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Sweet & Spicy Dijon-Encrusted Salmon

I made this almost a month ago, but there were too many backdated entries to add it in, so here it is now!

I am the first to admit that my original reasoning behind getting an instagram account was solely so I could look at the food porn/stockpile even more recipes. I found Fresh Fit N Healthy because of this, and later found out that she is a fellow Recipe ReDux-er (if that’s a word)! It’s on my list of goals to try out other Recipe Re-Dux-er’s recipes, so here’s the first one I attempted! (It was part of the mother’s day dinner!)

We were super hungry, so I put less effort into making it pretty. We also grilled it instead of baking it, but I think it turned out really well! :] Super tasty and a very interesting blend of flavors.

Sweet & Spicy Dijon-Encrusted Salmon

~420 calories, 24g CHO’s, 15g fat, 48g protein, 4g fiber, 926mg sodium.

Ingredients:
-3 salmon fillets
-1/2 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
-2 tbsp Dijon mustard
-1 1/2 tbsp sriracha sauce
-1 1/2 tbsp honey
-2 Breton Gluten-Free Original with Flax crackers, crushed
-2 Breton Gluten-Free Garlic & Herb crackers, crushed
-4 tbsp walnuts, crushed
-cinnamon
-cayenne pepper
-sea salt

Instructions:
1) Mix together yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, sriracha, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and salt. Coat the salmon fillets.
2) Combine crushed crackers + walnuts and sprinkle on top.
3) Wrap in aluminum foil and put in grill for ~5-7 minutes.


I’m joining in on the Wine’d Down Wednesday linkup/blog hop! I don’t actually drink wine (I’m missing my acetaldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme!), but it’s pretty much a way to link up a recent post and virtually mingle with other bloggers since we can’t really meet up in person, so here we are!

Our Three Peas

Recipe ReDux: Matcha Ice Cream

May 2014’s theme is…

Cooking with Tea: Tea cups around the world are bubbling up with bold new flavors: From cardamom chai and sencha green to bubble teas and veggie teas. We wish we could attend the World Tea Expo the end of this month – but in lieu of a plane ticket, we’ll be cooking and baking and stirring up tea-inspired healthy dishes.

So I realize that this may not look the most appetizing, but I’d been lusting after green tea ice cream for ages. (This theme could not have come at a more appropriate time. :O ) Unfortunately, I happen to live in the middle of nowhere, and the closest Trader Joe’s is approximately 2.5 hours away. (Let’s not talk about how far away the closest extensive Asian market it, or I’ll just sink into a deeper depression.) As such, on my super-quick “vacation” back to California, my friends and I gathered to make matcha ice cream. The picture at the end of this post is probably going to convince you that I do not in fact have any friends, but…I swear they exist.

This recipe is super, super simple and highly versatile. Our particular version only called for 3 ingredients, but you can change it up by throwing in all sorts of variations (e.g. frozen berries, frozen mangoes, soy milk, almond milk, avocado…).

Matcha Ice Cream

Ingredients:
-1 cup chopped + frozen bananas
-1 tsp matcha powder
-1/4 cup light coconut milk (you can use whatever kind of milk you prefer)

Instructions:
1) Blend in blender.
2) (As my friend puts it…) BAM. YOU HAVE DELICIOUSNESS.

We cooked up a feast–sushi burritos, a trough of turkey, greek yogurt mashed potatoes, gluten-free crackers with hazelnut bean dip + cucumber greek yogurt dip, steamed broccoli…


As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux aims to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Thank you for visiting. We hope you enjoy!

(Please note that this is a closed link-up for Recipe ReDux Contest entries only. Any links added to this collection for non-ReDux posts will be deleted.)

Recipe ReDux: Hazelnut White Bean Dip [sponsored]

I received free samples of Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic from Dare Foods Incorporated mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Dare Foods Incorporated and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Since Dare Foods was challenging us to make something healthy that incorporated Breton Gluten Free crackers (Original with Flax or Herb and Garlic) and I’d only used the Herb and Garlic thus far, I decided to add to the crackers and dip theme. This one’s packed with protein and healthy fats. :]

Hazelnut White Bean Dip


Ingredients:
-Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax crackers
-1/4 cup light coconut milk
-1 can great northern beans, drained + rinsed
-3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-2 tsp orange zest
-2 tbsp orange juice
-pink himalayan salt, to taste
-freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:
1) Heat a large pan on the stove (medium-high heat). Once it’s hot, add a single layer of nuts. Stir frequently until nuts turn golden-brown. Remove from heat.
2) Add beans, garlic, coconut milk and nuts to food processor and process until smooth.
3) Add orange juice, orange zest, salt and pepper to the mix. Pulse until well combined.
4) Serve with Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax crackers. :]


As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux aims to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Thank you for visiting. We hope you enjoy!

(Please note that this is a closed link-up for Recipe ReDux Contest entries only. Any links added to this collection for non-ReDux posts will be deleted.)

Recipe ReDux: Cucumber Greek Yogurt Dip [sponsored]

I received free samples of Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic from Dare Foods Incorporated mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Dare Foods Incorporated and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month, so it’s only fitting that Dare Foods is challenging Recipe ReDux members to create gluten-free recipes using Breton Gluten Free crackers (Original with Flax + Herb & Garlic)!

