Chili Lime Shrimp Enchiladas with Parmesan Jalapeno Cream Sauce

Plated Enchiladas

Dining out is a rarity for us but one of our local favorite places for Mexican Fare has a fabulous seafood enchilada dish on their menu, and of course I had to pick apart the dish and re-create it at home. I did get a little tip or two from our waitress. So, after two attempts at it….Here It Is! For this dish I am using two of our most popular products that really add to that depth of flavor I was looking for. The Chili Lime Finishing Salt adds a nice finish to the perfectly roasted shrimp. In my opinion, this is the absolute best method for cooking shrimp. The jalapeno cream sauce by itself was a little bland for my taste, but our Parmesan Pepper Pesto Blend really added a richness that finished out the entire dish. If you are looking for a quick go to dinner this would not be my choice as the recipe does take a bit of time. If you follow my prepping method below and prepare the sauce the day before this can easily be a real time saver here. I like to make this on the weekends when I am not pressed for time and you can easily freeze half of it for later. I will say the extra time is worthy of the effort as this dish will not disappoint! ~Enjoy!

Ingredients

• 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 2 T. olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 small onion, diced
• 2 C. green cabbage, shredded
• 4 C. spinach leaves
• 2 C. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
• 1 ¼ tsp. TZM Chili Lime Finishing Salt
• 20 (6 inch) corn tortillas

Sauce Ingredients

Preparing the Parmesan Jalapeno Cream Sauce:

• 2 T. unsalted butter
• 2 T. flour
• 1 ½ C. chicken broth
• ¾ C. sour cream
• 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
• ¼ C. cilantro, chopped
• 2 tsp. TZM Parmesan Pepper Pesto Blend

Method:

Preparing the Shrimp and Filling:

Shrimp Prep

Peel and devein the shrimp.  Place shrimp in a bowl and drizzle with half of the olive oil. Season with ½ tsp. of the TZM Chili Lime Finishing Salt and gently toss to combine. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Shrimp B4 Cooking

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray using non-stick cooking spray. Arrange the shrimp on the sheet. Place the shrimp in the oven

Shrimp After Cooking

and roast until pink, firm and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool

Shredded Shrimp

before dicing into bite size pieces.

Saute Onions & Garlic

In a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil, add the garlic and onion and cook until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add Spinach

Add the cabbage and spinach and

Cook Down Spinach

cook down. Once the spinach has cooked down, season with remaining TZM Chili Lime Finishing Salt.

Add Shrimp

Add the shrimp and gently toss to combine.

Complete Mixture

Set aside.

For the sauce:

Rue Ingredients

In a heavy duty saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the flour to form a paste.

Melted Down

Slowly add the chicken broth and stir constantly until well blended, about 2 minutes.

Add Seasonings to Rue

Stir in sour cream; add the jalapenos and the TZM Parmesan Pepper Pesto Blend.

Finished Rue

Simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes.

Add Cilantro to Rue

Remove from heat and add in the cilantro.

For the Tortillas:

Fry tortilla

Pre-heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray pan with an olive oil cooking spray. Place one tortilla into the skillet; then using a spatula, lift and turn and spray the second side with the cooking spray. Use the spatula to press down on each side until you have a nice light brown color. Each tortilla will take approximately 10 seconds.

To assemble:

Add Mixture to Tortilla

Lay tortilla on a flat surface and spoon the shrimp mixture down the center,

Add Cheese

sprinkle with cheese. Resist overfilling; I use about 3 teaspoons. Roll the tortilla and place seam side down onto a sprayed baking dish. Fill remaining tortillas with the shrimp mixture.

Pour Sauce on Top

Pour the cream sauce over the top. Place in a 375 degree oven, cover and bake for 20 minutes.

Plated Enchiladas

Yields: 20 Enchiladas

Total Time: 1 Hr. 45 Min.
Cook Time: 2o Min.

Prep Time: I like to prep this dish in the order using the method steps above. The sauce can be made the day before, refrigerated and then warmed up again prior to pouring over the top.
Ingredient Prep – 30 Min.
Shrimp & Filling – 15 Min.
Sauce – 10 Min.
Fry Tortillas and Assemble – 30 Min.

