Seafood Capellini with Lemon Sauce

Bought some beautiful scallops the other day and wondered what I could do with them. I also had a jar of crabmeat in the refrigerator and since I’ve been carving some seafood pasta, I decided to try something a little different. Generally, one can’t mix lemon juice with dairy since it curdles the milk. However, we don’t use dairy milk but plant-based milks so that doesn’t apply here. Basically, I made a white sauce with oat milk, grated in the rind of one lemon and stirred in the lemon juice, added the seafood and voila! Feel free to use whatever pasta and seafood your family enjoys.

First, put on a pot of water to boil for the pasta. Cook pasta according to box instructions. Also in a small pot, boil (or steam):

1 cup frozen green peas

Next, in a medium saute pan, heat over medium high:

1/4 cup olive oil

When the oil is very hot add:

8-10 sea scallops (dried thoroughly)

Reduce heat to medium and saute on each side for approximately 1-2 minutes depending on the thickness of the scallops. Remove from the heat, reduce heat to medium low and stir in:

1/4 to 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

Stir to combine the two, the flour should absorb all the oil. Stir while it cooks for 1-2 minutes. Add:

Grated rind of one lemon

Juice of 1 lemon

1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (NOT soy)

Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk to combine and continue whisking over low medium heat until the mixture thickens. Stir in the seared scallops and whatever other seafood your family likes. Add cooked pasta and strained peas. Serve immediately.

Air Frier Turkey Tenderloins

With all my food allergies, protein is difficult sometimes. And since I live alone, most meats except for individual things like pork chops or chicken pieces are always too much for one meal. So when I find turkey tenderloins, I always buy several packages and freeze the tenderloins individually. And then look for new and different ways to cook them. If you have an air fryer, this is so easy and quick. Otherwise, it could be cooked in the oven but it’ll just take a little longer. Of course, the essential thing about tenderloins, whatever type of animal they come from is not overcooking them and drying them out. This air fryer method worked very well for that. And, of course, this rub works on any protein, not just animal. And try mixing it up with different herbs and spices.

Preheat air fryer at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes.

Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick spray.

In a small bowl, combine:

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic granules (or powder)

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dried sage

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Using paper towels, dry:

2 turkey tenderloins

Once dry, rub with:

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Then sprinkle the rub mixture over the tenderloins being sure to coat both sides. Using dry hands, rub the herb mixture into the tenderloins. Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 12-15 minutes. Turn and repeat. Check turkey temperature (should be at 165 degrees) before removing. Let rest about 5 minutes before slicing.

Herbed Baked Chicken Breasts

This is a tasty, easy and quick recipe. Feel free to change up the herbs you use so that you get the flavors your family prefers. I like thyme and marjoram so those are the two I used but the paprika and garlic powder are staples for this recipe. It only takes a couple of minutes to get the herb rub together and cut the breasts in half (lengthwise) so total, this recipe takes less than a half hour before ready to eat.

First, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dry off:

2 chicken breasts, about 6-8 ounces each

Using a long knife, hold a breast upright against the palm of your hand and cut in half to produce two approximately equal portions of chicken breast. Repeat with the second breast. Next place the breasts on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with:

1-2 tablespoons olive oil.

Rub to coat the breast pieces evenly. Wash your hands. Next, in a small bowl combine:

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon date sugar (or coconut sugar)

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Sprinkle the herb mix on one breast at a time and rub to coat. Repeat until all pieces are covered on both sides. I sprinkled all the breasts at once so by the time I got to the third one, the herb rub was a paste instead of dry. That’s why I suggest you sprinkle the rub on one piece at a time! Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. The time needed will depend on the thickness of the breast pieces. My pieces were about a 1/2″ thick and took around 16 minutes. Don’t overcook or the breasts will be dry. Be sure to let the meat rest for about 5 minutes before cutting. Serves two generously.

Asian Glazed Sea Bass with Bok Choy

My favorite fish is Chilian sea bass. I don’t have it often obviously because it’s also about the most expensive fish. But it was on sale this week so I had to buy some and of course, then I had to find a new way to cook it. I’d also bought some Bok choy so this recipe popped out at me when I did a search. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It’s pretty quick and easy, just be careful making the glaze since it should be brushable, not gloppy.

First, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, clean:

4-6 baby Bok choy (remove ends, wash thoroughly and dry)

Place the Bok choy on the baking sheet. Heat over medium high heat in a 10″ oven-safe skillet:

1 tablespoon olive oil

When the oil is shimmering add:

2 sea bass fillets, about 6 ounces each (be sure to scale the fish, wash and dry the fillets, remove the bones if desired)

Sear in the oil for about 6-8 minutes until skin easily separates from the pan. Flip over to flesh side and place in the oven for approximately 12-15 minutes until almost cooked (flesh flakes easily when cooked). Sprinkle the Bok choy pieces with:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Add to the oven and roast for about 15-18 minutes. While the bass and Bok choy cook, make the glaze. In a small saucepan add:

1/2 cup soy sauce substitute

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

2 tablespoons honey (or maple, agave or date syrup)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1/2 tablespoon arrowroot mixed with 1 tablespoon water (a slurry)

Cook until just thickened. Don’t overcook! Set aside until the fish is just about cooked. Remove the fish and Bok choy from the oven. Brush each with a generous amount of the glaze and return to the oven for another 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately. Garnish with the greens from the scallions.

TIP: I had some glaze left over and the next day cooked some green beans (saute in a little olive oil until tender). When thy were cooked, I poured over the 1/4 cup of remaining gaze. Oh succulent and full of umami!

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

I’ve posted other wings recipes. This one is slightly different because it mixes a little tomato paste into the soy sauce substitute base along with some pureed garlic (find it in grocery store next to minced garlic in the Ethnic Foods aisle; Emperor’s Kitchen has an organic one). It also omits any coating, other than spices, on the wings themselves so no extra carbs from flour or breadcrumbs. Added to the delicious flavor and the fact that they take only a couple of minutes to prepare and a half hour to 40 minutes to bake, they can’t be beat!

In a gallon food storage bag combine:

up to 3 pounds split chicken wings

1 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smoked, whichever your family prefers)

1 teaspoon onion powder (NOT salt)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper)

Press the air from the bag before sealing, seal the bag and then massage the spices into the wings. In a small bowl mix together:

1/4 cup soy sauce substitute (see recipe under sauces)

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil*

1 teaspoon pureed garlic

1/8 teaspoon Garlic Chili Sauce (OPTIONAL)

Add half to two-thirds of the sauce to the bag and shake to coat all the wings. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (be sure there’s room between each wing) and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove and brush with the remaining sauce and turn the wings over so that they brown on both sides. Bake for another 15-20 minutes (depending on size, larger may need a few more minutes) and serve. Garnish with sesame seeds, sliced scallions or chopped parsley.

*TIP: This can be omitted for totally oil free wings. Pour your 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil into the tablespoon (or quarter cup measure) that you’ll use for the honey and swish it around to coat. This will let the honey slip right out.

You can find the recipe for my Cole slaw under Soups and Salads.

Chicken with Eggplant and Zucchini

My search for tasty and easy chicken recipes has landed another one! This one doesn’t come from the Chicken Bible but is a combination of a recipe I found on-line and what I had in my refrigerator. Once everything is peeled and diced, including the chicken, it’s so simple to put together. Planning ahead is necessary with this recipe however since the chicken must be marinated for at least an hour in the refrigerator after dicing.

First, mix together the marinade in a gallon storage bag or large bowl:

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Then dice up:

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Add to the marinade, and after closing the bag, swish around the chicken to make sure it’s completely covered in the marinade. If you want a stronger lemon flavor, add:

Grated rind of 1 lemon

While the chicken is marinating, prepare the vegetables:

4-6 small cipollini onions, peeled and quartered*

1 medium zucchini, washed and diced

1 pound eggplant (any type will work, I used 4 small graffiti eggplants), peeled and diced

1 clove garlic (about 1 1/2-2 teaspoons minced)

When the chicken is almost ready, heat a 10″ skillet over medium heat with:

1 tablespoon olive oil

When the oil is hot, add:

onions and garlic

Cook for 2-3 minutes just until the onions turn translucent. Then add the:

Zucchini

Eggplant

And cook another 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are softened. Remove to a bowl and set aside. Put the skillet back over the heat and add the:

Marinade and chicken mixture

Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until chicken is cooked through and sauce is beginning to reduce. Stir the vegetables back into the skillet and serve immediately. Serves 4-6.

