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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Garlic Rapini

Made this vegetable side to go with my steamed haddock

Garlic Rapini
            *Gluten Free                     *Lactose Free                    *Paleo Friendly
1 bunch broccoli rapini
1 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon red pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese (optional)

Prepare a pot of boiling water and trim stems from Rapini. Cook until slightly tender, roughly 5 minutes. In a frying pan, sauté minced garlic in olive oil for 1-2 minutes. Drain Rapini and stir into sautéed garlic. Add the red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and sauté 10-15 minutes longer. If desired, dust with shredded parmesan cheese before eating. Note that cheese is not lactose or paleo friendly.

Steamed Ginger Haddock

Wednesday night fish dinner made with Garlic Rapini as a side.

Steamed Ginger Haddock
            *Gluten Free                     *Lactose Free                    *Paleo Friendly
                This recipe goes well with GARLIC RAPINI
2 lbs haddock filets
2-4 tablespoons salt
2-4 tablespoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons minced red onion
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon ground cilantro

If not already done, remove this skin from the haddock filets. Lightly sprinkle the salt and ground ginger over both sides of the haddock. Use just enough to season them. Steam the fish 13-15 minutes. Drizzle the soy sauce over the fish. Remove fish from steamer and place aside. Combine the peanut oil and sesame oil and cook in a small frying pan on high heat until it begins to steam. Drizzle this oil over the haddock. Garnish with minced onion and cilantro. Note that the peanut oil is not paleo friendly and can be substituted for more sesame oil.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ginger Mayonnaise

In the coming week I will be posting a recipe for Turkey Reuben Wraps so I figured I would upload my Ginger Mayonnaise since it can be used to make Russian Dressing as a part of the Reuben Wrap.

Ginger Mayo
            *Gluten Free                     *Lactose Free                    *Paleo Friendly
2 eggs
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups olive oil

In a blender place all ingredients except for the oil.  Cover and blend on low until smooth.  Continue to blend while you slowly add the olive oil.  Once all the oil is in continue to blend until thoroughly mixed and smooth.  Shut the blender or processor down at this point; re-mix on lowest blender setting as needed.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Health Food or Junk Food? Why Not Both?

Here at Health Food for the Junk Conscious, I have two questions for you to contemplate. Who doesn't like to indulge in wings, pizza, or any other number of greasy, unhealthy bar foods? Who doesn't like the thought of being able to eat healthy? My goal is to provide you with the ability to eat the foods you like without regretting it. I am one of those lucky guys who can stuff my mouth with anything I want and never gain weight. But why eat unhealthy if I don't have to?

The eventual start to this blog was one random Friday when I had a craving for wings but was too poor to buy them and didn't have a deep frier. The solution - baked buffalo wings. They came out okay, and over the course of a couple months I was determined to perfect my ability to bake wings that tasted as good or better than any bar or grill. I have since solidified a recipe and can proudly say that my wings are as good as any restaurant. They're only missing one thing that all the restaurants have - the deep fried grease.

Since this point I have moved onto any and all foods that are generally viewed as junk and tried to put a healthy spin on them. I have managed to take junk food and sauces to a whole new level by not only making them basically healthy to eat, but by also making them compliant with gluten free diets, lactose free diets, and the paleo diet. I however will not sacrifice taste to make something healthier for you to eat, so I guarantee my recipes can go toe to toe with anything you can find.