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Seared Tuna Broccoli Bowl

Seared Tuna Broccoli Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Seared Tuna Broccoli Bowl
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Lately I have been in a recipe cooking slump. So I find myself wandering the vegetable and protein areas of the market looking for something to jump out at me. For fish I usually go with salmon just because the color pulls me in. Right next to the neon orange salmon nestled a fairly inviting hunk of tuna. So once I had my protein I went back to the veggie section and decided to pair my Tuna with Broccoli.

I had a shallot at home and some brown rice so decided to make a little Asian Fusion Tuna Broccoli bowl. Super easy and healthy little meal. I used some Soy Sauce but you could whip up a little nutty Asian sauce by adding soy, peanut butter, dash of fish sauce and a squeeze of Sriracha. I just went with Soy and Sriracha but my point is to cut loose and play around with various fish and vegetables and sauces.

Ingredients:
Fresh Tuna Steak
Crown of Broccoli
Brown rice (I just used the microwavable packaged rice)
1 shallot
Sesame Seeds
Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
Soy Sauce
Sriracha or Sambal
Hot chili oil

Directions:
1. I like my broccoli on the softer side in dishes like this so I took my wok and got it up to medium heat. Put some hot chili oil (you can use any oil you want really). I cooked it for about 5-7 minutes and then added my diced shallot to.

2. While my broccoli was cooking I salted, peppered and sesame seeded both sides of my tuna steak. Before doing this pat them dry with a paper towel to make sure they stick and can crust up. I nestled my Tuna into my wok along with the broccoli and shallot. I cooked about 2-3 minutes on each side. I like my pink inside but if you don’t prefer it cook it a little longer.

3. Turn off the heat, cook/microwave your rice and add some soy sauce to your pan to coat the vegetables. Serve and enjoy IMG_0871IMG_0864

Wedge Salad Bites

Wedge Salad Bites

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: easy
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Wedge Salad Bites
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This is a super easy and fun one-bite appetizer. We had several parties over the holiday’s and they were slanted towards men so I had a lot of heavy, cheesy, meaty dishes. Dude food. So I needed something that wasn’t so heavy so I came up with a little deconstructed salad bite on a stick.

My intention was for each bite to have lettuce, tomato, bacon topped with blue cheese and carrots. I roasted my bacon and it was too crispy to put on the stick so I crumbled it and used it as a topper along with the carrots.

Ingredients:
Iceberg Lettuce
Cherry tomatoes
Bacon
Carrot shreds
Blue Cheese Dressing
Blue Cheese crumbles

Directions:
1. Roast or cook your bacon. Cut your lettuce into little wedges big enough for one bite. Assemble, dress and serve

Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas

Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas
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We made these on New Years Day and they were amazing. Truth in advertising, I bought my black-eye peas from Central Market in these clear containers that were either partially cooked or just soaked. They weren’t dry nor were they canned. So if you go to your market and can’t find the right ones you can go the dried route and soak overnight and cook per the instructions on the package or if you are in a hurry you could buy frozen or cans.

My second cheat here was that I bought a new Fagor slowcooker/steamer/pressure cooker for Christmas. That thing is awesome. I pressure cooked for 8 minutes and everything was done as if it cooked for 3 hours. I picked it up on sale for about 100 dollars and it is really going to be worth it for soups, veggies, rice, risotto, meats etc.. Here is a link to the one I bought if you are interested.
http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-2195139/Fagor+Lux+Multicooker

What I love about these recipe is that the smoked sausage gives it such a salty smokey flavor and the corn bread counters that with a kiss of sweetness. Of course we like spicy so added jalapenos to the black-eyed peas and the cornbread. I read that this recipe was adapted from Emeril. I actually ate this for four straight days I loved it so much but I am a bean and greens nut.

