Dinner · InstaPot · PASTA · SeaFood · Side Dishes

Butternut Squash & kale Risotto with herbed shrimp

You’ll need:

1 lbs bag uncooked shrimp (thawed)

1 cups Arborio rice

3 cups vegetable or chicken stock

1 cups cubed butternut squash

3 cups uncooked kale

6 garlic cloves minced

(3 for shrimp 3 for risotto)

1 large yellow sweet onion diced

(Half for risotto half for shrimp)

1/2 cup white wine

Salt/pepper to taste

Parsley for garnishing

Lemon for freshness

First you need to thaw your shrimp and set aside. I cooked my risotto in my pressure cooker this time and it turns out great. So first chop and mince all veggies. Then in pot add diced squash, chopped kale, chicken or veggie stock, and rice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. In a skillet add olive oil to bottom of pan and add half the chopped onion and half the garlic and began to sauté until tender. Then add to pot also! Then place lid on pressure cooker and set time for 22 minutes. While that is cooking, in same sauté pan add a little more olive oil and 2 tbsp butter. Add in remaining onions and garlic and began to sauté. Then pour in shrimp and sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and basil. (I like a little heat so I sprinkled in cayenne pepper also) mix well, pour in wine and cook shrimp until all is pink and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. That’s is the shrimp is done!

To assemble in a large bowl pour risotto on bottom layer then add shrimp to top. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and place a few lemon slices on side of bowl for serving. I served green beans with his dish so just simple cut ends of beans off, steam for a few minutes in pan and add a little butter and Parmesan cheese! Enjoy!!!

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White bean & sausage soup

You’ll need:
1 lb chorizo sausage
5 mild Italian sausage links
1 medium onion diced
6 cups chicken stock
2 cans great northern beans
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp oregano
4 cups chopped kale stems removed
Red pepper flakes for heat
1 cup Grated Parmesan for serving
1 baguette sliced and toasted for crostini’s

Direction:
First dice onions and add to a sauté pan. Drizzle with a little olive oil and then sauté in medium night heat for 3-4 minutes. Add in ground chorizo and then cut sausage links into chunks and add to pan also. Brown chorizo and sausage about 5-7 minutes. Then pour into a stick pot, add chicken stock, cumin, oregano and beans. Bring to a boil and boil for 7-10 minutes. Add in the chopped kale and boil until kale is tender. Slice the baguette while soup is boiling and drizzle with olive oil place into oven at 425 degrees for 5-7 minutes until they start to brown and are crispy. Remove from oven and place aside until ready to serve. To serve place soup into bowl and top with 2-3 crostini’s and then top with grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
low carb · Low Carb Dish · Lunch · SeaFood

Bursting Tomatoes & Brown Butter Scallops

Ingredients:
1 lb large scallops (I get mine at Adlis frozen)
4 garlic cloves smashed and chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
4 tbsp butter
1/4 cup white cooking wine
2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 chives chopped
1 lemon zested
olive oil
1 box couscous 

Directions:
In large skillet heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Thaw scallops and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. When oil is hot add scallops and sear until browned about 2 minutes on each side. Remove scallops to plate.
In same skillet add 2  tbsp olive oil garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant about 4 minutes. Add butter and stir until butter starts to brown about 2 minutes (you don’t want to burn your butter so make sure its not to hot) Then add in wine, tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are bursting and wine had reduced a little about 6 minutes. Add scallops back to pan and any juices on plat heat another 2 minutes.Cook couscous as directed. To serve place scallops and tomatoes with sauce on serving platter. Add couscous to plate and top with the scallops, tomatoes and juices. Then sprinkle with chives and lemon zest.  Enjoy! 

low carb · Low Carb Dish · Lunch · SeaFood

Lemon Butter Cod & Orzo Asparagus

You’ll need:
4 6-8 oz Cod Fillets can get frozen at Walmart
4 -6 tblsp almond flour
salt and pepper
2 lemons
2 garlic cloves minced
1 lb asparagus ends trimmed and chopped in thirds
1 cup uncooked orzo
2 3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp lemon juice
I tbsp chopped fresh dill  

Directions:
In a cast iron skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Season cod all over with salt, pepper then sprinkle the almond flour evenly all over fillets. When oil is hot add cod and sear until golden brown about 3 minutes per side. Remove cod to plate lined with paper bowl to soak up any extra oil and so it doesn’t become soggy. Using same skillet sear butter and lemon sliced until the lemons are golden about 1 minutes per side. Add lemons to cod plate. Again with same skillet cook the garlic, asparagus and orzo until the galrilc is translucent and the orzo is toasted about 3 minutes. Then add in chicken stock and lemon juice and turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Cook stirring until orzo is al dente about 10 minutes. Place the cod and lemons back into skillet and cook until everything is warmed about 1 minute. Then remove to serving platter and sprinkle with fresh dill and enjoy! Serve with side salad! 

