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Simple Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

If you like kale…you’ll love this recipe. This salad makes a great base for your favourite toppings. I added grilled chicken, but you can add salmon, avocados, nuts, dried fruits or shaved Parmesan.

I massaged the dressing into the kale for about 1-2 minutes. I don’t mind the texture of kale but massaging it does make it softer. Also, the dressing gets really mixed in.

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10 oz raw kale, ribs removed and discarded
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small bowl mix together the oil, lemon juice and garlic. Pour over the kale and with clean hands start massaging the dressing into the kale. Taste the salad and add salt and pepper and continue to massage again. Taste again and adjust seasoning accordingly.
2. Serve as a side to dinner or have as a lunch.
3. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Cucumber Quinoa Salad

I took on the project of staining our back deck this weekend and I knew that I would have little time to make a good lunch.  I found this great recipe on Pinterest which lead me to the website gimmesomeoven.com. I pre-made my quinoa the day before so that it would be nice and cold. This salad is super fresh and delicious! It is easy to make and it doesn’t take long to put together. It was the perfect salad to have while working outside on a hot day.

I crumbled the feta on top of my serving and did not add it into the salad. I also only used half of the dressing. I will definitely use the other half on a garden salad.

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1 English cucumber, diced
2 cups chilled cooked quinoa
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup julienned or roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
1 batch Lemony Italian vinaigrette (see below)

LEMONY ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, homemade or store-bought
Pinch of salt and black pepper

To make the cucumber quinoa salad:
1. Toss all ingredients together until combined. Serve immediately.

To make the lemony Italian vinaigrette:
1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.

*If you add hot quinoa fresh out of the pan, it will melt the cheese and wilt the basil in this recipe. It is recommended to cook the quinoa beforehand and chill.

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.

Ranch Dressing

I love this ranch dressing. It’s awesome on the “Southwestern Salad with Ranch Salsa Dressing” recipe that is also on this blog. I have also used this dressing as a dip for a vegetable platter. This recipe is taken from “The Best of Rose Reisman” by Rose Reisman.

Rose has added a tip of using a mixture of milk and lemon juice if you did not want to use buttermilk.

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1/3 cup (80 ml) reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup (125 ml) buttermilk (or mix 1/2 cup/125 ml 2% milk with 2 tsp/10 ml lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes)
1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard
4 tsp (20 ml) lemon juice
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) crushed garlic
1 1/2 tsp (7.5 ml) sugar

1. Whisk mayonnaise,buttermilk, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper, garlic and sugar until combined.

MAKE AHEAD: Refrigerate for up to 3 days
MAKES: 1 cup
CALORIES: 18 (1 Tbsp/15 ml)

Cobb Salad Wraps with Chicken, Avocado and Black Beans

This wrap is amazing!! I took it from “The Best of Rose Reisman – 20 years of healthy recipes”. In her notes, Reisman states that a Cobb salad traditionally has chicken, blue cheese, bacon and heavy dressing…this is her lightened up version made into a wrap.

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8 oz (250 g) boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
1/2 cup (125 ml) diced plum tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup (125 ml) diced ripe avocado
1/3 cup (80 ml) canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup (60ml) finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped parsley
4 tsp (20 ml) lemon juice
1 Tbsp (15 ml) reduced-fat sour cream
1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
1 tsp (5 ml) finely chopped garlic
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) hot chili sauce
Pinch of salt and pepper
4 large whole wheat flour tortillas
1/2 cup (125 ml) shredded agreed cheddar cheese (45g)

1. Lightly coat a nonstick grill pan with vegetable spray and set over medium heat. Grill the chicken for 4 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Cool slightly, then slice thinly.

2. Combine the tomatoes, red pepper, avocado, black beans, green onions and parsley in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, sour cream, olive oil, garlic, chili sauce and salt and pepper and mix well.

