Salmon Niçoise Salad (THM Deep S)

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Here is a quick and easy rollover dinner or lunch for that fabulous leftover roasted salmon from my Salmon en Papillote.

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Niçoise salad is usually characterized by tuna, green beans, potatoes, olives, and boiled eggs.

I swapped tuna for my gorgeous leftover salmon. In order to keep this light, and THM approved, I removed the potatoes entirely. However, if you would like some light carb action, you can top it with up to 1/4 cup white beans. I would choose a great northern variety or cannelini, but it’s up to you. I also swapped the olives for capers, which I think go better with salmon (it almost reminds me of lox and bagels!).

Since you’re using leftovers for this salad, the only thing you need to cook is a couple of boiled eggs. And I have an awesome tip for you on how to get perfectly yellow boiled eggs every time!

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I was watching “Brunch at Bobby’s” on Food Network the other day, and he was making boiled eggs using a tip I had never heard before.

Lay the eggs into a pot of cold water, and set it over high heat uncovered on the stovetop. When the water is almost boiling (not rumbling, but almost there), turn the heat completely OFF, put a lid on, and leave the pot on the hot eye for 14 minutes.

After 14 minutes, drain the hot water and turn it into an ice bath by adding a few handfuls of ice cubes and running cold water over the top. Let them sit for about 8-10 minutes, then peel away! You’ll have perfectly yellow yolks in your boiled eggs every time.

After the eggs are cooked, simply combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and dress with your favorite vinaigrette. I used a simple vinaigrette of 1/2 lemon, juiced, about 1 1/2 Tbsp EVOO, salt and pepper. Easy, fast, and fresh!

Balsamic vinaigrette would also be a good alternative to use here.

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That is one beautiful, fresh, and flavorful lunch or dinner! This meal would pack well for on-the-go, or as a make-ahead. It’s the perfect protein-packed lunch or dinner.

Salmon Niçoise Salad (THM Deep S)

  • Servings: Single
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 leftover salmon filet from Salmon en Papillote
  • Mixed salad greens
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • cucumbers, diced
  • frozen green beans, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp capers or chopped pitted olives
  • 1 small radish, thinly sliced
  • 1 boiled egg, sliced
  • 1/4 c white beans, any variety, optional
  • For the Dressing:
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2-3 Tbsp EVOO
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the salad in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss to combine. Serve immediately or store the dressing for later.

Low Carb Salmon en Papillote (THM S)

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This is one of those meals that sounds (and looks) super fancy, but takes minimal effort (win!).

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“En Papillote” is a French dish that simply means “in parchment.” Wrapping each portion of fish in parchment paper is so smart because 1) each packet makes its own little lemon butter sauce which coats the fish and veggies and 2) the only clean up is throwing away paper (easy, right?!).

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Let’s start by talking about the fish. You do not want to go cheap on the salmon here – you want fresh, vibrant flavors and it’s hard to get that from frozen filets. I always get this large plank of fresh salmon from Costco. They take great care in butchering the fish by removing all the pin bones (I’ve never gotten one bone from Costco fish) AND the skin. I’m not partial to fish skin, so I appreciate that they take care of that part for me. At the end of the day, where you get your salmon is entirely up to you, just make sure it’s good because you’ll need about 2lbs of it. (I’m going to show you a fantastic lunch or dinner rollover meal later!).

Slice the lemons, squash, and mushrooms, then filet the plank of salmon into individual portions (I got 7 portions from mine). To filet the fish, use a sharp, long knife to make deep, long cuts. That way your filets won’t look like you’ve been sawing away at the fish.

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Cut 1 10-12in piece of parchment paper for each portion of fish, and pile them all up to make your assembly easy.

I made a shortcut by using frozen green beans for the bottom. I didn’t thaw them out or cook them before putting them into the parchment packets, and they were perfectly cooked after roasting.

Assemble the packets by taking a piece of parchment paper, piling a portion of green beans on the bottom. Stack on the sliced squash and place the mushrooms around the sides. Season the veggies with salt and pepper. Carefully lay the fish filet on top, season it with salt and pepper, tear off a few pieces of fresh dill, lay the sliced lemons over the fish, then top with a pat of soft butter.

Next, you’ll get to wrapping the fish, nice and snug. Take the longest ends of the paper up together, make about 1-inch fold and keep folding and creasing down to the surface of the fish. Grab one of the small ends, pinch and crease it then tuck it under the fish – same goes for the other end.

