Lemongrass and Kaffir Lime Leaves

By now my followers might have just picked up on the fact that I love love anything with lemon or lime. Of course I love me some good ole Key Lime Pie but I love the presence of lemon or lime in any of my savory dishes.

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Some lovely salmon got a bath in a lovely infusion of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and some white wine.

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The simplicity and clean flavors of cooking fish like this is wonderful, the fish has this refreshing flavor and of course I get my lemon and lime dose for the day 🙂

After I finished poaching the salmon I gave it a quick slap in the pan to crisp up the skin and give it some nice color! Skin was supposed to be in the picture but I ate it before it made it there ❤

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Out came some of yesterday’s left over lemongrass thai infused rice as well as some leftover Ratatouille from the day before and there we have it, dinner is ready yet again!

Red Cabbage German style……..reminds me of home

When I was a kid, my mum used to make a delicious sweet and sour red cabbage that was just to die for.  This turned red cabbage into one of my favorite vegetables.

Glad to report that we are still on the wagon with our new healthy lifestyle, so after burning over 800 calories exercising today I decided we deserved a healthy, tasty and cozy dinner.

I had a whole red cabbage so I embarked on making my German Red Cabbage and here is how I made it.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced green apples
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

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Put all ingredients into a large casserole and bring to a boil, once its boiling, reduce heat down to low and let it simmer for about 1 1/2 hrs.

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In the meantime I prepared my favorite snack ‘Kale Chips” with Lemon Pepper. These are simple and easy to make and oh so good!

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8 dinosaur kale leaves, stemmed, rip leaves off and break into 2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1 lemon, for zesting

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, preheat oven to 375 deg F.

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Coat each leaf with olive oil and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake in oven for 8 to 12 minutes (until leaves and nice and crispy)

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And finally while the Kale chips were cooking, I poached some salmon in White Wine, Lemon and herbs which was the final touch to tonights meal. I had some leftover mashed potato for the hubby as I don’t think he is the greatest red cabbage fan (which means there is more red cabbage for me 🙂 )

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Nice Dinner = Happy Hubby = Happy Wifey ❤

Its just another Manic Monday…….and its time for dinner :-)

Yes I know, Monday’s are horrible, you get up after the weekend is over needing more rest than you did when Friday came around…..

But the fact is that life still goes on, we get up in the morning, get ready for work, make breakfast, do packed lunches, take kids to school, drive to work in icky traffic, work all day and then back to the kids and time to cook dinner!

As tired as I am, I still find a lot of joy and relaxation whilst making dinner. Its my alone time in the kitchen and the results of what comes out makes everyone happy! What is there not to like about that right?

Tonight I made one of my hubby’s favorite proteins paired with one of my favorite veggies.

Poached salmon with herbs, butter and garlic served on a bed of mashed cauliflower.

FOR THE SALMON…

  • Get a pan and fill half way with water and place in oven AT 385 DEG F
  • Place your salmon on some aluminum foil, enough foil to make it into a tight package.
  • Season salmon to taste, I seasoned it with salt, pepper, freshly crushed garlic, butter, lemon juice and thyme
  • Seal package tightly and place in pan with water
  • Cook for 20 minutes, then open package to vent and cook for an extra 10 minutes.

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FOR THE CAULIFLOWER…

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  • Boil cauliflower in water seasoned with salt and garlic powder
  • Once its soft, drain water and place in food processor
  • Add a tsp of butter, handful of cilantro or parsley, clove of garlic, salt and pepper and  blend away till nicely mushed!

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And voila, in 30 minutes you have a delicious nutritional meal, make the family happy and have plenty of time to tackle the evening chores!!!!!

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