*Don’t have cipollini onions and your local supermarket doesn’t carry them? They are small and slightly sweet becoming much sweeter after cooking. So feel free to use a different sweet onion in their place but cut smaller.

Thai Chicken Tenders

My husband loved chicken tenders. I think more because they’re usually deep fried than for their texture which I find generally to be stringy because they’re often overcooked. I found an adaptable recipe online so I decided to give them a try. It’s quite an easy recipe to make but I’d suggest you make the sauce first so the tenders don’t sit around after frying waiting for the sauce. Like most things that are fried, once dipped in the sauce, they will quickly lose their crunch so serve immediately after you finish preparation. Makes 2 servings.

First, put the oil on to heat. In a deep 12″ skillet heat over medium high heat:

approximately 3/4″ of oil (I used a mix of olive and avocado oil)

Next prepare the sauce. In a small saucepan, whisk together:

1/3 cup soy sauce substitute

1 tablespoon date sugar

1/2 tablespoon sriracha sauce

1 teaspoon pumpkin seed butter (or any butter you like – sunflower, peanut, tahini, etc.)

1 teaspoon grated ginger (optional)

2 tablespoons water (more may be added if the sauce gets too thick)

1-2 teaspoons arrowroot (I used 2 and the sauce got much too thick)

1 teaspoon minced garlic or garlic puree

Cook over medium heat until thickened. I had to add about 1/4 cup of water to thin mine out and I think now that I probably should have made it even thinner so that the sauce wasn’t as thick on the tenders but I didn’t mind it since the sauce is so delicious!

Next coat ONE POUND of chicken tenders. Mix together in a shallow dish:

1 cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika (or if you want them really spicy, use red pepper flakes instead)

In a separate shallow dish add:

1/2 cup non-dairy milk

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Dip each tender into the milk to coat and then into the crumb mixture. Gently place in the oil that should now be at 350 degrees (after you add the tenders if the oil is still at temperature, reduce heat from medium high to medium). Cook on the first side for approximately 3-4 minutes before turning and browning on the other side for another 2-3 minutes or until firm. Remove from fat. Be sure not to crowd the tenders in the skillet. Drain on paper towels. When all the tenders are fried, dip each one into the sauce making sure to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh cilantro or green scallions.

I know, I know, more brown food. But as Anne Burrell says “Brown foot GOOD!”

Pork Riblets

I’ll admit it, my very favorite thing in the whole world is pork ribs – any way you want to cook them, but I generally prefer them plain except when I make one of my low or sugar-free sauces. When I lived in Tempe, Arizona, we often visited a small Chinese restaurant in our neighborhood and I loved their ribs, which were in fact riblets. Wondering what riblets are? They are what the butchers usually cut off from the bottom of the ribs and often throw away so you can find them generally on the less expensive side if the butcher decides to sell them rather than just throw them away which is happening more and more in my local market. I find them very succulent because while they have some fat, they are mostly meat and bones. I always try to buy the packages they contain the least amount of fat. I also steam them in my oven slow and low for several hours which keeps them moist (I don’t own a grill). So here’s how I make my riblets (I made my St. Louis ribs the same way).

Here’s how they look before they’re cooked:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray an oven proof dish large enough to hold the riblets with non-stick spray. Add:

6-12 riblets which are seasoned with:

Salt

Ground Black Pepper

Garlic Powder

Add:

1/4-1/2 inch of water

Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove from oven, turn oven up to 400 degrees, and place the riblets on a small baking sheet (spray it as well) and brush with:

Your favorite barbecue sauce (see my recipe for spicy honey sauce under sauces)

Bake for 5 minutes to heat the sauce before turning the riblets over and brushing with sauce again before baking another 5 minutes. If some caramelization of the sauce is desired, they can be broiled as well. Enjoy! Serves 2-4 depending on what else you’re serving and how much those people eat.

