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Grilled Cheese Bacon and Creamy Avocado Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Bacon and Creamy Avocado Sandwich

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Minerva Dairy. All opinions are entirely my own. Grilled Cheese Bacon and Creamy Avocado Sandwich with sun-dried tomatoes was a burst of flavors. Can we all agree that grilled cheese sandwiches are the…

Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is an Italian-American dish made from chicken fillets or cutlets, mushrooms, garlic or onions, and Marsala wine. It is an easy yet extremely delicious way to prepare the chicken with incredibly creamy mushroom sauce. My family and I absolutely adore this dish. Well,…

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Quick recipe for easy shrimp and grits. It is the best and one of my favourite comfort food. It also makes an amazing family dinner idea.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

When I want to make a quick meal for my family this recipe always comes to the rescue.

Well, there is always pasta, but I am trying really hard not to make pasta every other night.

I am being creative, like making breakfast for dinner. It is nothing original but it works for us.

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Since we are talking about quick and easy meals, shrimp goes well with rice, pasta or potatoes.

On the other hand, chicken, pork or beef goes very well with grits. There is always a solution when it comes to creating an amazingly delicious quick and easy dinner.

To be honest, this makes an incredible brunch food or lunch.

All you need to cut the meat into smaller pieces to cook fast. It tastes absolutely amazing with lemon and butter.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

From time to time my family gets picky around food; no runny yolks, problems with chunky pasta sauce as well as floating onions in the stew or soup, etc.

There is so much more than they do not like, but I just wanted to name a few to tell you that we just like any other family. I cook all the time and experiment so my kids would eat what I make.

I am sure that you have at least one picky eater in your house, so if there are no allergies this meal is a winner. They will lick a bowl and ask for more.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

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So traditionally grits are gluten-free, however, make sure to check because some brands like Quaker does not consider them to be gluten-free due to the possibility of cross-contamination. I am just sharing what everyone is saying.

There are other brands that are gluten-free and instant. I just wanted to put that out there if you did not know.

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Recipe
Yield: Serves 4

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Quick and Easy Shrimp and Grits recipe; a perfect family dinner.

Ingredients

Grits

  • 1 cup instant grits
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste (always taste food)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Shrimp

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 to 1 ½ shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Old Bay Seasoning to taste
  • Freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

How to make grits:

  1. Cook grits according to package instructions using half and half or heavy whipped
    cream (or milk) and chicken stock in place of water.
  2. Generously season your grits with ½ teaspoon of salt and about ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper,
    or to please your taste. Always add less and taste it. You can always add more. Stir and cook grits at the low temperature until liquid is absorbed and becomes creamy and smooth.
  3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and set aside and keep warm. It takes usually around 5-7 minutes to finish instant grits at a lower temperature or about 20 to 25 minutes if you going to make stone-ground grits. Read instructions on the back of the package as it could be very helpful.

How to prep shrimp:

  1. Peel and devein shrimp if they are not already. Wash well under cold water.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, for a couple of minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic, and shrimp and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cook at medium temperature, stirring occasionally, until pink and cooked through about 3 minutes to up to 5 minutes. Do not overcook. As soon as it is pink all throughout it is cooked.
  5. Stir in chopped parsley and lemon juice. Serve immediately with grits, garnished with chopped parsley.

Notes

The ratio you need to remember for stone-ground grits is 4:1. It's 4 cups of liquid to 1 cup of stone-ground grits. You can use just water, or a combination of stock, water, and milk/cream.

If you do not have old bay seasoning you may use just celery salt, ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika.

You could use cubed chicken breast instead of shrimp to make this dish. Cooking time might take a few minutes longer but it tastes amazing. That is just in case of allergies or if you dislike shrimp. Also, some of you were asking if you could use pork. Yes, pork tenderloin is perfectly fine, just slice it into smaller pieces.

Bacon Eggs and Cheese Croissant Sandwiches

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I love a good sandwich, especially these amazingly delicious and super easy Bacon Eggs and Cheese Croissant Sandwiches. It is a comforting breakfast or you may eat it for brunch. Well, we prep it many times even for dinner. Wouldn’t you agree that sometimes breakfast…

Chicken and Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

Chicken and Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

Sometimes you really do not need a whole lot to create an amazing meal. Just look at these tasty Chicken and Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps. They look fire and taste even better. If you like chicken salad or egg salad than you will love these…

Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

I am a sandwich person, and I could eat a sandwich probably every single day. However, when it comes to ham, slow-cooked pork, swiss cheese, pickles, mustard pressed in the Cuban bread there is nothing better in this world. I love this Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich.

You guys asked me so many time to post my version of this amazing sandwich and I always hesitated. To be honest, I was testing how I like it the best without offering anyone regarding how I make it.

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Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

I ate so many different version even though they all contain the same ingredients just slightly different made or prepared. In the end, what is truly authentic?

It’s food, a recipe and everyone add their own print, right? You are allowed to experiment and put your own little twist on dishes that you make for you and tour family.

That being said, my family went crazy for this one. Also, I made for my husband’s staff and they all loved it so I am confident that you guys going to love this recipe.

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Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

I made 3 trays full of these Cubanos and I couldn’t resist. I didn’t have a piece of bread or anything with gluten for about 3 months at all, and this was rebirth experience.

So, if you are on low carb diet then you know what I mean. Anyhow, you can totally use low carb tortilla if you are on keto. It’s not the same as having a nice Cuban bread but, hey, better than nothing! Haha

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It is truly amazing and so delicious and I really hope you give this sandwich a try.

