Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

Marinated grilled chicken thighs. Fire up the grill or grill pan and get ready to make this delicious chicken recipe. Now I love to use chicken thighs as they are quick to cook, juicy and inexpensive. And how amazing is it that you don’t need a grill to cook out these days. Checkout my grill pan from my new “Ayesha Curry Home Collection” available at retailers nationwide and get your “grill on” from the comfort of your kitchen. This dish is perfect sliced along the top of a salad or paired with your favorite sides. Whats your favorite protein to grill? Share in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Marinated Grilled chicken thighs

1lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
3/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic (Or one if you’re not a garlic lover)
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped.
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Two tablespoons Dijon
Two tablespoons lemon juice
Black pepper to taste. (I used about 1/2 teaspoon)

In a large bowl combine oil, garlic, soy, vinegar, lemon, parsley, Dijon, brown sugar, and pepper.

Mix well and remove1/4 cup of marinade.

Place in the chicken thighs and coat well with marinade. Allow marinating for at least 30 minutes. It can marinate for a few hours but I wouldn’t let it marinate overnight as the vinegar and lemon will begin to cook the meat and change the texture.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Grill chicken thighs for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Brushing with remaining marinade while cooking.

Allow resting for 5 minutes before serving.

Tip- Add one tablespoon of liquid smoke to the marinade if you’re missing that smoky taste you get grilling outdoors.

Simple Macerated Strawberries

Simple Macerated Strawberries. Who doesn’t love strawberries? My family certainly does. This recipe is a super simple go-to when I want to elevate my berries! Perfect for topping your family’s pancakes, waffles, and yummy desserts! Macerated is a technique that releases the juices from your fruit. And you can either do this with a simple syrup or simple syrup with alcohol. I opted for the simple syrup without alcohol for a more kid-friendly recipe. You can also change this up and add in whatever fresh herbs you have on hand. So easy and tasty! Share your favorite way to eat strawberries in the comments below.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

Simple Macerated Strawberries

1-pint strawberries, hulled and sliced.
1/2 cup brown sugar (or white)
One tablespoon honey
Two tablespoon lemon juice (You could substitute with Grand Marnier)
One teaspoon mint, finely chopped (optional)
Pinch sea salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix gently.

Allow sitting room temperature for 20-30 minutes.

Serve as a topping for your pancakes, waffles, ice cream sundaes, cakes, and more! I could eat a small bowl just on its own.

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

Now I am always looking for ways to spruce up our household favorites. So I wanted to share with you a quick and flavorful take on an oatmeal recipe that the adults and kids will like this coming weekend. I pair Irish cut steel oats with a little cream and brown sugar and roasted pears. The house will smell like the holidays all over again as you roast your pears away! For the kids, I sometimes just take the roasted pear and just pour the yummy oatmeal over top. It’s like a pear bowl. The kids will love it. It truly amazes me all the things you can add and mix in to truly transform a plain old bowl of oatmeal. I hope that this becomes a new household favorite.

Xo- Ayesha

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

3 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy cream
One tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch sea salt

Add cinnamon and oats into a pot and bring water to a boil. Stir well and cover. Adjust heat to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Do not overcook! Remove from heat and add butter, sugar, cream, and pinch of salt. Top with roasted pears and a drizzle of pear juice from the pan. Serve immediately.

Roasted Pears

Three pears, cut into halves.
Two tablespoons butter, melted.
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Quarter and core the pears. (Use a melon scooper or small spoon.)

Place pear halves in baking dish. Brush pears liberally with melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top evenly.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Allow to cool and transfer to a cutting board. (Reserving sauce in pan)

With or without skin on chop into cubes.

Serve over top of oatmeal.

Enjoy!

