Mediterranean Pan-Seared Halibut with Zoodles

This dish is light, simple & flavorful.  A gorgeous take on the flavors from the Mediterranean with a healthy twist…..Zoodles. Or, Zucchini Noodles.  Welcome to a whole new world without pasta. YOU WON’T EVEN MISS THE PASTA!!! I PROMISE!

And the Sauce……

  

 

The SAUCE……..

Mediterranean pan-seared Halibut with zoodles

Ingredients:

Heat Non-Stick Pan to  Med-High.  Season Halibut with Sea Salt and Fresh Groud Pepper. Sear in Coconut Oil about 3 mins per side. Remove from pan and lightly tent with foil.  Using the SAME Hot Pan, add your Garlic and sauté 2 minutes or until fragrant, being careful not to let the garlic burn!  Add in the White Wine, Artichokes, Tomatoes, Olives and Capers.  Bring to a boil, then turn down to med-low.  Simmer for 3 minutes or until sauce is just reduced.  (Taste for seasoning.  Might need to add Fresh Ground Pepper, but not a lot of salt because of the brininess of the olives and capers!)  Add in Zoodles and cook 2 minutes or al dente.  This step will not take long….just long enough to heat the Zoodles through.  Finish with a pat of Butter, a spritz of Lemon, and some fresh Parsley.  Plate Zoodles and Sauce.  Top with Halibut, and a bit more Sauce.  Serve with fresh  torn Basil (and Pine Nuts, if desired).

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All about zoodles

So, a Spiralizer takes……. NOT MUCH PRACTICE AT ALL!!! It is super convenient, simple to use, and pretty easy to clean.  I strongly suggest investing in one asap.  You can also use it for other veggies too….cucumbers, carrots, etc.  It really opens up some RAW and Healthy options for you! The best way I have learned, is to start at the bottom of the Zucchini, and hold the top part were it was attached to the plant.  It seems like less waste that way.  If you are nervous at first, I suggest watching a video online!  You’ll be shocked and amazed how quick and easy it is!  I think that’s what I had to do my first time! #NoShame

Also, I’ve found the easiest method is to lay out a few sheets of Paper Towels and Spiralize right onto the Paper Towel.  This helps absorb any extra moisture from the Zoodles, and its perfect for storage.  I will spriralize a few extra Zucchini because the Zoodles keep beautifully for about 5 days!!!! Simply roll the leftover Zoodles up in the paper towels, place in a ziplock bag, and store in the refrigerator to eat on all week!!!! It doesn’t get any easier than that!!!

 

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Sage Butter Pork Chops with Beet Puree and Swiss Chard

This recipe popped up on my email the other day from www.FoodandWine.com and it looked absolutely GORGEOUS! Take a look….

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© John Kernick

See, I told you!!! The vibrant colors. The simple, rustic plating. It was also right down the hubbys alley! So, I got the ingredients and gave it a go….and the outcome was mouthwatering delicious. The meat was succulent, savory perfection atop the sweet, rustic beet (and potato!!!!) purée.  The combo was killer, and I can not WAIT to make the purée again and again. Honestly, it was the star of the show. I had no idea it was going to turn out bright magenta and my favorite item on the plate. Surprisingly, my hubby agreed. The beet purée was his favorite as well. I followed the Food and Wine recipe as closely as I was able, but I did make a few adjustments. Here is the basic recipe from Food & Wine:

Pork Chops in Sage Butter with Beet Purée and Swiss Chard

INGREDIENTS

2 large red beets (1 pound), halved
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (1/2 pound)
1 stick unsalted butter
Kosher salt
Pepper
Four 12-ounce bone-in pork rib chops, cut 1 inch thick
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 sage sprig
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 pounds Swiss chard, stems discarded and leaves chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large saucepan, combine the beets and potatoes. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the beets and potatoes are tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Drain well. When cool enough to handle, peel the beets and potatoes, and then coarsely chop; transfer to a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Rub the pork chops all over with 2 tablespoons of the olive 
oil; season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until golden brown on the bottom, 7 to 8 minutes.Turn the chops and add the garlic, sage and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cook until the chops are golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 135°, about 7 minutes longer. Transfer the pork chops to plates and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the butter into the skillet; season with salt. Strain the sage butter through a fine sieve over the pork chops. Reserve the crispy sage leaves and discard the garlic.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chard in large handfuls; let each batch wilt slightly before adding more. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all of the chard is wilted, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve the pork chops with the beet puree and Swiss 
chard and garnish with the crispy sage leaves.

