Archive for May, 2012

I’m so excited to get back to sharing some recipes with you all, and just in time for summer. Craving pasta, I wanted something light, but flavorful to avoid overheating in the scorchers we’ve been having. When I saw a fellow blogger tweet about making a caprese pasta, I knew a bowl filled with bright tomatoes, fragrant basil, and fresh mozzarella would hit the spot.

The ingredients

This bright and fresh take on a Giada recipe came together so quickly. And you can really change-up or leave out any of the vegetables I used.

Caprese Linguine with Asparagus and Zucchini

1 box whole wheat linguine

1 tbsp olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 bunch asparagus

2 zucchini

2 pints grape tomatoes, halved

1 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into pieces

3/4-1 cup fresh basil, torn

salt and pepper

Boil pasta according to box directions and reserve about 1/2 cup pasta water. In the last 2 minutes of boiling the pasta, add the asparagus and place in a bowl of ice water. Dry and cut into bite size pieces.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Sautee the garlic for about 1 minute. Add the zucchini and sautee until they start to get tender. Add the tomatoes and continue to cook and smush them with a fork to release their juice (this is what makes your sauce). Continue cooking until the tomatoes are totally soft and you have a nice sauce in the pan.

Add the asparagus, basil, pasta, and cheese and toss to combine. If the pasta isn’t “saucy” enough, add some of the reserved pasta water (I didn’t need to add any). Season with salt and pepper and ENJOY!

I hope you like this fast, healthy, and simple pasta dish as much as I did. A new summer family favorite!


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So here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! My thoughts on who has the best pizza, pasta, Mexican food and more in all of New York! Some things to note: I had many amazing meals and dishes that are not mentioned here. These are just some that really stood out to me…not to say I didn’t enjoy many many more! I also didn’t cover “the best of” every possible food category because that would just take way too long…both to write and read! And of course, I was not able to get to even half of the restaurants on my very VERY long list. This may shock some of you with the plethora of restaurant related posts on this blog. But trust me, there are just so many good restaurants here…it’s kind of overwhelming (and very stressful!) But I did what I could, and without further adieu and in no particular order…

The Best Appetizer: Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with truffle honey butter and burnt orange toast from Locanda Verde (review)

The Best Brunch: Cookshop (review #1 #2 #3)

So I think the fact that I went back to this place three times speaks to how good it is. From the ideal location right next to The Highline, to the wonderful and homey atmosphere, to the absolutely delicious food! Let’s look back at some of my favorites, shall we?

Scrambled eggs with creme fraiche, smoked salmon, caramelized onion, served on homemade biscuit and watercress salad

Pastry board: chocolate chip scone, sweet potato bread, apple muffin, pecan sticky bun, blueberry jam and butter

Poached egg popover: poached egg, popover, leek and cheddar fondue

The Best Mexican: Barrio Chino (review #1 #2)

I originally fell in love with their strong margaritas and fish tacos. A return visit showed me that their enchiladas were truly top notch.

achiote and citrus rubbed tilapia served with avocado salsa and pickled onions

Enchiladas Verdes: green enchiladas stuffed with zucchini and mushrooms and melted oaxacan cheese served with black beans topped with queso fresco

The Best Vegetarian: Pure Food and Wine (review)

This is definitely a special occasion vegetarian restaurant but truly delicious! Even for the non-vegetarians among you!

Chocolate mint sundae with thin mint cookies, chocolate ice cream, mint ice cream, and whipped cream and chocolate sauce…never knew a vegan raw sundae could taste so good!

Zucchini and local heirloom tomato lasagna with basil pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato marinara, and macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta

The Best Dessert: The salted caramel sundae from ABC Kitchen (review)

I know what you’re all thinking…yes, I do love me some Big Gay and Ample Hill, but those are in a category all to themselves. This is the best plated restaurant dessert…come on, totally different!

Sundae: salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts, popcorn, whipped cream, chocolate sauce

The Best Sandwich: The scuttlebuck from Saltie (review)

Homemade foccacia bread with pickled veg, hard boiled egg, greens, feta, house-made aioli, olives, and capers

The Best Salad: The kale salad from Northern Spy (review)

Kale salad with cheddar, delica squash, almonds and pecorino (the potato gnocchi on the right were excellent too!)

