Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chipotle Lime Grilled Shrimp

Warning: This is spicy! I ate these shrimp with tomatoes and avocado dressed with a little lime juice. They would make great shrimp tacos with pico de gallo and avocado.

6-8 Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 Lime - just the juice of 1/4 lime
1/2 Chipotle Pepper, chopped
1 Tbs Adobo Sauce (the sauce the Chipotles come in)
1 Clove Garlic, Chopped
1/4 tsp. Cumin
1 Tbs Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Salt Pepper

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients but the shrimp. Add the shrimp to marinate for 20 minutes.

Heat a grill pan to high heat. Spray with non stick spray. Add the shrimp to the pan. Grill for 1-2 mins on one side. Flip the shrimp over to the other side and pour on the remaining marinade. Grill for another 1-2 minutes or until your shrimp have turned pink. They will over cook very fast on high heat.

Extra chipotle peppers? I put the individual peppers in an ice cube tray, add the adobo and freeze them. Once they are frozen I put them in a ziplock bag in the freezer for the next recipe.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Roasted Tomatoes over Zucchini "Pasta" with Basil

This is one of my "forget about it" recipes. Very easy to prep, then just forget for 30 minutes. I used Campari and sun dried tomatoes for this recipe, but I often make it with only Campari or cherry tomatoes.  And, with summer zucchini on sale, I have been replacing all my pasta recipes with zucchini "pasta".  To "spiralize" the zucchini, I used a inexpensive tool off amazon, but you can use a mandolin as well.


Non-stick spray

1 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomatoes, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
4 Campari Tomatoes, halved
Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1-2 Zucchini

Handful of Basil, sliced
Parmigiana cheese

Heat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a small oven proof bowl, spray with non-stick spray.

To the bowl, add garlic, sun dried tomatoes, Campari tomatoes, salt, pepper,  and crushed red pepper (if you would like it spicy). Top with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. I like to add the ingredients in this order so the garlic and sun dried tomatoes are on the bottom and don't burn.

Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes, stir half way through.

While the tomatoes are cooking, cut your zucchini into "pasta". Toss the zucchini with a bit of salt and place over a colander while the tomatoes are cooking. The salt with remove some of the water from the zucchini so the "pasta" is not wet.

When the tomatoes are done, they will make their own sauce in the bowl. Place the zucchini on a plate and heat in the microwave for just 60 seconds. Then top with the hot roasted tomato sauce and finish with basil and parmigiana cheese.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vegetable Green Curry over Quinoa

1/4 c quinoa
1/4 c frozen peas
1/4 c green curry sauce
1 zucchini, chopped in large dice
3 small tomatoes, such as Campari, quarter

Non-stick spray

Cook the quinoa according to the package.

Heat a pan over medium, spray it with non stick spray. Sauté the zucchini till cooked, about 5 minutes.

Then add the peas, tomatoes and green curry sauce and cook till just heated through.

Pour over quinoa.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Crustless Cheesy Ranch Pie for one

High protien, carb free!

2 Eggs
1/2 c. Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1/4 c. Shredded Cheese that melts nicely, such as Cheddar, Mozzarella, Swiss, Jack, etc.
1 tsp. Ranch dressing mix
1 Roma Tomato Sliced, 1/4 inch thick

Small Baking Dish
Non-stick spray

Pre heat your oven to 350.

Spray a small baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a bowl, mix the eggs, cottage cheese, shredded cheese and ranch dressing mix together. Pour mixture into baking dish. Top with sliced tomatoes. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Mixed Berry & Cream Cheese Sweet Rolls

 I used puff pastry for these, but you could use canned crescent dough also.

1 sheet Puff Pastry (1 box comes with 2 sheets)
1/2 120z bag of Frozen Mixed Berries
4 oz or 1/2 block of Cream Cheese, cut in small squares
1 Tbsp Corn Starch
2 Tbsp Sugar
Flour for dusting
Non-stick spray

Take out one sheet of puff pastry and thaw for 1 hour. Wrap the other sheet in plastic wrap and foil, refreeze to save for later. 

Once the dough is thawed, dust it with flour and roll it out long ways to make a rectangle. 

In a bowl mix the berries with the sugar and corn starch. 

Top the puff pastry with the berries and cream cheese.

From the long end, roll the dough. Put the rolled dough back in the fridge for 20 minutes so it is easy to cut.

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. 

Spray a round pan or baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Cut the dough into 8 pieces and place them in a circle in your pan or on your baking sheet.

Bake for 40-50 minutes.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Margherita Bruschetta

This is my favorite "go to" snack that I make in my toaster oven, but easily made in a regular oven.

