Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Casabella, Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices and Melissa’s Produce.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Please don’t miss the Giveaway here and other amazing Guacamole recipes below!

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This week my husband and I went out on our weekly date night (toting along the two littlest ones of course).  We had our usual no-idea-what-to-eat dilemma, him no longer eating red meat and myself very rarely eating any meat.  We went to the food court at our local mall as I was off on a search for new shoes to fit my finally repaired and healing broken toe.  (Can you believe how much pain one little broken toe can produce!?)

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

After almost ordering a walnut and goat cheese salad from the sandwich place, I spotted a well know Mexican grill that sells the famous sofritos which inspired this meal.  Actually their entire menu inspired this dish of Tofu Sofritos Tacos with Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw and Grilled Corn Guacamole.  We used to order from this grill at least once a month during our company lunch meals at my workplace.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Despite the fact that I never actually had the sofritos from this popular place (I used to get the chicken), I wanted to make them because of a) my craving for tacos and b) my desire to remove meat from my diet.  Let me just say that I LOVED my sofritos at least 10 times more.  I braised mine to perfection, ridding all traces of “soy” taste from these tacos.  And the guacamole…okay that is what we are here for.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The guacamole at this famous Mexican grill is so delicious that they charge nearly $2 more to add it to your meal.  I love that they give large portions, so that’s good.  They also serve this wonderful corn pico de gallo.  These two toppings together make any taco or burrito bowl supreme.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So when I was given the opportunity to create a recipe for Casabella’s newest innovation, the Guac-Lock guacamole container, I knew I had to make a Grilled Corn Guacamole.  The fresh avocados shipped direct to me from Melissa’s Produce went divinely with the purees and dried herbs from Gourmet Garden.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And love the Guac-Lock I did!  I ate guacamole for a week.  On everything!  This photo was actually taken on day 5 of storing this guacamole.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Please note the freshness!  And it didn’t even taste sour or overwhelmed with onion, as most avocado dips do when they contact air.  I didn’t have to scrape off any grey unappealing discoloration from the top of the guacamole each day I ate it.

I just spooned out what I wanted and smoothed out the top.  The handy pusher tool provided made it simple to “squeeze” all the air out and seal the lid.

Love this thing!!

Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 106 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 10 g

Protein 2 g

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Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or 1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic puree)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder (or pinch Gourmet Garden red chili flakes)

Instructions

  1. Spray a griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2 shucked ears of corn on the grill, sprinkling with salt and pepper if desired. Grill over medium heat, rotating to grill each side, about 10-15 minutes until corn is tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Place diced avocado in a medium bowl and smash lightly with a fork or masher.
  3. Cut corn kernels off cob using a sharp knife, catching the kernels into a medium bowl.
  4. Add corn and remaining ingredients to mashed avocadoes and mix well, mashing while mixing.
  5. Transfer mixture to an airtight container (such as the Guac-Lock) and store up to 6 days in the refrigerator.

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Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark Have you gotten into the spaghetti squash fad yet? So many people that are on gluten free or low carb diets are eating spaghetti squash by the truck load. While I’m not in that crowd-yet-I am watching a lot of my gluten intake lately.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

As a person with IBS and chronic bloating, I’m trying a lot of low FODMAP (Google it-it’s a mouthful) foods lately. Basically foods that don’t make you bloated or gassy or…well you get the picture.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This past weekend I made the family steak and potatoes. They also requested baked beans. Those are on my No-No list. So opting for another veggie I pulled out my leftover spaghetti squash flesh I made earlier this week. I wanted to make an easy to plate fritter. I added spinach and onions.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My baby girl polished off her portion. My boys said to leave out the onions. They really give them amazing flavor so use onion flakes if you have them. I’m not supposed to have onions, but in moderation, it’s okay.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love the crispy outside and tender inside of these fritters.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This dish is also perfect for vegetarians and those giving up meat this time of year. You can serve it as a side dish for 4, or as a main dish for 2! And I love that it’s quick, easy and tasty!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

A bit of greek yogurt or sour cream is just lovely with these. If you have lactose intolerance, you can certainly leave it out.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These are so easy to throw together. Especially if you already have leftover spaghetti squash. If you don’t, it’s really simple to make. Check out the notes portion in the recipe below for directions.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I finally bought myself a really good waffle maker about a month ago. I love it!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Check out how to make this recipe below!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 76 calories

