shrimp cocktail with green goddess dressing

Green Goddess Dressing | A Nutritionist Eats

If you could eat a meal (or have a drink) with anyone, who would it be? I usually pick Anthony Bourdain because, well, I’m slightly obsessed with him. But on the rare occasions that I catch Barefoot Contessa (Ina’s show on the food network), I always think,  I’d love to attend one of her cocktail parties. They’re a little uptight, yes. But there’s no denying that she knows how to throw a party.

Now if I could attend one of her parties – with Anthony Bourdain – well then I’d be living out all of my food celebrity dreams.

Green Goddess Dressing | A Nutritionist Eats

But the title of this post isn’t “food celebrity dreams,” it’s shrimp cocktail with green goddess dressing and it happens to be inspired by Ina herself. What is green goddess dressing? It’s not the tahini-based “goddess dressing” versions by Annie’s or Trader Joe’s that I always try to like but never do.

Traditionally, green goddess dressing  contains a  blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, chervil, chives, anchovy and tarragon. It dates way back and was made popular by a San Francisco hotel in the 1920′s which was actually inspired by “Sauce au Vert” (Green Sauce) served with Green Eel in France.

Ina’s version is a blend of mayonnaise (a requirement for green goddess dressing), basil and the other usual suspects but the real surprise was serving it with shrimp! Brilliant! As someone who loves shrimp cocktail, I welcomed a change of dipping options, but purists may not and in that case use the dressing for veggies, salad or spread on crackers. (Richie is one of the purists I speak of and while he loved the green goddess dressing itself, he wasn’t a fan of dipping shrimp in it.)

Green Goddess Dressing | A Nutritionist Eats

And only because I feel like this needs to be addressed…If you’re scared of anchovy paste (but seriously, you shouldn’t be) you can omit it. (Sigh.) The dressing is still flavorful and delicious, but the flavors aren’t as deep so go buy a little tube of it to keep in the fridge for occasions like this. And caesar salad.

Green Goddess Dressing | A Nutritionist Eats

The only unfortunate thing about this shrimp cocktail with green goddess dressing? That it wasn’t served in the Hamptons. West Hollywood will have to do…

nutrition facts: (for dressing only, 10 servings) 88 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber

Green Goddess Dressing

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients (about 2 cups)

  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped green onion
  • 1 1/2 cup roughly chopped basil
  • 1 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped shallot
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
  • 2 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 cup 2% greek yogurt
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

*All herbs and onions are roughly chopped, then measured.

Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender.

Pulse until well combined and desired consistency.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Serve with veggies, on a salad or with shrimp cocktail.

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spicy shrimp toasts

When I heard that shrimp toasts are a typical item on dim sum menus I needed to make them immediately. (Dim sum happens to be one of my obsessions). Last weekend I was in the mood for a night at home filled with wine, appetizers and the hope of staying up past 10pm. Yes, you read that correctly and sadly, no, that wasn’t a typo. Ten-o-clock-pm. I blame daylight savings but I was really struggling to stay awake past 9 last week.

The wine and appetizers at home turned into (hurry up and make some appetizers while you still have enough light to photograph it) and an impromptu California wine tasting. Appetizers were eaten pre, during, and post-wine. :)

The shrimp toasts totally remind me of dim sum so I kind of fell in love. The shrimp mixture is a bit spicy (though I could have used a touch more sriracha had it been just me) and the perfect topping for buttery toast. It would also be a delicious filling for homemade dumplings…maybe they are in my future?

Spicy Shrimp Toasts

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5-10 minutes

Keywords: appetizer snack

 

Ingredients (4-6 appetizer servings)

  • 8 oz raw shrimp (peeled, deveined)
  • 4 green onions, ends removed
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1-2 tsp sriracha
  • sliced white bread
  • butter

Instructions

Add onions to food processor and process until chopped.

Add shrimp, mayonnaise, ginger and sriracha to food processor.

Season with salt & pepper and process until smooth.

Remove crusts from bread and cut in half.

Broil toasts until golden brown. Spread with butter and flip over.

Spread shrimp mixture on other side and return to broiler for 1-2 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through and golden brown.

Serve immediately.

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daily eats: 9.26.12

What a wonderful day yesterday was – I had the day off in observance of Yom Kippur. Even though I’m not Jewish, the organization that I work for is and I’m fortunate enough to get a few extra days off this fall. It was so nice to have a slower day to catch up on errands, take a mid-morning yoga class and get a mani/pedi ($28!).

Breakfast: Ok, this is CRAZY but I had seen it a few times online and was so intrigued, I needed to try it. “Bulletproof Coffee” is a blended mix of coffee, butter (grass-fed) and coconut oil. You are supposed to use “mold -free” coffee beans, but I used my regular, old coffee beans from Trader Joe’s. Blended together, it creates a frothy latte-like drink. It was wonderful and I want to drink it every day. :) Obviously it is mainly fat, which my body does very well on but I’m not sure if it would be enough substance for normal days. On the weekends when I tend to eat more of a “brunch” meal than breakfast it just might work…

 

Workout: 75 minute yoga class. I initially wasn’t a huge fan of the yoga classes offered at the spinning/yoga studio that I belong to, but I think it might have been because they push me in ways that I’m not used to. I grew accustomed to the classes I used to take and now I’m forced into practicing headstands/handstands (which I don’t love), but know I should be doing. :) That was a really long way to say, I really enjoyed the class and I’ll be making more of an effort to get there on a regular basis.

Lunch: greens + olive oil + smoked trout salad (3 oz smoked trout + mayo + raw sauerkraut) + carrots. I’ve had two cans of smoked trout in the cupboard for months and finally decided to try it out. I’ve always been a little nervous for some reason, but it was a great change from tuna and I’m sure I’ll use that next can soon!

Evening Snack: olives + salami + raw gouda + red wine with a side of computer work and The Real Housewives (favorite guilty pleasure).

 

Dinner: chicken breast + spaghetti squash + green beans. Earlier today I saw a tweet from my local Whole Foods that they were having a 1-day sale on whole chickens for $.99/pound. Since  I’ve been obsessed with cooking whole chickens lately, I stocked up and bought one to freeze and had the butchers cut up the other one for meals for the next few days. I ate about 2/3 of the chicken breast and saved the rest for lunch.

I finished off the evening with 3 dark chocolate peanut butter cups. I. am. addicted.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

simple & healthy: pesto fish packets

 

I was really glad that one of the outcomes of my little poll was that you are interested in more of the healthy & simple meal ideas.

For many reasons, but partly because it seems that everyone can use more simple meals ideas, and partly because it is challenging for me. I tend to either go overboard and spend hours in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals, or, pop in a frozen dinner from Trader Joe’s. Simple, healthy and quick meals are the inspiration I want to share!

So onto the food.

The packets allow you to cook vegetables and protein in one step and only take a few minutes to put together. I microwaved the sweet potatoes for the sake of time, but you could certainly bake or boil if you prefer.

Pesto Fish Packets with Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Mash

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

Keywords: bake entree gluten-free high protein

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

For the Fish

  • 2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 2 filets of firm white fish
  • 2 Tbsp prepared pesto
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • salt & pepper

For the Sweet Potato Mash

  • 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

For the Fish

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Tear off two sheets of aluminum foil or parchment paper, so you have 12 inches squares.

Stir together lemon juice and pesto.

Layer zucchini on foil, top with fish and drizzle with pesto.

Season with salt and pepper.

Seal packets and place on baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until fish is cooked through.

Carefully open pouch and serve.

For the Sweet Potato Mash

Pierce potatoes with fork.

Microwave until soft, about 7 minutes.

Heat butter in small pan and add garlic to pan.

Season with salt and pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Mash sweet potatoes and stir in butter mixture.

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