Bread, sliced
1 Garlic Clove
Small tomatoes, sliced
Fresh Basil, chopped

Toast the bread. When it is hot and toasty, rub the garlic on the bread for the "garlicky" flavor. Top the toasted bread with mozzarella and the tomatoes. Then put the bread under the broiler till the cheese is melted. Once done, top with the fresh basil and sprinkle with salt.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Greek Marinated Steak over a Simple Spinach Salad

Its grilling time and one of my favorite things is a tasty steak salad.  This recipe is so easy to make.

1 Steak

4 Mint Leaves, chopped
1 Tbs Fresh Oregano, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 tsp. Lemon Zest (zest of about 1/2 of a lemon)
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

1-2 c. Fresh Spinach
5-10 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
1 Tbs Feta Cheese
1 tsp.Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In a ziplock bag, add the first 9 ingredients and marinate for 30 minutes to overnight.   I forgot about it and marinated the steak for 2 days. It still turned out great.

When you're ready to grill, heat up the grill to high. Cook 3-4 minutes per side depending on how cooked you like your steak. 

Once the steak is done, let it rest. If you cut into the steak right away, all the juices will drain out and it will dry out. Letting it rest lets the juices redistribute and keep the meat moist.

While your steak is resting, on a plate layer your spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese and drizzle the vinegar and oil over the salad. I eye it instead of measuring, but its about 1 teaspoon of vinegar to 1 tablespoon of oil. 

Now your steak should be rested and ready to slice!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt & Honey

Peaches are here!

1 Peach, not too ripe
2 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Honey
pinch of salt

Heat a grill pan to medium high.

Cut the peach off the pit.

Spray the grill pan with non stick spray and grill the peaches on the cut side only for 1-2 minutes.

Sprinkle with a touch of salt and top with Greek yogurt and honey.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Airy Almond / Wheat Flour Pancakes

There are just a couple of tricks to these pancakes. 1. You must whip the egg whites till they are stiff, and 2. whatever you do... do not, DO NOT mix the wet and dry ingredients together until you have stiff egg whites and a pan or griddle hot and ready to cook the pancakes.
3. Don't substitute regular milk for the buttermilk.

This recipe made 3 pancakes, perfect for one but easily doubles, triples or quadruples!

1 Egg yoke
1 c Buttermilk
1 Tbs Oil, Vegetable or Canola
1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Egg White, whipped till very stiff

Dry Ingredients:
1/4 c. + 2 Tbs Wheat Flour
1/4 c. + 2 Tbs Almond Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt 

Heat a non-stick pan or griddle to medium heat.

With an electric mixer whip the egg white till very stiff. (I don't recommend doing this by hand, ever seen the Top Chef challenge?)

In one bowl mix the egg yoke, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.

In another bowl mix all the dry ingredients.

Make sure your egg whites are whipped and your pan is ready before mixing the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. There is a chemical reaction between the wet and dry ingredients that make these light and airy.

Next fold in the egg whites. You will still see specks of white, that's okay.

I always use non-stick spray just as a precaution on my pan. Pour 1/3 of the batter on your pan, cook for 2-4 minutes until you see bubbles. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tomato Basil Pizza (Pizza Margarita)

 I used to continuously buy pizza stones that cost $20, only to have them break on me. Then I realized I could buy tiles at the home repair store for only $1.00 that work just as well. You want to buy the tiles that are unglazed.  The glaze could have lead that could transfer to your pizza.  If you don't have a pizza stone you could still make this recipe on a sheet pan.

You could also use those pre-baked store bought pizza crusts.

Here is my tip for storing individual size portions of dough. Single Foodie Tip Storing Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough 
Flour, (for rolling out the dough)
Corn Meal (for sliding the dough on the pizza stone)
1/4 c. Marinara Sauce 
2-3 slices of Fresh Mozzarella, torn into pieces
2 Roma Tomatoes, sliced
salt & pepper
2-3 Basil fresh leaves, chopped

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. 

Dust your dough and cutting board with flour. Roll out the dough. 

To easily slide my pizza on to the pizza stone, I use a cookie sheet that does not have an edge on it. I liberly spread corn meal onto the cookie sheet so the dough doesn't stick then place dough on the corn meal. Shake the cookie sheet back and forth to make sure your dough is not sticking. 

On the dough, top it with dollups of tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Top the cheese with the tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. It may look like too many tomatoes, but they will shrink.

Slide your pizza on to the pizza stone or place your pizza in the oven  to bake if using an sheet pan.  Bake for 15-17 minutes. 

Top your pizza with the fresh basil right when it comes out of the oven.