Edamame Salad with Fresh Beets and Chickpeas

Edamame Salad with Fresh Beets

  Edamame salad is a nutritious high protien, high fiber salad. I make mine with steamed edamame, canned chickpeas(drained and rinsed), diced red onion, and fresh beets(peeled and diced). Top with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette or create your own dressing.

This salad is packed with protein and fiber. Great for anyone on a diet. Serve alone or along with grilled chicken or fish.

Grilled Stuffed Portabella Mushroom Caps

Grilled Stuffed Portabella Caps
Grilled Portabella caps are a summertime favorite and nice alternative to grilled meat. Select large, fresh portabella caps and rinse them well. Use a small spoon to remove any remaining stem.
Image on left is a portabella cap with a small piece of stem remaining. Image on right has stem removed.

Combine equal parts of worcestershire sauce and olive oil, and use enough to saturate mushroom caps as a quick marinade. Let caps rest in marinade for at least 15 minutes.

Place marinated caps on a preheated grill over medium-low heat. Grill stemside facing down for 5-6 minutes with grill cover closed. Flip and top with your favorite cheese. Use different cheeses on seperate mushroom caps. I sometimes use fresh mozzarella, and blue cheese crumbles. Don't be afraid to experiment!  Grill for an additional 5-6 minutes with cover closed.

Image on left is a portabella cap with fresh mozzarella. Image on right is topped with blue cheese crumbles.


Marinated Pork Loin Filets Grilled

Marinated Pork Loin Filets on the Grill

   Many supermarkets sell marinated pork tenderloins and marinated pork loin filets. These can be great summertime grilling items that save you time. I recently purchased a Hatfield Italian Style marinated pork loin filet. A pork loin filet is basically a small center cut pork loin, or a larger center cut boneless pork loin that has been split in half for a smaller roast. It is not a pork tenderloin. Although a pork loin filet is not a pork tenderloin they are still very tender and extra juicy because of the marinating in the cryovac bag. Not recommended for anyone on a low salt diet!
  Grill the marinated pork loin fillets on a preheated grill on medium low heat. Cook for about 6 minutes give a quarter turn without flipping and cook for another 6 minutes to get the criss cross grill marks. Flip and repeat process. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes.
Hatfield Italian Style Pork Loin Filet
Nutrition info per 4 oz. serving:
Calories: 130
Calories from fat: 40
Total fat: 4g  6%
Saturated Fat: 1.5g 8%
Cholesterol 50mg  17%
Sodium: 410 mg  17%
Protein 19g


Fresh CT Local Fish

 CT Fresh Kokanee Salmon And Rainbow Trout

   Kokanee salmon are landlocked sockeye salmon that can be caught in various lakes around the U.S. They are commonly caught between the 10 to 18 inch size, with 18 inches about the maximum. They have a life span of 4 to 5 years and reach peak size just before spawning.
The top fish is a Kokanee Salmon caught in a Northwest CT lake approximately 18 inches. Below it is a 14 inch rainbow trout caught in the same lake.

These fish are best prepared by first scaling, and filleting. Cook fillets in a large frying pan with butter/ and or olive oil, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh squeezed lemon to taste. When fresh caught these fish have a very mild and delicate flavor and do not need to be over seasoned. Cook fillets approximately 5 minutes per side over medium to medium high heat, don't overcook.