Category Archives: Health & Nutrition

Lipskys’ Tuna Poke for 4

Poke (Poh-kay)… is a traditional Hawaiian dish made from raw fish (Sashimi-grade ahi tuna or octopus) sliced/ diced into bite-sized pieces and marinated in a sauce. Depending on the portions, it can be served as an appetizer or entree.

Due to proximity, Hawaiian food is influenced at times by Japanese cuisine. Over the years, we have been known to frequent a local Japanese sushi steak house, and we have enjoyed a great poke or two over the years. Tashi, our sushi chef friend, will vouch for it!

So, being devotees of a great poke, we’ve researched recipes and experimented with a few on our own. The result is that we’ve created our own homemade tuna poke and decided we are ready to share.

As with any recipe, the key is to read through the recipe first, organize all of the ingredients and you’re ready to go! You will be amazed how quickly this meal comes together from start to finish. It takes about 20-25 minutes. 

Ingredients

Sriracha Sauce
6 Tablespoons mayonnaise 
3 Tablespoons Sriracha 
3 Tablespoons soy sauce 

Poke Marinade
1/2 cup Japanese soy sauce
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp mirin sweet rice wine
1 Tablespoon + 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 Teaspoons granulated sugar

Poke
1 Pound Sashimi-grade* tuna cut into approximately 1/2″ cubes – we prepare it frozen
2 Avocados (Haas), peeled, pitted, & cut into 1/2″ pieces

Rice
2-3 cups long-grain, white rice, (we use Jasmine), cooked – we serve it warm, or… if you prefer, the traditional Sushi Rice (see pics below**)

Toppings
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
6 Scallions, thinly sliced diagonally 
1/2 Cucumber, seedless, diced small 

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Sriracha & soy sauce; set aside until ready to drizzle on top to serve. Tip: A squirt bottle is a plus for drizzling it!
  2. Combine soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, and sugar in a medium mixing bowl and stir until sugar dissolves. I use a metal/ stainless steel bowl to keep the marinade as chilled as possible.
  3. Add prepared tuna and avocado to the marinade, toss well & let marinate for approximately five to seven minutes. A longer time is not necessary.
  4. Divide the warm cooked rice between wide bowls & add some drained tuna and avocado mixture to each bowl. Discard the remaining marinade. 
  5. Drizzle with some Sriracha sauce
  6. Top with scallions, cucumbers & sesame seeds.

*Note: Tuna must be sashimi-grade tuna to be eaten raw.  Ask your fishmonger about the grade of your tuna.  We always buy it frozen & cut it while it’s frozen for this recipe. 

**Traditional Sushi Rice – This is the brand that we use for our poke and sushi rolls. For each cup of rice (prior to cooking), we add 2 1/2 Tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1/2 Tablespoon of Sugar, and 1/2 Tablespoon of Salt at the end to season it. We also only use a wooden spoon so we don’t damage the cooked rice. This prevents the rice from having any adverse “reaction” to the vinegar.

CSA – Supporting Our Farmers – Another great year of organic treasures!

What is CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

There are several ways of supporting farmers in your area. Among these are large farmer’s markets with a variety of vendors, local grocery-style markets with produce from local farms, and small family farm stands found along the road. The CSA farming model, that we discovered over 5 years ago, is one where you purchase a seasonal share (membership) directly from the farmer before the growing season. The share is for a set number of weeks of their harvest of farm-fresh vegetables and/or fruits.

There are different versions of CSAs so you have to do some research and find one that is best for you and your family’s wants and needs. Our present CSA is a Certified Organic Farm and offers 27 weeks of their produce.

The first CSA we got involved with dropped off our weekly “share” of produce at a designated location and time near our home. While the current one we use offers this too, we actually enjoy going to their 18-acre farm, near the base of Blue Mountain, to select our weekly produce in their barn and then participate in their “U-Pick” plots which offer various vegetables, herbs & flowers for us to pick. We enjoy it and always have fun!

Over the years, we have appreciated many benefits of our membership. First and foremost we know the farmer and where our food is coming from. We know it’s organic and free of chemicals on the veggies and in the soil in which it’s grown. An organic farm was important to us as we believe it’s beneficial to our health.

We also think the freshly picked produce is more nutritious and tastes better to us. In addition to this, we’ve enjoyed adding more vegetables and fruits to our diet, learning about vegetables not in our usual routine (like garlic scapes, purple dragon tongue beans & edamame!).

