Dinners this week – golden coconut curry shrimp and rice, BBQ jackfruit tortillas, chicken and mushroom skillet with mashed potatoes, Cajun butter steak bites with asparagus, grilled chicken pineapple wraps with watermelon feta salad, chorizo stuffed spaghetti squash, grill or out
Chicken and mushroom skillet
2 tablespoons oil, divided
1 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
8 oz sliced brown mushrooms
3 tablespoons butter
1 brown shallot, chopped
1 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add chicken. Season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Mix well and sear chicken all over until browned and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Transfer cooked chicken to a plate; set aside and keep warm.
Heat remaining oil in the same pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the mushrooms and cook, while stirring, until just beginning to brown and soften, about 3-4 minutes.
Add the remaining butter to the pan. Let melt and sauté shallots and bell peppers until just soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add the chicken back into the pan along with any juices released while resting. Mix through all of the ingredients to evenly coat in the pan juices. Continue cooking until all vegetables are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 1-2 more minutes.
Cajun butter steak bites
For Cajun Seasoning:
1 tablespoon mild paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder, add more if you like heat
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar KETO: use brown sugar substitute
1/2-3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, add more if you like heat
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper to taste
23 oz (650 g) steak, cut into 2-inch cubes (Sirloin, Rump, New York Strip, Porterhouse or Ribeye)
1-2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/4 cup butter
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
Combine cajun seasoning in a shallow bowl. Add the steak bites and toss to evenly coat. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet or pan over medium-high heat until hot. Sear the steak bites in batches for 2-3 minutes each side until edges are crispy and browned, adding extra oil as needed. Set aside.
Reduce heat to medium. Add butter to the skillet and heat until melted. Sauté the chopped garlic until fragrant (about 30 seconds), while scraping up any browned bits from the pan. Take the pan off the heat. Throw the steak bites back in and toss through the garlic butter to evenly coat.
Chorizo stuffed spaghetti squash
(You can just add chorizo and skip the spicy spices instead of making turkey chorizo)
1 pound lean ground turkey
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
½ teaspoon dried chipotle chili pepper
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 (2 1/2 pound) spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup white onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¾ cup black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup fire-roasted frozen corn
¼ cup canned mild diced green chilies
1 (14.5 ounce) can Hunt’s® Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, undrained
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Combine turkey, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked and sweet paprika, cumin, coriander, oregano, chipotle pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and apple cider vinegar in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour for flavors to blend.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and brush cut sides with olive oil. Place squash cut-side down on prepared baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven until squash is soft, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chilled chorizo mixture. Cook and stir, breaking up lumps, until cooked through and browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add onion and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until onion becomes translucent, stirring constantly. Add garlic and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in chili powder, salt, and cumin.
Stir in beans, corn, diced green chilies, and tomatoes; cover and simmer 4 to 5 minutes. Fluff spaghetti squash strands with a fork, keeping them in the shells. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees .
Divide meat mixture among 4 squash halves. Top each half with 1/4 cup of cheese. Return to baking sheet and bake until cheese is melted 5 to 6 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro