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Olive Tapenade

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I LOOOVE olives.  as does my child.  She would literally eat 10 of them if I would let her.  I made this the other night to go on some grilled Cod.  It was super tasty!  The bitter capers mixed with the salty olives and sweet basil leaves made such a wonderful flavor combination.  Make it and enjoy.  It takes no time at all and is a perfect topping for any grilled seafood and I also think it would be great on chicken.

Olive Tapenade

  • 10 kalamata olives, diced
  • 8 green olives, diced
  • 1TBS capers
  • 1/2 TBS diced sun dried tomatoes
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 8-10 basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp (or less) red pepper flakes

Directions
combine all ingredients and serve 

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Caprese Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Reduction

I don’t like raw tomatoes.  At all!  That is unless they are organic heirloom tomatoes drizzled in balsamic dressing hugged by hoards of mozzarella cheese and basil. Go to your local market and buy some summer tomatoes and make this ASAP.

Ingredients

  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Mixed Greens
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Minced garlic
  • Raspberry Balsamic reduction (recipe to follow)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Slice tomatoes and mozzarella and layer over greens. sprinkle with fresh garlic and sliced basil. drizzle with dressing and add salt and pepper to taste.

Raspberry Balsamic Reduction

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1TBS  raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Place vinegar in a small pot over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. add raspberry jam and let the mixture continue simmering for another 5-10 minutes until it is reduced by half.  whisk in olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.  let cool.  serve over caprese salad.

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Cheeseburger salad

Oh YUM!  I mean I am pregnant, so most food is delicious.  But this was so good I hardly had time to take a breath between bites.  And it is super simple.

Ingredients:

1/2 pound lean ground turkey

1/2 yellow onion, sliced

1TBS olive oil

salt and pepper

1TBS ketchup

1TBS dijon mustard

2tsp BBQ sauce

1TBS pickle juice

romaine lettuce

Diced dill pickles

Cheddar Cheese

White bread

Directions:

Heat olive oil in medium skillet add sliced onion and cook until softened. Add pinch of salt and pepper.  Place ground turkey into pan and add a smidge of salt and pepper again.  Cook for 2 minutes then add ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce and pickle juice.  Stir until meat is browned and cooked through. Serve over chopped romaine lettuce then sprinkle with tons of cheddar cheese and as much dill pickle as you like.  I turned the white bread into croutons by cooking them over high heat in some melted butter and salt.  But you could just toast it and serve on the side as a scooper to help shovel this delicious meal into your mouth. Enjoy!

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Cheeseburger salad

Oh YUM!  I mean I am pregnant, so most food is delicious.  But this was so good I hardly had time to take a breath between bites.  And it is super simple.  

Ingredients:

1/2 pound lean ground turkey

1/2 yellow onion, sliced

1TBS olive oil

salt and pepper

1TBS ketchup

1TBS dijon mustard 

2tsp BBQ sauce

1TBS pickle juice

romaine lettuce

Diced dill pickles

Cheddar Cheese

White bread

Directions:

Heat olive oil in medium skillet add sliced onion and cook until softened. Add pinch of salt and pepper.  Place ground turkey into pan and add a smidge of salt and pepper again.  Cook for 2 minutes then add ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce and pickle juice.  Stir until meat is browned and cooked through. Serve over chopped romaine lettuce then sprinkle with tons of cheddar cheese and as much dill pickle as you like.  I turned the white bread into croutons by cooking them over high heat in some melted butter and salt.  But you could just toast it and serve on the side as a scooper to help shovel this delicious meal into your mouth. Enjoy!

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