Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze #TastyParTea #InspiredByNature

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Decisions, decisions.  Just yesterday I saw a friend trying to decide which picture of her kids she should copy for Christmas.  I mean, they were ALL cute!

I couldn’t even decide which delicious picture to choose from of these gorgeous brunch displays I get to share with you!

 

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And what kind of tea do make with these?

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Do I do cardamom, or cinnamon, earl grey, or raspberry?  Loose leaf or tea bags??  Oh my goodness, I can’t decide!!!!!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Except I did decide.  And I brought you this delicious meal.  Well, okay, I brought it for you to look at, but by all means, please make it, because you know who was sampling this deliciousness while the family was in snooze land.  It may or not may not have been me.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Because the orange tea infused into every bite of this meal was perfection!  I’m sure you can use any other kind.  But this worked!

I’m talking about tea in the salad dressing.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tea in the biscuits.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tea ON the biscuits.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And tea on the side.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Did you know there are many cooking uses for tea?  That’s why myself and 11 other bloggers are sharing our tips for cooking with tea-with a giveaway to boot!  Check it out here!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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The trick to these biscuits is letting the dough rest while you prepare the salad dressing, then gently folding in the blueberries as you knead the dough.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

See, layer after layer the berries are folded in.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Then ever so carefully, cut the biscuits into rounds.  It’s okay if some berries get cut too.  They will still taste wonderful!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes at 425F.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

They look like this after baking…

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But after a double dunk in powdered sugar and warm tea, they look like this…

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And we enjoy them with this…(or just eat three in one sitting like my finicky shark did!)

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enjoy!!!  And I hope you win, because the prizes are just way cool!!!!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze #TastyParTea #InspiredByNature

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 682 calories

Fat 34 g

Carbs 86 g

Protein 12 g

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Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze #TastyParTea #InspiredByNature

A delicious brunch infused with tea throughout.

Ingredients

    For the Biscuits

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tb baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tb orange zest
  • 6 Tb vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup orange spice tea (brewed liquid)
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
  • For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tb orange spice tea (brewed liquid)
  • For the Orange Vinaigrette

  • 6 Tb light olive oil
  • 2 Tb orange juice
  • 2 Tb white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tb orange spice tea (brewed liquid)
  • 1 clove garlic, grated on a microplane
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 2 pinches thyme
  • For the Salad

  • 12 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup walnuts, lightly chopped
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and orange zest. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles small peas. Stir the buttermilk and spiced tea together with the honey in a small bowl and add to the flour mixture. Stir gently to combine, just until incorporated. Set aside to rest, covered with a paper towel.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  3. In a small glass jar fitted with a tight lid, or a glass bowl with a whisk, combine all dressing ingredients. Shake or whisk to combine until emulsified (thickened).
  4. Prepare the salad ingredients and set aside for plating.
  5. Prepare the biscuits. Dust a bread board with about ¼ cup flour and turn dough out. Pat gently. Add about ¼ cup of the blueberries on top and press gently. Fold the berries into the dough while turning one quarter turn to knead. Repeat until all berries and flour are folded in, about 6 turns. Pat dough gently to 3/4” high. Cut into 2 1/2” rounds with a biscuit cutter, making up to 12 biscuits.
  6. Place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet, spacing evenly and bake for 10-14 minutes until just golden brown and berries are somewhat bursting. Cool just slightly on the baking sheet.
  7. Meanwhile prepare glaze by combing the powdered sugar and spiced tea. Carefully dip tops of warm biscuits into warm glaze, using all the glaze. Transfer to a cooling rack or immediately to a bread basket.
  8. Plate the salad, dividing the ingredients among six salad plates or tossing together in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with dressing (2 Tb per serving) and serve with 1 or 2 biscuits.

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Tofu Sofritos (Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce)

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Taco Tuesdays aren’t just for Tuesdays. And tofu isn’t just for stir fry. When I made this sofrito sauce to pair with tofu for tacos, I had no idea I would create a new craving.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I based this sofrito recipe on my chicken mole skewers. It is so good! Something I need to make quite often. Hmm, maybe again today.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This spicy adobo sauce know as sofritos, is a rich and moderately spicy, yet flavorful sauce that can be paired with any protein base. It’s base of chiles and tomatoes makes it a perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For this recipe, I paired it with diced and cooked tofu for a delicious taco filling.  Then I topped it with Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw and Grilled Corn Guacamole.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Let me tell you, I first made this into 4 servings of two tacos each, but it was good, that I portioned it out into three tacos per serving, even without the optional black beans. These are so addicting.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Just look at all that saucy goodness!