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Understanding Processed Foods and Why Eliminating Them Matters

-By Diana Tap – May 28, 2014

Processed-Foods
What Is Processed Foods:
Processed foods can vary slightly, but it usually refers to foods that are packaged in boxes, cans, bags or packages. These foods need to be processed extensively to be edible and are done so by adding additional ingredients that are usually unpronounceable. These additions then change the food from its original natural state.
You can determine whether a food is processed by looking at the ingredient list. The longer the ingredient list, the more processed a food is likely to be. The more processing steps involved the more nutrients and vitamins are then lost. Processed foods are usually found in the center aisles of the grocery store and are more likely to contain ingredients that are unrecognizable such as preservatives, food dyes and chemicals. These are not real food ingredients that you would cook with at home.
Processing also refers to the structural change in some foods like crackers. These usually have Trans fats added to increase their shelf life. Trans fats are created when vegetable oils are overheated and the molecular structure of the fat changes. Trans fats are linked to serious diseases like heart and cancer and should be avoided. In other words, processing usually means removing nutrients, swapping good nutrients for bad, increasing calorie content and removing other valuable things like fibre.

Processed Food Facts:
Did you know that 90% of the food in grocery stores is processed? 70% of the average American’s diet is made up of processed foods. In 2007, I made the decision to eliminate the majority of processed foods from our diet and that percentage was 70% of what we were consuming.
Processing affects the taste and properties of the food. Food manufacturers will then add cheap or artificial ingredients such as sugars, salt, fats or additives to restore the lost flavor properties and improve the texture for appearance and to extend the shelf life of the food.
Did you know that 100 years ago, the leading cause of death in my grandparents generation was infectious diseases. They ate a lot more whole foods, with higher nutritional value. Obesity wasn’t a problem.

Why Foods Are Processed:
Convenience is the main drive for processed foods. Food travels long distances and it sits in supermarket shelves for long periods of time and so preservation and safety concerns regarding some foods are an issue. Processing is used to kill harmful bacteria and other microorganisms in order to extend the shelf life.

The Trouble With Fat-Free:
• Fat-Free foods must have less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving
• Low-Fat foods must have 3 grams of fat or less per serving
• Reduced Fat foods must have at least 25% less fat than regular versions of those foods.
• Light foods must have either 1/3 fewer calories or 50% less fat
Fat-Free also lacks in taste and flavor and to make up for that, food makers will add other ingredients like sugar, flour, thickeners and salt and this adds calories. The foods are usually not appealing and less satisfying and you end up consuming more of them.

Ingredients and Foods To Avoid Whenever Possible
• Canned foods that are high in sodium or fat.
• Flavored chips, crackers and snacks.
• Frozen dinners
• Sugary cereals
• Processed meats – Look for meat labeled, Minimally Processed.
• Most condiments including bottled sauces, dressings, marinades, pre-flavored packaged products and boxed foods.
• All soda/pop – regular contains sugar and diet contains Aspartame
• Any products that specifically list these ingredients on the label: MSG, Corn Syrup Solids, Yellow 5&6, Blue#1, Red40, artificial colors and sweeteners.

Take A Reasonable and Practical Approach (Baby Steps Here Or You Will Get Discouraged)!
It’s important to understand that you are not going to eliminate everything, but you can significantly reduce it! You have to take a practical approach and eliminate what you can, and then look for healthier alternative products. Incorporate the use of fresh ingredients, like fruits and vegetables. Cook more at home and look for healthy recipes that contain minimal ingredients. Plan ahead and prepare meals in advance. Eliminate Fast Food!! If this is the only thing you end up eliminating altogether, trust me when I say you will notice a huge difference in the way you feel and your body will thank you!

If you have any questions or you just need a little encouragement along the way….I’ll be there for you!
I’ve been through this myself and the most difficult step is going to be the first one. It does get easier and you will feel better and have more energy. Send me an email at info@thezestymoose.com and let me know your progress. I’d love to hear from you!

Source: WebMD

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CONTEST! Guess The Product – Win That Product Giveaway!

The New Addition to our Culinary Line is almost ready for launch!
We’re hosting a Product Giveaway and you will need to head on over to our Facebook Page to Participate!

Terms and Conditions:

1. Contest Clues For Guess The New Product… Will Be Posted On Our Facebook Page.
“Like” And Participate.
2. Post your guess on our Facebook Wall or via Email To: info@thezestymoose.com
3. Sharing clues and /or interacting with other people is highly encouraged.
4. You can work in teams to come up with the answer or participate individually.
5. Keep Track Of The Clues Posted.
6. Use The Clues And Correctly Guess The New Product…Win The Product!

