Recipes

Gemista 2.0 - Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini Stuffed with Herbed Quinoa & Red Rice

Gemista 2.0 - Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini Stuffed with Herbed Quinoa & Red Rice

This Gemista recipe takes my all time favorite Greek summertime meal and revamps it to next level healthy!  Quinoa and whole grain red rice are both nutritionally dense and offer a rich nutty flavor.  Red rice is packed with flavonoid antioxidants which help fight free radicals.  Both are great sources of fiber and B vitamins.  If you can't easily find red rice, red quinoa makes a good substitution.  Our garden provided the rest of the ingredients, including these beautiful yellow tomatoes!  The key to success with this recipe is to keep the stuffing mixture 'soupy'.  Excess moisture will be absorbed...

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Summer Shrimp Salad with Lemon Caper Yogurt Dressing

Summer Shrimp Salad with Lemon Caper Yogurt Dressing

Shrimp salad makes for an elegant summer luncheon.  Capers and fresh basil, blended into a lemony yogurt dressing give delicately flavored shrimp a tangy fresh dressing.  At the last minute, I decided to throw in a few blueberries and grapes.  Feel free to add any seasonal fruit to your salad.  Your salad bed is your choice too.  This time, I used arugula, often I make this salad with soft bib lettuce.  Did you know that capers are actually pickled flower buds?  The caper bush, also called a Flinders Rose, are native to the Mediterranean. Ingredients: 1lb shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 stalks...

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Pork Tenderloin with Mojo Sauce, served with Medley of Roasted Potatoes

Pork Tenderloin with Mojo Sauce, served with Medley of Roasted Potatoes

This recipe is inspired by a similar presentation found in The Ultra Metabolism Cookbook by Mark Hyman, MD.  I love reading cookbooks, but I often use them as a starting place rather than following to the letter.  That's what happened last night. The main difference between our two versions is in the mojo sauce.  I decided to cook my juices, spices and garlic, intensifying the flavors and reducing slightly then adding the herbs with the heat off but sauce still warm.  My ingredient list is a tad different too, mainly because my local grocer was out of fresh jalapeno peppers.  I...

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Steelhead Trout grilled on a Cedar Plank

Steelhead Trout grilled on a Cedar Plank

If you've never tried steelhead trout you are missing out on a treat! It is very similar to salmon but has a more delicate taste and firmer texture.  According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, steelhead trout caught in the United States is one of the healthiest types of seafood that you can eat. It is rich in lean protein, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids while containing a low level of contaminants like mercury, pesticides, dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. One of our favorite ways to prepare steelhead trout is grilled on a cedar plank.  The final dish has a...

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