Honey Mustard Salmon Salad

Honey Mustard Salmon Salad on a green platter with gluten free crackers Rich salmon with slightly sweet garlic mustard, and local raw honey. There’s crunchy vegetables included that makes this fresh salad a more flavorful one than tuna salad. Children, teens, and adults alike will enjoy it on some crackers, or as a sandwich. We enjoyed our “Honey Mustard Salmon Salad” with some crackers made from red, yellow, and green lentil flour.

Wild caught salmon is in season from April through November, during which time you can find it fresh at your local markets and it is the least expensive. Wild salmon not only provides exceptional flavor and nutrition found in few other foods, but is easy to prepare and enjoyed even by those who are not always fond of fish (WHF).

Skinning and Boning A Salmon Fillet

Though we used canned salmon from The Whole Foods Market, you can use fresh cooked salmon as well.

If you happen to buy some with the skin still on and you wish to remove it and not really sure how to do it, just follow these instructions from The World’s Healthiest Foods – Salmon Bones and Skin Removed.

salmon-skinned-deboned

GIF credit: Worlds Healthiest Foods

Start with a sharp knife and hold one edge of the filet with your fingers and slide the knife between the skin and meat at about a 45° angle facing the edge of the blade toward the skin.

Position the blade so that the fish is in the middle. Do not move your knife back and forth, but rather move the salmon back and forth on your knife blade holding the skin.

Keep the edge of  the knifes blade at an angle so it cuts between the meat and skin without cutting through the skin.

To remove the bones, run your fingers over the top of the fish too find a line of bones. Remove them one at a time with a pair of tweezers, pliers, or your fingers. Pull them out going with the grain of the fish so they slide out without tearing the meat.

It takes some practice, but with a sharp knife it can actually be quite easy.

Bears Enjoy Salmon To

We would say that this recipe has been kitchen tested, and is budget friendly. Here is what you will need to prepare your own Honey Mustard Salmon Salad.

4 tablespoons sweet garlic mustard (found at Whole foods Market)

4 tablespoons plain yogurt (we used a homemade yogurt)

2 tablespoons local raw honey

2 – 6 ounce cans Alaskan Wild Salmon, drained

1 small red bell pepper, diced

2 celery stalks, sliced thin

1/2 cup white onion, diced

ingredients for Honey Mustard Salmon SaladIn a large bowl, mix together mustard, yogurt, and honey. Add salmon, red bell pepper, celery, and onion.

mixing in honey - Honey Mustard Salmon SaladStir together until mixed.

Honey Mustard Salmon Salad - close upPlace the Honey Mustard Salmon Salad in the center of a serving platter and surround the fish mixture with your favorite crackers, and serve.

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Rotisserie Chicken Baguette Sandwich With Basil

Rotisserie Chicken baguetteRotisserie chicken sold at Costco and other markets for $4.99 is a great deal. They say that they are actually losing money by doing that, but it gets you in the warehouse or store to by commodities, like food, clothing and other products that they sell. So their loss is made up in the other things that you buy.

Cooking 3 rotisserie chicken on the grill with Charcoal and Briquettes Most are familiar with what a rotisserie chicken is.

For those who are not familiar, the chicken is skewered on a spit or a long solid rod while it is being cooked over an open fire, such as in a fireplace or over a campfire, or roasted in a rotisserie oven.

The rotation of the chicken on the spit cooks the meat evenly in its own juices and allows easy access for continuous self-basting.

Rotisserie cooking was popular in medieval times and in early modern kitchens that had a fire place.

Some fresh baguettes in the basket at the bakery The loaf of baguette that we used is a long thin loaf of French bread.

The history of the baguette according to Wikipedia is that the word “baguette” was not used to refer to a type of bread until the 1920’s, but what we know as a baguette today, may have existed well before then.

The word is derived from the Italian bacchetta which simply means “wand” or “baton.”

Our featured recipe is a delicious meal that can be ready in 20 minutes from start to finish.

Here is what you will need for your – Rotisserie Chicken Baguette Sandwich With Basil

1 (1 lb) loaf baguette

1 (18 oz) bottle bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (We use BBQ sauces from Whole Foods that do not have soy or canola oil in them)

2 cups cooked and shredded Rotisserie chicken

1/3 cup chopped red onion

3-4 fresh torn basil leaves

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cut baguette loaf in half lengthwise.

