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Crispy Almond Chicken with Pineapple-Apricot Sauce

Crispy Almond Chicken with Pineapple-Apricot Sauce

The other night was one of those nights where I just needed to pull together a fast, simple dinner–using whatever random ingredients I had on hand, because I hadn’t gone shopping in a while. I had some pineapple-apricot preserves to use, and remembered the delicious sauce I made for my brisket on St. Patty’s. A little while ago I stumbled on my favorite chicken recipe of all time! A carabba’s parmesan chicken–it’s juicy and tender, crisp and crunchy, a little cheesy, and perfectly seasoned; so I thought i’d play around with it, and add some almond slivers, to make an almond chicken recipe. To me, almonds and apricots are just a delicious, classic pairing. I always find it ironic that the meals I think long and hard about, and carefully plan for, sometimes turn out horrible, and the recipes I spontaneously pull-together on the spot turn out SO delicious!! I know the sauce sounds a little weird–pairing two things you would NEVER think would work together, but you’ll just have to trust me that these really do!! The almond chicken came out even better than the original–with a little added flavor and crunch, and the sweet, zing-y pineapple-apricot sauce on top, was perfect with it! {I’m using my favorite made up word again!} Maybe I should just let the pictures do the talking! I hope you guys love this recipe, because it’s one of my family’s new fave’s!

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Salmon with Coconut Lime Sauce

Salmon with Coconut Lime Sauce

This week my little guy asked if we could have salmon for dinner, and since he rarely makes requests that don’t involve mac n cheese or pb&j’s, I jumped at the chance to make it! My instinct was to default to my mothers classic lemon and butter recipe–but I decided to get out of my cooking comfort zone and try something a little bolder and more creative–and came up with this coconut lime recipe. It was sweet and salty and citrusy, and probably the best salmon I have ever made! I am absolutely in love with this recipe, AND so were my whole family! It’s so rare to find a recipe that both my husband and I and my kids all love–so this is definitely one I will be keeping close by! It’s healthy, quick, easy, elegant and delicious! I wanted to serve it up with some rice–but I forgot to put it on in time, so I defaulted to my favorite orzo recipe. I also decided to serve some delicious parmesan asparagus fries with them– {recipe to come!} Let me know in the comments some of your favorite things to serve with salmon! I hope you guys love this recipe as much as my family does!

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Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate

Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate

I brought these lamb shanks last week thinking I would cook them around Easter–but we ended up spending the entire easter weekend with my husband’s family, which was fabulous! I didn’t have to worry about a thing {besides the church talk I have to give on Easter Sunday!} But since the lamb shanks had to be used by today, I decided to cook them up for no special reason or occasion… just a regular old tuesday evening {made a little less regular by this delicious dinner!} I know braised meats and pomegranates are often associated with winter time, so this recipe is a little “out of place” but to me, there is no better way to cook lamb shanks–than in a delicious, rich flavorful gravy, that makes the meat so tender it falls right off the bone! I loved the sweet pomegranate with the salty carrots and meat–and it also “dressed it up” adding some much-needed color with the thyme. So if you guys are thinking of making some lamb before it goes out for the Easter season for no special reason at all, or even for a nice, sunday dinner–you guys should give this recipe a go! You will love it.
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Marinated Lamb Chops with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Marinated Lamb Chops with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Easter is the only time of year they sell lamb in tricities, {where I do my grocery shopping}, so this week I was really excited to make a roast leg of lamb with a classic mint sauce, english roast potatoes and gravy, just like my Mum used to make around Easter. However, when I got to the lamb section, I found minced lamb, lamb chops, lamb shoulder chops, and lamb shanks… pretty much everything besides the leg that I was looking for! So I decided to roll with it, and make something a little different.

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Salmon Burgers with Poached Egg & Avocado Hollandaise

Salmon Burgers with Poached Egg & Avocado Hollandaise

For some crazy reason I always cook for 6, even though only 2 of us actually eat! {My husband counts as half, because he always comes home from work barely hungry, and my 2 kids combined count as another half, because they are super picky!}  So I am often left with a lot of food, and lately I have been finding some delicious, creative ways to use it! A couple of days ago I made salmon cakes and had four left, so I decided to make salmon burgers. I actually ended up loving the burgers more than the original recipe!  I stumbled across an avocado hollandaise from foodandwine that I LOVE! It’s one of those rare recipes that I will find ways to use time and time again. It’s SO much healthier, quicker and simpler to make than a regular hollandaise, and tastes just as good! I also decided to add a poached egg… just because the hollandaise took seconds, and the patties were already made, and I was bored, and felt like getting fancy! You could add asparagus, or even just serve the burgers plain! But the combination was to die for delicious! I hope you guys enjoy.  More