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Recipe: Greek Salad with Salmon and Creamy Feta Dressing

For a super healthy, delicious and gluten free meal you have gotta try this Greek Salad with Salmon and Creamy Feta Dressing recipe. The dressing can also be used as a dip for veggies or wings!

4 servings

–for the dressing
1/2 cup regular mayonnaise, such as Hellmann’s
1/2 cup sour cream
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp milk (skim, low fat or whole)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
–for the salmon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb salmon filets, with skin
a few pinches each garlic salt and pepper
–for the salad
5 cups salad greens
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
1/2 english cucumber, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup kalamata olives, halved cup
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
chopped fresh dill for garnish

For the dressing: Place all the salad dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until thick and creamy. If desired, you can thin out with some water.
For the salmon: Heat the oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat. Season both sides of the salmon with some garlic salt and pepper. When the pan is hot (you can test with a small splash of water) Place the salmon on the pan skin side down. Place a splatter guard over the salmon as it cooks. Cook the salmon about 5-6 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Flip the salmon and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until done to your liking.
Assemble to salad: Layer the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Place the salmon over the top. Drizzle dressing and sprinkle some dill over the top. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

This delicious Quick & Easy Thai Shrimp Soup recipe can be ready and on your dinner table in just 20 minutes, no need for take-out!

4-6 servings

5 ounces Saifun (mung bean) noodles
2 tbsp canola oil
1 pound small shrimp (51-60 count), peeled and deveined
pinch of salt and pepper
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tbsp chopped fresh lemongrass
3 tbsp Thai red curry paste
3 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
4 cups vegetable broth
1 can (13.5 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
–serve with
sliced green onions
freshly chopped cilantro

Cook the noodles to package directions and set aside.
Heat the canola oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat. Cook the shrimp until pink about 2-3 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a clean bowl, set aside.
Add the onion, garlic and pepper to the pot. Cook about 5 minutes until fragrant and softened.
Stir in the ginger, lemongrass, curry paste, fish sauce, soy sauce and lime juice. Cook about a minute.
Whisk in the broth and coconut milk. Bring the soup to a boil, cook for 8-10 minutes so the soup can thicken a bit and flavors can marry. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stir in the shrimp, noodles and cilantro. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quinoa & Shrimp “Fried Rice”

This Quinoa and Shrimp “Fried Rice” recipe is a healthy alternative to high calorie take-out food. Super easy to prepare!

4 servings

1 cup dry quinoa, cook to package directions
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 carrots, peeled & cut into small pieces
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cups diced baby bella or white mushrooms (about 4 mushrooms)
3 tablespoons gluten free tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspons Thai fish sauce
25 frozen cooked, deveined shrimp (medium size, 51-60 count)
2 eggs, lightly scrambled
3 green onions, chopped
optional: add sriracha sauce for a spicy kick

Cook the quinoa, fluff with a fork & transfer to a large bowl.
Thaw the shrimp in a bowl filled with cold water. Let them sit a few minutes in the water until thawed. Remove the tails. Set aside.
Heat a large sauté pan with the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onions & garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, peas & mushrooms, soy sauce & fish sauce (add sriracha if desired) Cook another 3 minutes & add the shrimp. Cook a few minutes until everything is nice & hot.
While the veggies & shrimp are cooking, scramble the eggs in another pan. Cook them in the olive oil over medium heat. Chop them up with a spatula.
Add the egg & shrimp/veg mix to the quinoa. Combine well. Top each serving with some green onion. Serve with soy sauce & sriracha as condiments.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quinoa & Shrimp “Fried Rice”

This Quinoa and Shrimp “Fried Rice” recipe is a healthy alternative to high calorie take-out food. Super easy to prepare!

4 servings

1 cup dry quinoa, cook to package directions
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 carrots, peeled & cut into small pieces
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cups diced baby bella or white mushrooms (about 4 mushrooms)
3 tablespoons gluten free tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspons Thai fish sauce
25 frozen cooked, deveined shrimp (medium size, 51-60 count)
2 eggs, lightly scrambled
3 green onions, chopped
optional: add sriracha sauce for a spicy kick

Cook the quinoa, fluff with a fork & transfer to a large bowl.
Thaw the shrimp in a bowl filled with cold water. Let them sit a few minutes in the water until thawed. Remove the tails. Set aside.
Heat a large sauté pan with the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onions & garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, peas & mushrooms, soy sauce & fish sauce (add sriracha if desired) Cook another 3 minutes & add the shrimp. Cook a few minutes until everything is nice & hot.
While the veggies & shrimp are cooking, scramble the eggs in another pan. Cook them in the olive oil over medium heat. Chop them up with a spatula.
Add the egg & shrimp/veg mix to the quinoa. Combine well. Top each serving with some green onion. Serve with soy sauce & sriracha as condiments.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quinoa & Shrimp “Fried Rice”

This Quinoa and Shrimp “Fried Rice” recipe is a healthy alternative to high calorie take-out food. Super easy to prepare!

4 servings

1 cup dry quinoa, cook to package directions
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 carrots, peeled & cut into small pieces
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cups diced baby bella or white mushrooms (about 4 mushrooms)
3 tablespoons gluten free tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspons Thai fish sauce
25 frozen cooked, deveined shrimp (medium size, 51-60 count)
2 eggs, lightly scrambled
3 green onions, chopped
optional: add sriracha sauce for a spicy kick

Cook the quinoa, fluff with a fork & transfer to a large bowl.
Thaw the shrimp in a bowl filled with cold water. Let them sit a few minutes in the water until thawed. Remove the tails. Set aside.
Heat a large sauté pan with the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onions & garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, peas & mushrooms, soy sauce & fish sauce (add sriracha if desired) Cook another 3 minutes & add the shrimp. Cook a few minutes until everything is nice & hot.
While the veggies & shrimp are cooking, scramble the eggs in another pan. Cook them in the olive oil over medium heat. Chop them up with a spatula.
Add the egg & shrimp/veg mix to the quinoa. Combine well. Top each serving with some green onion. Serve with soy sauce & sriracha as condiments.

~ Marla Meridith

Mexican Pan Seared Salmon Kabobs

You can have this delicious Mexican inspired meal on the table in under 30 minutes! Protein packed, super healthy & full of flavor!

4 servings

1 1/2 pound fresh salmon filets, skin removed
1/2 red onion cut into 1 inch pieces
–For the marinade
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp mild ancho chile powder
1 tsp dry dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
–For the beans
2 (15.5 ounce) cans BUSH’S® Black Bean Fiesta™
1/4 cup diced yellow pepper 
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
–You will also need
4 wooden skewers

Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes. This is so they will not burn.
Cube the salmon into 1 inch pieces.  Cut the onion to roughly the same size, peeling off each piece into one layer.
Make the marinade: whisk together all the marinade ingredients.
Thread the salmon and onion onto the four skewers.
Place them in a shallow dish so they are flat. Cover with the marinade. With clean hands make sure the marinade covers all sides of the salmon.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes to let the flavors soak in.
Pour 1 tbsp of olive oil into a 12″ cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. 
When the pan is hot, place the skewers in the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the salmon is done to your liking.
Heat the beans on the stove top or microwave. Top with the confetti of yellow pepper, onion and cilantro.
Plate the salmon and beans separately and serve while hot.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Lemon Garlic Shrimp Skewers

We love these easy and delicious skewers for summer entertaining. Use them in so many recipes!

2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste
4 lemons, thinly sliced and halved
–for topping
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
chopped fresh parsley leaves

Make the marinade: Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, thyme and smoked paprika. Season to taste with some salt and pepper.
Place the shrimp in a zip top bag and marinate with the marinade for 30 minutes up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Pre heat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit with the the rack in the middle.
Soak wooden skewers in water before using so they don’t burn. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Thread 4-5 shrimp onto the skewers alternating with the sliced lemons.
Place the skewers onto the baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until pink, firm and cooked through.
Plate the skewers. Melt the butter. Drizzle it over the shrimp, sprinkle on the parsley.
Serve immediately.
*see notes for grilling

If using the grill: I like metal skewers for the grill best. Season the grill with some canola oil. Pre heat the grill to medium high. Grill skewers for 3 minutes on each side or until pink, firm and cooked through. Plate and finish with the melted butter and freshly chopped parsley.

~ Marla Meridith

Spaghetti with Shrimp & Vegetables

We love this pasta, loaded with so many fresh and great for you ingredients. A light meal that can be served any time of the year.

4 servings

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1/2 lb medium sized shrimp (26-30 count), unpeeled, tails on
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 roma tomato
1 cup broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
1 bell pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup sliced mushrooms
splash of dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
chopped green onion for topping

If your shrimp is frozen, thaw in cold water. Devein the shrimp if they aren’t all ready.
Cook the spaghetti to package directions. Drain and toss with some olive oil.
Heat the oil and butter in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the shallots and garlic for 5 minutes. Stir in the smoked paprika and shrimp. Cook 3 minutes. Add in the tomato, broccoli, pepper and mushrooms and the wine. Cook for another 5 minutes, or the veggies are cooked to your liking. Stir often and make sure the shrimp are cooking on all sides.
Stir in the pasta, cook just until the pasta is warm again, 1-2 minutes.
Top with green onion and serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Spaghetti with Shrimp & Vegetables

We love this pasta, loaded with so many fresh and great for you ingredients. A light meal that can be served any time of the year.

4 servings

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1/2 lb medium sized shrimp (26-30 count), unpeeled, tails on
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 roma tomato
1 cup broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
1 bell pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup sliced mushrooms
splash of dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
chopped green onion for topping

If your shrimp is frozen, thaw in cold water. Devein the shrimp if they aren’t all ready.
Cook the spaghetti to package directions. Drain and toss with some olive oil.
Heat the oil and butter in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the shallots and garlic for 5 minutes. Stir in the smoked paprika and shrimp. Cook 3 minutes. Add in the tomato, broccoli, pepper and mushrooms and the wine. Cook for another 5 minutes, or the veggies are cooked to your liking. Stir often and make sure the shrimp are cooking on all sides.
Stir in the pasta, cook just until the pasta is warm again, 1-2 minutes.
Top with green onion and serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Spaghetti with Shrimp & Vegetables

We love this pasta, loaded with so many fresh and great for you ingredients. A light meal that can be served any time of the year.

4 servings

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1/2 lb medium sized shrimp (26-30 count), unpeeled, tails on
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 roma tomato
1 cup broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
1 bell pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup sliced mushrooms
splash of dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
chopped green onion for topping

If your shrimp is frozen, thaw in cold water. Devein the shrimp if they aren’t all ready.
Cook the spaghetti to package directions. Drain and toss with some olive oil.
Heat the oil and butter in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the shallots and garlic for 5 minutes. Stir in the smoked paprika and shrimp. Cook 3 minutes. Add in the tomato, broccoli, pepper and mushrooms and the wine. Cook for another 5 minutes, or the veggies are cooked to your liking. Stir often and make sure the shrimp are cooking on all sides.
Stir in the pasta, cook just until the pasta is warm again, 1-2 minutes.
Top with green onion and serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo with Salmon

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Salmon Tacos with Sesame Cucumber Salad

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