Category Archives: Salads

Making the best of leftovers – homemade salad dressing

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Last night we house sitted for my parents while they went out of town. For a late dinner we decided to BBQ. Luckily there was leftovers, I love leftovers.  Sometimes the best thing to do with leftovers is to put it on a salad… so I’ve learned. One of my favorite leftover salads is bbq leftover salad. Grilled veggies, fajitas and sausage make for a delicious salad topper. One thing I always put on my salads is a homemade salad dressing. It takes literally minutes to make and is a great healthy alternative to store bought salad dressing.

Here is my easy salad dressing recipe:

2 big tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 half of a lemon squeezed
sea salt
pepper
rosemary
basil
garlic
thyme

Add all ingredients in a small cup, stir and pour over your salad. You can put whatever seasonings you like. The main thing is to make sure it is one part olive oil and one part lemon juice. The rest is optional. Another salad dressing I like to make is one part olive oil one part raspberry vinegar. It’s perfect for a cranberry and walnut salad with grilled chicken. The goal is to be creative with your salads or you will get bored with them fast.

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Coconut Shrimp on Greens and the Harms of Vegetable Oils

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You know that usual saying… an apple a day keeps the doctor away… well my saying is starting to go a little like… a salad a day keeps me feeling good all day. I just feel better when I have my salads but having the same salad over and over can get quite boring. Here a new salad variation I have made… coconut shrimp… sorry guys this shrimp isn’t like the shrimp you get at Joe’s Crab Shack or Red Lobster… I will admit though they are tasty but anything fried in conola and vegetable oil is no bueno. They have high levels of omega 6, which omega 6 is not horrible but you do have to keep a balance with a ratio of 1:1 omega 3 and omega 6. The bad news is most of the food we consume is high in omega 6. Omega 6 is easily oxidized with heat or light exposure which can cause all kinds of problems… read more about it in this interesting article “Why You Should NEVER Eat Vegetable Oil or Margarine” I much prefer cooking with coconut oil which has tons of benefits… that’s another article in it’s self! Anywho on to the recipe!

Bare with me! I don’t do measurements, I remind you.

This recipe is for a serving of 1

Hand full of small devained, detailed shrimp
3 tablespoon almond meal
3 tablespoons shredded coconut
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 egg
splash of coconut milk

Heat a pan on high medium heat. Add coconut oil.

Put the almond meal and shredded coconut in one bowl, you can add seasoning if you like… like curry or salt and pepper. Put the coconut milk and 1 egg in another bowl, then whisk.

Defrost your shrimp by putting them in a bowl of cool water. Once they are defrosted dry them off. Next dip them in the egg mixture and then in the almond meal and shredded coconut mixture.

Place in pan and cook for a couple minutes on high medium heat then turn down to medium heat. Cook till the coconut starts to slightly brown.

Place on a bed of greens and devour!