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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Spiced Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Whipped Coconut Cream

Happy Halloween!!!  This is just the beginning of temptation season!  There’s krackles and candy corn as far as the eye can see, but there’s no reason that you can’t stay relatively healthy.

Last year we posted these amazing Peanut Butter Candied Apples which still totally rock our socks.  But this year we’re pumpkin-ify things.

Our friend, Healthy Hungry Girl posted this amazingly comprehensive list of Healthy Halloween Treats which inspired countless “OMG”s and “I NEED TO TRY THAT”s.

We’d like to add our Spiced Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Whipped Coconut Cream to the list of halloween treats.

We know what you’re thinking, “there’s no way they’re healthy”.  But we swear, it’s not a trick.  They are remarkably low in sugar and full of good stuff like fiber (that keeps you full) and cinnamon (which helps stabilize blood sugar).

They have about 1/2 the sugar of most comparable recipe so they aren’t too-too sweet, making them the perfect pumpkin cupcakes for someone with a more refined pallate

Optional: Garnish them with some Pecan Candy

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Spiced Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes (or 1 loaf)
Time: 1 hour

  • 1 can of organic pumpkin
  • 2 heaping tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil  (you could also use butter)
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups All Purpose Baking Mix (Gluten Free Baking Mix works great)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, at least 70% cacao content

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk the pumpkin pie mix with the oil (or butter).  Add the sugar and salt, stir to combine.  Then whisk in eggs, one at a time.

Slowly fold in the baking mix using a rubber spatula, making sure not to overwork the batter.  Then gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Using a spoon place the pumpkin mix into greased/lined cupcake trays and bake for about 30 minutes.  If you choose to bake this as a loaf, cook for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool before frosting with the Cinnamon Whipped Coconut Cream.

Cinnamon Whipped Coconut Cream 
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Time: 5 minutes

  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk (use Thai Kitchen organic coconut milk.  This brand is best because the cream separates from the water.  You just want the cream part)
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions 

Put coconut cream (not the water) in a medium bowl then add in the other ingredients and whisk together until fluffy and smooth.

Frost the cupcakes with the Cinnamon Whipped Coconut Cream and garnish with Pecan Candy

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Vegetable and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

We don’t like to pick favorites when it comes to food but we’re sorry: Fall food is where it’s at!

We finally feel compelled to turn on the oven again and start roasting our veggies which always bring out their natural sweetness (we love some sweetness)!

This is also the season that brings us squash (pumpkins are included in that family).

There are a million and one ways to prepare a squash, steam it, braise it, roast it, toast it, but one of our favorites it STUFFED.

Below is the perfect Fall Recipe, Vegetable and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash.  This recipe is beautiful for dinner parties or your own special night with your honey (or friends!).  Enjoy!

What are your favorite fall recipes?  What are your favorite squash recipes?  Let us know in the comments below!
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Vegetable and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Servings: 4
Time: 45 minutes

  • 2 small acorn squashes, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well in a fine mesh colander
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped into a small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 zucchini, chopped into a small dice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes

Optional:

  • ½ cup chickpeas, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped pistachios (pine nuts would work well too)
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • Cheese – I recommend shredded raw goat cheese or crumbled feta

Directions

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Brush squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast cut side down on a baking sheet until fork soft. Depending on your oven this can range from 25-40 minutes.

Once squash is in the oven prep all vegetables as mentioned above.

Meanwhile, bring quinoa and 1 ½ cups water, 1 teaspoon sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat and simmer covered until water is absorbed and quinoa is soft, about 15 minutes. Fluff with fork and set aside.

To make the vegetable sauté heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over moderate heat. Add garlic and onions and sauté until onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.

Add zucchini, chickpeas, sage and thyme and any additional vegetables nd continue to cook until everything is softened and brown.

To assemble stuffing fold together vegetable sauté, cooked quinoa, pistachios, red pepper flakes and parsley.

Taste and add salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil if needed.

Fill squash with stuffing and top with cheese if using. Serve with an additional sprinkle of parsley.

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Italian Tuna Bean Salad #SaladFest2013

SO SAD!  We can’t believe that Salad Fest is almost over.  quinn and robyn_nutritional yeast

Consider this recipe our encore.

We strangely didn’t get any tuna salad recipes so we wanted to jump in and make sure you guys were covered for that.

This Tuna Salad is super healthy– no mayo whatsoever.  Just light, fresh ingredients that make a perfect lunch (throw it on a sandwich) or dinner (have it with a salad or some grains).

This is an HCC classic that is in our Healthy Cooking Camp: Healthy Cooking Basics Cookbook.  Grab your copy HERE and you’ll see our top 5 swaps for ways to makeover this recipe and make it totally your own.

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Servings:  2-4
Time: 7 minutes

  • 1 15-ounce can of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of Italian tuna (preferably jarred and packed in oil), oil drained
  • 2 tablespoons pitted, halved and very thinly sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Zest and juice from half a lemon (if you’ve got one of those sad, juiceless lemons, use both sides for juice)
  • A couple good pinches of salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper
  • A few glugs of olive oil

Additional add-in options

  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • Spoonful of dijon mustard
  • Chopped roasted peppers
  • Couple spoonfuls of lacto-fermented vegetables

Directions

Mix everything but the olive oil in a small to medium sized tupperware (for easy storage later).  You can mash the beans and/or tuna a bit as well. Add the glugs of olive oil, mix it lightly and enjoy!

This is delicious on top of a salad by itself or with tahini dressing.  You can also create a sandwich on toasted bread with some spicy greens like arugula or watercress, a schmear of tahini and roasted peppers.

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We’re Robyn + Quinn and we’re the founders of healthycookingcamp.com.  Our mission is to take you from totally confused to total connoissuer in your kitchen.  Follow our adventures in food and fun on Twitter and YouTube.

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Amie Valpone’s Summertime Sesame Brown Rice Bowl #SaladFest2013

Amie Valpone‘s culinary creativity is literally off-the charts.  We are recent friends butamie long time fans and admirers of the kitchen concoctions that this woman comes up with!  No one puts unexpected flavors and ingredients together with boldness and verve quick like The Healthy Apple.

It’s not enough that she thinks outside the box coming up with totally original recipes for seasonal veggies, snacks and baked good alike BUT…

Pretty much all of her recipes are Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Soy-Free.  The Healthy Apple is literally mecca for foodies with dietary restrictions.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, go to her site, look around and you’ll be amazed at what you find!  Amie is endowed with endless inspiration!

Click HERE to spread the word about Amie’s Summertime Sesame Brown Rice bowl with the super special ingredient: Cherries.

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Summertime Sesame Brown Rice Bowl
Servings: 2-4
Time: 1 hour
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup organic brown rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil
Directions

In a medium saucepan, boil water with salt and pepper. Stir in rice; return to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Remove from heat, add spinach and onions; mix well to combine. Set aside, covered, for 5 minutes.

Transfer to a large mixing bowl; add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy!

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The Healthy Apple was started by Amie Valpone, a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Marketing Consultant, Whole Living Expert, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook.  For recipes like Amie on Facebook and to join the conversation follow her on Twitter.

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