Surf N' Turf Veggie Fajitas

Surf N' Turf Veggie Fajitas

Meal prep dinner #2 coming at you. This bad boy goes from the bag into a hot skillet and is done so quick. It took me a few extra minutes since I made some Homemade Quinoa Tortillas to go along with it, but you could just as easily make some cauliflower rice or quinoa to go along with it...or just enjoy as is. I don't know who said healthy eating doesn't taste good, because it totally can. This meal is great for anyone following the Paleo or Keto diet, and even simply leaving out the meat and shrimp makes it vegan. So, it's versatile and yummy too. 

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Chili Lime Tilapia with Garlic Lime Butter

Chili Lime Tilapia with Garlic Lime Butter

The 4th of July is approaching fast and while everyone is gearing up for parades, county fairs, and late night firework shows you're probably also already wondering what you'll be grilling up before you head out for the festivities. Hotdogs and hamburgers are the standard and can be good in their own right, but I'm in the mood for some fish. Fish provides omega-3 fatty acids which has been proven to boost brain function, maintain healthy arteries, is low in calories and high in protein, but it also may help those with autoimmune diseases since it's easy to digest and full of all the rich vitamins, minerals, and natural goodness our bodies can't make on their own. You should be eating at least 3 servings of fish or shellfish per week. So, maybe it's time for everyone to get in the mood for fish more often. I used some wild caught Tilapia fillets for this savory yet light fish dish. However, any white ocean fish would work. Fresh trout or base would be just as delicious (or more so if you caught it the day of. It doesn't get fresher than that!)

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Clean Eating Teriyaki Salmon

Clean Eating Teriyaki Salmon

If I'm ever feeling run down, the best pick me up isn't a kick of sugar or caffeine (although the sugar is definitely a temptation!) It's a meal that makes me feel like I'm indulging. Fish can make a meal fancy! While I feel like I'm indulging in fine dining, what I'm really doing is indulging on omega-3s, zinc, iron, selenium, vitamin D, and the natural anti-inflammatory characteristics of fish oil. *Chronic inflammation can wreak havoc on your body. 

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Poached Salmon Indian Curry with Quinoa

Poached Salmon Indian Curry with Quinoa

  Eating out with kids is always an adventure. And by adventure I mean the poor restaurant staff probably breathe a sigh of relief when we leave. It's not always that dramatic, but anyone with young kids know what I'm talking about. It can get a little hairy. So, even though I love to give my kids the the experience of eating out every once in a while sometimes it's just as fun to make an ethnic restaurant style meal at home. It's fun to really go all out and have a whole themed dinner. The kids get to experience something new, learn about another culture, and I don't go all mama bear while interrogating the chef about their "gluten free" menu. 

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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp In Sweet and Tangy Sauce

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp In Sweet and Tangy Sauce

 It's super bowl time! Okay, so I'll admit I really don't care who's playing in the super bowl, but tradition demands that we get together with family or friends and watch it while eating yummy finger food. My hubby does care, though.  So I asked what he wanted for some super bowl appetizers. His response, bacon.  I knew exactly what he was thinking. At his brother's wedding reception they had bacon wrapped shrimp. Let's just say, I think the server carrying those around felt a little stalked and not just by my guy. So here's my version of bacon wrapped shrimp with a simple sweet and tangy sauce! Bacon doesn't exactly have a good rep for being healthy and it isn't just because of its high fat and sodium content. Most bacon, although not made using gluten has been cross contaminated with gluten. That's bad news for my daughter with Celiac. And bad for everyone is that most bacon has been cured using nitrates, which is known to cause cancer. Why do they still use this KNOWN carcinogen in food? I have no idea, but until it's illegal we, as consumers need to be aware and avoid these toxic chemicals. So in this bacon-lover's appetizer I used uncured bacon (which is still technically cured, but done so without the use of nitrates).  Since chemicals, growth hormones, and all that other yucky stuff likes to take up residence in the animal's fat, I used gluten free, organic, uncured bacon. *Just another side note. I wanted to use some kind of fruit juice as the natural sweet part to the sweet and tangy sauce, but since I was fresh out of apple juice I used some apple sauce I had hanging around. And you know what? I really liked that it thickened the sauce without me having to use a thickening agent like cornstarch. 

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Jamaican Jerk Mahi Mahi with Coconut Quinoa

Jamaican Jerk Mahi Mahi with Coconut Quinoa

 

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Rosemary Citrus Salmon & Kale

Rosemary Citrus Salmon & Kale

So this turned out to be the yummiest dish!  I had to pat myself on the back :) This meal is so packed with vitamins, antioxidants, omega 3's and flavorful goodness it's crazy!  The trick to this incredibly moist, flavorful salmon is to pan sear it in some coconut oil and then loosely wrap it in tin foil with the edges pinched tightly closed.  Place it right on the burner to steam in all the flavors of the sweet citrus Oro Blanco grapefruit and earthy rosemary.  Set it on top of some garlic and citrus infused kale and oh my heavens!  Have I talked it up enough?

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Thai Coconut Curry with Shrimp

Thai Coconut Curry with Shrimp

I think I may be on a bit of a Thai food kick, but can you blame me?  It's so stinking good!! This dish is so delicious I just can't make enough of it.  And making it {homemade} means you can have seconds and leftovers (assuming it doesn't all get eaten in one sitting) for way cheaper than you could get it at your favorite Thai restaurant.