Dinner · low carb · Lunch · SeaFood

Shrimp, Chorizo & cauliflower rice

1 1/2 lbs large raw tail on shrimp peeled and deveined
2  tbsp creole seasoning
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
2 red bell peppers chopped
1/2 pound Spanish chorizo casing removed, cubed
1 small head cauliflower riced
1 lemon juiced
1/4 cup chopped parsly 

Directions:
In a medium bowl add olive oil, shrimp and creole seasoning, paprika, thyme and a little salt and pepper. Toss and mix well.
Rice the cauliflower and place onto a baking sheet, sprinkle with creole seasoning, salt and pepper and drizzle a little olive oil over top and mix. Then bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
In a skillet over medium heat add the shrimp in single layer and. cook until seared 2-3 minutes. Add the bell peppers, chorizo and cook until the shrimp is pink and cooked through another 3-4 minutes. Pour the riced cauliflower over. top and mix well. Allow to cook another 1-2 minutes to mix flavors. Squeeze lemon juice over top and then remove to a serving platter. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve hot. Enjoy! 

Dinner · Soups

Beef & Barley

Beef & Barley
Ingredients:
1 lb beef stew meat
3 large carrots diced
1 large onion diced
4 celery stalks diced
1/2 cup perl barley

1 cup frozen corn
6 cups water
1 tsp garlic salt
2 large heaping tbsp of beef bouillon 

Serving day:
1 baguette sliced and then toasted for dipping.  

To Freeze:
Label bag and write cooking directions.
Add all ingredients into gallon size ziplock and remove all air. Freeze Flat. 

To make day of:
Saute the onions, celery and carrots until they are fragrant and begin to soften. Then add all other ingredients and cook in Instapot or crockpot.
To Cook:
Crockpot: Place frozen contents into pot and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-9 hours. Thaw shrimp and add to saute pan with 2 tbsp butter and saute until they are pink. Add to pot 30 minutes before serving.
Or
Instapot directions:
Place frozen contents into pot. Add 1/4 cup water and cook on high for 30 minutes and then allow to release for 10 minutes naturally. 

To Serve:
Slice baguette and  place on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toast in oven at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes until browned and crispy. Serve with soup. 

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Brussels with pancetta

You’ll need:
2 cups shaved Brussels
1/4 cup diced pancetta
1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions:
Shave Brussels. In pan drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil and add pancetta and cook until crispy. Then remove and set onto plate with paper towel to drain. Add the shaved Brussels to pan and sauté until tender about 2-3 minutes in medium heat. Then add in rice vinegar, salt and red pepper flakes. Taste and add a little more vinegar or salt if necessary. Then place into serving tray and top with cooked pancetta. Enjoy!
low carb · PASTA · SeaFood

Salmon Zoodle bowl

3 medium zucchinis
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 12 tsp honey
2 skin on salmon fillets
1 firm ripe mango peeled and cu into thin stripes
1 medium cucumber, peeled into ribbons
4 scallions chopped
3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds 

Directions:
In a small bowl whisk together the sesame oil, conaola oil, lime zest , lime juice, vinegar, honey and 1tsp salt.
Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place salmon skin side up on baking sheet and broil in oven until the salmon 6 minutes. Leave broiler on but place on low broil. Let salmon oil and then peel kin off and arrange it on a backing sheet. Broil the salmon skins until crisped and browned. 2-3 minuets. Add noodles to a skillet and drizzle with a little olive oil. Sauce until they start to soften. Then  in a large bowl add spiraled noodles mango, cucumbers, scallions, Chile, and dressing and toss gently. Place salmon on top with skin crackles. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy! 

Dressings & Marinades · low carb · Lunch · Salads & Blossom Bowls

Turkey Ranch Taco Salad

Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
1 packet dry ranch packets
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 romain hearts chopped
2 roma tomatoes diced
1 small red onion diced
1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup salas
(optional cool ranch Doritos )
Dressing:
2 tbsp rough chop Chipotles peppers in adobo sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup ranch dressing
1 lime juice
3 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbsp honey
water as need to thin sauce 

Directions:
Ground the turkey meat. Then add in 1/2 pack dry ranch seasoning, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder. Add in 1/2 cup of water and mix well, let simmer until liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat. Chop all veggies. Add all dressing ingredients to food processor and pulse until smooth. To assemble add lettuce and turkey to plate and top with your choice of toppings. Drizzle dressing on top!
My kids love to crunch cool ranch Doritos over the top. Enjoy!

Dinner · Lunch · Soups · Veggies

Butter Bean Soup w/Basil topping

Youll need:
1 lb dry butter beans
2 medium sweet onions diced
6 cups chicken stock
1 large carrot diced
1 celery stalk diced
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
1 small zucchini quartered and diced
salt and pepper to taste 

Basil topping:
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup parmigiano regiano cheese
1/2 cup roasted pistachios
 1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper 

Directions: (The night before, make sure you place beans in bowl and cover with cold water, cover and let soak until next day)
Dice all veggies.
In skillet add a little olive oil and saute onions until soft, add in celery and carrots and saute another 3 minutes. Then add into crockpot along with broth and drained beans. Cover and cook 6-8 hours on low. Then add in fennel, tomatoes, zucchini, salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook 1 hour more. 

Basil topping directions:
Bring a small pot of water to a boil and season with a little salt. Once boiling add fresh basil leaves to water and blanch for 20 seconds utnil bright green. Remove and place into bowl of ice water. Then place into town and dry all excess water. Place into a food processor with roasted pistachios and cheese. Slowly add in the olive oil while pulsing. Add salt and pepper to taste. You want a nice paste. Once done place in bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to top on soup. 

 To serve place in bowl and top with basil topping. You can serve with crusty bread. Enjoy!