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Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich
Yield: 8

Tasty Pressed Cuban Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time for cooking pork: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

MARINADE

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablspoon ground black pepper

PORK

  • 5-6 pounds boneless pork shoulder butt.

SANDWICH INGREDIENTS

  • Four 10 inches (approximately) Cuban sandwich loaves, sliced into 4 equal sizes
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 pound sliced smoked ham
  • Dill pickles sliced lengthwise
  • Roast pork
  • 8-10 ounces Swiss cheese slices

FOR PRESSING SANDWICH

Instructions

PORK PREP:

  1. Place pork into a largest ziplock bag then pours the marinade. Make sure that marinade is very well combined before pouring it over the pork. massage the pork for a bit to coat then close the ziplock bag and place in the fridge for at least 8 hours, preferably 12 hours. Halfway through turn the ziplock on the other side and massage it again just to make sure the pork is well coated with the marinade.

Oven roast pork in Dutch Oven for 3 to 3 ½ hours on lower heat at 350°F. Take it out of the oven, and allow it to cool down for 20-30 minutes before shredding or carving against the grain.

You can use your slow cooker: Set on high and slow cook for 4-6 hours depending on the size. You may slice it in big chunks so the pork fit well in the slow cooker. Shred pork using two forks as soon as the pork is falling apart.

Grilling pork brings an amazing flavor and it's my favorite ways to prep meat.

When I am cooking it on my Traeger Grill:

  1. I prep my smoker for 15 minutes at 250° Fahrenheit with the lid closed. Then I place pork directly on the grill and cook for 2 hours.
  2. Take it off the grill and put the pork in the center on the heavy-duty foil, then bring up the sides of the foil a little bit before pouring the apple cider on top of the pork butt.
  3. Wrap the foil tightly around the pork, make sure the cider does not escape.
  4. Place the foil-wrapped pork butt back on the grill and cook until the temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, in the thickest part of the meat, about 2-3 more hours longer depending on the size of the pork butt.
  5. Allow it to cool DOWN completely for about 30 minutes in foil before shredding or carving against the grain.

Sandwich Assembly:

  1. Slice Cuban bread loaf in half then spread unsalted butter on one size and mustard on the other.
  2. Add sliced or shredded pork, ham, cheese slices, and pickles. Close and spread or brush soften garlic and herbs butter on top then slice into equal portions.
  3. Preheat your grill pan and cook these but pressing onto the cast iron grill. pan and pressing it with cast iron grill press. You can turn it around if you wish and do the same on the other side. You may use a panini press or just bake in the oven if you do not wish to press it at all. I like keeping them in the warm oven wrapped before serving, or microwave to make the hot.

Notes

  • If you get pork shoulder butt with a bone, no worries you can still do this and it will taste great.
  • If you wish to use Pork Loin or Tenderloin, it's great! I tried it and it tastes fantastic. You do not need to panic.
  • If you like any other pickle or ham go ahead and adapt to your liking. Maybe you like dijon mustard use that one. We prefer yellow mustard and smoked ham over honey glazed ham.
  • If you cant get garlic and herbs butter then spread butter on the bread and sprinkle with herbs and garlic powder.

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Easy Fisherman Pie

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Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

I dare to say that Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings are absolutely mouthwatering especially made in the Air Fryer.

I mean, you do not have to be a chef or even a good cook to make these. So simple, yet packed with flavor.

We just love the zesty chicken wings with the aroma of lime and frequent rosemary. It is the most intoxicating smell.

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As you all know we love a good meal, and we have once a week family movie night. It fills my heart when we are all together for a couple of hours without any phone distraction.

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

I cherish these moments. Now that our oldest one, Aleks, leaving for University this Fall, I am even more determined not to skip on these small moments like our move nights.

Unexplainably, the time flew by. I know it is cliche to say, but it is so true. Well, I feel like he was just last week this mischievous little boy, running around the house in his Spiderman undies.

I will not cry! Promise. I just wanted to say to all young parents, treasure each moment. Treasure!

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

Anyhow, back to my wings. So, I made these since we all love them, but most importantly I wanted to test recipes that we can make quick in our air fryer.

I made some tasty cauliflower with this and the meal was completely done. Most importantly, we all loved it, and it tastes absolutely phenomenal.

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I hope you all like this recipe. Also, you can make these in the oven. Always make sure to turn them around about halfway at 400F. The best way to cook them in the oven is on one of those baking racks or grills.

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

The heat will travel all around the chicken wings so the taste will be tasty, but it is not necessary. You can make it in the regular baking pan, too.

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Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings
Yield: 4 SERVINGS

Air Fryer Zesty Rosemary Lime Chicken Wings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinade Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

An easy way to make chicken wings.

Ingredients

  • 8-10 Chicken Wings
  • SEASONING
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • Zest of One Lime
  • 1 tbsp. Dried Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Instructions

Rub all the ingredients on the chicken wings and marinade for about 30 minutes. You may keep it in the large airtight container or a large ziplock bag. Lime will tenderize the chicken even more, and allow the spices and herbs to penetrate through.

Place the chicken wings in the one layer. If your fryer is larger then you may use more wings. Mine is 6 Qt. and I can cook 8 regular size wings comfortably, to up to 10.

Turn the air fryer 375 F for 20-25 minutes, depending on the size and power of your fryer. Halfway through I turn them around to get the same nice golden color. I don't think it's necessary per se to turn it around but I do it and it works wonderfully for me.

Notes

If the chicken wings are frozen, just defrost them because obviously, you will not be able to marinate frozen chicken wings.

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