Category: Seafood


My cousin and her father were coming over for dinner tonight, and she wanted to contribute some frozen shrimp, butternut squash, and sugar snap peas, so I trolled all my favorite sources for recipes and came up with a recipe for Ginataang Sitaw Kalabasa, a Filipino stew that called for green beans instead of the sugar snap peas.  Since it contains no nightshades, it was perfect! I had some boneless skinless chicken thighs on hand, so I adapted the recipe.  It was a huge success!

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1 lb. frozen shrimp, thawed

5 boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into strips

1 large butternut squash, roasted

1 package sugar snap peas

1 medium onion, chopped

1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

2 Tbsp. oil (I used a sunflower avocado blend)

1 can coconut milk (14 oz)

2 Tbsp. eel sauce (or fish sauce)

1 Tbsp. red chili paste (okay, this is not nightshade free, but I grabbed the wrong jar! I meant to get curry paste)

1 C. chicken broth

1/2 C. chopped carrots

1/2 C. sliced celery

Saute onions, celery and carrots in oil.  Add in ginger, garlic, and chili paste, and stir a few minutes until fragrant.

Add in chicken.  Brown.

Stir in coconut milk, eel sauce, and chicken broth.  Simmer to reduce.  Add in sugar snap peas and cover until they are crisp tender.  Stir in shrimp and cook a few minutes until pink.

Thicken with bread crumbs, if necessary.  Gently fold in butternut squash, and heat through.

Serve over rice.  I used quinoa, brown rice, pineapple, and coconut with thai curry broth in the rice cooker.

The flavors of this dish were amazing.  Loved it!

 

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I’m still feeling great after giving up nightshades.  No pain at all and the psoriasis is clearing up after less than two weeks.

I sense that providing recipes on my blog that are nightshade free may fill a need.  I’ve been trolling the internet for recipes, and there aren’t a lot of resources out there.  One site,  tomatoesareevil.com did give me a good laugh.  My youngest son also needs to limit dairy, so he joked that we will soon be eating grass and drinking only water.  I’ll meet that challenge and work to make interesting, tasty nightshade, dairy free recipes that no one will guess are as healthy as they are.

Tonight’s dinner was nightshade free, gluten free and totally delicious.  I saw  Ina Garten make this – I adapted it to fit our needs.

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1 lb. cobia filet or other firm fish, cut into 2-3 oz. pieces.

1/4 lb. prosciutto, sliced extremely thin

1/4 c. Italian dressing

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. oil (I used an Avocado Olive Blend)

1 large sweet potato cubed

2 parsnips, cubed

16 baby carrots, cut into thirds

3 Tbsp. oil

Salt and pepper

Marinate the fish in dressing and lemon juice and oil at least 30 minutes (I did it overnight)

Preheat oven to 375.

Prepare two baking sheets by covering with foil and spraying with coconut oil.

Toss the vegetables with the oil and salt and pepper and spread in a single layer on one of the baking sheets.

Cook for 15 minutes while preparing the fish.

Wrap each piece of fish in prosciutto and place seam side down on the baking sheet.   Pour marinade over fish to moisten the prosciutto.

Place in oven and cook alongside fish for 15 minutes.

The prosciutto shrinks down and gets crispy on top.  Yum!

 

 

Gumbo

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 packages spicy chicken sausage

4 c. sliced fresh okra

1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 package broccoli slaw

4 Tbsp. flour

4 c. chicken broth

2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes with onions, peppers, and celery

2 tsp. Cajun seasoning

1 tsp. chopped jalapeno peppers

2 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp

Steamed white rice for serving

The night before:

Slice and brown sausage in olive oil.  Scoop out of oil and place in crock pot.

Top with veggies.

Add flour to oil in pan and cook for a few minutes until golden brown, about 4 minutes.  Add tomatoes and 3 c. of the broth.  When it comes to a boil, remove it from the heat and add in Cajun seasoning and jalapeno peppers.

Mix well.  Liquid should be visible, but not completely cover what’s on top.  Add a little more broth, if needed.  Reserve what broth you don’t use in the gumbo for cooking more flavorful rice.

