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Beets And Sweets

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This dish is one I saw made and new I had to recreate in my own way. This is my version of Beets And Sweets!🌰🥔

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, chef’s knife, 1 (8-ounce) jelly jar with a tight-fitting lid, aluminum foil, 1 hand-held juicer,1 large mixing bowl, 1 medium-size bowl, disposable gloves, 4 porcelain salad bowls

Ingredients:
3 red beets, washed, tops and bottoms removed, roasted, peeled, and diced
3 golden beets, washed, tops and bottoms removed, roasted peeled and diced into 2-inch size pieces
3 medium-size sweet potatoes, peeled, roasted, and diced into 3-inch size chunks
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
2 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
1 (4-ounce) store-bought pre-washed package of baby arugula
2 (4-ounce) packages of Goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup of store-bought roasted and salted Pepitas

Ingredients For The LemonVinaigrette:
Yields: 8 ounces
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice (3 juicy lemons)
1 teaspoon of freshly grated garlic, (optional)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of Agave nectar (substitute honey)
1/4 teaspoons of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup of *E.V.O.O.

Note: Place both the beets and sweet potatoes in the oven at the same time.

Directions For Roasted Beets:
Preheat oven to 425-degrees F. Convection, 400-degrees F.
Layout two large pieces of aluminum foil. Place the red beets on one piece of foil and the golden beets on another. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper evenly divided between each set of beets. Wrap both the red and golden beets tightly in the foil, transfer to the baking sheet pan. Cook for 1 hour (60 minutes) or until a knife can be inserted with no resistance. Once completely cooled, using disposable gloves, remove the skins, dice, and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, toss to combine. Set aside.

Directions For Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
Preheat oven to 425-degrees F. Convection, 400-degrees F.
On another rimmed baking sheet pan lay out the sweet potatoes chunks in one even layer. Add olive 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper, toss to evenly coat all the sweet potatoes. Cook for a minimum of 25 minutes or until fork-tender. If you prefer your sweet potatoes to be slightly more charred on the outside continue cooking for an additional 10 to 12  minutes. Allow the potatoes to cool completely.

Directions For The Salad:
In a large mixing bowl combine the beets with the sweet potatoes. Add the arugula. Start with adding 1/2 cup of the lemon vinaigrette to the bowl, gently toss to combine. Top with crumbled goat cheese and roasted pepitas.

Serve the salad in individual salad bowls. Alongside, extra Lemon Vinaigrette and pepitas. There you have it my Beets And Sweets.

Directions For Lemon Vinaigrette:
Add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette into an 8-ounce jelly jar. Finish with the *E.V.O.O. Place the lids tightly on the jars and shake really well.

*E.V.O.O. is an acronym for extra virgin olive oil.

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Pasta Salad With Lobster And Grilled Corn

Seafood Pasta Salad

Remember my post on How To Cook And Open A Lobster? This dish is going to require quite a bit of sweet lobster meat for my Pasta Salad With Lobster And Grilled Corn.

Opening a lobster for some can be a little intimidating but I’ve made it as easy as possible in my post. If you’re able to get a hold of lobster meat already prepared, by all means, feel free to use it in this recipe.

This recipe is perfect for summer and uses my Lemon Vinaigrette which pairs perfectly with this salad. I’ve provided a link for my Lemon Vinaigrette at the bottom of this post.

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Mini Sweet Bell Peppers

Red Onion

Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

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Red and Yellow Grape Tomatoes

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Cooked Lobster

Cooked Lobster

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Seafood Pasta Salad (2)

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Seafood Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: indoor grill-pan, 1 (6-quart) saucepot, colander, bundt pan, chef’s knife, paring knife, large mixing bowl, Microplane, silicone brush

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds of lobster meat, cooked and cooled, diced into bite-size pieces (1 (2-pound) lobster)
5 ears of sweet corn, grilled, kernels removed (approx.2 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup of Canola oil
1/2 pint of red grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 pint of yellow grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup of edamame, shelled
1 pound (16 ounces) of corkscrew pasta, cooked drained and cooled completely
1/4 cup of red onion, finely diced
1 mini-sweet red pepper, seeded and finely minced
1 lemon, zested
2 Hass avocados, pits and flesh removed, diced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup of Lemon Vinaigrette

Directions:
Start by cooking the lobster in advance. Instructions can be found on my link below for directions. Once the lobster is fully cooked, allow to cool, remove the lobster meat from the tail and claws, then chop into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.

While the lobster is cooking, prep the mini sweet red pepper, onion, and Italian flat-leaf parsley. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Halve the grape tomatoes add those to the bowl and the edamame.

Pour Canola oil into a small measuring cup. Using a silicone brush, brush each of the ears of corn with Canola oil. On a preheated indoor grill pan over medium heat, place the arrange the ears of corn on the grill. Allow the corn to cook for 3 minutes on each side until slightly brown. You’ll notice the corn will start to produce beautiful charred marks which adds a smokey flavor without a lot of effort. The total process should take about 9 minutes.

Using a bundt pan, stand the one ear of corn of the center, as seen above, and remove the kernels. Repeat the process until all the kernels have been removed from each ear of corn. Discard the cobs. Add to the large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

In the meantime, have a large saucepot of boiling salted water on the stove. Drop the pasta and give it a good stir. Cook between 8 to 12 minutes. Taste the pasta after 8 minutes of cooking to be safe. You’re looking for the pasta to be al dente. Once al dente, drain into a colander, run under cold water until the pasta has cooled completely and does not clump together.

Add the grilled corn kernels, chilled lobster, lemon zest, and pasta to the mixing bowl containing the other ingredients. Stir to combine. Finally, add the diced avocado, gently stir to combine, not to smash the diced avocado. You want it to keep its integrity.

Start by adding 1/2 a cup of my Lemon Vinaigrette (add more if needed) to the bowl. Using a large rubber spatula, fold in the dressing coating all the ingredients with this super flavorful dressing.

Ladle a good helping of my Pasta Salad With Lobster And Grilled Corn into a porcelain serving bowl. Serve immediately.

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Vinaigrettes, Balsamic, Cilantro-Lime, And Lemon

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I used to think there was no way I could ever make my own dressing, not true. Watching cooking shows and reading cookbooks taught me how easy to make your own vinaigrette. I thought I’d share my three favorites with you, Vinaigrettes, Balsamic, Cilantro-Lime, And Lemon.

I mix all the ingredients for the Balsamic and the Lemon, right in their own 8-ounce jelly jar. The Cilantro-Lime takes an additional step of first processing the cilantro leaves. It’s simpler, for this vinaigrette, to be made in the food processor and then transferred to a jelly jar.

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8-ounce Jelly Jar

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Balsamic Vinegar

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Agave nectar, honey, or granulated sugar are a few of the sweeteners you can use when making your own vinaigrettes.

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Red Wine Vinegar

Cayenne Pepper

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Shallots

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yields 8 to 10 ounces of vinaigrette
Equipment: 1 (10-cup) food processor, blender, or an immersion blender, 4 (8-ounce) jelly jars, 1 small bowl

Ingredients For Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Yields: 6 ounces
2 tablespoons of finely chopped shallot
1 tablespoon of freshly grated garlic
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (substitute spicy mustard)
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of Agave nectar (substitute honey)
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of good balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of *E.V.O.O.
1 tablespoon of freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Ingredients For Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette:
Yields:
8 to10 ounces
1 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon of garlic, freshly grated
2 tablespoons of shallots, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons of Agave nectar (substitute granulated sugar)
1/4 cup of soy sauce, low sodium
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
1 cup of *E.V.O.O.

Important Note: I wanted to metion there are 2 ingredients, in the list below, for the Lemon Vinaigrette as optional. I kept these 2 ingredients in the recipe because you may need the Lemon Vinaigrette to have a suttle onion and garlic flavor. There may be times where all that’s required is fresh lemon juice, *E.V.O.O., Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper and no Dijon mustard, for example my Feta And Watermelon Salad And Skewers. Link for this and other recipes are below.

Ingredients For Lemon Vinaigrette:
Yields: 6 ounces
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice (3 juicy lemons)
2 tablespoons of shallot, finely minced (optional)
1 tablespoon of garlic, freshly grated (optional)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (can sometimes be left out of a Lemon Vinaigrette)
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of Agave nectar (substitute honey)
1 teaspoon of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely minced (optional)
1/2 cup of *E.V.O.O.

Directions For Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette:
Start by placing cilantro leaves into a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add 2 tablespoons of *E.V.O.O. (the remaining olive oil will be added through the feeding tube) and pulse the leaves until they’re finely minced. Remove the processed cilantro and transfer to a small bowl. Back in the food processor add the ginger, garlic, shallots, fresh lime juice, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, agave nectar, and low sodium soy sauce. Pulse all the ingredients just enough to combine everything.

Once combined, add the processed cilantro leaves back into the food processor. Place the lid and feeding tube on. Turn the processor to the ON position and slowly add the remaining *E.V.O.O. through the feeding tube until combined. Remove the lid, add the red wine vinegar and using a spatula, stir once. This recipe yields 10 ounces of vinaigrette so you’ll need 2 jars. Transfer the vinaigrette to the jars, place the lids on tight and give a good couple of shakes to combine everything.

Directions For The  Balsamic And Lemon Vinaigrette:
Add all the ingredients for, both of, the vinaigrette into their 8-ounce jelly jars. Finish with the *E.V.O.O. Place the lids tightly on the jars and shake really well.

Notes:
1). I prefer my vinaigrette to be one part acid to two parts oil.
2). Place the dressing in the bottom of the bowl first. Right before serving the salad, add the lettuce/greens, toss to coat.
3). It’s important to wash and then dry the leaves really well so the dressing will adhere to the leaves.

There you have it Vinaigrettes, Balsamic, Cilantro-Lime, And Lemon.

Click the links below for recipes using other vinaigrettes like my Blood Orange Vinaigrette, Citrus Vinaigrette, Greek Vinaigrette, Red Wine Vinaigrette, and Sun-dried Tomato Vinaigrette.

*E.V.O.O. is extra virgin olive oil.

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