Roasted Artichokes

I received these beautiful artichokes as part of my organic share this week and I was a bit taken back. I am sure the face I made when these were handed to me must have been pretty amusing. I always see them at the market, know what they are, know that I like them (at least in dip form) but somehow always just pass right by without hesitation. Artichokes were not a food I grew up eating or ever seen it being cooked by my family. So I had no idea what to do with these! Well… Thank God for Internet!!!!

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My recipe of choice was found on here on this wonderful blog. Thanks to Pinch My Salt I knew exactly what to do and they turned out AMAZING!! Good thing she also explains how to eat it because I didn’t know where to start.

Follow her instructions and I’m sure it will come out just as delicious as mine.

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Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes and Feta

Here’s a quick and easy recipe perfect for summer days. It can be an appetizer or paired with zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or sweet potatoes for a complete meal.

Ingredients

3-5 large tomatoes
1.5 lbs shrimp peeled and deveined.
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh parsley I used dried parsley flakes to taste
1 cup feta cheese
Pepper to taste

Method

Preheat oven to 425. Place chopped tomatoes in baking dish. Add olive oil, garlic and pepper, toss. Bake for 20 mins on top rack.

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Take out and toss in shrimp, lemon juice, parsley and feta cheese.

I bought cooked shrimp so the dish was ready to serve. If you get uncooked shrimp, place back in oven for another 15-20 mins or until shrimp are fully cooked.

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Zucchini Noodles

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I can not believe I had not tried this before. What was I waiting for?!? Having some extra zucchini in my fridge gave me the idea of pairing it with some home made picadillo.

So good! All you have to do is scrape the zucchini with a julienne, avoiding the seeds. I placed the shredded zucchini on the skillet for a few minutes to soften up some. Serve with protein on top.

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash

Here’s a quick but tasty recipe for shrimp scampi. Enjoy!!

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Ingredients
1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
butter- I used ghee or you can use grass fed butter
olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced or grated
red pepper flake
salt and pepper
1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley
zest of half a lemon (1/4 cup)
juice of 2 lemons
lemon slices, from half a lemon

To view Method go here.

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Serve over spaghetti squash.

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BBQ Baby Back Ribs

This Memorial Day I celebrated by relaxing at home and grilling ribs for the first time.

Ingredients
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Cayenne
Chili powder
Bragg organic sprinkle
BBQ sauce or honey
Baby back ribs

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Method

Remove silver skin if the butcher hasn’t, rinse and pat dry. Place on a baking sheet. Apply the rub liberally all over. If you have extra, do front and back. Place ribs on wire rack on baking sheet. Place on a grill rib rack at 250 degrees for about 3 hours. On last 30 mins apply bbq sauce or honey on top and finish cooking.

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Bacon wrapped Chicken

Chicken can’t get any easier than this. Found this idea online thanks to Paloeluv.

ingredients

Chicken
Bacon
Dijon mustard
Honey

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method

I cut the chicken in strips and wrapped it with uncured bacon. Mixed the mustard and honey and glazed chicken with it. Baked it for 7-9 mins on 325 degrees. Turned chicken and glazed other side. Bake an additional 7-9 mins or until golden brown.

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Blackened Chicken

Here’s another way to cook your chicken. A simple but yet very tasty recipe I found at Paleo Table.

Ingredients

2 Tbsp- smoked paprika
2 tsp- chili powder
1 tsp- ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp- ground coriander
1/2 tsp- sea salt
1 tsp- oregano
1 tsp- garlic powder
1 Tbsp- bacon fat, olive oil, or coconut oil (I used coconut oil)
4 – boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used 6 chicken cutlets)

Method

– Preheat oven to 400º F.
– Mix spices together.
– Dredge chicken in spices.
– Melt fat of choice in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
– Saute chicken for 3 minutes on each side.
– Transfer to a shallow pan and finish cooking in oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.

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Protein Jello

Having a sweet tooth inspires me to look for different ways to have some sort of treat without deviating too far from my eating habits. So after getting some ideas from an online search I decided to try this…

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What is it you ask? Sugar free jello with whey protein powder. I chose strawberry and banana flavor but feel free to experiment with different ones. All you have to do is follow directions on the jello box and at the end add your protein powder. Here I mixed 2 scoops of protein powder with 1 packet of jello but that may be too much and left it tasting a bit too concentrated. Start off by mixing 1 packet of jello with 1 scoop of protein.

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You can pair this with fruit or in my case I added some Greek yogurt. It reminded me that as a kid I would mix my jello with ice cream…. Those were the good old days. 😉

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Coconut Shrimp

Coconut shrimp has to be one of my favorite dishes. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try this recipe. Better late than never! I will definitely be making more of these. To see original recipe go here.

Ingredients
3 large egg whites
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined with tails left on
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (maybe more)
Coconut oil, melted

Method
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
Whisk egg whites with the salt, pepper and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.

-Take the shrimp from the egg whites, letting the excess drip back into the bowl and place on the plate coconut flakes. Toss to coat. Put the shrimp back into the egg whites then into the coconut mixture again, tossing and pressing the coconut onto the shrimp to coat well.

-Place the shrimp on the prepared baking sheets. Brush with melted coconut oil.

-Bake for 6 minutes, turn shrimp over, spray other side with cooking spray and cook for another 5 – 6 minutes or until the coconut is golden brown and the shrimp are bright pink.
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