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I think I could eat this whole bowl.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I mean, that spoon isn’t in this bowl for fun. It’s in there for EATING these sofritos!!!!

Excuse me while I control myself…

Oh, and hey, if you happen to get your hands on Gourmet Garden’s fresh tubes of garlic or fresh dried cilantro, try it in this recipe!! There may or not be a giveaway attached to this post 😉 wink, wink

Tofu Sofritos (Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 295 calories

Fat 25 g

Carbs 8 g

Protein 14 g

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Tofu Sofritos (Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce)

Ingredients

  • 12 oz organic extra firm tofu
  • 2 Tb canola oil, for frying
  • 1/4 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tb canola oil, divided
  • 1 green California or Hatch chile, roasted, peeled, seeded and stemmed
  • 2 adobo chiles, stems removed
  • 3 Tb jarred or canned adobo sauce
  • 3/4 cup fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • juice of half a lime

Instructions

  1. Drain the tofu by placing on a few paper towels and letting liquid drain for about 20 minutes.
  2. Prepare the sofrito sauce. In a large medium skillet, saute the diced onion and minced garlic with all the spices and seasonings in 1 Tb of the canola oil, until onion is translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, roast the green chile over an open flame or under a broiler, then place in plastic bag when skin is charred for a couple minutes to loosen the skin. Scrape the charred skin off with a paper towel.
  4. Process the adobo chiles, adobo sauce, and roasted green chile in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add the onion mixture and tomatoes and process until smooth. With processor or blender running, add water 1 Tb at a time until desired consistency. Set aside.
  5. Heat 2 Tb oil in a large skillet. Dice the tofu into 1/4" pieces and fry in oil until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes, stirring to cook.
  6. Drain on a paper towel once more.
  7. Heat remaining 2 Tb oil in the same skillet. Add the sofrito sauce and heat through about 3 minutes. Add cooked tofu (or other cooked meat) to sofrito sauce to braise about 10 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally.
  8. Remove from heat and squeeze lime over tofu sofritos. Serve over rice or tortillas.

 

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Tofu Sofritos are full of protein and pack a spicy delicious punch.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Apparently it’s not just for Alice you know. It’s for crazy busy moms with not enough time on their hands, over 40 hours of work a week, more doctor appointments than one can handle, and school functions that I didn’t even know existed.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve still been cooking. Er, well, I guess if bean tostadas and pasta and tomato sauce count. When I’m busy, my creative cooking sides goes into hiding. I literally cannot find her. I will be thoroughly pouring myself into my newest cookbooks to rectify that.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

We’ve also been eating a vegetarian lifestyle. So thinking of things to make has been a challenge.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I still make meatballs for a couple of the kids, but my finicky shark usually doesn’t eat meat, so I have to separate EVERYTHING. Funny thing, I gave it up for him-the meat stuff. Then I discovered my body was happier without meat. I still have it occasionally. Maybe twice a month. My husband apparently decided to follow suit and has given up red meat and eat less of everything else too. We feel good. We still love our dairy and eggs though!

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This recipe was one I made before I gave up meat, surprisingly. I just love pasta and spinach. So yea, that’s where this comes in. And it’s super easy to get on the table in around 30 minutes.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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The final product!

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 232 calories

Fat 11 g

Carbs 25 g

Protein 9 g

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Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 8 dry lasagna noodles
  • one large zucchini sliced lengthwise into eight pieces
  • 8 loosely packed cups baby spinach
  • 1 oz fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tb basil purée from tube
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Add [1 tsp salt] and 8 uncooked lasagna noodles. Add sliced zucchini.
  3. In a food processor, combine the spinach, garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Stream in the olive oil with the processor running, until the mixture is emulsified.
  4. In a 2 quart casserole dish, spread 4 oz of spaghetti sauce.
  5. Drain the lasagna noodles and zucchini and place on damp paper towels.
  6. Spread a tablespoon of pesto down the center of each lasagna noodle. Top with a slice of zucchini. Roll up and place seam side down over pasta sauce in casserole. Repeat with remaining noodles and zucchini. Top with remaining pasta sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.

