‘Blackened’ Mahi-Mahi with Cherry Spelt Asparagus

Last night I purchased Mahi-Mahi at my local fish market and created a deliciously ‘Blackened’ dish…yes, the smoke alarm surely went off and my tiny Manhattan apt was surely smokin’, hehe, but it was worth it…succulent and spicy…just the way I like it.

I opted to create my ‘Blackened’ rub by reaching for my magnetic spice rack and tossed together the delectable Marx Foods ghost chili’s and spices that are sold in my Open Sky shop…take  a looksy at these unique and incredibly tasty spices in my shop to create your very own blackened dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 ghost chilis
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. truffle salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Mahi-Mahi fillets
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup spelt flakes
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries

Directions

  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Cook spelt flakes according to package.
  • Trim ends of asparagus and steam over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender yet still crisp and bright green.
  • Meanwhile, grind ghost chili’s in a coffee grinder until they form a fine consistency.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine all spice ingredients; mix well.
  • Coat mahi mahi fillets with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and rub spice mixture onto each fillet.
  • Drizzle 1 Tbsp. olive oil onto the sizzling hot skillet and place the mahi mahi fillets 2 inches apart on the skillet.
  • Cook both sides until fish is fully cooked to desired consistency.
  • Note: Because the skillet is piping hot, there will be a great amount of smoke generated, but don’t let this scare you as this will create a delectable blackened fish.
  • Transfer to serving dishes. Serve hot alongside asparagus and spelt.
  • Sprinkle with dried cherries.
  • Enjoy.

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s nothing like a bowl of chicken noodle soup on a chilly February evening.  Last night I created a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free chicken n’ buckwheat noodle soup that warmed me up from the Manhattan chill. I tossed in some navy beans and my favorite dinosaur kale along with mushrooms and ginger for an exceptionally delectable soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 4 ounces buckwheat noodles
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup navy beans
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups dinosaur kale, chopped
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • Toppings: Organic corn tortilla chips, crushed; fresh basil, chopped; chili powder

Directions

  • Cook chicken over medium heat until fully cooked and no longer pink. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Prepare and cook buckwheat noodles according to package.  Drain and set aside.
  • In a large pot, combine water, dried herbs, spices and ginger.  Heat until water boils; add navy beans; cover and reduce to a simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, kale and sea salt; cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add buckwheat noodles, chicken and oil; mix well.
  • Transfer to serving bowls. Top with organic corn chips, fresh basil and a sprinkle of chili powder.
  • Enjoy!

Fabulous Falafel Balls

Last night I decided to create a tasty, unique dinner…something I’ve never made before…falafel balls, and boy o’ boy did they turn out delicious!  With the big snow storm coming our way, I snuggled into my apartment and created a warm falafel pita overflowing with extra veggies, of course.  The combination of seeds, nuts n’ chickpeas makes this dish incredibly palate pleasing.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned chick peas, drained, rinsed and mashed
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cups bran crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashews, finely ground
  • 2 Tbsp. butter substitute
  • Egg substitute for 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Dash of coriander
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • Whole grain or gluten-free pita bread
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, finely sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cup dark leafy greens
  • Fresh lemon wedges

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except butter and egg substitute; mix well.
  • Slowly add eggs and melted butter substitute.
  • Shape with hands into ball forms approximately 1/2 inch in diameter.
  • Roll balls in bran crumb mixture.
  • Place balls on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked.
  • Let falafel balls cool and stuff into pita bread with cucumbers, onion, greens and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
  • Drizzle with juice from lemon wedges.
  • Enjoy!

Superbowl Casserole

Ready for the big game on Sunday?

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that will have your Superbowl fans begging for more.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten-free vegetable broth
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup organic tomato sauce
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 1 cup SoyaKaas Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup SoyaKaas Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Jalapeno Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/6 tsp. ground sage
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • 2 cups shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups organic corn or rice chips
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Toppings: Greek plain yogurt, guacamole, organic salsa

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine vegetable broth, tomato sauce, tomato slices, onions, scallions, olives, spices, agave nectar, sea salt and pepper to form a sauce.  Set aside.
  • Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.  Layer half of the chicken, then beans, then half of the sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeno Cheese and tortilla chips.
  • Repeat layers, ending with cheese on the top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until casserole is bubbling and cooked.
  • Garnish with cilantro and top with a dollop of each: Greek plain yogurt, guacamole and salsa.
  • Enjoy the Game!