MAKE AHEAD
The beet puree can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently before serving.
SUGGESTED PAIRING
Pair this dish with a lightly earthy Burgundy.

www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pork-chops-sage-butter-beet-puree-and-swiss-chard

Ok, so there is the original recipe. I only changed up a few things. A few simple additions to brighten the flavors of the purée a bit and a small addition to the lemon-butter sauce made this recipe a bit more Karified….you know I can’t follow a recipe if my life depended on it! I’ll make the final adjustments and share the www.eatdrinkbe.com version with you all! But, I had to give credit to the F&W peeps for this creative, vibrant, luscious, rustic dinner and share the recipe with y’all asap!!! TRY THE BEET PURÉE….YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!!

 

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Asparagus Bundles

Asparagus Bundles

Asparagus BundlesAsparagus, Prosciutto & Honey-Dijon

Asparagus Bundles

I Bunch Asparagus
1 Package Prosciutto de Parma
3 T Dijon Mustard
1-2 T Honey
EVOO
Crushed Black Pepper

*Wash and Trim (snap) Asparagus. Mix Dijon and Honey together in a small bowl. Lay out 1 piece of Prosciutto. With a Pastry Brush, lightly coat one side of the Prosciutto (or simply spoon a small amount of HoneyMustard onto the Prosciutto and smear). Add Asparagus in a bunch at one end of the prosciutto and roll it up. (I used 7 asparagus per bundle). Place on Parchment Paper, drizzle with EVOO and Fresh Black Pepper. Bake 400° 10-15 minutes or until desired crispness.

Bundled Up and Heading for the Oven!!!

Bundled Up and Heading for the Oven!!!

The Asparagus is tender-crisp with the tops perfectly roasted.  Amazing combo with the crispy, salty Prosciutto and sweet and tangy Honey-Dijon.

The Asparagus is tender-crisp with the tops perfectly roasted. Amazing combo with the crispy, salty Prosciutto and sweet and tangy Honey-Dijon.

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Baked Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Baked Salt & Vinegar

Kale Chips

Baked Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Baked Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

 

Baked Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

  • 1 Bunch Organic Leafy Kale
  • 1-2 tsp Organic Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2-3 T EVOO
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Coarse Salt

Preheat Oven to 300°.  Line 1 or 2 Large Baking Sheet with Parchment Paper, depending on amount of Kale you are using.  You want to have a single layer of kale chips, and no overlapping pieces.  Wash Kale and rip into large pieces, removing the stalk.  Place into Salad Spinner and spin until dry.  In a large bowl, add kale and splash with vinegar.  Massage Kale pieces with your hands for about 30 seconds to completely coat the kale with vinegar.  Next, drizzle the EVOO and add the Salt & Pepper.  Massage again for about 15 seconds to coat.  Spread out on Baking Sheet(s) and Bake about 15-20 mins.  Slow and Low is the key.  Watch closely for tips starting to brown and crisp.  That’s when you know they are ready.  The vinegar really needs to evaporate off, so turn the pans halfway through if your oven has any hot spots.  Also, the last 3 mins, you can take a thin, flat spatula and get under the chips and flip them if the vinegar is still lingering.  Just, BE GENTLE…as these delicious chips are now light and airy and delicate!  (and be careful when opening the oven bc of the fumes from the evaporating vinegar!!! Whew!)  Even if there is still a tad of vinegar still shimmering on the chips, DO NOT OVERCOOK THEM.  The Kale Chips will “harden” a set up some more after taking them out of the oven.  If you overcook them, they will be too delicate and paper thin and crumble.  If this happens, I suggest using the Kale Crumbles on top of soup or mixed into a salad!  Happy Kale Chip Making!!!!

Fresh out of the Oven!

Fresh out of the Oven!

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Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Roasted Cabbage “Steaks” & Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper

 with Rosemary Mustard Roasted Reds

Farm Fresh Ingredients

Farm Fresh Ingredients

 

How gorgeous are these farm fresh goodies?!?! I mean, WOW.  Simply stunning. There’s nothing I love more than roaming through my Local Farmers Market and pick up some gorgeous produce (and, who are we kidding…possibly some cheese, maybe some honey….and, really, who can escape without a loaf of crusty fresh baked bread….).  I can’t wait to create a meal out of this! Here’s what I came up with.  And, it was absolutely, mouthwateringly delicious.  I turned a simple cabbage into a hearty “steak” of a meal.  You won’t even believe how filling it is.  It was so darn good, I just had to share it with y’all!

