SURFED WITH #SNAPPER IN SWEET/SOUR VEGGIE PICKLES

I can never grow tired of ‘good/old’ seafood. Went with a pan-fried whole snapper. After frying same, allowed the beautiful specimen to absorb the sweet and sour juices from a bed of veggie pickles.

I was truly over the moon with my indulgence.

CITRUS/HONEY CHICKEN WITH ROASTED VEGGIES

I was totally elated to pucker-up my to my supper earlier on. Yes, I did a citrus chicken (dark portions) for supper. With the help of the juice of limes/lemons, my chicken parts were able to absorb the tangy flavors. Basted them with a citrus/honey sauce.

Roasted chicken along with carrots and sweet potatoes. Served up same with steamed garlic-flavored string beans. My taste buds and I were delighted to partake of the slightly sweet and tangy flavors of the poultry. And, the sweet potatoes, and carrots provided a fine balance to the entire meal.

 

 

SPICY SHRIMP/BELL PEPPERS

It was the beginning of something succulent. Went with a seafood dish that made my taste buds leaped with joy. Decided on a spicy shrimp meal. Layered same on a bed of pureed mini bell peppers consisting of:

  • assorted colors(mini bell peppers)
  • jalapeno
  • onions
  • garlic

In a skillet, veggies were sautéed in a drizzle of olive oil. Made sure to season with a pinch of salt, black pepper and a splash of red wine vinegar and water. Then, this was pureed in food processor.

Served up spicy shrimp and bell peppers with whole grain linguine pasta with a few broccoli spears, and a garnish of finely chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley.

SPICY SHRIMP/BELL PEPPERS WITH WHOLE GRAIN LINGUINE/BROCCOLI
SPICY SHRIMP/BELL PEPPERS WITH WHOLE GRAIN LINGUINE/BROCCOLI

BEEF? WHAT BEEF? #TURKEY CHILI!

A Mexican grandmother would be super-proud of this dish. Though it took approximately an hour to prepare and cook, it tasted like hours of joyful/laborious cooking. Of course, ground turkey was the star of this chili dish.  There are many variations to this dish and I must state that I’m happy about this one.

I took advantage of fresh and store-bought ingredients:

  • vine-ripe tomatoes
  • onions
  • garlic
  • scallion
  • jalapeno pepper
  • scotch bonnet pepper
  • thyme
  • bell peppers
  • dried oregano
  • cumin
  • salt/black pepper
  • tomato paste
  • balsamic vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • Salsa (Mexican)
  • red (chili) beans (spicy)
  • cold tap water

For toppings:

  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • flat-leaf parsley

Ground turkey was brown in a sturdy skillet consisting of a drizzle of olive oil. This was seasoned with salt, black pepper, and other dry ingredients. Then, chopped onions, bell peppers, jalapeno, scotch bonnet peppers, and other fresh ingredients were added along with tomato paste, Mexican salsa, a pinch of sugar. Also, a cup of cold tap water.

With a lid on, this slowly simmered on low heat. About 15 to 20 minutes to end of cooking time, spicy red chili beans were added. Mouth-watering chili was topped with a dollop of sour cream along with diced avocado and tomatoes. Instead of cilantro, it was garnished with Italian flat-leaf parsley I had on hand.

Frankly, I didn’t miss the ‘beef’. With the marrying of all these ingredients, my turkey chili was very delicious. My taste buds and I were over the moon. I felt like harping “Ole! Ole!”

 

BRAISED BEEF CHUCK FLANKEN RIBS

Felt like having something beefy in my weekend food repertoire.Decided to go with a  few flanken ribs. These are basically thin cuts which are approximately  a half-inch thick and cuts across the bones.

