Monthly Archives: December 2015

Mediterranean Cucumber Cups

I made this awesome appetizer for book club last night.  We all have dinner with our families before we meet for book club, so I like to have something light to nibble on. This recipe was perfect!

I will definitely make this recipe again and again.  It is super good and super easy.

Instead of a melon baller, I just used a teaspoon to scoop out the cucumber. I also cut up the scooped out cucumber and added it into the rest of the vegetables.

You could definietly make the filling and scoop the cucumbers out ahead of time and then assemble right before your guests arrive.

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YIELD: About 15 cucumber cups

2 cucumbers
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 vine ripe tomato, seeded and finely chopped
1/8 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 cup fresh feta, crumbled
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon plus 1/2 tablespoon zest
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper

1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the onion, bell pepper, tomato, olives, oregano, feta, parsley, lemon juice and zest, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. Peel the cucumbers partially, leaving thin strips of skin going down the entire length of the cucumber. Trim the ends of the cucumbers and cut each cucumber into 1-inch thick slices. Scoop out the center of each slice with a melon baller, leaving a shell of flesh.

3. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the Mediterranean salad into the cucumber cups. Garnish with additional parsley and feta, if desired.

Pecan Crusted Wild Halibut

I really love this recipe.  The pecans crusted on top is seriously the best part!

This recipe is gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free and low-carb.

I made some changes to this recipe with what I had in my pantry, no longer making it gluten-free or dairy-free. In the flour mix, I substituted the almond meal with all-purpose flour. In the egg mix I used skim milk instead of almond/coconut milk. When frying the fish, I used canola oil and not coconut oil.

I had great results with the changes I made. The oil I used for frying did not turn the fish greasy at all. In fact, most of the oil was still in the frying pan after cooking. I will however use coconut oil and not canola oil the next time I make this recipe. I really feel like I missed out on that added flavour to this great dish.

This recipe is from http://janeshealthykitchen.com/pecan-crusted-wild-halibut/

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Flour Mix:
2 tablespoons almond meal
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon dry onion flakes
1/4 teaspoon unprocessed salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Egg Mix:
1 large egg
1 tablespoon coconut milk or almond milk
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard, or 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Pecans:
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans (not ground)

Fish:
2 wild halibut fillets, or other delicate fish, about 1/2 pound in total
2 tablespoons coconut oil for cooking

Garnish:
Lemon wedges
2 tablespoons fish oil, optional

1. Flour Mix: Combine almond meal, lemon zest, onion flakes, salt and pepper on a small plate
2. Egg Mix: In a small bowl, whisk egg, milk and mustard
3. Pecans: Place the chopped pecans on a small plate.
4. Dredge each halibut fillet in the almond mixture, turing it to coat all sides. Then dip in the egg mixture to coat;then press it onto the pecans, turning to coat all sides.
5. Melt coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat, until a drop of water sizzles.
6. Add halibut fillets to the skillet and cook covered 2-5 minutes or until lightly browned, adding additional coconut oil as needed.
7. Transfer the fillets to plates. Garnish with a drizzle of fish oil(if using) and lemon wedges. Serve.