That’s it! keep wrapping and rolling until all of your portions are wrapped. This can be done up to 1 day ahead of cooking. You don’t want the fish sitting too long with the lemon, because it will start to cure.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven to 375, and place the packets onto a large baking sheet. They won’t leak (so long as there aren’t any holes in your packets), so you shouldn’t need extra foil or anything. Pop them into the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes.

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The best part is that this is a complete meal in a packet. You can transfer the packets straight from the baking sheet to a plate, then tear open the tops to reveal your beautifully roasted salmon and vegetables.

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Just look how gorgeous that is! I topped it with a touch of fresh chopped parsley and called it a day. The lemons roast down and become a little sweet, so squeeze those babies over the top of your fish. The butter and lemon drip down to the veggies, making them perfectly seasoned and buttery. The salmon is flaky, soft, and just a little crispy on the outside.

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My kids enjoyed this meal as is (they LOVE salmon), and I had a side green salad with mine. It was a beautifully light S meal!

Salmon en Papillote (THM S)

  • Servings: 6-7
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • roughly 2lbs fresh salmon, cut into individual portions
  • 1lb frozen whole green beans
  • 1 medium yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4 lemons, thinly sliced (3 pieces of lemon per fish filet)
  • 6-7 tsp soft unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley for garnish, optional
  • parchment paper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Prepare the parchment packets by tearing one 10-12inch piece of parchment per fish filet. Stack them up and begin assembling.
  3. Green beans on the bottom, followed by sliced squash and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Gently lay one fish filet over the top, and season with salt and pepper. Tear off a few fronds of fresh dill, and lay them over the fish. Fan the lemons over the top, then top with a pat of butter.
  4. Wrap the fish into snug packets, and lay onto a large baking sheet.
  5. Roast the packets at 375 for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Place the packet directly onto a plate, cut or (gently) tear open near the top, and garnish with fresh parsley.

One Pot New Orleans-Style Gumbo (THM S/E)

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I’m a spicy gal and although I wasn’t born in Louisiana, creole cuisine of New Orleans speaks to me on a spiritual level.

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Gumbo is one of my favorite, warming meals because it’s spicy, hearty, and still packs a veggie punch. Also, this is one of those meals that you can cook (a bunch of) one night, and when you’re eating its leftovers a few nights later the flavor is even deeper – it only gets better with time! However, my favorite part of this meal is definitely that it only takes one (big) pot. Because I still hate doing dishes ^_^.

Start by heating a large Dutch oven over medium low heat, and add the sliced smoked sausage. I used andouille, which is a creole spicy sausage. If you’re not into the spice, any smoked sausage will do. Since it’s already cooked, you just want to sauté it enough to get some color and crispness on the outside.

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Take the sausage out, add some coconut oil if needed, and begin sautéing the cubed chicken. It doesn’t have to cook all the way through since it will simmer in the gumbo later. Just make sure it has some good color on it, and season with salt and pepper or a touch of Cajun seasoning.

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Take the chicken out, then start on the shrimp. I bought easy-peel shrimp from my fish counter at Sprouts, which are already deveined. You can keep the tails, or whole shell, on if you wish. I find it easier to remove the whole shell, tail included, prior to cooking. Add more coconut oil to the pan, if needed before adding the shrimp. Again, season with salt and pepper and sauté away. Cook them about 1 minute on each side, just to get good color. They won’t be fully cooked yet, but once you add them back to the gumbo they’ll finish cooking without becoming overcooked.

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Remove the shrimp. Next comes the vegetables! Don’t worry about the brown bits on the bottom of your Dutch oven – that’s flavor, and the stock we add later will pick it all up.

Chop some mirepoix – celery (leafy green parts included!), onion, green bell pepper, and garlic.

Add a touch more coconut oil, turn the heat down just a touch and add the vegetables. Sauté until onions just start to caramelize, about 5-7 minutes.

And, I’ll go ahead and tell you, I’m a bad Southerner – I greatly dislike okra. Unless it’s pureed, in a cookie, or otherwise hidden beyond recognition I cannot stomach it. HOWEVER. You are welcome to add okra to this lovely gumbo if it is your thing. If you do add it, go ahead and do so at this step.