Here’s How It Works……

Starting Thursday, May 15, 2014 we will post a clue on our Facebook page. The clue describes something about the new product line. We will randomly add new clues and continue to post them on our Facebook page. You will need to keep track of each clue. Each clue will be a little more specific about what the New Product May Be. You will need to use the clues and then tell us what you believe the product is. Be specific. The contest will end on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:59PM MDT. All correct answers submitted either by email and/or posted will be chosen at random and we will pick 4 winners!

Rules/Disclaimer:

No Purchase Necessary
Giveaway winners will be contacted via email and will be shared with your name and last initial on our Facebook Page! If you are chosen as a Winner you will need to respond and provide an email address within 48 hours or you will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen. We will not share any other information with anyone except to facilitate shipment of your prize and will be shipped directly. Giveaway is open to US residents only. We are not liable for errors stemming from lost/delayed e-mail, posting or typographical errors, technical failures, etc. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and by participating you release Facebook of any liability associated with this giveaway. This giveaway is being held by Envision Products, Inc. d/b/a The Zesty Moose. We may be reached at info@thezestymoose.com

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Asian Chicken

Asian Chicken Plated

This easy at-home version of one of my favorite Asian dishes will satisfy any appetite and goes way beyond the takeout container. This full flavored marinade uses basic on-hand ingredients which is a real time-saver here. One of our newest additions to our Signature Seasoning Collection is the Hair Raisin’ Asian Blend. Although the name may indicate “Hot” the flavor profile is light and savory and a lot of spicy! The term Hair Raisin’ is a trait associated with the behavior of the animal in that like a dog, when moose are agitated, the hairs on their backs stand up straight! We like to have fun with our product names. We want you to have fun cooking…So take a culinary trip around Asia right from your very own kitchen!

 Asian Chicken Ingredients

Asian Chicken

Method:

Asian Chicken Marinade

In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, garlic and Hair Raisin’ Asian Seasoning. Mix well.

Marinade in the bag

Place chicken into a large food storage bag. Pour marinade over chicken and seal bag, turning to coat. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 4 hours or preferably overnight. Preheat the grill to 350-400 degrees.

Chicken on the Grill

Grill the chicken for 7 minutes on the first side. Turnover and grill for 5 minutes on the second side. For larger portions, you will need to turn and grill for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Asian Chicken Plated

 

Yields: -2-4

Total Time: 25 Min.

Prep Time: 10 Min.

Cook Time: 15 Min.

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Pictsweet Frozen Vegetables

Picsweet

When you spend some time getting to know the story behind the Pictsweet Company you will appreciate the commitment and hard work forged by this family owned and family run business for 4 generations. J.O. “Tank” Tankersley was the man behind the vision of taking power from hydroelectric dams and significantly reducing the cost of operating “quick freeze” commercial freezers. His innovation to apply this to crops of vegetables would expand the frozen vegetable industry.

And so a family legacy was born. It’s a legacy that evolved out of hard work, perseverance and dedication to growing the best vegetables, picking them at just the right time and using the best practices to get them to people at their peak of flavor. This family tradition of hard work and commitment continues, and it has made Pictsweet one of the best growers and distributors of frozen vegetables in the United States. Since 1945, they have been serving your family the same vegetables they serve to theirs.

Pictsweets All Natural Vegetables include over 80 delicious varieties ranging from regional specialties like cut Okra to America’s all-time favorites like Green Peas. Their website has some tasty recipes to choose from for making soups & salads, appetizers, baked goods, entrées, and side dishes. Here is a link to their website: pictsweet.com

I buy fresh vegetables whenever possible but during those Months when I am unable to get them fresh, I will use Pictsweet’s Deluxe and Natural varieties. They also offer Steam’ables, which are microwavable and convenient for busy families; as well as their New Deluxe Sides. Now you can serve up indulgent dishes that look and taste like gourmet without a lot of time or effort. With Deluxe Sides, you just heat and serve right in their own handy package. I have not personally tried the Steam’ables or Deluxe Sides.

Pictsweet ….From The Farm and To The Table…There’s no better reason to indulge in a tantalizing treat that just happens to be good for you!

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Mom’s Hearty Potato Soup

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Soups On!!! When I think of comforting pleasures nothing quite says it better than an irresistible bowl of homemade potato soup. My ideal version is loaded with big chunks of real potatoes, slow cooked in chicken stock with onions, celery, savory herbs and spices and bacon baby….Then finished with a little cream for extra richness. Yep, you read it correctly….. The Seasoning Blend of choice is none other than our No Moosteak Grill n’ Rub! This one packs in the flavor. There is no cheese in this soup, and you won’t miss it either! Oops…The recipe wasn’t written down the first time we made it. “You will make the soup again, and this time, I’ll be paying attention.” ~from the movie “Ratatouille” ~ Who might the little chef be and whom shall I give credit to for this delightful dish? My mother of course, so it is only fitting that we would call it Mom’s Hearty Potato Soup!

