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Bell Pepper Nacho Boats

Bell pepper nacho boats make a great appetizer or dinner. I served mine with avocado slices.

To make appetizer boats, make sure you pick peppers that have 4 bumps. It will make for smaller servings.

This recipe is great for a make ahead meal too. I pre-cooked my turkey and added the spices and salsa. I put the turkey mixture into the fridge until ready to assemble.

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1 pound lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup salsa, no sugar added
1 cup grated cheddar cheese, reduced fat
3 bell peppers

1. Remove seeds, core, and membrane from bell peppers then slice each one into six vertical pieces where they dip down. Set sliced bell peppers aside.
2. Cook ground turkey over medium-high heat, breaking up as it cooks. Cook until the turkey loses it’s pink colour and is cooked through. Drain off any fat.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
4. Combine cooked turkey with spices and salsa. Evenly distribute mixture into the bell peppers boats, top with cheese.
5. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and peppers are hot. Optional ingredients: sliced jalapeño peppers, diced avocado, fat-free Greek yogurt or sour cream, or sliced green onions.

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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.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

This is my new favorite appetizer!  Using a cucumber instead of a cracker is such a nice change up.  It’s light, not too filling and full of wonderful flavour. Plus, It’s super easy to make!

I used light cream cheese. I did not add the heavy cream into my recipe and I did not use toothpicks to hold the salmon on. I used 1 cucumber since I was making this for 2 people. I used the rest of the ingredients as needed. The recipe below is great for making these bites for a group of guests.

I found this gem of a recipe on Pinterest.  I made these bites last night for my friend who is gluten-free. Another reason to love this appetizer… it pleases lots of different diet choices.

Smoked Salmon and CCcukebites

2 English cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1″ rounds
1 pound smoked salmon, cut into bit sized pieces
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1 tablespoon horseradish (more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon heavy cream, optional
Toothpicks or tiny party forks

1. Peel cucumbers and slice them into 1″ circles. Arrange on a platter as desired. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the cream cheese.
2. Place cream cheese, dill, horseradish, and cream in a large bowl. Beat until well combined (a handheld mixer really helps here)
3. Spread 1 teaspoon of cream cheese on top each cucumber slice (more or less to taste) then top each slice with a bite sized piece of smoked salmon. Insert a toothpick down the center to keep in place.
4. Serve at once, or keep in the refrigerator until needed.
**I recommend making these as close to the serving time as possible