This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

Dinner time in the kitchen is my jam. (I really can’t believe I just said “jam”… I guess I’m proving that I am a nineties baby…) It’s that time of the day I get to work on something delicious to feed my boys so we can share a meal together. Since we have had Cove, I really appreciate a home-cooked meal with them. I used to love eating out, but I’ve become so much more of an “at-home” eater. It’s helped us become healthier and it creates a time of the day where we have cut-out conversation and family time. In case you missed it, I shared here how I meal plan for our week and here how I shop for fresh produce.

When I go shopping, I’m really conscious of where I’m buying my produce from and whether it’s local and in season. There is something to be said for eating foods that were grown close to where you are. Anything from Fresh from Florida is definitely a new favorite of ours. This season there are some great, fresh produce items to cook with, so I thought I would share with you some of what the Schneiders have been cooking up in the kitchen.

Right now, bell peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries are in season from Florida Farms, which are right around the corner from us here in Georgia. Last week, we incorporated all of those into a meal. I’m also all about a colorful meal, so we had mixed greens, Florida berry salad, Florida shrimp and steak skewers. It kind of felt like summer even though it’s just now spring, because we fired up the grill and had a good time. Ian loved the skewers so we will definitely be making them again soon. The salad is one of those that’s perfect for bringing to a gathering. It’s pretty and tastes just as good. 

Here are the recipes:

Mixed Greens and Florida Berry Salad

  • 16 ounces mixed greens, rinsed and drained
  • 1 dozen Florida strawberries, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 cup Florida orange, peeled and segmented
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl add mixed greens, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper; toss to combine.
  2. Plate the dressed arugula and evenly add the citrus and berries around the greens.
  3. Add the goat cheese and serve chilled.

Florida Shrimp and Steak Skewers

  • 1 pound large Florida shrimp, peeled and deveined with tail on
  • Fresh sirloin steak cubed
  • 2 large Florida bell peppers (your favorite color), cut into 1-inch squares (I like green and yellow)
  • 1 large onions cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes
  • 8 bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 1 hour) or metal skewers
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil spray for grilling
  1. After marinating the items for several hours in the marinade and sauce, alternate the meat and veggies on soaked skewers.
  2. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat the grill and add cooking spray.
  4. Add skewers and cook until desired temperature or doneness.
  5. Remove skewers and let set 3 minutes before serving.

Skewer Marinade and Sauce

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Mix ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Use half the marinade to soak skewer items in. Save the remaining half and adjust seasoning by preference for dipping cooked skewers in.

 

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