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How to make a burger meal like a Pro

One of the best feelings is when you bite into a juicy burger when you are hungry. I don’t know what it is that makes burgers so popular. Perhaps its the combination of carbs, protein, leafy greens and a delicious sauce that creates a party in your mouth. Burgers are good in all forms, from vegetarian black bean burgers to all beef cheese burgers. There is no denying that burgers are one of the best food creations.

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Kettlebell Kitchen meal delivery

As a busy professional who also runs an active blog I admit there are days when cooking is just not an option. For those days I like to order out or use services such as Kettlebell kitchen. Kettlebell kitchen is a service that prepares and delivers fresh food to your home or gym. Their meal service includes Gluten, Soy and Dairy-Free, Paleo friendly meals that are tailored to your health goals. The service is pretty simple; You tell them your goals, the registered dietitians create meal plans suited for you then the food is delivered to your doorstep.

Kettlebell Kitchen meal delivery

The meals are delivered in well insulated boxes and they are packaged with the utmost care. The icepacks keep the food cool and fresh.

Kettlebell Kitchen meal delivery

You can choose what days you prefer to have the meals delivered and can even ask them to leave the package at the door if you are not home like I did. I tried a number of meals and will talk about some of my favorites

Kettlebell Kitchen meal deliveryOne of my orders was the chicken salad snack which is made with Chicken, cabbage, grape tomatoes and a creamy tarragon, cumin, clove and mustard dressing. I love that it is a low glycemic option and a meal I can serve chilled if I don’t have a microwave nearby.

Kettlebell Kitchen meal delivery

Another favorite was the Huevos Rancheros which is spicy breakfast with pork sausage, scrambled eggs, sweet potato relish and radish.  I love that it comes with a lime wedge that you can squeeze over the meal to add some bright flavor. Perfect to take to work if you have no time to make breakfast in the morning.

Kettlebell Kitchen meal delivery

Last but not least was the creamy  Bacon Chicken Waldorf. The salad includes chopped bacon, broccoli, crunchy roasted almonds, sweet grapes and a silky paleo mayo. This is perfect if you need protein as it is a high protein meal. This salad reminds me of the Broccoli Apple salad with yogurt dressing I made earlier on the blog.

To try Kettlebell Kitchen:

If you are interested in making your life easier and having someone do the cooking for you, Kettlebell Kitchen comes highly recommended. You can start ordering on the Kettlebell kitchen website  and you can email them at info@kettlebellkitchen.com or call them – (917) 267-8323 if you have questions before ordering.

I would love to know your thoughts on food delivered services. Have you tried them and did you like them?

Sponsored post written by me in collaboration with Kettlebell Kitchen. As always, the opinions and text are strictly mine and not influenced in any way.

 

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Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce

Have you ever wondered what to do with the leftover cream cheese sitting in your fridge after you have consumed all the bagels? This happens quite often to a lot of people. I recently got a container of Bruegger’s Bagels cucumber dill cream cheese and decided I was going to have fun with the leftover cream cheese. My first thought was to make sandwiches then I thought how about taking it further by making a sauce with the cream cheese. This pan seared salmon with cucumber dill sauce meal turned out delicious and was fairly easy to make.

Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce

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Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce

Cream cheese is very versatile and the possibilities are endless with this ingredient. In addition to using it for the cucumber dill sauce, there are so many other ways to use leftover cucumber dill cream cheese.  Below are some of my favorite ways to use it.

5 Fun ways to use up cucumber dill cream cheese

1.  Spread the cream cheese over crackers and top with fresh dill for a quick and easy snack.

2.  Use it for smoked salmon tea sandwiches. Thin slices of smoked salmon, red onion and cucumber dill cream cheese make the perfect sandwich filling. Remove the crust for a fun presentation.

3. Add the cream cheese to scrambled eggs for a delicious twist to your regular scrambled egg recipe.

4. A generous amount of cucumber dill cream cheese in a chicken wrap with lettuce, cucumber and tomato is a great lunch meal.

5. Use it in your pasta salad dressing. Add a little milk to adjust the consistency.

Let me know if you try this Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce recipe, you can shoot me direct message or tag me on Instagram. I am always looking forward to hearing from you. If you are in need for another seafood recipe inspiration, you may also check out my Pan Seared Tilapia with lemon and herb zucchini. 

Disclaimer: Being a Bruegger’s Bunch member, I received compensation for this post. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions, images and content are my own. Click here for my full disclosure policy.

