Simple Arugula And Tomato Salad With Brown Sugar Dressing

Simple Arugula And Tomato Salad With Brown Sugar Dressing. Keep it simple and fresh with this arugula and tomato salad that’s Drizzled with delicious brown sugar and balsamic dressing. Now The real winner here is the flavorful dressing that comes together in no time, and with five ingredients no less. The salad consists of arugula, sweet cherry tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. I love to use arugula for its peppery taste, and it just adds another level of depth to your salad. It is topped with some quickly seared shrimp or whatever protein you have on hand. This salad is one of those meals that looks so pretty and impressive but without all the work. And It’ll be on your table in less than ten minutes! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

 

Simple Arugula And Tomato Salad

8 ounces baby arugula

One cup cherry tomatoes, whole.

4 ounces mozzarella balls. (Pearl mozzarella)

Brown sugar balsamic dressing, recipe to follow.

In a large bowl add arugula. Top with tomato and mozzarella balls. Drizzle with dressing or serve on the side. You can top it with a protein or serve as is.

 

Brown Sugar Balsamic Dressing

3/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

1⁄2 cup balsamic vinegar

One tablespoon garlic, finely minced.

One tablespoon shallot, finely minced.

Pinch salt and pepper

In a small bowl or mason jar add brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Slowly whisk in olive oil until combined.

Toss salad with dressing and store remaining in the refrigerator.

 

Tip- Using a mason jar is always a go-to for me. It’s so easy to add everything into the jar and give it a good shake. Plus its easy storage for leftovers.

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp. Now In my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” I have a recipe for “Sweet Chili Shrimp Wraps” they are quickly fried and served inside butter lettuce with a jicama salad, and they are oh SO delicious! My condiments of choice are always sweet chili sauce and ketchup. There are always bottles of it stashed in my cupboards and refrigerator. This recipe is a simple pan-seared shrimp that incorporates sweet chili sauce without the frying. It’s a quick and easy recipe when you are looking to have a flavorful meal in twenty minutes or less. (That’s counting the rice cook time!) What is your favorite way to prepare shrimp? (Fried, pan seared, grilled?) Comment below!

Enjoy,

Xo-Ayesha

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

1 Pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional.
One shallot, minced.
1-2 cloves garlic, minced.
3 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce (I prefer Mae Ploy)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
One tablespoon brown sugar

 

Add spices and one tablespoon of olive oil into a large bowl and mix well until a paste is formed.

Place dry shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat. (You have to dry your shrimp after you rinse them. Shrimp tend to absorb water and will change the outcome of your dish!)

Now in a small bowl, whisk together the chili sauce, soy, lime juice, brown sugar and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in one tablespoon of olive oil to heat. Add garlic and shallot and cook for about 1 minute before adding the shrimp to the pan and cooking for 1-2 minutes per side. Do not overcook! Remove the pan from heat and pour the sauce mixture over the shrimp and stir to coat the shrimp evenly.

Serve over jasmine rice or pasta and enjoy!

 

Quick And Easy Homemade Croutons

Quick And Easy Homemade Croutons. The end of summer is nearing and what better way to finish it out than with a flavorful salad straight from the garden. My Panzanella salad with a dijon vinaigrette is fantastic. It’s tangy and sweet with lots of crunchy vegetables and of course Croutons! Panzanella is a traditional Italian “bread salad.” For the full recipe on how to make it click the link. Now, these crispy croutons are so easy to make and so much better than the bagged stuff. You can use them in your next soup or salad recipe and create something magical. Just chop, cube and brown in the oven, and about fifteen minutes later you’ll have golden chewy and crispy croutons! Try it with cornbread for a yummy alternative. What’s your favorite way to eat croutons? Comment below.

 

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Quick And Easy Homemade Croutons

Quick And Easy Homemade Croutons

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
One long baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
One teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl add bread cubes, salt, and garlic powder. Drizzle with olive oil over the bread and combine well until coated and the bread absorbs olive oil.

