Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass

By Quinn

I’ve found that some of the most delicious food is often the simplest.  This easy and elegant fish recipe hardly has anything to it – the only thing you need is some super fresh wild caught fish.  From there, it’s about observing your each filet as it cooks in order to bring it to prepare it perfectly.

If time is your issue, put your excuses away sister because this whole meal takes no more than 10-minutes of preparation and it tastes like a $30 dish from a fancy NYC restaurant.  

Don’t sweat if your fish is slightly over or under cooked the first time you make it. It will be better the second time.  Promise.  That’s how you learn to cook.  It’s all about trial and error.

Just making the effort to put a homemade meal on the table is an incredible act of self care.

And love, well, that’s always delicious.

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Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass
Servings: 2
Time: 10 minutes

  • 2 filets of Wild Caught Chilean Sea Bass
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1/2 a lemon or lime (optional)

 Directions

Take your fish out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature, even if it’s just out for a few minutes, that’s great.

Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high heat with 1-2 tablespoons on extra virgin olive oil.  The amount that you use depends on the size of your skillet since the oil will spread out.  If you’re using a smaller pan, you can use less oil.  Larger pan, more oil.

Generously salt the fish on both sides, but of course you want more on the non-skin side.

When the oil is hot, but not smoking put in the fish, skin side up.  Allow it to cook for about 3-6 minutes.  Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your fish.

Just be very aware.  Watch as the color changes.  It will go from cloudy to solid. When it is 90% cooked through, flip it over and cook the skin side for 1-2 minutes.

I love the skin, there are so many good fats in there but if it’s soggy, it doesn’t takes so good, so you want to cook it just a bit.

At the end, squeeze 1/2 a lemon or lime over both filets.  Best served immediately.

We recommend pairing this with a simple salad like THIS ONE or a great veggie dish like THESE.

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Saucy: Smoked Salmon Escarole Salad

This is the premiere of our brand new video series: Saucy, where we provide practical answers to you culinary queries with some sass and some laughs.

For our first episode we got an amazing viewer question that we’re sure a lot of you can relate to.  Here’s what she asked:

“We know you ladies are all about cooking but when I get home that’s the last thing I want to do. I just want something easy, light and refreshing. What can I make that will be simple to pull together but still tastes amazing?”  -Leslie

Watch the video below to see how we hooked Leslie up big time.

For the base of this simple summer dinner we incorporated a way underutilized green: escarole.  

We like to think of escarole as kale’s cool cousin from the next town over.

They can both be eaten raw or cooked but escarole has a bit more spice.  Something we never shy away from at HCC.

We layered on some gorgeous smoked salmon, cucumber ribbons and added dots of a creamy goat cheese.  Topped it with some fresh herbs, capers, a simple vinaigrette et, voila!  Dinner is done in 5-minutes flat.

Watch the video below to see it all come together.

Smoked Salmon Escarole Salad
Servings: 2
Time: 5 minutes

  • 6-8 escarole leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 cucumber ribbons (use a vegetable peeler)
  • 1 package of wild caught smoked salmon
  • 1/4 cup of goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon capers or sliced kalamata olives
  • 4-6 basil leaves, roughly torn

Shallot Vinaigrette

  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon shallot, grated
  • Dash of pepper

Directions

To make the dressing combine your lemon juice, red wine vinegar and dijon mustard in a bowl.  Grate in the shallot, add a dash of pepper, then whisk well as you pour in your extra virgin olive oil.

Make your cucumber ribbons using a vegetable peeler and toss it well with the dressing–don’t use it all at once.  Pour about 1/2 on your cukes and save the rest for later.

In a plate or bowl, lay down your escarole then layer on your cucumbers, salmon, capers, basil and cheese.  And on a drizzle of extra dressing and dig in!

Health Ninja’s Tempeh & Grilled Peach Salad #SaladFest2013

Kudos to Ksenija of Health Ninja for coming up with this uber-awesome recipe that we can’t wait to try!  This amazing flavor combination makes for a super satisfying summer salad.

I  like this recipe especially since it is so versatile. I had variations of this dish for avataryem1lunch several times last week and brought another one to the office today. 

I use butternut squash instead of the peach if I crave a more savory salad. Or fresh berries, which are growing all over the neighborhood at the moment.

I also hand picked the blackberries which I used for the pesto.

Cilantro is my favorite herb, thus this pesto quickly became my favorite salad dressing. I also love to use it with grain-based salads like rice or quinoa bowls.

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Tempeh Grilled Peach Salad w/ Blackberry Cilantro Pesto
Servings: 1
Time: 10 minutes

  • 4-5 slices of tempeh
  • 1/2 peach, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Green salad leaves (arugula and spinach are recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • Dash of sea salt

Blackberry Cilantro Pesto

  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • Handful of cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Dash of sea salt

Directions

Heat a pan with coconut oil. Place your tempeh and peach slices in the heated oil. Give them a quick stir to coat evenly. Put a lid on top and let them fry on medium heat, while turning from time to time.

