Homemade Spice Rub

Homemade Spice Rub

This is my favorite spice rub recipe. I like it because it works on just about everything. It’s also easy to adjust to your own personal tastes by adding or reducing the ingredients. You can leave out the coconut crystals if you don’t like the sweetness or add dry mustard for a little more tang.  You can be the chef and create your own signature spice rub blend. Kristy Ingredients: 2 tbsp raw coconut crystals 1 tbsp paprika or smoked...

 
Thai Burger with Coconut Peanut Sauce

Thai Burger with Coconut Peanut Sauce

My husband and I were lucky enough to not only get married in Hawaii but to honeymoon there was well.  We spent 3 awesome weeks exploring Oahu and Maui and loved every second of it.  One of our favorite parts of Maui was eating at Cheeseburger in Paradise which was located literally steps away from our hotel.  They served a burger that had a slice of grilled pineapple on top and we could not get enough of it!  Now this was back in the days of...

 
Grilled Avocado, Shrimp and Rice Salad

Grilled Avocado, Shrimp and Rice Salad

Caramelized avocados take this salad from ordinary to extraordinary. The ingredients are simple but the outcome is a delicious combination of textures and flavors of bright citrus, nutty rice, salty shrimp and sweet creamy avocado. This is a quick and easy gluten free meal for a hot summer night or any night. Kristy Ingredients: 1 avocado, removed from shell and sliced into quarters 2 green onions 1/2 cup uncooked bay shrimp or any small shrimp 1/2...

 
Grilled Potato Salad

Grilled Potato Salad

This weeks “market special” recipe is Grilled Potato Salad but the special wasn’t potatoes. It was pattypan squash, but who am I kidding? I would have gotten these cute little babies even if they weren’t this weeks special. They are just so darn cute! I decided to use them in this recipe because they grill up nicely and blend well with the bright and tangy dressing. If you can’t find them or don’t want to use...

 
Pork Satay with Dipping Sauce

Pork Satay with Dipping Sauce

Satay is basically any meat that is marinated, skewered and then grilled. It is said to have originated in Indonesia. I don’t know where it first came from but summer is not summer without it. The first time I had Pork Satay was at a summer food festival in Grand Rapids, MI. The marinade was peanuty, sweet, spicy and oh-oh-oh so good.  I was lucky enough to be given the recipe. That was many years ago and before I started eating healthy. This...

 
Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Steak Tacos

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Steak Tacos

These are hands down my new favorite taco (hubby’s too!).  Which is surprising because I do NOT like pineapple any other way except freshly cut and slightly cool.  My husband is a big fan of pineapple (he loves Hawaiian pizza) so I threw a few pieces on the grill along with the steak.  I figured I would give it a try and I’m so glad I did!  HOLY GOODNESS!  The juicy pineapple was so delicious with the Teriyaki flavor of the steak...

 
Cajun Shrimp Skewers

Cajun Shrimp Skewers

The last few weeks of my life have consisted of unpacking, unpacking and a bit of unpacking.  It’s left little time for me to have fun and play around in the kitchen.  So lately I’ve been planning meals that can literally be thrown together in minutes.  This dish goes from the fridge to the dinner table in less than 10 minutes!  It’s packed full of flavor and you can add any of your favorite veggies for a customized meal.  For...

 
Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken

Have you ever made your own rotisserie chicken?  I can’t say I had until this week that is!  My husband and I recently bought a new grill and it came with a rotisserie attachment.  (Btw, if you are in the market for a new grill we LOVE LOVE LOVE ours!  We’ve used it just about every single day for the 3 weeks that we’ve had it.  It’s amazing!  You can check it out here.)  Making your own rotisserie chicken is so easy...

 
Grilled Eggplant Sandwich

Grilled Eggplant Sandwich

Eggplant isn’t very glamorous but it is versatile. You can roast it, grill it, puree it for dips and sauces and all are good. What I like about this sandwich is actually the spread. I took a page from one of Sarah’s favorite shows, Top Chef, and “deconstructed” baba ganoush. Instead of mashing it altogether I made a spread with some of the ingredients in baba ganoush to make a fantastic baste for the eggplant and also to...

 
Sizzling Fajitas

Sizzling Fajitas

One of my favorite Mexican dishes is fajitas and what better way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo than with a sizzling plate of delicious meat and peppers!  The secret to great fajitas is the marinade!  I’ve been playing and tweaking my fajita marinade over the years and finely perfected it.  By no means do I claim to make an authentic fajita marinade but this is one pretty tasty marinade if I don’t say so myself!  Oh, and be warned that...