Notes

Use remaining pesto to spread onto plates before serving.
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Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I’ve been wanting to cross shrimp and grits off my cooking list. Little did I know I would be making Indian Curried Shrimp and Grits.

I was only using the brand new bottle of organic turmeric that was calling my name. A savory bed of spinach and shrimp all nestled into a bowl of flavorful grits sounded so good!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I really had no intention of writing this recipe, as I was just making myself dinner and lunch for the next day.

Let me just say, it was so delicious, I knew I would have no leftovers for lunch as I would have to share with my honey when he came from work. My kids had already enjoyed leftover spaghetti. My baby girl did eat some of my grits and of course, even she loved them. (She really does have good taste!)

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

What I love about this dish is…everything!

I love how the savory grits complement the smoky curry flavors of the sweet shrimp and onions and slight bitterness of the spinach. The love how the steam created when covering the spinach, and mixed with the olive oil and curry spices, creates a rich broth that runs gracefully over the corn grits.

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I love that each bite was as delicious as the first. And I love the light tang of Greek yogurt on top.

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I’m sad that it’s gone. But I am happy that I wrote it down so I can make it again!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

Cheers to a healthy gluten free dinner bursting with omega rich olive oil and lean protein!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

And now-I eat…

Please, tell me what you think!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach Over Grits

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Per Serving 256 calories

Fat 17 g

Carbs 17 g

Protein 12 g

2

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach Over Grits

Recipe may be doubled to serve 4. Recipe has been tested for 2 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quick cooking grits
  • 3 cups water plus 3 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 1/4 large onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt to taste
  • 6 oz frozen cooked jumbo shrimp, thawed and chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 4 Tb nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the water and chicken bouillon over high heat to boiling. When the broth is boiling, slowly whisk in the dry grits. Reduce heat to medium low and continue whisking until grits begin to thicken. Reduce heat to low and cook a few minutes more, until desired consistency. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes, cooking and stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook 2 minutes more until fragrant. Add the spices.
  4. Stir in the chopped shrimp. Cook and stir about 3 minutes until heated through. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Top with baby spinach. Remove from heat and cover until spinach is wilted, about 4 minutes. Remove lid and stir to combine. Serve ladled over grits. Top with Greek yogurt, if desired.

Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick’s Day

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When I was a young girl, my parents bought me an Easy Bake Oven for my birthday. I remember mixing a teeny bowl of cake mix and carefully pouring it in a miniature cake pan, putting the pan on a little metal tray and inserting it into the tiny oven that was basically a very hot light bulb in a metal box. I made my little brother his very own First Birthday cake with that cool toy, which he joyfully smeared all over his face.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My oldest son loves to cook with me and he’s been creating new recipes on his own. He’s always wanted his own Easy Bake Oven, until he watched the infomercial for The Perfect Cooker. He hounded me and hounded me for one until I caved. I found one on sale at Kohl’s (lucky me!).

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You wouldn’t believe how many delicious meals the little appliance can whip up. Mac and Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and even Cheesecake! So far he’s made Banana Bread, Lava Brownies and Spaghetti in his Perfect Cooker. One meal he really wanted to make was a Shepherd’s Pie.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

One day my son had a lot of homework, so he didn’t have time to play with his new appliance. So I decided to surprise him with a quick and easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie.

My son is a mashed potato king, so it’s no wonder he was craving it so much. Every week we go to Hometown Buffet-I know, every week but that’s a whole other story. The only thing he always gets is mashed potatoes and gravy. So yea, Shepherd’s Pie was highly appealing to him.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love this skillet version I threw together, as it starts with lean ground turkey and seasonings, with simple frozen veggies and spaghetti sauce mixed in, all topped with cheesy mashed potatoes. It’s a perfect quick weeknight meal.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you have a hankering for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day dinner, but are short on time or haven’t got around to picking up a corned beef, this dinner is perfect for you!

Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 334 calories

Fat 20 g

Carbs 19 g

Protein 22 g

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Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 1-2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 1/2 cups instant mashed potato flakes
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • 3 Tb butter
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook two minutes. Add the ground turkey and break down, cooking with the onion until onion is softened and turkey is browned.
  2. Add the garlic, salt and pepper. Stir in the frozen vegetables and spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 cups water to boiling. Add the instant potato flakes and 3 Tb butter. Whisk until combined. Stir in the milk and whisk until fluffy.
  4. Spread the potatoes over the ground beef mixture in the skillet. Top with shredded cheese and cover until cheese is melted and pie is heated through. Remove from heat. Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.

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

4

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.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The easiest Valentine’s meal you can make your sweetie this year is a great big salad bursting with fresh crispy vegetables, sweet succulent shrimp and nutty sesame dressing. I threw together this gorgeous salad one evening-made to serve 6-and my sweetie ate half the pan.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Though I don’t blame him! The Asian Sesame Dressing by TLish is pretty darn addicting. It is nutty, sweet and savory all in one bite! Tiffany Denson used to make jars and jars of these dressing for her neighbors in Birmingham, Alabama before being convinced to sell it market wide, after having sold over 1700 jars in the year 2010.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

It’s no wonder this sold like hotcakes, just look at that sweet dressing. You know you want to reach out and catch that drip right there. Just like the bottle says, “all natural. all good.”

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I layered plenty of fresh produce to create texture and depth to this crispy salad. Topped with crunchy wonton strips, this salad is a gem. Mann’s Packing, which began from a carrot stand in 1939, quickly began selling a larger variety of fresh produce and has it’s own Asian Citrus Crunch Salad Kit too, if you’re in a pinch for a quick dinner. It has all the fix’ins in the bag! Majority women owned and always fresh, Mann Packing has just what you need to complete your meal.

 

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Though I made this with individually purchased produce, because I didn’t get around to using my gifts from Mann’s Packing-yet-I just had to share that they had a comparable product that was perfect for this dish!

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

All the way down to the wonton strips!

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Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

(Why does this salad look so tiny from way up here?) It’s huge!

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Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

First layer up, a red and green lettuce combination and diced bell peppers.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cabbage and more bell peppers.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

More lettuce and sweet red onions.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fresh cucumbers and carrots.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Succulent salad shrimp and nutty sesame seeds. And a sprinkle of lime zest.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Finally some wonton strips and salad dressing. (Notice a pattern of layering by twos?)

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Such quick prep for salad that will disappear from your plate right before your eyes. Yummy!

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Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 652 calories

Fat 47 g

Carbs 50 g

Protein 10 g

6

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 large red onion, quartered and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 2 cups salad shrimp
  • 2 Tb black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1/3 cup TLish Asian Sesame Dressing
  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Prep and wash the produce. Thaw and drain the shrimp, if frozen.
  2. In a large glass bowl or 13x9" baking dish, layer the salad ingredients. First half the lettuce, then half the bell peppers, followed by all of the cabbage and the remaining bell peppers. Layer the remaining half of the lettuce, followed by the red onion. Layer next the cucumbers and carrots. Drizzle the salad with the sesame oil and lime juice.
  3. Top with the salad shrimp and the sesame seeds. Sprinkle with the lime zest.
  4. In a small fry pan, heat oil to 350F. Cut the wonton wrappers into strips. Carefully fry the wrappers until they are lightly golden, flipping to cook evenly on both sides, about 30 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Top the salad with crispy wonton strips and drizzle with TLish Asian Sesame Dressing.

Notes

Any Asian dressing can be substituted in place of the brand name dressing.

This post was sponsored by TLish and Mann Packing. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. 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. *This post contains affiliate links.


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Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo (Grown Up Mac and Cheese-Light)

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I am in the kitchen making a scrumptious dinner and my kids are opening and closing the refrigerator and cabinets the entire time scrounging for food. As I’m tripping over toys and little feet I’m reminding them, “I’m making dinner! It’s almost ready!”

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky SharkThroughout all the constant interruptions it finally gets on the table and I hear, “I want a peanut butter sandwich!” So I compromise (word of the day from my son’s behavioral aide) and I say, “Okay, one bite of mac and I’ll make you a sandwich.”