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De-glaze the pan with one 15-oz can of fire roasted tomatoes. I like the smoky flavor of fire roasted tomatoes, but you’re welcome to use any kind you prefer. Mine also were seasoned with garlic and onion. Add in the chicken (or vegetable/seafood) stock, a bay leaf, sausage, chicken, Worcestershire sauce, and a few dashes of hot sauce. Place the lid on your pot and let it simmer for about 10-12 minutes.

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Once it’s finished simmering, turn off the heat, add the shrimp back to the pot, cover again and let stand for about 5-7 minutes. This will allow the shrimp to continue cooking through slowly.

Serve the gumbo as is or over a big pile of cauliflower rice. For my cauliflower rice, I pulsed half a large head of cauliflower in a food processor until it was in small pearls. Then I served it raw underneath the hot gumbo – easy peasy! I liked it raw because it didn’t become mushy from cooking and retained a nice textural contrast like rice.

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As is, the gumbo is a great S. However, if you want to have the rice and make it an E – that’s completely achievable. You can either choose a smoked turkey/chicken sausage with less fat, or leave it out completely and make this a chicken and shrimp gumbo – your call. Just make sure any time you’re adding coconut oil that you do so with a spray to keep the fat in check.

Either way you make it, this gumbo is a spicy, hearty, and delicious shake-up to your weekly routine. The leftovers just get better with time – this is a meal you can make on Monday and still enjoy on Friday.

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New Orleans Style Gumbo (THM S/E)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1-lb andouille sausage, sliced (or any smoked sausage – For E choose a chicken or turkey sawusage, or omit)
  • 1/2 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 stalks celery, leafy greens included, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 c cut okra (optional)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz can fire roasted tomatoes seasoned with garlic and onion
  • 1 1/2 c chicken/vegetable/seafood stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cajun seasoning to taste
  • 1 tsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 6-10 dashes hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • cauliflower rice (for S) or cooked brown rice (for E), for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat and sauté the sliced sausage until browned and crispy. Remove to a plate.
  2. Add coconut oil, if needed, toss the chicken with a touch of Cajun seasoning and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate (with the sausage is fine).
  3. Toss the shrimp with salt and pepper, then brown for about 1 minute on each side. Remove to a plate with the chicken and sausage.
  4. Add more coconut oil, if needed, then begin sautéing the onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and okra (if using). Cook for about 5-7 minutes, until the onions begin to caramelize.
  5. Add the tomatoes, stock, Worcestershire, bay leaf, hot sauce, chicken, and sausage back to the pot. Cover and simmer on medium-low for about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat, add the shrimp back to the pot, cover, and let stand for about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Serve over cauliflower rice, brown rice (for an E), or as is.

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Shrimp & Broccoli Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

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Just look at it! This was a fairly easy meal to make, with most of the components coming together in under 30 minutes. (Glaring at you, spaghetti squash.)

Shrimp and Broccoli Alfredo (THM S)

  • 1lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails removed
  • 1 lb broccoli florets
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 c shredded mozzarella
  • 1 c shredded asiago (or parmesan)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • S & P to taste

There are a few different methods to cooking spaghetti squash. You can halve it and throw it in a crockpot with some water on high for a few hours, until tender. I usually do it in the oven, at 400, for one hour. I halve and seed it, and place it cut-side down in a deep pan with about an inch of water. I make little cuts in the bottom of the squash to vent it, and that’s it. Cook it however you like!

In a large skillet, melt 1 Tsp of the butter over medium heat. Toss the shrimp with salt and pepper, and arrange them in the skillet in one even layer. Cook through on both sides, about 90 seconds. Remove them to a plate.

In the same skillet, heat another 2 Tsp of the butter over medium and add the garlic. Cook for one minute, then add the cream. Once the cream starts to bubble, whisk in the mozzarella. Once that’s melted, whisk in the asiago or parm and whisk until it’s all melted. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Once the spaghetti squash is cooled enough to handle. Scoop out the squash onto some paper towels, in one even layer. Place more paper towels on tops and press out as much water from the squash as you can. It will take a few rounds, but trust me you don’t want that beautiful alfredo sauce getting runny because of squash water.

Once the the squash is squeezed, add it to a large casserole dish with the last pat of butter and salt and pepper, toss to coat. Add the broccoli, season a little more and toss again. Finally, add the shrimp and sauce and toss to combine. Sprinkle the top with another hefty handful of cheese (mozzarella or asiago, or both!) and place it under a heated broiler until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

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Do you want to eat your screen right now? It’s OK. It’s every bit as tasty as it looks.

