Sizzled Shrimp and Asparagus Provençal

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I took a little blogging-break, but hopefully I am back for the next month or so. June blog entries will probably be very light if at all. But hey, who wants to cook in the summer anyway! This a a very simple and easy dish to slowly get myself back in the swing of writing again. This is a Food & Wine recipe that I added asparagus and mushrooms to. A very flavorful and nice quick weeknight dinner.

Sizzled Shrimp and Asparagus Provençal

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy+
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Healthy and flavorful dinner that combines garlic, lemon and olive oil with shrimp, asparagus and mushrooms to make a quick dish for a busy weeknight.

Ingredients

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms (or white button), cut into thick slices
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends broken off and sliced into one-inch pieces
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (save time and buy it deveined, it is worth it!)
  • 2 tablespoon small capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Procedure

  1. In a very large skillet heat some olive oil until it shimmers. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes. Add the asparagus and the shrimp and cook over high heat until the shrimp are lightly browned and barely opaque, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the capers and cook for 30 seconds. Turn the shrimp and add the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the chopped parsley. Cover and cook over low heat for 4-5 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through and the sauce is slightly reduced. Transfer the shrimp mixture to a dish and spoon the sauce on top. Add a sprinkle of the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley and serve. Enjoy with some crusty whole wheat bread or rice.

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May 8, 2017

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Crab Cakes

Tonight is a Thursday and I start to get a little lazy by Thursday. I was pretty busy today and wanted to buy some specialty items at Trader Joe’s so I thought I would try to find dinner items there as well. I came across some pasteurized and packaged crab in the refrigerated section and decided I would make crab cakes and arugula (rocket) salad for dinner. Easy enough! Maybe throw in a hunk of garlic bread for my almost-teenage son (he is difficult to fill up lately!).  I have been making crab cakes in the oven for years, but I keep trying slightly new recipes. I am not a fan of mayo, so I always use non-fat plain greek yogurt in it’s place, although I have experimented with leaving the yogurt out as well, I think the crab needs that moisture, so today I am leaving it in. One can also pan fry them, they may be better, but you have to be willing to use a little more oil with that method.

Crab Cakes

  • Servings: 4, two crab cakes per person
  • Difficulty: easy
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Quick and healthy crab cakes without the mayo or heavy fillers for a busy weeknight.

Credit: Cooking Light: Crab Cakes with Spicy Mustard Sauce 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 green or spring onions, green part only finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • dash of paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, drained and shell pieces removed (today I used some I bought from Trader Joe’s in a refrigerated package, when it is available I use fresh crab, but today I used what is quick and easy – it is Thursday)
  • Canola oil or cooking spray

Quick Cocktail Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of organic ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • dash of hot sauce

Procedure

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix the first 11 ingredients together (red bell pepper through egg yolk). Add 1/3 cup of the Panko to the mix and put the other cup of Panko in a shallow bowl to use later to coat the patties. Add the crab and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Shape the mixture into 8 patties and set on a plate. If you have time put the patties in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (you can make cocktail sauce and a salad while they sit in the fridge!). This helps them to firm up a bit, but will be ok either way.
  4. If you are making cocktail sauce, just mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Easy! I probably add a lot more horseradish, but I like it spicy!
  5. Remove crab cakes from the fridge. Lightly dredge in the reserved Panko. Place Panko-crusted crab cakes on a pan lightly coated with cooking spray or oil of choice. Bake for 15 minutes on each side or until golden on each side. Serve with cocktail sauce or sauce of choice. I also made a simple salad with arugula, sliced cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and very thin shavings of parmigiano Reggiano cheese with a light lemony vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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March 2, 2017

 

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My beautiful spring onions from yesterday and minced bell pepper.

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The crab mixture

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Crab cakes wrapped up to go in the refrigerator and chill (while I take my son to his sports practice)

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Coated in Panko and ready to bake.

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The finished product. Really moist and with a little crunch on the outside.

Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios

This is pretty much a straight-up Food and Wine/Andrew Zimmern recipe. Really easy and really flavorful! Original recipe included 2 scallions, thinly sliced and did not include the mushrooms or avocado (or sometimes tomatoes) that I added. I think some grilled shrimp or hardboiled egg would be really good in this as well.  I served this with Quick Brined Roasted Salmon with Lemon Garlic Oil and some simple brown Jasmine rice. Very easy and delicious meal. My son could not get enough of the salmon and the salmon’s savory sauce.

Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Quick and savory kale salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds kale – stems discarded and leaves thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon brown miso
  • 1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cremini mushrooms, thinly slices
  • 1 cup of baby tomatoes, sliced in thirds
  • 1/4 cup unsalted pistachios, roasted  and chopped

Procedure

  1. In a large bowl, toss the kale with the lemon juice and a generous pinch of salt.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with the sesame seeds, miso and sugar. Gradually whisk in the oil.
  3. Add the tomatoes and mushrooms to the kale and then add the dressing and toss. Add the pistachios on top and serve.

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February 21, 2017

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Ginger Soy Lobster Tail

I haven’t written for over two weeks and I am feeling bad about that. Sorry! Life has been quite busy, so that is part of the reason but the other reason is that my dear husband gave me a week-long class at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa as a holiday gift and I went to my classes last week. Such an amazing program! I went to the Basic Training Boot Camp and I feel like I learned a lot about the “why” we do certain things when we are cooking. I also learned many traditional French techniques, that I still need a lot of work to master and I am interested in tweaking to make the dishes more healthy.

Unfortunately I didn’t use my new skills/knowledge for today’s dinner. It was a very spontaneous choice as I was at the Grocery store and saw lobster tails on sale and decided that it was hard to pass up lobster, so I bought a few and made up a simple Asian-style sauce to put on them. Very simple and quick. I served it with some kale chips (which I thought I posted here but apparently I have not so you can get the recipe on my Medium site-I will have to post it on Word Press in the future) and a little leftover chicken soup from yesterday. Yum!

Ginger Soy Lobster Tail

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Very flavorful and simple lobster recipe that can come together quickly on a weeknight.

Unfortunately I didn’t really measure my sauce ingredients so they are very approximate – use your judgement with the quantities.

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Mirin
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely grated or minced
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons light sweet miso

Lobster:

  • 4-8 lobster tails (their size can vary so much!)
  • fresh ground pepper
  • small drizzle of olive oil (or sesame oil for a stronger flavor)

Procedure

Sauce:

  1. In a very small sauce pan mix the Mirin, soy sauce, and ginger and then bring to a boil.
  2. Turn down to simmer and reduce the sauce in half so it is thickened.
  3. Take sauce off the heat and stir in the miso. Set aside.

Lobster:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Spray a baking sheet lightly with cooking spray.
  3. With kitchen shears cut the lobster tail shells lengthwise through the top cutting through the shell but not through the lobster meat. Gently pry open the shell exposing the meat and gently loosen the lobster from the shell (but keep the meat in the shell).
  4. Place the tails on the baking sheet meat side up. Sprinkle a little pepper and sauce on the tails and then cook in the oven for 7-8 minutes for very small lobster tails and up to 15 minutes for larger ones, or until the meat turns opaque and feels firm.
  5. Serve the lobster with additional sauce and vegetables. Enjoy!

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February 9, 2017