In a nonstick skillet over med-high heat, cook salmon skin-side down for 5 minutes. Flip salmon and add artichokes and dill to pan. Remove salmon skin with fork, discard, and cook salmon and artichokes for another 5 minutes or until flaky. Flake salmon with fork while still in skillet. Transfer salmon-artichoke mixture to a bowl.
Wipe skillet clean and return to med-high heat. Add 1/4 tsp oil and spread around skillet. Place first tortilla in skillet and cook for 1 min. per side and set aside. Place second tortilla, cook for 1 minute, flip, then turn heat down to med-low. Spread 1 wedge of cheese *minus a little bit) on tortilla; add about 3/4 cup of salmon mixture; 2 Tbsp tomatoes; 2 Tbsp scallions; and 1/4 cup spinach. Spread rest of cheese on 1st tortilla and place on top. Flip carefully and cook for one more minute pressing down with spatula. Turn heat back up and repeat for 2nd quesadilla.
Let cool for a few minutes then cut each into 6 wedges. Serve with Greek Yogurt and salsa. Enjoy! - Recipe from Clean Eating Magazine
* Instead of making two big quesadillas I made 3 smaller ones (3 servings) along with a salad for a light lunch.
As I was reading the Clean Eating magazine (great by the way!) I came across a two-week eating plan for which you have to cook every recipes. Since I have a lot of time on my hands for the next couple weeks and I like a good challenge, I decided to tackle it. They even gave me a grocery list: how awesome is that?
I’ll be sharing with you the good recipes and the plan specifics.
Last night Cleveland was hit by a HUGE thunder storm (at least by Northeast Ohio standards) with hail the size of a quarter! We just drove through the main street of Lakewood this morning and trees were down with everyone trying to clean up and assess the damages. Just a reminder that nature is a powerful thing…
On a different note, I posted a poll yesterday on comfort foods and here it is again. I’d love to have your input! Just so you know it has a purpose…
Very quick & easy, this recipe called for enchilada sauce, which my grocery store did NOT have (!?!?) so I had to make some alterations, but the result was ASTONISHING!
- 1 Tbsp olive oil (I use a posto-infused one… mmm!)
- 1 medium spanish onion, choppped
- 1 medium zucchini, grated
- 1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (takes some sodium away!)
- 1 1/2 cups corn, frozen
- 1 (and more) tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 12 corn tortillas, quartered (I use the smaller ones and lower-cal.)
- 1 1/4 cups shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
- The sauce: (an improvised mix of)
Ace Hot sauce
Mandras simmer sauce (by Seeds of change)*
Jalfrez simmer sauce (by Seeds of change)
The result was a spicy and ultra flavorful, tangy-ish sauce…
Accompanied by a very simple spinach-mango salad with white-wine vinegar & poppy seeds homemade dressing, it was VERY good!
Sadly the picture of the actual food looks more like a blob covered in cheese, (and I thought of taking the picture AFTER we destroyed it…) but if you really want to see it, here…
* Seeds of Change simmer sauces are soooo good! and pretty healthy
Sorry for the lack of Monday Healthy Recipe, it’s just been plain craziness these past few days. I’ll post one soon.
This weekend has definitely not been the healthiest, since I was hosting (with my boyfriend) the Superbowl party and made (w/o my boyfriend ) tons of food… I’ll have to share a couple of those recipes eventually, because they were delicious. The menu was made of 7-layer dip, pigs in a blanket and wrapped in bacon, meatballs, danish-cheesecake type of thing (out of this world!), chocolate fondue for which I made pound cake along with fruits, etc. So of course I had to try everything (more than once!) and there was a lot of beer involved too, but it was a blast!
I suspect that like me, you couldn’t wait for Splurge Thursday… right? Well here it is, and I have the honor to introduce you to a little french wonder, Chambord! So get ready for your martini night, because this drink will be the shining star! (ok, I’m being a bit cheesy but nonetheless…) Chambord is a raspberry liquor that is delicious on the rocks or in mixed drinks; and the best thing (other than its taste!) is that it is available in pretty much any liquor store. Really, us French people know how to do it (kind of kidding)!!!
