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Easy Shrimp Salad

17 Dec

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to head home for the holidays this weekend.  Family, friends, and FEASTS await! I’m getting antsy just thinking about it.  Alas, there are still two days standing in my way, and I think I might as well get some nutrition in now.  This shrimp salad is cheap, easy and deliciously satisfying.

You’ll need a tomato, 1 ball of mozzarella, spinach, avocado, lemon, olive oil, and 1 package peeled frozen shrimp.  Simply cook the shrimp in a pan on the stove top, chop up the tomato, mozzarella, and avocado, and toss on a bed of spinach.  For a super light dressing, drizzle on olive oil and squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice.  Add on any other salad components you like!

Easy Shrimp Salad with Lemon

Easy Shrimp Salad

Easy Shrimp Salad

You’ll feel good, look good, and temporarily stave off the inevitable Christmas vacation pounds.  Enjoy!

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For Patricia: Olive-Oil Poached Salmon with Greens

28 Sep

Today is a very special day.  One of my mom’s very best and oldest friends has a milestone birthday to celebrate! My sister and I have known this spectacular woman for as long as we can remember.  She is one of the biggest fans of this blog endeavor of mine.  She is probably the first to read my latest recipe, always asking my mom, “Have you seen Colby’s post today?!”  The continued support means the world.  So, I would like to give her a birthday surprise and dedicate this one to her! 🙂

I know my mom and the rest of their lady group will be dining together this evening, so I thought I would try a recipe that I know she would love even though I can’t be there to make it for all of them.  If you’ve been following this blog at all, you know I’m an avid salmon eater, and so is Patricia! In the past I have always cooked salmon on the grill or in the oven, but I saw a recipe in Women’s Health Magazine that peaked my interest: poached salmon in olive oil.  And let me tell you, it is definitely worthy of a birthday dinner.  Quick, healthy, affordable, and with an air of fancy.

You’ll need:

  • Water
  • Salt
  • 6 oz. salmon fillet (per person).  I got mine for $6 at Whole Foods because yes, we are nomming on a budget.
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Bottle of extra-virgin olive oil. The cheapest you can get is probably $8 but the rich flavor is worth it.

In a large bowl, whisk together a cup of water and 1/8 cup salt per fillet.  Add fillet and soak for 4 minutes.  Remove and pat dry.

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In a large skillet, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice.  Mince and add garlic clove (you can add as much garlic as you are prone to enjoying; for me that means a whole clove). Fill the skillet with enough olive oil to cover the fillet.  Try and use good-quality oil for the poaching, as the fish will pick up some of it’s flavor.  Heat on medium until a food thermometer reads about 125 degrees.  I do not possess such an instrument, so I kept the oil at a robust simmer and didn’t let it get close to boiling (which is 212 degrees).  Add the fillet and cook until internal temperature reaches 115 to 145 degrees.  I maintained the aggressive simmer, and did so for 12 minutes exactly.

 

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Remove fillet to a wire rack to drain for a few minutes.  I again do not have this kitchen accessory, so I simply kept the fish on a perforated spatula over a plate so the oil could drip down (#cookinghacks).  Serve with a lemon wedge and some greens (or any side of your choosing!).  I went with sauteed spinach and tomatoes, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

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Look at the pretty golden skin! Apparently this is because the “deep poach”, unlike frying, does not allow the liquid to get near boiling.

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Frankly, I was nervous to cut the fish open and see if it had actually cooked.  But look! Proof that it is a perfectly medium-rare and flaky fish.

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Patricia, I hope you enjoy your day and get to celebrate with lots of laughter and love! Feel free to try this new salmon recipe, and let me know how you like it!

Mother’s Day! Make Her Something

11 May

First, watch this YouTube video.  It becomes supremely obvious that being a mother is, in fact, the toughest job in the world.  It also becomes obvious how often this fact is overlooked.  Today is a day to recognize all of the mothers out there for everything they have done and continue to do for their families.  A special shout out to my mom, who has done more for me and my sister than I can even attempt to articulate.  It’s unfortunate that living in different cities makes it difficult to appropriately celebrate her today, but for those of you who are lucky enough to be with your mom, express your appreciation by giving her a break in the kitchen for once and make her something spectacular.

These ricotta and pesto stuffed tomatoes are easy, kind of adorable, and great for a snack or a side, for lunch or dinner.  You’ll need:

4 (about 500g) medium truss tomatoes or regular tomatoes
2 cups fresh ricotta
2 tbsp finely grated parmesan
11/2 tbsp pesto
1 tsp grated lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup passata or tomato puree
1 tbsp honey
a handful of fresh herbs (basil, parsley, chives)
Extra virgin olive oil to serve

Combine ricotta, parmesan, pesto, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in mixing bowl.

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Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Cut off tops of tomatoes and set aside.  Scoop out all innards so you have a nice little tomato bowl.  Then stuff each tomato with a generous amount of ricotta mix.  Place on baking tray and drizzle with olive oil.  I actually didn’t use any tomato puree for a kind of “gravy”, but feel free to do so.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until tender.  I baked for 25 minutes, and then broiled for an additional 3 minutes to get the tops soft and the cheese a bit hotter.  Remove from oven and lightly drizzle with olive oil for a finishing touch.

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Food is love, and moms worldwide will be heartened by your culinary efforts.

And to my mom, love you bigger.

 

Steak Bites + Grilled Caesar Salad

6 Jun

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So I just moved to a new townhouse and convinced the parentals to fund the acquisition of a grill for our outside deck.  Be warned: I will feature grill recipes well into October.  That being said, I have wanted to learn how to grill salad since I had delicious Caesar rendition at Rustico in Ballston, VA.  It is SO EASY. and cheap. Duh.

Ingredients for Salad:

-a full packet of hearts of romaine lettuce (this will run you about $3)

-for the dressing: Olive oil, dijon mustard, parmesan cheese ($3 ish), minced garlic, lemon juice. You probably have some of these ingredients laying around already, and you only need a smidge of each.  If you have to purchase everything, it’ll be a little less than $10.

Salad Directions:

-heat the grill to Medium flame.  Lightly coat both sides of full romaine leaves and spread out evenly on grill.  Grill until start to wilt or start to get grill marks.  Flip over for like 30 seconds and remove from grill.

-in a blender, combine 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tbsp dijon mustard, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and a bunch of freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Feel free to alter the ratios; I don’t really believe in measuring.  Pulse until blended.

Steak Bites Ingredients:

-package of Angus Beef steak bites.  I purchased mine for $4.99 at Target.  Another warning: this meat is not organic, “happy cow”, or anything of the like.  I like meat so I buy it and don’t ask many questions.  Obviously feel free to splurge on a meat selection of your choice.  I chose my package because of the price/quantity factor.

-Any grill seasoning, secret personal seasoning, minced garlic, or a combination thereof.

-Directions: Grill in a grill-pan on high heat; cook to desired temperature.

You’re done.  You spent a MAXIMUM of $15.  A full package of romaine should feed 2-3 people, and the package of steak bites is actually 3.5 servings.  Pat yourself on the back.

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