Easy Summer Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Cutlets with Greek Salsa

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I know I have been on a Greek kick lately, but this recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. My kids love Greek-style ingredients: feta, kalamata olives and fresh herbs so this is perfect served alongside chicken cutlets. You can grill these outside or use a grill or saute pan if you wish. This Greek Salsa is also great served with fish, shrimp, steak or pork.

Great Skillet Shrimp Supper: Fire Roasted Shrimp with Feta

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I had some leftover shrimp, fresh chopped onions, zucchini and squash from the farmer’s markets over the weekend and decided to make a really easy, healthy main dish. I love cooking in the skillet and then finishing it off in the oven, and that works great with this dish which is like a shrimp vegetable lasagna without the noodles. It’s high in protein, low in carbs and delicious.

Greek-Style Chicken or Shrimp Summer Saute

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This saturday I will be the guest chef at a new farmer’s market in town-the Valleydale Farmers market in Birmingham, Alabama. The director said they will be selling a lot of squash, zucchini, onions, tomatoes and red bell pepper so I thought why not come up with a simple, healthy recipe with all of these summer vegetables and cook with chicken or shrimp. I decided to flavor it Greek-Style with fresh oregano, Italian parsley, feta cheese and kalamata olives. Come see me at 10 a.m. See Valleydale Farmer’s Market.

Father’s Day Favorite: Buffalo Hot Wings and Honey-Garlic Wings

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Since men love buffalo wings and hot wings, I thought I would offer up a wing recipe for Father’s Day. The trick with these is preparing them on the grill. That will save you on calories and fat not deep frying them in hot oil over the stove. I love this recipe for Honey-Garlic Wings which I have adapted from Weber’s Way to Grill Cookbook. For the Buffalo Hot Wings, just combine 3/4 cup of hot sauce with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 clove of minced garlic and marinate the wings in that ¬†mixture and continue with the grilling instructions below. Or, I love Moore’s Hot Wing Sauce if you’re in a hurry. Enjoy these during summertime, Father’s Day or Fourth of July.

Balsamic-Glazed Pork with Grilled Nectarines

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Grilling season is here, and it’s so fun to be outside cooking on the grill while the kids are enjoying summertime. I am still in the midst of summer all-star baseball, so me being in a hurry is an understatement. Sometimes, I even use a grill pan indoors just to speed up the process. Balsamic Pork Chops with Grilled Nectarines is an awesome recipe. It is so quick and easy and incredibly flavorful. All my kids ate it, and we even ran out of food. This is perfect for Father’s Day, Memorial Day or any weeknight this time of year. This recipe was adapted from Clean Eating magazine.

Easy and Low Carb: Moo Shu Chicken

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One of my favorite dishes at Asian restaurants is Moo Shu Chicken so I decided to try my hand at creating a recipe that would be easy, flavorful and low-fat. This recipe came out great and even my kids loved it! I topped mine with peanuts and ate it without rice or tortillas to cut down on the carbs at night. It’s very filling and delicious.

Layered Low-Fat and Fresh Mediterranean Salad

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My friend, Kelli, recommended a version of this salad recipe to me that she said she served with fresh grilled fish. I decided to make it a main-dish salad so I added cooked grilled chicken and made a few alterations to make it my own (This recipe is adapted from Clean Eating magazine). You can also use a rotisserie chicken or shrimp if you’re short on time, or feel free to add olives, pepperocinis and even lettuce.

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Memorial Day Dinner: Easy Sirloin Steak-Vegetable Kebobs

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I love making kebobs this time of year, especially for Memorial Day. It’s the beginning of summer, and the kids are out of school. The combination of sirloin steak ¬†and vegetables are awesome, and this recipe will work with chicken, shrimp or all of the above. If you don’t have time to make this simple marinade, I love Thomas Marinade (found at Fresh Market) and Moore’s Marinade. Also, most groceries have prepared kebobs in the meat section to simplify your life even more. Enjoy hanging outside and happy Memorial Day!

Layered Chicken Santa Fe Salad

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We love salads for supper, and anything Southwestern goes over great at my house. Layered Santa Fe Salad is a breeze. Purchase a rotisserie chicken from the grocery, or use leftover grilled chicken. Serve with salsa or, for kids, ranch dressing. In under 25 minutes, you will have a colorful dinner on the table that is so healthy, high in protein and low in fat.