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Spinach Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups vegetable broth or water
6 cups fresh spinach, tough stems removed
Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Pour in broth (or water). Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook about 15 minutes. Stir in spinach and continue to simmer until the greens are tender, about 10 minutes more.

Puree the soup with an immersion blender or regular blender (in batches), leaving it a little chunky if desired. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)

Serve the soup garnished with nutmeg, if desired.

6 appetizer servings, 1 cup each


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Squash Soup with Gruyere Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:
Squash Stock
Seeds and scrapings from the squash
1 celery stalk, plus some leaves, chopped into small pieces
1 turnip, peeled and diced
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon dried sage leaves or 5 to 6 fresh sage leaves
4 parsley branches
3 thyme branches
½ teaspoon salt
8 cups cold water
1 yellow or zucchini squash, weighing about 2½ pounds, halved and scooped out
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, cut into ¼-inch dice
½ to 1 teaspoon salt
6 to 7 cups stock
½ to 1 cup light cream
3 ounces Gruyere cheese, finely grated
Thyme leaves, finely chopped, for garnish
White pepper

Instructions:

Cut the squash in half and scrape out all the seeds and stringy material with a large metal spoon. Put them in a pot with the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, simmer for 25 minutes, and then strain.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake the squash halves, face down, on a lightly oiled baking sheet until the skin is wrinkled and the flesh is soft, about 1 hour. Remove them from the oven and, when cool enough to handle, peel off the skin. Reserve any caramelized juices that may have collected on the pan.

Melt the butter in a soup pot, add the onion, and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the cooked pumpkin, the juices, if any, the salt, and 6 cups of the stock. Bring to a boil; then simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.

Pass the soup through a food mill, which will smooth it out while leaving some texture. Return the soup to the pot and add the cream and more stock, if necessary, to thin it.

Taste for salt and season with the freshly ground white pepper. Stir in the grated cheese and serve the soup with the thyme leaves scattered over it.

Variation: Another way to make this soup is to bake squash with the cream and the cheese inside their hollowed-out shells. The cooked flesh is scraped into the hot cream and melted cheese and served right from the pumpkin.


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Avocado Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
2 large cucumbers
3 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon tabasco (or more to taste)
1/4 cup firmly packed cilantro
Juice of one medium lime
2 ripe avocados
1/2 teaspoon salt – or to taste
6 or 8 green onions including green tops
cilantro sprigs

Instructions:

Cut one cucumber into chunks and process with 2 cups of the broth, cilantro, lime juice, salt and Tabasco.

Pit, peel and chop avocados. Process with pureed mixture and add the third cup of broth.

Process briefly to coarsely puree the avocado, leaving some chunks.

Chill at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, dice the green onions, and peel, seed and chop the second cucumber. Pour soup into bowls and garnish each with fresh cilantro sprigs.

Minced onion and diced cucumber on the side to add individually.


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Avocado Soup with Green Peppercorns Recipe

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large ripe avocados coaresly chopped
1/3 cup Green peppercorns in brine – drained
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Cumin
2 1/2 quart chicken stock
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Cilantro leaves for garnish

Instructions:

In large saucepan, cook the onion, garlic and spices in the olive oil over moderate heat for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add avocados and stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook 20 minutes.

Cool to room temperature. Puree soup in blender until smooth.

Return to pan, bring to a boil, add peppercorns, reduce to moderate heat and cook 10 minutes.

Serve garnished with cilantro and peppercorns.

Carb Count: 7 carbs per serving. Serves 8.


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Bacon Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
4 strips of bacon
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
14 ounces chicken broth
4 teaspoons sour cream (or other thickener)
2 cups half-and-half
12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)

Instructions:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon 6 minute, until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon.

Add mustard, pepper and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Whisk in a thickener. Add half-and-half, cheese, and paprika, stir until cheese is melted. Ladle soup into heated soup bowls. Garnish with crumbled bacon.

Carb Count: 4.25 per serving. Serves 4.


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Salmon Pepper Recipe

Ingredients:
1 large green sweet pepper
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (4 to 6)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 to 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobe sauce
4 ounces smoked salmon, flaked, with skin and bones removed
72 english cucumber slices

Instructions:

Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Cut green pepper into quarters removing stem, seeds and membranes. Place pepper quarters skin sides up, on prepared baking sheet.

Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 10-15 minutes or until pepper skins are charred.

Wrap pepper quarters in the foil, let stand 15-20 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel off skin and discard. Chop pepper.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Beat in sour cream until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the green onions, stir in the remaining green onions, the garlic, paprika and chipotle pepper into cream cheese mixture. Gently fold in salmon and chopped green pepper. Spread mixture in a 1-quart au gratin dish.

Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring once halfway through baking. Sprinkle with reserved green onions. Serve warm with cucumber slices.

Carb per serving: 6 g. Servings: 12 (1/4 cup dip and 6 cucumber slices each).


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Saffron Poached Salmon Recipe

Ingredients:
4 (5-ounces each) skinless, boneless salmon steaks
2 pinches of saffron threads, crumbled
1 lemon, sliced
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
2 tablespoons fresh dill
Zest and juice of a lemon
Pinch of salt
Water
Black pepper

Instructions:

In a large straight-sided saucepan, combine saffron, lemon, bay leaves, peppercorns, salt and enough water to come halfway up pan.

Bring water to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-low. Gently simmer ingredients for five minutes.

Carefully add salmon to pan in one layer. Adjust heat so the poaching liquid shows movement but isn’t bubbling. Cook uncovered until salmon is firm and just cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Use a slotted spatula and remove salmon from liquid and let drain. Place on a stack of paper towels for a few minutes.

Transfer each to a plate and garnish with fresh dill and black pepper to taste and serve.


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Roasted Salmon with Macademia-Cilantro Crust Recipe

Ingredients:
3 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
1 full skin-on salmon fillet
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions:

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan; add nuts and cook 2 to 3 minutes until nuts start to color. Remove from heat.

Melt remaining tablespoon of butter, and pour into a 9- by 13-inch roasting pan. Place salmon in roasting pan, flesh-side up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour nut mixture over fish. Roast 10 to 15 minutes, for medium.

Transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle with lime juice and sprinkle with cilantro.

This recipe yields 4 servings.


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Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound large shrimp shelled, deveined
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 large garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 pinch dried hot red-pepper flakes
Salt to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat butter and oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until foam subsides. Add garlic, parsley, lemon juice, wine, pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 3 minutes.

Add shrimp to skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, until shrimp are pink. Remove from the heat. Place shrimp on a serving plate and pour sauce from the skillet over them. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.


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Baked Sea Bass with Chermoula Recipe

Ingredients:
1 bunch cilantro, leaves and stems intact
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
4 (6-ounce) sea bass fillets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Heat oven to 450° F.

Chop cilantro, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, and a large pinch of salt in a food processor; with the machine running, drizzle in oil and lemon juice. This is called chermoula, a flavorful Moroccan condiment.

Season both sides of fish with salt and pepper. Spread one-quarter of the chermoula in an ovenproof baking dish, lay fish on top, and cover evenly with remaining chermoula. Bake until fish is opaque and tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Serves 4.


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