Place in the fridge overnight.  Put on low for 8-9 hours.  Stir in raw shrimp 20 minutes before serving.  It’s ready when the shrimp is pink.

FUNNY STORY.  I was having friends over for a birthday celebration.  I had made the gumbo ahead and a carrot cake.  The day of the celebration, I wasn’t feeling well and nearly cancelled.  The only thing that kept me going, was the thought that the food was cooking itself while I was at work.  However, and this is the “funny” part, my daughter forgot to put the crock pot on and never received my reminder text message.  I came home to uncooked gumbo in the crock pot!    I’m not proud to say, I had a bit of a meltdown at her for forgetting.  Luckily, because I was not feeling tip top (understatement) I had come home early.  So, at 5:00, I was pouring the contents of my ready to go crock pot into a stock pot, to cook my gumbo on the stove top.  I brought it to a boil, and then lowered the heat and simmered I covered until the okra tasted done.  It took about 90 minutes all told.   I then added the shrimp in on the stovetop and simmered it for about a minute.  It all went back into the crock pot to keep warm for serving.  Meanwhile, I cooked jasmine rice in my rice cooker.

It was a huge hit!  I can’t honestly say how it would have turned out in the crock pot, but since the recipe of origin was from Williams-Sonoma, I’m guessing it would have also been good, and a lot less stressful!

Carrot Cake recipe to follow!

grouper

I was invited to dinner at the house of some friends.  I knew I was in for some good company, but I had no idea what a great grillmaster would be preparing some amazing fish!  I’ll confess that I didn’t get his recipe, but I looked around on the internet and mycookocracy.com had a yummy sounding recipe.  Not only was the grouper grilled, but so was the mangrove snapper (with a greek seasoning rub) and the asparagus (with olive oil, salt and pepper and a little garlic powder).   Our grillmaster also cooked over charcoal, so the flavors were amped up!

My Cookocracy’s recipe:

Grilled Blackened Grouper
photo from mycookocracy.com

Author: My Cookocracy
Recipe type: Grilling
Cuisine: Cajun
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds grouper filets (or any white fish)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Blackening seasoning
  • Lemon wedges
Instructions
  1. Combine the olive oil and butter in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  2. Pat dry the grouper filets.
  3. Brush the filets liberally with the olive oil and butter on both sides.
  4. Liberally rub seasoning into both sides of filets.
  5. Generously oil the grates of your grill and preheat.
  6. Grill the filets over medium heat, 5 minutes a side.
  7. Serve with lemon wedges.

Crispy Baked Cod

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Fresh Market had wild fresh Alaskan cod on sale today.  A perfect choice for Good Friday!

2 large cod fillets cut into serving size pieces

2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise

2 heaping tablespoons spicy mustard

2 tablespoons raspberry habanero marinade (or other fruity spicy salsa type thing)

4 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 c. panko breadcrumbs, seasoned to taste

Pinch salt for each piece of fish

Preheat oven to 350F

Pat fish dry and place in baking dish sprayed with coconut oil.  Sprinkle each with a pinch of salt.

Mix mayo, mustard, and marinade.

Spread over top of the fish pieces.

Melt butter is skillet and add garlic.  Cook about 1-2 minutes.

Add in breadcrumbs and toss until well coated.

Top each piece of fish with the buttery breadcrumbs.

Bake for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

 

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These directions are for one 13 x 9 dish.

2 lb. cooked deveined shrimp, tails removed, cut into small pieces

1 jar alfredo sauce

1 c. shredded cheddar

1 c. shredded pepper jack

1 lb. cooked macaroni

Combine shrimp, macaroni and sauce.  Pour into prepared 13 x 9 pan.  Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

I bought cooked shrimp and had it in the freezer when it was on sale for $5.00 per lb.  I bought the macaroni, cheese, and sauce all on bogo sales, so they were $.80, $2.50, and $.99 respectively.  This whole meal was $9.29!!  The second dish was made with chicken and jalapeno sausage in place of the shrimp, for the non seafood eaters in the household.

