Flaky Oven Baked Almond Crusted Cod

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This flaky oven baked almond crusted cod is one of my favorite ways to eat fish. The crispy nutty crust on the outside is filled with flavor and brings out the light flaky goodness on the inside. It’s made with Blue Circle Foods sustainable Atlantic wild-caught cod. Each filet is conveniently portioned into individual vacuum sealed packs.

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Almond Crusted Baked Cod

Prep / Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

4 wild cod fish fillets (I used Blue Circle Foods wild Atlantic frozen cod fillets thawed).

2 cups almond flour

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon ground paprika

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Juice of a lemon

Lemon slices and wedges

1) Preheat oven to 425 F. Place lemon slices down as a platform for the fish in a 9 x 6 baking dish or parchment lined baking sheet. Pat cod fillets dry with paper towel.

2) In a shallow bowl add the almond flour, garlic powder, paprika, sea salt and ground black pepper and combine.

3) In another shallow bowl combine extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.

4) Drench each cod fillet one by one into the olive oil lemon mixture then place each drenched fillet into the almond flour mixture and generously coat on both sides of the fish.

5) Place each coated fillet on top of the lemon slices on the baking sheet or dish.

6) Bake in oven for 16 minutes. Set oven to broil and brown on the tops watching carefully to prevent burning 2-4 minutes.

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean, Kale & Quinoa Bowl.

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Prep / Cook time:  30 minutes

Servings:  4

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced.

2 cups kale, roughly chopped with stems removed.

1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed.

2 cups cooked quinoa. (add 1 cup dry quinoa to 2 cups of salted. boiling water, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes)

1 teaspoon ground cumin.

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.

Olive oil.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Spread diced sweet potato onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.  Season with sea salt and bake for 12-15 minutes until tender and golden around the edges.  While the sweet potatoes cook, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium pan on the stove top.  Add the kale, cumin and garlic powder.  Season with salt and pepper and saute kale for 4-5 minutes until tender.

Add the quinoa, sweet potato, black beans and kale to a bowl.  Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper to adjust taste as necessary.  Enjoy right away or can be prepped in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Chicken Almond Piccata

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I am a huge Italian food lover and Chicken Piccata has always been a favorite of mine.  A lightly breaded chicken cutlet with capers in a buttery lemon and white wine sauce. I make this version with almond flour to keep it on a low-carb note.  Plus the almond flour adds a lot of good flavor.  It’s great with pasta, zucchini noodles, potatoes, asparagus and broccoli.  I even love to add mushrooms sometimes too.  The flavorful and velvety sauce coats the pasta and absorbs into the veggies so well. I love to serve it with a fresh arugula or spinach salad and a side of crusty garlic bread. Oh my goodness its so good. I feel like I’m eating a gourmet meal in the best Italian restaurant whenever I make it.  My kids like it too without the sauce,  but the tangy and lemony sauce is a must for me.

 

Chicken Almond Piccata

25 – 30 minute prep and cook time.

Serves 4.

2 boneless skinless chicken breast sliced into 4 equal pieces.
1 egg beaten.
2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper.
6-8 tablespoons butter.
6-8 tablespoons olive oil.
1/2 cup chicken broth.
1/2 cup dry white wine.
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice.
2 tablespoons non-peril capers.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Handful fresh parsley, chopped.

Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2-3 tablespoons olive oil on the stove top in a large pan until hot but not smoking. Blend together almond flour, salt and pepper on a plate. Beat egg in a shallow bowl and season with salt.  Dip chicken pieces into egg mixture then into almond flour mixture and fully coat. Carefully place each piece of chicken into hot oil adjusting heat to medium and cook on each side 3-4 minutes or golden. Don’t crowd pan or let oil get to hot to prevent burning and sogginess. Cook in batches if needed and add another tablespoon of butter and/or oil if needed. Once the chicken is cooked remove to a plate.

Scrape any remaining excess that’s in the pan (remove by straining out bits and reserving the liquid with a metal strainer, then add back to pan as almond flour may break up in the oil more then traditional wheat flour).

Add one more tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Heat through then add the white wine. Simmer for 3-4 minutes then add the lemon and chicken broth.  When the sauce is hot and bubbly add the chicken back into the pan.  Simmer the chicken in the sauce for 2-3 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper if desired.  Remove from heat and top with fresh chopped parsley.

 

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Easy Seafood Gumbo – Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker

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When I think of Seafood Gumbo I think of the warm weather and spending time with my family at a breezy dockside restaurant with views of the ocean and the smell of the sea.  {Sponsored by Crock-Pot® } But we don’t always get the opportunity to visit a place like that and it’s not always easy to find the time for dinner to be complex. For most busy mom’s a quick and easy meal is the way to go!

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I absolutely LOVE my Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker especially when it comes to making recipes like this Easy Seafood Gumbo which would normally take me hours to make. The Crock-Pot Express Crock’s 8 pre-set pressurized settings makes one-pot meals easier than ever. You can choose to eat sooner or use the slow cook setting to come back later to a delicious hot meal. And since I am not a fan of washing dishes, I especially love that it’s a non-stick pot and is dishwasher safe!

