What’s For Dinner? – The Magic of Marinades

What’s For Dinner? – The Magic of Marinades

What’s for dinner? That question often instills panic in me as a busy working professional. I know I am not the only one! I decided to take on the challenge and find simple, quick, healthy recipes that I can enjoy making and eating and sharing! I am NOT a cook! I am passionate about health and I know if I can help just one person cook more at home with healthy ingredients, then I am making a difference.

I found the magic of marinades!

I am sharing this one with you because I have  lemon tree and a small herb garden and it is EASY!


Marinating is a simple, versatile technique that can be used to enhance flavor in a variety of dishes. I  have a lemon tree and a small herb garden and just pick my fresh lemons and herbs right from my garden. Marinades are a great way to have variety and yet not take hours to prepare foods.

Marinade Ingredients (to make ¾ cup)

1 lemon, zested

¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme

3 tablespoons minced fresh chives

2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or rosemary

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes


Ina small bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients. Place choice of meat, fish, chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Add 1 tablespoon marinade for each portion of protein. Marinate, refrigerated for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Season with salt and pepper before cooking