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Low-Fat Lime Shrimp & Quinoa Salad

Low-Fat Lime Shrimp & Quinoa Salad

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Posting from South Dakota again. Today we have a vigorous 10K hike up Harney Peak. Very excited. Yesterday we visited the Badlands and the view was absolutely breathtaking. I’ve never seen this part of the country.

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This picture above was taken at the prairie dog park where we got to hand feed little prairie dogs. There were tons of babies too. After that we moved on down the road to an unbelievably vast site. So why not do a little yoga? Made sense to me. Yoga is awesome anywhere.

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Onto today’s lean clean protein machine recipe. This is a super fresh, filling, low-fat, paleo salad. Clean protein from the shrimp and the quinoa. Tons of flavor too.

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I made a lime walnut version of quinoa which complimented the lime shrimp perfectly. I love quinoa period and one of the main reasons is that it is so versatile that you can adapt it to pretty much any recipe and it always turns out great.

The other main reason I love it so much is that it’s so nutritious. If you look through my other recipes, you’ll see I’m a huge quinoa nut. Hence my quinoa mac & cheese, coconut vanilla quinoa, quinoa pizza snacks just to name a few. Yup, I’ve got it bad for quinoa.

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{ I always use organics whenever available }

Low-Fat Lime Shrimp & Quinoa Salad
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Low-Fat, Protein
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ pound thawed raw shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee (can sub with coconut oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1 cup dried quinoa (rinse according to box instructions if not using pre-rinsed)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped green onions (the green part)
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • dash of salt/pepper
  • Optional: ½ lemon, sliced into wedges
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup dried quinoa and 2 cups vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, cover and lower to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Fluff with fork.
  2. Add zest of a half of a lime, juice of a half of lime, olive oil, ¼ cup of chopped walnuts, chopped green onions and dash of salt/pepper to the quinoa. Stir to combine.
  3. While the quinoa is simmering, get the shrimp started.
  4. In medium saucepan, heat ghee and saute shrimp.
  5. In a small bowl combine zest of ½ of a lime, juice of half of a lime and coconut palm sugar. Pour mixture into saucepan on top of the shrimp and continue sauteing shrimp in lime/sugar mixture until shrimp is thoroughly pink.
  6. Serve shrimp with quinoa on a bed of mixed greens. Squirt lemon wedge over everything.

 

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Broiled Honey Banana Cinnamon Grapefruit

Broiled Honey Banana Cinnamon Grapefruit

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I’ve enjoyed a juicy broiled grapefruit many many times but wanted to turn it up a notch and boy did I ever! If you’ve never broiled a grapefruit, I encourage you to partake in this type of debauchery.

Broiling grapefruit softens the pulp and allows the juices to break free. You think you’ve had a juicy grapefruit before? Try broiling it, you’ll be amazed. So sweet and tender all by itself.

But add some raw honey, sliced banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you just took breakfast to a whole new mouth-gasm, flavor combination explosion, nutritionally packed level.

Not only are these delicious, juicy, full of favor but you can start your day with:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Healthy gut flora
  • Energy

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Just cut your grapefruit in half and pre-section the wedges with a knife. This will make it easier to enjoy all the goodness easily with a spoon when it’s done. When you spread the raw honey on the grapefruit it may seem difficult to spread but it only takes a couple of seconds for the citric acid to make the honey more spreadable. Top with sliced bananas and sprinkle with cinnamon. Little on steps, HUGE on taste.

You can see below how I made little tin foil circle to place the grapefruit in to keep it from tipping. It’s not necessary but It my baking pan doesn’t have sides so I didn’t want to take the chance of it getting away from me.

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Broiled Honey Banana Cinnamon Grapefruit
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-Free, Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pink grapefruit, sliced in half
  • 2 tbsp raw honey (1 tablespoon per half)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (1/4 tsp per half)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to broil with baking sheet on the middle rack. Too close to the heat and your grapefruit can burn.
  2. Cut grapefruit in half and spread 1 tbsp of honey on each half.
  3. Place slices of banana on top of each grapefruit half.
  4. Sprinkle each half with cinnamon.
  5. Broil for 4 - 8 minutes. Check at 4 minutes and if not browned yet, put in for another 2 minutes at a time. Mine took the full 8 minutes but oven temperatures vary so be safe and check every couple minutes after the initial 4 minutes.
  6. Eat and have a napkin handy because these sweet delectable citrus treats are juicy!

