Category Archives: Veggies

Zoodles with Mushrooms and Chicken

Zoodles with Mushrooms and Chicken, a LCHF Pasta Alternative

I love mushrooms! When I get a real hankering for them I go to the local Farmer’s Market and buy some good local grown and sometimes wild picked mushrooms. I did buy some fresh maitake and shitake and a pack of dried lions mane mushrooms, but I used the fresh ones in another dish! For this dish I used Crimini Mushrooms that I got at the local store and the dried Lion’s Mane Mushrooms. And because I use Zoodles (zucchini cut into noodles) this is a LCHF pasta alternative. Check out how to make zoodles here.

I ground up the above dried mushrooms into a powder in my Bullet.

I started out by sauteing some chopped shallots in a pan with olive oil and butter.

I added the sliced Crimini mushrooms and sauteed for about 3 minutes.

I sprinkled about 3 tablespoons of my ground up Lion’s Mane mushrooms on top of the sauteed mushrooms. I used Porcini powder in my restaurant which has tons of mushrooms flavor. The Lion’s Mane was a little lite.

Next I added some white wine, heavy whipping cream and chopped chicken I had leftover from smoking a whole chicken.

Next add the zoodles, end pieces and all, to the mixture.

Add some salt and pepper to taste and cook the zoodles until warmed through. I like them al dente!

Looks good, but a little monotone in color. Next time I might add some chopped roasted red peppers to give it a pop of color.

Some grated Asiago cheese and we’re good to go! Enjoy this LCHF pasta alternative!

 

Smoked Tomatoes

Smoked Tomatoes

My wife’s garden is producing tons of tomatoes. So I’m going to take some, cut them up and put them in the smoker! Smoked tomatoes! Who’d a thought? This will impart a nice smoky flavor to the tomatoes which I will use on pizzas and sandwiches to start. They’ll be good on anything you would use a tomato (duh), even a BLT. I’m going to make a batch of oopsie rolls that I’ll use as my bread for the sandwiches. When I make a BLT I’ll spread one side with my smoked tomatoes and the other side I’ll put a fresh tomato. Don’t forget to use Primal Kitchens  Mayonnaise (made with avocado oil) and a good quality lettuce. I’ve been using living Bibb lettuce lately that I buy at Costco. But you should be able to get Bibb at any store.

So what did I do? I cut off all the blemishes from the garden tomatoes and that goes into the compost pile. The nice parts of the tomatoes I put in a bowl, added some olive oil, salt and pepper and tossed. Then I place them neatly on the smoker. I didn’t want to just dump them because some might have fallen through the grates! The next time I’m going to keep them on a ridged sheet pan because they were kind of tough to get off the smoker grate because they were really soft. That way I can just scrape the smoked tomatoes into a storage bowl. Also, I might keep them on longer to see if I could get them to firm up. If anyone tries that let me know how it turns out! I smoked theses at 250 degrees for 2 hours. Next time I might try 300 for 3 hours and hopefully get something of the consistency of a sun dried tomato, but it will be smoked tomatoes!

Seared Halibut and Scallops with Carrot Parsnip Puree

Seared Halibut and Scallops with Carrot Parsnip Puree and Caramelized Onions

Yes, lets not forget about those caramelized onions! I love onions and when you caramelize them it brings out their sweetness and the flavor is spectacular. Goes great with seafood (I like them a lot on Horseradish Encrusted Salmon) and steaks and a lot of other proteins. Here we’re going to use halibut and scallops.

Seared Halibut and Scallops with Caramelized Onions and Parsnip Carrot Puree #2

I bought the halibut and scallops in the frozen section at Costco. In my opinion buying wild seafood that’s frozen over any fresh “farm raised” fish is best. I know a lot of TV chefs hate anything frozen, but if you handle the product the right way, it will be good!

So what are the right ways to handle frozen fish?

  1. Don’t keep it in the freezer for too long! I know its in the freezer and you might think its good forever, but everything has a shelf life! So be sure to use it within a month or two.
  2. When you’re ready for some fish that’s in the freezer, be sure to take it out about 3 days before you’re ready to eat and let it thaw out while sitting in the fridge. Don’t thaw in the microwave! It’ll just mess up the texture.

Ingredients

  • 1 six ounce halibut fillet
  • 8 large scallops
  • 1 tbl butter
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2  cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tbl butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • salt

Serves two.

