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Blueberry Goat Cheese Pistachio Crostini

Balsamic Blueberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Each week I get a ton of new recipe inspiration at my local farmers market.

You can read all about my Saturday morning farmers market ritual in my post from last week, which includes an amazing recipe for a Beet and Burrata Tart!

Read the full post here!

Lemon Herb Salmon

Healthy Lemon Herb Salmon

This might be the most unique post on the blog to date because I’m posting it from 30,000 feet in the air!  Yes, I’m on a plane from Miami to Los Angeles that is WiFi enabled and allowing me to post to all of you amongst the clouds in the sky!

This post is also special because it involves a meal I made for two of my favorite people, my best friend and her boyfriend, who also happens to be one of my best friends! I am so beyond happy that the two of them found each other because they couldn’t be more perfect together!  I love staying with them when I’m in Phoenix because they enjoy many of the same things I do such as food, fashion and relaxation!

My last night in Phoenix I wanted to cook them a “Thank You” dinner for allowing me to stay at their beautiful condo while in town for the weekend. I asked my best friend what she wanted to eat and she said fish so I suggested salmon. It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly because the only seafood recipe I’ve posted thus far on LLB was my yummy chili-lime-garlic shrimp, so adding a fish main course seemed necessary at this point!

Lemon Herb Salmon

I paired the salmon with an Italian Corn Salad and Buffalo Potato Salad. I know it sounds interesting, but her boyfriend loves all of my buffalo sauce recipes so I had to incorporate it into the meal and came up with this delicious little side dish!

Lemon Herb Salmon Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 lbs salmon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 large lemons
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Add the olive oil to a small mixing bowl, then chop the fresh herbs.

Add the herbs to the olive oil.

Next, zest two of the lemons into the olive oil herb mixture.

Then add the minced garlic.

Squeeze in the juice of the two lemons.

Whisk well.

Place the salmon skin side down in a shallow baking dish.

Top with the lemon herb mixture.

Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Thinly slice the additional lemon and place on top of each piece of salmon.

Paleo Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.

Remove from the refrigerator and cook at 400° for 30 minutes.

Baked Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Simple as that, dinner is served!

Lemon Herb Salmon Recipe

Delicious served with Italian Corn Salad, Buffalo Potato Salad,  Garlic Lemon Asparagus or Nutty Greens with Bacon and Bleu Cheese.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Lemon Herb Salmon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Lemon Herb Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs salmon
  • 1/2 cup Enzo Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 large lemons
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Chop the fresh herbs and add to the olive oil.
  3. Zest two of the lemons into the olive oil herb mixture.
  4. Add the minced garlic.
  5. Squeeze in the juice of the two lemons and whisk well.
  6. Place the salmon skin side down in a shallow baking dish.
  7. Top with the lemon herb mixture.
  8. Thinly slice the additional lemon and place on top of each piece of salmon.
  9. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for an hour to marinate.
  10. Remove from the refrigerator and cook at 400° for 30 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/04/10/whats-for-dinner-lemon-herb-salmon/

Caprese Quesadilla

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While I do love all types of food from Mexican to Thai and Brazillian to French, Italian will always have a large place in my heart. Sometimes I like to take a dish from another country and make it into an Italian masterpiece, such as this recipe, the Caprese Quesadilla.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 1 cup marinara sauce

Start by slicing the roma tomatoes and topping the flour tortilla with the mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes.

Next, top with the basil and parmesan cheese.

Then fold the tortilla in half and place over medium heat on the stove top. Brown on the first side then flip.

Heat up the marinara sauce while the quesadilla is cooking. Once browned on both sides remove from the skillet and cut into slices.

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Serve with marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Italian quesadilla, caprese, recipes, food, vegetarian quesadilla, quesadilla, tomato basil quesadilla

A delicious new way to eat a traditional mexican dish, Italian style!

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♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan

This 30 minute Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan recipe substitutes gluten free breadcrumbs and adds homemade marinara sauce for a delicious twist on an Italian favorite!

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

I have to start out this blog post by expressing my eternal gratitude to Jenna’s Everything Blog for being one of my first inspirations to start blogging!

My brother was lucky enough to meet Jenna and her husband Adam when he moved into the college dorms over a decade ago and they still remain the best of friends!  Jenna’s posts are entertaining and hilarious, her pictures are stunning and her recipes exquisite!

The means for my rambling about the greatness of Jenna is that this is my first blog post recipe inspired by a “Jenna original”!

Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup Gluten Free Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups chunky tomato marinara sauce (click for recipe)
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella (thinly sliced)
  • 8 oz gluten free pasta (cooked according to package directions)

Preheat the oven to 500°

Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Next, mix the oregano, thyme, basil, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and parmesan in a small bowl.

Drag the chicken through the breadcrumb mixture and place on top of the olive oil in an oven safe skillet over medium heat. Next, brown the chicken on the stove, 2-3 minutes per side.

Turn the heat off and cover the chicken breasts with the sliced mozzarella.

Chicken Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarella

Next, add the tomato sauce.

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Cover the skillet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the cover and bake for an additional 5 minutes. That delicious fresh mozzarella should now be nicely melted in!

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Serve with the cooked pasta.

Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan

Ok yeah, it’s as good as it looks!!!  Writing this post takes me right back to the happiness of that first bite.

Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Marinara

Oh I wish I hadn’t already eaten all the leftovers!!

Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Parmesan

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute tofu for chicken.

♦ Gluten Free Option: The chicken parmesan is gluten-free. Serve with gluten-free pasta or a side of steamed vegetables instead of pasta.

Chicken Parmesan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup Gluten-Free Mary’s Gone Crackers “Just the Crumbs” Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Basil Olive Oil
  • 2 cups chunky tomato marinara sauce (click for recipe)
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella (thinly sliced)
  • 8 oz pasta (cooked according to package directions)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500°
  2. Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise.
  3. Mix the oregano, thyme, basil, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and parmesan in a small bowl.
  4. Drag the chicken through the breadcrumb mixture and place on top of the olive oil in an oven safe skillet over medium heat.
  5. Brown the chicken on the stove, 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Turn the heat on the stove off, cover the chicken breasts with the sliced mozzarella.
  7. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet.
  8. Cover the skillet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the cover and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  10. Serve with cooked pasta.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/02/22/gluten-free-chicken-parmesan/

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