Fried Quinoa Stuffed Peppers & Coconut Lime Shrimp – Serves 4

Back to the grind.  Spent the weekend brunching, laughing, and lounging.  I try to do bulk cooking on Sundays but I was a weeeee bit too lazy so meal prep day was moved to Monday.  Now I’ve got leftovers for all my lunches – perfect.

I’ll keep this educational piece short and sweet…  These recipes are super easy and the ingredients are good for you!  Yes, good for you.  The more variety, the better.  Think color, think antioxidants.  Lastly, these stuffed peppers are perfect for vegetarians – not only are they filled with varied vegetables but quinoa is a complete protein.  Not all complete proteins need to come from meat, poultry, or seafood!  However I wanted seafood so I put together the fixings for my favorite shrimp recipe.

Fried Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 4 colored Bell Peppers with the insides/core removed
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 cup green onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, crushed
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbsp pineapple, crushed
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • SPICES (4-5 shakes):  Curry powder, tumeric, cumin, garlic powder, curry powder, red pepper flakes, chili powder, and ground black pepper
  • OPTIONAL:  Sea salt
  • Coconut oil – enough to coat a frying pan

Methodology:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Heat a frying pan with coconut oil under medium-high heat.
  4. Add to the frying pan the following ingredients: yellow onion, cilantro, green onion, peanuts, carrots, and pineapple.  Sauté well for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the quinoa, egg, spices, and salt (if used).  Sauté for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the quinoa mixture from heat and stuff the pepper shells.  Place the bottoms of the peppers directly on the parchment paper and allow the insides to face up.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes then set on a plate for serving!

Coconut Lime Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1# jumbo shrimp, fresh with the tails/shells removed (or frozen)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 limes, juice (the size of a golf ball)
  • Coconut oil to coat frying pan

Methodology:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Under medium-high heat add coconut oil to a frying pan.
  3. Toss in the shrimp mixture and cook until golden brown.
  4. Set aside for serving or add to the plate with the stuffed pepper – such an amazing combination.  Makes me want to go someplace tropical.

What else was on my plate?  I did add my usual staple of greens which tends to be either kale, asparagus, or Brussels sprouts.  As seen above, I added my Garlic Peppered Asparagus but unlike the linked recipe I did not add pumpkin seeds or Brussels.

xxx – Sarah

Spiked Lemon Crab Salad – Serves 1

Dinner is definitely my favorite meal during the week – basically I can be social or anti-social but either way time is more bountiful and some of the daily craze subsides.  I have come to love having salads in the evening due to the ease of being prepared and the fact that there are absolutely endless possibilities.   I have been playing around with a couple of different fixings and this is a new favorite – loaded with a variety of water-based vegetables and lean protein.  The variety of raw vegetables allow for various nutrients to be consumed, antioxidant benefits to be reaped, and assist with rehydrating the body.  After all, we are primarily made up of water so replenish well!

Crab is an excellent source of protein, and here’s why, 4 ounces of crab contains 90-100 calories/20-22 grams protein/0 grams of carbohydrate/0 grams of fat.  So now is the time to stop being crabby and load up on the good stuff which is also dense in vitamins A & C, folate, magnesium, and zinc.

Crab Salad

Ingredients:

  • Fresh lump crab meat (4-ounces)
  • Bell peppers, diced (1 cup)
  • Pico de gallo, minced (1/2 cup) – recipe will be posted shortly
  • Cherry tomatoes, slivers (1 handful)
  • Cucumbers and celery, sliced and minced (1/2 cup)
  • Avocado, sliced (1/4 whole)
  • Arugula (1/2 cup)
  • Baby greens (1/2 cup)
  • Cashews, chopped (1-ounce)
  • Lemon, wedge slices (2-3 each)
  • OPTIONAL: 2-3 tbsp or drizzle of Balsamic vinaigrette

Methodology:

  1. Create a base for the salad with the greens – arugula and baby greens.
  2. Add the cashews and avocado in the middle or throughout as the next layer.
  3. Top in sections with the peppers, pico de gallo, tomatoes, and cucumbers/celery.
  4. Add the crab meat to another section of the bowl.
  5. Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over the vegetables.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wedge(s) that can later be used to squeeze over the crab to bring out the flavor.
  7. Time to get munchin’ or chill and enjoy later!

** Side note – this recipe can be made with crackers or tortilla and utilized as an appetizer… Just don’t tell anyone that it’s healthy!

 

xxx – Sarah

Raspberry Spiked Ceviche – Serves 4

It might be almost Movember aka November and rage is pumpkin everything but I’m still craving some summer favorites!  A while back when I was in Mexico I sat in on a ceviche making class to learn the basics and it was quite the treat.  Life has been crazy but I’m starting to get some ‘me’ time and for me that involves creating what my taste buds crave.

I love ceviche with a mix of seafood but sometimes its fun to change it up – so I did just that and it even got a little messy!  Traditionally this dish takes about 1-2 days to make if raw fish is utilized due to the fact that the fish should be marinated in lime juice overnight to cook.   In my case I utilized cooked shrimp for a speedy result (for those who do not consume seafood or fish – opt for some plain chicken).   The fresh, colorful ingredients used in this recipe allow for one to reap the antioxidant benefits in tasty fashion with a sweet twist.

ceviche

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound mixed pre-cooked seafood (shrimp was my poison); chopped into various sizes
  • 1 large handful of fresh cilantro, minced
  • 3/4 large yellow onion, minced
  • 3 small green olives, minced
  • 2 medium red tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large avocado, chunks
  • 2 small jalapenos
  • 1 fresh lime, juice
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, rinsed
  • Optional: virgin olive oil

Methodology:

  1. In a large bowl mix all the base ingredients: cilantro, avocado, yellow onion, green olives, lime juice, red tomatoes, and jalapenos.
  2. While mixing toss in the seafood so that it is dispersed evenly.
  3. Drizzle some olive oil atop the ingredients (note: this is an optional step).
  4. Using your hands, squeeze the raspberries and rotate in circles around the dish allowing for even juice distribution, then toss in the remainder of the berries.
  5. Chill for 1-2 hours prior to service.
  6. Enjoy with some sweet potato chips as a dip, in a salad , or simply by itself!
  7. …and as they say in Mexico, exquisito!

 

xxx – Sarah