Mexican Street Corn Style Grilled Zucchini

Mexican Street Corn Style Grilled Zucchini
It's the middle of summer which means that zucchini is everywhere and I am always looking for tasty new ways to enjoy it! The other day I was thinking about one of my favourite summer foods, elote or Mexican street corn, which is corn on the cob that is slathered in butter and mayonnaise and sprinkled with cheese (cotija or queso freso or feta or parmesan, etc.), cayenne, lime juice and cilantro and that lead me to the notion of serving some grilled zucchini up with the same toppings! So the basic idea was to quarter some zucchini into sticks, grill it, toss it in a mixture of butter and mayo and the sprinkle on some cheese, cayenne, lime juice and cilantro! This Mexican street corn style grilled zucchini could not be easier to make and the flavour combo of the toppings is just as fabulous on grilled zucchini as it is on corn! What a great new way to enjoy some zucchini and it's the perfect side dish for any summer meal!

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
Of all the great meals that I had on my vacation in Greece a few years ago perhaps the most memorable one was the chicken gyros from a small shop in Plaka. The shop was so small that it was really just a window in the street where you ordered and then you got to eat while walking down the street. The gyro was easily the best that I have ever had! What stood out about the chicken gyros was that there was roasted red peppers layered in amongst the chicken.

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Salad with Creamy Feta and Dill Dressing

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Salad with Creamy Feta and Dill Dressing
Not too long ago I was making one of my favourite summer salads, this grilled chicken souvlaki salad, and I figured that I would take the opportunity to update the photos for the recipe which I originally posted back in 2012! It's really hard to beat a salad with grilled meat for a nice, tasty and light summer meal, especially when that grilled meat is chicken souvlaki with its summery lemon, garlic and oregano flavours! This salad is super easy to make where you just need to marinate the chicken in it's simple marinade, skewer it up, grill it, serve it over a tasty greek style salad and top it all off with a tasty dressing! For the dressing I sometimes go with a tzatziki sauce but more often these days I have been enjoying a creamy feta and dill dressing which is just perfect for this salad! Everything in this salad works so well together from the juicy tomatoes to the crunchy cucumbers, salty olives, tangy onions, creamy dressing and of course the grilled chicken souvlaki! If you are looking for a nice, light and tasty meal this summer, look no further than this grilled chicken souvlaki salad with creamy feta and dill dressing!

Creamy Feta and Dill Dressing

Creamy Feta and Dill Dressing
Looking for a new salad dressing? How about this creamy feta and dill dressing? This dressing gets it's creaminess from a combination of greek yogurt and milk so it's nice and light and healthy. It's packed full of tasty crumbled feta and fresh dill for the main flavours and it has a hit of lemon juice for some extra tanginess. This creamy feta and dill dressing goes perfectly on Mediterranean themed salads, basic salads and cucumber salads and no matter what salad you use it on, it won't be boring!

Bacon Wrapped Guacamole Stuffed Chicken

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Bacon Wrapped Guacamole Stuffed Chicken
It's time to pull your grills out and celebrate summer by making these bacon wrapped guacamole stuffed chicken breasts! I took two of my favourite foods, bacon and avocado and combined them into a tasty dinner that is just begging to be grilled! Although this recipe might look a little challenging with the stuffing and the wrapping, it's actually pretty easy! You start off by pounding the chicken breasts until they are about 1/4 inch thick with a meat mallet (I have used a rolling pin to do this) and then you just place the guacamole on top of one side and roll it up. You can either wrap the bacon around the chicken one slice at a time to ensure a single layer of bacon or you can just lay a few strips of bacon out, place the chicken on one end and wrap it all up in one go. The essential thing about this recipe is to get the bacon nice and crispy and this is easy on the grill but if you are stuck indoors you can either pan fry the wrapped chicken and then place it in the oven or you can cook it in the oven and then turn the oven up to broil. No matter how you do it this bacon wrapped guacamole stuffed chicken is sure to be the talk of the town!

Gluten-free Recipes

Gluten-free Recipes

One of the most commonly requested features on Closet Cooking these days has been gluten-free recipes and an easy way of accessing them. As it turns out, I have quite a few recipes that are gluten-free, more than 700, and there are even more that can easily be made gluten-free! I have spent the last few weeks labelling/tagging/categorizing and pinning all of my gluten-free recipes so that they can be more easily found and used! While I was going through all of the gluten-free recipes I took the opportunity to roundup the 50 most popular ones, which you can find below, and it is a tasty collection recipes! That's enough rambling, on to the gluten free recipes!

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With full photos by published date:
All Gluten-free Recipes
Gluten-free Mains
Gluten-free Sides
Gluten-free Appetizers
Gluten-free Breakfasts
Gluten-free Salads
Gluten-free Soups

Alphabetically by name: Gluten-free Recipes

Gluten-free Recipes Pinboard

Bacon Cheeseburger Omelette

Bacon Cheeseburger Omelette
When I made the bacon cheeseburger salad the other day I made sure to make extra burger seasoned ground beef to use the next morning in these bacon cheeseburger omelettes! Yes, that's right, all of the flavours of bacon cheeseburger in an omelette for breakfast! These omelettes are stuffed with burger seasoned ground beef and burger topping such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and lets not forget that bacon, which goes perfectly with eggs! I worked the cheese in be topping the omelette with it after folding , covering the pan and cooking until the cheese melted on top. Don't let the sound of these omelettes deter you, they are truly amazing and so good for breakfast! Make the meat the night before for even less effort in the morning!

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad
Do you love burgers but want something a little lighter? How about a bacon cheeseburger salad with all of the flavours of a bacon cheeseburger in salad form. This salad starts out with ground beef that is seasoned with common burger patty ingredients and condiments including worcestershire sauce, ketchup and mustard. The salad continues with other common burger topping including lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle and of course plenty of cheese and bacon along with a warm bacon vinaigrette! If these aren't your favourite burger toppings, you can easily change the salads ingredients to what you want! This meaty salad sure does eat like a meal and it's perfect for for salad for dinner especially if you are a fan of bacon cheeseburgers!

Updated (July 22, 2015): This is one of my favourite salads and since I was making it again the other day I figured that I would take the opportunity to update the photos!

Grilled BBQ Chicken, Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad

Grilled BBQ Chicken, Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad
Today I have another summer salad for you that is perfect for outdoor cooking, a grilled BBQ chicken, zucchini and corn quinoa salad! This warm salad is super easy to make and most of it, the chicken, zucchini and corn, is cooked on the grill/bbq so the only other thing that you need to do is cook the quinoa and that can be done ahead of time! Crumbled feta, green onions and cilantro finish the salad off along with extra BBQ sauce as the 'dressing'. If you are looking for a hearty summer salad that eats like a meal and can be cooked outdoors, in 30 minutes or less, then this grilled BBQ chicken, zucchini and corn quinoa salad is what you are looking for!