Seafood for a Crowd

I have been wanting to try this amazing seafood gratin recipe out of my Barefoot Contessa cookbook for sometime, but it’s honestly a little rich for my grocery budget.

It stars two of the highest-priced items in the seafood case: halibut and lobster.

Don’t get me wrong, I will splurge and get that stuff sometimes. [More so, I’ll scour the “Manager’s Special” shelves looking for them.] It’s just not something I’ll do all the time.

So, when I saw sprouts was having a major sale on both jumbo shrimp and fresh lobster, I decided to tweak it a little and go for it.

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Now, I really went for it on this recipe. I actually made my own seafood stock. I know. It’s not something you HAVE  to do. Did it enhance the flavor? Yes. Would vegetable stock or bottled clam juice do the same? Sure. It was really easy, honestly, and since you’ll have the shells/tails from the seafood anyway…why not put them to good use?

Cook the lobster by placing it belly-up on a small baking pan. Put a few pats of butter on top and season with salt and pepper. Bake at 375 for about 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through. Let it cool for at least 8-10 minutes before handling. Cut it right down the center with a sharp knife, and peel the meat away from the shell.

I made the stock by adding my shrimp shells and lobster tail to a few cups of my homemade scrap broth, and simmering over medium-low heat for about an hour. I skimmed out the shells, and voila! You have seafood stock.

You could even mix this up by adding in what you like: halibut, scallops, more lobster.

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Seafood Gratin (THM S)

  • 1 1/3 lbs jumbo easy-peel shrimp
  • 1 fresh lobster tail (raw, shell-on)
  • 1 c seafood stock (or substitutes from above)
  • 1 c half and half
  • 1/2 c plus a few Tablespoons of white wine
  • 3 Tsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3 strips of bacon, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 1/4 c fresh parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tsp fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tsp fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 – 1 c “bread”crumbs (I used crushed Parmesan Whisps (all cheese crackers). You can also use baking blend, pork rinds, or all cheese if you like.)

Preheat the oven to 375.

Prepare the sauce by combining stock, half and half, 1/2 c wine, tomato paste, and saffron in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to low and cook for about another 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently.

While that’s happening, add a few tablespoons of butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and carrot and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and add 3 Tsp of white wine to de-glaze the pan. Cook until the alcohol reduces off, about another 3 minutes.

In a large cast iron skillet, cook the bacon until crispy and remove it to a paper towel. Cook the shrimp in the bacon fat for about 90 seconds on each side, seasoned with a little salt and pepper. Place the bacon and cooked shrimp together with the cooked lobster.

After the sauce is reduced, whisk in the xanthan gum and continue whisking over low heat until sauce is thickened to desired consistency.  Remove from heat, and combine with cooked vegetables, bacon, and seafood.

Place the mixture into a large casserole or gratin dish. Top with crushed Parmesan Whisps (or other topping of choice), parmesan cheese, tarragon, and parsley. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the top is slightly browned.

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Lovely!

Seared Tuna Salad with Wasabi-Orange Vinaigrette (THM Deep S)

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Sushi is my kryptonite. In a former life, I must have been Japanese because I cannot get enough of this cuisine.

Even when I’ve been through both of my pregnancies, I had to sneak sushi every now and again. (SHHH! Don’t tell) I just can’t stay away from the stuff for 40 whole weeks – inconceivable!

But, alas, I can’t always spend a chunk of change at my favorite sushi place. So, I have to find ways to satisfy my cravings at home.

>Seared Tuna Salad with Wasabi-Orange Vinaigrette (THM S)

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

    For the Salad:
  • 1-lb sushi grade ahi tuna
  • 2 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 1/2 in piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 4-7 large leaves romaine lettuce, torn
  • 1/2 hothouse cucumbers, julienned
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • For the Vinaigrette:
  • 2 heaping tsp no-sugar orange marmalade, such as Polaner’s All Fruit
  • 1.5 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1-2 pea-sized dots of wasabi paste (the kind you get on a sushi plate – the green stuff. You can ask the sushi chefs at your grocery store for a small container of it.)
  • 2-3 Tbsp EVOO
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. In a shallow dish, combine the soy sauce, garlic, and ginger with the tuna and marinate it on the counter for 7-10 minutes.
  2. While that’s happening, chop all the ingredients for the salad and add them to 2 medium bowls.
  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tuna and sear 1-2 minutes on each side (top, bottom, and sides also). Remove it from the pan, slice into 1/2 in slices and cube into large chunks. Add it to the salads.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing and divide it evenly over each salad. Toss to combine.

