Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

Strawberry Caprese Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dry pasta (I used farfalle)
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed torn fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic glaze (I used DeLallo, but see instructions below for a homemade alternative)

See full instructions on: www.gimmesomeoven.com

 

Thai Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, Carrot Soup

Thai Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, Carrot Soup

Thai Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, Carrot Soup

Ingredients:

Thai Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, Carrot Soup

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (may substitute olive oil)
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup red curry paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups uncooked butternut squash, peeled, cut into 1”cubes, seeds separated
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1”cubes
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (14 oz.) can quality coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Sriracha/Asian hot chili sauce to taste (optional)

Honey Sriracha Butternut Squash Seeds

  • Reserved butternut squash seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha/Asian hot chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Garnish

  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts, chopped (a must! unless you’re allergic)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped (optional)

See full instructions on: www.carlsbadcravings.com

Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 6 cups fresh arugula, loosely packed
  • 2 cups halved seedless grapes, red or green or a mix
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
  • half a small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • balsamic vinaigrette (ingredients below)

White Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or traditional balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or agave nectar, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

See full instructions on: www.gimmesomeoven.com

 

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ small yellow onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Optional: hatch green chile or jalapeno for added heat, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cans Cuban seasoned black beans, drained (but do not rinse!)
  • 2½ cups low sodium, fat free chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste
  • Sour cream, to top
  • Cilantro, to top
  • Tomatoes, to top
  • Limes, to serve

See full instructions on: hostthetoast.com

Bulgur Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber and Spinach

BULGUR SALAD WITH CHERRY TOMATOES, CUCUMBER AND SPINACH

Bulgur Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber and Spinach

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of dry bulgur – cooked as per package instructions.
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 4 cups baby spinach – about half a 6 oz bag – roughly chopped
  • 1½ cups cherry tomates – sliced in half or quarters depending on size
  • 1 cucumber – peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 tbs red onion – minced
  • 2 oz feta – diced
  • ½ cups or 1 large handful of walnut pieces
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic put through a press
  • 8 twists of black pepper from a pepper mill

See full instructions on: greenvalleykitchen.com

Crispy Fish Tacos with Creamy Creole Sauce

Crispy Fish Tacos with Creamy Creole Sauce

Crispy Fish Tacos with Creamy Creole Sauce

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs white fish (Rock-fish or Orange Roughy preferred), cut into strips
  • 12-15 small flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 quart oil for frying

Batter

  • 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of creole seasoning
  • about 1/2 can of Sprite

Creamy Creole Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • juice of 1-2 limes
  • 1-2 tablespoons creole seasoning

Garnish

  • shredded cabbage
  • diced tomatoes
  • salsa
  • cheese
  • limes

See full instructions on: www.carlsbadcravings.com

Asian Broccoli Salad

Asian Broccoli Salad

Asian Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

Broccoli Salad:

  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 cup shelled cooked edamame
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1 batch peanut sauce (recipe below)
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (if you are gluten-free, use GF soy sauce or tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot water, as needed to thin the sauce

See full instructions on: www.gimmesomeoven.com

Skinny Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Skinny Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

 

Skinny Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, pounded thin, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips then chopped in half
  • 2-3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger*
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 heaping cup snow peas, ends trimmed

Marinade (optional for more tender/flavorful chicken)

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Juice from 1 orange (approx. 2 tablespoons)

Sweet and Tangy Ginger Sauce

  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-3 teaspoons sriracha/Asian hot red chili sauce**
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Light Breading

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Garnish

See full instructions on: www.carlsbadcravings.com