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Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa


If you are looking for a fresh and light entree, this Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber and Plum Salsa is perfect! The salsa is delicious over fish, and with just a few ingredients.

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

I am trying to eat seafood twice a week, and I like creative ways to enjoy it. Cod is a good source of B-12, selenium, phosphorus, protein, choline, Omega 3 and more. A fruit and vegetable salsa on top of the baked cod with the tang of a splash of white balsamic makes this the perfect spring dish, and also fantastic for the waistline, being a source of lean protein, while still being very satisfying! Gotta go try on my swimsuits soon. Does anyone else dread shopping for those? I love the quote, “Unlike Swimsuits, Flip Flops Fit Year after Year!” 🙂

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

Preheat the oven to 350º degrees F.

First the Salsa:

You want your salsa to have time to sit while the fish is cooked to marry the flavors.

Ingredients:

2 Ripe Plums, washed, peeled and diced

1/2 English Cucumber, peeled and diced

1/4 Cup of Red Onion, finely diced

2 Tablespoons of White Balsamic Vinegar (my go to 12 Year Aged White Balsamic – I don’t receive commission for sharing this. If you have an oil and vinegar shop, get yours there. It is superior.)

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions for the Salsa: After you have chopped everything, toss the plums, cucumber and red onion with the white balsamic and salt, and set aside to meld the flavors. Now the fish!

Ingredients for the Cod:

4 Wild Caught Cod Filets

Zest of One Lemon

2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Pepper to Taste (don’t be stingy, the fish will thank you.)

Directions: Brush a tablespoon of olive oil on the fish, both sides. Use more if needed. Season your fish with sea salt and black pepper, and rub it with the lemon zest. In a non-stick, oven safe skillet, add the other tablespoon of olive oil, and heat to a shimmer over medium-high. Add your seasoned fish, and cook three minutes, then flip the fish gently and cook for another three minutes. Pop the fish in the oven and bake for five to seven minutes, or until the fish registers 145º degrees in the center. Be careful to check it after five minutes, because you do not want dry fish, and it cooks fast. Remove the cooked fish from the oven and drizzle the lemon juice. When serving, mound the Cucumber Plum Salsa generously on top of the fish….delightful!

 

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

 

 

Tuna, Avocado Egg Spirals with Gremolata Dip and Truffle Aioli


I had to guard these spirals when I was developing the recipe in order to have a chance to photograph them for you all! It was a Saturday morning, and the kids and hubby were home, and I didn’t dare turn my back. 🙂 I have been watching my baby Grandsons during the week, so I develop recipes mostly on Saturdays these days.

Tuna and Avocado Egg Spirals with Gremalota and Truffle Aioli Dipping Sauce

The two dips for these delectable spirals stand alone, so you could easily double the recipes to have more sauces on hand. I have been eating gremolata on everything savory lately. I love the salty lemon flavor with the bright taste of parsley. The two dips eaten with the spirals makes them very fun to eat! Who doesn’t love a dip, let alone two?

Tuna and Avocado Egg Spirals with Gremalota and Truffle Aioli Dipping Sauce

You can eat these highly nutritious spirals as soon as you assemble them, or wrap them up after rolling, and refrigerate them until you are ready to eat! Take them out of the refrigerator and slice the wraps right before you want to have them. They are a little easier to slice when cold, but oh so good right away as well!

Tuna Avocado Egg Spirals

Tuna, Avocado Egg Spirals

Ingredients: For each Egg Wrap you will need:

3 Pastured Eggs

1 Tablespoon of Water

1/8 Teaspoon of Salt

Pinch of Black Pepper

1 1/2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Whisk the eggs, water, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. In a 14 inch non-stick skillet, add the olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the egg mixture, and swirl the pan to spread the egg evenly. Cook for a few minutes until the middle is starting to set and the edges are no longer runny. With a large rubber spatula, gently flip the egg wrap, and cook about 30 seconds on the other side. Slide out of the pan onto a cutting board.

Tuna Filling (this is enough for two egg wraps, if you want to make one wrap, half the recipe)

Ingredients:

2 Cans of Wild Albacore Tuna (I buy this kind that is mercury tested)

1/2 Cup of Mayo (I use Avocado Oil Mayo here)

1/4 Cup of Diced Dill Pickle

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1 Ripe Avocado (diced) This does not go in the filling. It is used when assembling the spiral.

Directions: Mix the tuna filling together.

Gremolata Dip

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil (or 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and a Clove of Minced Garlic)

Zest of 1 Organic Lemon

2 Teaspoons of Dried Parsley

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions: Whisk the ingredients together.

Truffle Aioli

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Mayo (my favorite is healthy avocado oil mayo here)

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon of Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1/8 Teaspoon of Truffle Salt (here)

1/8 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Directions: Whisk all the ingredients together. Store refrigerated.

Now to Assemble the Spirals:

Lay out the egg wraps, spread them with half the tuna filling each. Sprinkle each wrap with half of the diced avocado. Roll them up snuggly, and then slice into 1 1/2 inch slices with a bread knife. Serve with the sauces.