There is seriously nothing more gorgeous than a hunk of seared tuna. It’s fatty and delicious without being heavy or weighing you down.

Sprouts has had a great price on ahi tuna this summer! You can get a 1-lb filet for between $5.99 and $7.99.

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Take Out at Home: Shrimp Lo Mein

Shrimp is such an easy vehicle to work with. Another great benefit is you can generally find it pretty cheap.

In the old days, before THM, I would love to gorge myself on the oily richness of lo mein. Now, I have to find new ways to have the former foods I love.

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Shrimp Lo Mein (THM FP)

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1.5 in piece of ginger, grated
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and grated
  • 1 8-10oz package shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 small head napa cabbage, sliced
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 Tsp sesame oil
  • 1 handful sesame seeds

Cut the zucchini into thick noodles using a Vegetti, or similar.

Spray a large pan with coconut oil over medium heat, and cook the shrimp until opaque (about 2-3 minutes on each side). Remove from the pan, and set aside. Spray the pan again, and add the cabbage, mushrooms, scallions, garlic, and ginger and saute about 4-5 minutes. Season everything well with salt and pepper. Toss the hot stir fry mixture in a large bowl with the zucchini noodles, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.

This was a super easy weeknight meal with tons of flavor. Plus, this is healthier than take-out and took less time to make than to order. BOOM.

You can customize this recipe and use any protein you like: tofu, chicken, beef, or just make the noodles as a side dish.

Fresh Fish Tacos

Fish tacos can be really hit or miss. In my mind, it all depends on the toppings – they can either weigh down the taco or make it super light and fresh.

This recipe definitely falls into the fresh category! Plus, the best benefit of tacos, is that these are quick and easy to prepare.

I’m using halibut for these tacos, which can be a rather pricey fish. I’ve gotten it cheap ($9 for 3 fillets vs $8 per fillet) by buying it off the manager clearance. There’s nothing wrong with clearance items! Generally, it’s just that they’re nearing an expiration date so you either have to freeze them immediately or use them that night. If halibut isn’t in your budget, mahi mahi, cod, or even tilapia would suffice. Choose a fish with a neutral taste that you and your family will enjoy!

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Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa (THM E)

  • 1 lb or 3 fillets halibut with the skin removed (or another firm whitefish)
  • corn tortillas (gluten free, I used Mission)
  • 2 large peaches, skin removed and roughly diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Tsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime, plus more lime wedges for finishing
  • Taco toppings: lettuce, fresh sliced radishes, cilantro, etc.)
  • salt and pepper

Prepare the salsa by combining the peaches, jalapeno, juice of 1 lime, cilantro, red onion, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Toss to combine and set in the fridge for the flavors to develop.

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Preheat a cast iron griddle over medium heat, and coat one side of it lightly with coconut oil spray. Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper. On one side of the grill, cook the fish while heating the corn tortillas on the other side (the dry side). As the fish is done cooking, remove it to a plate and squeeze a lime wedge over top. Cover with foil and let stand for about 5 minutes while everything else comes together.

Flake the fish lightly with a fork into large chunks and add it to your tortillas. Top with taco toppings of choice (I used lettuce, salsa, radishes, cilantro, and a light squeeze of lime).

How easy was that?!

Grilled Vegetable Panzanella

I can’t believe that before last week, I hadn’t made panzanella in YEARS. I used to make it all the time, then it kind of dropped off the map.

Not anymore!

I figured out a way for it to be in my THM life, and that is with the secret weapon of sourdough.

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Panzanella sounds really fancy, but it’s quite simply a stale bread salad. Any crusty bread will do, and you can throw in whatever veggies you like. I used to do a version of this with mini fresh mozzarella balls too.

This one is all about that veg.

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Grilled Vegetable Panzanella (THM E)

  • 1 loaf stale sourdough
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 small eggplant, cubed
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 small red onion, sliced (not separated)
  • Handful of large basil leaves, torn
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 Tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tsp EVOO
  • salt and pepper

If your bread is still on the fresher side, slice it into 4 or 5 big pieces and let it dry out on your counter for a few hours. Cut it down into large cubes, lay it on a baking sheet in one layer, spritz with coconut oil, season with garlic powder and dried parsley, and bake at 350 for about 12 minutes. Let it bake until firm, because the juices from the veggies and oil/vinegar will soften it some.

