Monday, March 28, 2011

Spicy Friday Fish Tacos!

One of my all time favorite foods goes to the famous fish taco. Instead of waiting for a trip to California, Mexico, or Hawaii (where the best fish taco's are made and eaten) I decided to master it right now in my own kitchen. It is so easy anyone can do it and look and feel like a gourmet chef. I love great fish recipes because they are so rich in healthy omega-3 fats and lean protein. This recipe also provides plenty of vegetables and whole grain corn. It is just a light and delightful meal that is perfect for any health conscious eater and food lover!


Organic & Gluten-free (O GF)

- 1/4 head of cabbage
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro
- 1 avocado
- Rebecca's salsa verde (see recipe in January 2011 blog archive)
- Mexican crema, sour cream, or favorite shredded cheese (optional)

Prepare taco toppings:
- chop cabbage and cilantro, dice avocado, and prepare homemade salsa.

Gluten-Free Corn Tortillas:
- Make your own by using Maseca (masa harina flour), lime juice, salt, and water.
- Knead and roll dough into balls, then flatten with a tortilla presser.
- Cook on a comal (flat pan) for about 2 minutes on each side.
- If you cannot make your own find a healthy whole grain and gluten-free brand.
- My favorite brand that uses organic sprouted whole grain corn: Food Life
- Food Life tortillas can be found at Whole Foods.
- If you have a corn allergy / intolerance, Whole Foods also has a delicious brown rice tortillas.

Prepare spicy fish:
- 4 fillets of either mahi mahi, halibut, or talapia fish
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
- juice of 1 freshly squeezed lime
- 1/2 cup unrefined extra-virgin olive oil

In a large pan heat olive oil on medium-high heat.
In a bowl mix together flour, chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, and salt.
In a separate bowl squeeze juice of one lime.
Dip fish fillets in lime juice and then cover with spicy flour batter.
Cook fish in pan with heated olive oil until browned and crispy, about 5-7 minutes on each side.

Finalmente: Create your Spicy Fish Taco!
- On each tortilla add: fish, cabbage, cilantro, salsa verde, avocado, crema (optional), and a squeeze of lime.

Es muy delicioso!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

O GF Cocoa Banana Bread topped with Banana ice cream

After a long, dark, and freezing cold first week of spring, a warming comfort food was definitely necessary to pull through this winter season that just does not want to let up here in the Midwest. I had some very ripe organic bananas just asking to be used so I decided to make my delicious banana bread recipe with a chocolaty twist. The smell it creates while baking will make your mouth water even before the first bite!

Tip: if you ever have ripe bananas and you don't have time to bake them, don't let them go to waste, just freeze them. I will tell you how to make the most healthy and delicious ice cream from them!

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees


Organic & Gluten-Free (O GF)

- 3 / 4 very ripe bananas
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 1 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened & alkaline free cocoa powder ( I use Chatfield's)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla (without corn-syrup, read the label)
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda

In a mixing bowl mash ripe bananas, add beaten eggs, agave nectar, almond milk, melted butter, and vanilla and mix together.
In a separate mixing bowl add all dry ingredients and mix together, then add to liquid ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
Pour in a buttered 9 x 9 baking pan and bake for 60 minutes.

Banana Ice Cream Topping
- Use 2 or 3 frozen and peeled bananas
- In a food processor or blender add frozen bananas and a 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk.
- Blend for about 5 minutes or until very smooth.
- Top over any dessert or eat as is
- It is that easy and delicious!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Grilled, Gluten-Free, Grass-Fed Burgers and Organic Veggie Kabobs

There's nothing better than being able to enjoy the warmer months with healthy outdoor meals. If you don't have an outdoor grill you can 1- just get one already it's worth it, or 2- use a grill pan on your stove-top, it's not quite the same but it'll have to do.
I prepare a gluten-free burger by simply replacing the bun with leafy green lettuce. I have noticed gluten-free hamburger buns available at the grocery store but they are made with refined flours and contain processed sugar, additives, and preservatives that are just not good for anyone. Foods in their most natural state are always healthier for you and the only process it should go through is the one you use to cook and prepare it. So enjoy this meal soon because it not only provides a party in your mouth but it also provides heart-healthy fiber, fat, protein, and an array of vitamins and minerals from all the organic vegetables you will eat!

