Meatless Meals-Roasted Vegetables with Sweet Potato Steak #Recipe

Sweet Potato Steaks with Roasted Veggies
Sweet potato steaks topped with roasted vegetables

I’m a meat lover, that’s no secret, but once in a while the time comes to lighten up.  Well, for me that time has come, so I’m starting the Daniel fast to help get me on track.    This recipe for Sweet Potato Steaks with roasted vegetables really filled the bill.  The fennel turns candy sweet when roasting; it’s absolutely incredible.

These are the finished veggies after roasting for an hour and fifteen minutes.
These are the finished veggies after roasting for an hour and fifteen minutes.

Sweet Potato Steaks with Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

2 zucchini

2 yellow squash

1 onion

1 red bell pepper

4 Roma tomatoes

1 fennel bulb

2 cloves of garlic

3 sprigs of fresh thyme

¼ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Chop all vegetables and place in a roasting pan that is about 2 inches deep.

Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh thyme, salt and pepper.  Mix thoroughly and roast at 400° for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Directions for Sweet Potato Steaks

Cut the sweet potato into "steaks" about a half inch thick.
Cut the sweet potato into “steaks” about a half inch thick. Saute in olive oil until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Add 1/4 cup of water and steam for 5 minutes.Top with roasted vegetables and serve

Crab and Sweet Potato Bisque Recipe

You already know how much I love a crab boil (you do know that, right?).  I prefer to have a crab boil with blue crabs but they can be hard to come by, so I’ll pick up a few pounds of frozen snow crab legs in a pinch.  We boiled some up this weekend but this time I saved the crabby, corny, sausagey broth to make crab bisque later in the week.

De-fatting chilled stock or broth
Reserve the broth from cooking the crab, corn and sausage. Chill the broth in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 1 months. If there is some fat from the sausage you can just pull it off after the broth has been chilled
Simmer rice and diced sweet potato in crab broth
Bring the broth to a boil and add 1/3 cups of rice and 1 1/2 cups of diced sweet potato. Simmer for 45 minutes. You’ll see many recipes for bisque the require a lot of cream, but traditionally bisque is thickened with rice.
Puree the crab bisque
Use an immersion blender (or a regular blender) to puree the soup until smooth. Strain the soup.
Crab and sweet potato bisque recipe
Top the soup with some crab meat, swirl in some half and half and drizzle in a bit of sherry for the grown folks


8 cups of crab broth (from the crab boil you had)

1/3  cup uncooked rice

1 -1/2 cups of diced sweet potato

8 oz back fin crab meat

1/4 cup half and half

1/4 cup dry sherry (for grown folks…it’s optional)

Bring the broth to a boil. Add the rice and sweet potato, simmer for 45 minutes.  Puree the soup and strain. (Be very careful if you use a blender to puree hot soup, it can explode.  Puree in small batches for safety)

Pour into serving bowls or cups.  Swirl half and half onto the top of the soup drizzle with sherry if you’re using that.  Add 2 tablespoons of crab meat to each bowl and serve.


Panettone French Toast Recipe

French toast, panettone, breakfast, brunch, Christmas
I made our Christmas morning breakfast French toast with panettone, an Italian fruit cake. It’s only slightly sweet with a bread like texture and its’s loaded with raisins and candies fruit rinds.  It has a more delicate flavor than the fruit cake your aunt brought last week. You’ll usually see panettone in stores in the U.S. around Christmas time

If someone brought a panettone to your Christmas party, here’s the BEST thing you can do with it.

French toast, panettone, breakfast, brunch, Christmas
Cut some of the slices in half to make it a more manageable size.  Cook the French toast in butter on a griddle or in a pan for 2-3 minutes per side. Put cooked French toast on a pan with a rack while the rest are cooking.
French toast, syrup, butter, panettone, breakfast, brunch, Christmas
Drizzle a little syrup on the finished French toast and you’re good to go

French Toast Recipe serves 8 people

1 Panettone cake about 26 ounces or 16 slices of bread

2 cups half and half

6 large eggs

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

zest of one orange about 1 Tablespoon

4 ounces of butter

Equipment: Griddle or wide shallow pan, 2 sheet pans, 2 wire racks, 1 pie plate

Slice the pannetone serving sizes about a 1/2 inch thick

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Beat half and half, eggs, sugar, vanilla and orange zest in a bowl.  Pour batter into a pie plate.

