Garlic & Wine Butter Mussels

I love a nice comfy bowl of delicious goodness! This recipe is exactly that. It’s a little splurge meal because of the sauce but it’s totally worth it. Growing up my Dad use to order mussels in a red tomato sauce at pizza places in his home town of Bayonne, NJ! I can still picture him eating those mussels. Every time he’d go into town on business it was pizza and mussels for one of his meals! I definitely thought of my Dad while I was making this dinner!

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. So Delicious!

Garlic Wine Butter Mussels

Ingredients:
3-4 lbs mussels, cleaned (Fresh or frozen, partially thawed)
16 oz bay scallops (I used Magdalena), optional
1 1/2 sticks salted butter
1 cup white wine
2 shallots, diced
6 garlic cloves, chopped (I like to keep pieces a little big)
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
1/2 T Italian seasoning
1 t salt
1 t pepper
2 T olive oil

Directions: Heat a large deep sauté pan on high heat. Add it 1 tablespoon of olive oil and let heat 2 minutes. Next add in the bay scallops and let cook 4-6 minutes mixing often. (No need to cook till they get a sear as they will be going in the sauce.) Remove the scallops from the pan and set aside.

Add the last tablespoon of oil to the pan. Next add in the shallots and garlic and cook 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Next you add in the butter and let melt fully. Add in the juice of 1 lemon and then add the lemon halves to the sauce, pour in the white wine and parsley and let cook about 6-7 minutes on medium high heat, stirring often. Discard the lemon halves from the sauce. Season the sauce with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.

Add the bay scallops back into the pan and add in the mussels and cover with the lid. Cook the mussels about 5-7 minutes until they open. Discard any mussels that don’t open.

Spoon mussels with sauce into a deep bowl serve with crusty bread for dunking! Enjoy!

Baked Lump Crab Dip

This lump crab meat dip is a huge hit at gatherings or just making for the family at home for game day. It’s made with real lump crab meat and is full of delicious flavors. It’s one of my favorite go to recipes!

Give this recipe a try!

Baked Lump Crab Meat Dip

Ingredients:
8 oz lump crab meat
2 green onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 T fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup mayonnaise
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Romano cheese, finely grated
2 t dried parsley
salt, sprinkle
pepper, sprinkle
1 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
1/2 T olive oil

Directions: In a medium bowl add in the cream cheese and mash completely with a fork. Next add in the mayo, lump crab meat, green onions, Romano cheese, garlic, lemon and seasoning and mix well until everything is blended.

Add dip into an oven safe bowl. Top the dip with the panko breadcrumbs and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake at 375° for 25-35 minutes until dip is hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and let set for 5 minutes. This dip is great to make ahead of time, just bake about another 10 minutes if the dip is refrigerator cold. Serve the dip with crackers, pita chips, pita bread or veggies!

Creamy Shrimp & Grits

I had grits for the first time when I started going to South Carolina, about 4 years ago. I never really thought about making them myself, and I never really thought I’d actually like them. Boy, was I wrong! I love them. After my trip was canceled this year due to Covid, I decided to try and make some grits myself! These are simple to make, I just used quick grits for the time. Hey, it was my first time…cut me some slack!! Ha Ha! Honestly, even with using the quick grits, they were DELICIOUS and took half the time. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Give it a go!

Ingredients:
Quick Creamy Grits:
1 cup quick grits
4 cups chicken broth, low sodium or water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 T butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

1lb medium shrimp, cleaned and deveined
1 large red pepper, diced
3/4 cup cooked corn, (I used cooked corn on cob, but can also use frozen thawed corn)
4 slices bacon, crispy cooked & chopped
3 green onion, sliced (both green and white parts)
2 t chili powder
2 t paprika
1 t cayenne pepper, optional
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
2 T olive oil
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Directions: In a medium sauce pan add in 4 cups of chicken broth, bring to a boil. Once boiling, slowly stir in the grits. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the grits have thickened add in the butter, cheddar cheese and cream. Mix until cheese is completely melted and the grits are creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.

Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Season the shrimp with chili powder, paprika, cayenne and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add in 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and let heat 1 minute. Add the shrimp into the pan, cook about 3-4 minutes on each side until shrimp is pink and has a nice golden crust and shrimp is cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Next add in the last tablespoon of olive oil and let heat 1 minute. Next add in the red pepper and cook until peppers are slightly tender (or to your preference) about 3-4 minutes. Then add in the cooked corn, season with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and put the shrimp back into the pan. Let heat 2 minutes on low.

To assemble the shrimp and grits, add a large spoonful of grits to a bowl. Top with cooked shrimp, the peppers and corn mixture, chopped bacon and chopped green onion, serve!



Herb Crusted Salmon

This salmon dish was a huge hit when I made it. I used a larger piece of Alaskan salmon to make this dish. It can easily be made with smaller portions. Salmon hasn’t always been my favorite. I’ve learned to make it in ways that limit the fish taste to me!! LOL. Give this recipe a try and I’m sure you’ll love it as well.

