Seafood salad for the lazy cook

Seafood salad for the lazy cook

Seafood pasta salad

There is nothing quite like a great seafood salad on a hot day and nowadays, with marinara mix being available at almost any supermarket, you can whip one together in a matter of minutes. This one takes 20 min utes or so from start to finish, perfect weekend food and if you are having guests… well what can I say, don’t spend too much time in the kitchen. (4 people)

What you need

375g shell pasta
Olive oil
500g frozen marinara mix, thawed
1 small onion finely chopped
Olive oil1 teaspoon crushed garlic

Dressing
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon white wine or chicken stock
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup tomato sauce
A few drops Tabasco sauce (optional)
Palm of chopped fresh parsley

100g ripped rocket for a bed

The process

In a pan on a medium heat with the olive oil, cook the onion and garlic until soft, now add the marinara mix and stir slowly and gently to cook the seafood. Cooking the seafood should not take more than 5 or 6 minutes. Once cooked, place in a bowl and then into the fridge to cool.

While the seafood is cooling cook the pasta in plenty of salted water and then drain u8nder cold water.

Add the pasta to a large bowl, mix all of the dressing ingredients together and then add to the pasta along with the cooled seafood and toss gently to coat all of the seafood with the sauce.

Serve nice mounds on a bed of rocket.

You can use any leaves to bed it down with, iceberg lettuce shredded is really good and of course some ripe slices of avocado on the side are a real winner.

For those who like seafood pasta sauces, here is a shrimp pasta sauce.

Tuna pasta salad with a hint of curry

Tuna pasta salad with a hint of curry

Tuna pasta salad

This tuna pasta salad has a little curry powder in it to give it a beautiful yellow colour and a taste quite unlike anything I expected. It was very morish, fresh, crisp and a definite winner for the last of the summer days.

What you need

250g dry macaroni
300g green beans, cut in half
1 tin tuna in oil (415g) drained and flaked.
1 small onion sliced
Handful of chopped fresh parsley
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
1 heaped teaspoon crushed garlic
2 teaspoons mild curry powder

The process

Cook you pasta in plenty of salted water, drain under cold water and set aside.

Boil the beans for about 2 minutes until tender but still firm.

Now add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and toss well until the yellow of the curry powder coats everything.

That is that… no fuss and very tasty. You may like the tuna pasta bake if this one appeals to you.

Rosemary seared tuna

Rosemary seared tuna

Seared tuna

Seared tuna

This seared tuna recipe is for those who prefer a more savory fish dish to the salmon with mango salsa. It’s real simple and the roasted plum tomatoes are fantastic and make the plate look really good. Another Valentines winner.

What you need

2 Tuna steaks (150 – 200 grams each)
Juice and grated rind of 1 small lime
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
2 medium plum tomatoes halved
1 small red onion sliced
salt and pepper

The process

Make a marinade with 1/2 the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, lime rind and lime juice. Add the tuna steaks and toss around to coat them. Cover and place in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour.

Heat your oven to 200 Celsius, ploace the tomatoes in an oven dish, cover with the oinions, sprinkle over a little rosemary and a drizzle of olive oil. Roast them for 15 minutes.

Heat your grill pan to medium hot and cook the tuna steaks until browned and rare inside.

Serve with the roasted tomatoes and a squeeze of lime.

Check out more sumptuous tuna fish recipes at BeeWellforlife.com’s choices of delicious and healthy dishes.

Tuna with a mango salsa

Tuna with a mango salsa

Salmon mango salsa

Seared tuna

Salmon is so good for you and one of the easiest and tastiest meals to prepare and the manga salsa really makes a huge difference. For those of you looking for a nice easy Valentines dinner that never fails to impress this is the one for you. There is also a tuna recipe with rosemary. Seared tuna with plum tomatoes. (2 people)

What you need

2 tuna steaks (about 150-200g each)
Olive oil
Soy sauce
Pepper

Salsa

1 large ripe mango
2 spring onions chopped
½ yellow pepper chopped finely
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Palm of chopped coriander

The process

Place all of the salsa ingredients into a bowl, mix, cover and set aside in the fridge while you prepare the salmon steaks. You can leave in the fridge for for 2 hours or so if you are preparing ahead.