Mac and cheese is one of those meals you can go to when you feel uninspired and need to throw something together that is made with things on hand.

You can, of course, make it more special by adding in peas, mushrooms, spinach, squash, etc. or do a vegetarian version using veggies and Boca crumbles or tofu.

Also, some people like to sprinkle panko on top and dot it with butter for a nice crusty top.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

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1/2 cup balsamic glaze (super easy to make and cheaper than store bought – recipe below)

4 portions salmon

Baste salmon with glaze.  Season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 425 for 15 to 18 minutes on baking sheet covered with foil, sprayed with coconut oil spray.

Balsamic glaze:

Combine 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar (I used raspberry infused), 1 heaping Tbsp. Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp. honey, 1 Tbsp. white wine, scant salt and pepper in s small saucepan.  Bring to a boil and let it cook for a minute or two.  Lower heat to simmering and cook another 5 minutes or so until thickened.

Dolphinfish Vera Cruz (adapted from Guy Fieri's recipe via Kyle Hoy of Lito's Surf and Turf)

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 cups diced tomato (I used canned tomatoes)
1 medium jalapeno, diced (I used from a jar)
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons butter
4 (8-ounce) fish fillets (I used mahi)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup Spanish olives, cut into thin rounds, plus 2 tablespoons olive juice from bottle
2 medium avocados, peeled and sliced, optional (skipped these)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Lemon slices for garnish
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until lightly colored, about 3 minutes. Add tomato, jalapeno and white wine. Cook until wine is reduced by 2/3, about 5 to 7 minutes.

In a separate skillet, while sauce is reducing, heat butter over medium heat. Season fish with kosher salt. When butter is melted, add halibut to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes, flip over and then transfer pan to preheated oven and bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove sauce from heat when reduced and stir in olives and olive juice.

To serve,place halibut (first caramelized side up) in the center of each plate and top with sauce. Sprinkle with lemon juice, lemon slices and cilantro, as garnish

Besides my perfectionist future pastry chef daughter Molly, I have another chef in the family. My son in law Kyle is a chef at a local family owned restaurant (his family, the Hoys) called Lito’s Surf and Turf in Lighthouse Point, Florida. This is Kyle with my daughter Olivia.

Kyle and Livy - Litos Surf and Turf

His recipe for Dolphin Vera Cruz (which he adapted from Guy Fieri’s) was a big hit.

I think I’ll have to remember how much we all love fish and serve it more often. Yummm.

Pasta Salad with Feta Crumbles

3 c. cottage cheese
1 package frozen peas, defrosted

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10 grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered

Mix gently.

Add in:
2 lb. cooked bowtie pasta, drained
4 oz crumbled feta cheese

Blend and serve.

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I made a second bowl that had no peas and added in sausage for the kids who are not into seafood. That’s because the other batch (the really huge one!) was served up with shrimp cocktail. I defrosted 2 lbs. of frozen medium cooked tail on shrimp

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and served it with a sauce consisting of ketchup and creamy horseradish sauce to taste. Yummy.

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Both the “veggie” and the sausage versions of the pasta dish were a big hit!

Not Your Mother's Noodle Casserole (using leftover seared Ahi)

1 lb. sesame seared ahi tuna
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 8 oz. container ricotta cheese
1 lb. wide egg noodles
2 c. shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350.

Put water on to cook pasta.

Mix ricotta and soup in large mixing bowl.

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Chop and cook tuna on medium high in a little olive oil and butter.

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Once cooked, add ahi to cheese soup mixture.

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Drain cooked noodles and add.

Spread into a pan sprayed with cooking spray.

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Sprinkle 1/2 the cheese over top and bake 20 minutes.

Sprinkle remaining cheese and broil until golden.

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Molly ended up asking for ahi sliders for her birthday dinner, and I way overbought.

Rather than let it go to waste, I made a tuna casserole from it! The taste was amazing. I had ricotta on hand from the night I made meatballs.

You could easily substitute most leftover meats with success. Leftover steak, ground meat, sausage, or chicken would all be good.

Add ins of any veggies will give it some more color!

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