Gluten Free Salmon Cakes with Spiralized Cucumber and Roasted Red Pepper Aioli Sauce

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Coming home from the amazing Mii Amo Spa, I am still craving all of those wonderful spa flavors. We have a great new online Farmers Market that is just getting going in our area and they offer Wild Salmon that is amazing. If you are from this area, be sure to check them out here:http://www.localharvestmarket.co. I am all for cooking once, eating twice so I wanted to make something with my leftover salmon. These were DELISH and even had my picky husbands approval.

These are the ingredients I used for Salmon cakes. I have used fresh raw Salmon before and also canned salmon so improvise with what you have. I change out many of the ingredients and customize it to what I have. Get creative!

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Chop everything and add to a bowl.

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gently folding in the salmon last

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Fry in a non stick pan if you can (I rarely use non stick anymore but I have some for things like this) because the are very fragile.

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Serve on a lettuce leaf and top with spiralized cucumbers and red pepper garlic aioli sauce.

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WILD SALMON CAKES WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER AOILI AND SPIRALIZED CUCUMBER

  • 12 ounces of chopped/flaked salmon, cooked, fresh, or canned (adjust cooking accordingly)
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced green onion                                                                                                        
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced  red peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 organic free range egg
  • 1/4 cup very gluten free panko crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • Himilayan Pink salt and pepper

Mix together all the ingredients except the salmon,  gently fold in the salmon and shape into cakes (2, 3, or 4 depending on preference for size) Cook in non stick skillet over medium heat for a couple minutes until browned on one side. Lower heat to medium low, turn the cakes, and cover for another 5 minutes or so until cooked through. Serve on top of butter lettuce leaf, top with spiralized or sliced cucumber, and fresh roasted red pepper aioli sauce. 

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli Sauce  

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  • 1/4 cup healthy mayo (I used earth balance mindful Mayo)
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 clove garlic
  • zest of a lemon

Blend the mayo, red peppers, and garlic in food processor. Add in lemon zest and serve. 

I am a fan of cook once, eat multiple times. This salmon cakes came from our dinner Sunday night. I broiled Salmon for dinner and saved half for this recipe.

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Place fillets, zest of one lemon, 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1 TBSP fresh chopped rosemary in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

Remove fillets from marinade, discarding marinade. Place fillets, skin side down, on a rack in broiler pan.

Broil fish 5 1/2 inches from heat 10 to 12 minutes or until fillets flake easily with a fork.

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I hope you enjoy!

Mini Turkey Zucchini Fritters

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I saw something similar to this using chicken on pinterest floating around awhile ago so I thought I would give it ago with the turkey breast I had on hand. The zucchini help make it moist and you do not even miss the fat from the meat. You could flavor these any way you want from italian to even adding cayenne or jalapeños for more of a kick. I may try baking them next time for more even cooking and not having to stand at stove for three batches. So fun to play in the kitchen and get to eat my work!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast (you could try ground meat of choice)
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (one good size zucchini yields about two cups)
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp himilayan pink salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

***Gently mix chicken with zucchini, scallions, cilantro, garlic, salt, and pepper, cumin and garlic powder. Heat coconut oil or Olive oil in skillet or medium heat. Using a small scoop, scoop meatballs into pan and cook about five minutes on one side, flip and cook another 5 minutes until browned and cooked through. Serve with guacamole and salsa. Great for healthy appetizer or serve with a salad for a meal. Clean Eating, Gluten Free, LEAN Cleanse Friendly, Dairy Free, High Protein, Paleo, and so on and just plain delicious! You can make this recipe as burgers or as a meatloaf as well.

Prep Ingredients

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Mix Gently in bowl (I use plastic food service gloves and dig right in)

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Use a scoop for even sized meatballs

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Fry in coconut oil (or Olive Oil) over medium heat for about 5 minutes each side until browned and cooked through ( I will try them in oven next time)

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Serve as an appetizer with Guacamole and Salsa

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or as a main dish with a beautiful side salad

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Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Everytime I make soup, I make it different. Customize it to suit your tastes or what you have on hand. We have been gone for a week so I was able to make this with what I had on hand. If you keep good foods in your house, you will always be able to make something good! Watch this video for some of Drea’s Staples .

