fennel avocado citrus and shrimp salad

fennel, avocado, citrus and shrimp salad
fennel, avocado, citrus and shrimp salad
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fennel, avocado, citrus and shrimp salad
fennel, avocado, citrus and shrimp salad

Confession. I didn't try shrimp until my early 20s - in fact, I didn't eat seafood at all until then. I know, I must have been out of my mind. The thing is, we didn't have much seafood growing up. I shouldn't even use the word much - we didn't have any

In order to purchase even meat, often times my parents and grandparents had to wait hours in line at some shoddy warehouse in order to get it. I recall losing my very first tooth while keeping my grandfather company trying to purchase chicken. A wobbly tooth, a bite of an apple, gone. But yes, that's how things were done if you wanted the luxury of eating meat. I don't often think about that part of my life when going to the supermarket and picking up chicken thighs. But I digress...

So seafood. It intimidated me and was unfamiliar so I kept my distance. My mother, who still to this day refuses to touch it, never cooked any. After all, we ate how we learned to in Romania and Germany. And the diet I adopted in my teens once we moved here included ample amount of pizza, cereal, whatever my mom cooked, more junk and then then I eventually turned to a quasi-vegan lifestyle. In a nutshell, a disaster but never included any seafood. 

But things changed drastically once I started college. In addition to my meeting new people I was also introduced to new food and started eating differently. No, wings from Domino's at 1am were not one of them, but there was shrimp. The first time I tried it was when friends put together a dinner. Out of respect, I decided to try one. Embarrassingly enough I had to ask for instructions. The rest is history. 

Today I eat seafood more than any other food. Shrimp, salmon, sardines, scallops, tuna - I love it all! And particularly like the versatility of shrimp as it takes minutes to cook and is fairly inexpensive. 

Probably one of my favorite ways of eating shrimp is with avocado and citrus. For this salad, I used orange, avocado and fennel. If you're not a big fan of licorice, roasting it for a few minutes will cut down on the sometimes overpowering taste. I happen to love fennel and like it raw or roasted. For this dish, roasting it for 10 minutes provides a nice balance to the other ingredients. It's quick to make and is the ideal lunch if you're looking for something refreshing and light. 

fennel, avocado, citrus and shrimp salad
fennel, avocado, citrus and shrimp salad
fennel, avocado, citrus and shrimp salad

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fennel avocado citrus and shrimp salad

  • prep time: 5 minutes

  • cooking time: 10 minutes

  • makes: 2 servings

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 fennel bulb

  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided

  • 2 oranges, segmented

  • 1 avocado, cut into slices

  • 8-10 jumbo shrimp

  • salt and pepper to taste

Dressing: 

  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

  • 1/4 tsp fresh pepper

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Equipment

  • grill pan or frying pan

  • mixing bowl

  • small mixing bowl

  • baking sheet

  • parchment paper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In small mixing bowl, combine shrimp, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper and toss to combine. Set aside.

Meanwhile, cut fennel in half and peel outside layer. Cut into thin slices and spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and pour over 1 tbsp olive oil. Toss to combine. Roast for 10 minutes stirring once half way. 

Next, with a pairing knife, cut peel off the orange and segment all the orange slices. Reserve the remaining orange and squeeze 1 tbsp orange juice into large bowl. Add the rest of dressing ingredients and whisk well.

Add segmented orange, avocado and roasted fennel and combine with dressing. 

Next grill shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side until fully cooked.

Add a good handful of salad to and top with shrimp. Enjoy! 


If you’re looking for a healthy and easy shrimp salad, try this fennel, avocado and citrus salad topped with grilled shrimp. It’s a burst of flavor in every single bite. This shrimp salad is also paleo and whole 30 approved. #shrimpsalad #shrimp #seafood #citrussalad #citrus #avocado #paleosalad #whole30sdalad #calmeats #whole30recipes #paleorecipes #seafoodrecipes #easyseafoodrecipes #simpleseafoodrecipes #quickrecipes

 

 

jalapeño tuna salad

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I think about simplicity often. It’s a sort of longing for something calm and slow, something I don’t always have access to but vehemently long for. Maybe this is why I enjoy making uncomplicated food but food that nonetheless tastes delicious, by taking one or two ingredients and letting them shine.

As I’ve grown older, especially in recent years, I’ve come to appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the food before me. An unparalleled appreciation for a juicy, sweet tomato and the sheer excitement of cutting into a perfectly ripe, vibrantly green avocado is something that’s become essential to cooking. Not just cooking for the sake of it but cooking with love and honor for each ingredient.

