Smoked Salmon Flatbread

Smoked salmon is one of my favorite indulgences so I did not waste any time to make this! I first starting eating it when I was little with my bagels and I’ve been in love with it ever since. I was inspired to make this flatbread when I took my Nana out to lunch as a late Valentine’s gift at this cute little restuarnt called Cafe Rustica in Carmel Valley. We ordered a smoked salmon flatbread as an appetizer and it was delicious! I love finding and trying great dishes at restaurants and making a copycat version of my own.

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Yield: 6

Ingredients:
5-6 ounces smoked salmon or lox
2 Tbsp Boursin garlic herb cheese spread
1 Tbsp chives; chopped
1 Tbsp capers
5 thinly sliced red onions
1 sheet of lavish bread
Pepper
Lemon (optional)
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Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place lavish bread on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until slightly crispy.

2. Spread cheese on bread evenly, now here is the fun part…add your smoked salmon, capers, onions, and chives. Sprinkle with black pepper and a squeeze of lemon (optional)! You can add as much or as little to any of the ingredients, its totally up to you. Cut into 6 pieces and enjoy this mouthwatering appetizer!
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Smoked Salmon & Kale Frittata

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Yield: 6

Ingredients:
6 whole eggs
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion; chopped
2 cloves garlic; chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
4 oz smoked salmon; coarsely chopped
3 cup kale; chopped
1/4 cup parsley; finely chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a frying pan on medium heat, add olive oil, onions, and garlic. Season well with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. Sauté until kale is wilted.

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2. In a medium mixing bowl, crack eggs and whisk until combined. Add kale mixture in with a wooden spoon. Add in coarsely chopped smoked salmon and parmesan cheese. Lightly grease a pie dish with olive oil and add mixture. Bake for 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley and parmesan cheese.

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Baked Rock Cod with a Mango Cilantro Salsa

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This delicious meal also makes great fish tacos! The salsa is so refreshing and pairs perfectly with the fish. You can also use other fishes such as salmon or halibut with this salsa.

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
Baked Rock Cod
2 4 ounce pieces of Fresh Rock Cod
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 lemon

Mango Cilantro Salsa
1 mango; cubed
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 red bell pepper; chopped
1/2 avocado; chopped
3 Roma tomatoes; chopped
1 tsp salt
1 small lime
1 tsp pepper

Steps:
1. For the cod, preheat oven to 350 degree F. Drizzle olive oil all over fish. Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic. Bake for 10 minutes and then squeeze the juice of one lemon on top of fish.Bake for another 5-10 minutes, fish should look a little flakey. Rock cod doesn’t have a lot of fat on it so it will feel a little firmer than other fishes.

2. For the salsa, add all ingredients in a small-medium sized mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lime and refrigerate until fish is done baking.

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Smoked Salmon, Avocado, & Spinach Panini

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After my workout this morning I was craving my favorite bagel, a lox bagel! I try to stay away from bagels as much as possible and almost never buy them just because of all the carbs..but that doesn’t stop me from creating a healthier version of my favorite breakfast/lunch. This panini sandwich can almost be eaten for any meal of the day….not to mention it is healthy for you and it is a great way to end 2013! Happy New Years Eve!

Yield: 1 or 2 (depending on how hungry you are!)

Ingredients:
2 slices of whole wheat bread
1 laughing cow cheese wedge (I used French Onion flavor)
3 ounces smoked salmoin
1/2 avocado; sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 cup spinach; about 8-10 leaves
1 tsp olive oil

Steps:
1. Heat a skillet with olive oil. Spread 1/2 cheese wedge on each slice of bread. Add avocado, smoked salmon, and spinach and grill on skillet on each side for about 2 minutes (or until grill marks are made). I used the bottom of a frying pan to press on the sandwich while grilling to get good looking grill ridges! Flip sandwich and repeat for 2 more minutes. Slice in half and enjoy!

Bay Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

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I love all kinds of seafood, especially shrimp so I was excited to come up with this delicious lunch idea. This is so easy to make and its healthy too. You can serve this as an appetizer, snack, or you can even make a meal out of it!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
2 large avocados
1/2 lb fresh bay shrimp
1 lemon
1 Tbsp chives; chopped
1/4 cup red onion; chopped
1/4 cup cucumber; chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Cocktail sauce (optional)

Steps:
1. In a medium size bowl, add shrimp, chopped onions, chopped cucumbers, chives, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the juice from 1 lemon. Stir and put in fridge to chill for 10 minutes.

2. In the meantime, with a sharp knife slice the avocados in half (long-ways) and take the pits out. Spoon out some of the avocado near the pit indent so the avocado can hold more shrimp. Then with a spoon, add the shrimp and serve! You can also add cocktail sauce on top if you prefer!