Spread cubes of bread onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden all around. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Grilled Spiced Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Spiced Chicken Sandwich. Happy Friday, everyone! Now if you have my cookbook “The Seasoned Life,” you have probably made one of my favorite recipes called “Grilled Spiced Chicken.” I take chicken breast and coat them in a dry rub mixture before grilling them indoors or outdoors. The chicken gets all caramelized on the grill and is just so juicy and flavorful. Here I slice it up for a sourdough sandwich with a sweet and peppery arugula salad for crunch and flavor. You can also pair it with a little mayo and your favorite cheese. This sandwich is going to be your next backyard hit. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Grilled Spiced Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Spiced Chicken Sandwich

Four boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Two tablespoons olive oil
Two tablespoons paprika
One teaspoon cinnamon
Kosher salt, to taste.
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste.
Eight slices lightly toasted sourdough bread (Or bread of your choosing.)
Sliced cheese, for serving. (I used fontina)
Mayonnaise, for serving.
Arugula salad, for serving. (recipe below)

Preheat grill at medium-high heat.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine seasonings and thoroughly mix. Coat chicken breast one at a time into the spice mixture and set aside onto a plate.

Grill the chicken until cooked through and juices run clear — about 4-6 minutes per side.

Slice chicken breast diagonally and assemble sandwiches to your liking. Enjoy!

 

Arugula Salad:

2 cups packed arugula
One tablespoon balsamic vinegar
One tablespoon dark brown sugar
One tablespoon olive oil

In a small bowl, add vinegar, sugar, and oil and whisk together.

Add in arugula and toss to coat.

Serve immediately.

Island Green Smoothie

Island Green Smoothie. For a sweet and tropical pick me up, try out this recipe. It just happens to be one of my husband’s favorite drinks to get when we go to any smoothie place. And with only three simple ingredients that you probably already have at home.  You can add in protein powder, chia seeds, and more to make it your own — also a perfect substitution for a sweet tooth craving. For the full recipe and more, go out and get my book “The Seasoned Life” available at book retailers nationwide. And if you’ve already tried this let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy.

Xo- Ayesha

Island Green Smoothie

Shishito Pepper And Garlic Sauce

Shishito Pepper And Garlic Aioli. Shishito peppers are not only a delicious finger food but extremely easy to prepare. They are abundant at most farmers markets in the summertime. And If I see them on the menu at any restaurant, I order them. They are Normally just sautéed in a pan until blistered and seasoned lightly with salt. We have a running joke that I somehow always find the only hot one in the bunch. But Typically they are very mild and smoky in flavor. Here I use them in a sauce that is the perfect condiment for your next back yard cookout or sandwich. I topped a perfectly cooked charleston crab cake with this sauce, and it was phenomenal. But you can really use it on anything. And I strongly feel like my sauce would have turned out greener in the pictures below if I hadn’t “sampled” so many of the shishito peppers before blending the sauce. I couldn’t help myself! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy.

Xo- Ayesha

 

Shishito Pepper And Garlic Sauce

Shishito Pepper And Garlic Sauce

1-pint shishito peppers rinsed and dry.
One tablespoon olive oil
1 cup good mayonnaise
3-4 garlic cloves, whole. (Use all four if you’re a garlic lover.)
Two tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste. (I used ground rainbow peppercorns)

 

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet until hot. Add peppers and cook until blistered and charred — about 5-10 minutes. Just watch them as this process can vary in time. About halfway through I like to add in the whole garlic cloves to give them some color but that’s up to you. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove stem tops with a knife.

In a large blender or food processor add blistered peppers, garlic, mayo, lemon, salt, and pepper. Pulse until well combined. Serve immediately.

Cucumber And Tomato Salad

Cucumber And Tomato Salad. In my cookbook, “The Seasoned Life,” I  have a recipe for “Cucumber Salad.” Here I added in some fresh tomatoes from my garden. I also used Thai chili powder in place of red pepper flakes. It’s perfect in this chilled salad. If you can get ahold of it and enjoy a little heat, give it a try! Such a quick and straightforward way to use produce that you have on hand or can get ahold of at your local market or farmers market. This dish is sweet, vinegary and has a touch of heat — the perfect complement to your next summer cookout.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

 

Cucumber And Tomato Salad

Cucumber And Tomato Salad

1 Cucumber peeled and sliced
1-pint baby cherry or heirloom tomatoes
Two tablespoons red wine vinegar
Two tablespoons minced red onion
Two teaspoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a small bowl mix vinegar, onion, sugar, salt, and chili flakes. mIx well.

In a large bowl add cucumber slice and tomatoes. Add in dressing and toss to coat. Allow to sit for atlas 5 minutes before serving or refrigerate and serve chilled.

Tip* I personally think it tastes better the longer it sits. So if you have time to make beforehand and refrigerate I would suggest it.