As a gal on the go, easy meals are a huge win for me. I prepped a nice batch of spicy citrus shrimp to go with roasted rosemary sweet potatoes and greens and also on top of my beloved avocado toast. Check out the recipe below.
Spicy Citrus Shrimp
2 lbs shrimp
1 1/2 tbsp red pepper flake
1 juiced lemon
2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
4 tbsp minced garlic salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and devein shrimp (it defrost if using frozen).
- Peel and mince roughly a head of garlic.
- Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Once hot, add garlic and red pepper flake. Sauté for 1 minute.
- Add shrimp and sear for 2 minutes on one side. Juice half a lemon season side up.
- Flip them gently and juice the other half of lemon. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Cook for an addition 2 minutes and remove from heat.
- Enjoy with avocado toast or beside a carb and vegetable of your choice.
As it is growing colder in my new neck of the woods, my desire for comfort food increases. This seafood pasta is an easy win and is good for four servings. Since pasta can often be heavy, I lightened the load with some fresh herbs and bright citrus. I also am a fan of heat and added some red pepper flake to spice things up. I went with a frozen bag of seafood from Trader Joe’s for my dish but of course fresh is always preferred. Check out the recipe below.
2 cups cooked pasta
1 lb mixed seafood (shrimp, scallops, calamari)
1/2 of a lemon
1/4 cup of white wine
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes (a whole if spicy preferred)
1 cup diced onion
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/8 cup chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
- Defrost seafood and boil pasta ahead of time.
- Add oil to a medium-sized pan over medium heat.
- Slice onion in half and cut off one end. Peel off skin leaving on one end for stability then slice into strips before dicing.
- Peel and mince garlic and add both onion and garlic to the pan.
- Add seafood to pan and sir well for 2 minutes. Add wine and juice lemon seeded side up to deglaze pan and reduce heat.
- Add pasta and butter and seasoning and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Mix well then turn off heat.
- Rinse and chop parsley.
- Plate and top with parsley.
This tasty salad was inspired by the beautiful Brussel sprouts that are in season at the Red Stick Farmers market. You just can’t go wrong with feta and balsamic in a salad! Grilled chicken or shrimp or really any protein of your choice would be a great addition to this salad. You can also add other seasonal fruit and vegetables such as lettuce, strawberries or peppers for some added nutrients and flavors. Check out the recipe below and share your thoughts!
Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts Salad
2 cups shaved Brussels Sprouts
2 cups chopped asparagus
¼ cup dried cranberries
½ cup sliced onion
2 tbsp. chopped nuts (optional
2 tbsp. feta cheese
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ tbsp. honey
3 cloves of garlic
- Rinse vegetables. Peel and slice onion. Peel garlic.
- In a large bowl, add vinegar and honey and mix well to dissolve honey. Press in garlic or mince and add. Add sliced onion.
- Using a mandolin, thinly slice Brussel sprouts. If you do not have a mandolin, use a box grater. You want to break the sprouts down so that they are easier to eat.
- Add sprouts to the bowl. Trim asparagus by using one stalk and bending it to where it breaks naturally and trim the others the same length. This will help you avoid adding woody stems. Add to the bowl.
- Add cranberries, feta and nuts. Drizzle with olive oil, mix well.
With the hot and cold temperature fluctuations, I’ve found myself in need of a few comforting hearty meals to ward off the cold and to boost my immune system to prevent illness. One of my go-to dishes is smothered potatoes with sausage and peppers. It’s quick, easy and tasty. It also goes easily with pretty much any leafy green. Since I have plenty of greens to harvest, I sautéed some collards and mustards with fresh pressed garlic and apple cider vinegar to help break down the greens and make them tender. You can always add some sautéed chicken or fish for some added protein. Check out the recipe below and share your thoughts!
Smothered Potatoes Ingredients:
2 cups sliced red potatoes
2 cups sliced onion
2 cups chopped bell pepper
3 tbsp. grated, pressed or chopped garlic
8oz sausage (I used Tennessee pride)
1/2 cup water
1/2 tbsp dried herbs
Salt and pepper to taste
3-4 cups of chopped greens
1/2 cup water
4 tbsp. grated, pressed or chopped garlic
1/2 tbsp. olive or avocado oil
Salt and pepper to taste
- Place large pan over medium heat and brown sausage.