Method

  1. Place sliced carrot and parsnip in a pot with enough water to boil for 15 minutes. Add a pinch of salt to the water. While its boiling, do the rest…
  2. Put 2 tbls butter in pan on medium high heat for the caramelized onions
  3. When the butter melts, add the sliced onions ad toss or stir to coat the onion slices in butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring and tossing until onions start to caramelize (turn brown)
  4. In another fry pan, melt 1 tbl of butter and add 1 tbl of olive oil on medium high heat
  5. Take the halibut fillet out of the plastic wrap (if frozen) and salt both sides
  6. Add it to the pan with the butter and olive oil in it and sear the halibut for a minute
  7. Flip the halibut over and transfer to an air fryer and cook for 6 minutes at 330 degrees. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can use a small toaster oven, or your big oven, set to 400 degrees, cooking for 6 minutes
  8. OK, you got 6 minutes left to get everything done! Let’s go!
  9. Salt the scallops on both sides
  10. Add the scallops to the pan you seared the halibut in. Make sure the pan is hot, but not smoking hot. Sear the scallops, then turn over and turn down the heat to low. This will cook them through while you finish everything else.
  11. Add the white wine to the onions and let reduce
  12. After boiling the carrot and parsnip, drain and add to your food processor.
  13. Add the cream, pinch of salt and some garlic powder
  14. Puree the mixture making sure its all very smooth. You might have to scrap down the sides a couple of times and you might have to add a little more cream to get the right consistency. We don’t want soup! You want it to be thick and able to hold its shape on the plate.
  15. At this point the halibut should be ready, the scallops should be seared and cooked through
  16. Have you been watching the onions? Don’t burn them!
  17. Alright, let’s plate up! Cut the halibut in two to share.
  18. Get two plates and put some puree on the plates and spread out a little, like a smear. Put some caramelized onions next to it. Place a halibut half on the plate overlapping the puree and onions. Put 4 scallops on each plate and scrap and butter and oil from the pans over the scallops. I sprinkled all with a little dried cilantro to give it some color.
  19. Enjoy!

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You could make a lemon butter sauce with the oil left in the scallop sear pan. Just add some white wine and juice from half a lemon to the pan while on high heat. Add a tbl of butter and a pinch of salt. Shake the pan until the butter melts. Then pour over the scallops and fish.

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Let’s Make a Beautiful Avocado Presentation

Avocado Presentation 101

I always wondered about how people make such beautiful presentations with there avocados, so I thought I’d give it a try! The most important things are a nice fresh, yet semi soft, avocado and a sharp knife!

First slice your avocado in half. (I hope its beautiful on the inside!)

Then peel the skin off one half. If your avocado is too soft this will be really hard. You may have to use your knife to cut the skin a little to start peeling.

Once your avocado half is fully peeled, lay it flat side down on a cutting board. Cut thin slices wit your sharp knife. If the avocado slices stick to your knife, just wet your knife from the sink faucet and proceed.

Once its cut, grab it with both hands and start turning the ends into a circle. I put the smaller end of the avocado into the middle of the circle.

Use a thin metal spatula to take it off the cutting board and move it to your plate. Viola!

I eat a lot of avocados. Did you know avocados are a fruit?! They have vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. More potassium than a banana and a lot less sugar. Although the fat content is high, but that’s what I eat! A low carb high fat diet! I especially like them with my eggs for breakfast.

Not as pretty, but it will be the next time!

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Broccoli Stir Fry

Broccoli Stir Fry

I’ve eaten a lot of Beef Broccoli Stir Fry. I made it for myself and my staff in my restaurants. So for this one I had a raw steak and some leftover cooked broccoli. I wanted to cook the steak around lunch time, refrigerate it and then make the stir fry when my wife got home for dinner and use some of the cold steak in the dish while it was cooking. But things happened and the steak was still raw at dinner time. So when my wife got home, I started up the grill, put the steak on and in the 12 minutes it took to cook the steak, the stir fry was done! OK, here we go…

Ingredients

  • 1 tbl butter, or avocado oil, or coconut oil
  • Half of yellow onion, peeled, sliced
  • 1 small carrot, peeled, halved, cut into thin slices
  • 1 red sweet bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small can of sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 cup leftover cooked broccoli, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon grass paste
  • 1 tsp cilantro paste, or fresh cilantro to taste
  • 1 tbl Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp ginger paste, or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbl soy sauce

Here’s a pick of the store bought “pastes”

Method

You have just 12 minutes to get this done while the steak is cooking. OK, sorry about that. No steak, this is just a vegetable recipe. But let me say this. I don’t ever cut up all my ingredients and then start cooking. So with the above ingredients, I would prep the onion and start cooking it in the pan. Then I’d prep the carrot, add that to the pan and so on! Everybody does that right?

  1. Melt butter in a fry pan or wok
  2. Add yellow onion and cook until limp
  3. Add carrots, cook while prepping bell pepper
  4. Add can of sliced water chestnuts
  5. Add leftover broccoli, cook some more, toss it all around, do the hokey pokey, etc
  6. Add the remaining ingredients and stir or toss to combine and bring up to heat

Enjoy!