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, minced (use less if you prefer)
  • 8 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with jalapeños
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can corn or frozen
  • 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • I (14.5-ounce) can or box black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Juice of one lime (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Himilayan Pink Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves (more for garnish)
  • Ezekial, Brown rice, or corn tortillas cut into strips
  • avocado for topping
  • chopped jalapeños for topping

In a large saucepan or dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and cook for about 3 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes,  and seasonings into the pot and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, lower heat to simmer and add your shredded chicken, beans and corn. Simmer 20 minutes or longer.  Add fresh squeezed lime juice and fresh cilantro to the pot. Taste and add more seasonings and lime juice if needed. Add a serving of tortillas strips into bowl (this is optional and is great without as well). Ladle soup over tortillas strips. The strips will absorb the broth.  Serve with fresh lime wedges, chopped jalapeños, diced avocado and more cilantro.

*If you eat dairy, top the tortillas with shredded cheese, then ladle your soup over that.

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If your family is like mine, some like beans and some do not, cook them on the side. Add on top of the tortilla strips.

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Garnish with chopped jalapeños, diced avocado, fresh cilantro, and a lime wedge

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Mushroom Lentil Stuffing (GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE)

 

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

6 stalks celery, finely chopped

2 carrots, diced

1 cup mushrooms, chopped

1 tsp. sage (more if using fresh)

1 tsp. thyme (more if using fresh)

2 large acorn squash

 2 cups cooked lentils (this can be made without the lentils but then I double mushrooms)

1/4-1/2 cup apple sweetened (or low sugar) dried cranberries

Salt and pepper to taste

If using the squash, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut acorn squash in half.  Fill a roasting pan with 1 inch of water, and place squash flesh-side down.  Roast 45 minutes to an hour, or until very soft.  Scrape out seeds and discard. To make the stuffing, Sauté onion, celery, carrots, mushrooms, sage, and thyme.  Add the cooked lentils and heat through.  Remove from heat.  Stir in salt and pepper, dried cranberries, mixing to combine.  Divide the stuffing evenly among the acorn squash halves or serve family style in a bowl.

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A great healthy Thanksgiving side that will please everyone at your table. This is so flavorful and delicious, you never will miss the bread! Great stuffed in the acorn squash, served family style in a bowl, or top a sweet potato with it. 

Souper Squash Soup

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Souper Squash Soup

Ingredients
8 – 12 servings

1 large butternut squash
1 small sweet potato
1 small onion
½ head of cauliflower, chopped
8 cups of vegetable stock
1 Tbsp Olive oil
Sea salt – a pinch/ or to taste
Cinnamon – a pinch/ or to taste
Maple syrup – a “swirl” / or to taste

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
2. Peel butternut squash and sweet potato. Cut into 2” slices. (Deseed squash)
3. Place in baking dish with olive oil, salt, and cinnamon.
4. Roast in oven for about 20-25 minutes, turn slices over and continue cooking for about 20 more minutes until soft. (Also a great dish as is)
OR EASY VERSION: Pierce whole sweet potato and butternut squash with fork, so the steam will escape, and bake about 45 minutes or until tender. Scoop out contents, deseed squash and set aside.
5. Sauté onions, cauliflower and sea salt in oil on medium heat until soft.
6. Add chicken or vegetable stock. Bring to a boil.
7. Add cooked butternut squash and sweet potato.
8. Cook at medium heat for 10 minutes, lower heat and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
9. Puree soup with immersion (hand held stick) blender.
10. Add sea salt, and cinnamon to taste
11. Swirl maple syrup into puree
12. Mix again briefly with immersion blender or Vitamix
13. Serve and Enjoy!
14. For fancy serving, top with a swirl of maple syrup and sprinkle of cinnamon into each bowl

 

Slow Cooker Clean Shredded Pork served 2 ways

Slow Cooker Clean Shredded Pork

  • 4-5 pounds boneless pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoon himilayan pink salt
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 4 ounce can mild diced green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey

Place pork in crock. Mix the remaining ingredients and add to top of pork. Set the heat to low and cook for 8-10 hours, until hot and cooked through. Shred the meat with two forks.

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**Serve on top of this healthy slaw or bun of choice with sauce.

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PORK CARNITA EL’FRESCO 

Ingredients for Carnitas el Fresco:

  • brown rice, sprouted, or ezekial tortillas or use a lettuce leaf
  • Lime wedges
  • tomato wedges
  • sliced red onion
  • avocado slices
  • sea salt or HImilayan pink salt
  • cilantro

Fill tortilla or lettuce leaf with pork, squeeze lime wedge, sprinkle with sea salt, top with sliced red onion, tomato wedges, cilantro, and sliced avocados. COOK ONCE, EAT TWICE!

