Zuk and Basil Soup

This soup is so easy to make and the basil really makes it special. I love it chilled but you can also eat hot.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced thin
  • Salt
  • 2 lb of zuks, rinsed, cut into small pieces
  • 1 qt chicken stock
  • 1/2 c firmly packed Basil

Combine oil, onions and salt in a stock pot and cook over medium low heat until translucent, 5 – 8 min. Add zuks and stock and simmer for 15 min until tender.

Remove from heat and purée until smooth in a blender or with a stick blender. Add basil purée till smooth and serve or chill.

Serves 8.

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Saag Paneer with Feta

This recipe is from Bon Appetite and it is wonderful! I bit of work for a weeknight but so worth it. I love using feta, if you are vegan use tofu.

  • ¼ c plus 2 Tbsp. ghee or olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 1½” piece ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 1 lb. baby spinach (about 12 cups)
  • 1 small serrano chile, coarsely chopped
  • 1½ tsp. fresh lime juice
  • Salt
  • 6 oz. feta, or tofu, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp. asafetida (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. red chili powder
  • Naan or rice (for serving)

Heat ¼ cup ghee in a large skillet over medium. Cook coriander seeds and cardamom, stirring constantly, until starting to brown, about 2 minutes.

Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Mix in garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Add spinach by the handful, letting it wilt slightly after each addition before adding more. Cook until all of the spinach is just wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add chile and lime juice; season with salt. Let cool 5 minutes.

Transfer to a blender (reserve skillet) and blend until a coarse paste forms, about 1 minute. Return spinach mixture to pan and set over low heat. Stir in ½ cup water, then gently fold in feta, being careful not to break up. Cook until feta is slightly softened and has absorbed some of the sauce, 5–7 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 Tbsp. ghee in a small saucepan over medium-high, 1 minute. Add cumin seeds. As soon as cumin seeds start to pop, sputter, and brown, remove from heat, 1 minute tops.

Immediately add asafetida, if using, and chili powder. Pour ghee mixture over spinach mixture. Serve with roti or rice.

Serves 4.

Cauliflower Egg Bites

I tried something very similar from Trader Joe’s, they were amazing, and then I looked at the packaging and knew I could come up with something just as tasty and not be left with a bunch of plastic wrap and cardboard. These are super quick to whip up and freeze beautifully. Just pop them in the oven for 15 min at 350, and let sit for 1 minutes after.

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped fine in the food processor
  • 1 c shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers. Spray with olive oil lightly.

Mix Cauliflower, shredded cheese and eggs into a mixing bowl and let it sit for a few minutes.

Scoop about 1/4 c of the mixture into each muffin tin, filling just below the top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Edges with be golden brown.

Let sit for 5 minutes, pop out of muffin tin with a spoon. If freezing, let cool completely.

Makes 12.

Huli Huli Chicken

I found this one online so good! I served it with grilled asparagus and rice. I forgot the grilled pineapple in the pic – it’s so good with the spicy chicken!

  • 3 lb. bone-in skin-on chicken thighs (about 6 thighs)

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 c pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c soy sauce 
  • 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c ketchup
  • 1/4 c chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 pineapple, cut into wedges

Season chicken all over with salt and pepper and place in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, chicken broth, Sriracha, garlic, and ginger.

Pour marinade over chicken and cover with plastic wrap. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 6 hours.

Heat grill or grill pan over medium heat. Add pineapple and cook, turning occasionally, until charred on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, remove chicken from marinade, then bring marinade to a boil in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Boil until it is the consistency of a thin barbecue sauce, about 9 minutes.

When pineapple is done cooking, remove from grill and add chicken thighs, skin side down. Cook, turning occasionally and basting with sauce, until skin is crisp and chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes in total.

Serve pineapple and grilled chicken together.

Serves 4 – 6.

Pork Tacos

Pork Tacos!

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons mushroom powder, optional

1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more based on how spicy you want the mix

1 lb ground pork

1/2 c water

Taco shells

Avocado sliced

Lettuce shredded

Heat pork over medium heat in a skillet, stir in spices and cook until browned add water and cook over low heat until water absorbed.

Serve in taco shells with lettuce and avocado.

Serves 4

Artichoke Dip Sandwich

This is so easy and so yummy, thank you Bon Appetite for this winner! You can use whatever cheese you have on hand I had some firm goat cheese.

  • ½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more
  • 10 oz. baby spinach
  • 1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 oz. Parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Dash or 2 of hot sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 4 slices country-style bread
  • 4 slices hard goat cheese
  • Heat broiler. Bring ½ cup water and a large pinch of salt to a simmer in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach, a fistful at a time, letting it wilt slightly before adding more and using tongs or a heatproof rubber spatula to toss as you go. Continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until all of the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, then squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
  • Drain artichoke hearts and press out as much liquid as you can. Toss all the ingredients except bread and hard cheese into a food processor and processor and pulse till chopped and combined.

    Spread on bread, top with cheese and broil for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

    Serves 4.

    Shrimp Tacos

  • These tacos are the perfect weeknight dinner! They literally take less than 30 minutes.
    • 1 lb peeled with tails removed, shrimp
    • 8 tortillas made with coconut flour, or 8 large romaine lettuce leaves
    • 1/ 4 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
    • 2 limes
    • 1-2 avocados
    • Handful leaves of cilantro stripped from stems
    • 1 tsp of both cumin
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1/ 2 tsp of both garlic
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
    • 2-3 cups shredded romaine
    • Pepper and salt to taste
    To make sauce: Add the mayonnaise, finely chopped cilantro leaves, as well as the juice of only one lime to a food processor and pulse till smooth.
    Heat a non-stick pan on stove on medium-high. Add extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, add shrimps to the pan. Evenly sprinkle the cumin, paprika, garlic and onion powders over the shrimp. Add black pepper and salt to your taste. Toss the shrimp in the pan or use a spatula to mix and flip, evenly coating each shrimp with spices. Continue to cook for another 6-8 minutes flipping occasionally so the shrimps don’t burn.
    Pile shrimps, pieces of avocado and lettuce on tortillas or romaine lettuce leaves. Drizzle with cilantro lime sauce.
    Makes 8 tacos.