You know I love Risotto, but I hate the calories that come with the typical cream and cheese - plus the preparation of it, which requires endless standing by the stove. Using Barley, and a handful of items in your fridge, you can make this delicious, healthy version of Risotto using Ancient Grains! I also topped with Shrimp for our pescatarian friends joining us. Hope you enjoy!
Ceviche. One of my favorite meals to have - refreshing on a warm day, satisfying but not filling, incredibly healthy and tasty - a beautiful explosion of flavors in every bite. Below is my recipe, but the beauty of ceviche is that it's incredibly flexible you can make your own by creating the flavor profile you want. I've included some thoughts in optionals below to spur your creative juices! Make ahead for an easy weeknight dinner the next day.
As they say in my country, Buen Provecho!
Broiled Mediterranean Shrimp
This recipe is the quickest and easiest weeknight dinner ever invented! Garlic, Oregano, Olive Oil and a little bit of lemon give these shrimp a distinct mediterranean flavor that will go well with anything else you have on hand! In this case, I tossed this with slow-roasted tomatoes and served over Farro (and with a side of steamed broccoli sprinkled with truffle salt)
Time: 30 minutes
I serve this over farro or rice, and like to toss it with some chopped tomatoes (or as pictured above, caramelized tomatoes). Enjoy!
I think most of you know, but I grew up in Venezuela, a country which has a rich, blended cuisine culture. One of the largest populations of immigrants were Spanish - leading to us having traditional Spanish 'tascas' spread all throughout Caracas, which means I grew up having paella. I still crave the leisurely Sunday late lunches, where it took over an hour for the paella to be prepared, and you enjoyed tapas and charcuterie boards while sipping sangria, your mouth watering just a bit more with every passing minute.
All this to say, I'm an unabashed paella snob. I don't believe throwing shrimp on microwave rice constitutes paella. I have spent years honing in on what 'my recipe' will be, starting with a bumpy combination of 2 different recipes I found in Food & Wine, then modifying and taking inspiration from sources such as NYT Cooking, Bon Appetit, and of course, the advice of a few Spanish friend's mothers. A good paella takes quality ingredients, patience, and if you can, homemade seafood broth (we go along making it throughout the year and just throw in the freezer). But, don't panic if you don't have any, as you can get some at the store. Voila, I finally feel comfortable enough to post it!
Cooking Time: 90 Minutes (prep & cooking)
I hope you LOVE this! Let me know what you think in the comments. As they say in my home country, Buen Provecho!
Mediterranean Lemony Baked Cod
You guys, we love Cod - its meaty consistency makes for a wonderful meal, and I love how it absorbs flavors so quickly! This lemony, garlicky preparation inspired by Mediterranean cuisine requires a little preparation, but is a healthy option that can be on the table in 45 minutes or less! As my husband often says, there's something about EVOO, Lemon and Garlic coming together to give the flavor of butter without the calories!
Note: You can skip using the eggs and panic, but I find it adds an incredible texture to the fish.
For the Dredge
1) Prepare the spice blend (mix all ingredients together in a small bowl). Sprinkle evenly over the cod, set aside.
2) Get ready for cooking the cod. In 2 bowls and 2 plates in the following order:
4) Once the oil is hot, begin preparing the cod, following these steps:
6) While the fish is searing on the other side, add the garlic and wine to the left over EVOO-Lemon blend and mix quickly with a fork.
7) Take the fish off the heat and immediately drizzle the liquid over the fish filets. Place in oven, bake for 10 minutes.
Garnish with parsley and serve over rice, with a side of roasted veggies and salad.
As they say in my home country, Buen Provecho! Let me know what you think in the comments.
Healthy Tuna Casserole
Let's face it, casseroles are comfort food. But comfort food frequently isn't healthy. Below is a pretty good attempt to get the satisfaction of comfort food, without derailing your vital signs or diet! This tuna casserole uses our recipe for vegan cheese sauce and gives a gourmet twist to a home classic you grew up with!
As they say in my home country, buen provecho!
Why this recipe works - it takes lovely salmon, and adds a fresh take on it a seasoning blend designed to enhance the natural flavors of the fish, and keeps it healthy and super quick by cooking on the griddle. The shallots, caper and garlic will give it a zest to delight the tongue!
I serve with rice, a lemon wedge, and a crips salad. As they say in my home country, Bueno Provecho!