Gluten Free

Mahi Mahi 3 Ways


Beautiful Mahi Mahi and it couldn't get any fresher, just got out of the ocean, literally. Here I will show how I got the most of this fresh Mahi Mahi in tree different ways, starting with a Ceviche.

I make Ceviche all the time, it is a healthy, fast, simple and delicious dish. I've learned how to make Ceviche a long time ago and it is quite simple, is about simplicity and freshness. All I did was cut the fresh Mahi mahi  in cubes not to big not to small and cover with fresh squeezed lime juice, chopped cilantro, some fresh chopped red chili pepper or any of your taste, thinly sliced red onions or chopped, dash of salt, mix all together, leave it for 10 minutes  topped with some red cabbage and serve.

Another healthy way was by searing my fillet just by rubbing a little bit of olive oil on it, coating it with corn flakes crumbs, (no need for eggs to coat it, the olive oil will do the job), pour just a little bit of oil on a skillet searing for 4-5 minutes each side medium heat, I served with a fresh lettuce and cabbage salad.

I couldn't resist a fish taco. On a whole wheat tortilla I placed the seared fillet with some of my salad, I added fresh mangoes and a squeeze of fresh lime. Of course some avocados and a salsa would be just perfect but I didn't have any by then, I just made 3 dishes in about 15 minutes, the fish was so fresh that I just wanted to delight myself at that very moment and capture it with some pictures as how it was, absolutely delicious. Freshness and simplicity is the key to tasty fish dish.

Healthy Banana-Granola Bread

   Ripe bananas? Don't throw them away, instead use them for this granola bread recipe. I bake this bread every week, sometimes twice a week. I take to work, to the beach and my son loves it. No oil, eggs, butter or white flour, it is so delicious, moist easy to make and of course ...healthy.

                                       4 ripe bananas, like the ones on the picture
                                       1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour,
                                       1/2 cup of applesauce,
                                       1/3 cup brown sugar,
                                       1/2 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds,
                                       1/2 cup dried cranberries,
                                       1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded dried coconut,
                                       1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips,
                                       1 tsp of baking powder,
                                       1 tsp of Kosher salt.

                                          First I add the mashed bananas
                             Then add the rest of the ingredients (not the flour)
                           Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a different bowl
                                                     Mix all very well
        Then add the flour, baking powder and salt mix to the banana mixed bowl and again mix well.              
 Lightly spray some canola oil (I use Pam) and sprinkle a little of whole wheat flour, just a little so the mix won't  stick on the bottom. Distribute flour over the 8"by 8" baking dish by shaking side to side until full covered.
                                         Pour in the mix and take to the oven,
       350f or 180c for 40 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out dry

 It comes out perfect! Let it cool down for 20 minutes before everyone attacks.
 I really like to enjoy my granola bread with honey right after my workout, it is also delicious with a spoon full of natural Greek yogurt.
So before throwing away your ripe bananas, think of Granola Bread!

Cucumber Delight

Late night snack? Sometimes we just don't know what to make when is kind of late, we are tired and don't feel like preparing anything messy. This is how I feel sometimes when I just want a bite to eat and it has to be healthy and light at the same time. What our imagination can do in just minutes when using simplicity is just limitless. Try slicing a cold cucumber very thinly,  

                   Then spread light cream cheese on two slices of a whole wheat bread
                                             Little salt and pepper
             Squeeze a little bit of lemon or lime juice and drizzle some olive oil.
             And you will have a late night healthy light snack good for you too!
                                                         Enjoy it!

    The link below shows us the benefits of cucumber, re-hydration is one them. Check it out.

Healthy Breakfast

This is one of my favorite breakfast. Delicious, healthy, light and can be prepared in minutes, will keep you full for hours. Not only that but each ingredient has important healthy benefits such as:

*2 slices of whole wheat bread (Good source of fiber and magnesium)
*1 sliced in big pieces good size of Porto Bella mushroom (has fiber, proteins, low calorie low sodium)
*2 cups of spinach leaves (Iron, fiber, vitamins K, vitamin A)
*1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (antioxidant lycopene, vitamins C, B6 and A)
*1 cup of parsley leaves (vitamins C, A, K powerful antioxidants)
*1 cup cut in cubes Zucchini ( B complex, zinc)
*Eggs (proteins, calcium, vitamin E)
* 2 tbsp natural Yogurt (Vitamin D which protects your bones, rich in protein, calcium)
*1 tsp Cayenne pepper (culinary and therapeutic purposes for centuries. it contains capsaicin which fights cancer cells also contains beta carotene, vitamins A,E,C and B complexes)
*1 tsp dried basil (contains vitamins A, K, C and omega 3)
1 tsp of Paprika (extremely high in vitamin C)
*1 small clove of garlic finely chopped  (garlic is powerful, reduces cholesterol, antibiotic, antioxidant)

 I first saute zucchinis and the portobello mushroom on a skillet with just a tbsp of olive oil

Then I add the cherry tomatoes and saute for about one minute or so.

I add spinach last for another minute for it cooks faster then the rest of the ingredients and season with Kosher salt, pepper, dried basil, paprika and cayenne pepper. Break two eggs and carefully place them over the mix, cover for couple minutes on low heat.

 Serve eggs and veggies over two slices of whole wheat bread and finish with a spoon of yogurt on each, drizzle with a good extra virgin olive oil, more parsley leaves and enjoy this ultimate healthy-in-a-hurry breakfast.

Cherry Tomatoes Whole Wheat Pizza

This is my healthy-in-a-hurry or food-fast (not fast food) recipe that never fails. I can't imagine myself eating anything anywhere just because I am hungry and worse yet in a hurry, I refuse.
 I remember once my sister and I and hubbies took a road trip to Guatemala and when was that time to stop and eat, those guys would just eat anything. What about my sister and I? Seriously if we couldn't find a place that would serve us anything with vegetables (real vegetables, not canned) we would just not eat at all but as we persisted, we always found someone somewhere nice to serve us rice beans and a salad most likely lettuce tomatoes and onions, perfect!
I just think we should take more care of ourselves and our health, time is not an excuse. I don't find the time to cook healthy fast food, I make the time. This recipe as you can see has four ingredients not counting salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Here is how:
Preheat oven to 400f
1/3 cup of  light ricotta cheese
About six or seven cherry tomatoes of each yellow and red cut in thin rings
1 tbsp dried basil , I just absolutely love basil
One whole wheat flat bread instead of the white ones.
Salt and Pepper.
Balsamic vinegar just enough to drizzle right before serving.
Olive Oil.

 When ready,  lightly spray an oven sheet with non-stick olive oil spray and take pizza to the oven for ten minutes so the cheese, tomatoes, basil will release their flavor while the flat bread gets crispy.

There you have, a delicious healthy-in-a-hurry whole wheat pizza. I sparkled more of dried basil and drizzled a good extra virgin olive oil and some drops of balsamic vinegar. Yum! So delicious at the first bite! and of course let your imagination flows and add some olives, capers, artichoke hearts or whatever healthy ingredient you have. Now, you can always make a batch if you have your family and friends along with you.

                            and bon appetite! I hope this recipe will inspire you next time you are hungry in a hurry. :)