Posts tagged gluten free
Tostones

Being that I’m half Cuban and spent most of my life eating the delicious delicacies the island has to offer, it’s about time that I post a dish from the enchanted country I’ve yet to lay eyes on.  Platanos are a typical side dish served up either sweet or savory.  This particular dish is made using the green plantain before it goes through the ripening process.

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Green Curry Shrimp

Here’s a dish you can make on the go. Just be sure to prepare the green curry sauce beforehand. You can keep it in the freezer. This recipe is perfect for days that I don’t get enough healthy greens in my diet and need to pack them in. 

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Coconut Green Curry

Sometimes when, I'm really busy, an entire day will go by and it will dawn on me that I didn't get my fix of enough greens. Other times I just crave them. The following coconut green curry recipe was designed to be easily stored and readily available in times when I lacked my greens.  One of the best parts of this veggie overload is that It can be eaten as a soup or a sauce.

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Massaged Kale Salad

Salad seems to be a "go-to" item for people attempting to eat clean and healthy. The problem with salads is that you typically can't prepare them in advance due to wilting and the unfortunate sogginess that occurs when you add other items to wet lettuce. Fortunately, there is a salad that doesn't just withstand the preparation process but actually enhances in flavor and texture as it sits, for days... This massaged kale salad is very simple and nutrient dense. 

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Pho Sure!

What the pho?! The proper pronunciation of this popular Vietnamese soup is "fuh", not "foe".

I think pho has to be my ultimate favorite soup. I just came back from a month in Vietnam where I motorbiked the entire country and tasted pho from Saigon all the way to Hanoi. My favorite was found streetside not far outside Saigon en route to Mui Ne. The spices used in that one in particular had me licking up the very last drop, literally.

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Warm Fennel and Grapefruit Salad with Grilled Sea Bass

Fennel is one bulb that has scarcely graced my kitchen countertop which won't be the case moving forward. After tasting this mildly sweet and crispy flowering plant on the grill I'm hooked. Not to mention all the wonderful benefits it provides. Fennel contains a combination of phytonutrients with antioxidant properties. The anethole - natural aromatic compound and flavoring substance - reduces inflammation and prevents the occurrence of cancer while dietary fibers absorb water in the digestive system and help to rid the colon of carcinogens.

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Carne Fría (Abby's)

When planning a long vacation, it's tradition that my family plan some meals in advance. Abby, my grandmother, holds all our favorite Cuban recipes. I asked for her help when planning our 2 week Bahama trip where most of it would be spent on the boat diving, fishing and island hopping. In doing so, we made one of my favorite snack foods called Carne Fría. This is the perfect snack to cut up on the boat with some crackers and fresh lime squeezed on top. 

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Almond Crackers

If you make almond milk on the regular then you've probably been asking yourself “What should I do with all this leftover almond pulp?”  If you’ve been asking this question every few days as you make your fresh almond milk, rest assured you’re not the only one.  As it turns out many people are wondering the same thing.  I know some who have been making milk for years now and still haven’t come up with a recipe to utilize the leftover, rather expensive almond meal.  In my last post that I did on almond milk I left you hanging for a recipe.  Well, here is one I found for simple almond crackers.  When I say simple, I mean it.  This recipe calls for just 3 ingredients, yet you can tack on more if you like.  It was my first time making these and I was quite pleased with the outcome.  They are perfect for cheese or whatever it is you like to put on crackers.  Feel free to include any herbs you wish.  For this particular recipe I used some fresh thyme from my garden.  Rosemary sounds like a good alternative as well.

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Grilled Branzino with Corn, Zucchini and Onion

I showed up to the farmers market a bit late over the weekend and the fish lady was out of my usual buys so I decided to make something I’d never made before.  Although I’ve eaten my fair share of whole fish, whether it be sauteed, baked, grilled or fried, I’d never actually prepared a whole fish myself.  So, with what better fish to start than the small branzino?

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Tomato Sauce

One of my staple batch cooking recipes happens to be my homemade tomato sauce. It's the absolute simplest recipe, with just 4 ingredients, and I'm certain to make enough to freeze so it's always on hand. The finished product can be converted into multiple sauces and soups. When serving it over pasta I typically only add crushed red pepper. When making an eggplant parmesan I've been known to also include some Italian seasoning to transform it into a sauce with more depth. 

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Deviled Eggs

Eggs. A wholesome breakfast item that you don't want to skimp on, especially the yolks! These babies are packed with essential amino acids, vitamins A, B, D and E, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc. Be sure to buy your eggs from a trusted free-range farm who stays away from the added stimulants, antibiotics and hormones that are an obvious threat to your health.

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