Pour 1 cup each of BBQ sauce on top of both halves of bread.

Next, place 1 cup of shredded rotisserie chicken onto each baguette half.

Evenly sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese onto each of the baguette halves.

Evenly sprinkle chopped onion over the cheese between the two baguette halves.

Place the two baguette halves on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and bread is heated through.

Rotisserie Chicken baguetteSprinkle some torn basil leaves over the tops of both baguette halves. Note: do not tear basil leaves until you are ready to place them over the prepared cooked sandwich.

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Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon

Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon

Fresh sage has high antioxidant abilities, and you don’t want to miss out. Because it can help protect your body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals, which most often results in cell death, impaired immunity, and chronic disease (Link here to consider: Helping Your Immune System Function Smarter).

Medical studies using sage extract with Alzheimer suffers, showed an improvement in cognition as well as less agitation compared to the placebo group. Other studies have reported that sage can improve memory in young, healthy adults also.

Another medical study using forty volunteers who had diabetes and high cholesterol. The patients were given sage leaf extract for 3 months, and at the finish of the study, the participants had lower fasting glucose, HbA1c, total cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol), and the HDL (good cholesterol) had risen.

Sage, as well as many other herbs, has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antimicrobial effects.

Those are just some of the great reasons to enjoy making: Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon, which involves fresh sage. This meal cooks in about 30 to 40 minutes.

Here is what you will need:

2 cups butternut squash (about a 1 3/4 pound squash), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

gluten free penne rigate12 oz. Penne Rigate, gluten-free pasta (our favorite brand to use is Jovial – bought at Whole Foods Market)

4 to 5 thick sliced Apple Wood smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch slices

2 shallots, thinly sliced

12 fresh sage leaves, torn

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

black pepper

1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese, plus more for serving

In a pot of boiling water, cook the gluten free pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and rinse, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Most Jovial pasta instructions do not say to rinse, but we do, so the pasta will not stick, while it sits waiting to be used.

roasting butternut squash on the BBQ

Now you can roast the butternut squash coated with olive oil in a preheated 425 degree oven (that’s great for colder weather) or you can do what we did and roast the diced squash coated with olive oil (1 tablespoon) on a hot BBQ grill using a BBQ basket. Just add the squash to the basket and close the lid for about 15 minutes or until the squash is browned and tender (but not to soft or mushy).

roasted butternut squash

When butternut squash is brown and tender, remove and set aside.

adding fresh sage

Heat on the grill remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large ceramic coated skillet (or skillet of your choice), and add the smoked bacon and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Next add the shallots, crushed red pepper and a generous pinch of black pepper and mix in. Next add the sage, mix in and cook until the shallots are soft, about 4 minutes.

a large ceramic coated pan on the BBQ  making Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon

Next add the squash, rigate, and the reserved cooking water and cook over heat, tossing gently, until the sauce is thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes.

adding Pecorino chesse to Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon

Next add and mix in the 1/2 cup of Pecorino cheese.

sitting and enjoying Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon - Topped with some more Pecorino cheese

Plate and serve, passing extra Pecorino cheese at the dinner table, or enjoy out on your back patio during a warm summer evening.

 

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Sourdough Bread Day – No Fooling

Sourdough Bread Day - No Fooling

Did you know  the way sourdough bread is prepared helps improve its nutrition value?  The sourdough starter as it is called, pre-digeststarches, making the bread more easily digestible.

Because of this it lowers insulin response, thus improving glucose tolerance. The pre-digested starches helps protect Vitamin B-1 from the damage of the heat will the bread is being baked. The pre-digested starches also break down the gluten, resulting in a bread that gluten-sensitive people can eat.

The process also breaks down phytases which free up minerals for better absorption,  such as zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus.

Don’t be FOOLED into believing folic acid is better for you, as it is the synthetic form of folate, and folate is made in nature and is bio-available to the body.

One medium slice of sourdough has 95 micrograms of folate, which is 24% of the daily required amount needed for good health. Lack of folate in the diet would make you more susceptible to developing cancer, age-related vision loss, hearing loss, and heart disease.

So this April first (2015) enjoy a slice or two of sourdough bread, and We’re Not Fooling.

