Summer Lovin’


Okay, maybe it isn’t summer YET but it sure feels like it down here in the South.  Actually, I don’t think we ever left summer but for maybe two weeks.

Before my boyfriend and I enjoyed a long motorcycle ride, I felt a little spunky and decided to grill up some chicken and vegetables!  I paired it with my favorite rice pilaf recipe and BAM we had a great summer meal.

For the chicken:

I food processed some jalapeno, onion, vegetable oil, soil sauce, vinegar, natures seasoning, oregano, and garlic.  I let the chicken marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge and then popped them on the grill!

For the vegetables:

I used a grill basket and wrapped some vegetables in tin foil in the basket with some EVOO, natures seasoning, crushed red peppers, salt and pepper.  You can use pretty much any vegetable you have on hand in this.  I happened to have some fresh garlic, orange pepper, and onion.  I really wanted to add some tomatoes and green beans but we didn’t have any fresh!  I should’ve put this on the grill before the chicken, because I didn’t let them cook down long enough but it was still delicious!

Rice Pilaf:

I can’t express to you how much I LOVE this simple recipe.  My boyfriend and I lick the pan we cook this in because it is so good (okay, maybe not).  I’m a big fan of Rice-a-roni and I find this to be even more delicious than that.  I take 1/4 cup of orzo and let it crisp up a little with EVOO over low heat.  I then add a cup of rice (not the easy cook rice, the real rice), and then add a can of chicken broth (or water with chicken granules/bouillon cubes), and then I season it with garlic salt!  I let it cook down for about 30 minutes covered and it is so good!