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Swordfish Steak with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Mmmmm, swordfish steak. I believe I first tried it about 5 years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. It’s one of my seafood favorites that’s quite steak-y because of how thick they are, but cooks super quick and isn’t “fishy” tasting. When cooked just right (as in, not overcooked and dry), it’s so delicious and tender, but mild enough that it goes well with any sauce or spices. I absolutely love it.

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

This is a great weeknight recipe because you’ll have a healthy and flavorful dinner in about 20 minutes. You don’t even need to turn on the oven!

The best part about it is the creamy lemon basil sauce, because it really brightens up the flavors. I’ve marinated swordfish steak before in all different sauces, but I like to keep it simple with the fish itself then give it a boost after cooking with a sauce or dressing. Swordfish itself is pretty neutral in flavor so this works out really well.

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

If you are unfamiliar with swordfish, don’t be intimidated. It’s one of the easiest fish to cook, because it cooks so fast compared to its thickness, and it’s quite nutrient dense! It’s one of the few food sources of vitamin D and has a substantial amount of anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids. Love when delicious food is jam packed with nutrients!

Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce

Swordfish Steak with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
Swordfish
  • 2 swordfish steaks, 1 inch thick
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (Omit pepper for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
Creamy lemon basil sauce
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup fresh basil, packed
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (Omit pepper for AIP)
  • 3 tbsp of water + more, if necessary
Instructions
  1. Pat the swordfish dry with a paper towel, and season them liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. Pour lemon juice over the swordfish and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. While the swordfish is marinating, place all ingredients of the lemon basil sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add more water until it becomes the right consistency. Set aside.
  3. Heat a coconut oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Place the steaks in the pan and cook for 6 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Drizzle lemon basil sauce over the steaks and serve with delicious veggies!

Paleo Whole30 Swordfish Steaks with Creamy Lemon Basil Sauce - Ready under 30 minutes!

Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Alright, guys. Just a small update: we are still living in an Airbnb for the entire month of February so I’m really lacking in food photography props and my favorite plates that I like to use. It’s all good, because the place we are staying at is really nice and has good lighting (which is extremely important to me). We are trying to find a place to live next month so hopefully it’ll work out soon. I’m actually much less stressed out about the whole situation than I thought I would be, and I will provide you with more details soon (fingers crossed!).

In the mean time, I hope you understand if my photos are less than stellar. I’m doing my best with what I have!

As promised, this is my 2nd Instant Pot recipe of the week and it’s a good one. I love a good chicken soup and it’s so healing and comforting when you are feeling sick or down. I first made this Instant Pot chicken soup on a whim and didn’t measure any of the ingredients, and it turned out absolutely fantastic, so I had to make it again to share it with you!

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

This recipe uses a whole chicken, and I love that because you end up making bone broth while cooking it, so you have a really nutrient-dense soup at the end of it. And it all comes together a little over one hour!

And yes, we have most of our crap in storage right now, but I had to bring my Instant Pot with me, OF COURSE. I use it at least 3-4x a week so it’s a must!

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

It’s currently cold season so if you are feeling under the weather or in need of some comfort, I hope you make this nourishing Instant Pot chicken soup to boost your immunity and fight off the bugs. It also freezes really well so you can make it ahead of time to pull out on a cold day. It’s basically a hug in a bowl!

Paleo Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots (or 3 small), chopped
  • 1½ cup green beans, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 3-4 lb whole chicken, preferably pasture raised
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste (omit for AIP)
  • 5 cups of water
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place onion, carrots, green beans, garlic, and ginger in the Instant Pot.
  2. Lay the chicken over the vegetables.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour water over everything.
  5. Close the lid of the Instant Pot, then set it to "Soup" on high pressure of 30 minutes.
  6. Once the soup is finished, the Instant Pot will beep a few times. Wait about 30 minutes for the pressure to go down naturally until you can open the lid.
  7. Take out the chicken and debone. You can save the bones to make bone broth.
  8. Shred the meat and place back in the Instant Pot. Stir.
  9. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  10. Serve with chopped green onions sprinkled on top.