This is what a Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper Cabbage Steak looks like before it goes into the oven!

This is what a Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper Cabbage Steak looks like before it goes into the oven!

Honestly, this is so easy to make, it’s going to blow your mind you’ve never cooked cabbage this way before.  I’m not a superhuge fan of cooked cabbage.  Especially if it gets all smushy and mushy and slimy.  No thank you, I’ll pass.  Now, when you ROAST it something divine happens…it caramelizes and crisps and is so wonderfully delicious that you forget you’re eating cabbage.

Red New Potatoes, Rosemary and Garlic

Red New Potatoes, Rosemary and Garlic

I bought some red potatoes and was feeling kinda lazy, so I decided to do a one pan roast.  Who’s not for easy clean up, am I right!?!?!  I cut a few long stems of Rosemary from my garden and placed the red potatoes and a few whole garlic cloves on top.  Drizzled with EVOO and seasoned with Salt and Pepper.

Sliced and Seasoned Cabbage "Steaks"

Sliced and Seasoned Cabbage “Steaks”

Next, slice the Cabbage and Onion into large round discs.  Layer the Onion slice on top of the Cabbage slice.  Season with EVOO, salt & pepper.

Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper with Jalapeño

Bacon Wrapped Red Pepper with Jalapeño

Unfortunately, I didn’t take step-by-step pics of the bacon wrapped peppers.  No worries, its super simple.  Just slice the Red Pepper into chunky pieces.  Take a slice of jalapeño and place it inside the red pepper.  Then, take a slice of nice applewood bacon and wrap it around the 2 peppers.  I used a few different methods for wrapping…the basket-weave, the spiral, the wrap and tuck.  They all turned out perfect.  So, do whatever works for that particular hunk of pepper!  I also added a small slice of jalapeño on top so that my diners would know a jalapeño was inside. TIP: I would NOT recommend leaving it on top (like I did!!!!) while you roast it.  Leave it off and add the fresh green jalapeño on top before serving.  That way my guests know their dish may have a kick, but the small jalapeño piece on top won’t burn in the oven and looks wayyyy prettier!

That Red Pepper is snug all wrapped up in baaaaacon!

That Red Pepper looks all snug and delicious wrapped up in baaaaacon!

 

And, if you notice the potatoes in the background, I had a little bacon and red pepper leftover.  No to waste, I tucked it in between the rosemary potatoes and let the bacon drippings kick up the flavor!  This turned out to be an excellent idea.  TIP: Keep the bacon strips on the larger side if you use any in the potatoes so it will all cook evenly!

Here's a Birds Eye View

Here’s a Birds Eye View

Not too shabby for a one pan dinner!

If you don't like spice, you can always use a fresh herb (basil) instead.  But, top it AFTER roasting!!!

If you don’t like spice, you can always use a fresh herb (basil) instead. But, top it AFTER roasting!!!

Pop into a preheated oven!

Yummy!

Just imagine that bacon grease dripping down the onion and over the cabbage seasoning each bite from start to finish!

Roast 400 for 35-45 mins until desired doneness.

Potatoes are Perfect!

Potatoes are Perfect!

Spoon the Roasted Reds into a bowl.  Add any crispy, non-burnt pieces of Rosemary and squeeze the roasted Garlic out too!  Don’t leave that little piece of deliciousness behind!!!

Roasted Red Potatoes with Mustard, Rosemary & Roasted Garlic

Roasted Red Potatoes with Mustard, Rosemary & Roasted Garlic

To finish the potatoes, add a dollop of Whole Grain Mustard.  Season with Salt and Pepper and add a dash of EVOO if needed.

This is how we like it!

This is how we like it!

“Desired Doneness” is personal preference.  Our household (read: my hubby) likes bacon extra crispy (read: burnt!!!).  We also like the cabbage more done and crispy on the sides and top.  Feel free to take it out sooner or later depending on how you like it!

Cabbage Steaks, who knew?!?!

Cabbage Steaks, who knew?!?!