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Tilapia Tacos

Tilapia Tacos

Here's a little something to mix it up for Tuesday taco night.  These fish tacos are spicy, moist and super healthy for you.  And the best part about taco night is you get to mix and match the toppings to make it your own.

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Lemon-Dill Flounder Fillets

Lemon-Dill Flounder Fillets

I've never met a fish I haven't liked and this flounder was no different!  This dish is your classic lemon, butter and fish combo. I added some fresh dill weed and garnished with almond slices.1 garlic clove, smashed1/4 tsp. saltpinch red pepper flakeszest of 1 lemon (about 1 tsp.)2 sprigs fresh dill weed or 1/4 tsp. dry dill1 tsp. butter4 flounder fillets1/2 cup almonds, slivered or chopped.Pat fillets with paper towel to remove any excess water. Combine all ingredients except flounder and almonds. Place fish in a foil lined dish with enough excess foil to wrap over top.  Spread butter mixture over each fillet and bake at 400 for about 10 minutes (10 minutes per inch of thickness). Cover fish with tin foil, this will act as a steamer which will help keep the fish from drying out.Toast almonds in a pan and sprinkle on top of fish when done.Enjoy!

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Sunchoke Shrimp Scampi

Sunchoke Shrimp Scampi

This tasty and healthy shrimp scampi switch up has all the classic must haves of a shrimp scampi recipe, but with a fun twist.

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Zesty Tuna and Palm Salad

Zesty Tuna and Palm Salad

Sometimes you just want a restaurant quality lunch without the restaurant.  Well that's how I was feeling one day when this zesty tuna topped salad with sliced hearts of palm, avocado and tomatoes was born.  And it was delicious!

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Walnut-Mint Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Walnut-Mint Pesto Shrimp Pasta

This is a perfect summer (or fall, winter, spring...whenever!) dish as it's light yet still hardy enough to fill you up.  I've never tried seafood that I haven't liked yet and shrimp is on my top 5 favs!  When this shrimp is poached in broth, paired up with gluten free linguine and tossed with this minty pesto it is so good!1 box  (1 lb.) gluten free linguine pasta (like this Paleo pasta)

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Moroccan inspired Quinoa and Salmon

Moroccan inspired Quinoa and Salmon

I must be feeling a bit exotic because I'd been eying this bag of strange tiny balls with the name I couldn't pronounce for weeks at Costco.  I'd heard of quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) but had no clue how to prepare or what to serve them with.  So on a whim I bought a bag.  To me quinoa looks like couscous, so in my cookbook perusing I discovered that couscous originated in Morocco, which brings me to tonights dinner!

  Quinoa with vegetables1 tbsp olive oil1 small onion, quartered & diced1 zucchini, sliced1 carrot, chopped1/2 cup frozen mixed red, yellow and green bell peppers 1 - 14.5 oz. can chicken broth (no MSG added)1/4 cup water1 cup whole grain quinoa 1/2 tsp turmeric 1 pinch saffron 1-2 bay leafsdash curry powderdash cayenne pepper Salmon4 salmon fillets, thawed if frozen1 tbsp olive oil1 tsp turmeric1/2 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp cayenne pepper1/2 tsp garlic salt1 tbsp lemon or lime juice Heat olive oil in a deep skillet or wok.   Cook onions on medium high for a couple minutes until they begin to soften and caramelize.  Add zucchini and carrots and cook for another couple minutes.  Pour in chicken broth and water followed by the quinoa.  Add all the spices to your pan, stir together and simmer on medium heat for 12 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all the liquid.  Remove bay leafs. While quinoa is cooking prepare salmon. In separate skillet heat olive oil.  Combine turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne and garlic salt.  Rub seasoning mixture onto fish and place seasoned side down in heated olive oil then pour the lemon or lime juice over top of the other side of the fish. Cook 5 minutes then turn over and cook another 3 or until the salmon flakes easily with fork. Place salmon on quinoa and veggies.* Check out the Creamy Saffron Soup for all about saffron. *Quinoa is actually a seed that was a staple food in the ancient Inca's diet.  You don't have to just use it when your feeling exotic either :)  Substitute in place of brown rice, couscous or barley in your favorite recipes to change things up and add tons of nutrients. Nutritionists call quinoa a super food!  Here's how it brakes down: 220 calories (70 percent carbs, 15 percent fat, 15 percent protein) 40 grams of carbohydrates (13 percent daily value) 8 grams of protein (16 percent of daily value) 3.5 grams of fat (5 percent daily value with no saturated fat) A glycemic load (blood sugar spike) of only 18 out of 250 5 grams of fiber (20 percent of daily value) 20 percent of daily value of folate (various forms of Vitamin B) 30 percent of magnesium daily value (beneficial for people with migraine headaches); 28 percent daily value of phosphorous; iron (15 percent); copper (18 percent); and manganese (almost 60 percent)http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/quinoa-nutrition-facts* Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats that your body needs, plus lots of other vitamins and minerals (too many to name without feeling like a textbook).  All that good stuff benefits things like muscle, tissue, hormones, cardio-vascular system (i.e. reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, etc.), metabolism by lowering blood sugar, eyes and brain. Here's some other nice side effects of making salmon part of your diet: " Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation of the arteries and digestive system, reduce chances of cancer of colon, prostrate and kidneys etc., improve skin texture, add shining to eyes, skin, hair and nails and help in the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon. The fatter the salmon, the more nutritious and healthy it is."http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-of-salmon.html    
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Melissa Cornwall has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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