- While cooking sausage, rinse peppers. Peel and slice onion and chop peppers. Add to the pan.
- Rinse and slice potatoes. Press garlic. Add both to pan with water then add seasoning. Top and reduce heat to low for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Rinse and chop greens (or use frozen).
- In a medium pot, add oil and garlic over medium heat.
- Add greens, water and seasoning then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Plate both and enjoy!
Looking for a quick and light meal option? Check out this herbed citrus salmon topped with a mango avocado salad. I sautéed some greens to go alongside my fish since I chose the mango and avocado which are higher in carbs; however a nice rice pilaf or cilantro-lime rice would also make a great side or meal addition. Check out the recipe below and share your thoughts!
1lb sockeye salmon
½ tbsp. herb blend (parsley, rosemary, thyme or any of your favorites)
Juice of half an orange
Juice of a lemon
1 mango diced
1 medium avocado diced
1 tbsp. fresh cilantro
1 tbsp. fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
½ tbsp. olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1. If preparing rice or side vegetables, start cooking it first.
2. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
3. Season fish with half the herbs, salt and pepper and place in skillet season side down. Let sear for 3 minutes.
4. While fish cooks, rinse mango. Slice mango off with skin toward the center to score into small squares and place in a small bowl. Repeat with all four sides.
5. Season second side of fish and flip before lowering heat. Add fresh orange juice and half of lemon juice around fish. (Do not pour on top or you could remove seasoning and sear).
6. Cut avocado in half, score into small squares then scoop out into the bowl with mango. Turn off fish and remove from heat.
7. Mince or press garlic into bowl. Rinse and dice fresh herbs and add to the bowl of avocado and mango. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. *an optional addition in a little cayenne for a kick.
8. Plate and enjoy.
People are often surprised that I include canned fish in my pantry staples. While we all probably prefer fresh seafood any day, it doesn’t mean you should not have a canned option or two in your back pocket for a time where you don’t have time to go to the store, or if you have other financial priorities. One of my favorite dishes as a kid was stewed salmon in a spicy red sauce. My mom would serve it over rice with a salad or a cooked green vegetable. In keeping with that tradition, I cooked some of my thriving backyard greens. Check out he recipe below.
2 cans of 14.5 oz sockeye salmon
1 can of stewed tomatoes
1 5-7oz can of tomato sauce (no salt)
1 1/2 cups diced onion
1 tbsp. minced or pressed garlic
1/2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 tsp. coarse black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne
Salt to taste (start with 1 tsp)
- If serving over rice, cook the desired amount of rice on the stove or in a cooker.
- In a medium pot, add olive oil and place over medium heat. Peel and dice onion and add to the pot. Stir.
- Mince or press garlic and add to the pot. Add a splash of water.
- Once onions have softened, open and add salmon, stewed tomatoes and sauce.
- Gently break stewed tomatoes into smaller pieces against the side of the pot with a spoon. Add seasoning and stir.
- Top the pot, lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. If eating steamed veggies or a salad, prepare it now.
- Serve over rice and enjoy.
Prepping ahead goes a long way toward helping you stay on budget and curbing the need for take out under the notion of “I don’t have any thing easy to cook at home.” It’s helpful to always keep a couple of quick cook options stocked in the freezer whether leftovers from a large batch of beans or meat sauce, or pre chopped veggies and seasoning that can be added to your protein of choice. Seasonal vegetables like squash, zucchini and potato can last for several months in the freezer and make an easy breakfast, lunch or dinner meal in a pinch. I’ve added sausage and have also smothered it with onion and garlic to go with chicken. It can also be seasoned a variety of ways to keep things interesting.
A quart size bag makes 2 to 3 servings and a gallon would make roughly 6-8 servings. It’s best to chop and freeze it in your preferred quantity. You can always add bell pepper and/or onion (green, white or yellow) to your mix for added flavor. Personally I prefer a higher ratio of the squash and zucchini to the potato for a higher fiber, lower card ratio.
After thoroughly rinsing the veggies, I chopped roughly a cup to 1 1/4 of squash and zucchini and a 1/2 cup of potato. when adding the onion and bell pepper, add only a cup of the first two veggies to make sure the quart size bag has space.
As some of you may have seen last week, I am attempting to add a videos to support these post. That will be a work in progress :). Please share your thoughts and happy prepping!