I served this to my husband and his best buddy Travis.  They are meat eaters…..def not vegetarians.  They both DEVOURED this!  I couldn’t believe how much they raved over it.  I was not expecting such delicious results!

Plate It Up!

Plate It Up!

Looking good, but see….this is where the fresh jalapeño or herb would look loverly on top instead of my seriously roasted chipotle pepper (read: burnt jalapeño).

Served with a side of Farm Fresh Corn with Local Butter and Sea Salt

Served with a side of Farm Fresh Corn with Local Butter and Sea Salt

Last, lightly drizzle a nice Aged Balsamic over the Steaks or use a Balsamic Glaze.  This puts it right over the top!

Fresh Tomatoes with Spicy Thai Cucumbers

Fresh Tomatoes with Spicy Sweet Thai Cucumbers

I also served a fresh, light side of Tomatoes & Thai Cucumbers.  Amazing.

Yeah, I'm gonna need to share this recipe with y'all soon!

Yeah, I’m gonna need to share this recipe with y’all soon!

Plate and DEVOUR!!!

Ready to Eat!!!

Ready to Eat!!!

 

 

Roasted Cabbage “Steaks”

1 Organic Cabbage, outer leaves pulled off, then sliced into rounds

1 Large Onion, sliced into rounds (I used Vidalia)

1 Red Pepper, sliced into chunks

Applewood Smoked Bacon, sliced in half if necessary (just need enough to wrap pepper)

1 Jalapeño, sliced into rounds (deseeded if you want less heat)

Good Quality EVOO

Good Quality Aged Balsamic

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

*Preheat Oven 400. Lightly Spray Baking Sheet with Non-Stick Olive Oil Cooking Spray.  Lay Cabbage Rounds down first, then place the Onion Rounds on top.  Drizzle with EVOO, Salt & Pepper.  Slice Red Pepper into long chunks, place a jalapeño slice inside (if using) and wrap with bacon.  Place the “tucked sides” underneath the bottom of the pepper and put the bacon wrapped pepper “tucked side down” on top of the onion.  Roast 35-45 mins until bacon is done and cabbage edges are brown and crispy!  Remove and carefully transfer to plate.  Drizzle with a nice Aged Balsamic before serving.

 

TIP: You can make this dish completely vegetarian by omitting the bacon wrapped pepper.  Cabbage Steaks are still delicious!  Add the Onion or leave it plain…..just add some garlic to up the flavor some!  I’ll post a recipe soon for Garlic Roasted Cabbage Steaks!

I also made this for the first time (as pictured) using parchment paper because I was afraid of the cabbage sticking to the baking sheet.  I found that when I used the parchment paper, the bottom of the cabbage steak didn’t brown and crisp as much.  So, in the directions I changed that part.  Feel free to experiment!

 

Rosemary Mustard Roasted Red Potatoes

Red Potatoes

Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

Applewood Bacon Slices

Red Pepper Slices

Whole Garlic Cloves

EVOO

Sea Salt

Fresh Cracked Pepper

1-2  T Whole Grain Mustard

*Preheat Oven 400.  Spray Baking Sheet with Non-Stick Olive Oil Cooking Spray.  Lay Potatoes, Garlic, and Bacon & Red Pepper Slices ON TOP of Rosemary Sprigs.  Drizzle with EVOO, Sea Salt & Pepper.  Roast 35-45 mins until done.  Transfer to bowl and add 1-2  T Whole Grain Mustard. (you just need enough to lightly coat the potatoes.  Add 1 tsp EVOO if needed.) Season with Salt and Pepper.  Enjoy!  TIP: Be sure to add any delightful crispy bits of Rosemary that made it through the roasting without getting burnt!

 

I hope y’all try this.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie

Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Summ-Summertime!!!

 Absolute perfection in two words: Tomato. Pie.

Sweet, Juicy, Ripe & Plump. Little colorful bursts of heaven.

Easily grown with a HUGE variety: Heirloom, Big Boy, Chocolate Cherry, Yellow Pear… these delightful tomatoes serve up spectacular dishes from snacks and apps all the way to the main course!

Savory Sweet Southern Tomato Pie

Savory Southern Tomato Pie

 

As Elegant and Lip-Smackin’ Good as this dish is,it is surprisingly,fabulously, summertime-tasticly, super simple to make!  Thank the Summertime Gods for smiling down on us with ripe, juicy tomatoes-a-plenty!  Here’s a tasty solution for what to do with your overabundance!  Lemme Break it down for ya.