Dip panettone slices (or bread) into the batter for about 15 seconds per side. Cook the French toast in about one tablespoon of butter on griddle set to medium heat (325 degrees on an electric griddle). Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown.  Remove cooked French toast to a wire rack placed over a pan.  When all of the French toast is finished on the griddle, place the French toast (still on the pan on the wire rack) into the oven and bake for 5 minutes.

Serve with butter and syrup.

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Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Mmmm, Wouldn’t this BROWN SUGAR POUND CAKE be GORGEOUS on your holiday table! The perfect Thanksgiving dessert or Christmas Dessert but really it’s great any time of year. This cake is incredibly moist, lightly sweet, has a hint of lemon and a whole lot of DELICIOUS! (more…)

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18 pound weight loss and shrimp salad with creamy fish sauce recipe

shrimp, fish sauce, weight loss, low carb, recipe
Shrimp salad with creamy fish sauce

Congratulations to me! So far I’ve lost 18 pounds on my low carb weight loss journey.  Here’s a recipe for a typical lunch that I’ve been eating these days.  This recipe for shrimp salad with creamy fish sauce is delicious and quick to put together.   There are a few carbs in shrimp so keep that in mind when your cooking with them.

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Shrimp sauteed in garlic and ginger
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Remove the seeds of the cucumber with a spoon
Shrimp, salad, weight loss, low carb, recipe,
Mix chilled shrimp, cucumber, mayo and fish sauce

Here’s the recipe.  When you try it let me know how you like it

Shrimp salad with creamy fish sauce

Ingredients                                                                                 carbs             calories


12 ounces shrimp

1/3 clove of garlic, sliced

¼ teaspoon fresh ginger grated

8 oz (about one 8 inch) cucumber, peeled and seeded

1 Tablespoon mayonnaise

1 ½ Tablespoons fish sauce

1 teaspoon Sriracha or hot sauce





























pickled Shrimp for a party

Pickled Shrimp, a great make-ahead dish
Pickled Shrimp, a great make-ahead dish

It was our turn to host movie night last weekend and I wanted to make an appetizer that could be done ahead (it’s even better done the day before) and still taste and look great.  I made this pickled shrimp dish on Friday and served it on Saturday in a large bowl, but it would have been equally as good served in individual glasses.

A different king of shrimp cocktail
A different king of shrimp cocktail

Pickled shrimp

2# medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

Vegetable oil for sautéing

2 cloves chopped garlic

½ of a red onion, sliced thin (about ½ a cup)

1 yellow or orange sweet bell pepper, sliced thin

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, cut into halves

¾ cup olive oil

¼ cup fresh lemon juice, peel in long strips and reserve the rind (no pith please)

½ cup of red wine vinegar

1/2 cup  Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped

2 teaspoons fresh chives, chopped

Pat the shrimp dry and season with salt, paprika, cayenne and garlic powder.  Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan and heat over medium/high heat.

Sautee the shrimp with garlic in batches until they turn pink and curl.  Cool the shrimp in the refrigerator, then, layer the shrimp with onions, peppers and lemon rind.

Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar Worcestershire sauce and oregano and pour over the shrimp mixture.

Marinate the shrimp in the refrigerator overnight up to 2 days. Add fresh chopped parsley and chives when ready to serve.

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Snow Crab Boil for a lazy dinner

No recipe for this really , just a big tall pot and 3 inches of water. Add chunks of smoked sausage, thick pieces of potato and pieces of corn.  simmer until potatoes are almost tender and add crab and simmer for about 7 minutes
For 4 pounds of crab.  No recipe for this really , just  fill a large pot with 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add chunks of Cajun spiced smoked sausage (about a pound), thick chunks of potato and 5 pieces of corn. Simmer until potatoes are almost tender then add crab and simmer for about 5-7 minutes more, occasionally adjusting the crab to heat it evenly .  This feeds my family of 4 pretty well.


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