 

 

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Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

After trying and loving my Blueberry Chia Seed Jam the hubby put in a request for pineapple chia seed jam, he loves pineapple and I love when hubby makes requests. Plus it gave me the perfect reason to try out my new food processor. I sprinted to the closet and whipped that baby out!

Let’s make Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam

(this delicious jam is also paleo and gluten-free which makes it even more awesome)

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I FINALLY got to put the food processor to work. After pulsing the pineapple, I pulsed some Peppadew peppers to make a small batch of pineapple pepper jam all for myself.

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I only used about a cup of pineapple because I don’t make my chia jam batches too large as they don’t contain preservatives and aren’t canned in the traditional method. They will keep in the fridge for a week or two. Plus it’s so easy to make that if I run out it’s no big deal to whip up another batch but if you eat a lot of jam, you can certainly double the recipe.

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If you would like to add Peppadew peppers to your pineapple jam, just add the peppers in the last few minutes of cooking the pineapple, before adding the chia seed gel. I put the details in the recipe below.

I love spooning the pepper jelly or blueberry jelly on top of some cream cheese and dipping with sea salt quinoa chips. Dee-licious!

Now don’t crinkle your nose but the hubby likes to top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with blueberry chia jam or pineapple jam. I swear it’s good. Taste just like a sundae.

Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam
 
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Fresh Pineapple Chia Seed Jam
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  • 1 cup fresh pineapple (chopped small)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1½ tablespoons chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water
  • **Optional - 3 or 4 Peppadew peppers or jalapenos if making the pepper jelly variation**
Instructions
  1. Soak chia seeds in the 3 tablespoons of water and set aside to gel, stirring after 10 minutes.
  2. Put chopped pineapple in food processor just for a few pulses to get rid of the big chunks.
  3. Place pulsed pineapple, honey and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce the heat to very low. Continue to cook for about 30 minutes until the liquid has almost completely evaporated and the pineapple is soft. Add water as necessary, based on how juicy your pineapple is to start with. The pineapple will be broken down and should look like it's starting to gel.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in your chia seed gel stirring constantly for a few minutes. The chia seeds will try to crawl up the sides of the pan so stirring helps keep them incorporated into the pineapple.
  6. **Optional: To make pineapple PEPPER jelly, simply add 3 or 4 finely chopped Pepperdew peppers or jalapenos to the pineapple in the last few minutes of cooking, before adding the chia seed. I love pepper jelly spooned on top of cream cheese with some quinoa chips. So good.**

 

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Dried Citrus Slices for Water and More!

Dried Citrus Slices for Water and More!

I love adding a slice of fresh lemon or orange to my water or tea. It really helps me get in my bodies required water for the day. Especially when exercising where I lose A LOT of water through sweating.

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Having fresh slices of citrus on hand isn’t exactly convenient. My solution is to dehydrate mine so that I can have them on hand any time I want. Not only do I add them to my water and tea but I use them for soups and cooking too. As long as they are dehydrated thoroughly, they won’t go bad and I can make a big batch at one time.

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One of my first kitchen appliances that I actually called “my favorite” was my food dehydrator.  I originally purchased it after buying dried veggie chips at the grocery store and wondered how I could make my own. I did a little research and found out that food dehydrators don’t have to be super expensive.

What I also learned was that by dehydrating foods or heating them a very low temperature, they retain their natural nutrients and attributes. When we cook at higher temperatures, we lose some of those awesome benefits because they are cooked or boiled away. That’s why nutritionists will tell you that it’s much healthier to eat raw fruits and veggies rather than cooking them so you can maximize the benefits.

nesco deydrator fruit food dried herb jerky meat vegetable low  heatThe dehydrator I use is a Nesco dehydrator. It’s one of the most inexpensive ones out there. Since I was just starting on my dehydrating journey, I got myself a 20% off coupon and went to my local Bed Bath & Beyond. I ended up paying a little over $50.

Let me tell you, I’ve really gotten my money’s worth out of this handy dandy super easy to use dehydrator. I’ve had my dehydrator for almost a year and have used the crap out of it! Sometimes I’ll have it running for days at a time.