Ingredients

Mom’s Hearty Potato Soup

• 8 large potatoes, peeled and cubed *
• 4 C. Chicken broth (equal to 1 32oz. box)
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• ¼ C. green onion, chopped (equal to 3 green onions)
• ½ C. yellow onion, chopped
• 1 C. celery, diced (equal to 3 ribs)
• 3 T. unsalted butter
• ¼ C. flour
• 2 C. heavy cream or milk, or substitute 1 C. of each
• 1-2 T. Zesty Moose No Moosteak Grill n’ Rub Seasoning
• 3 T. olive oil
• 1 ½ to 1- lb. of bacon 6-8 slices pre-cooked & chopped (optional)

Method:

Pre-Cook The Bacon:

Bacon
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.

Bacon on Sheet

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the bacon slices vertically across. Place the bacon into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and wrap in a paper towel to absorb excess fat.

Finished Bacon

Allow to cool, and then chop into bite size pieces.

Celery and Onions

In a heavy duty skillet, add the olive oil and sauté the celery and onion over medium heat until onion is clear.

Add Garlic

Add garlic and continue cooking 1-2 minutes.

Crock Pot

In a large stock pot, add the bacon, celery, onion, garlic and diced potatoes.

Add Stock

Cover with chicken broth and simmer until potatoes are almost done.

Butter and Flour

In the same skillet, over medium heat, melt butter and add flour.

Rue

Gradually add heavy cream or milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened.

Mixture

Pour into the potato mixture and add The Zesty Moose Steak Seasoning. Continue to simmer on low for an hour.

Potatoes

*Potato Tip: Peel and chop potatoes and place directly into a bowl of ice water before cooking to keep them firm and crisp. This also prevents the potatoes from browning and being exposed to the air while prepping remaining ingredients. Pour out water before placing into a stock pot.

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Serves 8

Total Time: 2 Hours
Prep Time: 1 Hour
Cook Time: 1 Hour

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Storing Onions, Garlic and Shallots

Ingredients

I don’t know about you but I have always stored my onions and garlic in the refrigerator only to find out recently that the fridge is not the best place to store them. Onions, just like tomatoes, become soft in the fridge — and what’s an onion without its crisp bite? They also have the tendency to impart their flavor on surrounding produce. And while you might love the taste of onions, you probably don’t want everything to taste like one. It’s actually better to keep whole onions in a warm dry place until they’re cut. Once cut, you should store them in the fridge, covered; they will keep for a few days.

If you have a Garlic Pot or an Onion Pot like the one pictured above; these work great! If you don’t have one of these, how should these edible bulbs be stored? Monica, over at The Yummy Life shared her Mom’s (aka Grammy) storage tip using the punched paper bag method for extending the life. I actually did try this and I was able to keep mine for up to two Months using this method.

Here is what you need:

Storing Onions

• onions, garlic, shallots
• brown paper bags (lunch size)
• hole punch
• marker
• paper clips

Directions:

Bag

Fold

Fold flattened paper bag lengthwise and punch holes along one long edge, approx. 1″ apart,

Fold and Punch 1

punching through multiple layers at one time.

Fold and Punch 2

Flip bag over and punch along opposite side.

Stand up

Open bag, insert onions, garlic or shallots; fill the bag up to half full.

Label

Fold top of bag over 2-3 times, label the top with a marker, and use a paper clip to hold the top in place. Store filled bags in cool, dark place, so that air can circulate between the bags.

Additional Tips:

This punched paper bag method should extend the life of onions, garlic, and shallots in most situations. However, their specific life may vary depending on the temperature, humidity, and light conditions where the bags are stored.

Do not use plastic bags as this will accelerate sprouting and spoilage because of the lack of circulation and the whole point of punching the bags.

Do not store near potatoes. Potatoes should not be stored in the refrigerator as well but they should not be stored near onions as they both give off gases that will accelerate the spoilage of each other.

Temperature:
Store in a cool (not cold) dry space such as a kitchen drawer, storage pantry or basement that is between 65 and 70 degrees.

Adapted From TheYummylife.com

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