**I am doing this blog post in partnership with Sanaia Applesauce. All opinions are my own**
Who says apple sauce is just for kids? The Sanaia Applesauce brand may be loved by kids, but it was definitely made with adults in mind! It is completely plant based, GMO free, and is packed with chunks of delicious organic granny smith apples. I enjoy snacking on all the exotic flavors like guava, hibiscus, and ginger, but I decided to make a warm fall “pick me up” using the unsweetened flavor and it was absolutely perfect. I made Spiced Cinnamon Apple Muffins and they were to die for! My entire house smelled like fall and I was in heaven! Head over to Walmart and grab some of this Sanaia applesauce and then meet me in the kitchen. Recipe below.
I know I say this all the time, but this might be one of the best things I’ve made in a long time! This is literally seafood heaven- jumbo lump crab and shrimp, all stuffed in a delicious filet of salmon. You can’t go wrong! This was super fun and pretty easy to make. I even made a a step by step video to upload to my Youtube channel soon, but in the meantime, head over to my Instagram, Cup of Consuella, to check it out. Ready for the recipe? Keep reading!
Xo, Consuella ♥
Crab & Shrimp Stuffed Salmon
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mince garlic, and chop up parsley and green onions. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and set aside.
In a pan over medium high heat, add one tbsp of butter. Once melted, add in minced garlic and 1 tsp of paprika. Let cook for about 30 seconds, mixing so that the garlic doesn't burn. Add shrimp and par cook for about 3 minutes, or until shrimp is browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, start preparing the stuffing. Add cream cheese, fresh parsley, green onions, and lemon juice. Mix gently to soften the cream cheese. Add in lump crab meat, shrimp, mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and all seasonings. Mix gently until everything is combined. Do not over mix.
In an oven safe pan, season both salmon filets with salt, pepper, and Old Bay. Place the stuffing on top of one salmon filet from corner to corner. Place the other salmon filet on top. Be sure to reserve some stuffing to go on top of the salmon, mid cook. Place a tbsp of butter on the salmon and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the salmon from the oven, place some more stuffing on top and broil for 5 minutes.
Top with fresh parsley. Serve salmon with a side of vegetables, rice, or mashed potatoes and enjoy!
The other day I was just scrolling through Pinterest trying to find some food inspiration. I came across this Thai Chicken recipe and then shortly after that, I saw a Coconut Curry recipe. Me being Courtney, I decided to merge the two and create my own recipe. Hello, Thai Basil Chicken! This dish had my entire house smelling like heaven! My boyfriend and daughter both loved it, so I knew it would be added to my rotation. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really eat chicken much at all, so this was really for Richard and Sanai. If you want to make this vegan, just replace the chicken with cauliflower. I did that for myself and it was just as delicious! I shared a step by step on my instagram, but got so many messages about it, so I figured I would add it to the blog. If you want some of this goodness, keep on reading. And when you make it, (because you better), make sure you tag #ChefConsuellaFam to win a prize! 🙂
Xo, Consuella ♥
Thai Basil Chicken
In a bowl, combine all of the spices (cardamom to salt). Once spices are combined, pour them over the chicken and massage the spices into the chicken breasts. Let sit for 20-30 minutes.
In a large pan over medium high heat, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and sauté onions and jalapeños for about 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds to a minute. Remove the mixture from pan and place aside.
In the same pan over medium high heat, add another tbsp of olive oil and cook the chicken. Make the chicken in two batches so the pan is not overcrowded. Be sure to brown the chicken on both sides and cook all the way through. In between flipping the chicken, add the tbsp of butter to deglaze the pan. Repeat this with both batches of chicken.
Remove the chicken from the pan and add the coconut milk on medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Mix in the Worchestire sauce and let simmer for another minute. Add the onion/ jalapeño /garlic mixture and the chicken back to the pan and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
Add the ginger and fresh bail to the pan and salt & pepper to taste. Serve over bed of Jasmine rice (or whatever rice/quinoa you like), top with more fresh basil and enjoy!
I’ve had a long day at work and still have some emails to answer when I settle in at home. I pick Sanai up from daycare and she’s begging to have candy and pizza for dinner. I pull into the driveway and I want nothing more than to plop down on the couch and have a glass of wine. But as soon as I walk through the door, babe is asking “So, what are we having for dinner?”
When’s the last time you had a fruit pizza? For a good majority of you, I’m going to guess never. Well, let’s change that. If you’re looking for a delicious plant based treat that is sweet, but not full of processed sugars, then look no further. This delicious fruit pizza will give you a new level of respect for a plant based diet.
Okay, so I didn’t actually have a girls night in Asia, but my girls night did have an Asian theme- that counts right? Maybe not, but a girl can dream. Anyway, I got my girlfriends together for a night of great food, delicious cocktails, lots of laughing, plenty of dancing, and, of course, juicy girl talk. We got a chance to let our hair down, catch up, and and have a good old fashioned girls night. I decided to host this one at my house, and being the “hostess with the mostest” that I am, I wanted it to be a perfect night for me and my girls.
I went on my normal bi weekly trip to the farmers market and my eyes almost fell out of my head when I saw that scallops were $9.99/lb. Yes, you read right, only $9.99/lb. I almost never buy scallops because they are usually overpriced (in my opinion), but this was a complete steal so I had to snag a pound. I’m so glad I did because this was one of the best meals I’ve made in a long time! Between the perfect sear on the scallops down to the delicious lemon garlic butter wine sauce I made, I was literally in foodie heaven.
A few days ago I was in the mood for a delicious pizza, but no pizza place had exactly what I wanted: sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions. Mmmmm. Just thinking about it makes me hungry. I knew exactly what taste I was going for and I also knew that the only way to get that exact taste was if I made it myself. So I made a quick run to Publix to grab the ingredients, came home and created some yummy goodness.
For as long as I can remember, cheesecake has been my all time favorite dessert. I made my first one back in college and once I realized I could make them pretty good, I never stopped. I’ve made all kinds from classic, to strawberry, to Oreo, to pumpkin spice, to banana Nutella. I mean seriously, the options are tremendous.
This weekend while planning for dinner, I got a craving for some chicken parmesan. I hadn’t made it in a while and I knew that Richard would love it, so chicken parm was on the menu! I’ve made it a few different times in the past and it always turned out yummy, but this time I was adding a secret ingredient that would take it to a new level… heavy cream!
I’ve been wanting to make buffalo cauliflower for a while now after seeing one of my favorite YouTuber’s whip it up on her channel. Well last month I actually had buffalo cauliflower at a restaurant here in Atlanta and it was amazing! After that, I knew I had to make it!
Okay…seriously, can you believe I made these amazing guilt free muffins with NO flour and NO sugar?! If that doesn’t amaze you, then how about this: I mixed all of the ingredients together in a blender. Not a hand mixer, not the fancy Kitchen Aide stand alone mixer, but a blender! I think that in itself deserves a high five!!
Last night, Richard and I couldn’t decide what we wanted for dinner, per usual. He suggested spaghetti, I said no. I though that lasagna would suffice, but he said no. So we were back at square one. I hopped on Pinterest for some inspo and the first thing that popped up were stuffed peppers. We both said “hell yeah!” and then this happened.