Refrigerator Oatmeal (just like on Pinterest)
If you’ve seen the resent refrigerator oatmeal on Pinterest I’m sure you’ve been as hungry and jealous of it as I have. Usually I’m just too lazy to make any of the adorable things I pin from Pinterest on a daily basis, but I thought with all the summer berries on sale at Publix I just had to see what all the fuss was about. This recipe http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal uses oatmeal, fresh fruit, chia seeds, and milk. The pictures look awesome. But I didn’t have any chia seeds and I wanted mine to be a little more hearty. So I loosely followed the recipe from the Pinterest link but I added my own twist. My version used the same proportions but I used Almond milk instead of regular milk and muesli instead of plane oatmeal. I also added Kefir. (Did you know that this yogurt style drink is 99% lactose free and full of belly healthy probiotics? Oh and it’s delicious!) I chose strawberries and raspberries as my fruit and I sprinkled the finished oatmeal with milled flax seeds. It only took a few minutes to assemble these treats and I have a few days of breakfast already prepared.

Refrigerator Oatmeal (just like on Pinterest)

If you’ve seen the resent refrigerator oatmeal on Pinterest I’m sure you’ve been as hungry and jealous of it as I have. Usually I’m just too lazy to make any of the adorable things I pin from Pinterest on a daily basis, but I thought with all the summer berries on sale at Publix I just had to see what all the fuss was about. This recipe http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal uses oatmeal, fresh fruit, chia seeds, and milk. The pictures look awesome. But I didn’t have any chia seeds and I wanted mine to be a little more hearty. So I loosely followed the recipe from the Pinterest link but I added my own twist. My version used the same proportions but I used Almond milk instead of regular milk and muesli instead of plane oatmeal. I also added Kefir. (Did you know that this yogurt style drink is 99% lactose free and full of belly healthy probiotics? Oh and it’s delicious!) I chose strawberries and raspberries as my fruit and I sprinkled the finished oatmeal with milled flax seeds. It only took a few minutes to assemble these treats and I have a few days of breakfast already prepared.

Black Bean Burger with Grilled Pineapple

It’s a blurry photo but a tasty meal!

About a week ago I was trying to come up with a healthy burger alternative to make for dinner. I decided to try to make my own version of a black bean burger with some seasonal summer touches. Instead of bread I placed the burger on a bed of greens and topped it with avocado, grilled pineapple, diced jicama, tomato, and a vegan jalapeno\cilantro cream sauce.

Black Bean Burger Patty

1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)

1 ear of corn (cooked and cut off the husk)

1 small sweet red pepper (diced)

1\4 small onion diced

1 egg

sprinkle of salt and pepper

1/4 cup chickpea flour (or whatever flour you want to use)

3 Tablespoons oatmeal

Directions- Put everything in a food processor and blend until the mixture comes together into a chunky paste. Shape mixture into burger size patties. Pan fry in a skillet with a little oil or pam. If you want to make this vegan then lose the egg and substitute with an egg replacer.

Jalapeno Cilantro Cream Sauce

I just mixed some vegan cream cheese with veganaise, diced pickled jalapeno, chopped cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Voila!

Cucumber Watermelon Juice

I juiced 3 cups of watermelon, 1 cucumber, 3 limes, and a handful of mint. I poured the juice into ice cube trays and after they were frozen tossed them into a glass of water. Garnished with cucumber slices and mint.

This was one tasty and refreshing healthy summer meal!

