warm weather (ok, ok … HOT) has arrived here in the western united states (& everywhere). one of the hardest things for me is to come up with summer dinner ideas that don’t involve a salad. i love hearty meals, but when it’s hot i do not want to eat something heavy or heat up the kitchen making it. the solution … grilling!! we love to grill all summer (well, we grill all year long ;), it keeps the house from getting hot and makes for wonderfully flavorful food! and you can grill just about everything! we do! grilling is also a great way to make a pretty quick dinner. throw something in a simple marinate for 30 minutes (or several hours) & throw it on the grill. you will soon have a delicious dinner that has kept the kitchen cool and provided a filling, but light summer meal.
tonight’s dinner was no exception. i needed something fairly quick, delicious and nutritious. voila! quick throw-together marinade, add a side and there you have it … dinner!
Grilled Garlic/Lemon/Dill Chicken
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1-2 tsps dill (amount depends on your like of the flavor of dill)
2 large garlic cloves, sliced
1 tbsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 tbsp citrus champagne vinegar
Put garlic slices, dill, cracked black pepper, vinegar, squeeze juice from 1.5 lemons into bowl. Whisk olive oil into other ingrediants. Add chicken breasts and marinate for 30 minutes to 3 hours in the fridge. Let meat stand for a few minutes before putting it on the grill.
Garlic Sauteed Spinach
2 bags fresh spinach
2 cloves garlic sliced
salt & pepper
Heat olive oil in large saute’ pan on med-low. Add garlic slices. Do not turn the heat up to high or garlic will brown to quickly and turn bitter. Let garlic cook slowly flavoring oil for few minutes. Once oil has been flavored by the garlic dump in the spinach and turn constantly with tongs until spinach has wilted a bit. Once wilted, take off the heat and put in a serving bowl. If spinach cooks too much it will turn slimey.
* Quick foot note … if you are finding that your lemons, limes or oranges do not want to give up their juice, toss them in the microwave for 20 seconds and you will soon have a very juicy citrus! a little trick i learned along the way. 😉