least the warm chocolate cake, served in a cute little cast iron pot and the Madagascar vanilla sauce in a lightbulb. Yes, you unscrew the top and pour the sauce on the cake from a light bulb.

I absolutely loved all the food presentation–all so unique and added to the experience.

I can’t wait to take my husband to Highball & Harvest during one of our next date nights. I can see us sipping the hand crafted cocktails, him enjoying the oyster bar, sharing a few appetizers and digging into dessert! Highball & Harvest is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

The official opening of Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes was Monday, September 8. This marks a series of improvements and renovations to the resort in the coming months. JW Marriott Orlando will open Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen in Spring 2015 spotlighting charcuterie, Whisper Creek Farm ingredients, and beer from Whisper Creek Farm: The Brewery opening in September 2014.

Valet parking is available at the hotel and is complimentary for Highball & Harvest guests.

Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32837
(407) 393-4422

Open Daily: 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Bar Hours: 11 a.m. – Midnight

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary lunch. I was not required to write about the event–I simply wanted to share with my readers a great new restaurant that is now open in Orlando, Florida. As always all opinions are my own. 


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Get stadium-quality candied walnuts in minutes at home with just a few everyday ingredients!

Easy Candied WalnutsFootball season is here! There is nothing that my husband and I love more than hot candied walnuts when we attend a sporting event. Heck, even when we go to the theater to watch an off-broadway show the minute we smell the brown sugar glazed walnuts we have to buy a pouch. I recently needed candied walnuts for a recipe and as a scoured the store I couldn’t find any. Then it hit me… duh these are probably so easy to make. So I heated up a sauté pan and melted butter and brown sugar and then add the walnuts to the pan. I continued to mix the walnuts until all the brown sugar had coated the nuts.

Easy Candied Walnuts

My home smelled like a sports arena in minutes (minus the smelly players and people). These are the ideal snack for watching a game or even a movie or television show. If your kids don’t have a nut allergy and like nuts these would be perfect in a bento box lunch. Give them a few of the sweet sugary easy-to-make candied walnuts in their lunch box and I’m sure they will eat them all. Who wouldn’t eat brown sugar glazed nuts?

Katie Original Recipe

Easy Candied Walnuts

Prep Time: 11 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Easy Candied Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions

  1. In a large saute pan, melt the butter on medium-high heat. Then add the walnuts, white granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Mix until all the sugar has coated the walnuts. Continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes on medium-high heat until all sugar has dissolved on walnuts.
  2. Remove the candied walnuts off the heat and pour the candied walnuts on a sheet of parchment paper. Spread the candied walnuts out and allow to cool and harden for at least 10 minutes. Store candied walnuts in a sealed container for up to one week.
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 This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cost Plus World Market. As always all opinions are my own. 

Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Oatmeal. Do you love it or hate it? For years I hated it and just in the past 5 month’s I’ve been working on trying to embrace it. I’ve experimented all different ways trying to spruce it up and I’ve finally come up with a flavor combo that is out of this world and make oatmeal bareable to me. This caramel apple oatmeal is like fall harvest in a bowl for me. For those that don’t read regularly, I’m a breastfeeding mama and oatmeal is said to help produce milk production. So I’ve started bellying up to a bowl of oatmeal every morning. The things we do for our kids!??!

Caramel Apple Oatmeal

I found that I couldn’t do the texture in oatmeal so adding crunchy fresh ingredients has helped. And of course it doesn’t hurt to add a drizzle of caramel sauce on top. I’ve been eating this caramel apple oatmeal for the past few weeks and I can say that I feel like I’ve seen a boost in my milk supply (but then again maybe its just my mind making me think that).

Caramel Apple Oatmeal

I found the ingredients to my Caramel Apple Oatmeal recipe at World Market. You guy’s know I love to shop there. My mom, baby Ryder, and I went a few Friday’s ago. We had a lovely lunch together to fuel up our bodies to shop! I tend to stock up my pantry when I go there from fresh pastas, oils, and a few bottles of beer. This time I stocked up on the Modern Oats Apple Walnut Instant Oatmeal. They have a wide assortment of fall food & drinks think all things pumpkin and apple!

Caramel Apple Oatmeal

So if you aren’t fond of oatmeal I challenge you to give this recipe a try. I think my Caramel Apple Oatmeal will make you start to enjoy oatmeal more like me!

Katie Original Recipe

Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 1

Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cook oatmeal according to package. While oatmeal is cooking, chop apples. Place half the apple pieces on the bottom of a bowl. Then add cooked oatmeal on top. Sprinkle half the remaining apples on top, followed by walnuts and drizzle with caramel sauce. Eat immediately and enjoy.

Notes

You may need to warm the Dulce de Leche sauce in the microwave for 15 seconds to allow it to spread evenly.

