Family Favorites: Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwich

I’ve partnered with Classico and Collective Bias to create this tasty Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwich.  Seasoned chicken covered with pasta sauce and melted cheese…
It’s the ultimate 30-minute meal! #CollectiveBias #FamilyFavorites

This Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwich is covered with pasta sauce and melted cheese to create a lighter version of a classic sandwich! #shopDo you ever stop and think back about the chapters in your life?  There are those sayings like “one door closed and another opened” or “this was the beginning of a new chapter,” but have you ever stopped and actually thought about the different phases?  It’s kinda fun to stop and reminisce!

For me, the chapters are pretty distinct.  Continue Reading »

Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken

This Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.  Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!

This Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken is an easy and delicious weeknight meal.  Serve it cold as a summer pasta salad or hot as a delicious winter entree!Stop and take a moment to think back to being a kid in the summer.  Seriously.  Close your eyes for a moment and think back to what it was like when you were 8-years old, and summer had just started.  That was the best time ever!  I remember waiting with such anticipation for that last day of school.  I think I even made a countdown calendar on the wall where I’d mark off the days left.  Every day seemed to take forever…especially knowing that a whole 3 months of carefree fun was waiting for me!  (Yet now the days…and years…seem to fly by at warp speed.  What’s up with that?)Continue Reading »

Margarita Grilled Chicken

This Margarita Grilled Chicken features a marinade made from your favorite margarita recipe.  This is a great recipe to serve on the back deck during the summer…with a batch of homemade margaritas, of course!

Margarita Grilled Chicken: This grilled chicken is marinated in your favorite margarita ingredients!Is there anything better than sitting on the back deck enjoying a warm summer evening?  Well, actually, there is.  It’s sitting on the back deck with a cold margarita in one hand.  No wait, one more.  It’s sitting on the back deck with a cold margarita in one hand and a plate full of Margarita Grilled Chicken in the other!Continue Reading »

Red Wine Portobello Burgers

These Red Wine Portobello Burgers feature a quick, delicious red wine marinade. They’re perfect for a casual summer dinner on the back porch with friends and family!

These Red Wine Portobello Burgers are incredibly tasty thanks to a quick (45 minute!) red wine marinade!Remember how I mentioned last week about visiting my sister (and her new baby!) down in Nashville? Well, my Mom recently moved to Nashville, too, and I had the chance while I was there to go rummaging through some of my old childhood toys. Talk about a trip down memory lane!

I’ve always been a collector. From baseball cards to comic books to boxes of cereal, I pretty much like to collect. As I was going through the boxes of my childhood toys, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning again. I found piles of old comic books. Like seriously cool old comic books that I want to frame in my office now. I found boxes upon boxes of baseball cards…and then I came across the grand prize of old toys: my original Nintendo. Yup, from like 1986. The kind you had to blow the dust out of to get the games to work. You better believe I packed that bad boy up in bubble pack and brought it back on the plane. I’m ready to rock some old school Mario and Zelda like it’s my job!

These Red Wine Portobello Burgers are incredibly tasty thanks to a quick (45 minute!) red wine marinade!I’m planning a marathon gaming night for this weekend, and in true Mario fashion, I think I need to eat some mushrooms to get into the right mindset. Yup, this definitely calls for a batch of these tasty Red Wine Portobello Burgers. I love a good burger, and I’ve certainly posted my share of delicious burgers here on Spiced. But the other day, it hit me that I hadn’t made portobello burgers yet. Well, that needed to be fixed ASAP, right? Before throwing these shrooms on the grill, I marinated them in a delicious California Pinot Noir from Black Box Wines. It was a quick and easy marinade (only about 45 minutes), and the red wine marinade gave these portobellos an amazing flavor.

So I have a confession to make. Mushrooms. I’ve had the hardest time getting on board with them. I’ve loved the earthy flavor for a long time, but the texture always got me. And frankly, it still makes me pause for a moment. But not too long. The taste of these grilled portobellos is quite simply amazing, and my fear of mushrooms fades away quickly whenever these bad boys show up on the grill. In fact, I suspect these Red Wine Portobello Burgers would even make Mario proud!

These Red Wine Portobello Burgers are incredibly tasty thanks to a quick (45 minute!) red wine marinade!I also have another confession to make. Boxed wine. Until recently, I was skeptical of the stuff. Boxed wine has been out for a while, but I thought the quality was suspect at best. Well, that’s just not true anymore. You can indeed find quality wine in boxes now. Take Black Box Wines for instance. They’ve won 46 Gold Medals and 27 “Best Buys” from Wine Enthusiast magazine. That’s legit, folks! Boxed wine is a good bit cheaper than comparable bottled wine, too…like 40% less. The larger box is equivalent to 4 bottles of wine, and it’ll stay fresh for a month once you open it. And since there’s no glass involved, you can take it anywhere. Worried about glass by the pool? Not anymore! Plus, you don’t need to pack a bottle opener. So it’s easier, economical and tasty? Count me in. But for now…I’m off to rescue the Princess!

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Red Wine Portobello Burgers

Yield: 2 double 'shroom burgers


    For the Red Wine Marinade
  • 1/3 cup Black Box Pinot Noir red wine
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • ½ Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • For the Burgers
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 2 hamburger buns, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese (thick-cut)
  • ¼ cup basil leaves
  • 2 large Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the Red Wine Marinade ingredients.
  2. Place the Portobello mushrooms cap-side down in a small baking dish and add the Red Wine Marinade. Let mushrooms marinate for 45 minutes, spooning the Marinade back onto the mushrooms occasionally.
  3. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grill grates with a small amount of canola or vegetable oil to prevent mushrooms from sticking.
  4. Lightly pat portobellos dry and place them on the grill over medium-high heat. Grill for 5-6 minutes, flip, and continue grilling for another 5-6 minutes or until the center of the mushrooms (where the stem used to be) is soft and juicy.
  5. While the portobellos are grilling, butter the insides of both hamburger buns. Place buns (buttered side down) on grill for 1 minutes, or until butter has melted and buns are lightly toasted. Remove buns from grill and set aside.
  6. Top two of the portobellos with slices of Swiss cheese. Close grill and cook for about 1 more minute, or until cheese has melted.
  7. Remove portobellos from grill and place the cheese-topped mushroom on the lower half of each hamburger bun. Add several large basil leaves and then top with the remaining portobellos. Finally, add a large Romaine leaf and a thick slice of tomato to each burger. Spread 1 Tbsp of mayonnaise on the upper half of each bun and place on top.

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