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Lemon Dill Salmon – Fast and Easy

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LEMON DILL SALMON – FAST & EASY

Truth be told, i’m not a big fan of salmon. You will never find me ordering it at a restaurant but…I cannot resist THIS salmon recipe. When I eat this, I literally say ‘yum’ out loud and gobble it down fast. I especially like how fast this cooks up, under 25 minutes from preparation to plate. So thanks to this recipe, I am a salmon convert.

I also prefer wild caught salmon so that I’m eating the healthiest version salmon. I do not purchase farm raised fish of any kind because of the gmo pellets they are fed to artificially bulk up the fish. And since I primarily stick with organics, it just makes sense for me and my health preferences. But, that being said, this recipe will work with farm raised or wild caught.

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Fast and Easy Lemon Dill Salmon
 
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: Seafood, Paleo, Protein
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 salmon (fresh or thawed) fillets
  • 3 Tbl grass fed butter (I use kerrygold)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt (I personally use pink himalayan)
  • ½ tsp black or white pepper
  • zest from 1 lemon (then use the remaining lemon for slices)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line a baking pan or dish with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine butter, dill, garlic, salt/pepper and lemon zest.
  4. Microwave thoroughly until melted but be careful not to burn the butter. About 25 seconds.
  5. Using a pastry brush, brush melted mixture generously onto each fillet. Place a lemon slice on top of each fillet at the fattest part.
  6. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes on the middle or top rack. I checked mine at 10, using a fork to check for flakiness and decided it needed another 2½ minutes because I like my salmon on the firmer side. Whatever your preference, check it at 10 minutes and go from there.
  7. Serve.

 

Easy Low Fat Spicy Thai Peanut Shrimp Stir Fry

Easy Low Fat Spicy Thai Peanut Shrimp Stir Fry
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So there I was at Costco one weekend enjoying an interesting people watching episode when I found myself standing next to the PB2. I had heard about PB2 but wasn’t really sure what it was. So, being that I was in Costco, I threw it in my cart because I knew I needed it. I just didn’t know for what yet.

Later that night I was cruising Pinterest for what to do with PB2. I found a zillion recipes. I feel like I’ve been missing out on so many yummy things because of all the fat in regular peanut butter. So I wasted no time in picking a recipe.

If you don’t know about PB2, its a powdered peanut powder. Think, powdered peanut butter. 85% of the fat and oil is removed making it only 45 calories a serving compared to peanut butters 165 calories. It also has 1.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat) compared to peanut butters 16 grams of fat! That’s huge. 

I love a creamy peanut sauce with my Thai food so I found this recipe, tweaked a couple of things, made it and LOVED IT. No more shying away from Thai peanut recipes because of all the fat in peanut butter!!

Chop those veggies!

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoliSaute those veggies!

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoliWhip up the sauce! So easy.

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoliCombine shrimp with cooked veggies then add sauce. That’s it.

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoliEnjoy!

pb2 shrimp stir fry thai peanut low fat low carb gluten free bell pepper carrot onion broccoli

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Easy Low Fat Spicy Thai Peanut Shrimp Stir Fry
 
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Recipe type: Protein, Low Carb, Pescetarian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • SHRIMP:
  • 12 ounce bag frozen cooked shrimp
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, shaved
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • *Optional: 1 tsp red pepper flakes or more if you really like your eats hot hot hot
  • SAUCE:
  • 4 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha (more if you like it really spicy)
  • 4 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 5 Tbsp pb2 (powdered peanut butter). Can add ½ Tbsp at a time if needed for thickening up the sauce.
  • **Serving suggestion: Top some sprouted brown rice, quinoa, brown rice pasta or shredded cabbage.
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil on medium heat and add your sliced bell pepper, onion, carrots and broccoli. Saute, stirring occasionally.
  2. While your veggies are sauteing, prepare your sauce.
  3. In a small bowl mix coconut aminos, rice wine vinegar, PB2 and sriracha. If you feel you would like the sauce thicker, add a ½ Tbsp of PB2 at a time until thick enough for your taste.
  4. Once veggies are almost fully cooked, add shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Once the shrimp has cooked for about 2 minutes, add the sauce and continue cooking another minute or so.
  6. Eat it as is or top some sprouted brown rice, quinoa, brown rice pasta or shredded cabbage.

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganA friend of mine posted this recipe and I immediately knew I was going to make it in the very near future. Well, today was that day. I was craving something sweet but healthy. This totally did it for me. I just changed a couple of ingredients but I’m sure the original recipe is just as fantastic.

This sweet filling treat is also dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan and has loads of protein. Hullo!! Next variation will be made with cocoa powder so it resembles coco wheats!! Add some strawberries to that and whoa nelly, you’ve got a chocolate covered strawberry superstar!! Sorry, I’m usually one recipe ahead of myself. Back to this delicious recipe….

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganLets run down the ingredient line up here and you’ll see why I’m so jacked up about this treat.