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Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (Goguma Mattang)

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

 
I remember eating these caramelized sweet potatoes when I was young for every holiday in Korea with my family. I came to the US when I was 6, but I can still recall gathering with my relatives and eating a feast of delicious Korean foods. I especially loved Lunar New Year, because this was when all the kids would bow to the elders to wish them a bountiful New Year, and in return, they would hand the kids money. It was the best part!

Lunar New Year is just around the corner (Jan 28th) and while I don’t celebrate it like I did in Korea, when Christine from Vermilion Roots asked if I would like to join in on a virtual Lunar New Year party with other awesome food bloggers, I had to say yes!

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang
 
The recipe I’m contributing is called Goguma Mattang in Korean, and it’s basically deep fried sweet potato wedges that are coated in sweet caramel sauce. They are sticky on the outside and crispy on the inside, and they are pretty much the most addicting dessert ever.

I don’t like to deep fry anything at home, since I like to use stable, heat-resistant oils like coconut oil or duck fat for frying, and it can get super expensive with those healthy oils. So I baked the sweet potatoes in high heat then broiled them to get them extra crispy, and it worked so well!

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang


 
Even if you don’t celebrate Lunar New Year, I hope you end up making these, because they are absolutely delicious! The honey caramel sauce enhances the sweetness of the potatoes, and this mattang makes me miss my family and Korea so much.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (Goguma Mattang)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb Japanese sweet potatoes (about 1 large or 2 small)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut them into thick wedges making sure they are all evenly sized.
  3. Coat and toss the sweet potato wedges with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and sea salt.
  4. Spread the sweet potato wedges on a baking pan and bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the sweet potatoes are golden.
  5. Turn up the oven to broil, then broil the sweet potatoes for 2-3 minutes until they are extra crispy.
  6. Once the sweet potatoes are done, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp coconut oil, coconut sugar, and honey.
  7. Once the sauce begins to boil, turn the heat to low to simmer until the coconut sugar is dissolved.
  8. Turn off the heat and add the sweet potatoes to the skillet and stir to coat.
  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and lay the coated sweet potatoes on a parchment paper, making sure they don't touch each other.
  10. Cool for at 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy immediately!

#SweetLunarNewYear Virtual Party!

The following food bloggers and I have come together for a virtual #SweetLunarNewYear party, so come join in on the fun! They have all contributed amazing delicious dessert recipes specific to their countries so I think it’ll be a cultural learning experience as well:

Snow Fungus Soup by Vermilion Roots
Indonesian Honeycomb Cake (Bingka Ambon) by What To Cook Today
Chinese Peanut Cookies by Wok & Skillet
Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes by A Taste of Joy and Love
Gluten-Free Chinese Almond Cookies by Grits & Chopsticks
Black Sesame Shortbread Cookies by Little Sweet Baker
Ice Cream Mooncakes by Brunch-n-Bites
Coconut Red Bean Pudding by The Missing Lokness
Cashew Nut Cookies by Anncoo Journal
One Bite Pine Nut Cookies by Yummy Workshop
Baked Coconut Walnut Sticky Rice Cake by Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Black Sesame Cream Puffs by Pink Wings
Cashew Nut Cookies by Roti n Rice
Mini Peanut Puffs (Kok Chai) by Malaysian Chinese Kitchen
Thousand Layer Cake (Lapis Legit) by Daily Cooking Quest
Pineapple Cookies (Nastar) by V for Veggy
Almond Orange Spiral Cookies by Butter & Type
Three Color Dessert (Che Ba Mau) by The Viet Vegan
Year of the Rooster Mochi by Thirsty for Tea
Korean Tea Cookies (Dasik) by Kimchimari
Sweet Sticky Nian Gao (Kuih Bakul) by Lisa’s Lemony Kitchen
Sweet Rice Balls with Peanut Butter (Tang Yuan) by Omnivore’s Cookbook
Candied Ginger (Mut Gung) by Plant Crush
Chick Egg Tarts by Dessert Girl
Red Bean Soup with Black Glutinous Rice by Nut Free Wok
Orange Scented Sweet Red Bean by Lime and Cilantro

Come join the party on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and share your sweet Lunar New Year recipes by using the hashtag #SweetLunarNewYear. Hope you have a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Paleo Gluten Free Vegan Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang