Thursday, July 14, 2011

simple toppings, dips & marinades

anything can be made better with a simple sauce or marinade.  you can turn bland chicken into a brilliant entree or a boring salad into an impressive side.  below are a few of my go-to favorites to zest up dinner any night of the week!

toppings & dips:

1 avocado + 1 tbsp minced garlic + 1-2 tbsp grated parmesan
mash all the ingredients together and use it on chicken, fish, rice or as a salad topping

credit {here}
1/4 cup mayo + 1 tsp curry
mix together and use as a dipping sauce for sweet potato fries, beer battered fish or homemade chicken tenders


1/4 cup mustard (any kind) + squeeze of lemon + salt & pepper
coat 2 chicken breasts in this simple marinade and let them sit (in fridge) for at least an hour.  then pan saute in a bit of olive oil.

mustard marinade - credit {here}
2 tbsp teriyaki (or soy sauce) + 1 tsp minced garlic (bonus: + sesame seeds or sesame oil)
marinate 2 fish filets in this asian-inspired sauce for at least 30 min before cooking.  try cooking your fish "en papillote" (i.e. in a foil packet with veggies).  it makes the fish super tender and ensures that it doesn't dry out!

do you have any simple cooking secrets to share?


  1. wonderful ideas! i love little fish packets and this sounds like a great way to add some flavor.

  2. I love to bake and make desserts but I just getting into trying more recipes when it comes to cooking actual food food. I'm a vegetarian. I wonderful if I could use your marinade on vegetarian chicken substitutes.

  3. Looks divine! Sorry that I haven't been able to visit back, but school has been and still is so busy-not that that's an excuse. I've got a giveaway up now, hope you visit back :)
    Izzy xo

  4. guacamole is the best dip! especially with some lemon in it, i could eat guacamole all day long

  5. Ohhh I am going to try the mustard marinade!

  6. love love love avocado, so that first one sounds absolutely amazing! will definitely be trying this! :)

  7. Yummm, I love that these work on such a variety of dishes! As a new vegetarian, it's tough to find things that are so versatile, or geared towards such a variety of dishes :)
    I'm such an avocado fan - can't wait to try out the first dip!

  8. These are great tips I really want to try the avocado one!


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