Grilled Brussels sprouts with baconEnjoy sourdough with – Grilled Brussels sprouts and Bacon

1 pound Brussels sprouts cut in half, cooked, either rosasted or grilled

1/2 pound of bacon, cooked

6 slices of sourdough bread, if using longer slices cut in half

Grill or roast prepared Brussels sprouts. In a medium bowl mix with cooked, chopped bacon.

Warm the slices of sourdough bread, and top with the grilled Brussels sprouts and Bacon.

Enjoy!!

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Turkey Avocado and Dill SandwichEnjoy sourdough with – Turkey Avocado and Dill Sandwich –

4 slices deli smoked turkey

2 eggs fried, yolk cooked

1 avocado, medium, peeled, pitted and sliced

3 or 4 fresh sprigs of dill

1/2 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

Sweet Tomato Chutney – Click here for recipe

Spread sourdough with chutney. Next layer with one or two turkey slices, add fried egg, avocado slices, and top with a sprig of dill and some baby spinach leaves.

Enjoy this sandwich for Sunday brunch, breakfast or lunch.

Stop Fooling around and get to the kitchen and prepare your sourdough bread with either Grilled Brussels sprouts and Bacon or Turkey Avocado and Dill Sandwich.

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Italian Pasta with Pesto Sauce

Italian Pasta with Pesto Sauce

Basil is an herb, and all of its plant parts, leaves, seeds, and flowers, are used in herbal medicine, particularly “Holy Basil“. Basil is also used in desserts, including ice cream and sorbet, and custard. Depending on the variety of basil, it is used in Italian, Mediterranean, and Thai food. The essential oil is used in the preparation of perfumes.

Verities basil include the Sweet Basil, Lemon Basil, and the two just mention, the Thai Basil, and Holy Basil.

Basil is a member of the Lamiaceae family, and included with the plant species is the mint, oregano, catnip, rosemary, and sage.

Holy Basil is related to the common Sweet Basil and is used in Ayurvedic traditional practices. The leaves are used to support healthy upper respiratory tract function, and research has shown that Holy Basil includes the benefits in helping to support a healthy immune system.

In our featured recipe – Italian Pasta with Pesto Sauce – we will be using the common Sweet Basil. This meal can be prepared in 30 minutes, and here is what you will need, starting with the pesto recipe.

 

Traditional Pesto SaucePesto Sauce

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
¼ cup pine nuts
2 large garlic cloves
½ cup grated Romano/Parmesan or Asiago cheese
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Place all the ingredients in a food processor, except oil, and pulse. Start to add oil slowly, pulsing until ingredients form a smooth paste.

If you do not use right away, or there are left overs, store in a jar container with a layer of olive oil on top to prevent discoloration.

Prepare the spaghetti pasta according to packaged instructions. Just as pasta is done, place a large frying pan on medium heat. Then drain and rinse pasta. Set aside.

Pour about 1/8 cup (1 ounce) of olive oil to the heated pan, let warm and then add the pasta to pan.

Mix to coat the pasta and add pesto sauce, starting with a one half of a cup (1/2 cup) and mix to coat the pasta adding more pesto if needed and as desired.

Italian Pasta with Pesto Sauce (close-up)Plate the Italian Pasta with Pesto Sauce and serve.

 

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Quinoa Tuna Patties

Quinoa Tuna Patties

We were hungry, and I thought fast, and this is what I came up with, “Quinoa Tuna Patties.” Quinoa is a gluten-free whole grain, will actually it has been simulated to be called a whole-grain.

Wikipedia describes quinoa best by saying, ” Quinoa is a species of goose-foot, it is a grain grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudo-cereal rather than a true cereal. It is not a member of the grass family, it is closely related to species such as beetroots or spinach.”

Quino Nutrition Label Quinoa is the only eatable plant grown for consumption that has the perfect balance of all 9 essential amino-acids essential for human health. The only other food that is eaten with all 9 amino-acids is beef, poultry, and pork. meat. It also contains some vitamins and minerals as shown in the Quinoa Nutrition label image.

It is recommended to rinse quinoa before cooking it. Why?  Because the seeds are coated with saponin which is  a bitter substance that protects the seeds from predators. However, most packaged quinoa sold in the U.S. has been pre-rinsed, but taking the side of caution is best.