Jojoba & Coffee Body Scrub

Spring has finally arrived for us on the west coast, and if you’re like me from California, you may have realized we’ve gone straight to summer. These past few months bundled up in the “cold” and cloudy weather has left my skin dry and dusty pale. As the sunny and 75 degree days have started to transition into our busy lives so has my beauty routine, and to help give it a boost I love using my easy homemade Coffee and Jojoba Body Scrub! The ingredients give this scrub so many benefits; coffee helps eliminate cellulite while the brown sugar exfoliates and the natural oils moisturize the skin. Aloe vera helps any new sun damage and the lemon helps even out skin tone. There are so many great and gentle ingredients I’m tempted to use it every time I shower!

1 cup of ground coffee

½ cup of brown sugar

1 ½ tbsp of Jojoba Oil

1 tbsp of Sunflower Seed Oil

1 tbsp of Aloe Vera

Few squeezes of lemon (add in the lemon zest too!)

I bought all my ingredients at the local Whole Foods market, and the lemons are from my garden. Jojoba is worth the money and has many different beneficial uses! I use it as my facial moisturizer in the morning (Jojoba Facial Moisturizer) and its in my hair spray for after the shower. There’s also alternatives and add-ins for the wet ingredients in the recipe. Sometimes I use honey or olive oil if I don’t have something available.

Step 1

Mix together your brown sugar and coffee, stir until well combined. Make sure theres no clumps of straight sugar or straight coffee.

Step 2

Mix together all of your wet ingredients. I started with the oils but it really doesn’t matter which order you add them in. I zested a whole lemon and sprinkled it in for smell and color! If you want to substitute or add in honey its easy to mix in if you heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it a better consistency.

Step 3

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix. The mixture should look a little darker from what the dry ingredients looked like because of the now added moisture. If you like your scrubs dryer- only add 1 tbsp of Jojoba. If you like it a little more moist and/or for those with dry skin, add in another squeeze of aloe vera.

Step 4

Pack the scrub into a container that you can leave in the shower, glass jars are always my go-to. I add a lemon slice on the top until I open it!  Scrub in circular motions and remember- a little goes a long way. This recipe gives me about 5 full-body uses. If I have time I like to leave it on my skin to dry for a few minutes. I’ve noticed this helps get away all the dry and dead skin as well as improve circulation. Be prepared it gets a little dirty in the shower but it smells great and it’s fun to use! Enjoy!

Xoxo, Olivia Vigo

Oven Roasted Brown Sugar Chicken

This is a recipe  I would ALWAYS ask my mom to make for me as a child. It’s hearty, delicious and is easy to make. I make double when I make this chicken dish as it tastes even more flavorful the 2nd day (and the third). Try it and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

*** I paired this dish with sautéed broccolini and thai jasmine rice that I made with organic light coconut milk instead of water. I try and use fresh organic ingredients as often as I can.***

Ingredients

4 Chicken Quarters

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp chopped shallots

3 cloves chopped garlic

3/4 cup chicken stock/broth

1 cup low sodium soy

2 cups brown sugar

1 heaping tbsp freshly chopped ginger

Directions  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a dutch pot on med high to high heat with your butter and olive oil. Generously salt and pepper your chicken quarters. Brown the skin of your chicken in the pot for about 2 mins on each side until it’s crisp and golden brown. Remove the chicken quarters and reduce the heat to medium. Add in the shallots and garlic. Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock. Scrape down all of the sides to make sure you get all of the delicious seasonings and flavors into the broth (I’m hungry already!). Add in the soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Simmer the sauce for about 5-10 mins. Add the chicken quarters back into the pot, place the lid on and bake for 45min to an hour. The chicken will be flavorful and falling off the bone. Mmm mmm mmmm!

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My “Better Than Bacon” Bacon

I am always looking for ways to spruce up our household favorites.This addictive to the bacon sends its over the top. I could eat an entire pan by myself! Try it and let me know what you think! Here’s the recipe… (comment below)

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Align your bacon on a baking sheet

sprinkle with black pepper (1 tsp for entire pan)  and brown sugar( 1 tbs for the entire pan)

Bake for about 10 mins

VOILA!

This simple and delicious recipe will change your world when it comes to bacon. Baking it in the oven also reduces the splatter when cooking it! Yummy!

Enjoy!

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