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Grilled chicken fajitas are the ideal no-mess very little clean-up meal. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal all contained on the grill or even better for tailgating at a football game!

grilled chicken fajitas - easy meal to make in minutes on the grill!
I’ve recently came to the realization that I don’t share enough of my everyday recipes with my readers. Recipes I make in my kitchen day in and day out. Today, I’m sharing with you a tried and true favorite of ours; grilled chicken fajitas. I even did a demonstration on how to make this recipe at the Food & Wine Conference earlier this summer with STōK grills.
grilled chicken fajitas
I’ve blogged about grilled chicken fajita kabobs before which are fun but not practical for a quick dinner! I’ve been making grilled chicken fajitas on the grill for the past year and since making them on the grill I can honestly say I can’t remember the last time I made chicken fajitas on the stove top. True story. You see my grilled chicken fajitas can be prepared 100% on the grill. Grill the chicken, place the onions and peppers in a veggie basket and wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil to place on the grill just before serving. I marinate the chicken in fajita seasoning and grapeseed oil in a plastic bag.
grilled chicken fajitas
This can be prepared right before you go to grill or the night before for maximum flavor. Same goes with the onions and peppers. Slice them up and place them in a plastic bag with more fajita seasoning and grape seed oil. I cook them with grapeseed oil because grape seed oil has a high smoke point so my food is less likely to burn. I cook everything on low on the grill and with 15-20 minutes time frame dinner is served! Grilling chicken fajitas is that easy.
grilled chicken fajitas
While the fajitas are cooking I whip up a batch of my fresh homemade salsa. Most of the time I’ll make a box of Spanish rice to go with our fajitas. That’s it… Dinner is served. I make this frequently when entertaining. I also make this at least twice a month  as it’s always a hit. And I always have leftovers for lunch. Over the next few weeks I’ll share with you how I repurpose my grilled chicken fajita leftovers and make them into something amazing!
Katie Original Recipe
Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp fajita seasoning, divided
  • 1 of each; red, yellow, orange, and green bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced in quarters
  • 10 flour tortillas (use corn tortillas to make these Gluten Free)
  • Sour cream and shredded cheese optional

Directions

  1. Wash chicken and pat dry with paper towel. Trim any excess fat you might not want. Then place in a ziplock gallon-size bag. Place one tablespoon grapeseed oil in the bag coating the chicken as well as one tablespoon fajita seasoning. Seal bag and mix with hands to ensure the seasoning is coated all over chicken. Place in refrigerator until ready to cook.
  2. Place sliced bell peppers and red onion in another ziplock gallon-size bag. Place the remaining one tablespoon grapeseed oil and fajita seasoning in the bag. Seal and mix well.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Clean grill. Once the grill reaches 350 degrees place the vegetables in vegetable basked and reduce heat to low. Then place the chicken on the other side of the grill and lower the heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes then flip chicken. Make sure you stir veggies every 5 minutes to ensure they cook evenly and do not burn. Cook chicken additional 10 minutes. Use an instant read thermometer to check chicken. Chicken should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. During the last two minutes of cooking place tortillas in aluminum foil and place on the top rack of the grill with lid closed. Remove chicken from grill. Let rest 2-4 minutes. Then slice, place on a platter or in a large bowl with vegetables. Remove tortillas off grill and serve dinner

Notes

You can use corn tortillas to make these gluten free. Always make your own seasoning or check the packaging of the fajita seasoning to ensure that it's gluten free.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Certified Angus Beef via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

You don’t need to visit a fancy steakhouse to eat like a king or queen at home. Learn how to make the most delectable Steakhouse Onions and Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce in the comforts of your own home!

Have you ever dined at a swanky steakhouse and they offer a variety of sauces to pair with your plump and juicy steak? I always get adventurous and try one of the sauces. I love to have sautéed onions with my steak and my husband loves to have mushrooms with his. I partnered with Certified Angus Beef® brand to show that busy moms (and dad’s) can make a steakhouse meal at home and on a week night!

Since giving birth to Ryder I crave steak all the time! All my life I’ve been a flexatarian and now since having a cute baby boy I’ve turned into a carnivore. They say your body craves what it needs… beef has Zinc, Iron and Protein –nutrients that are essential to a healthy, balanced diet. Did you know that there are 29 cuts of beef that are lean (less than 10g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat and 95mg cholesterol per 3.5-ounce serving). The best way to find a lean cut, look for ‘round’ or ‘loin’ in the name (i.e. strip loin, tenderloin, round roast).

After receiving a box of 8 steaks from Certified Angus Beef® brand I decided to treat my husband to a delicious steak dinner on a Monday night. I can’t think of a better way to make Monday better than with steak! I paired our Filet of Sirloin steaks with twice baked potatoes that I had made last month and froze (easy side dish just defrost and bake to warm and crisp up)! I also threw some asparagus on the grill half way through the steaks cooking. While our meal was cooking I sautéed the onions and mushrooms and then added in the ingredients for the red wine sauce.

