Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer time is here! At least if feels like it! We love making fresh salads this time of year, especially with healthy kale, and licorice-y fennel. This colorful spicy kale and fennel salad will make your tastebuds do a happy dance and the lemon vinaigrette provides the music. We’ve loaded this salad with all kinds of healthy goodies, like edamame, bean sprouts, jalapeños, and fresh cilantro. So fresh tasting, you will definitely want to bring this awesome salad to your next summer picnic!

Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or mirin wine
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large fennel bulbs, halved and sliced thinly on a mandoline
  • ½ cup red onion, sliced thinly on a mandoline
  • 8 ounce bag of baby kale, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 large jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced on the mandolin
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • ½ cup edamame, shelled
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. To make the vinaigrette: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, rice vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until well incorporated and light yellow in color. Set aside.
  2. In a large salad bowl, toss together the fennel, red onions, kale, jalapeño peppers, bean sprouts, edamame, and cilantro. Toss the dressing into the salad, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

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Spicy Scallop Crudo

spicy scallop crudo

This super easy, crazy delicious Spicy Scallop Crudo recipe was inspired by a starter dish I had at my favorite wine tasting bar, Stem Wine Bar. These succulent scallops cook themselves in citrus juices, just like ceviche. We threw in every citrus under the sun — lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit. Just four hours later and, voilà, you will not believe how amazing these taste! We’ve added some heat with jalapeños and shaved radishes, and brightness with colorful cilantro and red bell peppers. Serve them in a scallop shell or martini glass. So impressive! 

These delectable scallops will cook themselves in the citrus juices, making it such an easy appetizer. Impressive too!

Spicy Scallop Crudo
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¾ pounds fresh sea scallops
  • 2 lemons freshly squeezed
  • Zest from one orange and freshly squeezed
  • 1 lime freshly squeezed
  • 1 ruby red grapefruit, freshly squeezed
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced or thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, seeded and small diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (more for garnish)
  • Pinch of salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Clean and remove the small muscle from the scallops. Slice the scallops in half length-wise. Set scallops aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add the juices from the lemons, orange, orange zest, lime, and grapefruit, stir together well. Stir into the bowl the garlic, jalapeño, radishes, onion, bell pepper and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the scallops making sure the scallops are soaking in the juices. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours (the scallops will cook naturally in the juices). Sprinkle more cilantro on top when ready to serve.

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Pressure Cooker Asian Meatballs

pressure cooker Asian meatballs

I finally succumbed to the latest craze… the upgraded pressure cooker (a.k.a. the Instant Pot)! I dragged my dusty, old pressure cooker out of the very back of my kitchen cabinet to compare the two. Wow, what a difference! Isn’t technology grand? My mom introduced me to the pressure cooker eons ago! I think I made one dish in it over the past several decades. But now, whole new ball game! This Asian turkey meatball recipe was so fast and delicious — and the family was raving! It’s a cinch to prepare and loaded with flavor with both sweet and spicy elements. Plop the meatballs on top of some steamed white or brown rice, drizzle extra sauce on top, and enjoy! This will not be my only dish in my new pressure cooker, rest assured!

My new favorite kitchen device, the Power XL Pressure Cooker! Major timesaver!

Brown the turkey meatballs in the pressure cooker and pour sauce on top.

Drizzle the yummy sauce on top of the meatballs and garnish with green onions.

Pressure Cooker Asian Meatballs
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Cooked steamed rice
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn starch
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine turkey, egg white, garlic powder, bread crumbs, green onions, sesame oil, chili pepper, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds. Form turkey mixture into 2 inch meatballs using a small ice cream scoop. Place on a cookie sheet until ready to brown.
  2. For the sauce: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the all of the sauce ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  3. Heat the pressure cooker on the sauté or browning mode. Add the canola oil and, in batches, add the meatballs one-by-one in a single layer to brown. Brown all sides and push aside the browned meatballs to make room for the next batch. Once meatballs are browned, cover them completely with the sauce. Cover and lock the lid, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve meatballs over steamed rice and drizzle extra sauce on top. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Notes
Adapted from: https://mommyshomecooking.com/instant-pot-teriyaki-turkey-meatballs/

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