The Best Meatball: Piccolo Angelo (review)

Meatballs the size of my head! In a marinara sauce

Honorable Mention: Chicken meatballs from The Meatball Shop (review #1, #2)

Chicken meatballs in tomato sauce topped with grated parm and foccacia bead

The Best Pasta: House made linguine with spring fava beans, garlic, tomato, and toasted breadcrumbs from Frankies Spuntino (review)

House-made linguine with spring fava beans, garlic, tomato, and toasted breadcrumbs

The Best Pizza: The stracciatella and spinach pizza from Co (review), the margarita from Keste (review), the overall experience and uniqueness from Pauli Gee’s, (review #1, #2) and the bee sting from Roberta’s (review)

So I know it may not be proper to name FOUR places as “the best pizza,” but I think pizza is a very complex dish and there are many different kinds. When craving the traditional margarita, none is better than Keste. For your white pizza, head to Co. For the ultimate pizza parlor experience and very unique pies, travel to Greenpoint to see and meet Paulie Gee himself. And for fantastic sweet sauce mixed with spicy sausage and sweet honey, Roberta’s is truly top notch. All the crusts were fantastic, the sauces well seasoned, and the pies perfectly charred.

Stracciatella: crushed tomato, stracciatella, arugula, black pepper from Co

Regina Margherita: tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, grape tomatoes, basil, and extra virgin olive oil from Keste

Grapeful dead: Baby spinach, olive oil, mild gouda, shaved parmigiano reggiano, and pickled red grape halves from Paulie Gee’s

Three pies from Roberta’s: From right to left: the margarita, the bee sting (spicy salami, hot honey) and seasonal (kale, parm, fontina, lemon garlic oil)

The Best Asian Food: Talde (review)

Yes, I realize this is quite a broad category. But, Talde really wins for me for it’s perfectly cooked and flavored whole fish and it’s wacky over the top cereal bowl dessert.

Whole market fish: banana leaf roasted topped with tumeric-tomato chutney

The Best Burger: The lamb burger from The Breslin (review)

Chargrilled lamb burger with feta, cumin mayo, and thrice cooked chips

Best Ice Cream: Anything from Ample Hills (review)

Seriously…any of their hand crafted, small batch ice cream is absolutely delicious. And they make EVERYTHING in house…from the butter cake in the ooey gooey to the oatmeal cookie dough in Nona D’s oatmeal cookie. I have yet to find a place EVER to match these cups and cones.

Nona D’s Oatmeal cookie on the left and pumpkin with graham crackers and marshmallow on the right

Honorable Mention: The salty pimp from Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (review #….too many to count!)

This sweet and salty cone should really be in a category of its own. In fact, the whole shop should be! From it’s eclectic decor, to boisterous servers, to a menu filled with names like Bea Arthur (which is also delicious btw) and Affo-“gay”-to, how can you  not fall in love with it?

The Salty Pimp: I think you’ve seen this maybe one or two times here before! Caramel line ice cream cone with sea salt and chocolate

The Best Overall Dining Experience: ABC Kitchen (review)

This award  is based not only on the food, but the whole package…service, atmosphere, and the all-round feel of the place really makes a difference to me. ABC kitchen was a stunning restaurant with fantastic service, beautiful food, and obviously, so delicious!

Line caught tuna sashimi marinated with ginger and mint

Roasted beets with homemade yogurt and balsamic

Honorable Mentions: Traif (review) and Degustation (review) and Allswell (review)

Traif’s unique combinations and flavors really blew me away. The 5 course tasting menu at Degustation was so impressive…if they only had better service, I think this could have been a winner! The fact that I am STILL thinking about the pork from Allswell is definitely worth noting. Also worth noting is I visited all three honorable mention-worthy restaurants with the same friend…I think she may be just as food obsessed as myself!

Crispy pork belly, caulilflower, peperoncini, romesco, parsley-garlic from Traif

Third course: seared trout with chard leaves on a bed of corn, farro, and pea succatash with chorizo oil from Degustation

Roasted pork with aioli, anchovies, capers, and homemade olive bread from Allswell

I think that I could have really gone on and on…I will never forget the arepas from Caracas or the tofu from Gwynett St. or the octopus from Kefi…but I had to cut it off somewhere! I hope I have helped you sort out where to eat in a place where you will never EVER run out of restaurant options. I have already had some fantastic Toronto restaurant experiences and have many home-cooked meals to share with you. So please, STAY TUNED!

