Festive Dishes #01 to 03

Festive-dishesCilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken

Makes 6 servings

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 4 limes, juiced
  • 25 gr or ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 18 gr or 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 15 gr or 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 6 pieces

limesTO MAKE:

  1. Whisk lime juice, cilantro, garlic salt, and freshly ground black pepper together in a large glass or ceramic bowl.
  2. Add chicken, toss to evenly coat.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator, 30 minutes to overnight.
  4. Preheat an (outdoor) grill* for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and shake off excess. Discard remaining marinade.
  6. Cook chicken on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until no longer pink at the bone and juices run clear, about 30 minutes.
  7. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 74° C or 165 degrees F.

Cook’s Note: It’s not necessary to use a whole chicken. You can use only legs and thighs to save money or whatever your local supermarket has on sale that week! This is great for skirt steak and pork as well!

Marinating is not necessary if you are in a hurry; just toss your chicken in the mixture and place on the grill.

*If you don’t have a grill, bake chicken in a preheated 175° C or 350 degrees F oven until no longer pink at the bone and juices run clear, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 74° C or 165 degrees F.


Amount Per Serving
Calories: 258
Total Fat: 9.6g
Cholesterol: 114mg
Sodium: 925mg
Total Carbohydrates: 4.3g
Dietary Fiber: 0.8g
Protein: 37.5g

PDF of this recipe: 20151203-Festive-Dishes-01-Cilantro-Lime-Chicken

Festive-dishesCreamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Makes 6 servings

Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 90 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 6 russet potatoes, sliced into ½ cm or ¼ inch slices
  • 1½ onion, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 65 gr or ¼ cup butter
  • 35 gr or ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 gr or ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 710 ml or 3 cups milk
  • 255 gr or 2¼ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

russet-potatoTO MAKE:

  1. Preheat oven to 200° C or 400 degrees F.
  2. Butter a 20 x 4 cm or 1 quart casserole dish.
  3. Layer half of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Top with the minced onions, and add the remaining potatoes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  7. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute.
  8. Stir in milk.
  9. Cook until mixture has thickened.
  10. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds.
  11. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  12. Bake 90 minutes in the preheated oven.

Cook’s Note: Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.


Amount Per Serving
Calories: 499
Total Fat: 25.4g
Cholesterol: 77mg
Sodium: 683mg
Total Carbohydrates: 49.3g
Dietary Fiber: 4.4g
Protein: 19.8g

PDF of this recipe: 20151203-Festive-Dishes-02-Au-Gratin-Potatoes

Festive-dishes Holiday Green Beans

Makes 6 servings

Prep: 10 minutes
Cool: 12 hours
Cook: 10 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 115 gr or ½ cup butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 10 ml or 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 910 gr or 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 120 ml or 1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento peppers, drained
  • 105 gr or ¾ cup chopped salted peanuts

sperziebonen-largeTO MAKE:

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat melt butter with lemon juice and soy sauce.
  2. Stir in garlic and cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Place green beans in a steamer over 2½ cm or 1 inch of boiling water, and cover.
  5. Cook until tender but still crisp, about 10 minutes.
  6. Drain.
  7. Heat butter mixture and pour over beans.
  8. Stir in pimentos and peanuts.
  9. Toss and serve.

Cook’s Note: To cut down on the salt content, use light soy sauce and raw peanuts.


Amount Per Serving
Calories: 297
Total Fat: 24.5g
Cholesterol: 41mg
Sodium: 365mg
Total Carbohydrates: 18g
Dietary Fiber: 7.8g
Protein: 7.7g

PDF of these recipes: 20151203-Festive-Dishes-03-Green-Beans

2 thoughts on “Festive Dishes #01 to 03

  1. In the Midwest of the USA holiday green beans are ‘proper’ when made with (awful) tinned cream of mushroom soup and sprinkled with fried onion bits.

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