Heat your grill pan to medium hot.

Brush both sides of the salmon with a mixture in equal parts of soy sauce and olive oil, then a good grind of pepper.

Cook the salmon until nicely browned but still pink inside, should take between 2 and 3 minutes per side.

Pile the salsa on top of the salmon and sprinkle over a little more fresh chopped coriander, that’s it.. Tasty healthy salmon.

For a dessert, make the crème brulee, it’s a perfect sharing dessert.

deep fried calamari

deep fried calamari

Deep fried calamari

Deep fried calamari

Here is another fantastic and simple calamari recipe, if you have any calamaro rings left over from marinating for you salad make some deep fried calamari rings to dip into tartare sauce as another calamari antipasti or as a meal with a side salad and a some crisp potato wedges.

What you need

1kg calamari rings
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups breadcrumbs (for this recipe, bought breadcrumbs are best)
Oil

The process

Heat oil in a pot for frying, you want about 5cm of oil at least.

Beat together the egg and the milk in a bowl and drop in the calamari rings, shake them about a bit to cover all of the calamari in egg.

Place the ½ of the breadcrumbs on a large plate, take the calamari out of the egg and shake of excess egg. Then place them on the plate and cover with the remaining breadcrumbs.

Press the breadcrumbs onto the calamari rings with your fingertips to ensure that the stick well.

Drop the coated calamari rings into the oil in batches and deep fry until they are golden brown and crisp. You will have to turn them to get them evenly browned and crisp on both sides.

Remove from the oil and drain on absorbent paper.

Here is the marinated calamari recipe.

Marinated calamari

Marinated calamari

Calamari antipasti

Calamari antipasti

Marinated calamari is a fantastic Italian dish which is great on it’s own as an antipasti or sprinkled onto a salad for a summer lunch. It’s so hot out these days I thought I would give you all something really easy that also keeps in the fridge very well, ready for an anytime quick lunch or snack. (500g Calamari is ample for 3 ot 4 salads as a meal, so make as much or as little as you need)

What you need

500g Calamari rings
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
palm of chopped fresh parsley

The process

Bring a large pot of water to the boil and drop in the calamari rings. Reduce the heat to medium straight away and leave to simmer for 10 minutes until the calamari is white and tender.

Drain the calamari.

In a bowl add the lemon juice and oil, toss in the calamari, mix it about, cover with cling film and place in the fridge over night.

In the morning, remove from the fridge, add the garlic and the parsley, mix and return to the fridge for at least 2 to 3 hours.

That is it, you have a fantastic antipasti ready any time..

Serve it as an antipasti in the marinade and if you are having it on a salad, sprinkle over the rings and spoon over a little of the marinade.

Try the deep fried calamari recipe, just like your local pub.

Baked Sesame salmon

Baked Sesame salmon

Baked sesame salmon

Baked sesame salmon

There is little like a fresh piece piece of Cape salmon covered in toasted sesame seeds for a hot summers day meal. this recipe is so easy and so quick it’s hard to believe. This is all about the fantastic flavour of salmon, enhanced a little but preserving that delicate salmon flavour. (for 2 but make as many as you need)

What you need

2x 250g Cape salmon fillets
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
Sea salt

Mange Tout finely sliced
Carrot finely shredded
Celery finely shredded

The process

Heat your oven to very hot or about 240 Celsius.

Line a baking tray with alluminium foil, place the fish on the foil and give them a grind of salt. Then squeeze over the lemon juice and sprinkle over the sesame seeds.

Bake for 15 or 20 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon, until the salmon is cooked through and the sesames seeds are beautifully browned and toasty.

Simply place on a bed of the shredded raw vegetables and you are done.

salmon has so many health benefits that we should be eating a lot more of it, it’s failry expensive so save it for a special occasion. And for the guys out there, what could be easier to impress a lady?

A great dessert for this recipe is to make this Warm cherry sauce served with some good vanilla ice cream.

