Sunday, May 9, 2010


This is one of my most favorite meals, and has been approved by everyone who has ever tried it. It takes a bit of planning, since it's far better if you make most of it ahead and let it sit for a day. Not too much hands on time the day of the meal since the prep is done ahead.

Add a tossed green salad and go to your happy place. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, I've got a recipe for ginger salad dressing at the bottom. It's a bit of work, but worth it.

It's the kind of meal which can make you pretend you are far away, somewhere tropical. Almost.

The marinade is easy and quick, far better than anything you can buy from a store. I've used it for all different kinds of chicken, it works best on boneless thighs. If using chicken, marinate overnight. If using shrimp or fish, an hour is more than enough.

Island Marinade
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
- zest and juice of 3 limes
- 3 tbsp olive oil

Tropical Fruit Salsa
- One mango, peeled and diced
- 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 cup fresh or drained canned pineapple, diced
- juice of 1-2 limes
- handful of cilantro, stems removed and chopped
- Combine and store in the fridge overnight, tastes better the next day. :)

Cilantro Lime Rice
- 8 cups cooked rice (preferably jasmine rice)
- 4 tbsp butter
- juice of 1-2 limes
- handful of cilantro, stems removed and chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
***as good as the cilantro lime rice from a nationwide burrito chain***
- I put the rice in the rice cooker about 15 minutes before the chicken goes on the grill, then mix it all up right after the chicken is done, this is the only thing you make the day you eat it. Yum.

Ginger Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp diced fresh ginger root
- 2 tbsp diced celery
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
Place all above in a blender, blend until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill. SO worth the effort, trust me.

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