Coastal Kitchen

Separated by circumstance but still sharing a love for a healthy lifestyle …

Easy Baked Mexican Chicken

The other night it was windy, rainy and really cold outside and while we will grill outdoors in most inclement weather…that night was just too much. Not wanting to leave the comfort of home and fireplace, I rummaged through the kitchen pondering how to bake the chicken breasts that we had without them tasting bland […]

Grilled Halibut

One of our most favorite things about being home in Jamestown, Rhode Island in the summer is the fresh fish at Zeek’s Creek. Just the other day we bought some fresh, local Halibut and as we left Greg Zeek (owner and fisherman) offered up a great idea for marinating the fish before grilling and this is our […]

Crustless Chicken Pot Pie

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, comfort food is on our minds and our rendition of the Chicken Pot Pie hits the spot. We topped this gluten-free dish with a paleo gravy, which uses coconut milk and almond flour instead of the traditional ingredients – it was is so good we could drink it with […]

Crock Pot Chili

This chili was inspired by our favorite recipe, and the one my mom always made which comes from the Silver Palate Cookbook. However, last night when making this dish I didn’t have all of the ingredients so we made an adapted version, which was delicious. Just like our CK meatballs, sweet Italian sausage is the key to […]

Tarragon and Chive Baked Flounder

The great thing about dedicating time to Coastal Kitchen over the last year is that now I have almost every spice known to man and a fridge stocked with staples. This past Sunday, when I did my weekly grocery shop I was flabbergasted to see that $78 was able to get Chris and myself three […]

Grilled Wings, Spinach Salad and Homemade Ranch

The fall season is upon us and with that comes football, and with that comes football-worthy snacks and meals. We used to love ordering wings out at restaurants until we found out how many heavy ingredients go into the making of them. We opted out of the fried version and made these grilled wings from […]

Chicken Soup with Roasted Vegetables

Seriously, this soup is amazing! I found this recipe on my new favorite site, Against All Grain and it was just what I needed when I came down with a head cold just recently. The soup is simple to make, delicious, hearty and nothing but good for you. I also just bought Danielle’s new book […]

Southern Style Pulled Pork

Everyone always tells me how easy it is to use a slow cooker. “Just dump a bunch of ingredients in it, cook on low for eight hours, and you have a great meal when you get home from work.” I had a wee bit more difficulty. After one year of owning a Crock Pot and […]

Parmesan and Panko Crusted Tilapia

We love tilapia. It makes for a relatively inexpensive meal, but it needs to be cooked with the appropriate amount of seasoning. Below is the cost breakdown of our rendition of “Parmesan and Panko Crusted Tilapia.” We made it a meal by adding a spinach salad, complete with cranberries, sliced almonds, feta and oil and […]

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

We’re not going to sugarcoat it. NOTHING can replace true homemade mac and cheese, but this cauliflower recipe is a delicious substitute, and a fantastic way to get your vegetables in for the day. Print/View Recipe    

Caprese Chicken with Balsamic Glace

Make the classic Caprese Salad a meal with this recipe – pesto (homemade or store bought) and Balsamic Glace are a must!! View/Print Recipe (our homemade pesto recipe included here)

Cajun Shrimp Salad

This is a go-to light dinner dish for the Coastal Kitchen crew. It’s easy, fast and filling. Plan on about 3-4 large shrimp per salad. We like to grab large fresh shrimp but if you get frozen you will need to thaw under running water first. And with all shrimp, peel and devein before cooking. […]

Shepherd’s Pie

Many years ago we turned our favorite taco filling into a Shepherd’s Pie. Back then we used the Old El Paso taco seasoning, frozen veggies, instant potatoes and frozen pie crusts to create a comfort favorite but as the years have gone by and we have learned more about proper nutrition we have replaced the […]

Farfalle with Butter-Braised Nettles

Stinging Nettles, also referred to as “the seven minute itch” as when you bump into the plant by accident you feel like you have been stung by a million jellyfish! Well, counter to its wicked sting, this menacing weed is actually a powerhouse food and medicinal magician. After tasting braised nettles for the first time […]

Coconut Flour Tortillas

With summer upon us, and craving some soft tacos, we went in search of a recipe for corn free and gluten free tortillas. Yes, we love corn but it’s hard to know when purchasing corn tortillas in the supermarket if they are GMO free or not. So, rather than risk it we came upon this […]