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There are so many other wonderful recipes that can be made with the Crock-Pot Express Crock including slow cooked briskets, soups and stews but it also can be used for quick and easy options.  Visit http://bit.ly/ExpressCrockUS to find out more.

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This easy Seafood Gumbo can be made in less then an hour and is made with basic ingredients. Most gumbos require gumbo file which I had a hard time finding so I came up with a way to make it without it.

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Cook time 50 mins.

Serves 4-6.

 

Easy Crock-Pot Express Crock Seafood Gumbo

Ingredients:

½ cup olive oil.

¾ cup all-purpose flour.

1 cup yellow onion, chopped.

2 cloves garlic, minced.

1 cup celery, chopped.

1 cup carrots, chopped.

1 cup red bell pepper, chopped.

1 cup green bell pepper, chopped.

2 cups frozen sliced okra.

1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes.

1 teaspoon dried thyme.

2 cups vegetable broth.

1 bay leaf.

2-3 splashes hot sauce.

1 8 oz. container lump crab meat.

1 lb. medium shrimp peeled and deveined.

Handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped.

Scallions bunch, chopped.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Place your Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker on your counter-top and plug it in.  Press BROWN/SAUTE, set temperature to HIGH, and then press START/STOP. Allow to preheat. Heat the olive oil until its hot. Add the flour and stir with the oil to form a roux. Stir continuously for 4-5 minutes to prevent the mixture from burning. Stir in the onions, garlic, celery, carrots and peppers and cook for 4-5 minutes stirring often until veggies start to tender.  Add the okra, crushed tomatoes and thyme, season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until heated through. Mix in the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Press the START/STOP button on your Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker and secure the lid. Press the BEANS/CHILI button and set pressure to HIGH and make sure the steam release valve is seal closed position.  Adjust the time to 30 minutes and press START/STOP.

Once the cooking is complete and the pressure is released, open the lid and add the lump crab meat with juice and the shrimp to the soup.  Secure the lid with steam release valve sealed, press the SOUP button and adjust the time to 10 minutes and press START/STOP. After the 10 minutes when the cooking is complete and the pressure is released season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve over rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice and top with fresh chopped parsley and scallions.

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Roasted Egg Plant Dip (Baba Ganoush)

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There are so many delicious dips and sauces these days, from guacamole to hummus, tzatzki sauce or french onion dip but one that doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves is Roasted Egg Plant Dip also known as Baba Ganoush.  It’s tasty, healthy and goes well with  fresh veggies, pita bread, spread on toast or with your favorite chips.  I like to eat mine in a bowl filled with veggies and some good chips.

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant sliced in half lengthwise.

2 to 3 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil.

1 clove garlic finely chopped

1 to 2 tbsp. Tahini

Juice of half a lemon

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Salt & Pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 425 F. Brush each half of eggplant with olive oil and place down on sheet pan. Bake for about 30 mins. until tender. Remove from oven and cool. Scoop out the insides of the eggplant and transfer to a bowl. Mash well leaving some chunks. Add remaining ingredients and mix until fully combined with a little drizzle of olive oil adding salt and pepper to taste. You can adjust any ingredient more or less depending on your preference. Serve with crackers, bread or veggies.

Avocado & Tomato Frittata with Cheddar Cheese & Bacon

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Ingredients:
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2 large russet potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces.
1 shallot or small red onion chopped.
2 tablespoons avocado oil.
6 eggs.
1/2 cup milk.
5 slices cooked bacon cut into small pieces.
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
1 avocado peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices.
2 small vine or plum tomatoes sliced into 1/2 inch rounds.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove top. Add the potatoes and boil for 5-7 minutes then drain. In a 10 inch cast iron skillet or oven safe pan heat 2 tablespoons avocado oil on medium high heat. Add the red onion and potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally until onions start to caramelize and potatoes lightly brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Add the eggs to a medium bowl and beat with a whisk. Beat in the milk. Spread out the potato and onion mixture in the cast iron pan evenly. Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes and onions. Evenly add the bacon and sprinkle on the cheddar cheese. Place in oven and bake for 12 minutes. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven with an oven safe mitt or towel. Evenly layer the tomato and avocado slices on top. Season with salt and pepper and move back into the oven. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until the eggs are fully set and firm and enjoy. If you prefer you can include the avocado in the mixture while baking or add them on top afterwards if you don’t like them hot. Either way they provide the same delicious creamy addition to this dish. Serves 6-8.

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Cauliflower Tabouli

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Ingredients

1 ½ cups riced cauliflower

1 cup grape tomatoes chopped

1 cup mini cucumbers, chopped

1 cup fresh parsley roughly chopped

¼ cup scallions, chopped

2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped

1 lemon juiced and zested

2-3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl add riced cauliflower, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, scallions and red onion.  Combine well.  Add lemon juice, lemon zest and extra virgin olive oil.  Toss and combine then season with salt and pepper to taste.

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