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DIY Gifts for Your Favorite Foodies!

Dipping Oils and Flavored Vinegar

Written by Gayle

These gifts for foodies are so much fun to make and give! The vinegar takes about a month for the flavors to “marry”, so be sure to let your loved one know before they pop it open for a tasty salad!

Flavored Vinegar

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Place your chosen flavorings in a quart-sized jar. For these three, I used
Raspberries and fresh mint leaves (I used champagne vinegar)
Slices of lemon peel, sliced garlic cloves, chopped fresh rosemary (I used white wine vinegar)
Fresh cranberries (I used rice vinegar)

Pour the vinegar over the items into the jars. Cover with a non-metal lid (or put a piece of plastic wrap between the lid and the jar). Refrigerate for about three to four weeks, swirling it around every day.
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After a month or so, pour the contents through a strainer and then into your chosen bottles (with a funnel). Add a gift tag (mine were just printable business cards that I got at an office supply store) with a ribbon. Viola!

Italian Sun-Dried Tomato Dipping Oil

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I love to use dipping oil on bread when we eat Italian food. Here’s a simple recipe to do it yourself!

1/4 tsp each dried italian herbs–basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary
1 TBSP chopped sun-dried tomato (the kind that is packed in oil)
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly-ground pepper
1/2 TBSP chopped fresh organic parsley
3 TBSP grated organic parmesan cheese
2 cups Organic Extra-virgin Olive Oil

In a small pan, heat 1/4 cup of olive oil. add the herbs and the garlic, and just heat until softened.
Remove from the heat and let cool. Add the rest of the ingredients and the rest of the oil and then blend well. Pour into a bottle and allow to sit for several hours before serving. You can pour into gift bottles and spread a bit of your kitchen magic around to your friends and family! These should be used within about a week, or kept in the refrigerator.

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Happy gift-giving from Lassen’s!

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Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

Written by Denae

Something tasty, high in protein, and still seasonal is a nice break from all the treats that come around this season! Instead of feeling chained to bringing a cookies platter to your work potluck, surprise everyone with this delicious pumpkin hummus!

The seasonings are so easy to play around with too, which is nice if you want to spice things up a bit! See what I did there 😉

We hope you enjoy this lovely and INSANELY easy dish!

Love,

Lassens

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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth throughout, be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally while blending.
  2. Serve with vegetables, chips, crackers, in wraps and sandwiches, or whatever else your little heart desires for this hummus!
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One Pan Salmon Roasted Asparagus

One Pan Salmon Roasted Asparagus

Written by Denae with recipe from Salty Girl Seafood

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One Pan Salmon Roasted Asparagus
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut bottom 1/3 off of asparagus. Place on cooking sheet.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on asparagus, add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Place Salty Girl Seafood salmon on top of asparagus.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until salmon flakes easily with fork.
  6. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley (optional) - Enjoy!
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Written by Denae

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I kind of have an obsession with shrimp. It’s not as severe as my obsession with coconut, but you can only imagine how happy coconut shrimp makes me! I’m also constantly on the lookout for making recipes that are easy, fast, and tasty! Aside from some manual labor on the shrimp, which can easily be avoided by purchasing shrimp that are already shelled and deveined, this meal is super fast!

The tart lime and flavorful seasonings make this dish a real treat. Although I always pick quinoa over rice, it can be served with rice and still be wonderful. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook your quinoa (or rice) according to the instructions on the bag. I add the juice of half a lime to the water to give the quinoa more flavor.
  2. If you bought shrimp that wasn't already shelled and veined, these pictures will help you. Pinch the end of the shrimp and pull the shell off the surface, then remove the feet from the bottom of the shrimp. After, cut along the outside of the shrimp, just deep enough to see the colored vein. Remove the vein from the shrimp and throw away.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep pan. Toss in those shrimp and drizzle with the other half of the lime as they turn from gray/blue to pink. This should only take about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the drained black beans and drained sweet corn. Mix in the spices. Mix in the quinoa. Simmer until everything is warmed up.
  5. Serve with freshly chopped cilantro and a sliver of lime. Voila! Dinner served and family is happy 🙂
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Should you get on the Paleo bandwagon?

Eatin’ Like a Caveman… or Woman…

by Gayle

There has been a lot of chatter about the Paleo Diet lately.  Have you wondered what it is all about?
 
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Well, it is basically eating what our cave ancestors in the Paleolithic Age ate.  

Meat

 
 
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Free-range or grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, poulty, fish and other seafood, eggs, and game meats.  According to the Paleo Diet, our diet should be comprised of between 20-35% of calories provided by protein, instead of the 15% that the Western Diet has now.  There are many vitamins and minerals in meats as well.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

 
 
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Non-starchy, low-glycemic fresh fruits and vegetables provide much more fiber than other (grain based) carbohydrates.  They are slowly digested and absorbed, unlike refined carbohydrates.  And of course we know that fresh fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals essential for good health.
 
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Nuts and Seeds

 
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These provide healthy fats as well as protein and fiber.

Healthy Oils

 
 
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Olive, coconut, walnut, flaxseed, avocado, and macadamia.  These fats provide healthy monosaturated and Omega-3 fats.

A diet of the the above foods will provide a balance between acid-producing and alkaline-producing foods, which helps prevent conditions that thrive in an acid environoment.

This website says that a “lifetime of excessive dietary acid may promote bone and muscle loss, high blood pressure and increased risk for kidney stones and may aggravate asthma and excercise-induced asthma.”  This diet balances acid and alkaline.

The Paleo Diet also increases the dietary intake of potassium and lowers the intake of sodium.

Our hearts, kidneys and other organs depend on potassium to function properly.  When sodium intake is higher and potassium intake is lower, we are at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes.

 

What Should I Not Eat?

Dairy Products, Cereal Grains, Refined Sugars, Legumes (including peanuts), Starchy Vegetables such as Potatoes, Salt, Refined Oil, and Processed Foods.

There is a lot that makes sense in the Paleo Diet.  We do have a lot of diseases and conditions that are caused by our modern diet and lifestyle.  And eliminating refined foods certainly would help our overall health.  
 
Following the paleo diet is healthy and nutritious, and there are lots of ways that you can combine foods to make delicious breakfasts. They don’t all involve eggs, either! Here are just 10 paleo diet-friendly recipes to try out for your breakfasts.
 
Here is a fun chart to help you understand how to know if a food complies with the Paleo Plan.
 
 
I’m not sure I agree with the “That crap will kill you,” but this chart does help clarify what is Paleo and what isn’t!

Have You Tried the Paleo Diet?

Please comment if you have tried the Paleo Diet and let us know what you think.  Is it hard to eat the Paleo way?

Lassen’s carries everything you need to eat on the Paleo Diet!

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In upcoming posts I will share some recipes that comply with the Paleo Diet Plan!

 
Love,
 
Lassen’s