Coconut and Red Lentil Soup

This is so good! It is from Crazy Sexy Kitchen!

  • 1 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 c red lentils
  • 4 c vegetable stock
  • 1 can lite coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced

Toast cumin and coriander I’m a dry pot. Place in a spice grinder and pulse till fine. Add oil to the pot and heat over medium, add the onions and spices and cook until the onions are spot.

Add the lentils, stock, coconut milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 40 – 50 minutes until thick. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon zest, juice and cilantro.

Serve with avocado on top.

Serves 8.

Ahi Tuna Salad

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Once again I got sushi grade ahi from my fish monger – bam! This recipe was inspired by a PAtricia Wells recipe in Salad as a Meal – I used Ahi instead of halibut. This is the perfect lunch for a hot summer day.

Ingredients:
1 lb ahi, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 avocado, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tomato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, minced
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 c cilantro, minced
2 TBSP lime juice
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients into a bowl and serve.

Serves 4.

Crab Salad

So my copy of Salad As A Meal by Patricia Wells finally arrived. The only reason I say finally is because I pre-ordered it on Amazon over a year ago. In case you did not know, Patricia Wells is my favorite cookbook author.

I have not really had a chance to comb through it like I normally would, funny how 2 little guys, working and running a house get in the way. When I came across this recipe I knew it would be my first. It is the perfect salad for my busy Saturday and the fact that I can pick up fresh caught crab at my farmers market makes it even better.

Ingredients:
8 oz fresh crab, cooked
Zest from 1 lime
1/4 tsp salt

Salad:
1 bell pepper, finely diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1/8 c parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 avocado, diced

1 head of lettuce, torn into small pieces

Dressing:
1/2 c half and half
Zest from 1 lemon
1 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c snipped chives

In a small jar, combine the dressing ingredients, and shake well.

Combine the crab and line zest in a bowl, toss with just enough dressing to lightly coat.

Combine bell pepper, celery, parsley and salt in a bowl and toss with just enough dressing to coat.

On two large plates, layer lettuce, bell pepper mixture, crab and top with avocado.

Serves 2, but can be easily doubled.
8 WW PP if you use all the dressing (I usually don’t) you can also use fat free half and half (takes 2 points off the recipe).