Looking for an easy, healthy marinade for grilling? Try this Citrus Basil Marinade! Made with a few ingredients, it’s paleo and whole 30 friendly. Perfect for putting on chicken or fish, this marinade goes great on any summer dinner!
Let me paint a picture for you. It’s 8PM. I’m in my pajamas and Shameless is blasting on the TV. Tyler is outside grilling dinner, and I’m tired. Not just a little, I could use a cup of coffee tired.. I mean I could sleep for 3 days tired. Not. Even. Kidding. And all I can think of is thank god for easy dinners because I physically don’t think I could even stand at the stove right now for more than 5 minutes.
I’m not saying this because I want to be all ‘woe is me, life is so hard’. In fact – life is the farthest thing from hard. It’s really freaking great! I just have A LOT going on in my life. Between working full time, working another 25ish hours a week doing the blog, teaching group fitness, and trying to find .2 seconds to relax and be present… It’s been a challenge. A challenge that I’m working really hard at – but not entirely sure when I’ll figure it out.
Food has always been a grounding sort of thing for me. There’s nothing that makes me happier than getting to come home and cook. I can completely get lost in the kitchen, trying new things + tasting new flavors. (And getting to eat the food you make is also just an added bonus.) But sometimes we just don’t really feel like doing the things we love, or the things we need to do (face it – you HAVE to eat at some point, whether you’re tired or not.) That’s where recipes like this Citrus Basil Marinade come in.
Sometimes, I just want to come home, hand a ziploc bag of marinated chicken + foil wrapped packet of veggies to Ty and say “Here ya go, go grill it” (and then promptly park my butt on the couch). I KNOW you have those nights too. You’re lying if you say that you don’t.
Even on those nights, when I’m my most tired and don’t want to do a THING.. I still want to eat good food! Since I probably have one of these ‘I’m too tired I don’t want to cook’ nights once a week, I’d like to think that over the years I’ve mastered the art making a really delicious dinner with minimal work and ingredients. It’s pretty simple, so I’m going to share the secrets with you.
- Use your grill when you can. Grilling gives food SO much flavor. Even in the dead of winter, you’ll find me grilling chicken. It tastes waaaaay better than baking it in the oven, is quicker and just easier.
- Fresh herbs =everything. Obviously it’s summer so fresh herbs are everywhere you go – but even in the winter I splurge on them. They can completely transform a meal. Whether it’s in a dressing, marinade, or just sprinkled on top.
- Citrus makes everything taste better. Tacos a little ‘eh’? Add some lime. Water too boring to drink? Juice a lemon. Want to add a little sweetness to dish? Get out the OJ. We go through BAGS of lemons/limes/oranges because we use them in practically everything.
- Season the **** out of it. Salt is your friend. So is pepper. Use them liberally. It makes ALL the difference
Now.. it just so happens that this Citrus Basil Recipe takes into account all these things… so if you’re ready for the easiest dinner EVER.. here you go.
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- juice of one lemon
- juice of one lime
- juice of one orange
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons fresh, chopped basil
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
- Marinate chicken, fish, or veggies for at least 30 minutes (ideally overnight for maximum flavor)
Things we used for this recipe: citrus juicer, microplane zester, salt, pepper
Now – if you really want to be ahead of the game you can do what I do. Buy chicken in bulk, prep it, put it in individual bags with marinades like this one + freeze it! Then in the morning – you take the chicken out of the freezer, let it defrost, grill it up.. and wah-lah! Dinner is served, and you can watch all the Netflix you want, finally finish that book you’ve been meaning to read, or take a nap. Thank me later 😉
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