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Yes, it’s true, the final week of NYC restaurant reviews has arrived. Don’t fret…I may have some special meals in my back pocket, you know, saving them for a rainy day! But I am looking forward to getting back to sharing some fantastic recipes with you and some more delicious meals here in Toronto (as in the restaurant I just visited last night!) So GET PUMPED!

Photo from Zagat

Our first of the last dinners brought Adam and I to Pok Pok in Red Hook, Brooklyn. I have to say, since honeymooning in Thailand last April, we haven’t been able to find any Thai food that felt truly authentic. Well, once we stepped into Pok Pok, that all changed. Pok Pok’s interior really made us feel like we were back at one of those family run restaurants on the side roads in Chiang Mai. And the amazing back patio, where they have a grill and beer slushie, was also fantastic. Again, twitter friend to the rescue, I discovered my new favorite cocktails.

The Stone Fence: Applejack, Som apple drinking vinegar, draft cider, and bitters. AKA my new favorite cocktail in NYC!

Pok Pok makes these “drinking vinegars…” may sound weird but trust me, just order a drink with it and prepare to have your mind blown! The rest of the food was simply amazing and the serious heat coming off the papaya salad brought us right back to our Thailand honeymoon.

Het Paa Naam Tok: Spicy forrest mushroom salad with soy sauce, lime, and chili powder dressing, shallots, mint, cilantro, and rice powder

Cha Cha “La Vong:” Vietnamese catfish marinated in tumeric and sour sticky rice and fried in tumeric oil with scallions and dill. Served on rice vermicelli. You smelled this from across the room! This was my fave dish of the night!

Papaya Pok Pok with sticky rice: spicy green papaya salad

Our last dinner, just the two of us, took us back to the restaurant where we had our first dinner in Brooklyn way back in May, 2011. Al Di La in Park Slope has such a cozy vibe, and as we settled into our booth, we felt like we had just moved to Brooklyn again. Famous for their homemade pasta and rabbit dishes…you can guess what we went for!

Red beet and ricotta ravioli with melted butter, parm, and poppy seeds

Braised rabbit with black olives and polenta. Basically tasted like a richer chicken but that polenta…so creamy!

Homemade tortelloni with mascarpone and artichokes

On our first visit, the table next to us ordered their ricotta doughnuts for dessert and the smell alone made us order our own batch. This visit was no exception and they were just as delicious as the first time!

Ricotta doughnuts with melted chocolate and whipped cream for dipping

My parents arrived for the weekend to help us move and drive all of our stuff home. Don’t worry, in between lots of packing, I made sure we had time to hit up two more restaurants. Juventino is a Mexican inspired fusion restaurant in Park Slope. A beautiful rustic interior, the service and food was truly top-notch.

Bread plate. Served with roasted garlic, goat cheese, and honey butter with sage

Mushroom soup with truffle oil and crisp egg. This was the my favorite. The egg was soft boiled, breaded, and fried and sitting on a bed of delicious tomato sauce. So unique!

Seared scallops with corn puree, glazed carrots, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes. This corn puree tasted like pure roasted corn. So good!

Seared cod with tomato rice, citrus beurre blanc and caviar

Roasted free range chicken with sous vide breast, roasted vegetables, pickled carrots, and white truffle honey

The owner noticed that we had been waiting a very VERY long time for our entrees (re: over an hour). He wasted no time in coming over and was so apologetic, he comped the entire meal. We were all kind of shocked but he was insistent that our whole meal (we were a table of 6 who all ordered apps and mains) was on the house. I was blown away…the food was delicious and beautiful and service like that, really just can’t be beat.

The final meal also showed how good the customer service can be in some of New York’s restaurants. Aquagrill in Soho seemed to be the perfect spot for a fish loving family.

Complimentary tuna tartare on potato chip

Onion foccacia, jalapeno corn bread, ciabatta

With little touches, like complimentary tuna tartare and fantastic bread service, we were off to a good start. The waitress was extremely helpful in helping us all choose our orders and the smells coming from other people’s tables made our mouths water!