Some of the ingredients that created this succulent dish are:

  • finely chopped ginger
  • balsamic vinegar
  • soy sauce (low sodium)
  • salt/black pepper
  • fresh thyme
  • crushed garlic
  • a sprinkle of sugar
  • onions
  • celery
  • mini bell peppers

Seared ribs on both sides in a drizzle of canola oil. Added an assortment of root veggies. Then covered ribs with cold tap water. Additional water was added when needed. This simmered and braised with a lid on for about one and a half hours or until ribs were fork tender.

Mouth-watering  ribs were garnished finely chopped Italian parsley.

MIND-BLOWING JERK TURKEY BALLS

Not all balls are created equal. There are balls. And, there are BALLS!! Of course, I went the ones that screamed enormous flavors. After all, I’ve been here before. It’s amazing how a few added ingredients can tweak a bland poultry dish into an amazing one.

The main ‘player’ (ingredient) that made my turkey dish super-special was a small input of jerk seasoning  from the jar. Thanks to the ethnic aisle in my neighborhood store, I was able to be transported to Jamaica. A pinch goes a long way. That small move took my balls to another level. In addition, sautéed diced veggies and other ingredients  consisting of:

  • onion
  • carrot
  • celery
  • garlic
  • egg
  • panko bread crumbs
  • scallion
  • thyme
  • parsley
  • salt/black pepper
  • soy sauce
  • olive oil
  • brown sugar

were added in order to make these balls succulent and mouth-watering. Instead of frying my balls, I baked them for approximately 20 minutes at 375-degree fahrenheit. Then, they were placed a sweet and sour sauce consisting of a pinch of jerk sauce.

My balls were extremely happy and receptive. They absorbed all the sticky, sour, spicy and sweet ingredients.

 

 

 

GRILLED SHRIMP/CHICKEN TENDERLOINS WITH FRILLS

When the temperatures are soaring on the outskirts, I’ve no time to be spending extended time on top of my stove. I often seek out quick, easy, and delicious meals. After all, I want to secure much-needed time to enjoy the summer.

Went with that in mind this afternoon and oh, look what I managed to turn out. Grabbed hold of my grill pan and made me a few grilled shrimp and chicken tenderloins. I needed to take them to another level.

So, I made a quick kale/parsley pesto and slathered some on my grilled chicken (lime flavored). Decided to reach for some of summer’s favorites in the form of mini bell peppers. Finely chopped up those assorted hues along with diced onions, a squeeze of honey, pinch of salt and a splash of vinegar and slowly simmered.

I couldn’t resist. If I’m indulging in shrimp, I’ve to have that ‘kick’. Thus, I added finely chopped scotch bonnet peppers to the mix. Oh, those dear shrimp were super-excited. With a squeeze of fresh lime, I layered  those juicy shrimp on a bed of Jasmine rice. And, of course, I added that spicy side dish of assorted mini bell peppers.

I was on cloud nine.

 

I ITALIANISED MY MEAL! #FARRO SALAD/SALMON STEAK

Didn’t think twice to pair the two. It was a match made in culinary heaven. Needed to use my wholesome grains that Mother Nature gifted yours truly. Made enough farro salad the previous day. This included sautéed onions, zucchini, mini bell peppers and garlic.

FARRO SALAD
FARRO SALAD

My taste-buds were on high alert. I couldn’t wait to partake of my protein/fiber salad made from Italian pearled farro. Decided to pair same with a seafood treat and went with a favorite of mine, salmon steak. It was a tad thick, so, I made a slit  and kept the skin on.

Seared my omega fatty acid dish in a drizzle of olive oil and set aside. Then finely chopped onions were added to skillet along with chopped olives. Because I know that seafood loves acid, a generous squeeze of lime and thinly chopped lime slices and a pat of butter were added.

Returned salmon to the skillet to absorb all the delicious flavors within and to spoon on the citrus/butter sauce. Topped salmon steak with extra chopped olives and lime and garnished same with finely chopped parsley I had on hand.

FARRO SALAD AND SEARED SALMON STEAK
FARRO SALAD AND SEARED SALMON STEAK

One thing I know is that I will be revisiting this Italian treat. And, that’s for sure.