For the veggies, slice them into shapes that will be easy to deal with on your grill. You don’t want to bother with a bunch of tiny pieces. For the onion, I left the slices intact which caramelized nicely and were easy to turn.

Preheat your grill to medium heat, spray lightly with coconut oil and lay the veggies directly on it. No salt and pepper yet! They will soften faster without seasoning.

Once the veggies are cooked, add them to a large bowl to cool, season with salt and pepper. Allow them to cool for 8-10 minutes before adding the bread cubes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle the mixture over the bread and veggies, toss to coat. Tear a few large leaves of fresh basil in our hands over the top, and give it a toss.

I served it alongside grilled mahi mahi with a simple lemony wine sauce which was juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 small sliced shallot, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 c white wine, 1 tsp EVOO, salt and pepper. Place all of it right into a small skillet over medium heat, and reduce it until the alcohol cooks off (about 3 minutes). Remove from the heat and add a handfull of fresh parsley. This makes enough sauce for 4 filets.

You may also notice I took the time to grill some lemon wedges. This added a fabulous flavor to the mahi mahi, and honestly that could’ve been a sauce all on its own. Either direction you go, you can’t go wrong here.

The great thing about panzanella is that it only gets better with time. This is one of those recipes you can munch on all week long, and it’s just as good straight out of the fridge as it was on night 1.

 

Less Time, More Flavor

Y’all already know that my girl, Rachael Ray, and I are besties.

I have more than a few of her cookbooks, and over this last week I found myself looking for inspiration the old-fashioned way – in a book. I’ve flagged a ton of recipes, and only tried a few (much like Pinterest, no?). So, as a challenge to myself, I’m trying new recipes every week.

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Enter fishwiches.

We’ve all had a fish sandwich, right? Usually something fried, and a bit on the heavy side.

This one is a game changer.

Everything about it is bright, fresh, and hearty. The homemade sauces are what make it. I even upgraded the ketchup! Traditional ketchup off the shelf is packed with  sugar, so I’ve stopped buying it (much to my children’s dismay). I built that one from the ground up, and the store gave me some help with the mayo.

[Recipe adapted From Rachael Ray’s Just in Time Cookbook, Grilled Fish Sammies.]

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Grilled Fishwiches with Garlic Aioli and Bloody Ketchup (THM E)

  • 1 lb halibut filets, skin removed
  • Sprouted sandwich  buns
  • Sandwich toppings: lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, etc.
  • 1/4 c light mayo
  • 1 Tsp capers, lightly chopped
  • 1 Tsp fresh  chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 bag frozen sweet potato fries (I used waffle style)
  • 1/4 c tomato paste
  • 1/4 c water
  • 2 Tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 packets Truvia, or Gentle Sweet
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp (up to 1 Tsp) prepared horseradish
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • salt and pepper

For the garlic aioli, combine light mayo, capers, lemon, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine, and set in the fridge.

For the ketchup, whisk the water and tomato paste until well combined. Adjust the water as needed, adding a little at a time. Too thick, add more water. Add the apple cider vinegar, salt, and sweetener. Adjust until you achieve the regular “ketchup” flavor you like. Then add the Worcestershire, horseradish, hot sauce, and taste for salt and pepper. Set that in the fridge until go time.

Begin by cooking the fries according to package directions. For my THMers, I place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, to avoid having to spray. You can gloss them with a small spritz of coconut oil if you like. Also, one of my best tips (especially for summer cooking) is to throw those puppies in the oven before it’s preheated. Your cooking time will be less, and you won’t have to crank the temperature way up to get them done sooner.

For the fish, preheat a cast iron (or outdoor) grill to medium heat, and spray lightly with coconut oil. Season the fish simply with salt and pepper. Place the filets on the hot grill, and grill until they cook through (about 3-4 minutes on each side for my 3/4 in. filets).

After the filets are done cooking, slice the sandwich rolls and place them cut-side down on the warm grill to lightly toast.

Build your sandwich with the toppings of your choice (I’m a lettuce, tomato, onion gal) and a smear of garlic aioli. Serve it up with your crunchy fries and bloody ketchup.

If you’ve never tried halibut, DO NOT BE AFRAID. This was my first time cooking and eating halibut and I can honestly say I loved it. My creatures loved it too! Plus, it was super easy to work with. And on a busy weeknight, what more can you ask for?

And P.S., the leftovers are just as good the next day!