Crayfish recipe

Crayfish recipe

crayfish

crayfish

Summer time means seafood and the king of all seafood is Crayfish. The succulent sweet meat of crayfish tails needs very little fancying up and personally I am not a fan of Crayfish Thermidor, which I find so rich and honestly, why muck around with one of natures most beautiful flavors. (for 2)

What you need

2 large crayfish cleaned and halved
finely grated rind of 1/2 a lemon
butter
Olive oil
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
Palm of chopped fresh parsley
Juice of 2 large lemons
Salt and pepper

The process

In a pan on a medium heat, add about 2 heaped tablespoons of butter and a splash of olive oil until foamy.

Place the crayfish flesh side down and cook until you begin to get browning and caramelizing on the flesh. It should take no longer than 3 or 4 minutes.

Add the lemon rind, garlic, and lemon juice to the pan, give it a good shake around and then turn the crayfish over, place a lid on the pan and allow to steam for about another 4 or 5 minutes.

The flesh should be white and quite firm.

Place 2 halves on each plate, spoon over a bit of the sauce and serve with lemon wedges and a little grind of salt and black pepper.

A nice fresh but simple salad with a few croutons is ideal for this recipe. try these prawns kebabs for your summer braais.

Smoked haddock with a difference

Smoked haddock with a difference

Smoked haddock florentine

Smoked haddock florentine

I have always enjoyed smoked haddock and happily used it in kedgeree or with a really nice white sauce on toast for breakfast, but this really steps it up for smoked haddock. The crumbly topping makes a huge difference and it was a delicious fish meal. Most of us don’t eat enough fish so here is a really quick and easy fish recipe that tastes fantastic. (4 people)

What you need

600g smoked haddock thawed (1 box)
400g spinach leaves with white bits trimmed (use scissors)
1 cup cheddar grated cheese
1/3 cup chopped chives
2/3 cup fresh cream
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons butter

The process

Fill a large pan about 1/3 with cold water, toss in the fish fillets and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils remove from the heat and drain.

Roughly chop up the spinach leaves and repeat the exact same process above, then take the spinach leaves in your hands and squeeze out as much water as you can.

Lightly butter a casserole dish and make a layer with half of the fish, then use half of the spinach and make another layer, 1/2 of the chives, 1/2 of the cream then 1/3 of the cheese.

Repeat again and then top it off with the rest of the cheese and the breadcrumbs.

Melt the butter in the microwave and sprinkle over the top.

Bake in a 200 Celsius oven for 30 to 35 minutes until the top is browned.

You are gonna love this.

Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

This tuna pasta bake recipe is really fantastic. Don’t be put off by the milk flavoring process, it takes a few minutes but makes a huge difference to the flavor. This is another one of those recipes that should be printed and kept, it will feature regularly, is inexpensive to make and a really great tasting dish. You can use tinned tuna or tinned salmon. ( for 4 hungry people)

What you need

200g dry shell pasta (shells, twirly ones or even penne)
4/5 sprigs of parsley
1 small onion roughly chopped
2 bay leaves
8 black pepper corns
3 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons white wine or chicken stock
1 tablespoon granular mustard
450g tinned tuna or salmon
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup breadcrumbs

The process

Cook your pasta in a large pot until al dente, drain and set aside.

In a pot on a medium to high heat, add the milk, onion, peppercorns, bay leaves and parsley and bring it to the boil. Remove from the stove and set aside with a lid on for about 5 minutes or so. Strain the milk into a bowl and toss out the onion and spices.

Now add the butter and flour to a large pot on a medium heat and whisk to make a roux, whick like crazy and don’t allow it to brown. Add the milk and onion mix you have just made gradually, whisking constantly. Keep whisking until the flour is completely dissolved and the mixture begins to boil and thicken.

Now mix in the wine or chicken stock and the mustard and combine well. Remove from heat, add the tuna and the pasta and mix well.

Place the mixture into an oven dish, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese that have already been mixed together and bake in a 180 Celsius oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the top is browned.

Herbed Pasta-Tuna Bake on FoodistaIt’s a really delicious meal this one, serve with a salad. if you like this type of recipe, your will also love the Chicken and broccoli bake recipe.