Category: Healthy Gourmet with Serious Foodie

Grilled Romaine with New Zealand Shrimp

We try to grill everything – we love the crisp, smoky flavors you can get from any type of grill (charcoal preferred, but gas will do). Hearts of romaine prepared on the grill is a smoky crisp surprise. Top with shrimp, corn, tomatoes, avocados, and fennel to create a unique and crunchy summer grilled romaine salad.  Easy & healthy – the way we like to rock, especially during the summer.  Try this salad with some dry rose – we like Quixote Petite Syrah Rose (deep rose-colored wine with notes of raspberry, strawberry and lavender – $20) or Il Rosé Di Casanova La Spinetta (a crisp wine, with notes of strawberry, peach blossom, citrus – $15). Click HERE to shop for the Serious Foodie products. Print Recipe Grilled Romaine with New Zealand Shripm The key to grilling any vegetable or fruit is to make sure (1) your grill is well oiled and (2) your vegetable or fruit is well oiled. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Main Dish, Seafood, Serious Foodie Sauce Cuisine New Zealand Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 4 tablespoons olive oil1/2 teaspoon Serious Foodie Asian Fusion spice […]

Pear Cranberry Salad with Fig Dressing

This simple, healthy salad comes together in minutes, and uses one of the Serious Foodie Sauces as the basis for a delicious dressing that you are bound to use time and again. Pear Cranberry Salad with Fig Dressing Ingredients 1 large bag of arugula or spring mix 1 large pear, sliced (Bosc or Anjou work best) 1/2 cup dried cranberries 3 tablespoons Serious Foodie Fig/Orange Sauce and Marinade 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (white balsamic is best) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. Salt and pepper 1/8 pound feta, crumbled Optional:  1/2 cup walnuts, chopped Directions In a large salad bowl, combine the arugula or spring mix, sliced pears, and cranberries. Whisk together the Serious Foodie Fig Sauce, vinegar, and salt & pepper.  Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Dress the salad, as desired, and toss. Add the feta cheese and optional walnuts, and toss again before serving

Simple Pulled Chicken

A favorite at any party, tail-gate, or picnic is pulled meat – chicken, pork, beef, or even lamb.  For great, flavorful pulled meat, there is the long way (sitting in front of your favorite smoker), or the short way. We have tested a number of techniques to create some wonderful BBQ-style chicken, pork, or beef recently using some of the Serious Foodie sauces (click HERE to check out all our products).  The folks that tasted our final product raved about the flavors, so we wanted to share our simple recipe with you.  This dish comes together in a snap, and stays true to the Serious Foodie mantra of easy, delicious, and healthy gourmet at home. The featured image shows pulled chicken with the Mango/Aji Amarillo sauce,  but you can also use the Peruvian Blood Orange/Aji Panca sauce, Hatch Chile sauce, Pomegranate grill sauce, New Zealand grill sauce, or the Mexican Mole. This recipe works perfectly with one of our fresh slaw recipes – click HERE.  We love the Asian slaw with the Mango pulled chicken shown in the featured image.  We used a very nice carrot slaw for the Mexican Pulled Chicken sandwich. Simple Pulled Chicken – The Serious Foodie […]

Harissa Chicken – Fast, Delicious, Healthy

This recipe is so simple, it’s almost embarrassing – but the flavor is an embarrassment of riches. If you want a flavorful sauce to serve along side the chicken, just take 1/4 cup of olive oil, and whisk in 1 tablespoon North African Spice Rub. Harissa Chicken – Fast, Delicious, Healthy Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 10 mins Serves: Serve 4-6 Harissa is a very common spice blend found in Northern Africa. You can use this same recipe with any number of spice blends. For extra flavor, make pockets under the skin, and pour some spice blend into the area between the skin and meat. Ingredients – One free-range chicken, 3 to 6 pounds – 2 tablespoons butter – Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste – 3-4 tablespoons Serious Foodie North African Rub Instructions Rinse the chicken and then dry it well with paper towels. Rub the chicken with the butter and then liberally sprinkle with the Serious Foodie North African Rub (click HERE to order on-line); sprinkle rub inside the cavity. Let sit in refrigerator for up to 1 hour, or overnight. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Salt […]

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Mango Sauce

A Great Tailgate Recipe - We love the tasty flavor of crispy chicken wings, but we hate the thought of deep frying anything.  Here we show you how simple it is to make amazing wings using the sweet & spicy Serious Foodie Mango/Aji Amarillo sauce (click HERE to find the Serious Foodie sauces), or any sauce you like. The Serious Foodie Pomegranate sauce, Mexican Mole, Korean, or the Blood Orange/Aji Panca sauce also work well with this recipe. Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Mango Sauce Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 50 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: 6-8 people Ingredients - 5 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated - 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (preferably safflower oil) - 1 tablespoon salt - Freshly ground black pepper to taste - 1 jar Serious Foodie Mango/Aji Amarillo sauce Instructions Preheat oven to 400 F. Set a wire rack inside each of 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Place the wings in a large bowl; toss with the vegetable oil. Add the salt and pepper, then toss again. Divide wings between the prepared racks and spread out in a single layer. Bake wings until the skin is [...]