Fat 3 g

Carbs 7 g

Protein 5 g

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Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and stranded spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup baby chopped spinach
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion (or 1 tsp onion flakes)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tb coconut flour
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp tarragon
  • Dash chili powder
  • 4 Tb nonfat greek yogurt (optional)
  • 2 Tb chopped parsley (optional)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in the order listed and mix gently.
  2. Spray a preheated waffle iron (with 4 sections) with cooking spray. Spoon half the mixture into the waffle iron and close. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Repeat with remaining vegetable mixture.
  3. Serve with a spoonful of greek yogurt and chopped parsley. Make 2 main dish or 4 side dish servings.

Notes

To cook spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Place flesh side down on baking sheet. Prick with fork in several places. Bake at 375F until flesh pulls away from shell, 45-90 minutes, depending on size of squash. Or microwave, pricking all over first, then heating for 10-15 minutes. Cool slightly then cut open, scoop out seeds and then flesh.

Baked Eggs with Tomatoes and Pistou by Sun Basket- #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

This Saturday someone made me breakfast. Someone went out of their way to make ME food. Someone went out of their way to shop for ME. Someone made me something healthy and delicious and gluten free and organic for ME. Okay, well maybe I did the cooking. But I didn’t have to menu plan. I didn’t have to shop. And I didn’t have to prep.

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Thanks to Sun Basket! Sun Basket helped me get my breakfast to the table in only 10 minutes! And boy was it delicious!

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Sun Basket is a meal delivery service that ships Paleo, Gluten–Free, and Vegetarian meals for 2, 4 or 6 family members for a flat fee per meal with delivery fresh from West Coast farms. Sun Basket always ships seasonal organic produce at the peak of freshness in a recyclable insulated package direct to your door. They even use grass -fed and antibiotic-free beef, poultry and seafood from Farmers and Fishermen they trust.

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And I definitely tasted the difference. Sun Basket provided me with my choice of weekly meals for this February’s event #FreshTastyValentines (a sponsored giveaway running February 1st-8th) hosted by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

The Giveaway Event You've Been Waiting For - #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Camilla was lucky to receive a Sun Basket kit too, because she resides in one of the select ship to states just like me. Sun Basket ships locally to CA, WA, CO, UT, OR, AZ, NV, & ID because they want you to get the freshest produce and proteins.

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For my weekly meal choices, I opted for the Vegetarian meals. The fresh veggies and colorful sauces were what drew me to the Quinoa and White Bean Salad with Arugula, Blood Oranges and Mint; Hodo Soy Tofu Burgers with Sweet Chile Mayo and Oven Fries; Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou; and Kale-Cucumber-Pineapple Smoothies.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

The recipe I’m sharing today is the Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou. I will definitely be making this again!

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

This healthy breakfast (or dinner if you like breakfast foods for dinner!) consists of tomatoes and white beans heated gently with a sweet spice blend of paprika and coriander and topped with eggs that are then baked to perfection and then topped with a savory pistou-basil and garlic sauce.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

I made mine with garbanzo beans because white beans haven’t been agreeing with me lately. But these were superb.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

To make this, you first heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a skillet. Then add the Sun Basket provided ingredients. First the 1/2 cup diced tomatoes and 1/2 tsp spice blend of sweet paprika and coriander, and when those are heated through the 1/4 cup white beans get stirred in. I used 1/3 cup garbanzo beans, cuz I prefer a lot!

The pan is then topped with 4 eggs, if it is oven safe. I transferred mine to an oven safe casserole. Slide the cracked eggs on top and bake at 350F for 6-10 minutes, depending on desired doneness of the eggs.

Baked Eggs with Tomato and Pistou | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark - Sun Basket - #FreshTastyValentines

Top with the 1/4 cup fresh pistou, a bit of sea salt and cracked black pepper and serve, two eggs per person.

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Can you say “Deliciousness”!!! Thank you Sun Basket!