This is what it looks like right before popping into the oven.

This is what it looks like right before popping into the oven!

Now, first things first.  Slice up those juicy plump tomatoes and lay them out on a couple layers of paper towels. Sprinkle them with Salt.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!!  If you do, you will have a watery pie…and NO ONE likes a watery pie!  It’s best to let them sit out for at least a half hour on the paper towels.  Then, be sure to blot the topside as well with a paper towel before layering!  I only had a few gorgeous red tomatoes, but mixing up heirloom and different varietals in this recipe is always a plus!

Salt Tomatoes to Release Excess Moisture

Salt Tomatoes to Release Excess Moisture

 

To simplify tonight, I even used a pre-made piecrust and just jazzed it up a little.  Karified it! 🙂

Savory Rosemary Crust

Savory Rosemary Crust

Press a little fresh Chopped Rosemary and Coarse Ground Black Pepper into the unthawed pre-made piecrust lightly with your fingertips.  Bake 400 10-15 mins until just brown, or per instructions.

Rosemary Black Pepper Crust

The aromatic Rosemary will make your Kitchen smell divine!

 

While this is baking in the Oven, you want to go ahead and make your Shallot/Cheese Mixture.  Here’s whatcha need:

Shallots, Garlic, Chiles

Shallots, Garlic, Chiles

Finely Chop Shallots, Garlic and a few Chiles to taste!

Kitchen is starting to smell AMAZING!!!

Kitchen is starting to smell AMAZING!!!

Cook the garlic just a minute or two until fragrant, be careful not to burn it or it will turn bitter!

Gather Your Ingredients

Gather Your Ingredients

 

You can keep this super simple and just use Mayo and Cheddar Cheese, but…who are we kidding…When have I been know to do that?!?!?!  This is gonna be SO MUCH BETTER!!!

Add Ingredients to Garlic and Shallot Mixture

Add Ingredients to Garlic and Shallot Mixture

Horseradish, Duke’s Mayo, Herbed Goat Cheese, Shaved Parmesan, Lemon Zest, Salt & Pepper

Leave Mozzareall

Do NOT add Mozzarella, Chiles and Lemon Juice yet!

Fresh. Basil.

Toss is a few handfuls for Freshly Torn Basil

Next, Mix to combine cheeses.  The Shallots should still be warm, which will make this step easier.  Use Lemon Juice to thin out the mixture.  Depending on the size of your lemon, you will need about 1/2 to  the whole lemon.  I had a large lemon and only needed to use half!  You don’t want your mixture runny, just a thick but spreadable consistency.

Spread a THIN Layer onto your pie crust

Now, Let’s start assembling this Tomato Pie!

Start by spreading a THIN LAYER of the cheese and shallot mixture onto the bottom of the Pie Crust.  This extra step will help in keeping the bottom crust from getting soggy!

Layer your Delicious Tomatoes

Layer your Delicious Tomatoes

Next, add a Layer of Tomatoes

Cheese/Shallot Mixture & Fresh Mozzarella

Goat Cheese/Shallot Mixture & Fresh Mozzarella

Dollop the Goat Cheese Mixture and tear some Mozzarella on top the Tomato Layer

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 Repeat if needed:

<— Tomato Layer

Cheese Layer —>

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Finish Pie with Goat Cheese & Mozzarella.  Top with Shredded Parmesan, Fresh Basil, Chiles & EVOO.  Season with Salt & Pepper.

Oh My, now THAT'S A PIE!

Oh My, now THAT’S A PIE!

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Pop in the Oven and Bake.

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Fresh Out of the Oven!

TIP: Do NOT serve Immediately!

TIP: Do NOT serve Immediately!

As hard as this will be…..LET THE TOMATO PIE COOL for at least 15 mins.  It needs to set!!!

Best served warm with lightly dressed mixed greens

Best served warm with lightly dressed mixed greens

For a quick, healthy side….serve with leafy greens.  I dressed mine super simple and it was perfect.  Squeeze the last half of the lemon over Greens. Drizzle 1 tsp EVOO.  Season with Salt and Pepper. Toss. Serve.

