Lunchtime! Salmon and Cajun Spiced Veggies

Okay so I’ve been making a plan to do a 100% paleo(ish) breakfast and lunch for a long time, and am now pretty close to being able to do it.

TonyTown - Hold No Virtue - Tony's Kitchen - Salmon and VeggiesHere’s todays lunch, Salmon and Cajun Spiced Veggies.

Ingredients

8oz salmon filet
1/2 small green squash
1/2 bell pepper
1/2 small white onion
1 Serrano pepper
1 tbsp of Slap Yo Mama Cajun Seasoning
1/2 tbsp garlic
1/2 cup water

Preheat the oven to 400
Dice all the veggies up.
You don’t have to, but I cut the filet into 2 smaller strips to fit into a small roasting/baking pan.
Mix the spices up with the veggies.
Put the salmon in the bottom, then put all the veggies on top
Pour the .5 cup of water in.
Stick in the oven for about an hour or until salmon is done.

This came out pretty close to my expectations. The salmon might need to be seasoned to your taste but the mix works quite well. everything was fully cooked and the Serrano mixed with the water very nicely. It’s different, but it came out pretty good.



Tony’s Big Chili Yum Yum

So I’ve been talking up a big game regarding my chili recipe, and figured I ‘d finally getting around to sharing the Yum Yum from Tony’s Kitchen.

The first part I’ll just go over is this chili is incredibly kick ass with or without the meat, and is vegan friendly to boot (sans the meat). So no crying about your diet. The spices can be moderated easily to suit your palate and easily accommodate the whole household. As usual, this isn’t portioned for a few servings, this is portioned to feed the family and have loads for leftovers.

We’re going to go over the list of Yum-Yums (in-greed-ee-unts) now. Remember you’ll want to read the whole recipe before jumping in on this…;)

Ingredients

BIG FAT RED KIDNEY BEANS FOR CHILI!#1 BEANS
1lb Red Kidney Beans
I’ve tried black beans, and even black eyed peas, they still don’t work anywhere near as well as good ol’ Red Kidney Beans.

#2 SPICES
I tried about 20 different combinations and this one got the most kudos from my guinea pigs friends.
1.5 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp garlic
3 tbsp sea salt
3 tbsp ground multicolor pepper
3 tbsp red pepper
3 tbsp chili pepper (sometimes more)

Veggies for Chili!#3 VEGGIES!
This is where the chili really stands out. This really adds to the flavor of the chili and kills the competition.
.5 bell pepper (red)
.5 bell pepper (green)
.5 bell pepper (yellow)
4 celery sticks
3 tomatoes
3x Giant Hot jalapenos
3x large seranos
1-2x habanero (optional, will make things very hot for people not used to peppers)
1-2 cups of corn

Veggies for Chili!#4. MEAT
2lbs pork loin or ribeye (I am going to try it with Bison next!)

Prep

#1 Prep the beans by themselves first, they take the longest to get ready by far. I bring half a pot of water to a boil. Pour them in. Let the boil continue for 3 minutes. Take them off hot, let them soak warm for however many hours they decide to take 😉

#2 & #3 About an hour before you want everything to be ready, boil water in a spare pot, for #2 & #3, chop up everything in #3, mix them all together, add boiling water to desired consistency. Let that mixture stew up…remember we want all that stuff to cook & soak hot for at least an hour.

Chopped Ribeye for Chili!#4 Pork loin really does way better for this stuff, the meat stay moist and more mean than beef, so much that ribeye is the only competition. No prep necessary except maybe dicing it all up ahead of time. I usually just dice it all up and throw it into the #2 and #3 mix about 20-30 minutes before serving.

Drain the beans and mix with the rest.

Variables

* If you are vegetarian/vegan, you have only to omit #4 and you’re golden.
* Adding a can of tomato sauce does a ton of good.
* You can skip the jalapeno and serrano by adding a can of RoTel hot, but to be honest, the pepper taste isn’t quite the same.
* Do not use canned beans!!!! (They’re Nasty!)
* 2 bell peppers are just as good as three halves mentioned above…I just love the taste they bring to the chili.

Specific People Notes:
@Jessazombie, I have not tested this with Tofu. Use at your own risk…but it does have cumin!
@andriastanley, I couldn’t get croutons to work…BUT garlic bread is surprisingly good with this!
@thebloggess, do not cook this in a red dress, but you should certainly act like it 😉
@laurenacarlton, this is that chili your hubbie and talked about at that place that time



I have the greatest fans/friends!

So I got up this morning and found my FB notices going nuts…why? Sad Tony Is Sad. If you’ve heard this phrase…you know what comes with it…funny pics of me 😉

Here’s why. Tony is a dork, but he has some AWESOME friends and fans.

One of my very awesome friends posted this on her FB page. It’s a funny t-shirt idea I came up with as sort of a gag. The promotion is, if I see you wearing it in public…or more importantly posting a pic of you wearing it online (and keep it up there)…I’ll totally buy you a beer.

I cant tell you how awesome this is 😉 …I’ve been grinning all afternoon, and the best part, she remarked that she would have done this sooner if her daughter hadn’t commandeered the shirt for so long 😉

Heather is made of awesome sauce.

So I guess we could title this “Free Beer for My Fans” but it isn’t exactly that now is it? It’s just that for those friends and fans wearing the shirt I wanted to give back to them a bit, yaknow? The picture links to my Zazzle store where you can buy the shirt, and potentially dupe me into thinking you need a free drink 😉

Anyhow, you guys enjoy and have a GREAT weekend.

-Tony