Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What's for dinner: Mahi Mahi Salad

I'm always looking for quick, easy, and healthy dinners, and since I mostly shop at Trader Joes, I like to share how I use their products. We try to eat a (mostly) Paleo diet, which takes some creativity. I don't claim to be a chef by any means, but I love sharing what I make. I hope you can use my recipes to jazz up your dinner table in a jiff!

MAHI MAHI SALAD (serves 4, one burger per person)

1 package frozen Mahi Mahi burgers from Trader Joes (or anywhere else)
1 package shredded cabbage
1 carrot, grated (or 3/4 cup pre-shredded carrots)
4 green onions, chopped
4-5 sprigs cilantro, chopped
1 cup raw broccoli, chopped

Sesame Lime Vinaigrette:

1 t grated ginger (tip: keep ginger root in your freezer, and grate frozen)
Juice of one lime
1/3 cup coconut cream 
3 T soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
3 T rice vinegar
2 T sesame oil
2 T grapeseed oil or vegetable oil
1 T honey
1 t chili garlic sauce (optional, for some heat)
pinch of salt

 Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake, or whisk well in a bowl. Put in fridge and let sit while you work on the rest.

Cook up the burgers on the grill according to the box instructions---grill, pan, or oven! Toss all salad ingredients together. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss. Place burger on top and serve.

I love Trader Joes, so most of the recipes I make include their products. Most of the ingredients can be found in other stores so I hope you try it out, even if you don't have a Trader Joes in your neighborhood! (And as long as I'm hoping for things, I hope one comes to your neighborhood soon!)

Leftovers? Here's an idea for dinner #2 or lunch the next day: Chop up the remaining fish and put it in a tortilla with some of the salad. Serve with the vinaigrette and a lime wedge for a quick fish taco. YUM. I'm going to try making tortillas out of coconut flour, so I'll let you know how they turn out!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fourth Day Earwarmer Recipe

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The Fourth Day Earwarmer is a quick knit to keep your head toasty warm this season. I named it "Fourth Day" because it will become that favorite accessory that will help you squeeze a fourth day out of your blowout. I love anything that keeps me from having to wash my hair!

It's not really a pattern design, just a quick little project to use up some last bits of yarn and to brighten your wintery spirits.

Not a knitter? You may purchase this cozy earwarmer in my ETSY SHOP!


40 yards super bulky yarn (I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool, my fav)
sz 13 needles
tapestry needle

Crossed Stitch:
R1: k1, *sl 1 st purlwise (with yarn at the back), k1, yo, psso (pass slipped stitch over both), repeat from * to last stitch, k1
R2: k1, purl to last stitch, k1
*See notes at the end for help with stitch pattern

CO 14 stitches.
R1: Begin with R1 of Crossed Stitch pattern.
R2: Every WS row will be R2 of Crossed Stitch pattern.
Repeat R1 and R2 for 19 inches, or a length that fits your head size.
Bind off.
Weave in ends and block.
Seam ends of work together using mattress stitch. Note: the stitch pattern creates diagonal ends of the work, so the seam will run diagonally as well.

Now throw on your earwarmer and put your blow dryer away!

Please post your cute earwarmers on the RAVELRY PROJECT PAGE to show your Fourth Day love!

Extra help:
Slipping a stitch purlwise
Slipping a stitch purlwise with yarn at the back
Passing a slipped stitch over

Text © Emily Blue 2013
Photographs © Emily Blue 2013
This pattern is intended for personal use only and not for retail sale. All rights reserved. No portion may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without prior permission of the author.