Easy Gourmet Salad Recipes

We’ve worked hard to put together a series of salad recipes that you can use any time: parties, holidays, tailgating, picnic, pot lucks.  So put down that store-bought bag of greens and store-bought dressing. Here is our collection of simple, healthy gourmet salad recipes that will put an elegant touch to any meal – whether it’s an casual weekday, or a special occasion.  Click HERE to see our feature recipe: Pear Cranberry Salad with Serious Foodie Fig/Orange dressing. Warm Spinach/Fennel/Apple Salad Crazy simple – and healthy & really delicious.  It’s a change up from the standard warm spinach salad, with a lot more interesting things happening.  Add some feta if you like.  Or some bacon.  What makes this recipe work is the dressing.  You just might want to pour this over everything.  Click HERE for the full recipe. Quinoa Salad with Beets and Oranges We are always for raising our game when it comes to healthy eating – and two of our favorite components are beets and quinoa.  There is a ton of nutrition and flavor in both of these, and this simple salad (which can also serve as a meatless main course) has it all. Click HERE for the full recipe. […]

West African Paradise Shrimp

Grains of Paradise looks and tastes a little bit like a standard black peppercorn, except…. This wonderfully exotic spice come from a leafy plant West Africa, and is a closer relative to ginger than the black peppercorn. The name was given to this spice in the middle ages by some cleaver marketers who were trying to inflate its price.  Grains of Paradise are a bit spicier than black pepper, but has a whole lot more flavor: think sweet spices like cardamom & coriander, flowers, anise. The West African Paradise rub from Serious Foodie (click HERE to order, or find it at a store near you) combines lemon peel with Grains of Paradise and other spices to make one of the most unique versions of a lemon/pepper rub.  This rub works well with fish, chicken – but is especially delicious with shrimp. You’ll be amazed by recipe: crazy simple, fast, and packed full of flavor. West African Paradise Shrimp Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: serves 4 Stir fry some vegetables to go along with the shrimp, then use the West African Paradise rub as a seasoning salt. Ingredients 1 to 1.5 pounds large or […]

Warm Spinach/Fennel/Apple Salad

Crazy simple – and healthy & really delicious.  We did a bit of experimenting until we got this salad working so that we could serve it to company – or use it as a fast dinner salad by adding some protein (chicken, shrimp, steak, or tofu).  It’s a change up from the standard warm spinach salad, with a lot more interesting thing happening.  Add some feta if you like.  Or some bacon. What makes this recipe work is the dressing.  You just might want to pour this over everything.   Warm Spinach/Fennel/Apple Salad Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 20 mins Serves: Serves 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons flavorful vinegar (raspberry, pear, or just nice sherry vinegar works) 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Serious Foodie Kentucky Bourbon Rub, plus 2 teaspoons for apples & fennel 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup olive oil, plus 3 tbs. for the apples & fennel 2 tbs. unsalted butter 1 fennel bulb, cored and julienne thinly sliced 1 bunch spinach, washed 1 hardy apple, sliced (Granny Smith if you want tart, Honey Crisp or Braeburn if you want sweet). Optional: mild goat cheese, or feta Optional: 1/4 cup chopped pecans Instructions […]

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Blood Orange/Aji Panca Sauce

Roasted vegetables are great any time of the year, but especially now.  The Fall gives us some of the nice end of the season fresh bounty, and the cooler weather gets us back in the kitchen - it's nice to use the indoor oven again. The roasted vegetables in this recipe can be used right out of the oven, or converted into a salad.  The salad idea came to us as a way to serve these delightful veggies at a function where re-heating would be hard (think Tailgate Party).  For roasting, use any vegetable that will hold up in the oven - root vegetables of any type work well.  3.2.2925 Roasted Vegetable Salad with Blood Orange/Aji Panca Sauce Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 to 1.5 pounds Zucchini, sliced in rounds 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced in rounds (try multi-colored carrots if they are available) 1 red onion, julienned sliced Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil 10 oz. jar of Peruvian Blood Orange & Aji Panca Sauce from The Serious Foodie (click HERE to shop). Greens mix (romaine, spinach, arugula, etc.) [...]

Simple and Elegant Swordfish Recipe with the Serious Foodie Mango/Aji Sauce

The South Pacific Mango/Aji  Sauce is a sweet/spicy/tangy combination of tropical flavors that is inspired by the cooking in Hawaii.  The sauce uses the unusually fruity flavors of the Aji Amarillo and Aji Crystal peppers (a native Hawaiian variety), which also gives a slight underlying spice to this product, while balanced with flavors of mango, lime, and orange (click HERE to order online). The Mango/Aji Sauce matches well with pork, chicken, vegetables, and fish – especially meaty swordfish.   Here we show a simple and elegant recipe for this sauce which comes together quickly – our philosophy for quick & healthy restaurant quality cooking at home! Grilled Swordfish with Mango/Aji Sauce Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: Serves 4 While the Serious Foodie Mango/Aji Sauce can be used for braising and stewing, here we are using it as a grill sauce. Serve with wild rice, brown rice, or Forbidden rice (pictured), along with some sauteed red cabbage Ingredients Swordfish steaks (about 0.4 pound per person) Spice rub (optional; try the Serious Foodie West African lemon-pepper rub, or the Asian Fusion rub) Salt & white pepper Serious Foodie Mango Aji  Sauce […]