If life gives you Lemons, Make Meyer Lemon Confit

I love trying new things.  My new love outside of poaching white fish in butter, is this making confits.  What does confit mean: Confit (/kɒnfi/, French pronunciation: [kɔ̃fi]) comes from the French word confire which means literally “to preserve,” a confit being any type of food that is cooked slowly over a long period of time as a method of preservation. Usually you hear this word in fine dining  restaurants, duck confit or goose confit, meaning the bird has been cooked in it’s own fat. Yes! Actually. I prefer making confits with citrus. A lemon confit is the same idea, but I am using olive oil to slowing cook the meyer lemon rinds in. It makes an excellent condiment to any dish. You can use it on toasted breads, drizzle on salads, vegetables and as I did today on a piece of broiled pacific cod. This is a very simple and easy recipe, that I adapted from Naomi Pomeroy Taste and Technique Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking. 

Meyer Lemon Confit
Meyer Lemon Confit

Ingredients:

Lemon Confit

Rinds of 3 lemons

1/4 teaspoons dried fennel seeds

1/4 teaspoons red chili pepper flakes

2 teaspoons organic cane sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic

Directions:

Cut away most of the spongy white pit of the rinds, leaving only the yellow peel. Cut the trimmed rind pieces into strips 1/8 inch wide and 1 inch long.

Place the strips in a 2 quart saucepan and add the fennels seeds, red chili pepper flakes, sugar, salt, olive oil and garlic cloves. Place over very low heat and slowly simmer. You want it simmer to point you see tiny little bubbles. You will need to stir this often, to make sure the sugar and salt dissolves. You do not want the mixture to fry the lemon rinds, so keep a close eye on it. I had to take mine off the heat at least 3 times and put it back on the low heat, so it would not fry. Naomi suggest using a diffuser, but I did have one of those. If you keep it on a low heat and just keep a good eye, it will be fine.  It takes about 20 minutes for the rinds to simmer and cook until they are soft. Take a fork and remove one out from the oil to check the consistency. Once they are soft, remove from heat and set aside, covered, at room temperature to allow the flavors to come together overnight. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.

I poured my meyer lemon confit over this beautiful piece of pacific cod.

Broiled Pacific Cod with Meyer Lemon Confit, Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
Broiled Pacific Cod with Meyer Lemon Confit, Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

 

Spring is almost here: Is it time to Detox?

A spring cleanse is an important regimen, no matter how healthy you are. Our bodies need a good cleansing from the previous diet of the winter. In the winter months we tend to get less exercise and we eat heavier, fattier and more comfort foods. Our metabolism slows down as much as 10%, so we have to get it back up and running. A detox can get that metabolism back up and ready to go for the warmer months ahead.

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Today I will share a video and a few recipes on how I like to do my Spring detox. I would advice, before starting and new nutritional or exercise regimen to speak to your health care professional first.

One of my favorite ways to detox, is to drink vegetable broth in the morning. Here’s simple and nutritional vegetable broth you can try at home. I also like to juice during my detox, carrot juice is my favorite and provides results, quickly.

I hope this video will give you a few tips and enjoy the recipes below. Remember, to always Set the Table with Love.  I start with a salad for lunch here’s a great salad recipe already on the blog, https://setthetablewithlove.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/warm-beet-green-apple-and-trio-lentil-salad/

 

Ingredients:

Vegetable Broth

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 medium onions, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

10 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 large carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 small fennel bulb, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 head of garlic, halved crosswise

6 sprigs flat-leaf parsley

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns,

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Sea salt to taste

Directions:

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add remaining ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, 5-7 minutes. Add 4 quarts cold water.  Add spices. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until stock is reduced by half, 1-1 1/2 hours.
Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl; discard solids.

I drink this stock each morning. I drink it like a tea. You can also add lentils, an egg or other legumes to boost the protein.

Carrot Juice

Simple. Juice 5 carrots and enjoy. To boost the juice, to help with your immune system add1/2 tsp of turmeric at the bottom of the glass, then juice the carrots.

 

 

 

Vegan Street Tacos ~ Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

I love tacos!!! I am loving even more the creativity these street tacos are delivering to our taste buds. Here’s a quick one you can try at home. I topped it with Go Raw Tangy Lime Coconut Crisps, these yummies took this taco to another level.

Vegan Street Tacos ~ Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
Vegan Street Tacos ~ Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

 

Ingredients:

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed ( small cubes)

1 can organic black beans, drained

3-4 Sprouted Corn tortillas

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/ 4 cup chopped red bell peppers

1/2 cup avocado, cubed

1 tsp freshly squeezed lime

1/2 tsp smoked chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cumin powder

Salt and pepper to taste

The finish touch: Handful of Go Raw tangy lime coconut crisps, for each taco

Directions :

Place cubed sweet potatoes on parchment papered cookie sheet. Drizzle with oil and a little sea salt. Roast for 25-30 minutes on 375, until golden brown.