All in all, we understand we are supporting local farmers and small farms in our area and we particularly enjoy providing first-hand farming experiences for our grandchildren. It has been truly enjoyable to watch the boys select tomatoes, peppers, snap peas. and sunflowers directly from the plant. (BTW – a quart container for collecting also makes a great hat on a sunny day.)

How do I find a CSA near me?

You can find a CSA near you by searching the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Marketing Service site and entering your zip code in the CSA area. It’s a great way to add to your healthy living lifestyle and some nature-loving, “farm” beauty, fresh air and sun to your day!

Some wonderful examples of produce we have received through our local CSA:

We are looking forward to another year at The Good Farm with Aimee and John Good & Heidi, of course! We appreciate all that you do…your dedication and hard work!

Another local farm we support and enjoy along the way home from our CSA is Crystal Spring Farm. A delicious place to stop and get chocolate milk to go & fresh-made ice cream in the summer! Life is Good!

Mary Ann’s Creamy, Low Carb, Keto Friendly Shrimp

Hi all! We made a delicious dish the other night for dinner and wanted to share it with you! We were looking for something light and healthy and this was perfect.

Adapted from Gimme Delicious
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Shrimp, deveined, and tails removed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3-4 cups baby spinach
  • 3/4 – 1 cup light cream
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Romano &/
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Start by heating large skillet – when heated to medium high/ hot, add equal amounts olive oil & butter to coat the bottom.
  • Once heated & shimmering, add the shrimp & some salt & pepper.
  • Toss the shrimp & sauté them in the oil & butter for approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove the sautéed shrimp & set aside.
  • Add the tomatoes & sauté for about 2 minutes.
  • Then, add the garlic & the spinach. Toss and sauté for approximately 2-3 minutes.
    You want your spinach to be a lovely, bright green… & not overcooked.
  • Add the light cream & cheese(s).
  • Mix together till they make a nice & creamy sauce.
  • Reduce to a low heat, add the shrimp you set aside & toss everything together until the shrimp are well coated with the sauce.

Taste the sauce & adjust the seasonings to your personal preference.

Serve immediately & Enjoy!
We even serve it right in the pan we make it in! 😉

Take a look… We loved it! You could even make this and toss with pasta. Let us know if you do!

You gotta try Moe’s if there’s one near you!

For all you foodies!!! If you haven’t checked out Moe’s Southwest Grill and there’s one by you… You’re totally missing out!
This is a place that I’ve urged my family to try. They of course assumed another Mexican fast food/casual place. “Ya, ok sure we’ll try it.” eventually. Well… That’s no longer the opinion anymore! This past weekend I got them to go.

I was completely on target with them loving it! Mom was checking everything out and got engrossed in the Moe’s Food MissionIt’s fantastic food people! No junk here. Grass fed, hormone free, fresh foods that taste great. There’s much more to them in terms of sustainability, nutrition, green, vegetarian, low calorie and community involvement (info here). Pretty cool stuff.

It’s normal southwestern food, tacos, nachos, fajitas, burritos etc. but with amazing ingredients and good prices for eating well. Here’s the menu. Our favorite parts of eating there… The 130 flavor soda dispenser, the queso and chips and the different salsas you can try. Adults and children’s entertainment which is perfect!
Moe’s was founded in December 2002 in Atlanta, Ga. There’s many states that have them (420 locations statewide and abroad), though they’re not everywhere yet so see if there’s one near you and go try it! Let us know if you loved it too. 

We’re a family of Moe’s supporters now! Yum! I’m ready for some chips and queso, which are FREE September 20, 2012!!!! Chips and salsa are always free, and another thing to mention… Kids eat free on Sundays at ours with an adult entree ($5+).

Writing this made me hungry. Talk to you soon.

http://www.moes.com

Quote: Abraham – Hicks

You are the creator of your own life experience, and as the creator of your experience, it is important to understand that it is not by virtue of your action, not by virtue of your doing—it is not even by virtue of what you are saying—that you are creating. You are creating by virtue of the thought that you are offering.

You cannot speak or offer action without thought-vibration occurring at the same time; however, you are often offering a thought-vibration without offering words or action. Children or babies learn to mimic the vibration of the adults who surround them long before they learn to mimic their words.

— Abraham

Excerpted from the book “Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness” # 552

Thank you Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)! ❤