I dehydrate all kinds of things:

  • Fruits (citrus, bananas, pineapple, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, grapes, apples, pears, etc) to use in homemade granola or just to snack on.
  • Veggies (bell peppers, chickpeas, kale, spinach, green beans, sweet potatoes, etc).
  • Herbs to use in my recipes
  • I’ve also dabbled in making my own jerky

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Making dried citrus slices is among the list of super easy, almost fool-proof things to dehydrate.  There are only ingredients: citrus and coconut palm sugar. You can use regular sugar if you want but I prefer coconut palm sugar for several reasons. I love the taste of it (it resembles light brown sugar) and it’s lower on the glycemic index list.

I sliced my organic citrus about a quarter inch thick, maybe a little less, spread them out on parchment paper and sprinkled with coconut palm sugar. I rubbed the palm sugar in with my fingers to make sure it got it into the rinds as well.

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You can actually dehydrate all the foods listed above in a conventional oven but it does tie up your oven for a long period of time but if that doesn’t matter to you then you can set your oven to a temp of 200 degrees.

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Make sure you flip the citrus half way through the drying process whether you are using an oven or dehydrator.

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Dried Citrus Slices for Your Water
 
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Dried Citrus Slices for Your Water
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • Your choice of citrus. I used 1 pink grapefruit, 1 seedless orange and 1 lemon (all organic)
  • ¼ - ½ cup of coconut palm sugar (or white sugar)
Instructions
  1. Slice citrus about a ¼ inch thick, maybe a little less if you can.
  2. Place slices on parchment paper and sprinkle with coconut palm sugar.
  3. Either place citrus in your dehydrator trays and set to 135 degrees for 8 to 9 hours, flipping halfway through.
  4. Or place citrus on the parchment paper on a cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for 6 hours, flipping halfway through.
  5. After drying, take a piece or two from the dehydrator or the oven and let it cool for a few minutes to see if after cooled all the moisture is out of the slices. The rinds should be very hard and no moisture in the flesh. If there is still moisture, the slices can go rancid so you want them as dry as possible so they have a long shelf life.

 

I like to snack on my slices, not so much the rind because it can be bitter sometimes but when I use them for water, tea or cooking I include the whole slice, rind included. One slice flavors my water perfectly and lasts through a couple of refills. Plus you get a little dose of vitamin C with your water.

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Sumo Citrus – The Ugly Orange

Sumo Citrus – The Ugly Orange

On my latest trip to Whole Foods I was browsing the produce area and saw this ugly bumpy looking orange with a little knob on the top. I had to find out what it was.

(They are only in season Feb through May)

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Here is another example of not judging a book by it’s cover because this is the most deliciously sweet mandarin orange I’ve ever tasted. I originally bought them for my hubby to try because he loves oranges but after I had a section of it, I was in love too.

Not only are these delicious but they are the perfect “to-go” snack because they are so easy to peel that a small child can do it, there will be no drippy sticky hands and they are seedless.

To test for the best tasting Sumo, I give them a little squeeze. Gently squeeze, if it “gives” a little, it means it’s at its optimum taste and ready to eat.

I needed to find out the stats on this incredible fruit. I found Sumocitrus.com where they explain it all.

Grown in California’s Central Valley to the same exacting standards of the original Kumamoto farmer. It is the biggest mandarin you’ve ever seen. It has a distinctive shape with a prominent “top-knot.” The peel is bright orange, bumpy and loose so it peels effortlessly. The delicate sections separate easily. It’s seedless, juicy without being messy, and it is quite probably the sweetest citrus you’ll ever eat.

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Size & Appearance

  • Easy to identify with the unique shape, bumpy rind and knob on the top that we like to call the SUMO’s ‘top-knot.’
  • Handle with care – Don’t let the rough exterior fool you. While the fruit looks tough and indestructible on the outside, it is somewhat delicate.
  • Gently squeeze, if it “gives” a little, it means it’s at its optimum taste and ready 
    to eat

Easy to Peel

  • One-piece peel – The SUMO’s ‘top-knot’ makes the fruit fun and easy to peel.
  • The bumpy and loose rind is characteristic of the variety and contributes to the easy peeling.
  • “Eat in the Car Test” — Unlike other citrus varieties, SUMO CITRUS® is ‘neat’ meaning no sticky mess, and hands stay dry.
  • SUMO CITRUS® has very little albedo or rag (the white part of citrus), allowing the fruit to section easily with less of the white “netting” sticking to the fruit.

Get your hands on a Sumo Citrus before they are out of season. They are available February thru May so you still have a couple of months to enjoy them.  Your mouth will thank you.

 

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