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Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Have you ever been to those home parties where they sell you amazing dishes and unique microwavable crocks all while satiating your cravings for unique foods like fruit pizza and microwavable chicken chili? Well I’ve devoured said microwavable chicken chili at numerous home parties and had quite a hankering for it a while ago.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been sitting on this post waiting for just the opportune season to share it. And with this crazy but much needed California rain and wonderful winter chill, I figured now was a better time than any.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I made this chicken chili with the flavors of my craving in mind but this pretty much turned out as a near cross breed to chicken tortilla soup with all the yumminess I added. But hey, whose complaining?

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So I crumbled tortilla chips on mine. Please, do not alert the carb police!

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I took the guesswork out of the cooking steps and made this in my slowcooker. My husband shredded the chicken for me before I came home from work, so all I had to do was come home and eat it! It’s loaded with green vegetables and so delicious!

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fresh bone in chicken breast gives this soup a rich broth while tender dark meat adds more deep flavors.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fiber full beans and tangy tomatillos put the “chili” in the soup.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This flavor packed chili soup will definitely cure any comfort food craving.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 224 calories

Fat 12 g

Carbs 12 g

Protein 17 g

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Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

Ingredients

  • One whole bone in chicken breast
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thigh
  • 1 large zucchini, quartered lengthwise, then diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced.
  • 2 poblano chilies, seeded and diced
  • 3 tomatillos, diced
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 7 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder (depending on spice intensity)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 - 14 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetables by dicing the bell peppers, poblano chiles, tomatillos, onions, and zucchini into equal small dices. Smash the garlic with the back of a wooden spoon and leave whole.
  2. In a large skillet (or in a slow-cooker with stovetop setting), heat to medium and add 1 Tb oil and then add all the vegetables. Sautee lightly about 3 minutes. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Push the vegetables to the side and sear the chicken lightly on each side.
  3. Add the vegetables to the bottom of the slow-cooker and top with the chicken. Add the remaining spices, chicken bouillon and bay leaf. Add the beans and 6 cups water.
  4. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  5. Carefully remove the chicken from the pot and shred into bite sized pieces, throwing out the chicken bones and bay leaf.
  6. Return the chicken to the pot and stir gently.
  7. To serve, ladle into bowls and top with tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, and/or chopped cilantro, if desired.

Notes

To serve, ladle into bowls and top with tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, and/or chopped cilantro, if desired. (Nutrition not included.)

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve come to the conclusion that natural date and nut energy bars can be quite addicting. I don’t know how many flavors of Lara Bars I tried when I was pregnant with my little girl, but that was one food that would settle my stomach and fill me up.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When I found out Just Hemp Foods was one of the sponsors for Choctoberfest, I decided date and nut bars were perfect for showcasing the healthy hemp seeds and delicious chocolate.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enter German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars. These bars are bursting with semi-sweet chocolate chips and rich cocoa, heart healthy pecans, hemp seed protein powder, fiber full hemp seeds and omega rich hemp seed oil. Sweetened flake coconut rounds them out, but if you are not a fan of coconut, you always skip it!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And what’s better than dipping these bars in even more semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkling them with flaked coconut and salted toasted hemp seeds?

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I personally can’t think of anything better! And they are so simple to make! All you need is few ingredients and some Just Hemp Foods products-and a food processor.

Gather your ingredients, including Just Hemp Foods hulled hemp seeds, toasted hemp seeds, hemp protein powder and hemp seed oil.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars (12)

In go the dates, chopped pecans, hemp seeds, flaked coconut, cocoa powder and hemp protein powder.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars (11)

Next is the vanilla bean paste, hemp seed oil and mini chocolate chips. Add more hemp seed oil if it’s too dry!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Squish tightly into a brick and slice into 8 bars.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tighten and pack each bar individually if they start to “crumble”.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave dip half of each bar. Lay on wax paper to dry.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sprinkle on toasted hemp seeds and coconut to your hearts desire!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Refrigerate until ready to serve, wrapping in plastic wrap to store after chocolate is set.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These bars are so amazing. Unfortunately you can’t find them in the store–you’ll have to make them. 😉

But the best part is, they are fun to make. You can even have your kids make them!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

Prep Time: 27 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 531 calories

Fat 26 g

Carbs 78 g

Protein 7 g

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German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