3. Spread half of each tortilla with some of the tomato mixture. Top with slices of chicken and the shredded cheese. Fold the 2 sides in and roll up. Place the wraps in a clean grill pan and cook for 5 minutes, turning halfway, just enough to warm through. (Or heat in a 400F/200C oven for 5 minutes until warm.). Cut in half and serve.

Make ahead: Make wraps up to 2 hours in advance. Cover and refrigerate.
Makes 8 servings

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Panini Clubhouse with Crisp Prosciutto, Avocado and Cheese

You have to make this panini!!! I took this recipe from “The Best of Rose Reisman – 20 years of healthy recipes” by Rose Reisman.

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I do not have a panini press so I use a large skillet and press down on the wrap with a smaller skillet.

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2 oz (60 g) sliced prosciutto
8 oz (250 g) boneless skinless chicken breast
2 Tbsp (30 ml) reduced fat mayonnaise
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) crushed fresh garlic
Pinch of ground black pepper
4 large whole wheat tortillas
2/3 cup (160 ml) grated Parmesan or Swiss cheese
1/3 cup (80 ml) diced, seeded plum tomatoes
1/3 cup (80 ml) diced sweet onion
1/2 diced ripe avocado

1. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking oil and place over medium heat. Sauté the prosciutto for 5 minutes or just until dry and beginning to crisp. Remove from the pan, cool slightly and crumble. Wipe the skillet and respray.
2. Working with one at a time, pound the chicken breasts between two sheets of waxed paper to an even 1/4-inch (6 mm) thickness. Sauté the chicken for 5 minutes, or just until cooked and no longer pink in the centre, turning halfway. Cool for 5 minutes, then dice.
3. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, garlic and pepper in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Spread evenly over the entire surface of the tortillas. Scatter the chicken, prosciutto, cheese, tomato, onion and avocado overtop. Fold in the sides of each tortilla and roll it up tightly.
4. Preheat a nonstick grill pan to hot and spray with cooking oil. Sear the rolls on both sides until browned, approximately 2 minutes per side. Slice in half before serving.

Make ahead – Make the panini early in the day. Cover and refrigerate and heat just before serving.

Guacamole

It amazes me sometimes at how old my blog is, but yet the recipes I make almost weekly just never end up here.

This recipe is taken from “The New Moosewood Cookbook” by Mollie Katzen. I use 3 avacodos in my recipe since I take some out for my son, then I mix the rest with diced tomatoes which he doesn’t like.

I add 1/2 tsp of cumin and 1/2 tsp of chili powder.  I use either lemon or lime, whatever I have on-hand.

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Basic Guacamole:
2 Tbs fresh lemon or lime juice
2 medium-sized ripe avocados
1 to 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt (possibly more, to taste)

Optional Augmentations:
1/2 tsp cumin (possibly more, to taste)
1/2 tsp chili powder
Black pepper and cayenne, to taste
Tiny amounts of: minced green or red pepper peeled, seeded, and finely minced cucumber or diced ripe tomatoes
2 to 3 Tbs mayonnaise

1. Place the lemon or lime juice in a medium-sized shallow bowl.
2. Add the avocado (you can just cut it open and spoon it out of it’s skin), and mash with a fork to whatever consistency you like.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover tightly and chill. NOTE: To help the guacamole retain it’s color, add the avocado pits. Remove them just before serving.

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Salmon with Lemon, Dill and Arugula in Panini

I treated myself to this wonderful sandwich today at lunch. This recipe was taken from Food and Drink magazine (compliments of the LCBO) Autumn 2007.

 

2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp finely diced red or green onion
1 tsp drained and rinsed capers, chopped
160g can salmon, drained well
1 tbsp fresh dill
3 tbsp spreadable cream cheese
2 of your favorite buns such as panini or focaccia or 4 slices of sourdough
Arugula leaves


1. Place mayo, lemon juice, red onion, and capers in a bowl. Stir. Using a fork, mix in salmon.
2. In a separate bowl, stir dill into cream cheese. Slice buns in half horizontally. Spread bottom half of each with cream cheese. Top with salmon mixture then Arugula. Top with other half of buns to make sandwiches.