chimichurri sauce

Do you have foods that you are pretty much infatuated with before you even really really try it? That’s kind of how chimichurri sauce was for me. I’m sure I’d tried it once or twice (but nothing stood out in my memory) and I just knew it would be something that I really liked. It doesn’t hurt that  we’ve been having a moment with parsley. We’re putting it in just about everything: juices, bean salads, seafood pasta…and then I threw a TON of it into chimichurri sauce.

Wanting to keep things really classic, I decided to serve it over some grilled skirt steak but after trying it (garlic! shallots! parsley!) we both started slathering it over everything on our plate. I think it would be amazing on a lot of other things: grilled bread, goat cheese, grilled chicken, fish or shrimp and even greek yogurt. <– seriously! It’s so bright, so flavorful, I can’t think of a thing it wouldn’t be good on.

It comes together pretty quickly – just requiring lots of chopping. And so long as it’s accompanied by a little wine, I find the chopping process totally therapeutic.

Chimichurri Sauce

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: n/a

 

Ingredients (2 cups)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 cups mixed chopped herbs (I used cilantro and parsley)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt, pepper and red pepper flakes

Instructions

Combine garlic, shallot and green onion with red wine vinegar for about 10 minutes.

Stir in chopped herbs, olive oil and seasonings.

Serve over steak, fish, chicken, veggies or with grilled bread.

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perfect meatloaf meal

Meatloaf. It’s so meat & potatoes midwest right? Well, this is not yo mama’s meatloaf. (Anybody watch that show?) This perfect meatloaf meal was inspired by a My Fit Foods meal (more on them soon) and I recreated it at home for a bunch of meals this week. I’m really trying to focus on recipes that are easy, family-friendly and don’t require “weird health foods” – the main purpose of this blog is to share ideas to make life healthier in an easy, approachable way. If you have family-favorites that you’d like a nutrition makeover for, let me know!

Lean turkey is the center of this meal, rounded out with sweet potatoes (and a pat of grass-fed butter) and steamed green beans. This meal is filling, healthy and pretty easy to pull together. The meatloaf takes an hour to bake, and while its in the oven you can bake, boil, or microwave the sweet potatoes and steam the green beans. The recipe makes 8 servings so depending on your appetite, you can freeze half of it for later like I did!

Turkey Meatloaf

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Keywords: bake entree gluten-free high protein low-carb American fall winter

 

Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or bread crumbs
  • 2-3 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients until mixed well. (hands work well!)

Form into 2 loaf-shapes on pans sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake for 60 minutes, until cooked through.

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Nutrition facts for 1 serving meatloaf:

 

roasted pepper relish

I had always been a bit apprehensive of roasting my own peppers so I continued to pay a ton for them at the store.

Then I had three peppers that needed to be used and I decided to just try roasting my own. Its easy to do right in the broiler! Heat the broiler on high, place peppers on a pan and essentially let them burn, turning to burn all sides. (Everyone can burn food, right?) Once you let the peppers cool you can easily the remove peel and seeds.

That’s it!

This relish can be used for just about anything. Try it with grilled steak or fish. Put it on pizza. Eat it with slices of bread and some melted cheese. Try it with eggs or just plain on its own.

Whatever you do with it, it’s sure to make any food look good and add delicious roasted pepper flavor to every bite.

 

Roasted Pepper Relish

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: appetizer entree gluten-free low-carb vegan vegetarian

 

Ingredients (2-3 cups relish)

  • 3 peppers (I used yellow, orange and red)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped kalamata olives
  • 2 Tbsp chiffonade fresh parsley
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

Preheat broiler to high.

Place peppers on a baking sheet on top rack, closest to the broiler.

Cook for about 15 minutes, rotating the peppers every few minutes when the skin gets dark.

Let peppers cool.

Remove seeds and skin. The skin should peel off pretty easily.

Thinly slice the peppers and blot with a paper towel.

Toss with olives and parsley, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper to taste.

Will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days.

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daily eats: 2.4.13

Hi! Long time, no daily eats posts. (3 months actually!)

I hope you all had a great Super Bowl (if you celebrate). I tried to catch most of the commercials and ate artichokes, chips with salsa and queso and chicken fingers. (I have no idea…but they sounded SO good!) I sipped on some wine with the snacks and then made some paleo chocolate chip cookies that my friend Erin pinned – she seriously pins the best paleo recipes.

am workout: 30 minute express physique 57. I’ve been doing the physique 57 dvds for a few months now and am a big fan. Do I look like Kelly Ripa? Not yet but I’ll keep you posted. ;)

breakfast: coffee with half & half + 2% and a banana pancake that I baked into a huge banana loaf (way easier than making separate pancakes!) – I make them with bananas, almond meal, flax meal, eggs, egg whites, vanilla and cinnamon and top with some almond butter and a small drizzle of maple syrup. Trust me when I say it is hideous (especially in fluorescent lighting). Most of us thought it tasted good… 

lunch: chopped salad with romaine, kale, cucumber and pepper + 5-6 oz chicken + 1 slice turkey bacon + 1. 5 hard boiled eggs + annie’s light honey mustard dressing.

and a cookie for dessert!

pre-run fuel/snack: few bites of applesauce for some sugar

pm workout: run! I think I might sign up for a 1/2 marathon. I really have no idea what brought this on, it kind of came out of nowhere. (maybe because I’m turning 30, maybe because I just joined a gym, maybe as an excuse to buy some workout clothes, maybe because one of the 1/2 marathon possibilities is in Santa Barbara which means I could turn it into a running and WINE weekend?!) Whatever the reason, I am literally starting at the beginning. I really haven’t done much cardio in the last few months so when I say I’m starting at the beginning I mean, I’m running: 1 mile, 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 2 miles this week. I’ll run more than just 1 mile per workout, but I need to run a mile straight, then take a walking break, then start running again. {Today’s workout ended up being about 4.5 miles total: run 1, walk .5, run 1, walk .5 and 1.5 miles round trip walk to and from gym}

snack: my new favorite – Finn Crisp cracker + deli turkey + mustard – 2 of them are about 100 calories and have more than 10 grams of protein!

dinner: “the word’s best chicken” (recipe from pinterest) + asparagus. The chicken is really good but world’s best might be a stretch, although I have made it a few times now…

dessert: paleo cookies (3)  – the cookies get really soft the next day, I think next time I’ll try adding some more almond meal and freeze them into little dough balls.

I’ll have prettier pictures on my next post, promise! :)