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Greenzilla Smoothie

Greenzilla Smoothie
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A couple of weeks ago I was in Canada for business and went to dinner with some guys. One of the guys was a health fanatic and we started talking about his routine and his food. He is a big runner and also a low calorie guy. Have you heard of these guys who try to keep it to 1200 calories a day. He isn’t that strict but will go low calorie a few days a week. We talked about dinner and he said he has a green smoothie several times a week. He said he craves them so I have been making and drinking them for breakfast for about a week. They are pretty delicious.

Here is how I make it….

1 avocado
1 green apple
1/2 cucumber
1 tbs of ginger
1/4 frozen pineapple
Two handfuls of spinach and kale mix
1 lime juiced
1/2 cup of Organic natural apple juice
a few cubes of ice

I take most of the skin off the apple and cucumber and rough chop them. I add everything in my Vitamix and start it slow and hit it hard for about 1-2 mins to break everything down as smooth as possible.

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Asian Chicken Noodle Kale Salad

Asian Chicken Noodle Kale

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Asian Chicken Noodle Kale Salad
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We were watching Ree, the Pioneer Woman, the other day and her show was about using foods that represented the colors of summer. We hear all the time that foods that are colorful have more health benefits. Of course Kale makes an appearance because it is “such the thing to eat these days”. Truth be told I love collard and mustard greens more than Kale. I find it tough and too chewy so I cut it finely and use it as a supporting character vs the lead of my dishes. Maybe it’s a bit mental too, because the Kale zealots can really be annoying and I tend to have allergies towards people who take a food too far.

I took Ree’s idea and recipe and used it as my foundation. I marinated two chicken breasts overnight in soy and rice wine vinegar. The next day I hammered the to a consistent thickness and grilled them outside until done. I let them rest and sliced thinly and included them on the side of my salad.

Red Cabbage, carrots and Kale have a lot of structure but I found that the “dressing” mellows the stark rawness The flavors were terrific with blends of soy, Sriracha, garlic, ginger, rice wine vinegar, hoisin sauce and hints of fish sauce and sesame oil. Really a nice healthy salad that can easily be converted to Paleo, Clean, Whole30 etc..

Ingredients:
2 free range chicken breasts
3 tbs of GF Soy
3 tbs of Rice Wine Vinegar

Salad
Pre-packaged Kale salad
1 small head of shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup of pre-shredded carrots
1 red pepper sliced thinly
Angel Hair Pasta for two (cooked and cooled)
handful of peanuts rough chopped
4 green onions (minced)
Handful of Cilantro (rough chopped)

Dressing
1/4 cup of Hoisin Sauce
1/3 cup of GF Soy Sauce
1/4 cup of Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tbs of Sriracha Sauce
1 tsp of Fish Sauce
2 tsp of Sesame Oil
1 tsp of Chili oil
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of Olive Oil
2 tbs of Brown Sugar
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 tbs of ginger minced

Directions
1. Marinate your chicken at least 3 hours and up to overnight in soy and rice wine vinegar.

2. Get your grill fired up to about 350-400 degrees. Put your chicken on the grill and while it is cooking get to chopping your veggies and dressing. IMG_0369

3. Make your dressing by mincing your garlic and ginger and then add the rest. Whisk it violently until it is well combined. Put it in the fridge and chop your veggies.

4. Boil your angel hair pasta (or any noodle you prefer) to package directions. When done, strain them and run cool water over them to cool them off.

5. So now you have your chicken chopped, your veggies chopped and in a large bowl, your dressing ready, your noodles ready and your rough chopped peanuts. Pour half the dressing into the veggies and toss them until well coated. Slowly stir in your cooked noodles. Taste it and dress accordingly (you can always add more dressing but you can’t undress and overdressed salad) I put a little dressing on my grilled chopped chicken and served it on the side of my salad so that I could control my protein/veggie bites.
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Thai Pesto Shrimp with Rice Noodles

Thai Pesto Shrimp and Rice Noodles

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Thai Pesto Shrimp and Rice Noodles
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As I have mentioned before I read food magazines, cook books, blogs for inspiration and ideas. I gotta say Rachael Ray continues to surprise me with her recipes and ideas. They are often super easy but deliver on flavor as if they are twice as complicated. She can be campy and I don’t really watch her shows but I do subscribe to her magazine.

First off, I am not a huge shrimp fan but I saw this dish in her magazine that caught my eye. It wasn’t the picture or the title but one of ingredients. Peanut butter. I make this peanut thai chicken or turkey dish that I just love and it uses peanut butter paired with vinegars, soy and Sriracha. Jill likes noodle dishes and given it’s rice noodles and GF, I knew she would dig it too.

This dish was pretty darn good. It just works so perfectly together. Sweet from the peanut butter, fresh from the basil and cilantro, spice from Sriracha and then the texture of those noodles and shrimp. Comfort in a bowl. For those cooking for kiddos or boring palate friends/family/mates this could be a good one to use. You could sub chicken for shrimp but try not too unless you just hate shrimp. If you mildly like it, stay with it.

One note, I bought a bag of chopped kale and brussels sprouts to add but forgot it. I think it would be a great addition for more crunch. RR used iceberg lettuce in hers.

Ingredients
1 lbs of fresh shrimp (shelled, cleaned and split into half)
8 oz of Rice Noodles (find them in the asian section of your market)
Finely chopped kale, iceberg for some crunch

Pesto

1/2 cup of cilantro tops
1/2 cup of Thai basil (regular can be used too)
4 Thai chilies (seeded and spined)
3 cloves of garlic
1 inch of minced ginger
1/4 cup of Peanut Butter softened in microwave
1/4 of canola oil
2 tbs of fish sauce (extra splashes for the shrimp)
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbs of Sriracha (more if you want. I topped my bowl with the extra)
1 glug of soy
1 tbs of brown sugar

Reserve some noodle water in case you need to thin it out.