Creamy Turkey Tenderloin with Garlic and Shallots

Here’s a one dish wonder that’s very easy to make and so delectable to eat. When we don’t want to heat up the oven on these hot summer nights, this is a great recipe to fall back on. It’s pretty simple to make and takes very little time, less than a half hour to prepare. The addition of the garlic and shallots adds some flavor as well as heat (we’re talking over a tablespoon of minced garlic here). This would also work well with skinless boneless chicken breasts or pork tenderloin.

First, dry off using paper towels, one:

1 pound (approximately) turkey tenderloin

Then slice it in half lengthwise to expose the tendon running down the middle (that tough white string). Remove the tendon, easier if you cut the tenderloin so that the tendon is on the outer part of one half. On a plate or pie plate (I used a paper plate) combine:

2 tablespoons gluten-free all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Whisk to make sure the herbs are even throughout the flour mixture. Dredge each half of the turkey tenderloin in the flour mixture, on both sides. In a 12″ skillet, heat over medium high heat:

1 tablespoon olive oil

When the oil is shimmering, add the turkey pieces, lower the heat to medium and saute the turkey on each side for approximately 3-5 minutes or until firm, turning once.* Remove from the skillet and add:

3-4 small shallots, sliced and/or diced

1-2 tablespoons minced garlic

You may need to add a little more (about 1 teaspoon) olive oil. Sauté over medium low heat for about 1 minute until the shallots are softened and the garlic is just beginning to brown. Add to the skillet:

1/2 to 3/4 cups chicken (or turkey) stock (start with 1/2 cup and add more if the mixture needs thinning after the next step)

Scrap the bottom of the skillet to release the browned bits left from the turkey. Mix together:

1 cup dairy-free milk (I used oat but for a creamier texture, use a non-dairy creamer)

1 1/2 tablespoons gluten-free flour

Whisk to combine before adding to the skillet. Stir the ingredients to mix thoroughly and continue stirring until the sauce thickens before reducing the heat to low, about 2-3 minutes. Add the turkey pieces back into the sauce and simmer for several minutes to reheat the turkey. Serves 2-4. I served mine over brown rice but it would pair just as well with mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, quinoa, sorghum or millet, or even a puree of root vegetables.

*The amount of time needed to cook the turkey will depend on the thickness of the turkey slices.

Turkey with Pea Pods

My father managed a dairy farm so beef was a staple in our family. My mother used to make beef and pea pods, always one of everyone’s favorites. Here’s my version using turkey tenderloin rather than beef. Serves 2-3.

Into a gallon food storage bag, add:

2-3 tablespoons arrowroot

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Shake (close first) to combine and then add:

6-8 ounces turkey tenderloin, cut into slices (about 1/8″ thick)

Seal and shake to coat the turkey with the arrowroot mixture. Put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour but up to overnight. When ready to start cooking, heat a 12″ skillet over medium heat with:

1 tablespoon olive oil

When shimmering add and saute until slightly softened:

1 medium onion, cut in half and then thinly sliced

2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)

1 large or 10 baby carrots, thinly sliced on the diagonal

5 celery stalks, thinly sliced on the diagonal

6-8 ounce bag of pea pods, remove the strings and then cut into several pieces on the diagonal

1 medium sweet bell pepper, sliced thin

In a 2 cup bowl, combine:

1 cup soy sauce substitute (if you can have soy, feel free to use soy sauce but reduce to 1/2 cup and increase the stock to 3/4 cup)

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1/2 tablespoon sesame oil

1/4 cup chicken (or turkey) stock

1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot (or tapioca starch)

1 teaspoon siracha (optional)

Whisk to combine. In a separate skillet, heat over medium heat:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon sesame oil

When shimmering, add the turkey and saute, turning once, until cooked about 2 minutes per side depending on thickness. I had to do this in 2 batches since the turkey shouldn’t be crowded in the pan (we don’t want it to steam!). Add to the vegetables. When all the turkey is combined with the vegetables, stir in the sauce mixture and cook for about 1 minute until thickened and coating all the vegetable mixture. If needed, add more chicken stock by tablespoon. Serve, garnished with sesame seeds and/or sliced scallion greens.