Herb Crusted Salmon

Ingredients:
1lb Alaskan salmon, skin on
1 cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t dill
2 t parsley
1 t salt
1 t pepper
3 T Dijon Mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced

Directions: Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl add in the panko breadcrumbs with the seasoning above and mix together. Add the salmon to a oven safe dish. Pat the salmon dry. Add the dijon mustard and brush over the salmon, fully coating it. Next top the salmon with the panko breadcrumbs. Drizzle with lemon. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. (Note: Cook time will vary depending on thickness of the salmon. Also, I prefer mine well done so I cook mine longer.)

Honey Dijon Baked Salmon

Salmon I feel is such a good protein to play around with different recipes. There are so many different flavors that can be done with salmon. This recipe is full of some delicious flavors.

When I cook my salmon I probably cook to a more doneness than most people. I am new to enjoying salmon. For years I always thought it was to fishy for me, but now that I make it more often I’ve grown to enjoy it. BUT I need to make sure it’s DONE! Not overcooked, just completely cooked through! Don’t worry it’s still flakey and moist.

Honey Dijon Baked Salmon

Ingredients:

2 lbs Alaskan salmon, skin on or skinless
4 T olive oil
3 T Dijon mustard
1 T lite soy sauce
1 T honey
2 garlic cloves, finely minced or grated
1/2 T chili powder

Directions: Preheat oven 400°. In a small bowl make the glaze. Mix together olive oil, mustard, soy sauce, honey and grated garlic. Mix well till fully incorporated. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Get the salmon ready. Pat the salmon with a paper towel to completely dry it. Place in an oven safe dish (or use a disposable aluminum pan) Place the salmon skin side down. Take a sharp knife and score the salmon into pieces, do not fully cut through to the salmon and skin. (If you are using smaller pieces, omit this step.) Pour the glaze over the salmon and get in-between where you cut and make sure the entire salmon coated. Sprinkle with the chili powder.

Let the salmon sit for a few minutes with the glaze on it. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The salmon should be cooked 4-6 minutes per half inch of salmon. So cook time really depends on the thickness. Mine was pretty thick, and since I prefer the salmon more cooked, I used the 6 minutes per half inch. You want an instant read thermometer to be to at least 145°.

Once cooked, serve immediately with your preferred sides. Left overs can stored for up to 5 days. Make sure to reheat on low or even put in a salad, cold.

Amazon Items Used with this Dish! (Link Below)
Zester/grater for garlic
Basting Brush
Instant Read Thermometer
Amazon Items Used

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Healthy Salmon Veggie Bowl

Ever since I started to eat salmon a year ago, I’ve been really experimenting with what different dishes. This was one of my favorite meals so far.

This dish is filled with so many good nutrients, protein and lots of veggies. You can modify it with any vegetables that you have on hand or that you like.

Healthy Salmon Veggie Bowl
(2 Servings)

Ingredients:

Salmon:
2 Alaskan Salmon pieces, with skin on
1/2 lemon
1 T butter
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
1 t paprika

Roasted Pepper & Sweet Potato
1 large red pepper, sliced
1 large sweet potato, diced
1 T olive oil
2 t chili powder
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Cauliflower “Fried” Rice
2 cups cauliflower rice ( I buy already riced or frozen)
2 T frozen peas
2 T frozen Corn
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 T olive oil
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t soy sauce

Toppings:
1 Green Onion, sliced

Directions: Preheat oven 375°. Add sliced red pepper and diced sweet potato to a oven safe dish in a flat layer. Keep separate. Drizzle with olive oil and season with spices above. Mix well to coat. In a second oven safe dish add in the salmon pieces. Season the fish with above seasonings, drizzle with some lemon juice and add half tablespoon of butter to the top of the pieces of fish. Add both pans to the oven and cook 30-35 minutes. Half way through flip the sweet potatoes and peppers.

While the veggies and salmon are cooking, next we start the cauliflower “fried” rice. Heat a medium saute pan on medium high heat. After the pan heats up add in the olive oil and let heat 2 minutes. Add in the diced onion and cook for 3 minutes. Next add in the peas and corn and cook 3 minutes. Add in the cauliflower rice, seasoning and soy sauce and cook 10-12 minutes stirring often. Cook until your preferred tenderness.

Cook the salmon until the internal temperature reads 145°. Once done, remove from oven and squeeze some lemon over the top.

To assemble the bowl add in the cauliflower “fried” rice, a piece of salmon, some sweet potatoes and red peppers and top with sliced green onions. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes: You can use any veggies you have on hand, zucchini, corn, potatoes, broccoli, the list goes on and on. If you prefer the salmon a little under, cook to your desired temperature. Me, I need mine completely done. The seasonings are to taste, if you want more salt, add it if you want no salt omit it. This will also work well with other proteins. Chicken breast, pork tenderloin, other fish or even shrimp.

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