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Pickled Grape Tomatoes

Pickled Grape Tomatoes

While we were talking about fall coming excitedly on Monday, I have to admit that I’m going to desperately miss farmer’s markets and all the fresh tomatoes that come with them.

I’ve been trying to hang onto all these great produce finds by pickling them.  I’ve never been one to make pickles.  I’ve never done any type of canning.  In order to ease my way into this process, I’m starting with refrigerator pickling.  I’ve pickled some cauliflower, and I’ve pickled onions and cucumbers.

I’ve heard of pickling a lot of things… but I’d never heard of this one.

I spotted the recipe watching Food Network’s The Kitchen last week, I knew I had to make them!  I mean, what sounds better than a pickled tomato with italian flavors???  And, let me assure you, they did not disappoint!

Pickled Grape Tomatoes

From Jeff Mauro from Food Network’s The Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Poke holes in the top of the tomatoes with a skewer.  In a saucepan, heat the vinegar, salt, sugar and 1 cup water to a rolling boil.

2.  In a mason jar, add the rosemary, lime zest, peppercorns and garlic.

3.  Add the cherry tomatoes and pour over the hot vinegar mixture.  Screw a top on the mason jar. Let cool, then refrigerate. The pickles will last up to 2 weeks refrigerated.

 

4.  Enjoy these tomatoes in salads, or on skewers with basil and fresh mozzarella cheese.

 

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Pickled Grape Tomatoes originally appeared on No Thanks to Cake on 09/14/2017.

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While we were talking about fall coming excitedly on Monday, I have to admit that I’m going to desperately miss farmer’s markets and all the fresh tomatoes that come with them. I’ve been trying to hang onto all these great produce finds by pickling them.  I’ve never been one to make pickles.  I’ve never done…

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Chicken Fajita Skillet

Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Chicken Fajita Skillet

Heading into the weekend… I’m excited to relax, spend time with friends, and soak up the great outdoors.  I’m home from my California trip this week and ready to get totally back on track with this dish.

Can you see the sheer volume that has been added to this dish?  That skillet is bursting with brightly colored veggies sautéed fajita style (and spiralized, of course.)  It’s going to be an amazing addition to your holiday weekend.  Let me know what you think!

Chicken Fajita Skillet

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 Jenny Craig Southwest Style Chicken Fajita Bowl

1/2 red bell pepper, spiralized

1 poblano pepper, spiralized

1/3 large red onion, spiralized

cooking spray

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

4 grape tomatoes, sliced

2 slices jalapeno, diced

splash of lime juice

salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Saute your veggies and garlic in a skillet, prepared with cooking spray until tender, stirring often.

2.  Prepare your Jenny Craig bowl, per the package instructions.

3.  Add your spiralized veggies to a bowl.  I used a Fiestaware skillet.

4.  Make a pico de gallo mixing tomatoes, jalapeno, lime juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

5.  Top your spiralized veggies with the fajita bowl.  Add the pico de gallo.  Serve and enjoy!

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Disclaimer:  I receive a program discount from Jenny Craig; however, all of the opinions and comments about the program are exclusively my own and do not necessarily represent that of the brand.

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Chicken Fajita Skillet originally appeared on No Thanks to Cake on 09/01/2017.

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Heading into the weekend… I’m excited to relax, spend time with friends, and soak up the great outdoors.  I’m home from my California trip this week and ready to get totally back on track with this dish. Can you see the sheer volume that has been added to this dish?  That skillet is bursting with…

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Grilled Veggie-Topped Cheeseburger

What a beautiful weekend!  I love a long weekend, sleeping in, spending time with friends… Memorial Day Weekend did not disappoint (or , as the kids are calling it.)

On Saturday night, I used my grill for the first time this season cooking up my favorite kabobs for friends, and I haven’t stopped using the grill since.  I’ve grilled FOUR times this week so far, with no sign of stopping anytime soon.

Here’s a sad story:  My condo HOA is going to be outlawing grills this month.  So, I’m getting as much time in with my grill before it finds a new home.  After that, I’m thinking I’ll need an electric grill that I can fire up out there – – something that’s safe and approved.

Today, I got a little creative, and honestly, I didn’t even expect this to be a recipe I would share.  It was SO SO good, that I had to share.

I just finished this burger maybe 10 minutes ago, and looking at this picture, I’m already hungry for it again!  Marinated onions grilled to perfection + charred red cabbage + cool red tomato = an incredibly flavorful burger.

Grilled Veggie-Topped Cheeseburger

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 Jenny Craig Classic Cheeseburger

red cabbage, grilled

dried basil

salt

pepper

cooking spray

red onion, marinated and grilled

1 package Jenny Craig balsamic vinaigrette

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  In a quart-sized bag, add veggies and dressing.  Allow to marinate overnight.  I used an orange bell pepper and small red onion.  

2.  Slice your red cabbage into 6 wedges.  Spray lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper.

3.  Skewer your veggies, and place them on grill. Skewering the cabbage will help to make sure that it doesn’t separate.  Cook the veggies until done.  The cabbage is tough and can stand for a little more time than the onions.  Recommend cooking the cabbage for 9 minutes on each side, charring optional and delicious.  Keep an eye on the other veggies, turning them and caring for them so as not to burn.

4.  Remove the cheese from your burger and set it aside.  Cook your burger in the microwave wrapped in a paper towel for 1 minute (inside the bun, per the instructions on the package).

5.  Place the burger on the grill for just a few minutes, flipping once and taking care as to not burn it.  Add the cheese for about 1-2 minutes until it melts.  Remove from the grill.

6.  Build your burger with a few pieces of grilled red cabbage on the bottom.  Top with your burger.  Add grilled onions and tomato slices.

7.  Prepare to enjoy this burger!  Note:  I always add sauce to my burgers.  Reduced fat ketchup, mustard, etc.  This burger needed NOTHING.  So much flavor in those veggies.

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Grilled Veggie-Topped Cheeseburger originally appeared on No Thanks to Cake on 05/31/2017.

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