Ingredients:
12 – 16 ounces smoked sausage
1 cup chopped yellow onion
Green onions to garnish
4 whole cloves garlic
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of Pickled Jalapenos
2 lbs black eyed peas (not canned, not dried but from Central Market pre-soaked)
1 tbs salt
1 tbs of Black Pepper
4 splashes of Tabasco1
1 teaspoon cayenne
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
4 bay leaves
chicken stock to cover

1. Directions are pretty easy if you buy the black-eyed peas the way I did. As mentioned above if you cook from dried beans it will require you to soak overnight and cook for much longer to get the tenderness you want in your peas. Dice your onions, jalapenos and sausage. I cut my sausage links in half and then rotated 180 degrees and cut that link in have and then diced. So basically if you cut a the link into a disk and then cut into four equal pieces.

2. I added the sausage and browned it over medium heat. I then added the onions and sweated them out until translucent. I smashed the garlic cloves and added them and let them cook for a minute. I added the rest of the ingredients and pressure cooked them for 8 minutes and kept them on simmer while I cooked my cornbread for about 30 minutes.

Serve with jalapeno cheddar cornbread, green onions, jalapenos and/or cheddar cheese.

New Year Greens and Black Eyed Beans

New Year Greens and Black Eyed Beans

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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New Year Greens and Black Eyed Beans
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I am a sucker for collard and mustard greens. If I see them on any menu they will be ordered. To me the best greens are cooked to death and super tender with zero give or tooth to them. I also like them mostly savory and salty with a touch of acid. I am not a fan of drowning them in vinegar pepper sauce.

For Christmas I was in charge of cooking a Thanksgiving like menu given some of our family didn’t get to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving. I cooked a spatchcocked turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and needed a green. I have been doing a lot of Brussels sprouts lately and they are great but my Mom lives about 30 minutes away and by the time I get over there they change their texture so I decided to depart and try something else. I landed on Collard Greens. I figured we are so close to New Years that I would do an extra lucky side that combined collards and black eyed peas. Only my Mom and I are avid collard fans but everyone raved about them.

The trick here in my opinion is cooking them to death. Drop them in a slow cooker and walk away for 3-4 hours. Depending upon your palate you can adjust the acid vs salt but here is how I made mine.

Ingredients:
6 bunches of collard greens
4 carrots (diced)
1 onion (diced)
1-2 cans of black eyed peas
3 cups of chicken stock
1/4 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 ham steak (diced)
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
1 tbs of Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:
1. Dice your carrots and onion. Remove the spine from your greens and then lay them on top of each other and chop them into ribbons like you would do to make tortilla strips.

2. Put everything in a slow cooker and turn on high for 3-4 hours. Taste and adjust your seasoning. Tabasco is great on them but not for a crowd.

Barbacoa Mexican Street Tacos

Barbacoa Mexican Street Tacos

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Barbacoa Mexican Street Tacos
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Typically on Sundays, if I am not traveling, I plan out some meals for the week. Jill keeps it challenging because she is pretty simple which doesn’t help me blog new recipes…tacos, spaghetti/pasta, burgers, sandwiches or bbq. So this Sunday, she said ground beef tacos. Since we just had those recently, I stayed with beef but decided on barbacoa street tacos. There is a little joint in Cabo we went to that is open air serving up really simple tacos. Double corn tortillas with simple flavored meats with basic toppings of pico, cilantro or chopped onions. Cheese never makes an appearance.

I kept it really simple to let the meat be the start. Only garnished with cilantro, onions and avocado with a little Monterrey Jack to provide a barrier for my tortilla so it wouldn’t fall apart in case I had too much juice from the meat. Simple and delicious.

Ingredients:
Cut of chuck roast
1 Mexican beer
Beef Stock to almost cover
Fresh grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
Corn Tortillas
1 jalapeno
1 chopped onion
stems of a bunch of cilantro
4 tbs of Kosher Salt
3 tbs of Chili Powder
2 tbs of Garlic Powder
2 tbs of Onion Powder
2 tbs of Ground Cumin

Topped with Avocado, Onion Cilantro
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Directions:
1. In a crock pot add the onions, sliced jalapeno (seeds and all), cilantro stems at the bottom. Rub the meat with the seasoning and place on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer in and enough beef stock to almost top and cover the meat. Cook for 8 hours and until the meat is fall apart tender. IMG_0809

2. Prep: Dice your onions and cilantro. Grate your cheese. Pull your tortillas. And take your shredded meat and put it into a bowl and squeeze out the juice.

