Seafood Paella

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I’m lucky enough to live in the west coast and have an abundance of fresh seafood around and as soon as I seen the mussels in the store I knew I had to make a paella (plus they were dirt cheap! $6.50 for about 30). I had some shrimp and salmon in my freezer that I thawed out to add to this yummy and healthy dish. I also used quinoa instead of the standard rice that this dish usually has. Recipe below ⬇

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Seafood Paella

Ingredients:

•2 bell peppers (red, yellow), grilled and chopped
•1 small onion, sliced in 1/2-inch-thick rounds, grilled and chopped
• 3/4 pound raw shrimp (appx. 15-20), peeled and deveined
•3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•3 garlic cloves, minced
• 4 large mushrooms, sliced
• 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
•1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
•2 cups quinoa (or rice)
•1/2 cup peas
•18-25 mussels or clams
•4oz Salmon
•cilantro or parsley for garnish
•Pepper and other seasonings as desired

Method:
1. Slice bell peppers in half, remove seeds and grill on preheated
grill until char marks visible and slightly cooked (peel skin if desired). Set aside and grill onion slices until slightly translucent. Chop bell peppers and onion.

2. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Lightly brush with olive oil.

3. Heat oil in a large paella pan or large high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add the bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and garlic and cook stirring until fragrant 2-4 minutes. Stir in broth and salt; bring to a boil. Add quinoa and stir just to combine. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stir sides in and cook for about 5-10 minutes more until liquid absorbed, stirring every few minutes. Add peas
once liquid is absorbed, stirring in gently.

4. While quinoa is cooking place the skewered shrimp, mussels and
salmon on the grill. Grill the salmon for about 3-5 minutes per side, chop into chunks and place in large bowl. Grill the shrimp until firm and pink, 1 to 2 minutes per side, remove from the skewers and place in bowl with salmon. Grill the mussels until their shells pop open, 4-8 minutes total. (Discard any mussels that don’t open.) Set aside.

5. When the quinoa is done, remove from the heat, and add the seafood plus any accumulated juices over the rice, add mussels on top and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.

Serves appx. 8

Enjoy ✌

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

Looking for a way to spice up your quinoa? I know it can be pretty bland by itself so I like to mix it into salads or make a large batch and have meal prep done for the week! It is also a great pot luck dish. Recipe below!

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

 
Ingredients:

•1 Cup Dry Quinoa

•2 Cups Water

•1 large bell pepper, chopped

•1 large green onion, chopped

•2 Roma tomatoes, guts removed & chopped

•½ jalapeño, seeded & minced (keep seeds if you like spicy)

•1 large handful cilantro, minced

•1 can (341ml) corn niblets (no sugar/salt)

•1 can (540ml) black beans (no salt)

•½ tsp cumin

•½ tsp salt

•½ tsp pepper

•½ tsp onion powder

•Dash chili powder

•2 limes, squeezed

 
Directions:

Cook quinoa with water and let cool for approximately 2 hours.  Prepare all vegetables and mix all remaining ingredients together with cooked/cooled quinoa. Rest for about 30 minutes or longer for flavours to develop (best overnight). Top with avocado, salsa, greek yogurt, cilantro or whatever you like! Enjoy. Makes a lot! I would say it would make at least 8 servings.

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Feel free to add some cooked chicken breast for extra protein!

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Homemade Chili

I whipped up this chili by my boyfriends request. He is usually the one that makes the chili in the slow cooker but we only had about an hour to cook so I did it the traditional stovetop way. Turned out delicious, didn’t take many pictures sorry.

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Recipe:

Homemade Chili

Ingredients:
•2-3 pounds ground bison (can use beef, turkey or veggie ground round)
•2tsp Extra virgin olive oil
•4 Celery stalks, chopped
•1 medium Onion, chopped
•2 medium Carrots, chopped
•6 Large Mushrooms, sliced
•1 medium Zucchini, chopped
•2 medium Bell peppers, chopped
•1 Jalapeño, diced (remove seeds if you don’t want spicy or omit)
•4 Garlic cloves, minced
•1 28oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
•1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
•1 6oz can tomato paste
•1 cup (1/2 jar) marinara sauce
•1/4 cup chili powder
•2 tsp cumin powder
•1 tsp coconut sugar or choice
•2 tsp onion powder
•2 tsp dried oregano
•1 tsp dried basil
•1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
•1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
•1 tsp fresh ground pepper

Method:
In large soup pot fry oil and ground bison over medium heat until just done (it’s ok for a little pink as you will be cooking more). While bison is cooking chop all your veggies up and then add all prepped veggies to cooked bison  and fry for about 5-10 minutes more until somewhat soft. Add all your seasonings and stir well. Add crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato paste and marinara sauce, stir until well combined. Lower heat and simmer for at least 30-40minutes stirring occasionally. Serve. Makes about 12× 1Cup servings.

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I had leftovers for lunch the next day with ryvita crackers, avocado and cherry tomatoes.

