Guys, I wish I could say we were busy whipping up a million new recipes for you which is why we haven’t posted the entire month of July. But actually, it’s a little more exciting. One of our very own got engaged! Congrats, Sonia! So, as you can imagine, we’ve had some other things on our brains. But, we’re ready to jump back into it. We missed you guys!
With all that’s going on now, we’re going to keep it super simple. Like toss-it-all-in-a-processor simple. We’re well into grilling season and I’m not gonna lie – there’s only so many ways you can grill chopped veggies before they get boring. I mean, we love you spicy veggies, but we need a change. Enter: grilled romaine. But not just plain romaine, romaine with tahini dressing. Not only does the romaine give you a smokey taste, but the tahini gives it an extra nutty and savory kick.
2 cups tahini
1/2 cup of olive oil (or extra oil from the tahini)
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 bunch romaine lettuce
2 tbsps capers
In a food processor (or by hand), toss in the tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Pulse all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. If you notice it’s getting too thick, add in more oil and a slight bit of water. It should have the consistency of a creamy dressing when you’re done.
For the romaine, clean and separate the leaves. Grease the grill and bring to medium heat. Place the leaves on the grill (over a tiny flame is a-ok), and let them crisp for 2-3 minutes. Just the edges of the leaves should brown.
When serving, pour the tahini dressing over the romaine and top with capers.
Remember last year when I had a real thing for dill? Well, this year it seems to be capers. I’ve found myself putting them on everything! (Except ice cream, you should never put capers on ice cream.) I know, it’s really random…like I can’t control my own taste buds. Anyway, for those of you who also can’t get enough of capers, or anything tart and savory, this dish is for you. The flavor on these beans is powerful, so I suggest pairing it with a chicken dish or something that’s a little lighter on the taste buds.
1 lb. fresh green beans
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon)
1 tbsp capers
Dash of salt and pepper
Sprinkle of shredded parm cheese
Steam or boil the green beans for roughly 20 minutes until tender and bright green. Submerge in a bowl of ice water to chill, you’ll want to serve these cold. While the beans chill out, in a large bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients – white wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, dijon mustard, capers, and the salt and pepper. Toss in the beans until full coated and top with shredded parm cheese. That’s it!
I made this recipe one night pretending I was rich, fabulous and eating in a fancy restaurant. I never actually left my kitchen but let me tell you, it tasted like I was eating in a fancy restaurant. I couldn’t believe how simple but flavorful it turned out! BONUS: wine is needed for cooking this dish so pour yourself a glass (or two) while you’re at it.
2 boneless chicken breasts, halved and pounded to 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter mixed with 1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup capers, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (If you don’t have fresh parsley, don’t stress. I only had dried parsley on hand when making this and it came out just fine.)
Dip both sides of the chicken breasts in to the flour to lightly coat. Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet and set to medium heat. Cook the chicken until golden (about 3 min. each side). When done, keep in a warm dish off to the side.
Don’t worry about cleaning the pot (no one likes a million dishes to clean when you’re done. Let’s be honest.). Instead, add wine, lemon juice, and broth until it boils. Then add in the butter/flour mixture and cook until it thickens. Add in the capers, parsley, and additional butter and feel free to add in salt or pepper. If it gets too thick, you can add more wine (and don’t forget to pour some more for yourself).
Toss the dressing in with the salad, add the chicken, and pour your sauce from the pan over. I attempted to make it look fancy with a few uncooked capers and sprinkled parsley on top. Now light the candles, turn on some background music and I swear you’ll feel like your eating from a fancy restaurant.