Directions:
1. Three basic steps..noodles, pesto and shrimp. Clean and peel your shrimp. Cut into two pieces vertically. Wash them and then add them to a medium heated skillet with a few splashes of fish sauce. They will turn pink and will curl up. They look ugly I know. Set aside to cool. IMG_9874

2. Cook your noodles according to the package and then wash them in cold water. Don’t forget to reserve some pasta water in case you need to thin out your sauce.

3. For the pesto add the herbs and fresh ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the peanut butter and then while the food processor is on slowly add your wet ingredients until smooth.

4. To assemble put it all in a low heated pot and stir until coated well. Right before serving if you want to add your lettuce or kale stir it in and serve immediately. It will wilt but you want it fresh as possible.
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Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Tahini Sauteed Kale

Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Tahini Sauteed Kale

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Tahini Sauteed Kale
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When I am in town and Jill has a late night I use it for Salmon and Indian food given we have a passion mismatch. So I also took the opportunity to play around with Kale. I love greens like collards, cabbage and mustard. Kale just hasn’t caught up with the stinky three just yet. The texture for me is a bit rubbery so I prefer sauteing to tenderize it a bit.

I poked around and found a recipe from a blog called myfitnesspal.com. I took that as my base because I really liked the idea of using Tahini with vinegar. Tahini is ground up sesames that make a paste. Most notably used in your favorite hummus. I love the tang it gives while also infusing a nuttiness to it. For me Salmon doesn’t need much help so a little balsamic vinegar reduction sounded like a sweet counterbalance to the vinegary sauteed kale.
Super easy, super healthy and pretty darn delicious.

Ingredients:
Salmon
Fresh caught Salmon Filets
1 tbs of grapeseed oil or coconut oil
4 tbs of Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbs of Local Honey
1/2 tbs of Red Pepper Flakes

Kale
1 bunch of Kale (stems removed)
3 tbs of Tahini
2 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbs of GF Soy Sauce
1/4 cup of Chicken Stock
5 cloves of garlic
1 yellow onion (diced)
1 tbs of olive oil
Dash of cayenne pepper
Toasted Sesame Seeds to top
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Directions:
1. Start your Kale first by dicing your onion and by slicing your garlic (not minced). In medium heated pot add some oil and sweat those onions really well. Caramelize if you want. I was impatient but cooked them 10min until really soft. I then added the garlic slices and cooked them for another minute or two.

2. Whisk together the rest of the wet ingredients and pour them into the pot with the garlic and onion mixture. Let it reduce by half and then add your Kale pieces and let them wilt until tender to your tastes. I skipped the last step so my sauce was pretty thin. Flavor is amazing either way. IMG_9092

3. While your sauce is reducing. Salt and pepper your salmon filets. In medium-low pan with a 1 tbs of grapeseed oil carefully lay your filets (skin side down) in the pan. Move them around a bit to make sure they don’t stick. I like my salmon on the rare side because it is so buttery and silky. Here is the deal with Salmon, the beauty is in the fat because it imparts the flavor. If you cook salmon at high heat that fat leeches out into this sad white ooze. That said, the skin side has a lot of fat so this will happen at the base where the skin meets the pan. The point is to either go high heat and hit em quick to sear both sides or to go low and slow.

I flipped once I got a decent crust on the bottom and then but a slight sear on the top. I then poured in the balsamic honey mixture and let it thicken up. Basting the filet along the way. I did that for about 3 or 4 minutes.
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Chicken Avocado Kale Salad with Spicy Lemon Vinaigrette

Chicken Avocado Kale Salad with Spicy Lemon Vinaigrette
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Salads are always a decent lunch option. Given my detox I have been making chicken for dinner and throwing in a few extra breasts for lunch and protein snacks. I can’t have dairy, nuts, sugars so trying to inject flavor so lemons are a decent option.

Spicy Lemon Vinaigrette
2 Lemons juiced
4 tbs of Olive Oil
Organic Spicy Mustard
Paprika
Garlic Salt
Turmeric

Salad
Kale Mix, green onion, roasted herb chicken, cherry tomatoes, 1/2 avocado…..dressed and mixed.

Mean Greens: Collards & Kale

Collards & Kale

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Love my greens earnestly vs Kale "preaching."
Love my greens earnestly vs Kale “preaching.”

Ingredients:
1 Bushel of Collard Greens (spine removed)
1 Bushel of Purple Kale (spine removed)
1 Bushel of Green Kale (spine removed)
4 Strips of Peppered Bacon
3 Carrots
1 Onion (White, yellow or Red)
3 garlic cloves
2 tbs White Vinegar
3 cups of Chicken Stock (use enough to keep it moist – add when needed)
4 shots of Tabasco or a few pinches of cayenne pepper

Directions:
1. Remove the spines from the greens and curl them up like a cigar. Cut thinly into ribbons.
2. Heat a large pot on medium heat.
3. Slice and dice onion, carrot, garlic and bacon and add to hot pan (until softened)
4. Add greens (spine removed, rolled and sliced into ribbons) Don’t worry it will look like you have too much but it will wilt down a lot.
5. Add two cups of chicken stock and cover pot for 30-40mins.
6. After 30/40 mins I then add my vinegar and heat(Tabasco)
Mine cook about an hour but I keep my eye on the moisture level and add chicken stock as needed. Beer might be a good option after the first two cups of chicken stock. Also adding in ChowChow or a relish is nice at the end.
Salt & Pepper & Spice accordingly

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