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Orange Cannellini Beans

26 Apr

Beans are a super healthy and versatile food. I am not huge fan of beans, but luckily my husband is. I try to find ways to eat more beans and this recipe is loaded with flavor and so easy to make. It is best if made in advance and let the flavors soak in. Perfect recipe for the summer.

  • juice and rind of 1 orange
  • 2 15 oz cans of cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate for few hours.

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Watermelon “Pizza”

11 Apr

When you find something you like, you must recreate it! Well, at least thats my thoughts when I find a dish I find tasty and fascinating. When I saw watermelon pizza on a menu, I complete passed by it because I thought DOUGH! You don’t find dough on this pizza, only healthy tasty ingredients. This makes a great appetizer or a side dish. I love it with smoked salmon or shrimp coctail.

  • watermelon slices
  • pesto
  • sliced almonds
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • arugula
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • chopped onion (optional)
  • feta cheese (optional)

Toss the aruguala in the vinaigrette. Spread 1 tsp of pesto on each slice of watermelon, add the sliced almonds, tomatoes, arugula and the optional onion and feta cheese.

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Rosemary Carrots

14 Jan

This recipe comes from a fellow  wordpress blogger Every Day Sarah Jane. I roast carrots regularly, but I have not thought of seasoning them with rosemary. I had to try this, and was not disappointed.

 

  • carrots,  peeled and cut into 1/2 X 3 inch slices.
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 tbs rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a  bowl, toss together carrots and the seasonings. Lie flat on a baking sheet. Cook for 15 minutes, flip. Cook for additional 15 minutes or until tender.

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Asian Carrot Salad

8 Dec

The typical carrot salad in South is loaded with mayonnaise and marshmallows, not exactly healthy salad. This salad is delicious and healthy. The soy beans even provide protein for a great dish for vegetarians. Everyone that has tasted this flavorful salad has enjoyed it.

Salad ingredients: combine together

  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup cooked and shelled soy beans (edamame)
  • 1/2 cup sliced grapes (red look the prettiest)

Dressing: mix together

  • 3 tbs seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs sweet chili sauce

Add the dressing to the carrot and bean mixture. Let it sit in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.

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Grilled Scallops in Lemon Herb Marinade

18 Aug

At summer time I love to keep the heat outside and use the grill as much as possible. Sweet scallops pair well with lemon juice and herbs. This delicious recipe is easy, and so fast that you can have impressive appetizer or dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.  The scallops can also be broiled in the oven.

  • juice of two lemons
  • 1 tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • few drops of hot sauce
  • 1 lb of sea scallops

Heat the grill to medium high heat. Mix the marinade and place the dried scallops into the mix. Let them sit on counter for 5 minutes. If you leave them in too long, the lemon juice will chemically cook the scallops. Thread the scallops onto skewers. Grill 4-5 minutes each side. Do not over cook. The scallops continue to cook after you take them off the grill.

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Basil Wrapped Shrimp and Scallops

4 Aug

There is nothing better than grilled peaches, except grilled peaches and seafood. Grilling peaches intensifies their sweetness and adding spice makes the sweetness stand out even more. We  really enjoyed theses sweet grilled peaches paired with spicy seafood wrapped in fresh basil leaves.

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground Aleppo pepper or 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and 1 tsp paprika
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • scallops and/or shrimp
  • 1 large peach, sliced
  • large basil leaves

Heat the grill medium heat. Whisk together the oil, Aleppo pepper, salt and lemon zest. Add the shrimp, scallops and peach slices to the oil mix. Toss and let it sit 10 minutes. Wrap a scallop/shrimp in a large basil leaf and skewer it. Add a peach slice wrapped in a basil leaf. Repeat. Grill turning once until seafood is charred and just cooked through. 5-7 minutes. Season with black pepper.

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Spicy Hummus and Grilled Peach Piadine

3 Aug

One of our favorite Italian restaurants serves Piadinas. We absolutely love them. It is like salad on a bread. The difficult thing is deciding what kind we want. Typically we end up ordering two. One with hummus and the second one with pesto. Think of piadine as cross between Middle Eastern pita breads and Mexican flour tortillas. They are rolled out to the size of dinner plates and baked on a flat griddle or grill. I made my own verson using fresh whole wheat pita bread. Before grilling the pita bread, I brush it with water to keep it soft. I decided to experiment with the fresh spicy hummus and peaches  I bought at farmers  market today. It was unbelievably good! Next one I made with pesto, arugula, sautéed  wild mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. This turned out delicious as well.

  • pita bread
  • hummus
  • peach, sliced
  • mixed greens

Dressing: wisk together

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

Place the peach slices on grill. Toss the greens with the dressing.  Turn the peaches on the grill. Put the pita bread on the grill, flip after a minute. Remove almost immediately. You want the pita to stay soft so you can fold it to eat.  Put the pita on a plate and spread hummus on it, top with greens and with the hot peaches off the grill.

Fillings to Try:

• Arugula and mozzarella
• Grilled chicken and pesto
• Grilled portobello
• Grilled eggplant with goat cheese
• Heirloom tomatoes and mixed greens

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