Grilled striped bass with parmesan gnocchi, maitake mushrooms, and mushroom gravy

Caramelized mango tart with mascarpone cheese and macadamia ice cream. Surprisingly very bland.

Adam, has you may have noticed from his love of Kraft dinner and really, anything I make, is not a picky eater. So when he commented about how his fish tasted “off,” I knew something must be wrong. The manager immediately came over, apologized profusely, took his entrée off the bill and gave us a free dessert. Might not have been the best dessert, but it was a very nice touch.

Miso glazed sea bass with Korean kimchi, twice cooked string beans, and a wasabi miso sauce

My fish however, was perfectly cooked and I literally licked that plate clean (okay, so maybe not licked but mopped it up with the delicious onion foccacia).

So how’s that for a final week of eating? Not bad, if I do say so myself! Next up, what you’ve all been waiting for, my “best of” New York list. So stay tuned!

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Well, we are winding down on my NYC restaurant posts…only a few more to go before “The Best Of” can be revealed. I know, you all must be on the edge of your seats!

Remember when I talk about not being the only “lady who lunches” in New York? Well, to prove my point even further, let me share my experience when meeting Katherine for lunch on a random Friday at Cafe Gitane in Nolita. I had heard rumors about how busy this small Moroccan/French cafe gets on the weekends. So, being a lady of leisure, I figured a week day lunch would be the perfect opportunity to finally cross this spot off my list. How wrong I was! Katherine and I arrived there to a 20 minute wait with no chance of grabbing an outdoor table. Once seated, we were elbow to elbow with our neighbors and the place was so loud, I think we were practically screaming at each other while we caught up on our latest running and restaurant adventures. Can someone please explain to me how the citizens of New York City have the time and money to take extra long, mid-week lunches?? I appreciate your responses.

The menu at Cafe Gitane was quite appealing…there were many a dish that sounded extremely tasty and all of the food looked so fresh and delicious. I already had my heart set on their famous avocado toasts and luckily, Katherine is always up for sharing!

Avocado toast with lemon and chili

Smoked trout salad with arugula, lentils, goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, avocado, and cherry tomatoes

Avocado on toast–sounds so simple, right? The addition of lemon juice and red pepper flakes on delicious toasted multigrain bread really elevated this dish to the next level. But be warned, the toasts do pack quite a bite! The salad was actually my definition of a perfect salad with so many different flavors and textures: salty and smoky trout, creamy goat cheese, sweet cranberries, rich avocado, crunchy walnuts, and filling lentils…I am already crafting my recipe re-creation, so stay tuned!

My other weekday lunch took me to the very popular Madison Square Eats. If I thought Cafe Gitane was crowded…Wow! Literally PACKED with people escaping their offices to try out a very large selection of eats. From Momofuku Milk Bar to Eataly to Mile End, this place had it all. But I had my heart set on Roberta’s, a Bushwick spot famous for their pizza that I had not been able to get to as of yet.

Roberta’s built a wood burning oven right in the middle of Madison Square

Three pies from Roberta’s: From right to left: the margarita, the bee sting (spicy salami, hot honey) and seasonal (kale, parm, fontina, lemon garlic oil)

The bee sting definitely echoed Paulie Gee’s flavor combination, but I think Roberta’s crust and sauce may be just a smidgen better (don’t worry…I still love me some Paulie!) The seasonal pizza was also delicious, but there’s something about the sweet, salty, and spicy combo of the bee sting that won me over. I highly recommend you brave the crowds and the heat and give MSE a chance. I wish I could return to try some Arancini Bros…so go try them for me please!

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While I may have journeyed from The Big Apple on a long 9 hour car ride north to Toronto, I still have a few more blog-worthy NYC restaurant visits to share. It was hard to keep up while eating out at least one meal a day for the past two weeks, rough life I know, so I have a bit of catch-up to do!


One of these meals was dinner with a lovely girl friend at what I now consider to be the most beautiful restaurant in New York. Salinas, a Spanish restaurant in Chelsea, is truly a stunning spot. With gorgeous high ceilings and decor, my friend and I could not stop looking around and staring…not only at the beautiful surroundings, but the beautiful people dining there as well. The menu items all sounded very intriguing and different, divided into tapas, small plates, and entrees, everything is designed to be shared. With help from our knowledgable server and some twitter friends, there was not one dish that disappointed.