Tuna when purchased fresh will contain between 22 and 24 grams of protein. The “yellowfin” has the most protein from all ocean harvested tuna. If purchasing canned tuna, keep in mind it is pasteurized during the canning process. If the meat is dark, 100 gram serving has 25 grams of protein, were as white meat tuna has 23 grams. Tuna also provides essential amino-acids.

Both quinoa and tuna are secondary sources of energy (complex carbohydrates are first) with their primary purpose, being to build muscle, and protect the integrity and health of human cell tissue.

This meal can also be prepared in 30 minutes and is also considered a Salad as a Main Course, because of having a meat mix in with it.

Now for our featured recipe: Quinoa Tuna Patties, and here is what you will need.

12 to 16 ounces of mixed leafy greens

10 ounces (2 5 oz. cans) tuna

1 or 2 medium eggs

1/4 cup bread crumbs, prepared with toasted sourdough bread

1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup mixed vegetables

2 to 3 tablespoons avocado oil

Vinaigrette for leafy greens to follow.

Mixing ingredients for - Ouinoa Tuna PattiesCook quinoa according to package instructions and set aside. While you are cooking the quinoa, heat some water to boiling, place frozen mixed vegetables into a large bowl and pour hot water over them for about 2 minutes, or until thawed out. Drain off water and set aside.

Open the cans of tuna and drain off water. In the large bowl with vegetables add tuna, eggs, salt, garlic, and bread crumbs. Mix together until well incorporated.

frying tuna patties in avocado oilYou and either form a ball of tuna mix with your hands and fry in a large heated skillet with avocado oil or as we used a cookie cutter, to form the tuna patties. We only used one egg, therefore it did not hold together well. Next attempt at this meal, we will use two eggs and possibly 1/3 cup of bread crumbs. Cook on both sides just enough to warm the ingredients and cook the eggs, about 2 minutes on each side.

Plated Quinoa Tuna Patties Mix in a small jar 1/4 cup ginger syrup (purchased at Natural Grocer’s, or your favorite health food store), 4 tablespoons avocado oil ( a 1 litter bottle at Costco is $9.79 – 2014) and 2 tablespoons rice vinegar. Place lid on jar, and shake. Plate leafy greens, drizzle vinaigrette over greens and top with a Quiona Tuna Pattie, and serve.

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Chicken Avocado and Watercress Salad

Chicken Avocado and Watercress SaladUpland cress is high in phytonutrients, such as iodine, iron and phosphorus, as well as antioxidant vitamin A and C. It also has 14.76 mg of lutein per four (4) ounces, which is great for eye sight.

Upland cress has a peppery flavor much like arugula, and will add zing to your favorite sandwich or salad recipes. It is also reported that Cress soup can cleanse the blood in the Spring after a long cold winter. Cress is often recommended in cholesterol lowering and weight reduction programs, making it an alternative medicine.

Collage of Chicken Avocado and Watercress SaladOur featured recipe has a wonderful vinaigrette, Sweet Onion and Apple Vinaigrette.

To start you will need the following:

Sweet Onion and Apple Vinaigrette

½ cup rice vinegar

1 tbsp. grated sweet onion

¼ cup peeled and finely Gala apple

4 tsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. sugar

3 tbsp. avocado oil

When grating the onions and apples use the small holes of the grater.

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Next wash 4 cups of Upland cress and set aside.

Dice up 1 mango into 1-inch chunks, or optional to use packaged thawed mango chunks, about 1 cup. Next peel and pit one firm, but ripe avocado, and slice.

Shred 1 1/2 cups of chicken meat or cut off in chunks from a fresh made rotisserie chicken.

Arrange cress onto plate, and top with mango chunks, meat, and avocado slices. Next pour or spoon on the vinaigrette.

Chicken Avocado and Watercress Salad - close-upServe and enjoy this dense nutrient salad.

Take Note

According to Power Your Diet, cress contains under 1/2 mgs of oxalic acid per 100 grams of leaves. Oxalic acid occurs naturally in some vegetables, which can crystallize as oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people. If you know that you have oxalate urinary tract stones it is advisable to avoid eating vegetables belong to the Brassica family.

Being a Brassica family vegetable, cress may also contain goitrogens, which may interfere with thyroid hormone production and can cause thyroxin hormone deficiency in individuals with thyroid dysfunction.

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