Serves 2 to 4 people depending on if you have a Papa Bear or a Baby Bear appetite!

 

 

 

Steamed Egg Custard with Clams and Rosemary


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I usually make savory egg custards in my bamboo steamer, but I am really enjoying my Instant Pot for it’s speed and ease, and the custard came out silky just like it should. If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can check them out here, or make the custard in a regular steamer. (Directions are below)  It will just take longer for them to cook.

I first started making egg custards 15 years ago for my little girls. They are an Asian dish I first discovered when we were in China, and the very nice chefs at the hotel where we were staying made them for the babies who were about one year old, including my daughters, as they are very soft and delicate and just right for babies. The girls adored them! However, they are also eaten by adults! This version has clams and rosemary in it and is absolutely delicious as a first course or with a light lunch accompanied by a side salad. I personally think they are fantastic for breakfast! If you have never tried steamed egg custard, I highly recommend it! They are delightful, light, creamy and silky on the tongue.

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These cook in 9 minutes in the Instant Pot. Straining the egg mixture through a fine meshed strainer is the secret to the silkiness! I try to incorporate seafood into my weekly meals at least once or twice a week. Canned clams are something you can stock right in your pantry, and they are a great source of B-12 which is essential for a healthy nervous system, Iron and Vitamin C.

Steamed Egg Custard with Clams and Rosemary

Ingredients:

3 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Full Fat Coconut Milk (my favorite)

1/3 Cup Plus a Tablespoon of Canned Baby Clams (I use Crown Prince Wild Caught here)

2 Green Scallions, sliced

1 Teaspoon of Fresh Minced Rosemary

1 Teaspoon of Coconut Aminos, this is a soy substitute and tastes amazing (here)

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink (my personal favorite) 🙂

Directions: In an Instant Pot, pour in 2 cups of water and add the trivet that came with it. Set out three heat proof ramekins or bowls, and make sure they fit into the Instant Pot on the rack. They should hold approximately 3/4 cup each.

In a bowl, whisk together your eggs, coconut milk, coconut aminos, and sea salt. Now pour it through a fine meshed strainer (like this one) into another bowl. This makes it super silky. Discard any egg white residue left in your strainer. Stir in the clams, rosemary and scallions. Divide evenly into the three ramekins. Cover each ramekin tightly with foil, and place on your trivet rack in the instant pot.

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Place the top on the instant pot, and seal the top and the steamer valve. Choose the manual button on your pot and set the timer to 9 minutes on the low setting (there is a choice between low and high). When the timer is up, release the pressure valve, remove the lid and carefully remove the hot ramekins and take off the foil.

Cool for ten minutes. The steamed custards are ready to serve.

To steam them in a bamboo or other steamer, follow the instructions above, however, steam for 15 to 18 minutes on low, making sure the centers are set but still jiggly.

Makes 3 Savory Custards

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Eat Your Nutrients!

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Simple Tartar Sauce


Sauces elevate food! Chefs and restaurants know it, and the French have it nailed. You can have the simplest of meals, add a sauce, and it makes your mouth do a happy dance!

Today I have a new tartar sauce recipe for you! I had it this week with grilled lemon salmon. It would be delicious with any seafood. Add it to you repertoire!

Grilled Salmon with Tartar Sauce

Grilled Salmon with Simple Tartar Sauce

 

This is so simple! Don’t you love simple but good?

Simple Tartar Sauce

Simple Tartar Sauce

 

Simple Tartar Sauce

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Avocado Oil Mayo or Homemade Mayo (I used Primal Kitchen)

2 Tablespoons of Bubbies Kosher Dill Relish

2 Tablespoons of Finely Diced Yellow Onion

1 Teaspoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1/2 Teaspoon of Finely Chopped Capers, optional

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Parsley

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions: Whisk everything together. Viola! Tartar Sauce!

Tartar Sauce Ingredients

Simple Tartar Sauce Ingredients

Tartar Sauce in a Bowl

Simple Tartar Sauce

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

 

Baked Proscuitto Topped Tilapia with Parsnip, Leek, Celeriac Mash


Are you looking to get more seafood into your weekly meals? Here is a flavorful, moist, and easy way to make fish that is pretty enough to serve for company, and fast enough to make for a weeknight meal!

Proscuitto Topped, Baked Tilapia

Baked Proscuitto Topped Tilapia with Parsnip, Leek, Celeriac Mash

 

I like to serve the fish on top of a mound of Parslied Parsnip, Leek, Celeriac Mash. They go perfectly together! Find the recipe below!

Baked Proscuitto Topped Talapia

Ingredients:

9 Talapia Filets

3 Oz. Proscuitto (I used this one with just pork and sea salt in the ingredients)

3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Parsley

Preheat the oven to 350º degrees. On two parchment lined cookie sheets, lay out the filets. Brush them with olive oil top and bottom. Mix the sea salt, garlic powder and parsley together in a small bowl, and rub all over the fish top and bottom. Lay one thin piece of proscuitto on top of each seasoned fish filet. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes or until the thickest part of the fish reaches 145º degrees.