  • The 1/2 cup of pumpkin has 3.5 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of protein
  • The quinoa has 6 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. 12!!
  • The 2 tablespoons of flax seed has almost 6 grams of fiber and almost 4 grams of protein

Getting excited yet? That’s not even the best part. It’s DUH-LICIOUS!

Plus it’s super easy. You are heating stuff up and stirring it. So exercise your stirring hand and make this deliciously filling healthy treat!

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Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • **USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE**
  • 1 cup dry quinoa rinsed and drained (I use the pre-rinsed brand)
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
  • 1 cup coconut milk (in addition to the 1½ cups listed above)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or more if you prefer)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring coconut milk and water to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add quinoa, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sea salt.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes. You want your mixture to thicken up like oatmeal.
  4. Once mixture is thickened up, remove from heat and stir in flax seed.
  5. Serve warm.
  6. I topped mine with coconut milk, sweetened shredded coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup.

 

Next up is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Quinoa Dessert. I’m so excited 🙂 Enjoy!

How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

watermelon sweet fruit nature ripe vegan vegetarian This might  be common knowledge to most people but I did not know this about picking the sweetest watermelon. I figured that since I didn’t know, maybe there someone else that needed this colossally delicious information.

Picture this: it’s a hot summer day, sweat dripping down your face and all you can think about is a nice big juicy sweet piece of watermelon. Natures ultimate candy. You get your big ole piece, bite into it and IT TASTES LIKE CRAP! Your whole summer-vibe bubble is burst.

I vowed, NEVER AGAIN!! I did a little research and a few experiments and the results were insanely successful. Every single time we have used this criteria in picking a watermelon, it’s been spot on. No more skunky watermelon!

It’s really very simple once you know. Almost too simple actually. But it makes perfect sense.

  1. You want a watermelon that has a big yellow creamy spot on it. If the spot is white or non-existent, it’s under ripe. The dark yellow creamy spot is called the ‘field spot’ because that’s where the watermelon was resting in the field ripening on the vine. The yellow spot indicates that it was ripening on the vine a good long time.
  2. Pick up the watermelon. Is it heavier than you think it should be for its size? That’s what you want. If you have 2 of the same size watermelons, you want the heaviest of them.
  3. The best ones are also uniformly shaped. Weird lumps and bumps may be a sign that it didn’t get consistent sun and/or water.

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There you have it. We usually go with the “yellow spot rule” first and foremost and have not been steered wrong once. We get amazingly sweet ripe watermelons every single time.

Easy Thai Coconut Curry Scallops with Jasmine Rice – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Easy Thai Coconut Curry Scallops with Jasmine Rice

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerA friend recently went to Vegas and was talking up a coconut curry scallop dish they had at the Bellagio. Well then all I could think about was coconut curry scallops so I needed to try out a recipe and see how things went.

I found this recipe on line that had ingredients I could tweak to make it paleo and gluten free. It was unbelievably easy to do. Just a couple of small tweaks is all you need sometimes. Which goes to show that very few recipes can be off limits to you if you just know what to substitute. The taste is the same, just better ingredients,

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerTo make this recipe really easy as far as steps go, I chopped everything I needed first. This took about 10 minutes. It went fast. I put all the ingredients in their own little piles so I’d be ready for them in a snap. This dish cooked up in a little over 30 minutes and you’ll look like a kitchen ninja 🙂

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerNext I made the sauce. All I did was put in all the ingredients called for. No fancy schmancy crap, easy like weezy. While the sauce is simmering, salt and pepper the scallops.

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerAfter sauce has been cookin’, add your thawed scallops. Cook scallops about 3 minutes on each side. To test doneness, cut one open and make sure it’s white, not opaque. You don’t want to overcook the scallops though, they can get rubbery.

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerI made some jasmine rice to go with the scallops so if you do that, start it as soon as you start chopping the ingredients because the rice takes about 35 minutes. You could also use brown rice or quinoa, whatever floats your boat.

thai coconut curry scallop jasmine rice paleo gluten free carrot lime gingerLook at you cookin’ delicious healthy thai food. You friggin’ rock!

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Easy Thai Coconut Curry Scallops with Jasmine Rice - Paleo, Gluten Free
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound large scallops
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 large carrots cut into matchsticks
  • 2 large limes
  • 2 Tablespoons minced or grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (I used sriracha)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • Optional: ¼ cup chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Chop all your veggies and herbs first.
  2. Finely grate zest from one of your limes. Using the remainder of the lime, squeeze 2 Tablespoons. Cut second lime into wedges for garnish.
  3. Heat coconut oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped shallots, carrots and minced ginger; saute until shallots are tender and carrots soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in curry paste, sriracha, coconut milk, fish sauce, lime peel zest and 2 Tablespoons lime juice. Simmer gently, stirring often for about 5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle scallops with a pinch of salt and pepper on both sides. Add scallops to curry sauce.
  6. Return heat to a gentle simmer and cook just until scallops are opaque in center, 5 to 6 minutes.
  7. Gently stir in cilantro and basil.
  8. Serve over your favorite rice. I used jasmine but you could use brown rice or even quinoa.
  9. Garnish with sliced limes.
  10. Optional: sprinkle with chopped peanuts