One month already?

I am closing in on a month without meat, other than seafood and shellfish.  Sounds fancy, right?  It’s been much easier than I thought it could be. Keeping fish in my diet has definitely made the transition from eating meat every day a whole helluva lot easier than if I went cold turkey vegetarian.  I’ve decided that I want to try and keep on this route and if I decide to have meat here and there I won’t beat myself up, but I really don’t want it.  Though I think if we went out and got chicken wings I’d probably need a bib and someone to stop me once my buttons start to pop.

My go-to items for the month were salmon and shrimp since they are the items I have the most experience with.  Tacos, soups, baked, sauteed, etc.  I’ve been more than satisfied and I haven’t had that super gross feeling I typically have after eating chicken or red meat that is almost like trying to digest a cinder block.

Here are a couple of photos, one from a few days ago and one from what I am making right now:

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salmon made in the cast iron pan topped with bok choy sauteed with onions and ponzu sauce and steamed vegetables

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shrimp broth ready to simmer in my crock pot for dinner tonight and shrimp in a marinade in the background, they will swim in lemon juice and soy sauce until it’s time to add them to the soup

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Now if only they had recipes for cooking these little guys who sneak into my house.(I’m kidding!!  I couldn’t eat one of these cutie pies <3)

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Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Salsa

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A few years back I worked in a restaurant that specialized in seafood in Beaufort, South Carolina.  One of my favorite menu items was their fried green tomatoes with shrimp salsa. The taste was immense!

The other day while shopping I spied with my little eye a basket of green tomatoes at the grocery store.  I had to get them and create deliciousness to share with the world.  Here is a super simple recipe I promise that you can make yourself and be proud of!

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

1 green tomato

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1 tbsp parmesan cheese

1 egg

3 tbsp milk(any kind, I used almond)

1/2 cup flour

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil

Let me give it to you easy, wash and dry your tomatoes and then slice them at about 1/4 inch thickness.  Set them to the side and turn on your pan to medium heat, added olive oil to the bottom so that there is a thin layer.  Prep three stations: 1. Place your flour on a plate, for dredging. 2. Get a bowl for your egg and milk, mix.  3. Another bowl or plate for you panko and parmesan cheese mix. Then it literally is as easy as 1,2,3.  Dredge your slices in the flour, dip them in the egg mixture and then evenly coat your tomato slice with the panko crumbs.  Top with a little salt and pepper and pop those puppies in the pan.  Don’t over crowd and make sure you check for even browning.  Once they are nice and browned, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to help soak up excess oil.

You could use regular breadcrumbs, I just enjoy panko because it gives them such a crunch and it’s an awesome balance because the tomato inside and nice and juicy.

Easy, right?  Only one thing can be easier, the shrimp salsa!  It’s as easy as cooking, peeling and chopping up 6 medium shrimp and tossing them into a cup of your favorite salsa.  Homemade or in a can, it doesn’t matter. Mix it up and serve either on top of your ‘maters or on the side.

Sounds way more fancy than you’d think it’d be with so little work involved.

Grilled Cheese 2.0

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Staying away from meat has been interesting. I am happy that I chose the pescetarian route since I can still enjoy fish/seafood/shellfish and get more iron in my diet, more easily. My mother has anemia and I really don’t want it.Tonight, after sautéing sliced zucchini in olive oil with garlic powder, black pepper and himalayan salt, I layered it into my grilled cheese sandwich, something I have been craving for quite a while. It was sooooo delicious.

Washing it down with green tea and watching Alice in Wonderland while the sun sets.
I like my start to the new year smile.gifAny others out there who have recently changed their diets?