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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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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Grilled Halibut with Mango-Avocado Salsa

I can’t tell you how much I LOVED this recipe!!! I could have this once a week no problem.

I found this recipe on Pinterest.  The original recipe comes from Bon Appetit. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/gwyneth-paltrow-s-grilled-halibut-with-mango-avocado-salsa

I used frozen mango with great results!  I also used tomatoes from my neighbours garden since I had so many of them. I grilled the halibut on the BBQ.  One piece took no time at all since it was so thin.  The recipe says 5 minutes per side, but adjust to the thickness of your fillet.

This recipe is super easy and so delicious!

Halibut

1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2″ dice
1 medium ripe mango, peeled and cut into 1/2″ dice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
4 large fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 6-ounce halibut or mahi-mahi fillets
4 lime wedges

1. Prepare a grill to medium-high heat. Gently combine the avocado, mango, tomatoes, basil, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a large mixing bowl. Season salsa to taste with salt and pepper and set aside at room temperature, Gently tossing occasionally.
2. Place fish fillets in a 13x9x2″ glass baking dish. Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons lime juice over. Season fish with salt and pepper. Let marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes, turning fish occasionally.
3. Brush grill rack with oil. Grill fish until just opaque in centre, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to plates. Spoon mango-avocado salsa over fish. Squeeze a lime wedge over each and serve.
SERVES 4

One serving contains:
Calories(kcal) 417.8
%Calories from fat 48.1
Fat(g) 22.3
Saturated fat(g) 3.2
Cholesterol(mg) 58.1
Carbohydrates(g) 15.8
Dietary fiber(g) 4.8
Total sugars(g) 9.2
Net Carbs(g) 11.0
Protein(g) 39.5
Sodium(mg) 106.0

Grilled Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

I made this great recipe for my best friend who is gluten-free.  I made a mistake when I bought the Tamari soy sauce in the all-natural/gluten-free section of my local supermarket.  I did not read the ingredient label!!  The second ingredient in my purchase was WHOLE WHEAT!!  FYI, check the label.

Regardless of my mistake, this recipe is really tasty!!  It is so light and fresh with the mango salsa.  It’s seems like a lot of work, but this recipe is easy to prepare.

I took this recipe from the Taste of Home website. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/grilled-shrimp-lettuce-wraps

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SHRIMP:

1/4 cup gluten­ free reduced ­sodium tamari soy sauce

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 1/2 teaspoons honey

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined

MANGO SALSA:

1/2 medium mango, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons chopped onion

2 tablespoons chopped sweet red pepper

2 tablespoons chopped green pepper

1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno pepper

1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons lime juice

4 large lettuce leaves

Directions

  1. In a large re-sealable plastic bag, combine the first six ingredients; add shrimp. Seal bag and turn to coat; cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  2. For salsa, in a small bowl, combine the mango, onion, peppers, cilantro and lime juice. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  3. Drain and discard marinade. Thread shrimp on two metal or soaked wooden skewers. Using long­handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  4. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4 inches from the heat for 2-­3 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink. Place shrimp on lettuce leaves; top with salsa and roll up.

Yield: 2 servings. 2 wraps equals 173 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 138 mg cholesterol, 609 mg sodium,  16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein

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Southwestern Salad with Ranch Salsa Dressing

My husband and I seriously loved this salad! I added chicken to ours and made this salad our dinner. I took this recipe from “The Best of Rose Reisman” by Rose Reisman. You can find the ranch dressing recipe on this blog as well under “Ranch Dressing”.

A tip from Rose: To bake a tortilla bowl, preheat the oven to 400F. Brush 2 large flour tortillas with a mixture of 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of olive oil and water. Place the tortillas over the 2 empty cans from the corn and beans and bake for 5 minutes just until browned. Fill with salad.

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1 cup (250 ml) corn
8 cups (2 L) chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup (125 ml) diced sweet onion
1 cup (250 ml) halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) sliced avocado
1/2 cup (125 ml) canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp (10 ml) minced jalapeño peppers
3/4 cup (185 ml) grated Monterey Jack cheese or aged cheddar (2 1/4oz/65 g)

RANCH SALSA DRESSING
2/3 cup (160 ml) Ranch Dressing (recipe on blog)
1/3 cup (80 ml) medium salsa

1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped cilantro
1 cup (250 ml) broken baked tortilla chips (1 oz/30 g)

1. In a skillet sprayed with vegetable oil, sauté the corn just until seared (about 5 minutes).
2. Meanwhile, arrange on a serving plate the lettuce, onion, tomatoes, avocado, beans, jalapeños and cheese. Add the corn.
3. TO MAKE THE RANCH SALSA DRESSING – Combine the ranch dressing and salsa. Pour overtop the salad and garnish with cilantro and tortilla chips.

MAKE AHEAD: Prepare the salad early in the day and dress just before serving
MAKES: 6 servings
CALORIES : 255 (per serving, not including tortilla chips)

Tex-Mex Fajitas

I love dinners that you and your guests have to build yourself.  It is fun adding your own flavors to your meal.  I made fresh guacamole, and fresh salsa as a condiment.  I marinated both chicken and flank steak for this recipe so my guests had a choice.  I also sauteed onion slices and red pepper strips.

This recipe was taken from The Best of Bridge – The Best of the Best and more.

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2 lbs flank steak (1 lb serves 3 people) or 3 chicken breasts, skinned, boned and halved

Fajita Marinade
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup red wine vinegar (eliminate for chicken)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 large flour tortillas

Toppings
Onion slices, sauteed
Green and red pepper strips, sauteed
Shredded lettuce
Guacamole, sour cream and salsa

1. Combine marinade ingredients in shallow casserole. Score both sides of steak. Add meat. Cover and refrigerate several hours. Remove from marinade and BBQ. Slice in thin strips across the grain. Wrap in warm tortillas with onions and peppers and any or all of the other toppings.
SERVES 6

Lime-Grilled Chicken Breasts with Avocado Salsa

This is a family favorite!  The recipe was taken from the August 2010 edition of Canadian Living magazine.  I use 2 avocados instead of one and 4 tomatoes instead of 2, as the salsa is in high demand! 

 
 
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup (75ml) lime juice
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh cilantro, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp (5ml) salt
1/4 tsp (1ml) pepper
2 tomatoes, chopped
Half red onion, finely chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp (15ml) red wine vinegar
1 avocado
 
Cut chicken breasts in half to create 8 pieces.  Pound each to even thickness.
In glass bowl, combine 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the lime juice, 3 tbsp(45ml) of the cilantro, 2 tbsp(30ml) of the olive oil, garlic and half each of the salt and pepper.  Add chicken, tossing to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
 
Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeno peppers, vinegar and remaining lime juice, cilantro, oil, salt and pepper.  Peel and cut avocado into large dice; gently toss with salsa, without breaking up.  Set aside.
 
Place chicken on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill until no longer pink inside, about 3 minutes per side.  Serve with salsa.