Make the pesto by removing the cilantro stalks and combine all of the pesto ingredients in a blender. Mix for 30 seconds and use as it is, or add water to your liking to achieve a more dressing-like consistency. You could also use mortar and pestle to make this.

Mix the green leaves, cashews and sea salt in a bowl. You could also add some fresh cilantro leaves to enhance the flavor. Top them off with your fried peach and tempeh slices.

Pour the blackberry cilantro pesto on top and serve.

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Ksenija R, health blogger, recipe developer and marketing student from Germany, is the voice behind Health Ninja, a healthy living blog she started in July 2011. The blog is an outlet for her passion for healthy cooking, fitness and wellness. Her idea of healthy living is based on a common sense approach. She is a firm believer that connecting with your body’s signs and doing what feels right for it will lead to health and happiness.

Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest to stay connected

Faran Krentcil’s Watermelon Mozzarella Salad #SaladFest2013

I call this the Blair Waldorf Salad, after Leighton Meester’s Gossip imagesGirl character.  I started making it after I had something similar at Cafe Select in New York City, and it was the first time I remember enjoying watermelon.  The balsamic gave it the right amount of tartness, and the basil gave it a good savory edge.

The Cafe Select version was an appetizer, and it was a little tower – a circle of watermelon, a circle of mozzarella, a circle of basil leaves, and balsamic drizzled over the whole thing.  

I broke it down and made it a more casual salad that you can share with friends.

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Watermelon Mozzarella Balsamic Salad
Servings: 1-2
Time: 10 minutes

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 1/2 cup buffalo mozzarella
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 handful basil, chopped

Directions

Take 2 cups of diced watermelon.  Place in container with lid. (And old takeout container is fine.)

Soak in lemon juice, and olive oil for a little bit while you chop the mozzarella.
Then add the cheese, balsamic vinegar and shake. Place the salad on a plate and top it with shredded basil.
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Faran Krentcil is a writer and creative consultant in New York City. You can visit her at farankrentcil.tumblr.com, or in Equestria with her friends, the My Little Ponies.
 

My New Roots’ Chakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce #SaladFest2013

The chakras are the major energy centers in the body, of which there are seven. sarahBeginning at the very base of the spine and moving upward to the crown of the head, chakras are said to be moving wheels of light, colour and sound that regulate all energy entering and exiting the body. The energy that flows through the chakras regulates the healing abilities of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual selves.

Something that particularly caught my attention with studying the chakra system was noticing colours more than usual. As each colour corresponds to a specific chakra in the body, I realized that colours really do play an important role in our lives, and the ones we choose to surround ourselves with say a lot about us.

So yes, I had to make something using all the colours of the rainbow and what a pleasurable job indeed. The summer market called to me, and what I created was a rainbow fruit salad with a bright, light and spiced tahini sauce to bring it all together.

The fruits I chose were just what I found and had on hand, but you can of course use any fruits you like and that are in season near you.

The Enlightened Tahini Sauce tastes delicious on any sweet fruits. Even just slicing up an apple to dip in the lusciousness would be welcomed. Experiment and rejoice! Anything goes.

Although I can’t claim that eating this fruit salad will bring your spirit closer to enlightenment, I can tell you that your tummy will be.

What better way to celebrate summer than with a refreshing bowl of raw rainbow sweetness to share with precious friends and beloved family? No matter how you slice it, nirvana is often found in the place you least expect, and sometimes even on the plate right in front of you.

My new roots_fruit saladChakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce
Servings: 4
Time: 15 minutes

  • currants – red / root chakra
  • oranges – orange / sacral chakra
  • plums – yellow/ solar plexus chakra
  • kiwi – green / heart chakra
  • blueberries – blue / throat chakra
  • blackberries – indigo / third eye chakra
  • grapes – violet / crown chakra

Enlightened Tahini Sauce
Makes about 1 cup

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch dried ground ginger
  • Pinch of sea salt (unless you are using salted tahini)
  • 4-6 Tbsp. water
  • Hemp seeds for garnish (optional)

Directions

Choose fruits representing every colour of the rainbow.

Wash and prepare with love and gratitude.

Place all ingredients for the tahini sauce in a jar with a tightly fitting lid and shake well to combine. Add more water to thin if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

Drizzle the fruit with tahini sauce and sprinkle with hemp seeds. Share and enjoy.

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Sarah Britton started the website My New Roots in October 2007, this blog has been the place for her to share the edible inspirations from her playtime in the kitchen, and deep love for whole foods. The recipes and ideas you’ll find here revolve around her plant-based way of eating.  She hopes that through the simple and delicious dishes she creates, you too will discover a whole new world of flavour and nourishment.

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