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Smoked Salmon, Egg & Tomato “Sandwhiches”
Asparagus with Pecorino Cheese
Strawberries with Balsamic vinaigrette

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Smoked Salmon, Egg & Tomato “Sandwhiches”

Makes 1 Sandwhich  Cook Time 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
1 large poached egg*
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon capers, rinsed and chopped
1 ounce smoked salmon
1 slice tomato
1 tsp Lemon Caper Sauce

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a small non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened about 1 minute.
  2. Assemble the sandwhich. Place 1 tsp Lemon Caper Sauce onto 1 large tomato slice top with salmon, poached egg, and sprinkle with capers.

How to poach an egg: Fill a medium pot halfway with water and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Add 1 tsp vinegar. Bring the water down to a simmer. Carefully crack an egg into a small glass and gently pour the egg into the boiling water. Let it cook 3-5 minutes (depending on your taste) and remove with a slotted spoon.

Nutrition Info per Sandwhich:
Calories 137, Fat 8.6g, Sodium 844.2mg, Carbohydrates 2.7g, Fiber 0.6g, Protein 11.9g

 

Lemon Caper Sauce

Makes 1 1/2 cups Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 c plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced red onion
1 tbsp chopped capers
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh chopped dill

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and let it sit at least 15 minutes.

Nutrition Info for about 4 tbsp:
Calories 19.8, Fat 0g, Sodium 55.9mg, Carbohydrates 1.9g, Fiber 0.1g, Protein 3.4g

 

Asparagus with Pecorino Cheese

Serves 6-8  Cook Time 6-8 minutes (Make this ahead of time)

Ingredients:

1 bunch pencil thin asparagus, bottoms removed*
1/2 c grated aged pecorino cheese
1/2 red wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
pinch of kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Cut the asparagus including the tips into very thin slices and place in a serving bowl. Add the cheese and toss.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the vinegar, oil, and salt and whisk.
  3. Mix the dressing over the asparagus and let it marinate for at least 1 hour.

Use the thinnest asparagus you can find. This is not cooked with heat. The vinegar will tenderize the asparagus and the thinner you can use the more tender it will be.

Nutrition Info per Serving:
Calories 87, Fat 6.7g, Sodium 1.8mg, Carbohydrates 4.1g, Fiber 1.9g, Protein 3.4g

 

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Serves 4-6   Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 qt. fresh strawberries, washed, trimmed and cut lengthwise in half
2 1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp No calories brown sugar blend (Splenda)
generous dash of black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place berries in a serving bowl.
  2. In a small sauce pan gently heat the sugar blend and vinegar over medium low heat until the sugar melts. Let it cool slightly and pour the mixture over the berries. Let it sit at least 20 minutes.

Nutrition Info per Serving of 4:
Calories 53.6, Fat 0.6g, Sodium 2.8mg, Carbohydrates 12.7g, Fiber 3.5g, Protein 0.9g

Recommended for patients on the Modified Profast (Fast and Flexible) Program,  Nutriplus (Balance Your Pyramid) Program or Maintenance Program.

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Scallops w/ Cucumber Salad


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Dry sea scallops have not been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate (STP). They are more flavorful and will brown properly. Too reduce more calories, omit the cashew nuts.
((2 oz = 4 Tbsp of nuts) 1 Tbsp nuts per serving)

Serves 4 Cook Time 45 minutes

Ingredients:
2 medium cucumbers
1/4 c (2 oz) roasted cashews, chopped
2 scallions, sliced thin
2 tsp lemon juice
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp serrano chile, minced
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1-1 1/4 lb dry sea scallops, tough muscle removed

Directions:

  1. Prepare salad: Peel and seed cucumbers; quarter lengthwise and slice 1/4 inch thick. Combine the cucumbers, cashews, scallions, lemon juice, oil, parsley and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Prepare scallops: Toast cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool, then coarsely chop. Combine the cumin seeds, chile, pepper and salt in a small bowl. Rinse scallops, pat dry and rub with the spice mixture. Thread the scallops onto four 12-inch skewers.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high. Oil the grill rack. Grill the scallops until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Carefully remove the scallops from the skewers. Serve warm with the cucumber salad.

Nutrition Info (with cashews): calories 300, fat 11g, protein 33g, carbohydrates 11g, sodium 420mg

 

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Sesame Salmon


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If you find yourself out of cooking spray, use a sheet of parchment paper, it’s naturally
non-stick and makes clean up a breeze.

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Serves 4 Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients:
4 (4 oz) salmon fillets
cooking spray
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp black sesame seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp Smart Balance (butter substitute)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 c sliced green onions
5 thin lemon slices
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 c arugula

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Arrange salmon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Combine seeds and a pinch of salt; sprinkle over the fish. Bake for 14 minutes or until done.

Melt butter substitute in a saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and swirl to coat. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add lemon slices and cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle onions with salt and pepper.

Place the arugula in a medium bowl and add the warm onion mixture;toss. Divide the arugula evenly onto 4 plates and top with one salmon fillet.

Nutrition Info: calories 330.8, fat 18g, protein 31.5g, carbohydrates 8.8g, sodium 237.4mg

Recommended for patients on the Modified Profast (Fast and Flexible) Program,  Nutriplus (Balance Your Pyramid) Program or Maintenance Program.

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