Saturday, January 23, 2016

En Papillotte

This is one of my favorite ways to prepare my amazing king salmon from Vital Choice (my favorite source for incomparable omega 3's!).  With grilling or broiling, the timing is so precise that my medium rare preference is tough to achieve consistently.  With the moist heat of cooking inside parchment, even an overcooked fillet is luscious and flavorful, and I don't have to miss cocktail hour.

I start with a large piece of parchment folded in half, oiled on the inside surface. This time I layered chunks of lemon, grass-fed butter, toasted fennel seeds and coriander seeds, sliced onions, fennel and red pepper.  Then I closed the parchment with tiny sharp folds all around the open edge.  15 minutes at the 425 temp my husband was using for his baked potato worked out just fine.  You don't have to use such a high heat, just compensate by cooking a little longer.  If you are worried about burning the fish, you can remove it from the oven and let it sit a little while since it will continue to steam.  This was a luxurious, delicious meal which I rounded out with sauteed mushrooms and Italian parsley plus a gorgeous salad of baby kale, purple cabbage, carrots and radishes.  I had so much food it took me half an hour to finish it all, then I felt I'd fed my cells instead of my belly.

Note:  I receive no compensation from mentioning Vital Choice.  I have just found it to be an amazing company which provides sustainably sourced, wild-caught seafood.  The customer service is top-notch. Vital Choice was recommended by my doctors.  Give it a google if you are so inclined.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Walmart has Kerrygold!

Along with quite a few new organic products I like, Walmart in Alpharetta now has Kerrygold unsalted, grass-fed butter!  Why is this a big deal?  The price is $3.44, which represents a savings of between 55 cents (compared to local grocery stores) and $2.55 (compared to Whole Foods).  We go through this stuff and the savings will accumulate quickly.

This is the only dairy product I eat.  It doesn't bother my system like milk, cheese or yogurt would, and the high omega-3 content makes it a wonderful healthy fat that's superior to the bacon fat used in a lot of Wahls recipes (I use that too, but much less than I did at first).  From the occasional bulletproof coffee to a silky veggie saute, it's a staple, and one of the only things that all of us eat.  I'm grateful to Walmart for expanding their offerings, and to Kerrygold for expanding their supply without reducing the quality of their product.

I receive no compensation for mentioning these companies.  I just like to point out when folks are doing something right.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

An Accidental Scramble

This fabulous mess of a photo was an afterthought, mid-feeding-frenzy.  Because the day got away from me yesterday, I had a big veggie deficit that needed filling at about 9:00 a.m.

My husband is not a fan of broccoli rabe and I adore all things bitter, all the better if they are green.  Therefore, breakfast seemed the perfect time for me to indulge, with him off at work.  The idea was to saute the greens in coconut oil and grass-fed butter, along with anything fun I could find in my larder, then top it all off with a couple of fried organic eggs.  I started with about 4 cups of greens plus mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic and thinly sliced turmeric. After the initial saute of most of the veggies, I created a well in the center of the pan and dropped the eggs right in.  Too late, I realized I'd forgotten the garlic and turmeric, which I'd reserved to avoid burning.  With the eggs frying, the time for stirring was over.  But I did it anyway to get it all cooked and off the heat.  Hence my accidental scramble!  I ate this whole darn panful.  It's amazing what good food can do.  I feel like a new woman.