Spanish flat bread, dry aged Mahon cheese, honey, thyme and sea salt

Fried Brussel sprouts, green cauliflower, citrus zest, mint yogurt, pimento

Blue fin tuna, tomato escabeche, pickled seasonal baby greens, chickpeas, red onion, sherry vinagrette

Fideos Negros: Crispy vermicelli, shaved sepia, watercress, roasted tomato, sofrito, and beet powder. It was then all mixed together into a creamy delicious mass of noodles!

The fideos negros was definitely my favorite and also the most unique dish we ordered. So richly flavored and richly colored, this intensely black dish just blew my mind! My friend favored the special of the evening…

Halibut with multigrain smoked octopus risotto

The smoky and grainy risotto paired with the flaky and melt-in-your mouth halibut was simply divine. And to think…we almost didn’t order this dish!

While this restaurant may not be as well-known or popular as another much talked about West Village eatery, I highly recommend you check it out! One of the best meals to date! On that note…stay tuned for a later blog post featuring “my best of” New York eats. But, if you can belive it, we have a few more meals to get to before that!

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Yes, I have in fact become a “lady who lunches.” Not a bad gig, mind you. And what I have found the most interesting is how in fact, I am not alone in this. Restaurants in NYC are very busy mid-day. Sure, a lot of people are probably on their lunch break, but it also seems a lot of people just have the time for a long and leisurely mid-day lunch. Oh how I wish this was always the case for me! But the past two weeks, I have joined this group of well dressed women and men for many a delicious breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

An early morning spin class at Soulcycle (the most incredible and intense spinning class I’ve EVER taken) ended with a delicious morning breakfast in Tribeca at Kitchenette with Leticia and Katherine. This very cutesy diner/bakery serves up some delicious and very large plates of comfort food.

My choice on the recommendation of the waiter: The lumberjack: Peach pancakes, scrambled egg whites, homemade turkey sausage, maple syrup

Brioche french toast with fresh strawberries

The Kitchenless: Egg white, cheese, tomato, biscuit sandwich

The very LARGE lumberjack platter definitely satisfied after the intense soulcycle class. The pancakes were not your ordinary pancakes…made fresh from their four grain mix with sweet peaches, they were light and fluffy and my dining partners agreed, quite delicious.

From comfort food breakfast to comfort food lunch, Parm, the casual outpost from Torrisi Italian Specialties, has been on my list ever since I read about their delicious turkey platter on Mckenzie’s blog. So I knew what I was eating for lunch. Luckily, my companion in weekday lunching was in the sharing mood and we ordered enough food for leftovers the next day.

House roasted turkey platter with Sunday salad


Giardinia pickles and spicy rabe

Turkey breast has the tendency to be dry but not this bird. It was super moist and flavored with some sort of herb filled  oil. The spicy and thick sauce on the side added a really nice touch. I also have decided from here on out, asparagus should always be coated with tons of parm and tossed with buttery croutons. After all this heavy comfort food eating, a vegan lunch at Peacefood on the UWS was a nice change of pace. And lunching with new friend Ashley was also a very nice treat! Ashley had dined at Peacefood many times and was very helpful in ensuring we ordered and shared all of Peacefood’s specialties.

Indian spiced chickpea fries

Roasted brussels sprouts and sauteed kale

Roasted Japanese pumpkin sandwich: mashed and seasoned with a little sea salt, black pepper, and olive oil, topped with caramelized onions, ground walnuts, vegan cheese, and greens

The chickpea fries were not exactly what I expected…which was a good thing because they were WAY more delicious than I imagined. The Indian spices really worked well with the chickpea batter and the crispy exterior and soft interior was so texturaly pleasing. I have previously professed my love for all things gourd-like and this sandwich was no exception. The sweet filling and onions were just unbelievable. My one issue was with the very dry bread. I guess that’s what happens when you order a sandwich on all natural rye/flax seed bread. But the filling more than made up for this in my eyes.

