Grilled Mixed Veggies

It’s August.  Actually, August is almost over.  What the *#%&%?!?!?

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With summer winding down (*sobs*) I realized that some of the best meals I’ve eaten have come straight off the grill.  I mean, you name it, John and I will grill it.  And it seems like just about every Instagram post or SnapChat story pic of my meals includes our go-to peppers and zuke.  And with as often as we eat it, and as much as we are in love with it, I figured it was about time to share that recipe with you all!  This particular recipe obvi calls for pepper and zucchini but feel free to grill whatever you have on hand!  This is SO good with green beans and probably beyond amazing with some Brussels sprouts.  And if you live in Ohio like me, when it’s cold this recipe does great in a cast iron or nonstick skillet/pan!

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This is just a simple side dish but I honestly don’t think my summer would have been complete without it.  Something about getting a little char on the peppers while they still maintain they’re sweet, juicy crunch is so unbelievably satisfying.  I could make a meal of just this side dish.  Sometimes I do.  Not even a little sorry about it.

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I like to prep this ahead of time and have it ready to dump into the grill pan at a moment’s notice!  Dinner in a flash!

Grilled Mixed Veggies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 bell peppers, any color (I love red!)
  • Other vegetables, if desired
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tsp spices (I usually use basil and oregano- fresh or dry)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Lots of fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the zucchini into round about 1/4" thick
  2. Slice the peppers into strips and cut the strips in half
  3. Add vegetables to bag with oil, garlic, and spices, shake to coat
  4. Grill vegetables in a grill basket for 10 minutes, shaking/ flipping frequently
  5. Serve immediately
http://www.areyoukitchenme.com/grilled-mixed-veggies/

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Surprise Protein Waffles

A few weeks ago, I made a decision.  A decision that would change my life forever.  One so monumental and life-altering I feel like I just absolutely have to share it with you.  It’s that big of a deal.

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Siiike.  I bought a waffle maker at New Uses for 8 bucks.  But seriously, it’s awesome. (Don’t worry I spent a solid 45 minutes deep scrubbing and disinfecting it.  Good as new.)  I was soooo excited to start whipping up decadent, delicious fluffy waffles when I realized…. Wait, waffles aren’t that good for you.  A stunning revaluation, I know.  So of course I searched that handy dandy little thing called Pinterest and got some serious healthy waffle inspiration.  Let me tell you, there are some seriously ingenious people out there.  And they’re doing crazy things in the waffle maker.  I’m talking s’mores, quesadillas, falafel… Holy cow.  BUT what I did notice was people using some interesting ingredients like greek yogurt or protein powder to up the protein content and keep the sugar/ carb situation under control.  Which brings me to the reason this post is titled “Surprise Protein Waffles”. You know I am lazy like to work with what I have on hand, so a quick search through the fridge led me to the surprise ingredient in these.  And don’t be put off.  Because you can’t taste or detect it at all… Ok, ready to know what it is??  Here goes nothing….

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Cottage cheese.

I know.  The curdled dairy product everyone loves to hate.  Personally, I love it.  I eat it just about everyday, hence why it was in the fridge.  The good news is, most people are turned off by the lumpy texture which is completely eliminated when this batter is wizzed in the blender.  And if it’s the taste you don’t like… Well I fed these to my 21-year-old cottage-cheese-hating brother and he would have never known if I didn’t tell him. *commence evil laugh* So without further ado, I give you the easiest, healthiest, and most delish protein waffles!

 

 

Surprise Protein Waffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 5 Waffles

Serving Size: 1 Waffle

Calories per serving: 270

A new way to add protein into your daily breakfast, each of these waffles packs an impressive 10 grams!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 4 eggs (or 3/4 cup egg whites)
  • 1 cup almond milk or water
  • 4 tsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1-2 Tbs maple syrup or honey (depending on your sweetness preference)

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron (or skillet for pancakes)
  2. Add oats to a food processor or blender and pulse until they resemble flour
  3. Add baking powder and cinnamon and pulse to combine
  4. Add all of the wet ingredients and blend until fully incorporated, stopping to scrape the side or bottom as needed
  5. Pour enough batter in to fill waffle maker and cook according to appliance specifications
  6. Serve with your favorite waffle toppings!
http://www.areyoukitchenme.com/surprise-protein-waffles/

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Enjoy!