 

Southern Tomato Pie

1 PreMade Pie Crust

2 Sprigs Rosemary, chopped

Coarse Black Pepper

2-4 Ripe Tomatoes, sliced

Handful Basil, torn

2 T EVOO

2 Shallots, minced

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

Chiles or Jalapeño, minced (to taste)

1/3 Cup Duke’s Mayonnaise

2 T Horseradish

8 oz. Herbed Goat Cheese Log, crumbled

1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan, divided

4 oz. Mozzarella, torn & divided

1 Organic Lemon, juice & zest

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

*Preheat Oven 350.  Slice Tomatoes and place on paper towels.  Sprinkle with Salt and allow to drain.  Set Aside.  Next, take pre-made Pie Crust and sprinkle with Rosemary and Coarse Black Pepper.  Press lightly with fingers into crust.  Bake according to piecrust instructions until just browning.  Remove from Oven and let cool.

*Meanwhile, Add 1 T EVOO to small Sauté Pan and sweat Shallots, Chiles, s&p about 3-5 mins until translucent.  Turn down heat to Med-Low.  Add Garlic and cook 2 mins more.  Stirring some so you don’t burn the garlic! Next, add your Dukes Mayo, Horseradish, Goat Cheese, 1/3 Cup Parmesan, Lemon Zest, Torn Basil, Lemon Juice, salt & pepper.  Mix to combine.

*In Cooled Savory Pie Crust, spread a THIN LAYER of Goat Cheese Mixture on the bottom.  Add a Layer of Tomatoes.  Then a Layer of dollops of Goat Cheese Mixture and Torn Mozzarella.  Add another Layer of Tomatoes.  Top with Goat Cheese Mixture, Torn Mozzarella, Torn Basil, and a few fresh chiles.  Drizzle with 1 T EVOO and Season with Salt & Pepper.

*Bake 350 for 30 Mins or until top is brown and bubbly!

*Let cool for 15 mins before serving!

 

TIPS:

  • Substitue ANY cheese you like.  Swap the Goat Cheese for Feta.  Use Shredded Mozzarella if you need to.  Swap Parmesan for Asiago. Really, anything goes here.
  • Even if you DESPISE MAYONNAISE…..you REALLY REALLY REALLY need it for this recipe.  I cut it down to a super small amount.  I PROMISE you won’t even know it’s in there.  My hubby HATES mayo, and he LOVED this!  Trust me.
  • If you want to make your own crust….go for it!  Add the herbs in at the end as its coming together!  Using a pre-made pie crust that you roll out…no worries.  Simply add the Rosemary and Pepper on top and press it in with your fingers or a rolling pin before you lay it in the pie plate.
  • For the Love of All Things Soggy…..DON’T FORGET TO SLICE, SALT & DRAIN YOUR TOMATOES.  I can not emphasize this enough.  That’s the last I’m gonna say about that…
  • If your Crust Starts to get to brown, use a pie crust shield or some foil around the edges to prevent burning!
  • Experiment with different types of tomatoes.  The result is sure to be Gorgeously Delicious!!!

 

And that’s that.

My Version of Southern Tomato Pie, Baby.

Enjoy!

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Skinny Grilled Lemon Haricot Verts

Haricot Verts

Haricot Verts

 

Haricot Verts

Here is a super simple, basic recipe for Haricot Verts.  Sounds fancy, right??? But, they are simply French Green Beans….longer and skinner than regular green beans, and I ADORE them!  They are so easy to prepare and delicious to eat.  Just be sure not to overcook them, as they will get mushy.  I like mine just cooked enough to still have a slight bite/snap to them!  (think asparagus)

All you have to do is simply rinse, set in foil, season & cook.  Doesn’t get any easier than that!

Since they are in foil, you can roast them in the oven OR throw them on the Grill!

Grilled Haricot Verts

Grilled Haricot Verts

 

Grilled Lemon Haricot Verts

1 lb  Organic Haricot Verts

1 T Organic EVOO (Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

1 Clove Organic Garlic, finely minced

Organic Lemon Slices

2 Bay Leaves

1/2 tsp Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

*Lay Haricot Verts on Foil.  Drizzle with EVOO.  Top with Garlic.  Add 2 Bay Leaves & Organic Lemon Slices.  Season with Red Pepper, Salt & Pepper.  Wrap in Foil.  Grill 5-10 mins until tender crisp! (Grill time really depends on the temperature of your Grill.  They really do NOT take long…be sure to check them after 5 mins so you don’t overcook.  Practice makes perfect!)