When I heard again from Joyce, the owner of St. Jude Tuna in Washington, I was ecstatic. In the last year, I learned a bit about Joyce and her husband, Joe who run the company. I found out about the way they source their tuna, about the love and gratitude that goes into every single can and about the respect for the ocean and environment. That immediately drew me to them.

Their tuna is wild caught, organic and ethically sourced and their philosophy, appreciation and care for their product is palpable. There’s not a lot of fuss aside from exceptionally tasty tuna, Jalapeño and salt that goes into each can.

So when Joyce asked me to create a recipe with this exquisite tuna, I knew it had to be something that takes nothing away from the fish but highlights it all the more. I wanted to use every single bit of the can minus the actual can and so this recipe wastes nothing.

I kept this dish fresh and light by combining ripe baby tomatoes with corn, black beans, avocado, adding chunks of this beautiful Jalapeño tuna and using the liquid to create a simple refreshing dressing with olive oil, cumin, coriander, lemon and oregano. It’s a burst of flavor in every bite and the tuna truly adds an unmatched flavor to this salad.

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jalapeno tuna salad

  • prep time: 10 mintues

  • cook time: 0 minutes

  • makes: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 can St. Jude Organic Jalapeño Tuna (reserve liquid)

  • 10 cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered

  • 1 ripe avocado cut into chunks

  • 1/4 cup organic canned corn, rinsed (skip for paleo and W30)

  • 1/4 cup organic canned black beans, rinsed (skip for paleo and W30)

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/8 tsp ground coriander

  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

  • 1 rounded tsp green onion

  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro plus extra

Equipment:

  • medium mixing bowl

  • small mixing bowl

Directions:

In small bowl, drain Jalapeño Tuna liquid. Add olive oil, herbs, cumin, coriander, oregano salt, lemon and pepper. Whisk well and set aside.

In medium bowl combine, tomatoes, avocado, corn and beans and gently break up chunks of tuna on top.

Add dressing, cilantro and green onion and toss until all ingredients are incorporated. Serve right away.

When it comes to making salads, sourcing the best possible ingredients is key, this is why I chose this tasty organic Jalapeño Tuna from St. Jude Tuna for this refreshing, vibrant tuna salad. If you’re following a paleo or whole 30 lifestyle, feel free to skip the beans and corn and have this be just as tasty! It’s gluten and dairy free as well. #ad #glutenfree #stjudetuna @joemalley #cameats #jalapenotuna #tuna #glutenfree #dairyfree #salad #paleo #whole30 #seafood #cannedtuna





cumin roasted carrots with avocado and tahini dressing

Cumin roasted carrots with avocado, tahini dressing and sesame seeds

I can't say it enough, eating well doesn't have to be complicated. Eating healthy doesn't have to be time consuming and it most certainly doesn't have to be bland. Simple ingredients can be transformed into delicious and flavorful combinations. When faced with the all too familiar question: "what should I eat?", look no further than a bag of carrots and an avocado. 

Cumin roasted carrots with avocado, tahini dressing and sesame seeds

Admidetly, I've been going through a pretty intense roasted carrots phase. It's borderline concerning. I think about them, crave them and can't seem to get enough of this amazing root veg. I want to use carrots in every recipe and have them for every meal. Okay, okay not quite that bad but it fits in line with my slightly obsessive nature. When I get into something, I really get into it. Whether it's an author,  a musician, artist or food. I just have to consume it until I've had my fill. 

But the truth is, roasted carrots are amazing. I meal prep them every week and generally have a decent amount on hand all week for salads or to dip in spicy mayo. Recently I've decided to add ground cumin to them and whip them into a simple salad but flavorful salad. Cumin roasted carrots with avocado and tahini dressing make for a perfect side or a light lunch. I top them with toasted sesame seeds, sliced almonds and for a little extra crunch and some green, a few slices of red cabbage and some sliced cilantro. 

Cumin roasted carrots with avocado, tahini dressing and sesame seeds

Cumin roasted carrots are incredibly easy to prepare and you can make as much or as little as you want and have plenty left on hand. I've recently shared on social media that I've upgraded my carrot purchasing to 5 lbs at a time. Why mess around, right? 

All you need for this simple recipe is ground cumin, a bunch of carrots, an avocado, tahini, lemon and olive oil.  

