Guacamole

Prep Time: 2 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 2 minutes | Serves: ?

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 large ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Tabasco to taste

Directions:

  1. Mash avocados until lumpy. Add rest of ingredients. Serve.

Salmon with Chickpeas and Spinach

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 11 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes | Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 TBSP plus 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless salmon fillets, 3-5 oz each, 1 inch thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups baby spinach (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut out 4 pieces of parchment.
  3. Pulse parsley, garlic and oil in a blender until a paste forms.
  4. Rub each fillet with 1/8 tsp salt and red pepper flakes. Rub paste on fillets.
  5. Divide spinach and chickpeas evenly on parchment, lay 1 fillet on each.
  6. Fold up to seal.
  7. Bake on 2 baking sheets, 9 to 10 minutes for medium rare or 11 minutes for medium. Unwrap.

Notes:

Recipe Origin:  No idea.

Tilapia with Bell Peppers and Parsley Couscous

Prep: 10 mins.  |  Cook Time: 10 minutes  |  Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • One 7.6 oz box couscous
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 TBSP chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 Tilapia fillets ( about 1 1/4 lbs), patted dry
  • 2 lemons, cut into wedges
  • 2 bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced.

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups salted water to boil; remove from heat, stir in couscous and cover. Let stand for 5 minutes. Using a fork, stir in 1/2 cup parsley, salt and pepper. Keep warm.

2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 TBSP olive oil over medium high heat. Sprinkle fish wish S&P. Add to pan and cook, turning once until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze a wedge of lemon over each fillet and tent with foil to keep warm.

3. Using same skillet, heat remaining 1 TBSP olive oil. Add bell peppers and onion, season with S&P and cook until soft and golden brown, 6-8 minutes. Spoon veggies over tilapia and sprinkle with remaining 2 TBSP parsley. Serve with couscous and lemon wedges.

Recipe Origin: Torn out of a magazine.

Turkey Chorizo Tacos

Servings: 4 | Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 ounces Spanish chorizo, chopped (I used 1 Chorizo sausage from Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey (I used organic ground turkey)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • sour cream
  • sliced avocado
  • salsa
  • fresh cilantro sprigs
  • lime wedges

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the onion and chorizo until the chorizo is crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the turkey to the skillet, season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and cook, breaking the meat up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Divide the turkey-chorizo mixture among the tortillas and top with sour cream, avocado, salsa, and cilantro; serve with lime wedges.

Notes: This was very good- and both kids and adults liked it!

Recipe Origin:

Ravioli with Pea Puree

Servings: 4 | Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups frozen green peas
  • 1 cup chicken broth (I make my own)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  •  1 or 2 (8-ounce) packages Ravioli, prepared according to package instructions. If you only use 1 package, you may need to add some additional cooked pasta.
  • 4 packed cups baby arugula or baby arugula salad mix
  • 1/2 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat about 2 minutes.
  2. Add peas and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth, cook for 2 minutes more and then carefully transfer to blender.
  4. Add heavy cream, salt and pepper and purée until very smooth.
  5. Toss in a bowl with hot ravioli and pasta (if you are adding pasta to the mix)
  6. Arrange arugula in four wide, shallow bowls. Top with a squeeze of lemon, the sauced ravioli and mint. Serve immediately.

Notes:

Recipe Origin: Whole Foods. I added pasta.

Tomato Soup

Notes: So easy and delicious. I made this for the kids but all the adults go crazy for it too. I reduced the heavy cream down to 3/4 cup from 1 cup.  Delicious with toasted bread on the side.

Servings: 8-10 | Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1 small/ medium onion, diced
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 5 TBSP Whole Wheat flour (I like King Arthur)
  • 5 cups chicken stock (I make my own and freeze it)
  • 1 – 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes with their juice.
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp ground thyme or regular thyme leaves
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat butter in a large soup pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add diced onion and cook for 5-6 minutes or until it begins to get soft.
  3. Add the bacon and the garlic and stir for another minute or two.
  4. Add the flour and stir quickly for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Pour in broth (I put mine in frozen, in small chunks) and tomatoes, and bring to a boil while whisking.
  6. Throw in bay leaves, parsley and thyme and simmer on low for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove herbs and puree soup with an immersion blender.
  8. Stir in heavy cream and salt and pepper.

Pork Loin with Sweet Potato and Spinach

Serves: 4-6 | Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork loin or pork tenderloin (1 1/4 lbs)
  • 1 TBSP plus 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and grated in food processor
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 1 small package baby spinach, chopped
  • hot sauce or Heinz 57 sauce, optional

Directions:

  1. Heat broiler on high. Place pork on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Rub with 1 tsp of the olive oil, chili powder and 1/4 tsp salt and pepper.
  2. Broil, turning occasionally and basting with maple syrup twice, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  3. In a food processor with the grating disk, grate sweet potatoes.
  4. Heat 1 TBSP oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, until beginning to brown, about 2 -3 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and cook, tossing occasionally until tender, 7-9 minutes more.
  5. Add spinach and cook, tossing until wilted, about 1-2 minutes more.
  6. Serve pork and sweet potatoes with Heinz 57 sauce.

Notes: This was crazy good and a surprising hit with the whole family. Made great leftovers.

Recipe Origin:  Real Simple– I added some time to the potatoes because mine weren’t crispy with their timing.