 

***TIPS***

You can change this up a million and one different ways.  From the cooking process (Roasting or Grilling) to the seasonings.

Lemon really makes this POP and give some serious flavor.  You can always use 2 tsp of Vinegar (Red Wine, Balsamic, Champagne, Citrus, Tarragon) instead of the Lemon.

If you don’t like heat, leave out the Red Pepper Flakes!

Add Aromatics.  Any aromatic herb would work nicely…Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Mint, Marjoram.

You can also do an Asian Twist and add 2 tsp Soy Sauce, 1 Clove Minced Garlic, 1/2 tsp Grated Ginger.

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Kari

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BEST ZUCCHINI EVER!!!!

Hi Y’all!  Welcome to my first “new post” for my Website Launch!!!!  www.eatdrinkbe.com  I’ve been working my tail off trying to do this by myself, but I just couldn’t take it anymore.  It’s not finished, and so not perfect…..but, it’ll do.  It’s Summertime and I want to share my recipes with you guys.  Just be aware that things will be in a state of constant change.  Hopefully bettering the site, as I learn, to make it more user-friendly.  So, let’s get down to business.  Here is a quick recipe for one that y’all have been begging for.

 Zucchini.

Delicious Zucchini

Delicious Zucchini

But not just any zucchini.  This is absolutely, hands-down, no-doubt-about-it, honestly the most amazing zucchini dish I have ever created.  Nay, I may go as far to say: as I have ever eaten.

Yes, it’s THAT GOOD.

This is one that you will make over and over again.

Your new Summer Staple.

Your quick “GO-TO” for that overabundance of summer squash.

Personally, I’m not a squash lover.  I can make a mean squash casserole, now don’t get me wrong, but I’ve very particular about my squash to mush ratio!!!  It’s a fine squashy line…..

But this, this is a no fail devouring of squash guarantee!!!

I can’t even come up with a catchy name for this dish, because this IS the

BEST ZUCCHINI EVER

Globe Zucchini

Globe Zucchini

I had gotten some Globe Zucchini at the Farmer’s Market, and they were the perfect choice for this dish.  They tend to be a little more firm and a tad less watery than other varietals.  If you can find or grown them, I highly recommend it.  They are also perfect little stuffing portions that look super cute for entertaining!!!

Just look at that crispy coating......

Just look at that crispy coating……

It’s a pretty simple and basic recipe I have for you!  Enjoy!!!

Simply the BEST!!!

Simply the BEST!!!

 

THE BEST ZUCCHINI EVER

  • 3-5 Globe Zucchini, washed and sliced into halfmoons
  • 1 Vidalia Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • Handful of Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/3 Cup Shredded Asaigo
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Grated Parmesan Reggiano
  • 2-3 T GrapeSeed Oil
  • 5 Sprigs Thyme (1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tsp Fresh Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt

* Toss all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  Roughly Mix with your hands until all ingredients have a nice coating of cheese.  Preheat a LARGE NONSTICK Skillet or Cast Iron Skillet over Med HIGH.  Pour in GrapeSeed Oil to coat.  Let Oil get warm.  Add Veggies to pan.  DO NOT MIX AROUND WITH YOUR SPATULA.  I Repeat: DROP THE SPATULA AND WALK AWAY! Seriously, let the veggies sit for 3-5 mins or so until a nice, crispy brown coat has formed.  Then, gently flip them over and let the same thing happen to the other side.  Serve IMMEDIATELY before you devour the entire pan yourself!!!

 

 

The Crispy parts are the best!!!

The Crispy parts are the best!!!

 

***TIPS***

The larger the pan the better.  You want to be able to spread  the veggies in a single layer for Maximum Browning surface area!!!

Also, feel free to try different herbs in place of thyme.  Rosemary, Garlic Chives, Parsley, even Cilantro!!!!

I used GrapeSeed Oil because of it’s lightness and high heat tolerance.  You can use EVOO or another oil as well.

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I hope you enjoy my new Website!!!  I’m SUPEREXCITED!!!!

Happy Launch Day!!!!

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Kari

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Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers

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Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Gather Ingredients

Gather Ingredients

Make Cheddar Scallion Cream Cheese

Creamy Cheddar Scallion Cream Cheese

Creamy Cheddar Scallion Cream Cheese

Halve and Seed Jalapeños

Cut Jalapeños in half and remove Seeds and White Membrane

Cut Jalapeños in half and remove Seeds and White Membrane

Slice Jalapeños in Half.  TIP: Remove Seeds AND White Membrane. This is where the heat hides!!! 