Prep time includes chill time.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup dates
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 oz Just Hemp Foods hulled hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tb sweetened flaked coconut (optional)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tb Just Hemp Foods hemp protein powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 - 1 Tb Just Hemp Foods hemp seed oil
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tb Just Hemp Foods toasted hemp seeds
  • 2 Tb sweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the dates, chopped pecans, hemp seeds, flaked coconut, cocoa powder and hemp protein powder in a food processor and process until very well combined.
  2. Add the vanilla bean paste, hemp seed oil and mini chocolate chips. Pulse until combined and mixtures sticks together when squeezed, adding more oil if needed.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a gallon sized zip tight bag or wrap in plastic wrap. Squish tightly into a brick and slice into 8 bars.
  4. Tighten and pack each bar individually if they start to “crumble”.
  5. Melt the 3/4 cup chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds intervals and dip half of each bar. Lay on wax paper to dry.
  6. Sprinkle on toasted hemp seeds and coconut to your hearts desire!
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve, wrapping in plastic wrap to store after chocolate is set.

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Lemon Chicken and Broccoli

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

There’s a thing about Chinese food. It’s either super greasy and laden with salt, or it’s simple, lightly woked and bursting with freshness.

I choose to make my Chinese food at home the latter way. I love my vegetables to be crisp tender and bright, therefore I blanch them. And I prefer my meats to be grilled with a bit of sauce that can actually stick. So I toss my proteins in cornstarch and lightly cook them in a touch of oil, then add in my sauce.

 

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enter this Light Lemon Chicken and Broccoli. Where I’ve diced little pieces of lean chicken breast and tossed them in cornstarch, then cooked them evenly and tossed together with freshly blanched broccoli.

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Our family loves Chinese buffets, but I really wish more of the selections were made like this, instead of swimming in salty sauce and loads of grease. Maybe it’s the just the buffets that make it this way. Because I have dined at Chinese restaurants, and their food-so much better!

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love the bright green of this broccoli and light coating on the chicken. Such a match made in poultry.

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Lemon Chicken and Broccoli

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 311 calories

Fat 16 g

Carbs 13 g

Protein 30 g

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Lemon Chicken and Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 14 oz chicken breast, diced in 1/2" pieces
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb broccoli florets
  • dash salt
  • dash pepper
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash chili powder (optional)
  • 1 Tb canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet or wok set over medium heat, heat 1/2 Tb canola oil. Add the broccoli and season with salt, pepper, garlic and chili powders. Saute lightly to coat then pour 1/4 cup water over and cover. Cook until crisp tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Transfer broccoli to a colander and rinse quickly under running water. Set aside.
  3. Toss the chicken in 2 Tb cornstarch, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.
  4. Wipe the skillet then add remaining 1/2 Tb canola oil. Cook the chicken over medium, stirring occassionally, until cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 3/4 cup cold water, 1 tsp cornstarch, lemon juice and ginger. Pour over the chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened and bubbly, then add back in broccoli, until heated through.
  7. Serve with rice or noodles, if desired.

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad – #HotSummerEats

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

There’s a first time for everything. I’m glad I got to share my first time with Pirate Jonny’s Guava Girl. My first time making baby back ribs that is. Baby back ribs are all about summer. So I couldn’t let #HotSummerEats go by without making some baby back ribs. Now I’d love to say I grilled these on the BBQ, but our BBQ is out of order, so oven baked it had to be. Either way, these flavors packed a nice punch to the tender and meaty ribs.

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Dry rubbed to marinate all day in Caribeque Calypso Kick and then basted in Pepsi and Guava Girl Cooking and Grilling Marinade, these baby backs were sweet and succulent with a spicy kick. I’ve been told by Pirate Jonny’s that Guava Girl is a lot of work, but worth all the efforts. That it is. I love how natural it is too!

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

T.Lish Dressing and Marinades offered a great line of product to try out for this event too! I opted to make a refreshingly simple, sweet and tangy Three Bean Salad using her Sweet Garlic Dressing. What a perfectly rounded out meal. With bits of bacon and caramelized red onions, this bean salad is top notch perfection.

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Wait no more for the perfect summer meal. Check out this recipe below, including more from fellow #HotSummerEats bloggers. And be sure the enter the giveaway for more of these tasty products!

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Dry rub the ribs.

