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1. Combine tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeño, onion, garlic and bread in a blender. Add 1 cup juice and pulse until chunky. Whisk in vinegar and oil and season with salt and pepper. Thin with additional juice, 2 Tbsp. at a time, until mixture reaches desired consistency. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
2. Check seasoning, adjust if desired, and serve cold, topped with scallions and avocado, if using.
This roasted corn and red pepper salad is the perfect warm weather side.
1. Preheat a gas grill to medium. Oil grates; grill peppers, turning once or twice, until charred, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; cover tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from bowl; scrape away skin.
2. Brush corn with 1 Tbsp. olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill corn, turning, until lightly charred, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
3. In a large bowl, whisk vinegar and mustard. Season with salt and pepper and whisk in remaining olive oil. Dice peppers; cut corn kernels from cobs. Mix peppers, corn, scallions and cilantro in bowl with dressing and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.
A basic grilled pork tenderloin becomes “company worthy” when paired with a tangy-sweet salsa of green tomatoes and fresh pineapple.
1. Combine tomatoes, onion, lemon juice and olive oil in a large bowl. Stir in pineapple, cover and chill until ready to serve. (Can be made up to 1 day ahead. Keep covered and refrigerated.) Makes about 4 cups.
2. Preheat a gas grill to medium-low. Make small incisions all over tenderloins with a sharp paring knife and insert slices of garlic until well studded. Season with salt and pepper. Oil grates and grill pork, turning often, until a meat thermometer inserted at thickest part of tenderloin reaches 160°F and tenderloin is lightly browned on outside and shows no pink color inside, about 45 minutes. Remove pork to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
3. Season green tomato-pineapple salsa with salt and pepper. Serve cold with thin slices of pork.
Make your own Jamaican jerk seasoning in a food processor by combining onion, jalapeño pepper, garlic, ginger, allspice and sugar. Add orange juice to make a marinade for these island-style grilled chicken drumsticks.
1. Combine onions, jalapeño, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, sugar and allspice in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Whisk orange juice, vinegar and soy sauce in a large measuring cup. Add juice mixture to food processor while motor is running; blend.
2. Place chicken in 2 large ziplock bags. Divide jerk mixture between bags and tightly seal them. Turn to coat drumsticks. Place in refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
3. Preheat a gas grill to medium. Remove drumsticks from bags and pat dry. Pour jerk mixture from ziplock bags into a small pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Oil grates and grill drumsticks about 6 inches from heat source, turning and brushing often with jerk mixture, until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of a drumstick reaches 170°F and chicken is no longer pink at the bone, about 40 minutes. Serve hot.
1. Place onion in a large skillet and drizzle with canola oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are very soft but not browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer onions to a bowl to cool.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until tender yet crisp, about 5 minutes. Pour into a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and soy sauce. Whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add onions and beans and toss well. Season with additional salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.
1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Mist a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, combine peaches, plums, lemon juice, honey, tapioca and salt, mixing well. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Make topping: Combine flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and use fingertips or a fork to mix until crumbly. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3. Transfer fruit mixture to baking dish. Sprinkle topping over fruit. Place dish on baking sheet. Bake until fruit is softened and topping is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
Blend raspberries, lemon juice and sugar in a blender until smooth. Force mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Spoon 2 Tbsp. puree into each of 8 tall glasses. Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour in enough chilled seltzer to just cover ice. Stir well. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint, if desired.
Spicy Gazpacho Shots
Roasted Corn and Red Pepper Salad
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Green Tomato-Pineapple Salsa
Grilled Jamaican Jerked Drumsticks
Green Bean Salad with Melted Red Onions
Peach and Plum Crisp
Fire up the grill and serve healthier versions of favorite family dishes -- no one will miss the extra calories!
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