Food & Recipes

  • Think Outside the Bag

    Talk about a serendipitous event: Legend has it that chance brewed the first tea when Camellia sinensis leaves blew into a pot of boiling water. It was 2737 BC, and the accidental teameister who boiled that water, Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, concluded the new brew gave “vigor of body, contentment of mind, and determination of purpose.”

    Get all the benefits of tea without curing up with a cup.
    By Bryce Edmonds
  • Blackened Striped Bass With Braised Greens

    1 pound striped bass
    4 whole cloves garlic, skin removed
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    2 teaspoons paprika
    2 teaspoons dried thyme
    2 teaspoons dried oregano
    2 teaspoons black pepper
    3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
    1 to 2 large bunch(es) of spinach greens

    1. Rinse the fish and cut into portions. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 garlic cloves, browning on all sides until the oil is infused with the garlic flavor. Remove garlic and discard.

    2. Combine salt, cayenne, paprika, thyme, oregano, and pepper on a plate, and coat the fish on both sides. Place fish in the skillet and sear over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until fish is white and flakes when prodded with a fork. Set aside.

    3. Heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic to the skillet and brown slightly. Add the greens and cover; cook until the greens have reduced by half, about 7 to 10 minutes. They should retain their color but be soft and edible.

    4. Serve fish over greens.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 285 calories; 14.6 g fat; 2.3 g saturated fat; 116.7 mg cholesterol; 31.3 g protein; 9.6 g carbohydrates; 5.2 g fiber; 817.4 mg sodium

  • Light Shrimp Salad

    1 pound cooked shrimp, deveined, shells and tails removed
    1/2 cup lime juice, preferably fresh-squeezed
    1/2 cup lemon juice, preferably fresh-squeezed
    3/4 cup white onion, diced
    1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
    1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    1 tomato, seeded and diced
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Salt, to taste

    1. Chop shrimp into chunks and combine with the next three ingredients in a medium-sized bowl; let sit, refrigerated, for 1 to 4 hours. Since the shrimp is already cooked, this allows the flavors to meld, rather than letting the citrus juice actually cook the fish, like in a ceviche.
    2. Just before serving, stir in the remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

    nutrition info per serving (6): 119.1 calories; 3.2 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 147.3 mg cholesterol; 16.5 g protein; 6.6 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 172.4 mg sodium

  • Tangy Papaya Sauce

    Serve over grilled shrimp, fish, or chicken.

    1 cup papaya, peeled and diced
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    1/4 cup honey
    1/2 cup water
    1 tablespoon red onion, diced
    Dash of chili powder

    In a blender or food processor, combine papaya, lime juice, honey, and water. Process until smooth, then stir finely diced red onion and a dash of chili powder.

  • Wild Smoked Salmon Dip

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    8 ounces light, organic cream cheese
    6 ounces wild Pacific smoked salmon

    Combine first three ingredients in a food processor; add 3 ounces of the salmon and process until smooth. Fold in remaining salmon and serve with whole grain crackers.

    nutrition info per serving (12): 58.1 calories; 3.2 g fat; 1.9 g saturated fat; 16.3 mg cholesterol; 5.3 g protein; 1.7 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 170 mg sodium

  • Seared Scallops With Udon Noodles

    For the scallops
    2 tablespoons flour
    2 tablespoons panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    8 to 16 scallops (2 to 4 per person)
    1 tablespoon olive oil

    For the noodles
    1 package udon noodles
    2 tablespoons sesame oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 scallions, thinly sliced
    1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
    1/4 cup tamari or shoyu (soy sauce)
    Black sesame seeds and fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

    For the scallops
    1. Combine the first three ingredients in a large Ziploc bag, and shake thoroughly.
    2. Add scallops, seal the bag, and shake to coat.
    3. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops, cook 3 minutes on each side, or until done. Remove from heat.

    For the noodles
    1. Cook udon noodles according to package directions; drain.
    2. To prepare dressing, combine sesame oil, garlic, scallions, ginger, and shoyu sauce; mix well.
    3. Place noodles in a medium-sized glass or non-reactive stainless dish; add dressing and mix well to coat noodles.
    4. Serve noodles hot or cold with 2 to 4 scallops on top, and garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 378.7 calories; 8.4 g fat; 1.6 g saturated fat; 9.9 mg cholesterol; 14.3 g protein; 60.1 g carbohydrates; 0.8 g fiber; 797.8 mg sodium

  • Roasted Red Pepper and Fava Crostini

    1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices
    Olive oil
    1 cup roasted red peppers
    3/4 cup fava beans
    1 garlic clove
     

    1. Arrange baguette slices on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes or until golden.
    2. In a food processor, pulse roasted red peppers, fava beans, and garlic clove until combined.
    3. Spread 1 tablespoon of mixture onto each slice of bread.

  • Angel Hair with Feta and Fava Crostini

    1/4 pound angel hair pasta
    2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 cup fava beans
    2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
    Coarse sea salt for seasoning

    1. Cook and toss angel hair pasta with olive oil.
    2. Add fava beans and crumbled feta cheese.
    3. Season with coarse sea salt. Serve warm.

  • In Season: Fava Beans

    This eastern Mediterranean member of the pea family makes its debut in late spring. Favas pack a huge protein punch, boast ample amounts of fiber and iron, and contain L-dopa, an amino acid that produces dopamine, which triggers a feel-good response in the brain. Look for firm, vibrant green pods for the best flavor.

    By Caroline Mosey
  • Grilled Halibut with Fava Bean Mash

    Halibut fillet
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 cup fava beans
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
     

    1. Season halibut fillet with salt and pepper, grill 3 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine fava beans,  olive oil, and lemon juice. Mash roughly with a fork until combined.
    3. Place fish on top of the fava bean mash.