We got on the topic of grilling, and I told her about the Great Grill Disaster of 2012, She told me about a marinade her husband recently learned to make for chicken and beef. It sounded absolutely delicious - and Clean. A few hours after our conversation, I got a link to the Barefoot in the Kitchen blog which has the original recipe.
This recipe is just what a Clean Eater needs - a great marinade for meat that isn't a sugary mess from a bottle, but imparts tons of flavor without the unnecessary salt, sugar, and chemicals.
Note: Apparently this marinade freezes really well, so if you double or triple the recipe, you can make enough for future grilling fun.
recipe slightly adapted from Tyler Florence
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, very finely minced
1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, about 3 tablespoons finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust as desired
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, adjust as desired
2 limes, juiced
1 orange, juiced
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
In a large bowl, combine the very finely minced garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, salt and pepper. Using a mortar and pestle or your hands, mash together and crush to make a paste. Scrape into a jar and then add the orange and lime juices, vinegar and oil. Shake really well to combine thoroughly. Use as a marinade for beef or chicken. Enjoy!
Recipe makes approximately 1 1/4 cups of marinade.