- 1-1/2 oz Chambord
- 1-1/2 oz Kahlua
- 1 oz crème de cacao
- 1 oz vodka
- 1-1/2 oz milk
In a shaker add ice, then all ingredients and shake vigorously for a minute (work that right/left arm ) Pour in a martini glass, and decorte with a chocolate swirl or cocoa powder. Enjoy!!!
Chambord can be paired with many other liquor and juices, including Amaretto (almond liquor), Cranberry juice, or if you want a real treat, mix it with vanilla ice cream!
Now you might wonder WHY I’m making Yam (!!!) Brownies today. I mean isn’t it supposed to be SPLURGE Thursday? Well trust me, it is!
.→ It looks like a lot of ingredients, .but they are mostly all basics
Ingredients: (Yields 16 portions)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup packed Brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup peeled and finely shredded yam
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- whipping cream (whipped)/cool whip (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×9 baking dish.
In a large bowl combine butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, then the vanilla. In separate bowl, combine flour, spices, salt and baking soda. Stir into the batter until blended. Fold in the yams (and raisins if using) and spread the batter in the baking dish, evenly.
Bake for 25 min or until a toothpick comes out clean. Mix together the confectioners’ sugar, butter, milk and lemon juice until smooth. Spread over the brownies while still warm. Use the remaining glaze and combine with cool whip for a very tasty whip cream, and add a bit of lemon juice! Serve warm.
Enjoy, but don’t fool yourself: This is not Healthy Monday Recipe!
♦ What’s your favorite Yam recipe?
Today, we’re in for a BIG splurge! I made this for a brunch (you can serve it as appetizer though) it’s quick, super easy and divinely delicious!
- Brie cheese (8 oz round)
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp. of Butter (yeah I know…)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
- 2 Tbsp white vinegar
- 1/4 cup salted cashews, unequally chopped
Place the Brie in greased baking pan and cook at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Set aside (Don’t worry it’ll stay very soft and warm for a long time)
Sauté onion in butter, then add the brown sugar and vinegar. Heat until it begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Pour over Brie and sprinkle with cashews.
Now, this is not meant to be eaten by one person (although it will be tempting – Yes, it’s that good!) so share it with your friends over a nice bottle of red, and use this as an opportunity to start your own little weekly tradition!
I hope everyone had a great weekend, and to start off the week on a healthy note, here’s my “Healthy Monday Recipe”. It’s perfect to bring for lunch, or as a light dinner accompanied with a green salad… But here’s the best part: it’s healthy AND delicious!
Ingredients: (yields 4 servings)
- 1 Tbsp of olive oil
- cooking spray
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 leek, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 can (15oz) lentils, drained
- 4 oz dried fruit and nuts to taste (almonds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, golden raisins, dried currants, cashews, or anything you like) chopped
- 1/2 cup flour (1/4c. whole wheat and 1/4c. all-purpose)
- 1/3 cup old cheddar, Gruyère, or Emmentaler* (skinny of you can find it), shredded
- 1 egg (may substitute for egg whites), beaten
- 3 to 4 Tbsp of fresh herbs you have handy (parsley, basil, shallots…)
- pinch of pepper and salt
* Gruyère and Emmentaler are Swiss cheeses
Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a “meatloaf pan” oil lightly the sides and bottom. Cut pieces of parchment paper the size of each sides of the pan, and place in it (see picture).
In a large pan with cooking spray, add the onion, leek, celery and garlic over med-low heat. Add the apple and cook for 8min stirring at times. Add the lentils, dried fruit and nuts, cheese, egg and herbs. Add pepper and a pinch of salt.
Pour in the mold and equalize the top. Put in the oven for 50-60 min. until lightly golden. Cool down before to take out of the pan. It’s good served warm or cold… although during the winter I much rather warm
What I like about this recipe (other than the taste and the awesome smell when it cooks!) is that you get a healthy balance of protein, fat and carbs, so it’s like an all-in power meal! Try it, and let me know how much you liked it!