Over Labor Day weekend we decided to use a smoker that we had purchase over a year ago. We smoked chicken and ribs, sausages and hotdogs. These were the best hotdogs I ever had. I had no idea how great hotdogs taste from being smoked. The chicken was tender and juicy and the ribs very tasty. My friends were impressed on how good everything tasted.
I decided to make some corn on the cob and Calvin had asked me to make some Lobster Mac and Cheese. Lobster Mac and Cheese is one of his favorite dishes. The first time he had it was at Chops Steak, Seafood and Bar. This place is amazing and they have some of the best steaks you will ever have. Their Lobster Mac and Cheese is to die for, super creamy and full of lobster chunks.
I didn’t grow up eating seafood, the closest I got to eating seafood growing up was when I would make some tuna fish. I remember as a kid my father choked on a fish bone and I believe that was the end of seafood in my house.
My first try at real seafood was when my husband made me eat some fried calamari, and it was actually tasty. I didn’t know what I was eating and when he told me it was squid, I wanted to kill him. I then, started eating other types of seafood like lobster, but only grilled or deep fried, salmon, tilapia, crabcakes and shrimp. Now, we laugh when I say that I’m craving seafood.
I decided to make some Grilled Shrimp Kabobs for dinner and they turned out really good. I seasoned the shrimps with a dry rub about 2 hours before grilling.
Pasta is something I can pretty much eat everyday. I try using low-carb pasta in some of my pasta dishes, but there are times when I just want to enjoy great pasta and not worry about the carbs. My husband had gone out to the market and found these fresh shrimps already peeled and deveined.
At first I was going to grilled them, but at the last minute I decided to pan seared them. I made this Pan Seared Shrimps Over Spaghetti Pasta, and even though the dish is really simple everyone was happy. This is a perfect meal that comes together in just a few minutes.
I can’t recall the last time I ate Bacalaitos (Cod Fish Fritters). On Sunday I decided to get in my kitchen and make some. I had talked about making them for months but never did. My husband kept telling me, just get in the kitchen and make them already.
I had purchased some bacalao (Dry Cod Fish) to eat with boiled bananas, something my brother and I enjoy very much. My brother was in town visiting and I thought it would be good to make it for us since my husband doesn’t really care for boiled bananas.
Tilapia is a fish that I actually enjoy eating. This Pan Seared Tilapia is nice and light and perfect for staying on a healthy path. You can have it with brown rice, Greek or Caesar salad or you can have my favorite Black and Cannellini Bean Salad.
I seasoned the fish with Penzeys Spices. These spices are excellent and a little bit goes a long way. If you don’t have these spices, then use any fish spices you have in your pantry.
I started this week thinking that I need to get back to eating healthier. It’s always great to have a balance on what you eat. There is a perception that healthy foods are bland and just plain awful…but that is not true. Through the years, I have been able to transform certain dishes I enjoy eating, by making them my own. Substituting certain ingredients in the recipes is key.
Watching what you eat does not have to be boring. This Roasted Salmon dish with the Black and Cannelini Beans was just perfect. Exactly what I needed to start my week.
These flounder filets were covered with panko and fried. Panko is a Japanese style breadcrumb used as a coating for deep fried foods. Panko makes everything nice and crispy, you can use it on shrimp, chicken and pork chops.