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I may have neglected the blog over the the past 6 months, but you can bet I wouldn’t forget it’s 3 year anniversary! Compared to last year, there hasn’t been as many noteworthy blog-happenings. However, there were some really delicious and popular posts from the past year, such as this Red & White Sangria to celebrate Canada Day, the zesty Tequila Lime Bison Tacos, and some tasty Cranberry, Almond & Date Power Bars. Of course the biggest thing to happen for Kyle and I was the birth of our daughter in October; not exactly blog related, but being busy with her has definitely been the main reason the blogging has slowed down. The past six months with her have been so amazing … and the little bean has started to eat real food, so you can imagine how exciting that is for someone as food crazed as I! I’m sure we’ll be sharing lots of fun foods that we make with her as she grows up. Thanks again for another great year – and for sticking around even after the reduction in posts!
To celebrate this year, I figured why not cook up a good ‘ol Gorging George favourite? Tacos! Always my back up for those busy, “I-Haven’t-a-Clue-What-to-Cook” kind of days (I even have a pork shoulder currently braising away to pile onto some tortillas for tonight’s dinner). I’ve had beef, pork, bison, some vegetarian tacos and even enchiladas on the blog, but I have yet to share a fish taco. So I’m finally posting a recipe for some salmon tacos that I made a few months ago. They are crispy and spicy, and topped with a mound of freshly limed cabbage & jalapenos, some pickled red onions, creamy avocado, salty feta and a sour cream that has a slight kick to it. A great treat for a celebration or even a weeknight meal. If you don’t have dinner plans this long weekend, I suggest you get yourself to the grocery store ASAP to grab all the ingredients to make these – they will not disappoint. Here’s to another year of sharing my favourite recipes with you!
Crispy Chipotle Salmon Tacos
Note – I just listed “kosher salt” as an ingredient, omitting the quantity, as it’s used often throughout the recipe to season everything. I am assuming that you have at least 1 Tbsp of salt kicking around. If you don’t have any kosher salt and have to use Table Salt, please reduce the amount slightly as the smaller granules would make everything rather salty if used in the same quantity.
1/2 small red onion, sliced
red wine vinegar
8 flour tortillas
1 lb centre-cut salmon filet
1 1/2 – 2 tsp chipotle chili powder, divided
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 cup panko
3 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 juicy lime (or 2 if they are not juicy)
1 cup sour cream
1 avocado, pitted & sliced
1/2 cup feta, diced
Fill a mason jar or small container with the sliced red onion. Fill it up halfway with red wine vinegar. Add 1 tsp of salt and fill the rest of the jar with water. Allow to “pickle” while you make the tacos.
Heat your tortillas according to package instructions. Keep warm.
Heat 1 Tbsp of the olive oil over medium heat in a large non-stick pan. Slice the salmon into 8 equal strips (they should be around 3/4″ wide each). Sprinkle all the salmon pieces evenly with 1 tsp of the chipotle chili powder and 1/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Whisk the 2 eggs together in a medium dish and pour the panko into another medium dish; season both with salt and pepper.
Working with one piece of fish at a time, first dip the fish in the eggs then into the panko mixture, pressing all the sides gently to ensure they are evenly covered. Place the fish gently into the hot pan. Repeat with remaining fish pieces. You don’t want to crowd the pan, so if yours is not large enough, work in 2 batches. Cook for about 8 minutes, flipping once after 4 minutes to ensure both sides get golden brown. (If you like, you can quickly fry the two outer edges to crisp them up) Remove the cooked fish to a paper towel lined plate.
Meanwhile, combine the cabbage, jalapenos, cilantro, juice of 1 lime, 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp salt in a medium bowl, mixing thoroughly; set aside. In a small bowl stir together the sour cream and remaining chipotle chili powder – use 1/2 tsp to keep it mild, or a full tsp if you like a lot of heat!
Construct the tacos: smear each tortilla with some of the sour cream mixture, then top with a piece of salmon, some of the cabbage mix, pickled onions, avocado and feta. Devour.
Makes 8 tacos.
In between bouts of completely losing my appetite, I have managed to find some time to whip up some new dishes to share. While the nausea I had experienced the first 3 months of pregnancy lifted a number of weeks ago, I all of a sudden had zero desire to eat … or cook for that matter. I had about a week and a half of some intense eating once I felt I could keep food down, but lately I struggle to feel like eating. Maybe it’s the pregnancy, maybe it’s the slight wave of heat we’re getting – which isn’t really hot, so let’s hope it’s not the heat. To get through this, we’ve relied on old stand-by recipes or quick meals like nachos or roasted chickens from the store, just so we wouldn’t have to think about the process. Because when I don’t feel like eating, I definitely lose the desire to be in the kitchen.
This dish begins with some inspiration from a recipe we’ve made a few times when we need dinner in our bellies in little time and with almost zero effort: a pesto that also uses arugula and avocado. If you have a food processor or blender, there’s no chopping involved – your hardest job would be to pit and peel the avocado. Your pasta “sauce” will be done within a fraction of the time it takes your linguine to boil. And hungry bellies and busy peeps love meals like that. But, we found enough spring in our step to add some sauteed spring vegetables to the mix; because this time of year I seriously can not get enough asparagus. Give it to me in the morning, afternoon, and evening everyday while it’s in season and I wouldn’t complain one bit.
Linguine with Arugula & Avocado Pesto and Spring Vegetables
Pesto Recipe Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis
The ingredient list may look long, but this dinner comes together in the time it takes you to boil the water then your pasta. Delicious served with some grilled shrimp or fish.
1 lb gluten free linguine (or your favourite long pasta)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1″ pieces
1 cup peas, fresh or frozen (thaw first)
4 green onions, sliced
1/4 tsp each salt & pepper
1/4 cup parsley
2 Tbsp goat cheese (or more if you prefer)
2 avocados, pitted and peeled
2 big handfuls arugula
1 cup fresh basil
juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Boil pasta according to directions until al dente. Save a cup of the pasta water before draining. Meanwhile, heat the Tbsp of olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Toss in the garlic and chili flakes and saute for 30 seconds, ensuring the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the asparagus to the pan and saute for another 5 minutes or until tender-crisp. Add the peas, green onions, salt and pepper to the pan and saute an additional 2-3 minutes or until the peas are heated through and the onions are wilted.
While the vegetables are sautéing, make the pesto: add all the pesto ingredients (avocado through pepper) in a food processor or blender and blend until everything is fairly smooth.
When the pasta is cooked, add the pesto and half of the sauteed vegetables with the pasta and mix until everything is combined. Add a bit of pasta water if the “sauce” seems too thick. Pour into a serving dish and top with the remaining sauteed vegetables, the parsley, and crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately.
I’ve got a great salad for you today. It’s easy to prepare, would travel well (if you don’t mind slightly brown avocado), and with enough beans, makes a perfect summer lunch. I also feel like we have lots of catching up to do. If anyone has noticed, I’ve been rather sparse with posting the past few months. It’s not that I meant to neglect you, it’s just that I basically haven’t done much cooking during that time. So it’s hard to blog about recipes if I don’t have any to share. And why haven’t I felt like cooking you may ask? it’s because we’ve been busy baking … a little bun in the oven.
That’s right friends, this girl is officially pregnant! It’s been an overwhelming couple of months: with nausea and exhaustion taking over my body like a foreign invader, plus the added emotions of our struggles over the past year and a half (read some of our story here). But I am officially at 16 weeks (well … quite over that now, but still in the 16-week mark for a wee bit longer), and I’m feeling confident in sharing our wonderful news with everyone who reads the blog. We are over the moon about this, but I’ll probably keep posts regarding the pregnancy to a minimum here … however, if you’re interested in keeping up, I am certain there will be LOTS of over-sharing over at Life of George. (in case you are a family member/friend who is on Facebook, please respect that we’re not posting anything on there at this time. Thanks!)
And since our baby is apparently the size of an avocado this week, and we call him/her our “Little Bean” I thought it would be fitting to share a recipe that ties into these references . Or maybe it’s extremely morbid that I’m eating avocado, little beans and baby greens? Either way, this salad is delicious! And hopefully with my new-found increase in energy over the past few weeks, regular posting will commence again soon.
Avocado & Little Bean Salad with Baby Greens
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp sriracha
1 tsp agave syrup
splash of gluten free soy sauce (seriously, a splash, don’t over do it)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salad for Two
4 handfuls of baby greens – I used arugula and spinach
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 – 1 cup of navy beans (use lots if you’re serving as a meal, but you can use less if this is a side)
4 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Whisk together the first 8 ingredients of the dressing in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until everything is combined. Set aside.
Combine the lettuce, avocado, beans, and green onions in a large bowl. Drizzle over about 2 Tbsp of dressing (or more if you like) and mix gently to ensure the salad is dressed – I find using my hands for this prevents everything from becoming mushy. (Store any unused dressing in the fridge for up to 1 week) Dish out salad between 2 bowls and top each serving with the parmesan cheese.
Serves 2. Obviously the ingredients in the salad can be increased to serve more people. The dressing should make enough for 4-6 servings.
It’s been a month since Kyle and I celebrated 3 wonderful years of marriage to one another. Which is another example of how long it takes me to get the recipes from our dinner table to the blog. But they get here, so I’m glad that no one is really complaining. Thanks for your patience friends!
For anniversary dinners we could spend a fortune on a fancy-plated feast and an overpriced bottle of wine at a crowded restaurant, or even spend a day of roasting and braising and sauteing and all sorts of kitchen techniques to get a 5-star menu dish on our own table. But that’s not us. Yes, we enjoy that food immensely – when we’re in the mood, but for anniversaries, why not eat the food that reflects who are? If you have perused this site often, you’ve likely deciphered that tacos are a favourite of ours, and for good reason. They could easily describe our relationship: easy (but requiring a little elbow grease to be really good); spicy; sometimes soft (like gentle embraces), sometimes hard-shelled (like we both can be when we’re both right…); full of contrasting and complimentary ingredients; and never boring.
Now, of course I wasn’t thinking about all those things when I decided to make Braised Beef Tacos for our anniversary dinner. I was thinking: “Hey, it’s a weekday, so I want something quick and requiring little thought; but I want something good and that we love.” So a large hunk of beef rib roast was purchased and coddled into submission in my slowcooker. After many hours of braising away in a smokey chipotle sauce, I shredded the beef and returned it to sop up all the flavourful juices. Then I opened a bottle of our favourite red to let it breathe while I awaited Kyle’s late-night return from from a week-long trip for work (great way to build up anticipation for an anniversary eh?!?).
Braised Beef Tacos
For the Beef
1 sweet onion, sliced
3 lb beef rib roast
kosher salt & pepper
1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 chipotle chilis (canned), chopped
1 cup beef broth (gluten free)
19 oz can diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce (gluten free)
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 Tbsp cumin powder
1 tsp dried oregano
For the Tacos
10-12 6″ corn tortillas
1/2 cup purple cabbage, thinly sliced
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
jar of tomatillo (green) salsa
1/2 lime, cut into wedges
Line the bottom of a slow cooker with the sliced onions.
Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat. Generously season the beef with salt and pepper. Add the beef roast to the pan and brown, turning once (no need to brown all sides – but go to town if you’d like to). This should take about 8-10 minutes total, as you want to get a good crust on the meat. Remove the meat to the slow cooker, placing on top of the sliced onions.
In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (garlic through oregano). Pour this mixture over the beef rib roast. Place lid on slow cooker and turn onto LOW. Cook for 8-10 hours, until the beef roast pulls apart easily with a fork (Alternatively, you can cook this for 5-6 hours on HIGH if you’re in a rush).
Remove the beef from the slow cooker to a large cutting board or platter. Allow to cool slightly. Meanwhile, strain the juices from the slow cooker into a saucepan. Strain as much of the fat from the top of the juices as you can (if you have a gravy separator, use it here to drain the fat). Bring the juices to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes to reduce the sauce slightly. While the sauce is reducing, shred the beef using two forks. Return the beef and sauce to the slow cooker and place on WARM until ready to eat. You can add some of the strained tomatoes and onions if you like as well. *You can also skip the step of straining the juices and reducing the sauce and simply add the shredded beef back into the slow cooker if you please.
To serve: prepare corn tortillas according to directions. Top tortillas with some of the shredded beef and some juices, and top with any toppings you desire – I suggested some above (cabbage through cilantro), but feel free to add what you like.
Makes 10-12 tacos.
You may have some beef leftover; so throw it in some chili or enchiladas; or eat it with some eggs in the morning – whatever your little heart desires.