The toppings:

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IN LETTUCE WRAPS

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OR TRY IT ON TORTILLA OF YOU CHOICE. I suggest Ezekial Sprouted Grain tortilla or Brown Rice tortilla.

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I just love the flavor of these. Fresh and delicious! Enjoy!

 

Hearty Chicken and White Bean Chili for a Crowd

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HEARTY CHICKEN AND WHITE BEAN CHILI

  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 64 ounces organic chicken broth (reduced sodium)
  • 1 jar salsa verde
  • 1 can (16 ounces), fire roasted tomatoes, with juice
  • 2 can mild diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed, off the bone, and shredded
  • 3 cans organic white beans, rinsed and drained (I like the simply balanced organic boxed ones from Target)
  • 1 bag organic frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Sea salt or Himilayan Pink Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • *optional (crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne, or hot sauce)

DIRECTIONS
Heat the oil in a large soup kettle. Sauté the onion and garlic until tender over medium heat.. Add the broth, salsa verde, tomatoes and juice, chiles, and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, beans, and corn. Simmer for 15 minutes or longer. Season with salt, pepper and optional spices.

*This makes a really big batch so feel free to cut in half. I like to make extra to eat during the week and to have a few servings to freeze.

Top with toppings of your choice:

  • crushed tortillas
  • greek yogurt (squeeze lime and fresh cilantro in for a tasty greek yogurt topping)
  • shredded cheese
  • avocados
  • tomatoes
  • scallions
  • red onion
  • cilantro
  • olives
  • fresh lime wedges
  • jalapeños, seeded and chopped

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So filling, healthy, and DELISH!

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Citrus Dill Dressing

“If you keep good foods at home, you will eat good foods”

I had a bunch of produce that I wanted to use up from the farmers market so I threw together this salad with what I had.  Just get creative with the ingredients you have and make something fabulous! 

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Today I chopped up 4 baby cucumbers, 2 tomatoes, 3 little peppers, kalamata olives, and spiralized zucchini to make a “unpasta” salad. Tossed it with this dressing. You could add any veggies you have. I think red onion, feta, and avocado would have been great additions as well. You could use brown rice or black bean pasta to replace the spiraled zucchini too. This dressing is great on any pasta salad, fish, green salad, and especially cucumbers.   Pick a few ingredients to always have on hand so you can create and find the flavors you like together. Make eating real food easy for you.

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Chopped Broccoli, Kale, and Carrot Salad

I feel like I hit the jackpot at our local farmers market the other day. So much fun, I am like a kid in a candy store.  But buying all of this fresh produce means getting back in the kitchen and creating.

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I decided to make a salad spin off of my massaged kale salad.  It is one of my favorites so I replaced the green apple with broccoli and carrots. The results were crunchy, sweet, salty, and delish!

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Chopped Broccoli, Kale, And Carrot Salad

  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 3 fresh carrots, chopped or shredded
  • 1 bunch kale, stripped off stem, torn, and massaged with himalayan pink salt
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1-2 tsp raw organic honey
  • 1 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup fruit sweetened organic dried cranberries

Remove broccoli from stem and pulse in vitamix or food processor. Pulse carrots in Vitamix, food processor, or box shredder.  Strip kale off of stem and tear into small pieces. Massage with the pink salt for about a minute to break it down. Mix the oil, vinegar,and honey. Toss the broccoli, kale, and carrots with the dressing. Top with organic dried cranberries and raw pumpkin seeds.

(when I cook, I just use what I have so rarely measure. Use the amounts of broccoli, carrots, and kale that you want or have and adjust dressing accordingly. I used my vitamix to pulse the broccoli and carrots. I put on Variable 4 and pulsed a couple times.)

IMG_7295Then for dessert, I whipped chilled coconut cream in the vitamix with vanilla, cinnamon, and honey. I topped the fresh raspberries with the delicious whipped coconut cream. Yum!!

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4 Tasty Watermelon Recipes

This Month’s Superfood: Watermelon!

Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits because it hydrates, packs some powerful nutrients AND detoxifies our bodies! What makes watermelon a Superfood?

• It’s rich in vitamins A and C

• Provides an excellent source of beta-carotene and lycopene. Lycopene is what gives watermelon its deep red coloring; but the nutrient is also well-known as a cancer-fighting agent. It helps keep cell membranes strong, which in turn helps keep toxins from entering cells.

