Lamb Sandwich with Whipped Ricotta Mint Dressing

My son was bored with the typical “Ham and Cheese” sandwich, so I stepped it up a bit. I used our leftover lamb tenderloin fillet, which was cooked medium rare and had a silky smooth texture, to make his sandwich. I combined some whipped ricotta cheese with salt, olive oil and chopped mint as the dressing, and added a few caramelized red onions for a little-added sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of toasted sourdough bread
  • 6 slices of lamb tenderloin
  • 1/4 cup whipped ricotta
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint
  • 1/3 cup caramelized onions
  • salt to taste
  • a drizzle of olive oil

Directions: Mix the ricotta with the chopped mint, add a dash of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Spread ricotta dressing onto the toast. Add the cooked lamb tenderloin and caramelized onions. Drizzle a little more oil on top of the sandwich. Serve with love!

Paleo Turkey Lettuce Wraps (AKA Turkey Larb)

Turkey Lettuce wraps

Here is a great light Thai inspired dish that I have made numerous times! And falls into the Paleo category. I have been trying to find other alternative recipes  to red meat (beef), and honestly after watching “CowSpiracy” I have been avoiding red meat about 95% of the time. That movie was such an eye-opener! Surprisingly, Leonardo DiCaprio was the executive producer. Anyway, hope you enjoy this simple light recipe, it was inspired by a recipe I found in Women’s Health Magazine back in 2012.

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp organic canola oil
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 3 small shallots, diced
  • 1 piece of lemongrass (4″ long) minced
  • 1 Thai or Serrano chili, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 lb of 99% fat-free ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp of sriracha (optional for a bit more “kick”)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 head of organic butter lettuce

Directions:

  • In a bowl, whisk lime juice, lemon juice, fish sauce, and honey.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, shallots, lemongrass, and chili. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add turkey to skillet and Siracha. Season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently and making sure turkey does not stay in large chunks. Cook until meat and vegetables are cooked through, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add dressing to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add mint and season with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon turkey mixture onto lettuce leaves and serve.

Thai lettuce wrap ingredients

Watermelon Margaritas

Watermelon margaritas

Watermelon margaritas are a great summer cocktail! We made these on our girl’s trip in Mexico, but ironically it was hard to find fresh limes! Definitely start with 100% Agave Tequila, fresh limes and use seedless watermelon to save time. I always use Agave Nectar for my margaritas over sugar or simple syrup. My favorite tequila for margs, that won’t break the bank, is Espolon Silver Tequila. It’s a great value and perfect for mixing into a marg.

When it comes to measuring out my ingredients, I always start with the fresh squeezed lime, as it’s harder to squeeze limes than pour the tequila, or add the agave. Best to buy an entire seedless watermelon, and chop into pieces and place half into food processor. Save the other half to cut into wedges for garnishing the glasses. This recipe is a little different from the 1,2,4 margarita recipe I posted as we replace the soda water with the watermelon puree.

Measurements for a single Watermelon Marg:

  • ½ oz. Agave nectar
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice (not bottled – please!)
  • 2 oz. 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 oz. fresh pureed watermelon (No seeds!)
  • Salt for the rim, and sprig of mint or watermelon wedge for garnish

Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds at least, then pour into glass, with or without salt or a mixture of salt and sugar. I also sometimes add a sprig of fresh mint.

Measurements for a Batch of Watermelon Margaritas:

  • 1 cup Agave nectar
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lime juice (not bottled – please!)
  • 4 cups 100% Agave Tequila
  • 2 cup Fresh pureed watermelon
  • 2 large scoops of ice

Combine lime, agave, watermelon and tequila into a  drink dispenser. Stir in the ice, making sure it is mixed well. Add a little bit of club soda at if you want to dilute it. Make sure to stir occasionally as the lime and watermelon tend to settle. Enjoy! And please drink responsibly!