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Saute the bacon and onions.

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Toss the bean salad with the dressing mixture.

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Baste the ribs.

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Broil the baby backs if desired.

 

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad

Prep Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 7 hours, 45 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 1547 calories

Fat 76 g

Carbs 149 g

Protein 74 g

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Guava Jerk Baby Backs and TLish Bean Salad

Ingredients

    For the Baby Back Ribs

  • 3 lb baby back beef ribs, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 Tb Caribeque Calypso Kick spice rub
  • 12 oz cherry Pepsi made with sugar
  • 4 oz Guava Girl marinade
  • 1 Tb cornstarch
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • For the Three Bean Salad

  • 3 oz diced bacon
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 14.5 oz green and wax beans, rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup T.Lish Sweet Garlic
  • 2 Tb apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tb sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse and pat dry the baby back ribs. Rub 1 Tb Caribeque seasoning thoroughly into meat and wrap tightly with plastic wrap for 6-8 hours or overnight.
  2. For the bean salad, saute the bacon and onions over medium heat in a large skillet until bacon is done and onions are slightly caramelized, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the drained and rinsed beans and remove from heat. In a small bowl, combine the T.Lish Sweet Garlic dressing, cider vinegar, sugar and pepper. Whisk together. Toss the dressing with the bean mixture and transfer to a covered container. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine remaining ingredients as a marinade and heat in a saucepan over medium heat until reduced by nearly half.
  5. Unwrap ribs and place in foil lined baking dish. Pour marinade over ribs and bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 30 minutes, basting with marinade at 10 minute intervals. Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes for a good char, if desired. Cut baby back ribs along meaty portions for serving.

Notes

Serve baby back ribs with bean salad.

This post was sponsored by Pirate Jonny’s and T.Lish. I received complimentary products from the sponsors for participating in #HotSummerEats. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

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Chai Curry Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice – #HotSummerEats

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been grilling it up indoors for #HotSummerEats. I must admit, I get a little envious when my husband barbecues on the outdoor grill for the family. The cool calmness of babysitting food over a wild flame is the epitome of summer.
But lo I am tied to my indoor griddle as our backyard grill must be put to rest.
Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
But I like it! I feel like I have power over the food. “I rotate you this way and you cook that way.” It’s still soothing.
And I had a lot of fun photographing this meal too! The bright summery colors and hearty bounty were extremely photogenic.
Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
And I thank Intensity Academy for their unique Chai Curry Chup! When I opened the bottle and sampled a taste it immediately reminded me of spice and salt covered fruit on a hot day. These kabobs were meant to be basted in the sweet and spicy sauce.
Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
And Gourmet Garden’s wonderful line of herbs and spices were perfect for mixing in the heart brown rice accompaniment!
This event has given us the opportunity to share our summer favorites and giveaway some goodies, so after you print out the recipe, don’t forget to enter the giveaway here, and check out the other bloggers as well!
Happy grilling!

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 Some prep images.

 

 

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

A beautiful bounty.

 

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Easy squeeze convenience.

 

 

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Basting on some beautiful Chai Curry Chup.

 

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

*Brown rice derived from Back to her Roots right here.

Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 908 calories

Fat 30 g

Carbs 137 g

Protein 31 g

4


Chai Chup Chicken Kabobs and Garden Cilantro Rice

Ingredients

    For the Chicken and Fruit Kabobs

  • 1.25 lb chicken tenderloins
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • 1/2 large papaya, seeded, scooped and cubed
  • 1 whole pineapple, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1/2 cup Chai Curry Chub, plus more for brushing
  • For the Garden Cilantro Rice

  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tb Gourmet Garden cilantro paste
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic paste
  • 1 Tb Gourmet Garden lightly dried cilantro

Instructions

  1. For the rice, melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir in the brown rice, lemon juice, lemon zest, water and chicken bouillon. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for 30-35 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cilantro and garlic pastes. Garnish with light dried cilantro and lemon slices if desired.
  3. For the chicken, cut the tenderloins into 16 equal pieces. Place the chicken in a shallow dish and cover with 1/2 cup Chai Curry Chup.
  4. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the fruit, removing peels, seeds or cores as needed and cubing into bite sized pieces.
  5. Skewer the chicken and fruit on each of 8 skewers, alternating the chicken and fruit. Skewer the remaining fruit on each of 4 skewers.
  6. Prepare an indoor or outdoor grill with non stick spray. Grill over medium low to sear the chicken, then cover with foil to cook through, 10-15 minutes total. Use additional Chai Curry Chup to baste the chicken and fruit, rotating the skewers as needed to cook evenly.
  7. Keep covered until ready to serve.

