Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos

  
These shrimp tacos are so easy and quick – perfect for a busy weeknight meal.

Ingredients:
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp groung hot peppers
1 TBSP olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
Juice and zest from 2 limes
1/4 cilantro, minced
Corn tortillas
Hot sauce
Coleslaw

Season shrimp with cumin, salt, pepper and hot pepper and toss to coat

Heat oil over medium high heat in a skillet add shrimp and garlic, stirring as needed to cook shrimp evenly. Remove from heat and stir in lime zest, juice and cilantro.

Serve in warmed tortilla with slaw.

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Beer Marianted Tacos

  
The beef in tbese tacos is tender and super easy to pull together. I used the thinku sliced beef from Trader Joe’s. You could also us flank steak.

Ingredients:
1 pound thinly sliced beef
1 12-ounce can pale lager
4 TBSP fresh lime juice
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBSP olive oil
2 tomatoes, cored
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo, coarsely chopped
1/4 c chopped fresh cilantro
Corn tortillas
Cotija cheese, crumbled

Combine steak, beer, 1 TBSP lime juice, 1 tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper in a resealable plastic bag. Seal; chill 3 hours.

Cook onion, garlic, and oil in a small skillet over medium heat until soft and translucent, 5 minutes.

Prepare a grill for high heat. Grill tomatoes over high heat, turning occasionally, until well charred but still holding their shape, 6–8 minutes.

Reduce grill to medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade and season with salt and pepper and grill until charred, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Transfer to a cutting board and let steak rest 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, blend onion and garlic, tomatoes, chipotle, and remaining 3 TBSP lime juice in a blender until smooth. Add chopped cilantro, season with salt, and pulse until just combined. Transfer salsa to a small bowl.

Grill tortillas until soft and beginning to char, about 30 seconds per side.

Top each tortilla with a few pieces of steak, then some salsa, cilantro leaves and Cotija cheese. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over.

serves 4.

Slow Cooker Jerked Chicken Tacos

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Skinny Tastes inspired this healthy taco for Taco Tueaday. And they make great leftovers as a taco salad on Wednesday. I used TJs mango salsa but any brand of mango salsa will work.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP jerk seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 c fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 c lime juice
  • 1/4 c cilantro
  • 1 large mango diced
  • 1 pint of mango salsa
  • 1/2 medium avocado, sliced
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 c shredded carrot
  • 2 TBSP lime juice
  • 1 tsp jalapeno vinegar, from canned jalapeños
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 12 corn tortillas

Season chicken with salt, pepper and jerk seasoning. Combine chicken, lime juice, orange juice and cilantro in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours. Shred and retune to liquid, keep warm.

Combine mango, lettuce, lime juice, jalapeno and oil in a large bowl, toss until well combined. Top with avocado.

Heat tortillas in a skillet. Spoon in 1/3 c chicken, top with salsa and serve with salad.

Serves 6.

Carrot and Daikon Salad with Peanut Dressing

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This is adapted from Diana Henry’s A Change of Appetite. It’s crispy and crunchy with a spicy sauce – how can you go wrong? I added some spinach and served with brown basmati – if you can’t go without meat add some grilled chicken.Ingredients

EQUIPMENT:
food processor or a blender
9 1/2- inch springform pan
INGREDIENTS:
Vegetable oil and flour for preparing the pan
3 cups pumpkin or butternut squash puree
3/4 cup 1% fat milk
1/3 cup honey (113g)
1/3 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
Grated zest of1lemon (preferably organic)
1/ 4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
LEMON SAUCE:
Grated zest of 1 lemon, preferably organic
1/ 3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons honey
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Directions

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1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Oil the pan and set aside.
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2. In the bowl of a food processor or a blender, combine the pumpkin puree, milk, honey, flour, lemon zest, salt, vanilla, and eggs. Process to blend.
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3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake until golden and firm, and a toothpick inserted into the center of the flan comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes.
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4. Remove to a rack to cool. After 10 minutes, run a knife along the side of the pan. Release and remove the side of the springform pan, leaving the flan on the pan base.
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5. While the flan cools, prepare the topping: Combine the lemon zest, honey, and lemon juice in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until the honey is dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes.
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6. Serve the flan warm or at room temperature: Cut it into thin wedges and top with the warm lemon sauce.

Ingredients:
1 daikon radishes, julienned
1 c shredded carrots
6 radishes, sliced thin
1 c mung beans
1/4 c cilantro leaves
1 TBSP rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp sugar
2 c spinach

Combine vinegar, lime juice and sugar in a bowl, whisk until sugar is dissolved. Toss with remaining ingredients. Set aside.

Dressing:
1 1/2 TBSP peanut oil
3 shallots, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 inch piece of ginger, minced
1 red chile, sliced thin
1/4 c peanuts, chopped
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
2 TBSP sesame oil

Heat peanut oil in a skillet, add shallots, cook over medium heat until golden brown. Add garlic, ginger,-‘s chile cook for 1 minute. Add peanuts and sugar stir for a couple minutes until sugar starts to caramelize. Take off heat and lime juice and soy sauce. And 2 TBSP water then sesame oil.

Spoon peanut dressing over spass and serve.

Serves 2 – 4.
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Coconut Shrimp Curry

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This is my version of a Patricia Wells recipe. I added more veggies and some peanuts.

Ingredients:
4 oz snow peas
3 small zucchini, sliced thin
2 TBSP curry paste
1 can light coconut milk
1/2 c stock (chicken or veggie)
1 TBSP brown sugar
4 kaffir lime leaves
1 lb cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 TBSP lime juice
2 TBSP fish sauce
Green onions, sliced thin
Cilantro, chopped
Peanuts, chopped

Blanch the snow peas and set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, heat the curry paste for 1 minute over medium heat, add coconut milk, stock, brown sugar, lime leaves and zucchini. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Add shrimp and snow peas and heat for 1 minute. Stir in lime juice and fish sauce. Remove lime leaves.

Serve over rice and top with onions, cilantro and peanuts.

Serves 4.

Ahi Tuna Tartar

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I just can’t pass up ahi tuna when the fish monger has it, but you have probably figured that already. This is a simple tartar with some creamy avocado and some crispy micro greens on top, the perfect meal for a hot summer night.

Ingredients:
10 oz ahi tuna, diced into 1/4 inch squares
1 TBSP sesame seed oil
1 TBSP soy sauce
Zest of 1 lime
1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
Pinch of espelette pepper
Salt and pepper
Sriracha sauce to taste
1 avocado, thinly sliced
Micro greens

Combine all but avocado and micro greens, toss to combine.

Serve over 1/2 sliced avocado, top with micro greens and a squirt of sriracha.

Serves 2.

Thai Tomato Soup

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This is a super quick cold soup packed full of flavor! I have a Vitamix so I just plopped everything in and hit purée. It needs an hour or more to chill. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Ingredients:
2 c cherry or grape tomatoes
2 TBSP fresh lemon grass (inner part)
1 lime, rind cut away
1 TBSP ginger, peeled
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp thinly sliced Thai basil
3/4 c lite coconut milk
1/2 c water

Combine all ingredients in a blender, purée until smooth. Chill for an hour or more.

Serves 4.

Broiled Salmon with Lime Butter

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This super simple meal packs a lot of flavor – perfect for a crazy weeknight. I served it with roasted shaved Brussel sprouts.

Ingredients:
1/2 lb Salmon filet
Olive oil
4 TBSP butter, melted
Zest & juice of 2 limes
1/8 tsp butter
Pepper
Green onion, sliced

Preheat boiler.

Spray a pan with olive oil. Salt and pepper salmon. Broil for 5 – 8 minutes until cooked through.

Combine butter juice zest and salt.

Pour over salmon. Garnish with green onions.

Serves 2.