Simple Quintessential Cuisine

Sautéed Shrimp Salad with Fresh Vegetables

Here’s another delicious and simple salad recipe that will not only satisfy your palate but will also keep you in check with whatever your weight loss goals might be. It takes about 30 minutes to make and there are really no rules. 

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Sautéed Haddock with Lemon, White Wine and Fresh Vegetables

This is a quick and easy dish that can’t help but make one think of summer. It’s full of fresh vegetables and lots of flavor.  I suppose you could mix in some rice if you’re craving carbs, but I think it stands on its own just fine. Yes, it does have some butter, which some may say takes away from its healthy aspect, but I feel the dish needs the extra richness from the butter to fully round out the flavors.  Another important point; don’t feel like you have to go out and purchase the vegetables listed in the ingredients-by all means use whatever you have on hand, as the seasonings incorporated by this dish together with the haddock, are nothing if not versatile.  

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Crispy Shrimp with Lemon Garlic Aioli

A few weeks ago I was at the fish market and saw these great shrimp that I just could not resist. They looked positively amazing and I thought – I can make something delicious with those.  Not sure exactly what that will be right now, but I know it will come to me.  So when I was thinking about what to prepare for dinner before work this morning, I came across the shrimp. I thought wouldn’t it be great to pair them with the lemons I have that I know are near their point of expiration.  Then it came to me – I would fry the shrimp and make a lemon garlic aioli sauce to dip them in.  I was more than pleased with results. I put the shrimp and aioli over some fresh arugula and it was an absolute delight!  Do give this one a try; it is definitely worth the 30 minutes it takes to prepare.

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Pan Seared Scallops with Lemon Rice and Peas

While perusing the seafood counter last weekend I came across a great sale on sea scallops, so I went ahead and picked some up. I had no idea how I would prepare them but knew that something would spark an idea and I’d be on my way to culinary creation.  My first thought was to sauté them with a white wine cream sauce and maybe place them over some roasted vegetables but I really wasn’t feeling it.
Then it came to me- scallops have a wonderful flavor all by themselves, so why not make a lighter sauce that will allow their full flavor to shine through as opposed to covering it up. I also knew I had some wonderful peas in the freezer calling my name so why not use them in the dish too.  The end result was wonderful!  After searing the scallops I added some white wine and garlic which made a delicious sauce and paired perfectly with the peas and rice.   Bon appetite!

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Crispy Parmesan Fish Sticks w/Tasty Tartar Sauce

Aside from the local seafood bars found near the beach, I have found it very difficult to find really good fish sticks.  When I was a child my mom would frequently serve us the frozen brand of fish sticks with French fries.  While I loved that meal as a child, my tastes have matured since then and I now prefer my fish sticks to be made fresh. 

And while I can certainly order battered fish from many restaurants I have found few that meet the mark. Most seem to have more batter than actual fish and quite frankly, just don’t taste that good.

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