Prosciutto Wrapped Cod on a Chorizo Bean Bed

That’s a mouthful!!  And I’m not just talking about the title!! This is a meal all in itself, and it explodes with all kinds of flavors!!  Not gonna lie, it is a little intense, so if you aren’t a fan of big flavors I have a recommendation: either make just the cod, just the beans, or make both but keep them seperate. I am going to explain the recipe as the original presents it, but you can adjust it how ever it pleases you. :). 
So, here’s what you need:

  • 4 Fillets of Cod 
  • 8 Thin slices of Prosciutto
  • 3 Tbsp Grassfed Butter or Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion (or a Small Shallot), Finely Chopped
  • 1 tsp Thyme 
  •  1 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 Link Chorizo (4 oz)
  • 1 Can Cannellini Beans (15 oz)
  • 1/4 C Chicken Stock (preferably low sodium)
  • 4 Lemon Wedges
  • Salt and Pepper

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Season the cod with salt and pepper. Wrap each fillet in two pieces of prosciutto, offsetting the seams so they don’t come undone too easy. :).  Set them seam side down while you prepare to cook them. 
  2. Melt 2 Tbsp butter or oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add Cod seam side down and cook until prosciutto gets crispy, 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 4 minutes or so, until the other side is crispy and the fish is cooked through. It should flake easily with a fork.  Set aside. 
  3. Add 1 Tbsp butter or oil back to the pan and melt over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Stir in thyme and oregano and cook 30 seconds
  4. Crumble in your chorizo and cook until starting to brown. If your chorizo renders a large amount of grease, I would drain it off. (You will be able to tell from my pictures that I didn’t think of that in time for my own meal haha). Add beans and broth, and cook, scraping up any yummy bits. Let liquid reduce, about 3 minutes. 
  5. Place cod fillets on top, cover, and let everything get warm for about 1 minute. Top with lemon wedges and serve!

Peectures!!

  
Salt and pepper da feesh. 

  
Wrap da feesh. 

   
 

Cook da feesh. 

  
Yummy feesh!

  
Chorizo!! You need about 4 oz. 

  
Sauté dem onions

  
Add your chorizo

  
Chop it up and cook until starting to brown. 

  
Add the beans and broth. 

  
Cook until reduced. 

  
Yummy

   
 

Add the fish back on top and warm through

      

Add your lemon wedges and serve! Boom. 
 

Flavorful Bacon Wrapped Chorizo Meatloaf

Those of you who follow me regularly know that it has been just a few weeks since my first chorizo experience.  In summary?  Lifechanging.  Because I have now vowed to eat chorizo all the time.  It has a beautiful flavor, it can be used so many ways…and I looked it up…no sugar added!!  Wooohoooo!!  Can’t get much better than that!

 

So here is chorizo cooking, round two!!  This was awesome.  You may remember my fear of meatloaf, because of growing up watching shows where the wife thinks her husband loves it…but he secretly pays the kids to eat it and they all shovel it into the dogs mouth when mom isn’t looking.  I don’t know why that is so etched into my mind, but alas.  I have meatloaf phobia.  But this…oh this meatloaf!  Talk about flavor, and my husband really did love it!!  I would know because I don’t have any kids for him to pay, and there was no meatloaf remains on my dog’s fur or breath.  😉  So I will confidently declare this recipe Mr. Rodgers approved!  Though it is wrapped in bacon, so that’s kind of a no brainer.   Speaking of bacon, I ate bacon for lunch.  That’s healthy, right?  :/

Anyways, back to meatloaf!

 

This recipe is inspired by the great paleomg.com!  I had originally intended on making it almost exact to the recipe…but some of the ingredients I had bought for this recipe I some how had a brain fart and used up in other meals.  So when I got to this meatloaf I realized I didn’t have a bunch of things, so I got to be spontaneous…dig through my fridge and use whatever veggies and things I could find!  Which is fun.  Feel free to adapt it to what you have available too!  So….

