Beef Heart Stir Fry

Ingredients:

1 beef heart

1 red onion chopped

1 bundle green onion sliced

4 whole cloves garlic chopped

fresh ginger (1 tablespoon chopped for stir fry, 3 chunks for boil)

3 bell peppers sliced

1 stalk of lemongrass

2 Thai chili’s *for spice*

1/4 cup sherry wine

sea salt

black pepper

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 cup water

vegetable oil

Butchering the heart can be scary at first but the main thing is to remove the hard fat, connective tissue, valves and the shiny skin. It will make it a whole lot easier to get over the fact it’s a heart.

How it looks cleaned up. Then I thinly sliced the meat.

Boil on medium heat with the lemongrass and 3 large chucks of ginger each about half the size of your thumb for 30 minutes. This is to tenderize it before you stir fry it. Once the time is up drain the meat and set it aside.

Set the eye to medium heat. In a wok, saute onions, ginger, garlic with salt and pepper in a little vegetable oil.

Add your remaining vegetables and toss.

I like my food spicy so I advise only using 2 peppers unless you are feeling frisky.

Lastly add the heart, soy sauce, fish sauce, water, sherry and more salt and pepper to taste. Toss so it can mix well. Then cover the wok and let it simmer for 7 mins.

Serve with rice.

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Spicy Salmon Poke

Ingredients:

1/2 lb skinned salmon fillet diced in cubes

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons white wine

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1/2 serrano pepper finely chopped

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1 tablespoon chili paste

2 tablespoons green onion chopped

1/4 cup red onion chopped

1/4 cup cilantro chopped

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

2 tablespoons Shichimi Togarashi

Sea salt to taste

Garnish: Nori pieces

In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients and toss well. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

You can eat poke as is or I like mine on a salad.

Garnish with nori! Yum😋.

Ginger Soy Tilapia

Ingredients:

12 tilapia fillets (I have a big family)

1/2 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

2 tablespoons minced ginger

1/2 tablespoon chili garlic sauce

1 serrano pepper chopped

green onion chopped

sea salt

black pepper

*garnish with any vegetables you like or bake with just the marinade

Sprinkle sea salt and pepper over top fillets.

In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients and whisk.

Cover over the fillets with the marinate and any vegetables as a garnish. Marinade 30 minutes. Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Five Spice Vegetables and Quinoa

Ingredients:

8 oz Baby Bella mushrooms sliced

1/4 cup green bell peppers diced

1 cup cherry tomatoes halved

1 yellow onion chopped

1/2 zucchini diced

4 cloves garlic chopped

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame oil

2 tablespoons Chinese Five Spice

Sea salt

Black pepper

Vegetable oil

*cilantro for garnish

For Perfect Quinoa:

Equipment: Rice cooker

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

Vegetable oil

Grease the bottom of rice cooker pot. This will make sure the quinoa does not stick to the bottom. Set it and forget it. Once it’s ready put it off to the side because you will stir fry it later.

On medium heat, begin to saute the garlic, onions, bell peppers, zucchini and tomatoes in vegetable oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Once the onions have started to brown add in mushrooms, soy sauce, five spice and sesame oil. Continue to toss for a couple of more minutes.

Lastly combine all the quinoa you made in the rice cooker with the vegetables. It will absorb the fluids so add a little more vegetable oil to stir fry it into your dish. Sprinkle a little more salt and pepper to taste.

This was prepacked for my lunch. I added cilantro as a garnish and a side of avocado.

Quick Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients:

A couple of tomatoes sliced

olive oil

2 cloves garlic sliced thin

rosemary

thyme

sea salt

black pepper

Equipment: Aluminum foil

Preheat oven 450 degrees. Mix ingredients to taste in a bowl.

Cover a baking pan with aluminum foil. Spread out the ingredients and bake for 25 minutes.

I served as a side with my potato and egg hash for breakfast.

Orange and Ginger Redfish

Ingredients:

1 lb redfish fillets

Sea salt

Fennel seed

Black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh chopped ginger

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

Juice from 1 orange

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 serrano pepper finely chopped

In a large bowl marinade the redfish overnight.

Preheat oven 350 degrees. I added some peppers and onion on top of the fish. Bake for 30 minutes.

Turkey Pastrami and White Bean Soup

Ingredients:

1/2 lb Turkey Pastrami (sliced to 10 or thickest cut) diced into cubes

3 cans Great Northern beans

1/2 sweet onion diced

2 carrots diced

1 celery stalk diced

3 garlic cloves chopped

1/2 bundle Kale sliced

2 chili’s *for spice*

1/4 cup white wine

1 tablespoon thyme

1 tablespoon fennel seed

2 tablespoons chicken bouillon

1/4 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon ground cloves

3 tablespoon cajun seasoning

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

Palm oil

Equipment: Small stock pot

On medium heat, sautee onions, carrots, garlic, celery in fennel, thyme, chilis, cloves, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning in palm oil. Add 1/4 cup water and stir. Then add in Pastrami with white wine and continue about 5 minutes.

Note: the reddish color comes from the palm oil

Take off the stove and fill with water, stir in drained beans, and chicken boullion. Continue to stir and let boil an hour. Add kale and let boil another hour on medium heat.

Pour in almond milk and 2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning. Let simmer on low for 10 mins. Taste to make sure you dont need anymore salt or pepper. It should look creamy like this when you are finished.

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Chicken Breast with Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

2 lbs chicken breasts

1/2 cup wine

3/4 cup olives

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

1/4 cup buttermilk

6 cloves garlic chopped

Oregano

Basil

Garlic powder

Sea salt

Black pepper

Vegetable oil

In a large bowl, season chicken breasts on each side with basil, oregano, sea salt, garlic powder and black pepper.

Chop the garlic cloves.

On medium heat, sautee the garlic in a little vegetable oil.

Add the chicken breast and start flipping until they are almost cooked through. Note if you have thinner cuts it will be a lot faster.

Finally add wine, paste, buttermilk, diced tomatoes and olives. Stir and toss until the sauce has mixed well. Allow to simmer on low. Sprinkle more salt, basil, oregano and black pepper to taste. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until chicken breast cooked through.

I served with a simple salad.

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

Small pack of chicken wings

1 1/2 can of coconut milk

3 tablespoons chopped garlic

2 stalks lemongrass chopped

2 tablespoons curry powder

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 teaspoon fish sauce

2 bay leaves

3 star anise

4 cloves

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 sheet Dashi kombu

1 onion

1 tomato quartered

1 green pepper thinly sliced

1 half bundle Thai basil

2 dried chili peppers

3 tablespoons chicken bouillon

sea salt

black pepper

Udon noodles

Mash up garlic, chili peppers, star anise and cloves into a paste.

Place the chicken on medium heat in olive oil. Chop the onion in large sections and saute it, the paste and lemongrass with the chicken. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Brown up the chicken.

Fill stock pot with water. Add tomato, green pepper, kombu, and bay leaves. Pour in soy sauce. Season with turmeric, curry powder, chicken bouillon, sea salt and pepper.

Let it boil for an hour on medium heat. Then add in coconut milk, fish sauce and Thai basil. You may need to add more water too. Let the soup boil for another hour. I added an additional spoonful of chili paste for extra heat. Taste to make sure the salt and pepper is to your preference.

Separately make Udon noodles and combine your bowl.

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