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Needless to say that sandwich remained untouched after my 5 year old tasted my mac.This Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo is absolutely Hands-Down-Get-In-My-Book-Must-Make-Again-Delicious!!

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
My oldest child had seconds. My finicky shark ate everything except the chicken (sometimes he’s a vegetarian), my youngest boy ate all the orzo, and my little girl ate it all! My biggest fish had three helpings. I had to stop at one but…oh-my-goodness…

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Now I basically just threw a bunch of yummy food together with what was in my kitchen staples, but shop for these ingredients again I will, because the proper ratio of the five cheeses is what made this meal! And no heavy cream was used whatsoever! Just reduced fat cream cheese, chicken broth and a mix of cheeses lent to this dish’s irresistible creaminess.

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So get to it! Make this!! You must!! It literally only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish!

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo (Grown Up Mac and Cheese-Light)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 549 calories

Fat 26 g

Carbs 49 g

Protein 29 g

8

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo (Grown Up Mac and Cheese-Light)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb package orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 14 oz chicken breast
  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 4 Tb butter, divided
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tb chicken bouillon
  • 4 oz Neufchâtel cheese
  • 2 oz part skim mozzarella cheese, fresh grated
  • 3 oz Colby jack cheese, fresh grated
  • 3 oz cheddar cheese, fresh grated
  • 1 oz parmagiana reggiano cheese, fresh grated plus more for garnish
  • 2 Tb chopped basil, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add the chicken (and dash salt), and reduce heat to medium high. Cover and boil until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile prep the vegetables by roughly chopping the cauliflower, dicing the onion and pressing the garlic.
  3. Then in a large skillet with a lid, melt 2 Tb butter with the canola oil over medium heat. Add the cauliflower and sauté about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the diced onion and pressed garlic. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt. Sauté for another 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover and steam about 3 minutes while the chicken finishes cooking.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot (do not drain!) and carefully dice it (it will be hot!).
  6. Add the chicken bouillon to the skillet. Add the diced chicken and the reserved cooking liquid. Stir in the dry pasta. Cover and simmer on medium low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is tender, about 7-8 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  7. Reduce heat back to low. Stir in the neufchatel cream cheese and remaining butter and combine until smooth. Stir in the remaining cheeses until melted. Remove from heat and cool slightly before serving. The sauce will thicken additionally upon standing.
  8. Spoon onto plates to serve. Sprinkle with additional grated Romano cheese and fresh basil, if desired.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

 

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Are my picky kids beginning to be unpicky? Or does chocolate just contain magic powers that make anything tasty? Or maybe a little of both?

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I think my finicky shark is still finicky. But my other boys-they may have found a new favorite gourmet grilled cheese.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sure the fact that these heart heathy sandwiches were cut into a heart-pun intended-may have brought a little bit of interest to these sandwiches. Or the melting dark chocolate and gooey cheese dripping out the sides may have also contributed to that factor. Or they could have just been hungry. But I choose to believe that maybe, just maybe, these sandwiches were actually good enough for a kid! Say what? I know-it’s just too gourmet!!

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The sweet dark chocolate ties well with the creamy brie and lightly salted sourdough. Try it you must. Especially with Just Hemp Foods hemp seed oil. The nutty, healthy glaze it adds to the bread is a plus!

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These delicious sandwiches just take a few ingredients.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And some basic assembly and bread glazing.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Just sandwich the chocolate and cheese inside.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And place on a grill pan for a few minutes.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay, now go rush to the kitchen and make these!

*Inspired by this recipe by Giada De Laurentiis.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 485 calories

Fat 20 g

Carbs 61 g

Protein 18 g

4

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 large slices sourdough bread
  • 4 oz sliced brie cheese
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp fresh basil from a tube
  • 2 Tb Just Hemp Foods hemp seed oil (or olive oil)
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a small dish, mix together the hemp seed oil, basil and sea salt.
  2. Using a basting brush, brush the oil mixture on the outsides of the sourdough bread.
  3. Sandwich 2 oz of sliced brie and 2 Tb chocolate chips inside each of two bread slices.
  4. Place each sandwich (there will be two) on the griddle set over medium and grill on each side, turning after 2 1/2 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Slice each sandwich in half to serve 4.

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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

4

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.