Homemade Ketchup

Here is a fabulous recipe that I use to top my bean burgers and use as a dip with my veggie fries…this ketchup is a health alternative to the store bought, processed ketchup brands that are full of sodium, additives and HFCS!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. stevia
  • 1 (6 oz.) can organic tomato paste
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. brown rice miso paste
  • 1 tsp. of white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. flax seeds
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the above ingredients. Whisk together until fluffy texture.
  • You can also use a hand electric mixer; this will ensure a whipped ketchup consistency.
  • Enjoy!

Sunflower Seed Oat Balls

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Plant some new seeds into your diet and reap the health benefits.  If you are looking for an alternative to your ordinary bean and nut balls or perhaps looking for a way to get more nutrients in your diet, take a glance down the ‘seed’ aisle of your local market.  Unlike nuts, seeds are not common allergens- which is great news for those of you who suffer from food sensitivities.   Furthermore, seeds are packed with nutrients such as Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Last week, I was venturing through the aisles of Whole Foods Market when I stumbled upon the ‘seed’ section…suddenly, a tiny light bulb went off in my head and I began brainstorming seed recipe ideas…(yes, these are the crazy things that I do in the food store..and the reason that it takes me hours to get through one trip).  I whipped out my handy-dandy tiny note pad and started jotting down seed recipe ideas…Let’s just say you’ve gotta lotta seed recipes coming your way because I literally bought five different types of seeds because I simply couldn’t decide on one.  Plus, it’s more fun when you have five fun seeds to choose from in the pantry instead of one lousy option, right? Well, that was my thought…I had created eleven recipes right there in the seed aisle of Whole Foods Market…I finally had to move out of the way since I was ‘hogging’ the aisle amongst many rushed Manhattan folks.  Eleven recipes was enough, I thought, so I tossed the five different seeds into my cart and went on my way…Can you take a guess as to what the other four seeds are?  Well, you’ll see them soon enough…they’ll be popping up in my recipes within the next few weeks because I have ten more exciting seed recipes to share with you.  I hope you enjoy baking these delicious balls; let your imagination run wild and toss in a new grain or seed of your choice…let me know how your balls turn out!

This recipe can easily be made with sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and flax seeds.  I enjoy using sunflower seeds with these balls, however, your seed opportunities are endless- get creative and have fun. Many of us are familiar with the mild nutty taste of sunflower seeds, which make a great snack and can easily be tossed into salads, stir fries and baking recipes.  A handful of sunflower seeds will curb your hunger while supplying you with a healthy dose of vitamin E, selenium and magnesium. So, go ahead…have a ball in your kitchen and create these tasty balls for your dinner tonight!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  cup rolled dry oats
  • 2 cups water (to cook oats)
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup crispy whole grain cereal
  • 1 cup bran crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 2 cups finely ground sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. wheat-free tamari
  • 1 tsp. spicy mustard
  • Dash of cumin
  • Dash of pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well until texture resembles cookie dough.
  • Roll mixture into golf-ball sized balls and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with tomato sauce and vegan Parmesan cheese topping.
  • Enjoy!

Healthy ‘Fried’ Green Tomatoes

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Do you remember this movie? What a great film this was….after watching it as a child, I wanted to make fried green tomatoes everyday!  Now that I’m a bit older and wiser, I’ve shaped up my recipe and re-vamped it to coincide with my healthy lifestyle.

Ingredients

  • 6 large green tomatoes, cut into 1/4” slices
  • 1 cup bran crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Nu-Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine 2 eggs and 1 egg white; beat well.
  • Dredge tomato slices in egg mixture, then coat with bran crumbs and season with Nu-Salt, pepper and oregano.
  • Coat a frying pan with cooking spray.  Heat stove top to medium heat and add tomatoes.
  • Cook until well browned.  Flip and continue to ‘fry’ (cook) until desired.
  • Enjoy!

Summer is the perfect time  for fresh, juicy tomatoes.  Head over to your local farmer’s market and pick up a few to try out this delicious recipe tonight.