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 8 oz Chorizo (that is about the size of one large “link” in the set of two I get at my store)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 C Flax Meal
  • 2 Carrots, Chopped
  • 1/4 Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Celery Heart, Chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 4 Slices Bacon, Cut in half
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Optional: Chipotle Mayo to Garnish (I would have done this if I had time to make an approved mayo that Mr. Rodgers can eat, but I was in a hurry!)

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*
  2. Take all of your meatloaf ingredients (except the bacon and the mayo if you are using it!) and combine in a bowl.
  3. Dump this mixture into a loaf pan and form evenly.
  4. Lay the halved bacon across the entire top of the meatloaf, tucking it in as well as possible.
  5. Cook for about an hour and 15 minutes, then broil JUST long enough to get some crispiness to your bacon.  Broilers burn things FAST so watch it the whole time!

And bam!  You are ready to go with a meatloaf that husbands around the world will adore!! 😀

Let’s see some pictures!

Chorizo Loaf 1

Get your beef and chorizo!

Chorizo Loaf 2

Add the rest of your meatloaf ingredients (minus the bacon!).  Combine well!

Chorizo Loaf 3

Form it into a loaf pan.  Look at how it is marbled with the different meat colors, I love it!

Chorizo Loaf 5

Lay the halved bacon over the whole top surface of the meatloaf, tucking the edges in as well as you can.

Chorizo Loaf 6

Cook for an hour and 15 minutes or so, then broil just a few minutes to get crisp bacon!

Chorizo Loaf 7

Ahhhhhhh isn’t that just the best?!  I could go for some of that right now!!

 

Okay, so here are a few photos from the lovely Mr. Rodgers.  He was SO excited about this meatloaf that as I grabbed dishes and things to set the table, I turned around to him snapping pictures on his phone saying things like “Look at this steam!  You have to capture this before it goes away!!  LOOK at this!”  🙂  His enthusiasm made me so happy I just had to share some of his steam pictures…please forgive the slight clutter in the back ground!

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Do you see the steam?!  🙂  Isn’t he just the cutest?!  And of course he WOULD take a picture with a guitar in the background.  😉

 

So there you go.  Yummy, healthy, paleo, Mr. Rodgers approved meatloaf with butt kickin flavor!  😀 😀 😀 😀

 

Chorizo Butternut Black Bean Soup

How’s that for a title, eh?!  And that isn’t even mentioning the leek, or cabbage, or garlic…this soup is just CRAMMED with good stuff.

 

This soup also makes me laugh.  You want to know why?  Well…it came out of this beautiful book (I don’t think I’ve showed you this one yet, also from my favorite store 5 Below…which means I probably paid $4 for the thing!)

 

100 Best Fresh Soups

(If you are interested in it and don’t have a 5 Below, it’s on Amazon, I just checked!)

Anyways, back to my laughing…you see, I SAY this recipe came out of that book…but it was originally Sausage and Red Cabbage Soup…with potatoes and black eyed peas and cream…

Then one thing led to another…and now it is nothing like the original!  But I must still give credit, because this beautiful soup never would have happened without the inspiration of this lovely little book!

It started with the potatoes… Mr. Rodgers can’t have potatoes!  My first thought was “Well, I can just use sweet potatoes…wait!  Mr. Rodgers can’t have sweet potatoes either…what is kind of like a sweet potato???  Butternut squash!  We’ll try that.”  Step one in the transformation.

Then came the black eyed peas.  They are probably fine…but the husband has a specific list of what beans/legumes he can and cannot have…some are “eat every chance you get,” like black beans.  Some are “in moderation,” like chick peas.  So I just wasn’t sure about the black eyed peas, I’d hate to make something he couldn’t eat, or would be a bit of a compromise.  So I decided what the heck, I have a pantry full of black beans, we’ll use those instead.

Then I went to 3 or 4 stores looking for sausages without sugar or corn syrup or dextrose…NOTHING!  So annoying!!  But I grabbed some chorizo for a meatloaf recipe I will make later…NO SUGAR!  Hmmmm…I’ll use that for my soup too!

Then I went to add my almond milk instead of cream…and it was expired.  I guess this will be a brothy soup.

And there you have it.  Soup transformation.  I was so nervous because of all the changes…but this soup was BEAUTIFUL!  I can’t even describe how great the flavors worked together, and how comforting it was!  And I have to tell you…the day I made this was just the best day ever!!  I will tell you more about it in my pictures!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Grassfed Butter
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Leek, Sliced (I had never used a leek before!  Life changing!  YouTube will show you how to cut them if its your first time!)
  • 6 C Chicken Stock
  • 1 Small Butternut Squash, Cubed (About 1 lb)
  • 1/2 lb Chorizo (or more…it was enough, but I might add more if I make it again to be more “paleo”)
  • 1/4 Large Red Cabbage, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • Salt and Pepper

 

And here’s how you do it!

Note:  I used the chorizo in a way I am sure it was not intended, but I loved the outcome!  If you prefer to use it as a ground meat, feel free to brown it up before hand and add it back in right before the broth!  I wanted larger bites of meat, so I cooked it like you would a dumpling….and it worked!  I was so excited!!

  1. Prep all your veggies!  It’s easiest to have them all ready in bowls so you can dump as you go…but if you prefer to chop as you go that’s up to you!
  2. Melt your oil/butter in a soup pot over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook about 3 minutes, until starting to get tender
  3. Add the leek and cook another 3 minutes or so.  Doesn’t it smell good?!
  4. Stir in the broth, add the butternut squash.  Now comes my crazy chorizo cooking method.  Since it came in a tubular shape, I cut it into small bite sized pieces and dropped it into the soup like dumplings and let it boil!  And it worked!  I was left with little chorizo bites throughout the soup!  Yay!!  Some oil from the chorizo will rise to the top of the soup…if this bothers you, use a spoon to remove it!  I left it though and it was perfectly fine.
  5. Add salt and pepper, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Stir in your red cabbage and black beans and cook 5-10 more minutes until the cabbage is starting to get tender.  Check your squash and make sure it is tender (but preferably not falling apart).  Spoon into bowls and top with some fresh cracked pepper!!

 

 

Peectures!

 

Chorizo Soup 1

The great gathering of the ingredients!

Chorizo Soup 2

Prepped and ready!

Chorizo Soup 3

Sauté onions and garlic for 3 minutes, add leeks and repeat!

Chorizo Soup 4

Add broth…

Chorizo Soup 5

If you’re curious, this is how I cut my chorizo…just little bite size pieces…

Chorizo Soup 6

Add squash and chorizo and simmer for 20-25 minutes…

Chorizo Soup 7

Look at that beautiful color that comes from the chorizo!  Since I had never used it I did a little research, and that red color is from the peppers they use!

Chorizo Soup 8

Add cabbage and black beans, gently stir in, and cook an additional 5-10 minutes, until the cabbage is tender but the squash is not falling apart.

Chorizo Soup 9

Bam!  Scoop into bowls and serve!

Chorizo Soup 10

See my little chorizo meat balls?  Delicious!!

Chorizo Soup 11

I was so pleased with how the flavors played off each other…not to mention all the great textures!

Chorizo Soup 12

Yummy.  I’m sad it’s gone now.  Didn’t last long.