 

 

Mexican Corn

Ok.  You guys know I love to eat. Duh, I write a blog all about food.  BUT it’s not often that I eat something so good it changes my life.  Yeah.  I’m claiming I’ve eaten a life-changing food.  Here’s the story…

My wonderful boyfriend and I love trying new foods.  We have been to just about every international grocery store in our area, and even travel to other parts of town to find new ones!  While venturing to our (new) favorite multi-ethnic superstore, we stopped to explore a Mexican market we found.  And it was awesome!  Gorgeous unique produce, all the seasonings and spices your inner Latino heart desires, a huge meat counter, a homemade bakery, a full-size restaurant, and more!  We were tempted by the restaurant but really only needed a snack, so we shyly approached the cute little Mexican lady working a little stand at the front of the store.  And let me tell you what, she was doing some pretty amazing things.

The first thing we saw her do was take a to-go cup of chopped mango, squeeze a whole lime over it, sprinkle in some salt and chili powder, and shake the crap out of it.  Woah.  Wooahhh that looked good.  We only had 3 dollars in cash so we pointed to her board at an item called “Elotas”.  She pulled out an ear of corn and we were sold.  We love corn. Corn. Corn corn corn.  We love it.  But listen to what she was doing with it.  She took the boiled corn and cut it off the cob into a paper tray.  Then she squeezed a lime over it, seasoned it with salt and pepper, tried to slather it in mayo (I said “No no gracias”.  I’m not about that mayo life.), sprinkled a healthy amount of chili powder and grated cotija cheese (like Mexican parmesan), and handed it over.  We didn’t even make it to the car before we absolutely devoured it.  I’ve never been a happier girl than that moment, sitting on the curb next to my sweetie eating some of the most fabulous corn I’ve ever had.

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This lasted about oh…. 10 seconds.

Sentimental story aside, we had to recreate this amazing dish.  I have to be honest and give all of the credit to John for this recipe.  He has become our resident grill master this summer and turned this classic Mexican dish into something we eat as often as possible.  The addition of using the grill and smoker box was his brilliant idea and brings a depth of flavor that is so divine.  If you don’t have a grill (or smoker box), you can boil the corn or prepare it your favorite way.

Thank you my dear for feeding my strange cravings and looking oh so adorable in the process. :)

This is our smoker box. It sits perfectly inside the propane grill.

This is our smoker box. It sits perfectly inside the propane grill.

First, be sure to soak the wood chips at least 30 minutes.  We like to add hot sauce to the soaking water for even more flavor but you could also add bourbon or other flavors. (Yeah right- Like we are gonna waste spend precious booze on wood chips. All for the drinking, please.)

You have to soak the corn too, so it doesn’t dry out. Then it’s as easy as grilling!  We like to do it husk-off for maximum char/ grill flavor but it works really well with the husks on, too.

Pop a plate over the ears to weigh them down and get an even soak.

Pop a plate over the ears to weigh them down and get an even soak.

Gosh, he’s a cute grill master! :)

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Next, take the corn inside, cut one end off to make a flat end, and cut all of kernels off.

Now it’s seasoning and consuming time! Nom nom!

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Good luck getting this dish to the dinner table! I tend to devour it standing at the counter like a paranoid hyena guarding my biggest prey.  No one will touch my elotas.

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Mexican Corn

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Calories per serving: 160

An excellent addition to a summer cookout or a great way to use up all that local corn, this dish is simple and inspired by authentic Mexican cuisine!

Ingredients

  • 4 ears corn
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 tsp hot sauce (more or less depending on preference)
  • 1 tsp arbol chili powder (more or less depending on preference)
  • 2 limes
  • 1 T butter (or spray butter)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Non-stick spray

Instructions

  1. Soak corn (and wood chips if using) for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Spray corn with non-stick spray and grill over indirect heat for 15-25 minutes, rotating frequently.
  3. Remove corn from grill and cut off one end of ears to make a flat surface.
  4. Place ear on it's end and use a sharp knife to scrape off all kernels.
  5. Place corn, cheese, hot sauce, chili powder, butter, and juice of limes in a bowl and toss.
  6. Divide between four bowls and enjoy!
http://www.areyoukitchenme.com/mexican-corn/