Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Island Meal

What to make for dinner? It's hot outside and you long for a nice vacation with palm trees, blue waters (free of big corporation oil) and something yummy... try this.

Cilantro Lime Rice

scant 1 1/3 cup water
scant 1 1/3 cup chicken broth, preferrably organic and all-natural
1 teaspoon olive oil
juice of 1 lime
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste (if desired)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
zest from 1 lime
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 1/3 cup white rice

1. Combine water through pepper in a medium sized pot over medium-high heat.
2. Bring to a rolling boil. Turn heat on low. Cover with a lid and simmer for 17 minutes.
3. Turn heat off, and with the lid still on, let the rice steam an additional 5 minutes.
4. Remove the lid, fluff with a fork and stir in the lime zest, green onion and cilantro.
5. Serve & enjoy.
Caribbean Black Bean

4 1/2 cups water
1 1/2  cups dried black beans*
2  teaspoons vegetable oil
1  medium papaya, peeled, seeded and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1  medium red bell pepper, finely chopped (1 cup)
1/2  cup finely chopped red onion (about 1/2 medium)
1/2  cup orange juice
1/4  cup lime juice
2  tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2  teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2  cloves garlic, finely chopped
5  cups hot cooked rice


1. In 2-quart saucepan, heat water and beans to boiling. Boil uncovered 2 minutes; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender; drain.
2. In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook remaining ingredients except rice in oil about 5 minutes, stirring occasianally, until bell pepper is crisp-tender. Stir in beans. Cook about 5 minutes or until hot. Serve with rice.
Caramelized Chili Shrimp

1/2  cup sugar
1  tablespoon all-purpose flour
1  teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
1  teaspoon chili powder
1/8  teaspoon chipotle chili powder or ground red pepper (cayenne)
1  clove garlic, finely chopped
1  lb uncooked large shrimp (21 to 30 shrimp), peeled with tails left on, deveined
1/4  medium fresh lime

1. Heat oven to 500°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray.
2. In resealable 1-gallon food storage plastic bag, mix all ingredients except shrimp and lime. Add shrimp; seal bag and shake to coat with sugar mixture. Arrange shrimp with sugar mixture in single layer in pan.
3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until sugar is caramelized. Remove from oven. Using pancake turner, turn shrimp; squeeze juice from lime over shrimp. Place on serving platter; serve immediately.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

For the LOVE of Sea Vegetables!

Sea vegetables are perhaps one of the most overlooked vegetables in terms of nutritional value and taste! Sea vegetables contain high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, iodine, chlorophyll, enzymes and fiber and offer more vitamins and minerals per ounce than any other food and are one of nature’s richest sources of proteins, having up to 48% of plant-based protein! Sea vegetables are also high in vitamin b-12, which is usually only found in animal-based sources and is responsible for regulating the central nervous system and blood cell production. Ounce per ounce, they are higher in vitamins and nutritional value that almost any other food!

There’s more: Sea vegetables have a balancing, alkalizing effect on the blood, reduce cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, remove metallic toxins from the body, reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, and thyroid disease. On top of all of that, sea vegetables have been said to have cancer-fighting benefits! “One order of seaweed salad for me,” right?!?

Nori, hijiki, dulse, wakame, and kelp are just some of the many different types of sea vegetables, and each varies in shape, size and texture. In addition to the raw leaves, seaweed comes in flakes that are great to put in salads, soups and shakes and wraps, which can be used to make sushi or a delicious sandwich!