Cumin roasted carrots with avocado, tahini dressing and sesame seeds
Cumin roasted carrots with avocado, tahini dressing and sesame seeds
Cumin roasted carrots with avocado, tahini dressing and sesame seeds

cumin roasted carrots with avocado and tahini dressing

  • Prep time: 10 minutes

  • Total cooking time: 25 minutes

  • Serves 4

Ingredients: 

For carrots: 

  • 7-8 large carrots

  • 1-2 avocados, peeled and sliced

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 1 tbsp olive oil + additional 1 tsp

For dressing: 

  • 2 tbsp runny tahini

  • 2 tsp lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp honey (skip for Whole 30)

  • 1/4 tsp salt

Optional toppings:

  • sliced red cabbage

  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 tbsp toasted sliced almonds

Equipment: 

  • large roasting sheet

  • parchment paper

  • mixing bowl

  • whisk

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel carrots and slice into strips (about 2" long). Add to parchment paper lined roasting sheet along with cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until soft but still retaining a bite to them. Toss once half way through. 

Meanwhile, combine all ingredients under dressing and whisk until fully incorporated.

Once carrots are finished, add remaining 1 tsp of olive oil and avocado. You can add a sprinkle of salt if you wish. 

To plate, add cumin roasted carrots and avocado, drizzle with tahini dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds, almonds, red cabbage and cilantro. 


 

 

5 ingredient guacamole

5 ingredient guacamole

The first time I had an avocado was memorable and it would be roughly 7 years before I would eat another one. 

I turned 9 shortly after we arrived in Germany. All the immigrants were moved around from town to town 3 times in a matter of months before temporarily settling into a small village named Burgsalach. 

The idea of moving from Romania to Germany was exciting but also very scary and it took some time to acclimate. Once we'd arrived to Burgsalach, where I would spend the next 4 years of my life, we were housed in a large hostel like place. There was one kitchen and one bathroom that roughly 7 families had to share. Not an ideal situation but it was fine.

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3 ingredient avocado and greens omelette

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I wake up early. Sometimes I wish I would allow myself an extra hour of sleep, especially on days that I work from home. But the need for alone time in the morning is much stronger than the need for extra sleep, which most sleep experts would probably frown upon, including the logical part of me (Since I wrote a post about it). But, until my children learn to sleep in later, I will suffer the consequences of not enough sleep, which I will likely regret around the age of 50. 

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Mornings have always held a special place. Rolling out of bed and getting on with the day, doesn't quite work for me. I want 2 cups of coffee, food and time to just be. The silence of the morning feels purifying in a way. An invitation for the day to be whatever it may. In those moments, there's blind possibility. 

January is quiet. I listen closely for a chirp, a sign of life outside my house, but aside from the occasional car and the hum of the refrigerator, there's silence. I have permission to collect my thoughts and because quiet moments are a rare commodity, I appreciate them even more. 

It's New Year's Day. While I rebel against the notion of resolutions, I do enjoy the feeling of a fresh start. Life is a series of reinventions, whether it's in the middle of the year or on January 1st but I do understand the need to hit the re-set button after a potentially gluttonous month. 

Most people opt for a diet change around this time of year and while I think that's a good thing for many reasons, I often think it ought to be more of a permanent shift. One in the direction of eating whole, real food that's minimally processed. People often assume this means eating bland food or needing to spend countless hours creating a dish. It means, using real ingredients and making delicious food that's simple and satisfying. It doesn't have to be complicated to be good. 

Take this 3 ingredient breakfast for example. In the time it takes to wait for 2 pop tarts to pop out of the toaster, you can cook this very basic omelette. All you need are eggs, salt and pepper, some fresh greens and avocado. You'll feel full, your blood sugar will be stable and you won't need to have a snack an hour later when you would have otherwise crashed. 

As you can see I have a bit of an obsession with avocado and eggs - rightfully so they're pretty spectacular when combined. So check out this speedy breakfast (or lunch or dinner) you can whip up in 4 minutes. It's also fantastic with a little sriracha drizzled on top!

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3 ingredient avocado and greens omelette

  • prep time: 3 minutes

  • cooking time: 4 minutes

  • makes: 1 servings

Ingredients:  

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 avocado sliced

  • sprouts of your choice (optional)

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • pinch salt

  • pinch freshly ground pepper (it's a small touch but freshly ground is so much better)

  • optional: sriracha sauce for drizzling on top

Equipment

  • medium frying pan (I own these)

  • medium bowl

Directions

Preheat frying over medium heat. In bowl, whisk together eggs, slat and pepper. 

Add olive oil to the pan and pour in egg mixture. Evenly distribute it throughout the pan. Let cook for 2 minutes until set then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes until that side is set.

To assemble, place omelette on plate, add sprouts and avocado slices and fold over in half. 

Optional, drizzle sriracha over top.

Delicious doesn’t have to be complicated. Check out this quick 3 ingredient omelette you can whip up and have for breakfast, lunch or dinner. #omelette #eggs #avocado #breakfast #brunch #whole30food #whole30 #quickwhole30recipes #calmeats #paleo #paleofood #vegetarian #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree