salmon tartare

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My second shipment of Copper River Salmon arrived last week and let me just say – I wish salmon season was year-round. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had salmon so fresh and so delicious.

Even though I’ve always wanted to make a fish tartare – I’ve always been a little apprehensive. Partly because my Food Microbiology Professor frightened us with horrible stories of raw fish and partly because eating raw fish at home seems a little scary. But I’m never one to live in fear, so it was time to try it out. I searched for recipes online and took a little bit from here and a little bit from there to create this salmon tartare plus avocado that is absolutely delicious and full of good fats.

The salmon tartare is bursting with flavor and is pretty addictive alongside salty tortilla chips and a chilled beverage.

So. Go get yourself some ultra-fresh salmon and make some tartare this summer! It is the perfect lunch, or afternoon snack and is everything I look for in food – exciting flavors, somewhat healthy, a little pretty and super simple.

Salmon Tartare

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: raw appetizer side snack gluten-free high protein salmon summer

 

Ingredients (4 appetizer servings)

  • 8 oz fresh (as you can get) salmon fillet (skin and bones removed)
  • 3/4 cup diced avocado (about 1/2 of a medium sized avocado)
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp diced jalapeno (seeds removed)
  • 2 Tbsp diced shallot
  • 1 tsp ginger, mined or jarred
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp thinly sliced chives
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp oil (grapeseed, canola, etc)
  • salt & pepper
  • tortilla chips or rice crackers for serving

Instructions

Chill salmon in freezer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prep all other ingredients and toss together.

Thinly slice salmon and then cut into small cubes.

Toss together with other ingredients.

Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve immediately with tortilla chips or rice crackers.

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review: journey bars {and giveaway}

I’ve been doing fewer and fewer product reviews, but sometimes I come across something, or something comes across my inbox and I’ve just got to try it – and subsequently – share it with you all!

I’m definitely a savory/salty snacker and when the afternoon rolls around, its not sweets that I’m craving. Truthfully, I usually want cheese but I definitely don’t bring cheese to work with me. (That would NOT be a good idea). Ideally I’ll have something a little salty and hopefully crunchy.

Journey Bars are essentially a savory “granola/nutrition” bar with flavors like Coconut Curry, Pizza Marinara, Rosemary, Parmesan Romano and Hickory BBQ. They are made with grains like oats, buckwheat, flax, amaranth, and definitely fit the bill for a delicious, crunchy, savory and healthy afternoon snack.

You can currently find them at these retailers in your area or buy them online. They are also available on amazon!

Like:

  • made with whole grains
  • simple ingredient list
  • savory flavor without too much salt
  • nutrition stats: 200 calories, 8 grams fat, 4 grams fiber, 6 grams protein
  • no GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)

Wish:

  • there was a bit more protein in them, although I know that would affect the flavor/taste (in a perfect world!)
  • they were in thinner pieces (I guess more like crackers) but I guess that defeats the purpose of a “bar” :)

 

Want to try Journey bars yourself?

Comment below on your favorite savory snacks and I’ll choose two winners on Sunday July 1st.

(For extra entries, you can tweet about the giveaway – “I want to try @journeybar from @nutritionisteat http://www.anutritionisteats.com/?p=10728″ ,  like them and me on facebook, and then enter a separate comment letting me know you did so for each additional entry) US Shipping addresses only, please! 

daily eats: 6.25.12

Hello, hello!

So. I’m back to working full-time and it is AMAZING! I was getting pretty bored spending days at home and only working part time.

Anyway, I’m back to packing up breakfast, lunches and snacks and taking pictures of meals in tupperware. :)

A few notes about the day: lots of snacks and the pictures are horrible! (Sorry)

Workout 1: jillian’s 20 minute shred – level 1

Coffee: enjoyed on the bus!

Breakfast: my favorite summer breakfast lately: 1 serving greek yogurt + 1/2 cup frozen (but thawed) berries + 2 Tbsp sliced almonds + 1/4 cup kashi go lean cereal

Lunch: turkey + avocado + crackers + celery & carrots (lunch was supposed to be on sprouted bread, but I forgot it at home and thankfully there were some crackers at work)

Snack 1: thinkThin bar

Snack 2: mango slices (about 1-1.5 servings)

Workout 2: 35 minutes spin class – I was a little late so I missed the first 10 minutes. Better late than nothing, right?

Snack 3: crackers + curry chicken salad (+ more crackers + kale & spinach dip)

Dinner: baby kale, baby chard, baby spinach + 2 fried eggs + leftover salmon + miso sesame dressing

Dessert: 2 dark chocolate peanut-butter cups

To those of you who pack your breakfasts – what do you bring? I need some new breakfast ideas that travel well. 

 

giada dogs {hot dogs with peppers & mozzarella}

Every summer, without fail, I crave hot dogs.

And I get the crazy feeling that my summer will not be complete until I get a hot dog – within the next week.

A plain old hot dog will never suffice though, last summer it was the tijuana dog and bahn mi dog and this year, as inspired by Giada’s recent segment on the Today show, the Giada Dog. Pink’s (the famous Hollywood hot dog joint) is apparently adding the Giada dog to it’s list of celebrity-inspired dogs – though it isn’t on their online menu quite yet. The hot dog is topped with sauteed peppers and onions and mozzarella cheese.

Simple enough and sounded delicious. Because I’m never really a fan of hot dog or hamburger buns, I decided to serve the Giada dogs on garlic bread – just to keep with the Italian theme of course! :)

These hot dogs were amazing – it helps that we used high quality beef dogs – but the combination of dogs + peppers & onions + fresh mozzarella all on toasty garlic bread is insanely good.

Hot dogs might be on the menu more than once this summer…

Giada Dogs {Hot Dogs with Peppers & Mozzarella}

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: entree July 4th American Italian summer

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 3 small peppers (variety of colors)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 baguette
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 2-3 oz fresh mozzarella, diced

Instructions

Thinly slice peppers and onion.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil or cooking spray in large pan.

Add peppers and onions, cooking for about 5-7 minutes, until vegetables are soft.

Stir in garlic to butter until evenly distributed.

Slice baguette in 4 even pieces, and then cut in half horizontally.

Spread butter mixture on bread.

Grill or broil hot dogs.

Broil bread for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.

Top with hot dog, pepper mixture and mozzarella cheese.

Broil until cheese is bubbly, 2-3 minutes.

Serve hot!

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 I used Fork In The Road Honest Dogs with Pasture-Raised Beef and I highly recommend them. They may only be available on the West Coast at this point, but keep your eye out for them at your local health food store or Whole Foods, they have delicious products and the key to good hot dogs is – good hot dogs. :)