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Do you know how to cook steak on the grill? I use to be intimidated until I learned and now I have no fear of grilling steaks. Keep these tips in mind when grilling steaks and you will be a pro in no time!

  • Place your steaks on the counter 10-15 minutes before your going to cook them. You want to take the chill off them so they can cook more evenly.
  • Make sure your grill is super hot. Searing each side of the steak for 1-2 minutes to lock in the juices. Then lower the flame to medium-low heat.
  • Try to limit the number of times you flip your steaks.
  • Always cover your grill while cooking. Keeping the grill cover closed will help food cook more quickly.
  • Always use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the steak is done to your likeness.
    • Rare – 140 degree Fahrenheit
    • Medium Rare – 145 degree Fahrenheit
    • Medium – 160 degree Fahrenheit
    • Well Done – 170 degree Fahrenheit
  • Let steaks sit for a few minutes before serving to keep the juices inside the meat.
  • Stay food safe by washing everything that comes in contact with raw meat.

So you might be wondering where you can buy Certified Angus Beef® brand? Type in your zip code and you can find what grocery store or even restaurant that sells it! When you see Certified Angus Beef ® brand logo, beef has met 10 standards for premium quality, including abundant marbling. What I love about the Certified Angus Beef ® brand — they support local farmers and ranchers across the country, even the rural neighbors of your community. It’s a tradition of excellence spanning more than 35 years. The brand offers amazing beef you can count on every time you sit down at the table. So the next time you serve beef in your home make sure it’s Certified Angus Beef ® brand!

Do you love steak? What is your favorite cut and how do you typically prepare it? I’d love to read about it in the comments below!

Red Wine Sauce Adapted from Certified Angus Beef® brand

Steakhouse Onions & Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2

Steakhouse Onions & Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz. Sliced white mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a sauté pan, heat one tablespoon of butter. Melt on medium-high heat and then cook onion, garlic, and mushrooms until soft about 5 minutes. Remove all but a spoonful of onion/mushroom mixture and place into a bowl.
  2. In the same sauté pan whisk in wine and dijon mustard. Reduce by half (about 5 minutes) over medium heat. Slowly whisk in butter. Remove from heat and place the onion/mushroom mixture back in the pan add parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on top of your favorite Certified Angus Beef® brand cut.
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 This is a sponsored post by Stonyfield Greek Yogurt. As always all opinions are my own. Looking to cool off during the dog-days of summer? Try my easy recipe for Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup made with Stonyfield Greek Yogurt.

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I’ve always had a love for cucumbers. From as young as I could remember I would eat slice by slice as a snack. I remember in the summer months visiting my Uncle Sammy’s garden in Pittsburgh, where he grew an insane amount of tomatoes and cucumbers. I’m talking rows and rows of cucumbers and tomatoes. I think of my summers visiting his garden when I eat cucumbers and tomatoes in the summer months. Since it’s so dang hot out right now I figured a nice chilled soup would be good to cool off with. This recipe for Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup is just what the doctor ordered and best of all it’s made in 10 minutes.

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All you need to make this soup is a high power blender or even a food processor. I used my food processor and it worked just fine. I may or may not have had to puree this soup in my garage while working on this recipe. My baby boy was finally napping and the last thing I was about to do was take a chance and wake him up thanks to a minute’s worth of food processing.  Instead of using sour cream, heavy cream, or milk or a combination of any one of the three I used one cup of Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek yogurt! Did you know that there are 23 grams of protein in just one serving of Greek yogurt. So you can eat this soup guilt free and meat free without having to worry about getting your serving of protein in! Cool off this summer with my super simple and quick recipe for Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup!

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Looking for more chilled soup recipes? Check out the following bloggers recipes:

Quick Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Greek Yogurt from Cook the Story
Pea Soup from Peaches Please
Chilled Cucumber Peach Soup from Cooking with Books
Chilled Tomatillo & Avocado Soup from The Kitchen Prep
Roasted Red Pepper Greek Yogurt Gazpacho from Take a Bite Out of Boca
Chilled Mango Raspberry Soup from It’s Yummi

Katie Original Recipe

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-1/2 cups

2-1/4 cup servings

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Greek Yogurt Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 European Cucumbers, Peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, lightly packed
  • 2 tbsp red onion
  • 1 cup Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp red bell pepper, finely minced

Directions

  1. Peel European cucumbers and cut in quarters. Place in food process (make sure you reserve at least 2 tablespoons of diced cucumber for garnish) along with fresh dill, red onion, Greek Yogurt, salt and black pepper.
  2. Puree for 1 minute until everything is well incorporated. Pour into two bowls and top with one tablespoons each cucumber and red bell pepper.

Notes

You can also add finely diced tomato to garnish. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

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