Treviso Marmalade over goat cheese and toasted baguette crostini.
My dad made this for me. The marmalade is made by slicing one head of a treviso radicchio into small pieces and cooking it down in a sauce pan with balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and olive oil until it resembles a thickened spreadable\jam texture. After it has cooled a little simple spread over goat cheese and toast. Serve warm or cold. Pairs well with red wine.
This was a very tasty snack! Once cooked down with the balsamic and sugar the radicchio has a sweet almost berry like flavor. Thanks Dad!
Here’s a more precise recipe adapted from the magazine Wine Bar Food
Enjoy!
2 heads of treviso (or round radicchio)2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil2 tablespoons sugar1/2 cup balsamic vinegar16 slices of baguette6 ounces goat cheese (softened to room temperature)Fresh basil (optional)If using the round radicchio, cut each head in quarters and remove the tough stem. Coarsely chop the leaves. Heat olive oil in medium pan over medium heat. Add the radicchio and cook until wilted, stirring frequently (about 5-6 minutes). Stir in the vinegar and sugar, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until all of the vinegar is evaporated and the mixture has reduced to a jammy consistency, cool to room temperature.Meanwhile slice the baguette and broil. 1-2 minutes on each side until brown. Divide the goat cheese evenly between the slices and spread to cover the toast. Top each crostini with a equal amount of the marmalade and serve, topped with fresh basil if you have it.

Treviso Marmalade over goat cheese and toasted baguette crostini.

My dad made this for me. The marmalade is made by slicing one head of a treviso radicchio into small pieces and cooking it down in a sauce pan with balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and olive oil until it resembles a thickened spreadable\jam texture. After it has cooled a little simple spread over goat cheese and toast. Serve warm or cold. Pairs well with red wine.

This was a very tasty snack! Once cooked down with the balsamic and sugar the radicchio has a sweet almost berry like flavor. Thanks Dad!

Here’s a more precise recipe adapted from the magazine Wine Bar Food

Enjoy!

2 heads of treviso (or round radicchio)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
16 slices of baguette
6 ounces goat cheese (softened to room temperature)
Fresh basil (optional)

If using the round radicchio, cut each head in quarters and remove the tough stem. Coarsely chop the leaves. Heat olive oil in medium pan over medium heat. Add the radicchio and cook until wilted, stirring frequently (about 5-6 minutes). Stir in the vinegar and sugar, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until all of the vinegar is evaporated and the mixture has reduced to a jammy consistency, cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile slice the baguette and broil. 1-2 minutes on each side until brown. Divide the goat cheese evenly between the slices and spread to cover the toast. Top each crostini with a equal amount of the marmalade and serve, topped with fresh basil if you have it.

Tuna Poke done two ways. I prefer the bowl style to the smaller tower style. It was easier to eat. I took a piece of sushi grade tuna and cut it into small cubes. I then put the bowl in the freezer while I prepped the rest of the ingredients. I had already made some jasmine rice that had been cooked in coconut milk and i bought some seaweed salad at the market. I sliced up an avocado and squeezed a lime over it. I also whipped up a ginger and soy dressing. To assemble the bowls I simply place rice in the bottom and arranged the other ingredients nicely on top of it. Then lastly I drizzled it with the dressing and then sprinkled it with toasted black sesame seeds and coconut. At a sushi restaurant one sushi bowl of this size would cost about 10$ but with one 7$ tuna fillet from a gourmet grocery store we had enough to made 4 servings.

Mini salmon flatbreads with mango and avocado slaw topped with citrus ginger dressing.

I know I know. I eat a lot of avocado. But these were tasty and very easy to make. One small salmon fillet yields about 8 flatbread squares. Just season and pan sear a piece of salmon until cooked. Then crumble the fish lightly with a fork after it’s cooled a little. Toss one cubed avocado, half a cup of diced mango, and about a cup of store bought broccoli or Asian slaw mix with your citrus dressing. You can make your own slaw but this is suppose to be easy. You should be able to find some decent slaw in the produce section of Publix. Toast 2 store bought flatbreads in the oven or on the grill then cut them into small appetizer size pieces (about 3 or 4 inches squared). Then all you have to do is assemble your flatbreads. But I think you can handle that. Oh yeah, and then eat them. Remember that once you toss your slaw in the dressing you must serve it with an hour or else it gets soggy.  Enjoy!
Ingredients
2 store bought flatbreads (can substitute pitas or tortillas)
1 salmon fillet about 6-8 ounces 
1 avocado 
1/2 mango
1 cup asian slaw mix(from the produce section of your favorite grocery store)
citrus ginger dressin
Citrus ginger dressing
1 Tablespoon orange juice
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon vinegar (I prefer apple cider)
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste

Mini salmon flatbreads with mango and avocado slaw topped with citrus ginger dressing.