Notes

Serve with Cilantro Rice. Makes 4 Servings, 2 chicken and fruit and 1 fruit skewer per person.

This post was sponsored by Intensity Academy and Gourmet Garden. I received one bottle of Chai Curry Chup and a variety of Gourmet Garden products from the sponsors for participating in #HotSummerEats. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

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Rustic White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage

Rustic White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m a slave to my SD card. I put it in my camera, I put it in my laptop, I put it in my camera, I put it in my laptop. Well my precious SD card had a minor accident and I can no longer have said SD card meet my camera. So off to my iPhone 6 and these photos. They will just have to do. See, I made this super healthy white bean and kale soup with big slices of chicken sausage over the weekend, shared a mention of it on my Facebook page, and a sweet friend of mine requested I post the recipe.

Rustic White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

It turned out fantabulous. My idea was to make it again, as I took no prep photos like I usually do. And then, well, I am always a people pleaser, so here I go, whipping up this post to share the recipe now. You all have a cooking imagination, no?

I called this soup rustic due to it’s flair of flavor. The buttery white beans and bitter kale are simmered with coriander and cumin and savory chicken broth, then tangy lemon juice is stirred in at the end to brighten the flavors, tame the kale, and make your mouth say, ah. Seriously, my kids didn’t even flinch at the green stuff!

Rustic White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I slow cooked this soup on high for 4 hours, but it can easily be slow cooked for 8, or low simmered for 2 hours. I blended half the soup (without the sausage of course) and mixed it back in, however it can be left as a whole just the same. It’s a gorgeous soup! And please, please, please serve it with crusty or buttery grilled sourdough bread. It’s just heaven soaking up the savory broth.

Rustic White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Rustic White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage
Ingredients:
1 lb white beans (navy beans), sorted and rinsed
one bunch kale, stems removed, washed and chopped
5 links cured chicken sausage, sliced into 1/4″ slices
1 large white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1 Tb canola oil
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tb chicken bouillon
10 cups water
2 Tb lemon juice

Directions:
In a large skillet, heat the onion and garlic with the canola oil over medium high heat.
Saute until onion is tender. Add the sausage links and dash salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes, then transfer to a large stock pot or crock pot, depending on cooking method.
Stir in the white beans, seasonings and water. (The lemon juice will be stirred in at the end.)
Cook in a stock pot over medium low with the lid tilted for 2 hours, in a crock pot over high heat for 4 hours, or over low heat for 8 hours.
Stir in the lemon juice. The soup is done at this point and ready to enjoy. For a smoother soup (as pictured above), scoop out half the bean and kale mixture with a slotted spoon and process in a blender or food processor. Stir back into the soup pot and serve.
Great served with a crusty bread or grilled buttered sourdough. For a vegetarian version, omit the sausage and use vegetable stock.

Please do enjoy! I just lapped up leftovers of this today. Yummy!!!

Rustic White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tomorrow’s mission: buy a new SD card!

Rustic White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 195 calories

Fat 5 g

Carbs 27 g

Protein 13 g

12


Rustic White Bean and Kale Soup with Sausage

Ingredients

  • 1 lb white beans (navy beans), sorted and rinsed
  • one bunch kale, stems removed, washed and chopped
  • 5 links cured chicken sausage, sliced into 1/4″ slices
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tb chicken bouillon
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 Tb lemon juice

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the onion and garlic with the canola oil over medium high heat.
  2. Saute until onion is tender. Add the sausage links and dash salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes, then transfer to a large stock pot or crock pot, depending on cooking method.
  3. Stir in the white beans, seasonings and water. (The lemon juice will be stirred in at the end.)
  4. Cook in a stock pot over medium low with the lid tilted for 2 hours, in a crock pot over high heat for 4 hours, or over low heat for 8 hours.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice. The soup is done at this point and ready to enjoy.
  6. For a smoother soup (as pictured above), scoop out half the bean and kale mixture with a slotted spoon and process in a blender or food processor. Stir back into the soup pot and serve.

