Cindy’s Sautéed Mint Salmon

This is a great recipe with lots of flavor for you salmon lovers!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Salmon Filets with no skin
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 packet of stevia
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Directions:

  1.  In a small bowl pour 1/3 cup of olive oil
  2. 1 tsp of lemon zest
  3. 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  4. Add the mint, pepper, sea salt, stevia and set to the side
  5. On med-high heat use remaining olive oil and Sautee the shallots
  6. On a plate salt and pepper both sides of the salmon filets
  7. Add the filets to the pan and cook 4-5 min on each side, then top with sauce
  8. Enjoy!

Holiday Shrimp Cocktail

Great Appetizer for the Holidays that Friends and Family will love!

Don't let the cholesterol in shrimp fool you. When it comes to heart health, saturated fat is more important than cholesterol - and shrimp is very low in saturated fat. Shrimp is a source of good fat - in the form of omega-3's which helps to reduce triglyceride levels and lower the risk of a heart attack. Although eating shrimp too frequently could slightly raise LDL cholesterol levels, it also increases levels of HDL - the good cholesterol which improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol which is a positive for heart health. The omega-3's found in shrimp also have anti-inflammatory effects which are not only good for the heart, but may reduce the symptoms of diseases such as arthritis.

Health Benefits of Shrimp Cocktail: its Waistline Friendly- Shrimp is remarkably low in calories - with four large shrimp having only twenty-two total. Plus, the protein content of shrimp (almost eighteen grams in four of them) is great for building lean body mass when combined with an exercise program. Foods that are high in protein such as shrimp are also more satisfying - so there's less risk of overeating. Shrimp is clean eating at its best.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • On a large cookie sheet, line with foil and spray olive oil to coat
  • Lay shrimp flat and coat with olive oil
  • Toss with Sea Salt and Black Pepper
  • Place in oven for 8-10 minutes, you want a bright pink color  

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Click here to view the Healthy Cooking video for this recipe.

Almond Encrusted Yellow Tail Fish

I went to Market on the Hill Thursday and got some fresh Yellow tail Snapper-YUMMY! 

I paired the fish with smashed sweet potatoes and pan seared brussel sprouts :)

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ALMOND ENCRUSTED YELLOW TAIL

Ingredients:

2 servings

3  8 oz. yellow tail snapper fillets

1/4 tsp. sea salt & pepper

1 lemon juiced

1 c. almond flour

1 egg

1/2 c. almond milk

1 c. chopped sliced almonds

4 tsp. canola

3 tsp. Smart Balance butter spread

1/4 c. dry white wine

Directions:

1. Season yellow tail fillets with salt, pepper and lemon juice, then dredge in almond milk, almond flour and egg wash. 

2. Coat fillets in chopped almonds. Pat the almonds on the fish to secure.

3. Saute

 in canola oil over medium heat, taking care not to burn almonds, until nicely browned. Remove fillets and de-glaze pan with splash of white wine. 

4. Add a squeeze of lemon and melt butter in pan juices. 

5. Drizzle over fish and garnish with lemon slices and parsley.

Grilled Cobia

I finally went deep sea fishing and we caught a Cobia, also known as Lemonfish

This is a very mild fish and can be prepared many ways. They say it's one of the best tasting fishes, I would have to agree. The pork chop of the sea. One thing I am learning is not to overdue the spices which would block out the fish taste. This recipe has good flavor, yet you can savor the fish itself.

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Paired with Raw Zucchini, Garlic Cabbage, & left over Couscous

Ingredients:

4-5 medium fillets Cobia

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 teaspoons dry mustard powder

1 clove minced garlic

1 teaspoon celery seed

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 cup of white wine

Mix all ingredients in a freezer ziploc bag and place in refridgerator

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients in a freezer ziploc bag and place in refridgerator

2. Marinate for an hour

3. Grill on Medium Heat either using outside grill or grill plate

4. Turning several times, and baste with extra marinade at each turn. 

Don't over cook. Super easy recipe

Anaheim Sword Fish Tacos

Anaheim Sword Fish Tacos

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 teaspoon of oilive oil
  • 1 anaheim chile pepper, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 1/2 pounds of sword fish filets
  • 1 lime
  • 12 Corn Tortillas

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and saute the chile, leek, and garlic until tender and lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Mix the chicken broth and tomatoes into the skillet, and season with cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Place the swordfish into the mixture. Sprinkle with lime juice
  3. Cook 15-20 minutes until the swordfish is easily flaked with a fork. Wrap in warm tortilla shells and serve! Enjoy :)

Cumin Crusted Swordfish with Avocado Relish

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Avocado Relish:

  • 1 small avocado, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon Red Pepper, Crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt

 

 

Cumin-Crusted Swordfish:

  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Seed, coarsely crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, Cracked
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3 swordfish steaks, about 1-inch thick (8 ounces each), skin removed

Directions:

1. For the Avocado Relish, mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Mix coriander, cumin, pepper and sea salt in small bowl. Cut each swordfish steak into 2 pieces. Brush swordfish with oil. Rub seasoning mixture evenly over swordfish.

3. Grill over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve swordfish topped with Avocado Relish.

Sicilian-Style Tuna

Ingredients

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 (5- to 6-ounce) tuna steaks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large onion, sliced (about 1 cup)

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons salted capers, soaked in water for 10 minutes and drained

3 tablespoons minced pitted green olives

1/4 cup raisins

5 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 cup fish stock or water, as needed

2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

4 to 5 fresh basil leaves, torn

1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

Directions:

1. In a medium skillet over moderately high heat, warm the oil. Season the tuna with salt and pepper and sauté, turning once, until golden on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Remove the tuna and set aside. Do not clean the pan.