* Nori may be the best known because it is commonly used as a wrap for sushi. It commonly comes in sheets, which are great for making healthy wraps (see recipe below) and can also be found in flakes that you can sprinkle on your salads. My kids literally eat these plain broken up like chips.
* Hijiki is a more bitter tasting seaweed that when cooked is delicious and meaty like a Portobello mushroom. Most sushi restaurants have delicious hijiki salads, so try them!
* Dulse is a red algae that is delicious in a seaweed salad and, when dried, is salty and can crumbled up on a salad or eaten plain like a chip.
* Wakame has been used for thousands and thousands of years in Eastern medicine for blood purification, to strengthen the outer organs of the hair and skin and for menstrual and reproductive health.
* Kelp is one of my favorites, and something I use almost daily in my salads! Kelp is very salty and is great sprinkled or crumbled on salads

Avocado Vegetable Nori Wraps

2 sliced Hass avocados
4 Nori wraps (or 2 if you want to double them up!)
4 leaves of romaine (or spinach or any other mixed green)
1 roma or heirloom tomato
1 shredded carrot
For dipping: Nama Soyu soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids

Place a nori roll on a flat surface. You may choose to “double up” the rolls to make them a bit more durable. On top of the sheet place a layer of sliced avocados then shredded carrots then a leaf of romaine and finally a slice or two of tomato. Wrap tightly then serve with a side of Nama Soyu soy sauce , Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids or any regular soy sauce. These are truly delicious and are a healthy, portable lunch to pack in lunchboxes or for a meal while traveling.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

And the winner is...

Shrimp Ceviché
3 lb. uncooked shrimp, cleaned
6 limes, juiced
4 lemons, juiced
3 sour oranges, juiced
3 avocados, chopped
4 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1 whole Serrano Chile, seeded and finely chopped
1 red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Simply lay shrimp out in a 9x11 glass baking dish and pour your fruit juices over shrimp. Refrigerate for 3 hours. The juices will "cook" the shrimp to perfection.

When nearly 3 hours has passed, combine all the other ingredients in a large bowl.

Refrigerate for one hour more or longer. Enjoy with tortilla chips or as a topper for grilled fish! Sometimes, I add fish, conch or calamari to this. Yum.

Again, would love feedback from anyone who actually makes this.

Salmon marinade

Ok, here is the marinade I made for the salmon, I let it marinade for about 3 hours and then grilled it.

1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. good quality soy sauce
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. water
garlic powder & onion powder
juice & zest of 1 lime

Mix it all together and pour it over the fish.
Enjoy and let me know if you try it and how you like it.
I would love to hear some feedback.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Working on...

I am currently working on the Dish brochure, pricelist and more.
Plus a booklet (pdf) of the health benefits of being vegan, which I will send out when done to people that request a copy.
And of course, there are the recipes I am working on... I am doing mostly vegan and vegetarian recipes but there will be some for the carnivores in your family, trust me, I still have some in mine as well.


Here is a collection of recipes I think you will love. I know I do.

Creating lunch in the kitchen today.

So, Bill was out mowing the lawn, the sun is out and we have a nice breeze. What to make for lunch? Well, since Bill is still "flirting" with being a vegetarian, I decided to treat him to a healthy meat meal.
I made Chile Lime Chicken Wraps.
I lightly coated the chicken tenderloins with a mix of wheat flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, Old Bay Seasoning and some Chile lime seasoning.
I cooked them on the stove top with a little bit of olive oil.
While that was cooking, I wanted to make a nice sauce to go with the chicken, but the sauce turned into something so much more.
I started with the cabbage, thinly sliced some onions, added mayo and a tbsp. of sour cream, then I chopped up lots of cilantro that I picked from the garden, and the juice of one lime. Then I added a little vinegar. Then I wanted to mix it up a bit. I grabbed the black beans, sweet corn and avocado, mixed that all in and a little pepper and a little more of that Chile lime seasoning. Viola! Deeelish.
Try your own version of coleslaw. I have a great recipe for a shrimp coleslaw as well. :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Ah, beginnings...

So, I have been told time and time again over the last 10 years, "You should be catering!" But everyone hears that from family and friends. Well, I finally have decided I am going to do it. I am going to start small. Start with friends and family events and see what happens. I have a few people that are doing a major grassroots push... but they just love my food. I have my first event on July 7th. 12 people. But hey, it's a start. I will post up the menu and then a survey to choose the recipe you would like me to post. So, wish me luck.
~Here's to yummy eating. :D