I have two friends in school with celiac disease, so whenever we gather for potlucks, I like trying to make something that they’ll be able to enjoy as well. [It’s pretty depressing to attend a food event only to realize that you can’t eat anything on the table. :/ ]

As medical students (or really, anyone in general), I feel that time is something we will never, ever have enough of, so my main priorities with any kind of food-prepping tends to involve the following thought process:

1) Is it simple and uncomplicated?
2) Does it require a whole lot of ingredients? (Or would it call for expensive ingredients?)
3) Does it take a long time to make?
4) Does it taste good and is it reasonably healthy?

If it’s simple, inexpensive, healthy, and quick, I know I can proceed. These crackers are light and crisp with a nutty flavor, so I figured making some kind of a dip to go along with it would work well! This recipe is probably as easy as it gets, is packed with a whole ton of protein, and would be a great crowd-pleaser for any kind of food gathering! :]

Cucumber Greek Yogurt Dip

Ingredients:
-Breton Gluten Free Herb & Garlic crackers
-2 cups Fage 0% Greek yogurt
-1/2 large English cucumber, diced
-1 tsp cumin
-1 tsp onion powder
-4 cloves garlic, minced (roasted garlic would also be great)
-pink Himalayan salt, to taste
-freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:
1) Mix everything together until well combined.
2) Serve with Breton Gluten Free Herb & Garlic crackers.


As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux aims to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Thank you for visiting. We hope you enjoy!

(Please note that this is a closed link-up for Recipe ReDux Contest entries only. Any links added to this collection for non-ReDux posts will be deleted.)

Recipe ReDux: Pumpkin Pistachio Kale Fried Rice

The theme for April 2014 is…

Treasured Cookware: Share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it. Some of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month (May 11,) but it’s more than once a year that many of us cook with a pan, a wooden spoon or another piece of cookware passed on to us from the kitchens of our favorite relatives. Let’s see what you can cook up with your treasured kitchen tool!

I had slight difficulty with this one, mostly because my family doesn’t do all that much cooking. My dad once gave me a bowl of mustard pasta (yes, really) and I made the mistake of believing my mom.
(dad): Try it!
F: (sniffs the pot of pasta) Why does it smell kinda…strange…?
(dad): Just try some!
F: Did you have any yet?
(mom): Yeah, I had a bowl of it. It was fine.
F: Well, okay then.

In case you were wondering, I now have trust issues. I forgot that my mom doesn’t love and adore food the way I do, and pretty much only eats because it’s necessary to survive. ;_;

This entire back story is really just to explain that there isn’t actually a piece of classic cookware that’s been in my life for as long as I can remember. The one constant I can consistently recall (which may or may not have to do with the fact that I’m Asian) though is our rice cooker! Since I’m currently located across the country from my family, I’m obviously not using the same one they have, but I absolutely adore this thing. <3 I’ve used it for all kinds of kitchen experiments in the past 1.5-ish years–for instance, to bake cakes for friends’ birthdays and to cook quinoa.

The recipe is adapted from here! One look at that picture and there was pretty much no way I could go on without trying to make it. The substitutions were done based on my budget/what I already had in my apartment, and it didn’t come out looking anywhere near as pretty as the recipe I modified it from, but people liked it a lot! It’s been ages since we’ve been able to do a potluck (med school got in the way), so I gathered everyone at my place over the weekend and we had a mega-feast! It’s been a long, long year, so it was great to be able to relax for an evening while enjoying great food and company. :]

Pumpkin Pistachio Kale Fried Rice with Maple Tofu Cubes

 

Ingredients:
-4 cups brown rice (cooked)
-1/2 cup raw pistachios, shelled
-1/2 small sweet onion, diced
-3 cups kale, chopped (thick stems removed)
-1 grapefruit (juice + pulp)
-1 cup pumpkin puree
-sea salt, to taste
-black pepper, to taste
-pinch of cayenne pepper
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1 tbsp EVOO
-2 tsp honey (can sub with maple syrup to make it vegan!)
-1 tsp ground ginger
-1 cup firm tofu, cubed

Instructions:
1) Cook rice in rice cooker. (Preferably day-old rice.)
2) Heat 1-2 tsp EVOO in a skillet (or ginormous pot) over high heat. Add the chopped onion + saute for 1-2 minutes. Add pistachio nuts and saute for another minute until they’re toasted.
3) Add in another tsp of EVOO and add rice, pumpkin, salt, pepper, grapefruit, garlic and spices. Toss and saute so that pumpkin distributes evenly through the rice.
5) Add grapefruit juice to hydrate the pan and ingredients. Saute until it absorbs. Transfer to large bowl.
6) Add tofu cubes to skillet Drizzle honey and ground ginger over tofu cubes.  Add a bit of salt and pepper.
7) Saute on high and toss it with the rice until just combined.
8) Serve hot!


As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux aims to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Thank you for visiting. We hope you enjoy!

(Please note that this is a closed link-up for Recipe ReDux Contest entries only. Any links added to this collection for non-ReDux posts will be deleted.)

This was the view from our “front porch!” WV paints its sunsets as though the sky’s on fire. My phone camera doesn’t do it justice, but it’s still beautiful all the same. <3

This was all but three of us! (One’s taking the picture and two of em’ came later.)