Thai Basil Mint Cilantro Pesto

Thai Basil Mint Cilantro Pesto

This fragrant and delicious Asian pesto sauce is so wonderful on just about anything!  The basil, mint, and cilantro combined with the garlic, walnuts, and green curry paste give it just the right amount of flavoring. Toss it in zucchini noodles, rice noodles, everything noodles!  Spread it on top of chicken, salmon, flaky white fish, shrimp — endless possibilities!  How will you choose?

Thai Basil Mint Cilantro PestoThis super fragrant sauce is great on protein, noodles, just about anything! It freezes well too!

Thai basil is super fragrant in this pesto sauce! You can use regular basil as a substitute.

Fresh cilantro and mint are also fresh ingredients in this easy pesto sauce.

Thai Basil Mint Cilantro Pesto
 
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Serves: 5 oz.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh Thai (or regular) basil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil to form the pesto. Taste for seasoning. Store in the fridge or freeze until ready to use.

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Sushi Donuts

Sushi Donuts

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In honor of National Donut Day (June 2nd), we’ve created these gorgeous sushi donuts that look like a work of art! But, shhhhh, they’re so easy to make! Who doesn’t love donuts? These trendy donuts are so fun to make and are, of course, healthier than the sweet variety. Start by using a donut mold. We like this silicone mold because of its flexibility. You can be creative here — layer the bottom with your favorite sushi-grade fish (tuna and salmon) and veggies like thinly sliced cucumbers and radishes, or add in layers of avocado. Next, choose some pops of color with red salmon roe (fish eggs) and black & white sesame seeds. Top it all off with sushi rice (prepared in a rice cooker), flip it over, and voilà, a perfect sushi donut! Best of all, you can easily find sushi-grade tuna at select grocery stores like Whole Foods. If you’re skittish when it comes to using sushi, make your donuts with cooked fish, or go vegetarian! The possibilities are endless. 

Sushi DonutsThis awesome silicone donut tray is perfect for creating sushi donuts!

sushi donuts fillingCreate your filling for sushi donuts by layering at the bottom of the donut tray using sushi-grade fish and your favorite sushi veggies like thinly sliced cucumbers and radishes!

sushi tuna sushi salmonSushi-grade salmon and tuna can be found at select grocery stores like Whole Foods.  They now carry “Sushi at Home” frozen sushi fish.  Defrosts very quickly!

sushi donutsFill the tops of the donut trays with sushi rice. Then flip them over for a perfect sushi donut!

 

 

Sushi Donuts
 
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Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Prepare the toppings: Slice the tuna and salmon very thinly on the bias, with pieces about 2 inches long. Slice the cucumber in half and again in half length wise. Using a mandolin on a very thin setting, slice the cucumbers into spears, lengthwise. Cut them into 2 inch pieces. Slice the radishes on the mandolin.
  2. To make the donuts: Working around the donut mold in batches, press the fish into the bottom of the donut mold, then the cucumbers, then the radishes, then spoon in the salmon roe, and sprinkle in the sesame seeds. Repeat with each mold. You can mix up the order! Finally, press in the rice on top of the other ingredients, making the top of the rice as flat as possible. Place the mold in the refrigerator for at least 5 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and place a flat plate or tray on top of the mold and flip over the mold. Carefully remove the mold from the donuts making sure that none of the ingredients are still inside the mold. Top the donuts with slices of chives and serve with soy sauce or Ponzu sauce, pickled ginger, and wasabi paste.
  3. To make perfect sushi rice: Thoroughly rinse 1½ cups of sushi rice (short-grain) until water is clear and not muddy. Place in a rice cooker, along with 2 cups water. Cook until button pops up and light changes to “warm.”
  4. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pot, combine 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Dissolve over medium heat but do not boil. Remove from heat and stir. Set aside to cool. Once rice is finished, let sit in the steamer for 5 minutes. Remove rice and place into a wooden, or non-reactive bowl. Using a wooden or plastic paddle, gently fold in the vinegar mixture until well combined. Do not squish the grains! Let rice cool to room temperature before handling.

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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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