Nordstrom’s Cilantro & Lime Chicken Salad

This salad with it’s outstanding dressing is a signature dish of the Nordstrom’s Café and the go-to lunch that we three ladies enjoy while shopping. Okay, we are not mall rats by any stretch of the imagination, in fact we all find it far too exhausting but when the holiday shopping season comes around you can find […]

Hot & Sweet Ginger-Garlic Chicken

Super easy, incredibly delicious and even better, inexpensive to create! We got this recipe from Balanced Bites and the first time we made it we didn’t have the coconut aminos so we replaced it with a little bit of olive oil and it was wonderful but the second time we made the dish, it was […]

Stoplight Stuffed Peppers

This is probably one of the most pleasing dinners to the eye. We love it because it is super easy to make for a night in or as an entrée at a party. We replaced all the extra rice and grains that are normally found in stuffed peppers with lean ground beef and the feta […]

Parmesan & Mayo Chicken

I found a version of this when searching for easy chicken recipes and now it’s a household favorite. The mayo encases the chicken so that when you cut into it, it is tender and juicy. My only warning is to not use too much mayo! Costco has become a weekend tradition. We go here to […]

Quick Fish Tacos

I recently had lunch with my good friend Elizabeth at LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto and ordered the fish tacos. The dish was delicious and not  the typical deep fried and beer battered fish but rather a grilled version.  A few days went by and it was all I could think of. I decided one […]

Beef Burgers with a Vegetable Medley & Sweet Potato Chips

The Fresh Market is my favorite market in Florida. Grocery shopping in general is probably one of my most favorite things to do – a dork I know – and The Fresh Market is a treat. Upon walking in you’re engulfed in a wave of classical music and at every turn there is another friendly […]

Tuna Guacamole

Okay, it’s another tuna dish but we are on a roll, or perhaps in a rut, but man this was good! Scott and I were getting ready for a big bike ride this past Saturday and amidst all the preparation I had forgotten about dinner, which is kind of an important component the night before […]

Chicken Sausage Stir-Fry

Meals during the week can get monotonous especially when you are rushing to the grocery store after work in the hopes of whipping something up quick on a limited budget. Recently Unit 902 has been in a rut, with meals day-after-day consisting of the same ingredients and flavors. After racking our brains on what to […]

Sea Scallops with Garlic Spinach

For this week’s Cooking on a Budget post, I decided to do one of my favorite dishes, sea scallops, which tend to be a supermarket splurge, but if you pair them with a cheaper side dish they don’t break the bank. I got all of my ingredients here from Whole Foods so the scallops are […]

Cooking on a Budget – Salmon Dinner

One of our weekly dinner favorites is salmon. It’s one of the easiest fish to cook in an apartment sans a grill without sacrificing the flavor. I try to stay away from farmed salmon unless I’m getting it from Whole Foods or a store similar where I know that the standards for feeding and living […]

Chicken Parmesan

Sometimes the day calls for some good comfort food that warms you up and fills you up! For me, there’s nothing quite as comforting as Chicken Parmesan with pasta. I try to keep the cost down where I can but definitely don’t skimp when it comes to organic, free-range meat. I also opt for gluten-free pasta […]

Spaghetti Squash with Red Sauce

A couple of weeks ago I was grocery shopping with Syd when she told me that I should try spaghetti squash. Honestly, I didn’t know what such a squash looked like until she chucked a huge yellow, football-like, squash into the cart and home I went with it. It sat there for a while, eyeing […]


Today we have a guest post from Aunt Cynthia (Kim’s sister) who when not flying through the air on her kiteboard, can be found  fishing for dinner on her SUP (stand up paddleboard). This dish is common on the beaches of Mexico. Even if you are land locked on frozen tundra, the fresh lime, fish […]

Roasted Fennel and Potato Soup

  This delicious soup recipe was created while taking a class at the San Francisco Cooking School back in February. We were asked to make a potato soup using anything from the following list of suggested ingredients: Russet Potatoes, Olive Oil, Leeks, Carrots, Celery, Fennel, Bacon, Herbs, Spices, White Wine, Chicken Stock, Creme Fraiche, Cream or […]

Cauliflower Pizza

The sugar detox has been a battle to say the least! It’s amazing how sugar can sneak its way into almost everything! Frustrated, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found this incredible recipe for cauliflower “pizza”. The crust is made of cooked cauliflower,egg and mozzarella. It’s super versatile so you can go traditional and […]