Monthly Archives: March 2013

Homemade Energy Bars – Easiest Recipe Ever!!

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These are absolutely delicious!!!  I am going to have to quadruple the recipe next time because these will not last in our house!!!  Check out the recipe here!  Next I’m going to try dried cranberries, apricots and walnuts!  

 

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Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Farro Risotto

A few weeks ago, I asked friends through Facebook what ingredient(s) they would like to see incorporated into a recipe.  I got a bunch of great responses, but one suggestion I found interesting since I had never cooked with it before was Farro.  I did a little research for recipes using farro and I came up a little short.  A lot of the recipes I found were for salads or soup and I wanted to make something a little more interesting.  After a little bit of brainstorming, I came up with the idea to make a basic risotto using the farro.  I paired that with a pan seared Chilean sea bass drizzled with a little fresh basil sauce, and the nice glass of white wine we enjoyed with it really completed the meal!  Here’s the recipe…

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pieces Chilean see bass
  • 1 cup farro
  • 6 cups fat free, low-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth, warmed
  • olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • kosher salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • ¼ cup pecorino romano
  • 1 cup fresh basil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine basil, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, salt, pepper and 1 Tbsp olive oil in a blender and puree until smooth.  Set basil sauce aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and 2 Tbsp butter over medium heat.   
  3. Add the shallots and season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add farro, stirring constantly until toasted, about 3 minutes.  
  5. Add the wine and stir until evaporated, about 2 minutes.  
  6. Add approx. 1 cup of hot broth and stir constantly until completely absorbed. Continue adding the remaining broth, 1 cup at a time, until the farro is creamy and tender, about 30 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and pecorino romano.  Season with salt and pepper, if needed. 
  8. While you are adding broth to the farro, heat a separate pan with olive oil and 2 Tbsp unsalted butter.  Season sea bass with salt and pepper and saute until both sides are golden brown and the fish is cooked through.
  9. Serve the fish over risotto and drizzle with basil sauce.  Enjoy!

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Fish Tacos

Simple, fresh flavors.  Light and satisfying.  These fish tacos take no time to throw together for a really quick weeknight meal!  

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb haddock or cod
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 4-6 flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • salt & pepper
  • shredded cabbage
  • pineapple salsa (recipe to follow)
  • cilantro sour cream (recipe to follow)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Season fish with cajun seasoning, cumin, kosher salt and pepper.  
  2. Saute in canola oil until golden brown.
  3. Heat tortillas in oven or microwave until warm.
  4. Assemble tacos with fish, shredded cabbage, pineapple salsa and cilantro sour cream.

PINEAPPLE SALSA:

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • kosher salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all ingredients. Season to taste with salt.

CILANTRO SOUR CREAM:

  • 3/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • kosher salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in a blender or in a bowl and use immersion blender to puree until all ingredients are well blended.

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