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Easy Recipes to ‘Fall’ into this Season

Author: Samantha Montecino

September 06, 2016

Easy Recipes to ‘Fall’ into this Season

Author: Samantha Montecino

September 06, 2016

As the kids head back to school and air becomes crisp, it is apparent that fall is nearly here. As the season transitions, we still want to enjoy the subtle flavors of summer. These three recipes highlight the richness of fall and still allow you to relish in the last weeks of summer freshness. These delicious meals are easy to make, satisfying and make great leftovers for that busy work week!

Teriyaki Pineapple Mahi-Mahi Burgers with Asian Slaw

Easy Recipes to Fall Into: Mahi Burgers

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp of peanut sauce
  • 3 tbsp of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienne cut
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced
  • 7 oz packaged coleslaw mix (green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots)
  • 4 mahi-mahi burgers or fillets
  • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 4 burger buns
  • Cilantro, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your grill.
  2. To make the coleslaw dressing, combine peanut sauce and rice wine vinegar in a small bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine bell pepper, green onion, cilantro and coleslaw mix. Toss everything together and add your dressing. Cover and let refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Grill the burgers or fillets until cooked through, brushing with teriyaki sauce occasionally.
  5. Grill your pineapple rings on the side.
  6. Also on the side, lightly toast your burger buns.
  7. Assemble your burgers! Fill a bun with a mahi-mahi burger and pineapple ring and serve with the Asian slaw on the side. Enjoy!

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Sausage, Chicken & Shrimp Gumbo

Easy Recipes to Fall Into: Gumbo

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp canola oil, divided
  • ¾ lb andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • ½ lb okra, sliced
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 14 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning mix
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
  • ¾ lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cup cooked brown rice
  • Parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp canola oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add in andouille sausage and sauté until brown. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon.
  2. If needed, add in remaining tbsp of canola oil to pan. Add onions and cook about 2 minutes, until translucent and browning. Stir in garlic. Add celery, bell pepper and okra. Cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add flour and stir to coat. Let cook about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, chicken and sausage.
  5. Use ½ cup water to deglaze the bottom of the pan and then add in an additional 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  6. Add shrimp. Let cook about 5 minutes, until pink and opaque.
  7. Serve gumbo over brown rice and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

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Beef and Bean “B&B” Nachos

Easy Recipes to Fall Into: B&B Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 5 oz black or white bean chips
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, divided
  • 1 cup canned pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup spinach, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Salsa, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Season your beef with cumin and paprika.
  3. In a medium pan, brown the ground beef, crumbling it up as it cooks. Set aside once cooked.
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spread chips out on the sheet. Sprinkle with ½ cup cheese.
  5. Add cooked beef, beans and ½ cup tomatoes. Top with remaining ½ cup cheese. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from oven and top with remaining tomatoes, spinach and cilantro. Squeeze lime over the top and serve with salsa. Enjoy!

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About the Author

Samantha Montecino

Samantha Montecino

Samantha Montecino is an Assistant Manager at the San Marcos Medifast Weight Control Center. Committed to a healthy lifestyle and the creation of good food, Sam authors a blog, Samantha Elaine to help simplify everyday life by posting delicious, original recipes and providing helpful tips and tricks. An educational and professional background in the culinary world coupled with her Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition, Sam is certainly an expert!

About the Author:

Samantha Montecino
Assistant Manager at The San Marcos Medifast Weight Control Center
Samantha Montecino is an Assistant Manager at the San Marcos Medifast Center. Committed to a healthy lifestyle and the creation of good food, Sam authors a blog, Samantha Elaine to help simplify everyday life by posting delicious, original recipes and providing helpful tips and tricks. An educational and professional background in the culinary world coupled with her Bachelor's of Science degree in Nutrition, Sam is certainly an expert!

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