This weeks Obsession….. Kabees (aka Mediterranean Pickled Radishes & Beets)

Since the best thing to do after a hard, mind-frazzling workout is to talk about food – well, that’s what I find myself doing with one of my instructors. ¬†Just the other day after working out so hard I could … Continue reading

Saucy Kale and Tomato Pasta

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I was trying to decide what to eat – knowing that I had to eat/fuel to run since I have a run scheduled for Saturday before the predicted big snowfall. Usually I make a simple pasta dinner the night before a LSR (Long, Slow Run) – with a very easy tomato sauce that can be made in 30 mins. Tonight, after chatting with my running partner Kathy about what to have for supper (she was enjoying lasagna! Yum!) I decided to add a few new things to my good, old faithful – Kale and some sun-dried tomatoes, olives and for good measure a cherry bomb pepper.
Wow! It was really great and so quick and easy!

Here is the recipe.
Saucy Kale and Tomato Pasta
Pasta of choice (**I always use real pasta – Barilla is great and occasionally I will make my own or try another type of imported noodles, always from Italy!)
3 large ripe tomatoes
Kale
Organic garlic – 2 cloves (thank you SP!)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (directly from Puglia, Italy — soooo good!)
Hot sauce – such as Frank’s (you just need a dash or two)
Rock salt for water for pasta
Italian blend of Seasonings
Store bought Antipasta mix:
-sun-dried tomatoes
– green olives
– cherry bomb peppers
**I just love this mix, if you have a Antipasta bar at your local grocery store you can pick and choose what you like and don’t like – if you don’t like olives, pick something else, or if you want something a little spicier go crazy!

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Put a pot of water to boil and add salt to taste.
While the water is heating up, start slicing the garlic thinly (**do NOT chop garlic!) and chopping the tomatoes and kale.
In another large pan on medium heat (I like to use a wok like pan, but please use what you like) add enough olive oil to coat the pan and add the sliced garlic, cook till lightly browned and remove once it’s been browned as you only want the infusion of the garlic not the actual garlic (you can discard it or use it for something else such as garlic bread or whatever else you like).

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Add the chopped tomatoes to the hot oil and cook on medium heat, stirring while the tomatoes cook, this should take about 10 minutes, you can now add the kale. Now if you really love kale, add as much as you want, if you’re not sure, like me, use only about 10-15 stems – I know that sounds like a lot but like spinach, it does cook down quite a bit. At this point, drizzle some olive oil (about 1-2 tablespoons) into the sauce and add a couple of shakes of Italian spices.
As this cooks, you can add the pasta to the boiling water, unlike to set the timer from between 6 and 7 mins- depending on the type of pasta. I like my pasta al dente, but feel free to cook it to your liking.
While the pasta cooks, keep an eye on the kale and tomato sauce.

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Now here is, to me anyway, the secret to any good sauce…
As the sauce cooks, add 2 ladles of the pasta water, one at a time. The water will absorb into the sauce.
Turn down the heat to low but keep on eye on the sauce. It should now have thickened up nicely and all the kale should be very soft. At this point you can toss in some of the Antipasta …. And a couple of dashed of hot sauce ……Or not. ūüôā

Once the pasta is cooked, drain as usual and plate pasta in a bowl and top with Saucy Kale and Tomato Sauce and if you’re like me – fresh Parm Cheese.
Enjoy!

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Heathy Fast Fish Dinner

Quick and delicious dinner.  You can use any white fish you like.  Leftovers make amazing fish tacos!

Quick and delicious dinner. You can use any white fish you like. Leftovers make amazing fish tacos!

Growing up I really wasnt a fan of fish or seafood of any kind Рto me it just didnt look or smell appetizing.  As an adult, I still avoided it until I was a newlywed and my new husband insisted I try Blackened Catfish at a very nice restaurant in our new neighborhood just outside Cleveland.  Oh what a wonderful surprise that was!  It was fantastic!  How could I have not eaten this delicious dish before?!   Well that was it for me Рthat positive experince really opened up a whole new world for me.

These days I find myself eating more fish and seafood than ever before. ¬†I’ve found that fish and seafood dishes are pretty easy to prepare and taste so good. ¬†It’s a great alternative to chicken or another type of protein. ¬† One of the best things is that you can pretty much use ¬†any white fish from the market- tilapia, halibut, monkfish, catfish etc.

Here are a few popular and mild white fish that you might want to consider: Monk¬†Fish¬†– This large low-fat, firm-textured salt-water fish has a mild, sweet flavor that compares with lobster. Sometimes referred to as “poor man’s lobster.”

Flounder – A fine-textured flatfish prized for its delicate flavor. Some of the more popular varieties include “Fab,” “English Sole,” and “Plaice.”

Haddock – A North Atlantic fish, the smaller cousin to the cod. The haddock has firm white flesh that is mild in flavor.

Halibut – A low-fat, firm white and mild-flavored fish from the flatfish family. Resembles a gigantic flounder. “Chicken Halibuts” weigh up to ten pounds and are considered the finest halibut.

Orange Roughy – A New Zealand area fish with lean, white flesh that is firm and mild. This popular fish can be poached, baked, broiled, or fried.

Striped Bass – This true bass is found along the Atlantic coast. It features six to eight horizontal stripes and provides a moderately fat, firm flesh with a mild, sweet flavor.

Swordfish РA saltwater food and sport fish with mild-flavored, moderately fat flesh. The flesh is red, dense, and meat-like. Thanks to its firmness, swordfish can be prepared by baking, broiling, grilling, poaching, or sautéing.

Now for the ¬†details. ¬†The actual recipe for the fish doesn’t get easier than this one.

4  fish fillets of your choice  *(I used frozen Halibut I purchased from Costco for a great price, very convenient and great value)

1/2 flour

2 egg beaten

1/4 cup of milk

pinch of salt, pinch of pepper

paprika

olive oil * a few drops will do, I use a Misto spray bottle for my olive oil instead of Pam or butter

Wash fillets, dry on paper towels.

In 2 seperate  dishes, I just use plates.  In one plate place the flour, salt and pepper, in the other the eggs and milk that have been beaten.

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Place the fillets in the egg mix and carefully coat both sides, then dredge (place them in the flour mixture) the fillets in the flour, gently shake off flour.  Some people use a baggie and put the flour in there Рthat is entirely up to you.

Place the fish into the hot pan and watch it carefully that it doesn’t burn. ¬†Cook on each side till golden brown, sprinkle a dash of paprika for a bit of flavour and colour. >
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Slice some lemons and add to plate along with veggies of choice Рmine were sauteed corn, orange peppers and a vidalia onion.  For my carb part, I sauteed some perogies which were served with a bit of low fat sour cream.  Oh and I added my latest obsession Рfeta stuffed red hot peppers!

Yum!

Now go enjoy!

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