In a sauce pan add drained black beans with a little olive oil and stir and cook on medium high heat. Add all your spices and continue to cook and stir, until the beans are warmed through completely. Set a side.

Take 3-4 sprouted tortilla shells ( warmed) and add the beans first and then the sweet potatoes. Add your onions, peppers, avocados and cilantro and a drizzle of the lime juice. Top it all of with Go Raw Tangy Lime Coconut Crisps for a nice sweet and tangy finish.

Go Raw Raw Chick Pate bites

I am in love with #GoRaw Organic Sprouted Watermelon Seeds. I have snacked on the bag of seeds, made a big salad with them, a smoothie and yesterday I made Vegan RAW Nut Free Basil Pesto. Here’s the thing, a lot of us can not eat nuts. I love nuts, but sometimes we do not always get along. It’s all good though, we good people. LOL.

Today I would like to share this amazing appetizer, but you can spread this on some bread and there you go, a high protein sandwich. You can also wrap it in some butter lettuce and enjoy a nice lettuce wrap. The deal is you will love the diversity of this recipe, but better than that, is the fact, it’s loaded with nutrition and plant based protein.

Remember to Set the Table with Love. Enjoy!

Go RAW Raw Chick Pate with fresh parsley and tomato and a Watermelon Basil Salad.
Go RAW Raw Chick Pate with fresh parsley and tomato and a Watermelon Basil Salad.

Go Raw  Raw Chick Pate 

Ingredients~

Base

1 1/2 cups gluten free oats

1/2 cup Go Raw Sprouted Organic Watermelon seeds

1 cup chopped cauliflower florets

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 2 lemons, about 4 tbsp

1/8 tsp turmeric  ( optional, but gives the pate a beautiful color)

1/2 -1 cup water, as needed, for your desired texture

Chick Pate 

1/12 – 1 cup chopped apples ( I used gala and a whole cup. I love apples) 🙂

1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 cup yellow onions chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 tbsp garlic herb seasoning ( Salt Free)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Go RAW Raw Chick Pate with fresh parsley and tomato and a Watermelon Basil Salad.
Go RAW Raw Chick Pate with fresh parsley and tomato and a Watermelon Basil Salad.

Directions ~

To make pate base, in a food processor add the base ingredients, Except the lemon juice and water. Add the lemon juice first, 2 tbsp at a time. Look at the consistency, it should be a thick creamy based, but not watery. If it is too watery. Add more Watermelon seeds to your food processor and blend well.

Scoop the pate base into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. If the pate is too thick, add a bit of water and stir. Season to taste.

Slice up cucumber circles about 1/4 – inch thick and the Raw Chick Pate on top of each slice and garnish with fresh parsley and a cherry tomato slice.

These make a great appetizer for your next party.

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Pancakes ~ Gluten Free and Dairy Free

This one is just yummy .

Ingredients:

1 cup ground gluten free oatmeal flakes

1/4 cup oat groats

1 cup brown rice flour

1 tbsp chia seed

1 tsp gluten-free baking powder

¾ tsp salt

1 cup blueberries or frozen blueberries for the pancake mix (organic)

1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsps maple syrup

1/2 tsp lemon juice

3 tbsps softened coconut oil

¼ cup ground flax seeds

Instruction:

1. In a food processor add the oats and flour, blend until you have a flour consistency. Add frozen blueberries and blend until the blueberries are just little specks in the flour. Transfer the flour to a mixing bowl.

2. Add the baking powder and salt.

3. Put maple syrup, vanilla and lemon juice, almond milk, 2 tbsps of the coconut oil, and ground flax seed in a pot on medium low heat and stir until the coconut oil is heated and melted completely.

4. Stir wet ingredients into dry and mix until blended. If the batter is too thick add a little almond milk to thin it out. It should have a nice smooth consistency. Not too thin or too thick.

5. Melt the third tbsp of coconut oil in a pan on medium heat.

6. Add the batter into the heated pan to make 3-4 inch sized pancakes. When the edges start to dry and bubbles start to appear on top, flip the pancakes and cook them on the other side until golden brown. Add them to a platter and top with the Wild Blueberry Maple Syrup and serve.

WILD Blueberry Lemon Zest Maple Syrup

Ingredients

¼ cup real maple syrup

1 1/2 cups organic blueberries (frozen)

1/2 tsp of lemon zest (save some for garnish), just add a pinch or two for the syrup

Instruction:

In a small pan over medium-low heat, simmer the berries for about 2 minutes until some of the

juices evaporate.

Add ¼ cup real maple syrup and lemon zest for about 30 seconds. Allow to cool down for few minutes and add to our pancakes or to some creamy greek yogurt. Serves 6