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Spiralized Zucchini Summer Salad with Balsamic Chicken

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If you haven't noticed yet, I'm a huge fan of grilling. I'd probably be just fine (if not really happy) grilling most of my meals. It's pretty simple. You can make a delicious marinade and just let your ingredients soak it up the fridge for a bit before throwing it on the grill, or you can just add some seasoning and throw it on.  Then you flip it over a couple of times, and, voila, a delicious, flavorful meal. Plus, in the meantime, you can prepare whatever else you need for your dish.

As August is creeping by (it's somehow almost half way over), I want to utilize that grill as much as possible. I decided to use another of my favorite tools, the spiralizer, to make a fresh, summer-inspired salad.

Here's what you'll need:

-3 chicken breasts (the nutrition info accounts for 5 oz chicken breasts)
-1 1/2 large or 2 medium sized zucchini, spiralized (I used the ribbon blade but any will do)
-1/2 avocado, cubed
-1 ear of corn
-1/2 large tomato, cubed
-1/8 red onion, chopped
-1 granny smith apple, cubed
-6 tbsp feta

For the marinade:
-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
-2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
-2 tbsp lemon juice
-1 clove of garlic, minced
-A dash of Himalayan sea salt
-A dash of black pepper

For the dressing:
-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
-1 tbsp olive oil
-3 tsp spicy brown mustard
-1/2 clove of garlic, minced
-Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1) Mix all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl or plastic bag, add the chicken, and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes to an hour (the longer the better).
2) Heat up the grill.
3) Peel down the husk of the corn (without removing) and discard of the corn silk. Pull the husk back up to cover the corn, and toss it on the grill. The corn will cook for a total of 20-25 minutes (rotating every 5 minutes or so).
3) After about 5 minutes, add the chicken to the grill. The chicken will cook for about 7 minutes on each side.
4) In the meantime, chop up your ingredients if you haven't already done so, and make the dressing.
5) Remove the chicken and corn from the grill when they are done cooking.
6) Let the chicken sit for about 5 minutes, and then cut it into slices.
7) Cut the corn kernels off the cob.
8) You can either mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl or create individual bowls. I tend to do the latter. Add the raw zucchini noodles. Top them with apple, onion, tomato, avocado, corn, feta, and finally the chicken. Add on some dressing, and enjoy!

The mixture of the raw zucchini plus  the fresh tomatoes, apple, and onion mixed with the grilled chicken and corn is the perfect summer meal. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did, and let me know what you think below! Also feel free to sign up for (free) e-mail updates on new posts.

Sesame Sriracha Tofu Kabobs

Sunday nights have basically become a vegan recipe night in my house. Most of my family is vegan or vegetarian, and Sundays tend to be the night that we can all get together and have a family meal. Instead of resorting to takeout all of the time, I've started using them as my recipe testers (and so far they haven't minded one bit). 

With it being summer, I've been on a grill kick, specifically kabobs. I've made veggie kabobs plenty of times, but I decided to try something little different and add tofu to the mix. I decided to go with an Asian-inspired, spicy sriracha marinade. I hope you enjoy!

Here's what you'll need:

For the kabobs:
-1 package (12 oz) of extra firm tofu, pressed and cut into squares about 1 1/2" by 1/2" (1 package makes about 16 pieces)
-1 zucchini (green), sliced about 1/2" thick
-1 summer squash (yellow), sliced about 1/2" thick
-1 package of small (baby bella) mushrooms
-1 package of grape tomatoes (will only use about half)
-1 yellow onion cut into quarters
-Kabob sticks (soak in water before assembling to prevent burning)

For the marinade:
-2 cloves of garlic, chopped
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1 tbsp natural deli mustard
-1/4 cup fresh lime juice
-1/8 cup Bragg's liquid aminos
-3 tbsp sriracha
-1/2 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions:

1) Whisk together all of the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add in the tofu (make sure it all gets completely covered) and let marinade for at least 1 hour.
2) Assemble kabobs as you desire. I put one piece of each vegetable and two pieces of tofu per kabob sometimes doubling up on onions or mushrooms.
3) Grill the kabobs for about 4 minutes on each side (8 minutes total).
4) Serve and enjoy!

We decided to add a side, a pasta salad with arugula, strawberries, and a raspberry walnut dressing. Feel free to add any sides you'd like. Let me know what you think, and don't forget to subscribe to e-mail updates below!