Place the fish atop Parslied Parsnip, Leek, Celeriac Mash,  (recipe below) or serve with your favorite sides.

 

Proscuitto Topped, Baked Tilapia

Baked Proscuitto Topped Tilapia with Parslied Parsnip, Leek, Celeriac Mash

 

Parslied Parsnip, Leek, Celeriac Mash

Ingredients:

2 Large Parsnips

2 Leeks

1 Celeriac Root

2 Scallions, diced

1 Cup Bone Broth or Chicken Broth

1/4 Cup Coconut Milk (Full Fat no additives. I use this brand.)

2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Parsley, plus more for garnishing

Directions:

Peel and Large Dice the Parsnips, Leeks, Celeriac Root and Scallions. Add Olive oil to a heavy, 5 1/2 quart, coated cast iron pan. I used this one, which I can’t live without! 🙂 Add the vegetables and sea salt, and sautee over medium high heat, uncovered, for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook the vegetables for 15 minutes until fork tender.

Scoop the vegetables and broth hot into a food processor. Add the parsley and coconut milk, and puree until smooth. Place in a serving bowl, and sprinkle with additional dried parsley.

I suggest getting the vegetable mash started first, and then prepping the fish and baking it. Everything will then be ready at the same time for serving.

Yum! Delicious!

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Eat Your Nutrients!

Chesapeake Crab Cakes


I haven’t met many people who don’t love crab cakes, unless they are allergic to seafood. Here on the East Coast they are famous because of the Maryland blue crab. When my Aunt and Uncle were visiting from Arizona last May they did a lot of sightseeing, and my Aunt tried a lot of crab cakes at various restaurants. This is a favorite family recipe for crab cakes that I have reinvented to be grain free and low fodmap. They have completely delicious, wholesome ingredients. I serve them with sriracha sauce. They are exquisite without any sauce also! The sauce pictured in the photo is PaleoChef Sriracha Sauce I picked up at Whole Foods. My all time favorite homemade mayonnaise recipe is from the cookbook The Paleo Kitchen by Juli Bauer and George Bryant. It is 30-second mayonnaise and it is literally No Fail! You can find the recipe here. I had tried many homemade mayonnaise recipes before, and sometimes they worked and sometimes they failed. Plus, I just don’t have the patience to sit and drizzle! Sorry Julie Child. I still love you! This recipe uses an immersion blender, and is so fast! There is an SCD legal mayonnaise that is sweetened with honey that you can purchase as well if you don’t want to make your own, here. So let’s make some Chesapeake Crab Cakes!

Chesapeake Crab Cakes with Sriracha Sauce

Chesapeake Crab Cakes with Sriracha Sauce

 Chesapeake Crab Cakes

Ingredients:

1 Pound Crabmeat (can use refrigerated pasteurized crab)

1 Tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil

1/2 Cup Scallions, chopped (green parts only)

1/2 Cup Finely diced Fennel

2/3 Cup of Mayonnaise (I use Primal Kitchen Mayo)

1 Teaspoon Djon Mustard

1/2 Teaspoon Paprika

1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1 1/3 Cup Superfine Blanched Almond Flour plus 1/3 Cup for dredging

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions:

Preheat your oven 300º degrees.

In a large frying pan, heat the garlic olive oil over medium heat, add the fennel and saute’ for 3 minutes, then stir in the green onion and continue to cook two more minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl combine the mayonnaise with the spices, salt and pepper. Add the crab stirring lightly then the 1 1/3 cup of almond flour and fennel scallion mixture, again stirring just until combined.  In a shallow dish place the remaining 1/3 cup of almond flour for dredging. With a half cup scoop, scoop the crab cake mixture into the palm of your hand, and form into crab cakes. Dredge lightly in the almond flour and set aside on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use more almond flour for dredging if needed.

In a non-stick frying pan, heat 1 1/2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until ready to sizzle when cakes are added. Add half of the crab cakes to the pan and fry about four minutes per side until golden brown. Remove them from the pan, and place on the cookie sheet and pop them in the oven to stay warm. Repeat with the second half of the crab cakes. They are ready!

Makes approximately 8

Chesapeake Crab Cakes with Sriracha Sauce

Chesapeake Crab Cakes with Sriracha Sauce

 

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Grilled Vegetables and Shrimp Toss


Grilled Vegetables & Shrimp Toss

Grilled Vegetables & Shrimp Toss

Ingredients:

1 Cup Orange Vinaigrette (found here)

Zest of One Lemon

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil and Coconut Oil (melted)

1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

2 Medium Zucchini, Sliced

1 Green Bell Pepper, Sliced

1 Red Bell Pepper, Sliced

1 Serrano Chili Pepper, Sliced

1 Pound Shrimp

Grilled Vegetable & Shrimp Toss

Grilled Vegetable & Shrimp Toss

Toss the vegetables together in a large bowl with the dressing and remaining ingredients, except Shrimp. Let marinate 30 minutes to an hour.  Place the vegetables in a grill pan, and grill on medium heat 20 minutes or until desired doneness, tossing occasionally. Add the shrimp the last five minutes until pink and cooked through.

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

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