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Bacon Wrapped Spinach Mini Meatloaves

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These mini Meatloaves are perfect for grabbing for lunches or snacks on the go. I made large quantity just so I could have extras leftover for the week plus for dinner, here’s the recipe➡

Ingredients:

•2lb Xlean ground beef
•1 Pack turkey bacon
•1 cup blanched chopped spinach (about 3 cups raw spinach)
•1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
•2 cloves garlic, minced
•1/3 cup large flake oats (use almond meal for paleo)
•1 large egg
•Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Red chili flakes, Onion powder + any other seasonings of choice

Method:

Chop spinach and blanch, drain as much water as you can out. Mix all
ingredients except bacon together in large bowl until well combined.  Line muffin tin with bacon, I cut bacon in half and then chopped little pieces off for the bottom. Take portion of meat mixture and make meatballs large enough for muffin tin and press meat into bacon lined pan. Bake in preheated 375ºF oven for approximately 25-35minutes or until well done.  Serve with side of choice.  I made 12 muffins plus extra meatballs. Enjoy.

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Roasted Cauliflower Lemon Pie

 

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Yummy fall savoury cauliflower pie. Recipe as follows➡

Serves 4-6

For the roasted cauliflower:

•1 medium-large cauliflower, chopped into florets
•2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
•½ tsp sea salt

For the crust:

•¼ Cup toasted walnuts
•¼ Cup rolled oats
•½ tsp baking powder
•½ tsp sea salt
•1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
•1 Cup whole spelt flour
•3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to oil the pan
•2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

For the filling:

•2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
•2 medium onions, finely sliced
•5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
•½ tsp sea salt
•1/8 tsp ground turmeric
•3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
•¼ Cup unsweetened almond milk
•Fresh ground pepper

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➡Directions:

1. To roast the cauliflower, preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Toss the florets in olive oil and salt, then arrange evenly on the tray and roast for 20 minutes. Turn each floret over and return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until the florets are browning.
3. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool while you make the crust.
4. To make the crust, reduce the oven temperature to 350ºF. Lightly oil a 22cm tart tin with a removable bottom or pie pan and set aside.
5. Place the walnuts, oats, baking powder, salt and pepper in a food
processor and blend until coarsely ground. Transfer to a bowl, add the spelt flour and mix well. Drizzle in olive oil and mix until evenly distributed. Add the almond milk and mix again. The mixture should hold together when squeezed but not stick to your hands. Add a little more almond milk if it’s too dry.
6. Press evenly into the prepared tin, or roll out if using pie pan,
trimming excess pastry from the edges. Prick with a fork and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
7. To make the filling, warm the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for another 5 minutes.
8. Turn the heat down low, add the salt, and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, or until caramelized.
9. Stir in the turmeric, remove from the heat and transfer into a food processor. Add a quarter of the roasted cauliflower, the lemon juice, almond milk and a large pinch of black pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides as necessary.
10. Spread into the prebaked tart shell and arrange the remaining
cauliflower on the top. Bake the tart for 30 minutes.
11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

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Pork Roulade

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This pork roast turned out delicious! It’s like a pork loin stuffed with olive tapenade, so good!

I did a roulade (roll cutting) but you could always slice in half or pound it down and stuff it that way.

Here’s the recipe

Ingredients:

Pork loin (appx. 2-3lbs)
•4 Cups baby spinach
•3 garlic cloves
•10-12 large kalamata olives, pitted
•1Tbsp oregano

Directions:

Blanch your spinach and set aside to cool/drain. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Slice your pork loin how you wish, here is a good video for roll cutting or butterflying your loin.

In food processor pulse spinach, garlic, olives and oregano until you have fine chunky mixture. Make sure your spinach is well drained.

Spread mixture onto cut loin and roll.

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Tie together with baking string to get tight roll. Sprinkle seasonings as you wish (salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano, ect.)

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Place roast on parchment lined (optional) baking dish, cover and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes uncover and bake for another 20-30 minutes.

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Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Remove twine and slice.

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Enjoy with side of choice.

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I served mine with a fresh kale salad and roasted root veggies. Enjoy!

Yields: 6 servings

Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken

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Last night’s dinner was amazing I decided to share with you all! Here’s what you’ll need➡

Serves 2

•2 Chicken breasts
•8 asparagus
•1/2 bell pepper, chopped
•1 lemon
•4 sprigs fresh thyme
•2 small sprigs rosemary
•1/4 cup mozzarella, shredded (omit for paleo)
•4 thinly sliced prosciutto
•Large Yam (optional side)

In small bowl combine bell pepper, thyme, mozzarella and half of lemon squeezed. Slice remaining lemon for stuffing.

Depending on your chicken breast you may have to slice down center and stuff that way, my chicken breast was quite thin so I was able to roll it with the stuffing in it.

Stuff one chicken with 1/2 mozza mixture, sprig of rosemary, 4 asparagus and lemon slice, roll it up and wrap it with prosciutto, tie together with cooking string, repeat for 2nd piece. Bake in preheated oven for 35-45min depending how thick your chicken is but just cook it until no longer pink. Serve with side of Yam or other side of choice. Enjoy ✌

Note: When eating chicken pull out sprig of rosemary and lemon slice unless you like the strong flavor. :mrgreen:

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