 

 

And now you get to see why I had the best day ever.  You know the first part…I adapted a recipe, took lots of risks, and it was successful!!  Great feeling already!!  Not only that, but I had been instructed to sleep in by my fabulous husband so I felt rested (it’s amazing you should try it!).  Then the sun came out and I got to lay in the grass near my flower bed, eat yummy soup, and spend time with my sweet Jesus.  Lately I have really been trying to cut back on the movies and tv shows, and spend more time just “be-ing.”  Having real moments, be they productive moments, thoughtful moments, “connected with others” moments (I’m bad at that one, Lord help me!),  prayerful moments…let me tell you, it’s only been a few days, and already I notice a difference.  My home is full of peace when I focus on abstaining from distractions and instead just “being.”  You guys should try it.  Aim for moments like these:

 

Chorizo Soup 13

I don’t know why I ever forget how good life can be when you stop to enjoy the weather (all kinds,) to enjoy a good hearty meal, and to talk to my Creator!!  Speaking of…wanna see some of the lovely flowers I got to enjoy on this “best day ever”?

 

Chorizo SOup 14

Pink!

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Stripey!  I love how full the stripey ones get!

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And my beautiful sunflower, the only one that has bloomed so far…she’s a survivor…broken nearly in half and still grew up from the ground and bloomed!  There’s gotta be a lesson in that!!

 

Okay, forgive me, this blog is getting way too long.  I will bid you goodnight…I hope you love my soup, and feel inspired to enjoy it in quiet, undistracted peace!!

Chef of Honor: Carmen Lucero with Authentic Mexican Classics!

Tostadas with Spanish Rice!!  Ohhhh yum!!!  This is from my dear friend Carmen!!  This came about because our men were at a bachelor party doing man things, smoking their cigars (I’ll never understand what they see in those) and playing poker…and our party had long been over so we came to my little home to hang out until they were done, haha!  As we sat there chatting and just getting to know one another better, we discovered something.  We both LOVE cooking…and watching Food Network!  I was so excited to have a foodie in my house that could understand my passion!  Suddenly I realized…it has been way too long since I have featured a Chef of Honor, and I had one sitting right in front of me!  So I asked if she would sent me a recipe to feature!  She was super excited!!  These Tostadas with Spanish Rice are truly something special, because Carmen can cook pretty much anything well, but whenever she offers to cook her boyfriend and his family dinner, without hesitation they all beg for this meal!!  And now the secret is out and you all get to see what all the hype is about!!!  Try it out!!  This is also awesome because you get a two for one deal!!!  Are you read?  I’m ready!!!  Here ya gooooooo!

 

Sideote…I have heard a rumor that she also makes her own refried beans…perhaps I will have to bother her for that recipe too!!!

 

So, here’s what you need:

Tostadas

1 pkg corn tortillas

4 cups vegetable oil

16 oz can refried beans

Beef or pork chorizo

Shredded cheese

Shredded lettuce

 

Spanish rice

2 cups white rice

½ cup chopped white onion

1 tsp butter

1-4oz can tomato sauce

2 tsp chicken bouillon

4 cups water

Salt

 

Procedure: (Prepare rice 1st because it takes the longest)

 

Rice:

  1. Allow butter to melt into a sauce pan
  2. Add white rice to sauce pan to lightly brown rice
  3. Add white onion until softened and allow rice to brown a little more
  4. Add tomato sauce and water to sauce pan
  5. Add chicken bouillon
  6. Cover sauce pan and allow rice to cook on a low flame for approximately 20 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed
  7. After properly cooked, add salt to desired taste

 

Tostadas:

 

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a pan with a medium flame
  2. Place one corn tortilla into heated vegetable oil and using tongs, soak tortilla in oil and flip until both sides are brown

Place corn tortilla onto a paper towel to soak up excess oil when removed from vegetable oil

  1. In another pan, cook chorizo until a noticeable color change
  2. Add chorizo to refried beans and allow to warm up on a low flame
  3. Spread bean-chorizo mixture on a fried corn tortilla, add shredded cheese and lettuce to top
  4. Optional: Family tradition is to added salsa and/or sour cream to top of tostada

 

Beautiful recipe!!

Carmen's Food 1

 

Don’t you want to eat that right now?!  I know I do!!  It looks like something you would get at a restaurant!

Carmen's Food 2

 

Super yum!  Try it out and let us know what you think!!