I know some of you are thinking, “Is there any food I haven’t eaten yet???” Surprisingly, yes! In all my time here, I had yet to try the famous soup dumplings found in many of the establishments in Chinatown. Well, this all changed when I lunched with a friend at not one, but TWO restaurants for our second traveling lunch (see our Xian Famous Foods tour). The tour began at Shanghai Cafe Deluxe. After some good advice from a feisty foodie, this spot was chosen as the place to have my very first soup dumplings experience. And while we were there, we should try some of their other items from their extremely lengthy menu, no?

Steamed tiny buns with pork and crab (AKA soup dumplings). Still steaming!

Black mushrooms with rice cakes

The tiny buns are filled with tender pork and crab and a delicious broth. I would have liked a tad more soup in my “soup” dumplings but otherwise, they were everything I had read and dreamed about! These rice cakes were also a nice dish. They had a terrific chewy texture and mixed with meaty and even chewier mushrooms, this dish was also a hit! But this was a traveling lunch, right? So still slightly peckish, my friend brought me to one of her favorite Malaysian restaurants in Chinatown, Nyonya. It’s hard to believe, but this menu may have been even bigger than Cafe Shanghai’s extensive list of dishes. Luckily, my friend had been here many MANY times and knew the perfect dishes to order to satisfy our appetites.

Spicy crispy squid: Fried squid tentacles in special sauce

Homemade roti canai (Indian pancake): Crispy style pancake with curry dipping sauce

I will quote my friend to describe the roti: “Like the best pizza dough…crispy and chewy at the same time!” Those squid were like nothing I’ve ever had before. Almost caramelized and not breaded or greasy like typical fried squid. Its the type of food you could just keep eating bowls and bowls of and never get full. Like the perfect TV watching snack.  I think I make a pretty good “lady who lunches,” wouldn’t you agree?

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Applewood is situated on a small street off 7th avenue in Park Slope. You actually wouldn’t even notice it from the main street if you were on a little stroll. But once you walk in, you can’t help but be taken a back by its very charming atmosphere and farmhouse feel. Which is very fitting as Applewood focuses on seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine. My friend and I planned a “date” night to have a nice dinner together before I left and headed north to Toronto. And it also happened she had her wedding at this restaurant…which I could definitely picture with all the candles and cozy setting.

Three spreads: lentils cooked in duck fat, soft and salted butter, spinach cream cheese

Spreads and breads were given to start. The bread was freshly made in-house (sorry no photo-but just imagine a two large pieces of white and whole wheat bread with crispy crusts and soft interiors). The lentils were definitely my favorite and I proceeded to eat them also as a side dish with a fork. Can anything cooked in duck fat every be bad?

Sautéed ramps topped with a fried egg and dill aioli

Squid salad with rhubarb and sunflower shoots

Lemon risotto with parsnips and watercress

Pan seared hake with sweet potatoes, arugula, and lemon fondue

As the blog title states, the fish was delicious. Perfectly cooked, flaky, and buttery and that lemon cream sauce was simply divine. Both apps were also a hit but I have to say, my friends lemon risotto was really just not good. The rice was cooked well but there was no flavor at all. Not just under-seasoned, but really no seasoning — quite disappointing. Overall, I really enjoyed the meal at Applewood and have heard really great things…maybe it was an off night for the risotto chef?

I know I said I was trying to get all my restaurant reviews out to you, but I simply HAD to share this chicken dish with you as I think it is perfect for a light summer meal. This recipe for chicken marinated in a fresh lime mixture and served over marinated red onions and a cilantro infused black bean sauce is a great way to jazz up that boring boneless, skinless chicken breast.

Baked Lime Chicken with Black Bean Sauce (Adapted from Simply Recipes)

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 limes, juiced

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp salt

1 red onion, sliced thin

Black Bean Sauce

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 quart water

2 bay leaves

stems from one bunch of cilantro, chopped

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp coriander

salt and pepper to taste

Combine lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, oregano, salt and pepper and place in a bowl with chicken. Let marinade for at least 2 hours in the fridge.

Place beans and remaining ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour or so until reduced and nice and thick. Remove bay leaves and puree with hand blender. Place onions in a baking dish and place chicken and marinade on top. Bake in 400 degree oven, covered with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Remove foil and broil for about 5 minutes until top is browned and chicken is completely cooked through. Serve chicken on top of black beans and onions.

Really delicious served with some guacamole and tortilla chips, and of course, a margarita on the side is always a nice touch!

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