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Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 oz Brueggers cucumber dill cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 2 6 oz skinless and boneless salmon filets
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 cups diced english cucumber
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions, both green and white parts
  • 4 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced red onions
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp melted butter without whey
  • kosher salt and pepper
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 oz Brueggers cucumber dill cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 2 6 oz skinless and boneless salmon filets
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 cups diced english cucumber
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions, both green and white parts
  • 4 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced red onions
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp melted butter without whey
  • kosher salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, cook orzo pasta per package directions, about 10 minutes.
  2. Mix cooked orzo with parsley, 1 tbsp dill, half the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, half the garlic, scallions, red onion, garlic, lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil in a large bowl. Add 1 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Next, heat a cast iron or non stick skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and butter. Season salmon with salt and pepper on both sides and cook for about 4 minutes on each side till both sides are brown and crispy.
  4. While salmon is cooking mix half and half with the Bruegger’s cucumber dill cream cheese in a small saucepan under medium heat. When cream cheese has melted and combined with half and half, add the remaining cucumber, dill, garlic and mix.
    Pan seared salmon with cucumber dill sauce
  5. Taste the sauce and add 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp black pepper and salt to taste. If you need more zing add a little lemon juice about 1 tsp.
  6. To plate, start with the orzo pasta salad, then salmon and finishing off with the sauce on top.

3 Wonderfully Easy and Delicious Weeknight Meals

To continue my easy weeknight meal series, this week I am sharing 3 more wonderfully easy and delicious weeknight meals. This time around we have meatball subs, tender chicken salad and small bites. Each of these meals are full of flavor and will make cooking the during the week a breeze.

3 Wonderfully Easy and Delicious Weeknight Meals

If you have made meatball sauce and are looking for a fun way to use your leftover sauce I have the perfect recipe for your leftovers…..Meatball subs! Yes, I was thinking the same thing you are right now, like why haven’t you done this before or why don’t you do it more often. This makes for a delicious and quick weeknight or Friday night meal. All you need to do is add some cheese, bake in the oven and top with some fresh basil.

3 Wonderfully Easy and Delicious Weeknight Meals

A salad is always a good option if you are looking for a quick dinner solution. This is another great way to use leftover roast chicken as well. If you are not using leftovers try marinating your chicken the night before so that when you get home all you would have to do is throw it in the oven. For this salad I used Traders joe’s BBQ rub and seasoning with coffee and garlic. This seasoning is so amazing and it elevates the flavor of the salad. I used a light vinaigrette made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and pepper.

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Small bites are always fun to eat and they usually involve very simple ingredients. Roast baby potatoes seasoned with garlic, rosemary and pepper. Slice a small baguette, toast and top with chopped fresh tomatoes, basil, onions and feta or mozzarella cheese. I also roasted some chicken wings together with the potatoes and that was our dinner. Fun fresh and delicious.

Looking for more delicious dinner ideas? check out the first part of the series with this post on 3 easy weeknight meal ideas.

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Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe
Homemade meatball sub recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 12 meatballs in tomato sauce
  • 4 soft bulkie or hotdog rolls
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • organic olive oil non stick spray
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 12 meatballs in tomato sauce
  • 4 soft bulkie or hotdog rolls
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • organic olive oil non stick spray
Homemade meatball sub recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees while warming meatballs in a saucepot. Spray baking tray with organic olive oil non stick spray.
  2. Cut bulkie rolls in half without slicing all the way through, then fill each roll with 3 meatballs and a little sauce.
  3. Top the the stuffed rolls with shredded mozarella cheese and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or till cheese has melted and bubbling hot.
  4. After subs are done, top with a little more sauce, shredded basil and serve.

Delicious white wine chicken stew

If you were to meet
any African and ask if they had chicken or beef stew in the past week
they will probably say yes as stews are very common in African households. Chicken
stew reminds me of my childhood and I love to cook it every now and
then. This stew is not heavily
spiced and therefore the chicken shines on its own. I have changed the traditional
recipe a little by adding white wine for a richer flavor however it still
tastes delicious without it.
Ingredients
2 lbs. chicken
drumsticks and thighs
I large onion chopped
4 large cloves garlic
minced
1 stick celery finely
chopped
2 tbsp. fresh ginger
minced
3 large potatoes
cubed into large pieces
½ a large green bell
pepper cut into large pieces
2 medium tomatoes
crushed or finely chopped
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 spring fresh
rosemary
1 tsp white pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup good quality dry
white wine
Salt and pepper to
taste
Directions
  Season chicken with salt and pepper, brown on
both sides in a large preheated Dutch oven with peanut oil.
  Remove chicken from pot and set aside when it is
completely browned.
 Add more peanut oil to the pot and sauté’ onions,
celery, ginger, garlic with fresh herbs for about 2 minutes until onions are
translucent. Add green bell peppers and tomatoes in the last 10 seconds and
cook for another minute.
– Return chicken to pot, add wine, mix and let
wine reduce to half the original amount, about 2 minutes.
 – Add chicken broth and potatoes, cover pot and
reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  If you prefer a thicker stew, remove lid and cook
on high heat in the last five minutes to let liquid evaporate.
 Serve with rice or with bread on the side to dip
into the chicken sauce.

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