I know I know. I eat a lot of avocado. But these were tasty and very easy to make. One small salmon fillet yields about 8 flatbread squares. Just season and pan sear a piece of salmon until cooked. Then crumble the fish lightly with a fork after it’s cooled a little. Toss one cubed avocado, half a cup of diced mango, and about a cup of store bought broccoli or Asian slaw mix with your citrus dressing. You can make your own slaw but this is suppose to be easy. You should be able to find some decent slaw in the produce section of Publix. Toast 2 store bought flatbreads in the oven or on the grill then cut them into small appetizer size pieces (about 3 or 4 inches squared). Then all you have to do is assemble your flatbreads. But I think you can handle that. Oh yeah, and then eat them. Remember that once you toss your slaw in the dressing you must serve it with an hour or else it gets soggy.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 store bought flatbreads (can substitute pitas or tortillas)
  • 1 salmon fillet about 6-8 ounces
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 mango
  • 1 cup asian slaw mix(from the produce section of your favorite grocery store)
  • citrus ginger dressin

Citrus ginger dressing

  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar (I prefer apple cider)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Braised short ribs with Irish cheddar mashed potatoes and parker house rolls

Braised short ribs with Irish cheddar mashed potatoes and parker house rolls

A few weeks ago my dad came to visit and I made some fun Mediterranean munchies.
This mixed party plate includes flat breads, Israeli couscous, tabbouleh, tzatziki, roasted red pepper hummus, and some awesome feta and lamb sausage I made. I ground lamb with a little pork fat then mixed in feta, zucchini waffles, falafel, roasted pine nuts, rosemary, mint, salt, pepper, coriander, and egg yolk, bread crumbs, a dash of milk, and olive oil. I rolled the sausages into balls and pan seared them. It was a very tasty meal.

A few weeks ago my dad came to visit and I made some fun Mediterranean munchies.

This mixed party plate includes flat breads, Israeli couscous, tabbouleh, tzatziki, roasted red pepper hummus, and some awesome feta and lamb sausage I made. I ground lamb with a little pork fat then mixed in feta, zucchini waffles, falafel, roasted pine nuts, rosemary, mint, salt, pepper, coriander, and egg yolk, bread crumbs, a dash of milk, and olive oil. I rolled the sausages into balls and pan seared them. It was a very tasty meal.

Cinnamon and browned butter cupcakes with maple brown sugar buttercream and butterscotch heart\circle toppers. Yum Yum

Cinnamon and browned butter cupcakes with maple brown sugar buttercream and butterscotch heart\circle toppers. Yum Yum

A delicious meal of pan seared salmon with ginger\soy marinade, edamame, brown rice, and avocado. Avocado is that perfect food to pair with fish or chicken when you want something creamy but need to skip fatty dairy rich foods for an evening. You can slice the avocado and place it on the side or even blend it with some herbs and spices (cilantro, lime, and black pepper perhaps) for an awesome sauce.

A delicious meal of pan seared salmon with ginger\soy marinade, edamame, brown rice, and avocado. Avocado is that perfect food to pair with fish or chicken when you want something creamy but need to skip fatty dairy rich foods for an evening. You can slice the avocado and place it on the side or even blend it with some herbs and spices (cilantro, lime, and black pepper perhaps) for an awesome sauce.

Tonight I had the Best salad I’ve ever made\eaten. It’s a mix of spring greens, avocado, grapefruit, tangerine, shaved fennel, goat cheese, pickled red onions, citrus olive oil dressing, and pistachios. The pizza is a half and half. I made half of it a sausage(that I made myself)/feta pizza for Grant and my half is roasted fennel and potatoes with goat cheese\prosciutto\olive oil\ Parmesan\and fennel fronds. Everything was amazing. GO ME! It was delicious and easy to make.