Pesto Spinach & Feta

spinach and feta

I was craving spinach pie without all the fuss of phyllo dough so I made this spinach and feta mixture that I used as both a topping on mini spinach pizza pies and filling for an easy breakfast scramble made underway while towing a neighbors sailboat to a mooring ball down the bay.

red onion and garlic

Sauté red onion and garlic in olive oil. Thaw and press out as much liquid from a bag of frozen chopped spinach, add to sauté, warm through. Add 1-2 Tbsp of pesto sauce and stir covering spinach mixture evenly. Top with a couple spoonfuls of garlic and herb feta crumbles.

  • Chopped Red Onion
  • Clove of minced Garlic
  • 1 bag of chopped Spinach (drained if frozen)
  • 1-2 Tbsp jarred Pesto
  • 3 Tbsp Garlic & Herb Feta cheese crumbles
spinach pizza pie

Mini Spinach Pizza Pies

spinach scrambled egg filling

Flavorful leftover spinach filling used for breakfast.

spinach egg scramble

Spinach pesto and feta egg scramble cooking underway.

breakfast tortilla

A warming breakfast tortilla with salsa, yogurt and diced avocado.

katt & jazzy

Katt & Jazzy

Thomas Shoal Lighthouse

Passing the festive Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

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Seafood Cobb Salad

Seafood Cobb Salad

The marina and restaurant next door has a Seafood Cobb Salad on its menu that is killer. Though expensive to eat out, this salad still has pricey ingredients to make at home though for a much bigger portion and left over ingredients. It’s nice on special occasions, like for this past Easter Sunday dinner. It’s such a rich and luxe salad on its own, it doesn’t need a dressing though I think creaming some avocado with a bit of lime juice would work well as a simple dressing.

  • 3-4 cups Baby Spinach / salad greens
  • 1 ear of Corn off the cobb
  • 1 Avocado Sliced
  • 1/8 cup chopped Red Onion
  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs sliced
  • 6 Strips chopped crisp Bacon (fat trimmed & broiled)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Blue Cheese
  • 1/3 cup of Lump Crab Meat
  • Peeled and steamed seasoned Shrimp (3-4 per person)
  • 1 filet of Blackened Seared Tuna cubed (optional)

seafood salad

Red lentils and black rice with creasy greens

Around this time of the year creasy greens or Barbarea verna (mustard family) show up in large quantities in the lower fields. We had several friends over this past weekend and they all went home with a bag. They taste a little mustardy, a little sweet, a little bitter. Reminiscent of very young collards, but wilder.

It is best to pick them when they’re about to bloom, so they are not quite as bitter.

Our lower field, usually used for harvesting Hay.

Our lower field, usually used for harvesting Hay.

 

They are drooping a little in this picture because we had an unexpected frost last night. Even the narcissus are drooping.

The greens should be picked before the yellow blooms pop.

The greens should be picked before the yellow blooms pop.

Any part of the greens can be eaten, steamed or fresh. You could also cook them into a frittata. The green buds are the sweetest, so I put them into a salad.

Excellent source of vitamin A, K and B2

Excellent source of vitamin A, K and B2

They will keep in the fridge in a freezer bag with a paper towel for 4-5 days.

Black rice is a super food – no gluten, fat or cholesterol.

Black rice is a super food – no gluten, fat or cholesterol.

 

My salad accompanied this delicious dish, with black rice, and red lentils, cooked with red potatoes and portabella mushrooms. The dressing consisted of lemon juice and olive oil with some salt and dried dill.

Put one cup of black rice and one and 3/4 cup of water in a skillet. Bring to a simmer and cover for 35-40 min. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 min.I like to eat my rice with some yummy sour pain yogurt.

The red lentil dish  combines:

  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • a dash of cumin
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • Peanut oil (or vegetable oil)

potato

I browned the red potatoes and garlic in peanut oil. When tender, I added chopped mushrooms, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper, red lentils and stock. Covered the pan and let simmer for 15 minutes or until lentils were tender and soft and the stock completely absorbed.

 

Pina Colada Smoothie

pina colada smoothie

Behold! The Pina Colada Smoothie!

Hey Lori, Do you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain?…. Such a cheesy song but it can’t help but make me smile.

I hear ya about wanting to trim down with salads and smoothies. I’ve been trying to replace some meals with smoothie shakes, it’s fast and easy. You are right about needing to add enough protein and good fat to make a smoothie substantial enough to hold you over. This mornings smoothie was one of my favorite tasting ever! It confounds me I haven’t made it before. Pineapple is a good known weight loss food, high in vitamin C. Banana for creaminess. Yogurt and almond milk for protein and calcium. Coconut oil for good fat and lowered blood sugar spikes and other health benefits.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1 cup plain almond milk
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 3 drops vanilla extract

And if you’re not much into health food but are into champagne… you can add dark spiced rum. 🙂

Ginger Jicama & Fruit Salad

IMG_3698 jicama salad A departure from my usual salads I thought I’d try a new vegetable, Jicama. Jicama (pronounced HICK-ah-mah and fun to say!) is a root vegetable, but so crunchy, full of water and slightly sweet and nutty it could be confused for a fruit. It tastes like a combination of radish and apple. Pairing the jicama with fruit, tart citrus, zing of ginger and earthy walnuts makes for a nice light and bright morning  salad. I think I’ll cube the jicama and apple instead of strips, they reminded me of french fries ha! Looks appetizing next to barnacles, eh?!

  • 1 Jicama – Outside skin removed and diced
  • 1 Apple (Gala) peeled and diced
  • 1″ piece of Ginger peeled and grated
  • 2 Mandarin oranges – peeled, segments cut in half
  • 1/4 cup of chopped Walnuts
  • 1/2 juice of fresh squeezed Lime
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper