Jerk Shrimp and Lobster Chow Mein

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Todays meal was inspired by my Fitfam Juliet. She sent me a picture of a dish that Ayesha Curry made. She asked me to recreate it, I gladly accepted. I decided to recreate the dish and make it #fitfam approved. From replacing the chow mein noodles with 100% whole wheat pasta and baking the plantain instead of frying, Fitfam would be proud   Below is a picture of Ayesha’s Dish.

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So here goes my take:

Ingredients

Lite Soy Sauce

oyster sauce

1/2 green pepper

1/2 red bell pepper

1/2 lemon

1 lb of shrimps

1-2 Lobster tools

1/2 head of cabbage

1 onion

olive oil

1 package of whole grain linguini

1 ripe plaintain

jerk seasoning

ginger

salt

2 habanero

cayenne pepper

fresh parsley

minced garlic

butter

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Let’s Go

First, cook your pasta for about 7-10 minutes until soft, be careful not to over cook.

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Baked Plantain

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees .Coat a baking sheet with oil or nonstick oil spray. Cut your plantain in diagonal slices about 1/2 inch thick.  Season your plaintain with salt and black pepper. Place on baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes and flip.

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Continue to back for another 7 minutes on the other side. Be carful to watch the color, making sure it doesn’t burn. Place aside

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Jerk Shrimp and Lobster

Wash and dry your seafood. Season with jerk seasoning, salt, black pepper, ginger and cayenne pepper. In a pan heat up 2 tbsp of oil oil, 1/2 chopped onion, and 2 habanero chopped. for about 2 minutes. Next add in 1 tbsp of minced garlic. Sear for 1 more minute. Add in lobster (shell up) and shrimp. Cook on one side for 5 minutes. Before flipping add in 1 tbsp of butter. Squeeze 1/2 of lemon on top of the seafood . Continue to cook for 5 more minutes until done.(shell turned pink). Set aside

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Chow Mein

In a pan heat up 3 tbsp of olive oil. Add cabbage, 1/2 chopped onion, bell peppers, and garlic . Stir fry  for about 3-4 minutes on medium high heat. Next add in 1/3 cup of Lite soy sauce and 1/4 of oyster sauce.

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Mix well. Next add in pasta, and stir constantly to blend everything . Continue to stir fry for about 2-3 minutes, top it off with fresh chopped Parsley and cayenne pepper (optional)

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Now its time to plate !!

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Beef Fried Rice (Nigerian Style)

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Fried rice is a staple meal in Nigeria, the country that I come from. Typically fried rice is made with shrimp or chicken. But Bae made a special request today, he wanted fried rice with beef. I gladly accepted the challenge. Hope you guys enjoy this recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs of fine diced stewed beef

2 yellow onions

3 habanero

thumb sized fresh ginger

2 1/2 cups of parboiled rice

1 maggi

curry

1 small bag of frozen mixed vegetables

1 large green bell pepper

 

Season your beef with your favorite seasonings ( salt, pepper, ginger, thyme,garlic powder, onion powder,Adobo etc ) Add in 1 maggi cube and 1 chopped yellow onion. Also add in 2 habanero and chopped ginger. Cover your pot and cook for 20 -30 minutes until done.  Drain meat and seat aside.

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Pour 1 and 1/2 cups of water into your broth. Next pour in parboiled rice into the broth mixture ( make sure the broth is covering the rice) Begin to cook on medium heat until boiled. Cover the pot and allow to cook until all the liquid is dried up, making sure the rice is not to soft.

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Ok now time for the frying part.

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Set up your ingredients, like above. I  like to fry my rice in batches. So in a frying pan heat up 2 tbsp of oil. Throw in a small handfull of onions and green pepers, saute for 30 seconds. Then next add in a handful of veggies, stir fry for one minute. Next up add in 1 hand full of beef. Then finally add in the rice. Stir fry for another 1 minute.  Season each batch with curry powder. Repeat the above steps for every batch.

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When done combine all the batches together under medium low heat and stir with spoon for 2 minutes. Thats it your done! Enjoy

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** Fitfam option, exchange the white rice for brown rice.IMG_8742.PNG

 

 

 

 

Spinach and Chicken Stuffed Shells

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Who doesn’t love stuffing shells? Sometimes you can get carried away when it come to stuffing food items. But when your trying to eat healthy, stuffing it with spinach and your favorite low-calorie cheese is the way to go. This meal had me looking forward to meal prep. Let me take you through this cheesy goodness.

Ingredients

1 package of Jumbo Shells

1 cup of skim milk Ricotta Cheese

½ cup Parmesan cheese

½ shredded mozzarella cheese

2 tbsp of oil

2 tbsp of minced garlic

1-2 bottles of Marinara (low sodium)

½ cup of breadcrumbs

½ finely chopped basil

1 package of frozen chopped spinach

1 -2 lbs of ground chicken

½ red bell pepper and ½ green bell pepper

1 yellow onion

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees. Begin to boil pasta until al dente ( almost done ,boil for 12 minutes). Drain, run cold water over pasta, and set aside.

In a skillet, pour in olive oil, begin to sauté bell peppers and and yellow onions. Once onion and peppers are a little brown add in grounded chicken. Season with salt, pepper, garlic power and onion powder. Continue to mix with spatula, Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes until done. Set Aside

In a large mixing bowl, mix Ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Remove frozen spinach from package and sweet out excess water, add spinach into the mixture. Add in grounded chicken with 2 cooking spoons of Marinara and mix.

Line the baking Dish with marinara, take each shell and stuff it with the mixture. Continue to line the shells 1 inch apart. When done stuffing pour remaining marinara on top of each shell. Sprinkle Parmesan and Bread crumbs on top of shells.

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Cover with foil, place shells in oven and back for 25 minutes. Once done allow to cool and Enjoy !

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Healthy Thai Green Curry Shrimp

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It’s Thai Time !!! One of my favorite type of foods is Thai food. I love all the ingredients used in making thai food, coconut milk to ginger to lemongrass. This recipe was inspired by my thai loving Sister 🙂 Hope you guys enjoy the recipe. #Fitfamapproved

Ingredients

1 cup of Thai Green Curry Sauce

2 tsp mince garlic

1 tbsp of minced fresh ginger (or 1 tbsp of ground ginger)

1/2 onion (minced)

1 tsp of curry powder

1 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp of cumin powder

1/2 tsp thyme powder

1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper

1 habanero

1 tbsp of coconut oil

1/2 – 1 pound of shrimp

Brown rice

 

In a pan heat up the coconut oil for 20 seconds. Add in the minced onion, fresh ginger, and garlic. Pan sear for 1 minute. Pour in the green curry, allow to cook for 2 minutes. Next add in Shrimp and the rest of the spices. Allow to cook for 5-7 minutes.

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Serve with Rice and Enjoy.

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RoseMary Lemon Pepper Salmon and Lobster with Crab stuffed Sweet Potato

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Looking for a new meal idea to make for dinner or your meal Prep. Then this recipe is perfect for you. So many flavors interfusing to make such a yummy meal. Lets go on a flavorful ride.

Ingredients

1 lb of salmon

Fresh rosemary

Minced garlic

Olive oil

Salt

Black pepper

Garlic powder

Red Pepper Flakes

Lemon Pepper seasoning

Butter

1 egg

Bread crumbs

1 lemon

1 Lobster tail

Crab stuffed sweet potato

1 large sweet potato

3 oz of crabmeat

3 springs of green onion (chopped)

½ cup Greek yogurt

½ small yellow onion

nutmeg

 

In a bowl beat 1 egg and place aside. Take salmon pieces and dip into egg and place on a plate. Season fish with salt, black pepper,red pepper flakes, and lemon pepper. Sprinkle Break crumbs upon fish . Sprinkle chopped rosemary upon Fish and squeeze half a lemon on top of fish.

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In a pan heat up 2 TBSP of olive oil. Place fish skin down and begin to pan sear on each side for 6 minutes each. Add in 1 Tbsp. of butter into pan. Add in 1 tbsp of mince garlic into the pan. After 6 minutes, check the color of the salmon from the side it should be turning white, and then flip it. Begin to cook the other side. When done set aside

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Lobster

Cut Lobster tail into half using a sharp knife

Heat up a pan with 2 Tbsp of olive oil

Season Lobster tail with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Lemon pepper

Add in 1 tbsp of minced garlic

Pan Sear the lobster shell up for 3 minutes one side and then flip and pan sear shell down.

Continue to flip until done, and the shell is completely red, Set Aside

 

Sweet Potato

Chop and boil sweet potato. Add in greek yogurt, green onions, yellow onions, and chopped crabmeat. Season with ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, and ½ tsp of nutmeg. Using a masher mash and mix the mixture

Plate your food and Enjoy

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Jerk Crab Legs

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Its almost summer time, and who doesn’t love a cold drink with some crab legs! Jerk crab legs are so good. Try my recipe below and let me know how it goes

Ingredients

3 TBSP of butter

1 lb of crab legs

½ tsp Jerk seasoning

½ tsp Cayenne pepper

½ tsp Cajun seasoning

3 TBSP of minced garlic

1 lemon

 

Preheat Oven to 350

In a pot melt the butter, add all the seasonings and garlic to the pot and mix. Remove from heat

Coat baking pan with Olive oil. Place crab legs on a baking sheet . Lightly season Crab legs with Jerk seasoning.

Using a brush, brush butter mixture all over crabs.

Bake for 7- 10 minutes

Squeeze lemon over Crabs and enjoy

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