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Steak with Nectarine Guacamole

August 28, 2018

A delicious play on regular guacamole…

  • 2 large Porterhouse steaks (between 1½ to 2 lbs each)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Add the garlic, cilantro, smoked paprika and salt into a mortar and pestle. Pound the mixture till the garlic and cilantro are mushy. Add the olive oil and mix well (you can process the mixture in a food processor as well). Marinate the steaks with the mixture in the fridge for 5 to 6 hours.

Grill the steaks according to desired doneness on an outdoor or indoor grill.

Nectarine Guacamole

  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 1 white nectarine, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 serrano chilies, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Juice of one to two limes

Mix the avocados, nectarine, cilantro, chilies, smoked paprika, salt and lime juice in a medium bowl. Serve on top of the steak.

Steak and Mushroom Tacos

August 21, 2018

Another delicious summer recipe…

  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix the salt, smoked paprika and garlic powder together. Sprinkle all over the steak and marinate for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more
  • 2 cup shitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thin
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo sauce
  • Salt

Heat a wide frying pan with the olive oil. Brown the steak on both sides on high heat. Keep aside. Cut into bit sized pieces. Add the mushrooms and add more oil if needed. Saute on medium high heat for a minute. Add the onion and garlic. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes on medium high heat, stirring constantly. Deglaze with orange juice and scrape the bottom of the pan. Add the adobo sauce. Mix well. Add the steak pieces and heat through. Serve on top of corn tortillas.

Grilled Skirt Steak

August 20, 2018

 

  • 1 to 2 pound skirt steak

Marinade

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Add the garlic, cumin, salt and smoked paprika into a mortar and pestle. Pound and crush the garlic and spices. Add the cilantro and continue to pound smooth. Add the lime juice and olive oil. Mix well and marinate the steak in a zip lock bag for 2 to 3 hours.

Grill the steak to desired doneness. Let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with jicama salsa and guacamole.

Fresh Peach Salsa

August 7, 2018

Peach Salsa

    • 4 to 5 medium peaches, chopped into ¼ inch squares
    • 4 green onions, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • Juice of a large lime
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add the peaches, onions and garlic in a small bowl. Add the lime juice, honey, paprika, salt and cilantro. Mix well and keep aside for at least an hour before serving.

Mango Nectarine and Avocado Salsa

July 31, 2018

Mango Nectarine and Avocado Salsa

  • 1 medium mango, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 1 large nectarine, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt

Add the mango, nectarine, avocado, green onions, jalapeno and cilantro in a small bowl. Mix well and add the lime juice and salt. Mix and let the salsa sit for about an hour. Serve with chips or an entrée.

Mexican Style Turkey Burgers

July 30, 2018

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  • 1 poblano pepper, cut in half, seeded
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into quarters
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, (wrapped in aluminum foil)
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the vegetables on a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle the salt and pepper and roast for 35 to 40 minutes or till the vegetables are soft. Take out of oven and scrape off the skin from the poblano peppers as well as the garlic from the foil. Place in a blender or processor and process till smooth.

  • 1 pound dark turkey meat
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper

Place the turkey meat in a medium mixing bowl. Add the poblano mixture, salt and pepper and mix well till everything is incorporated. Form into four patties. Let it sit for 2 to 3 hours. Cook on a grill or skillet. Serve on a sesame seed bun with tomatoes, smoked paprika mayonnaise and guacamole.

Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of half lemon

Add the yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and lemon juice in a small bowl. Mix well and keep aside.

Chilean Sea Bass with Smoked Paprika with Corn Risotto and Avocado Salad

July 29, 2018

Smoked Paprika Rubbed Chilean Seabass

  • 1½ pound Chilean sea bass, cut into 3 to 4 filets

Spice Rub

  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix the spices in a small bowl. Rub the fish filets all over with the spice rub. Marinate for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge.

  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the fish filets on a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle oil and sprinkle salt on each of the filets. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of the filets.

Corn Risotto with Avocado Salad

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin, powdered
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 ears of corn, off the cob
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken broth, warmed
  • Salt
  • 1/3 half and half
  • ½ cup queso fresco, grated

Heat a wide frying pan with the olive oil. Add the cumin and sauté for a minute on medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the corn and the rice. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes on medium low heat. Gradually add the broth one ladle at a time, stirring the rice in between. Add the liquid as it cooks out. The risotto should take about 20 minutes to cook. Add the half and half and cheese. Mix well and check for seasonings. Add salt. Serve with avocado salad on top and fish on the side.

Avocado and Tomato Salad

  • 1 large Hass avocado, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Mix the avocado, tomatoes, lime juice, salt and cilantro in a medium bowl. Mix well and serve on top of the risotto with the fish on the side.