Notes

Great served with a crusty bread or grilled buttered sourdough. For a vegetarian version, omit the sausage and use vegetable stock.

 

Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry with Ham

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Ham | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay, so you know those days when it’s cold and you feel fat, and you know the last thing you need is a plate of cookies and milk or a huge plate of nacho fries? No. Just me?
Well today my body was craving healthy comfort. I know, what’s that right!?

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Ham | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I decided to pull out my pressure cooker and make a pot of lentil stew. This particular lentil stew I created consists of sweet potatoes and carrots, savory onions and garlic, robust curry and herby cilantro with cubes of honey ham. Served with soft and fluffy rice this stew just screams comfort food. And it’s healthy to boot!

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Ham | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I must have nailed it because my picky husband who claims to have hated lentils, literally piled his bowl with three large helpings after coming back from getting our van a smog check. He was either very hungry, or it was that good. I think the latter-one, because he told me and two, because we’d already had crepes for breakfast. And it was raining. Yep-comfort food.

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Ham | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ingredients:
2 cups long grain rice, rinsed
2 Tb salted butter
2 cups dried lentils, rinsed and picked through
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 cup honey ham, cubed
3 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 large onion, diced
5 cloves galric, minced
1 Tb curry powder
1 Tb fresh cilantro, chopped or Gourmet Garden cilantro paste
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Juice of one lemon

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Ham | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
 Directions:

Cook the 2 cups rice, adding the salted butter and 4 cups water according to your rice cooker directions. Or bring to a boil on the stovetop, reduce heat and cover. Cook for 25 minutes or until water is absorbed.

In a pressure cooker set over medium heat, add the canola oil and sauté the onions and garlic for 3 minutes. Stir in the chopped carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the curry powder, cilantro and lemon juice.
Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Ham | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the cubed sweet potato and ham. Sauté 2 minutes more to combine.

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Ham | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Stir in the lentils and 7 cups water.

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Ham | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Cover the pressure cooker and lock the lid.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, following your pressure cooker’s manufacturer directions.
Simmer for 20 minutes, then quick release the steam by opening the pressure valve. When the steam has escaped, carefully open away from your face and body. Cool for 10 minutes. Curry will thicken slightly.

Serve ladled into bowls. Scoop steamed rice into center of curry. Garnish with additional chopped cilantro and enjoy.

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Ham | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You can also make this in a slow cooker! Sauté everything except rice in a large pot, then transfer it all to a slow cooker, add the water and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

I can’t believe my pressure cooker has been hiding away this whole time! This curry is definitely on our “make again” menu.

This is also a perfect autism recipe. It is GFCF and full of protein and power packed vitamins!

Serves 8

Check out Pressure Cooker How To’s here.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry with Ham

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 443 calories

Fat 5 g

Carbs 79 g

Protein 22 g

8


Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry with Ham

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 11

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain rice, rinsed
  • 2 Tb salted butter
  • 2 cups dried lentils, rinsed and picked through
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup honey ham, cubed
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 5 cloves galric, minced
  • 1 Tb curry powder
  • 1 Tb fresh cilantro, chopped or Gourmet Garden cilantro paste
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Juice of one lemon

Instructions

  1. Cook the 2 cups rice, adding the salted butter and 4 cups water according to your rice cooker directions. Or bring to a boil on the stovetop, reduce heat and cover. Cook for 25 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  2. In a pressure cooker set over medium heat, add the canola oil and sauté the onions and garlic for 3 minutes. Stir in the chopped carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the curry powder, cilantro and lemon juice. Add the diced sweet potato. Sauté 2 minutes more to combine.
  3. Stir in the lentils and 7 cups water. Cover the pressure cooker and lock the lid.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, following your pressure cooker's manufacturer directions.
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes, then quick release the steam by opening the pressure valve. When the steam has escaped, carefully open away from your face and body. Cool for 10 minutes. Curry will thicken slightly.
  6. Serve ladled into bowls. Scoop steamed rice into center of curry. Garnish with additional chopped cilantro, if desired.