3. In a lightly oiled non stick pan on medium heat place your tortillas for about 30 seconds. Flip and add the cheese and cook this side for about 30 or 40 seconds. Remove. Add your meat and condiments. Enjoy.
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Feta Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Mediterranean Roasted Potatoes

Feta Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Mediterranean Roasted Potatoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Feta Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Mediterranean Roasted Potatoes
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I was trying to whip up something with a Greekish flair tonight. I went to this Greek place once and had these crazy lemon potatoes that were basted in lemon. I just loved them probably because I tend like acidic ingredients like vinegar and the like.

Jill doesn’t share my palate when it comes to lemons on chicken or veggies so I lured her in with pesto and goat cheese on my chicken. She is a pesto nut. Give and take is what it’s about right? Push or stretch each others boundaries.

So I took a chicken breast, sliced it and pounded it thin and even. I sauteed some spinach to get it nice and wilted. I let it cool and stirred in Goat cheese, pesto and sundried tomato pesto. I’m an over stuffer by nature so my bird wasn’t nice and flat but certainly had no chance of folding like a book. Instead it came out more like a banana in shape, but healthier I suppose given the extra spinach.

The potatoes were lemony and soft with some crusty edges from the roasting. The chicken stayed nice and juicy and with each bite you got a pop of fresh herbaceous pesto complimented with the tangy goat cheese. Really nice meal.

Ingredients:
Two Organic Free Range Chicken Breasts
2 cups of spinach
Feta Cheese to taste 1-2 tbs
Goat Cheese to taste 1-2 tbs
2 tbs of Pesto
1 tbs of Sundried Tomato Pesto
Olive oil
Kosher Salt and Pepper

Potatoes
Lemons
Paprika
Cayenne
Chicken Broth

Directions
1. Potatoes – cut up enough to the portions to accommodate your eaters. Rinse and juice two lemons or a lemon per portion and cover the potatoes. Then season them and put them into dish and roast on 400 until tender. About 30 minutes. I splashed a little chicken stock or water to keep some moisture in the pan.

2. Chicken – Butterfly each chicken breast. Place under plastic wrap and pound them until even and thin. Set aside. IMG_0673

3. In a pan on the stove on medium low heat with olive oil, wilt your spinach and set aside to cool a bit.
Fold in your goat and feta cheese and pestos. Taste and adjust accordingly. IMG_0674

4. Now take your chicken and fill it with the stuffing and close it up with string or skewers. Given my breasts were more round than flat I went with string. In a medium heated cast iron skillet with some olive oil. Cook your chicken until done. Remove string and serve.
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Roasted Ranch Chicken, Green Beans and Purple Potatoes

Roasted Ranch Chicken, Green Beans and Purple Potatoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Roasted Ranch Chicken, Green Beans and Purple Potatoes
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Sunday is my day for planning the week’s meals. Lately I have been finding myself calling audibles the day of and cooking something different or picking up something instead. Because of this, I have several bags of vegetables that were planned for other dishes but were never used.

So tonight I honor all those forgotten vegetables and put them to use in a one pan roasting extravaganza. I could have gone the Italian dressing route or lemon but settled on Ranch Seasoning. I picked up a little jar of Ranch seasoning on my last Penzey Spice run. I thought I would put it to use on this experiment of a meal. Boring but healthy and tasty because roasting makes everything taste great.

Ingredients:
Fresh Green Beans
2 chicken breasts
Purple potatoes
3 cloves of garlic
3 pats of butter
olive oil
Ranch Seasoning (Penzey’s)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut your potatoes into bite sized pieces and trim your green beans. Load it all up in a baking dish and top with seasoning, garlic and three pats of butter. Roast until cooked and tender which is somewhere in the 40-55 minute range.
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