2. In the same pan over low heat, sauté the onion, stirring frequently, until just tender, about 1 minute. Add the garlic, capers, olives, raisins, and tomatoes, and continue cooking, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes. If the tomatoes don't release much juice, add the fish stock or water to give the sauce some body.

3. Return the tuna to the pan and cover it with a tight-fitting lid. Cook over moderate heat until the tuna reaches the desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium.

4. Add the parsley and basil and stir to incorporate, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the fish with the sauce spooned over the top; garnish with pine nuts.

Baked Costa Rican-Style Tilapia with Pineapples, Black Beans and Rice

This recipe was a hit at a small get together at our house this past Sunday. Baked Costa Rican-Style Tilapia with Pineapples, Black Beans and Rice 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Stevia
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (5 to 7-ounce) tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 cups jarred or homemade tomato salsa
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced

Directions:

Combine the rice and chicken broth in a pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and has absorbed all of the liquid, about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, oil, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, the garlic, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Add the tilapia fillets to the marinade, turning to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.

Stir together the cooked rice, salsa, beans, pineapple, and remaining 2 tablespoons of the cilantro in a 2 or 3-quart baking dish. Remove the tilapia from the marinade, reserve the marinade, and lay the fish fillets over the rice mixture, overlapping if necessary. Pour the reserved marinade over the fish. Shingle the lime slices over the fish. Bake until the fish flakes easily, is opaque, and cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving


Pan Seared Flounder Fillets

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I got some fresh wild caught flounder from Fresh Market on sale Saturday, first time cooking flounder.. these were YUMMY! Along with the sale on flounder, stopped by Jimmy Lowe's fruit stand, and picked up these Amish Made Tomato Basil Noodles :)

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless flounder-fillets
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Whole wheat flour for dredging fish
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons of smart balance butter spread, divided
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 small bottle capers
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta as directed, I made a white creme sauce for this pasta
  2. In a small sauce pan, on low/simmer heat together almond milk, butter, greek yogurt, garlic, and 1 tablespoon of butter. Add in salt & pepper for taste
  3. Wash Fillets in cold water and pat dry, sprinkle with salt & pepper
  4. Dredge fillets in flour. Place oil and 2 tablespoons butter in flat skillet on high heat until butter melts.
  5. Keeping heat at medium-high, cook fish on 1 side about 3 minutes, until deep brown and crispy. Turn fish and cook on second side, about 3 minutes. Turn fish only once. 
  6. Remove fish to serving platter. Turn off heat. Into hot skillet, whisk remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add lemon juice. Pour in capers , liquid and all. Whisk. Pour thin sauce over fish fillets. Serve with a side of pasta and veggies. Enjoy with a colorful salad!!!!

Stuffed Avocado Salmon

Stuffed Avocado Salmon- Yummy!!

Ingredients:

6 skin-on salmon filets, about 2 pounds
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
2 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1 Roma tomato diced
1 cup of black beans
3 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Using a sharp paring knife, make a thin slit in the middle of each salmon filet, to form a pocket. Place 3 to 4 slices of avocado in each slit.

Heat a large oven proof sauté pan over medium high heat. Add olive oil and place salmon filets, skin side up and sauté 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully flip over and drizzle with teriyaki sauce. Place pan in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.

Meanwhile, heat cooked rice in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add tomatoes, black beans, green onion, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil and heat through until warm.

Serve each salmon filet with ½ cup wild rice salad.

Cindy's Feta Cheese Talapia

Cindy's Feta Cheese Tilapia Filet Recipe

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Cindy's Feta Cheese Tilapia Filet's

Ingredients:

4 Tilapia Filet's- dry

1 lemon

1 tbsp of olive oil 

2 tbsp of smart balance butter - melted

2 oz feta cheese- crumbled

2 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp of olive oil

1/3 cup of fresh parsley 

1/2 tsp of black pepper

2 Roma tomatoes diced

1 tbsp of dill weed

1/2 tsp of sea salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees

1. In a 9 x 13 glass dish- coat with olive oil

Lay the 4 filet's in dish

2. Pour lemon juice and butter spread over filet's. 

3. Combine all ingredients except for feta cheese and top each filet 

4. Bake in oven for 20 minutes 

5. Remove from oven and sprinkle crumbled feta over each filet and bake for an additional 5 min

I made sauteed Brussel sprouts and couscous as a side item with this recipe- YUMMY! And of course added a fresh salad :)

Cindy's Lemon Parmesan Tilapia

Cindy's Lemon Parmesan Tilapia

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Ingredients:

4 tilapia fillets

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon smart balance butter, melted

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

pepper to taste

1/3 cup of Parmesan 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 

2. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

3. Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.

4. Place fillets in baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets, then drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with garlic, parsley, pepper, and Parmesan 

5. Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.

Amazing Fish Tacos

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Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 cups green or red cabbage, sliced into narrow strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 small whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 avocado, cut into 8 long slices

Directions

1. Cut lime in half. Squeeze juice from half and slice other half into 4 thin wedges. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno, onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and half the lime juice.

2. In another bowl, mix together yogurt, mayonnaise, and remaining lime juice. Combine cabbage and 2 tablespoons of yogurt sauce in another bowl; reserve extra sauce.

3. Heat olive oil in a large pan. Sprinkle tilapia with chili powder, black pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 3 minutes. Turn; cook 2 minutes more.

4. Place 2 tortillas, 1 lime wedge, and 1/4 of the tilapia on each plate. Serve with salsa, cabbage, avocado, and sauce.

Nutrition facts per serving: 278 calories, 22g protein, 23g carbohydrate, 12g fat (2.2g saturated), 5g fiber