Filled Jalapeños

Filled Jalapeños

 Stuff with cream cheese mixture using a small spoon or your fingers.  Be sure to press in firmly.Pop into fridge or freezer.

Toss gently to combine

Season Panko

Make Seasoned Panko.  Add Spices and Gently Toss to Combine.

Bath time!

Bath time!

Make Buttermilk/Egg Batter.  Dip Stuffed Pepper to coat.

Roll in Panko.  Tip: use a spoon

Awesome Panko Coating

Then, roll Pepper in Seasoned Panko.  One Pepper at a time.  TIP: Use a spoon to lightly spoon over pepper and roll to coat sides.   ****Now is when you can refrigerate or freeze for later.)****

Spray with Coconut Oil and Bake

Spray with Coconut Oil and Bake

Give a quick spritz of Coconut Oil and Bake.  350 for 20 mins.

Bake

Baked, not Fried!

Out come little perfect bites.  Spicy, Crispy, Gooey, Creamy….yummmmm….

Just look at that Crispy Coating!!!

Just look at that Crispy Coating!!!

TIP: Be sure not to over bake  or the cheese might explode and ooze out, or seemingly evaporate into thin air!

Plate it up with a creamy, cool dipping sauce

Plate it up with a creamy, cool dipping sauce

I served it with a Homemade Buttermilk Ranch.  Cool and creamy to combat the spiciness.

Seriously, healthy!?!?!  Wow!!!!

Seriously, healthy!?!?! Wow!!!!

Just one bite and you’ll be addicted.  And astounded in the huge amount of fat and calories you are saving!!!

Here's your new go-to recipe

Here’s your new go-to recipe

Perfect for Football Season.

The Perfect Skinny Popper

The Perfect Skinny Popper

Less Fat, Full Flavor

Less Fat, Full Flavor

The cool Ranch was the perfect compliment.

The cool Ranch was the perfect complement.

These will NOT disappoint!

These will NOT disappoint!

Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers

  • 6-12 Jalapeños, sliced and seeded

CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE:

  • 4-8 oz. Low Fat Cream Cheese, softened
  • 4-6 oz. Cabot 50% Less Fat White Cheddar, shredded
  • 4-6 Scallions, chopped white and green parts
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

SEASONED PANKO

  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Panko (or regular, or gluten-free)
  • 2 T Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dry Ground Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Roasted Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Urfa Chiles (or 1/2 tsp Chili Powder)
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Aleppo Chiles (or 1/2 tsp Ancho Chili Powder)
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Coarse Ground Pepper

BATTER

  • 1/2 Cup Egg Whites (or 3 Egg Whites, or  2 Whole Eggs)
  • 1/4 Cup ButterMilk (or at least 2% Milk)

*Preheat Oven 340.  Cover 9 x 13 Baking Sheet with Parchment.

*Slice, seed and take out membrane of each jalapeño.

*Make Cream Cheese Mixture:  Combine Cream Cheese, Grated Cheddar, Chopped Scallions in small bowl.  Mix to combine.  Season with Salt and Pepper.

*Fill each jalapeño half with Cream Cheese Mixture.  Using a small spoon or your fingers, press filling FIRMLY in the pepper.  Pop in fridge or freezer for a quick chill until ready to batter.

*Make Seasoned Panko: Mix Panko with all listed spices and seasonings.  You can omit or substitute as needed.  The listed ones are the ones I chose.  You can also make your own variations.  If you don’t have either of the crazy dried chilies I used, you can always substitute 1 tsp Chili Powder and 1/8 tsp Cumin.  Or just use a  seasoning packet of Ranch or Italian Dressing!

*Make Batter: Mix 1/2 Cup Egg Whites with 1/4 Cup Buttermilk.  Season with Salt and Pepper.

*Take one pepper half at a time.  Dip into Batter.  Then, roll into Seasoned Panko.  Use a spoon to lightly coat the top and gently roll to coat the sides.  Place on pan.  ***This is where you would freeze if using later***  Lightly Spray with Coconut Oil, or cooking spray of choice, and bake for 20 mins or until brown and crispy on top.  Let cool for 5 mins.  Plate and Serve with Ranch.

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Kari

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