Grilled GF/GF Burgers
For a vegetarian option use portabella mushrooms in place of meat
serves 4
- 2 lbs grass-fed beef
I get my meat from Whole Foods or the French Market
- 2 Tbs unrefined extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher or sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and garlic powder.
- Mix the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder into the meat and form patties with parchment paper. Cook on outdoor grill or grill pan.
I have my husband to thank for this one =)

Burger Toppings
- organic leafy green lettuce
- organic onion slices
- heirloom tomato slices
- organic avocado slices
- organic / grass fed pepper jack cheese
- organic ketchup
My favorite brand: Organicville, because it's made with agave nectar instead of sugar and tastes amazing!

Organic Veggie Kabobs
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 purple onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 2 zucchini's
- 1 container mushrooms
- kosher or sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, unrefined extra-virgin olive oil.

Cut all veggies (except mushrooms) in 2 -3 inch pieces. Before placing the veggies on, soak the wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes so they do not burn on the fire. After putting on all the veggies, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Mmmmm, Mouth Watering!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

GF Crispy Fried Cod and Spinach Greens

After a long winter with little to no sun exposure, our bodies need all the vitamin D it can get. So during the late winter and early spring I like to eat plenty of foods rich in this vitamin because for many of us sun exposure may not happen until April or May. There are many sources of food that provide Vitamin D but the best source of D is from the sun. Make sure during those warm months of the year you get sunshine for at least 20 minutes a day.

On of my favorite fish to eat, Cod, is not only high in vitamin D but also contains healthy omega-3 fats, protein, and has the least saturated fat and cholesterol of all animal products. Add this super food into your diet by trying this very simple recipe that is not only gluten-free but free of most food allergies and intolerance's like: wheat, corn, soy, dairy, eggs, and nuts.

2 cod fillets
unrefined extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup brown rice flour
kosher or sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika

-Heat olive oil in a frying pan on medium high heat
-Mix brown rice flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in a bowl, rinse the fish and coat with the flour mixture
-Cook fish on each side until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes on each side.
-Squeeze fresh lemon juice over fish.

Serve organic crispy fried fish with freshly steamed organic spinach and quinoa.

Enjoy this fantastic fish dish!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Brunch: Organic Omelete

This recipe is dedicated to my husband, who taught me how to make the perfect omelets and breakfast meals. All props go to Angel on this one and thank you for making me the most delicious juevos!

Try this recipe at home and you will never want to pay for an expensive breakfast or brunch again. Not only is this meal quick and easy to make but very healthy, satisfying, and delicious of course.

Fresh organic eggs are naturally gluten-free and they provide an array of nutrients like protein, omega 3's, vitamin D (which many of us need at this time of the year) and they help the body absorb calcium. Organic eggs that come from hens that are pasture raised (free range) and forage their own food provide eggs with higher nutritional value, less cholesterol, more heart healthy fats, and less risk of carrying food borne illness bacteria (salmonella).

The great thing about making an omelet is you can add whatever you like or whatever is available in your fridge. This is may favorite version but don't be hesitant to make your own.

Ingredients (serves 2)
- 6 organic eggs (hormone free, cage free, vegetarian fed)
- organic turkey sausages (4 links)
- Rebecca's salsa verde
- extra virgin olive oil
- 2 hot yellow chilies
- 2 anaheim chilies (or 4 jalapenos)
- 8 stalks of green onion
- organic monterey jack cheese (optional)
- kosher or sea salt
- freshly ground pepper and garlic powder
- avocado

Chop 4 links of turkey sausage and cook thoroughly in a skillet (with olive oil). In another skillet, on medium high heat, saute the green onion and chilies in olive oil. Add the cooked turkey sausage, 6 beaten eggs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook omelet thoroughly on one side until it is ready to flip, with a large spatula flip it, top with cheese, and finish cooking on the other side.

Serve with diced avocado and mi salsa verde. Yummm!