• Safeguards our eyes/vision. Watermelon contains lutein and zeaxanthin, potent antioxidants that are found naturally in our eyes. Researchers believe that the combination of these two antioxidants protects against several types of ultraviolet rays and many age-related eye diseases, including cataracts.

• Protects against a variety of cancers, including breast, prostate, colon, and lung, among others.

• Reduces inflammation and water retention; is a natural anti-depressant; boosts the immune system, and aids in weight loss.

• But wait, there’s more! You can even use the rind and the black seeds in your juicing! The rind is an excellent source of chlorophyll and the seeds are known to help relax the body, lower blood pressure and provide immune-boosting zinc and iron! (Make sure you rinse the rind very well before using.) This is truly a holistic, healing fruit!

That’s just about everything you ever wanted to know about watermelons … except: how do you determine from the outside how to pick out a watermelon that’s sweet and ripe on the inside? It’s easy if you know what to look for!

• First, choose a watermelon that feels heavy for its size. The water content of the melon increases as it ripens, and water adds weight.

• Next, examine the rind carefully, both top and bottom. The rind should be smooth and the top should be sort of dull compared to the rest of the rind. The bottom, which is where the watermelon rested on the ground as it was growing, should be a creamy yellow. If it is white or green, it’s probably not ripe yet.

• You can thump the watermelon if you like, but not everyone agrees that this helps determine ripeness. Those who do thump say to listen for a deep, hollow, bass sound rather than a shallow, higher sound.

Watermelon & Feta Salad with Serrano Chile Vinaigrette

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From Athens, Georgia chef, Hugh Acheson

Serves 6

Ingredients
½ to 1 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp champagne vinegar
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 small shallot, minced
1 Serrano chili pepper, stemmed and sliced or chopped
Salt to taste
1 small seedless watermelon
1/3 lb block of feta cheese, sliced into 1/8″ slices (about 12 slices) *optional
1 bunch arugula, washed and drained

Directions
In a jar or salad bottle with a tight-fitting lid, combine olive oil, lime juice, champagne vinegar, thyme, shallot, and Serrano pepper. Shake well. Season dressing with salt to taste; chill in refrigerator. Meanwhile, slice watermelon into 3″ squares, about ¼-inch thick. On small salad plates, begin to assemble each serving of the salad. To assemble, place one slice of watermelon on the plate; next, layer one slice of feta on top of the first watermelon slice. Repeat, layering another watermelon slice and then one more feta slice. End with a final watermelon slice on top. Place about one handful of arugula on the plate, encircling the stacked watermelon/feta. Drizzle the stack and the arugula with the vinaigrette and garnish with a few slices of Serrano pepper. Chill for 15 minutes or serve immediately.

*For those of you who don’t eat dairy, the salad is also delicious without the feta.

Watermelon Gazpacho
From Eating Well Magazine Serves 6

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Ingredients

8 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 6 pounds)
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 Tbsp red-wine vinegar
2 Tbsp minced shallot
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp sea salt or to taste

Directions
Mix watermelon, cucumber, bell pepper, basil, parsley, vinegar, shallot, oil and salt in a large bowl. Puree 3 cups of the mixture in a blender or food processor to the desired smoothness; transfer to another large bowl. Puree another 3 cups and add to the bowl. Stir in the remaining diced mixture. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Watermelon-Kiwi Popsicles
From Island Jane Magazine andNourishingMeals.com
Try these healthy popsicles and feel like a kid again!

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Ingredients

3 cups watermelon puree (about 1/4 to 1/2 a watermelon)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
1 handful of fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Directions
Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside. Set out a dozen popsicle molds and make sure they are sturdy (you may need additional or fewer molds, depending on their size). Fill each mold with the chopped fresh fruit. Add a slice of kiwi and a few blueberries to each mold. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each filled mold. Place the molds in your freezer (again ensuring that they are sturdy) and freeze for 6 to 8 hours. To release popsicle, run the mold under warm water for a few seconds and pull each one out.

Watermelon Refresher

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Ingredients

1 cup watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 peeled and sliced cucumber
5 mint leaves
½ cup ice

Directions
Mix all ingredients in a high-powered blender (such as a Vitamix ). Blend on low 30 seconds, then on high until smooth, about 30 seconds more. Pour into individual glasses and garnish each glass with a mint leaf. Serve cold.

 

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