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Form croquettes into equal size balls and place on parchment lined baking sheer. Place a few croquettes in flour first, then egg mixture then coat with breadcrumbs. Place back on baking sheet. Put croquettes in fridge Heat oven to 350 degrees Heat pans over medium high heat on stovetop for 5 minutes Add 3 TBS, peanut oil to each pan. Saute croquettes in pans browning on all sides. Place back on tray and bake in oven for 10 minutes until heated thru.


Spicy Coconut Chicken Tenders

Ingredients 1 Lb. chicken tenderloins 

1 cup coconut flour 1 cup almond flour 

2 cups shredded coconut 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 

2 Tsp. Chipotle powder 2 tsp. Salt 2 tsp. black pepper. 

1 15 oz. can coconut milk 3 eggs 2 Tbs. hot sauce 

1 medium size bowl & 3 containers for breading

Parchment lined baking sheet Large saute pan Peanut oil 


Heat oven to 350 degrees Place chicken tenders in medium bowl 

with 1 tsp. chipotle powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper & 1 Tbs. hot sauce & coat evenly.

In one container place coconut & almond flour In second bowl 

put in eggs, coconut milk & 1 Tbs. hot sauce whisk well. In third bowl place coconut & panko, 

1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper. Mix well. Put tenders in flour mixture shake off excess,

coat in egg mixture & shake off excess. Coat in coconut mixture & place on parchment lined tray. 



Heat frying pan over medium high heat for 5 minutes

and add ¼ cup peanut oil. Saute tenders do not overcrowd pan. 

Be careful not to burn just a light golden brown.

Flip over and cook a few more minutes. Place back on baking sheet. 

Continue with remaining tenders cleaning pan in between and adding more oil.

Finish in oven for 10 minutes until cooked to 160 in center. 



Grilled Halibut with a Champagne Beurre Blanc Sauce

Ingredients for Halibut

4 Halibut filets 

Salt & black pepper

Herbs de provence 

Olive oil 

Rub filets on both side with 

olive oil & season generously 

on both sides with Salf, pepper & herbs we provence 

Heat grill to a medium high heat for 10 minutes

Place halibut on grill and cook for roughly 4-5 minutes per side depending on thisckness 


Beurre Blanc Sauce

2 cups Champagne or dry white wine

2 Large shallots peeled and chopped

2 TBS. white wine vinegar

½ tsp. whole black peppercorns

Juice from 1 lime, 1 orange & 1 lemon

3 sticks of butter chopped into small chunks at room temperature

.Salt & ground white pepper 


Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a simmer.

Reduce by half and put heat to low. Slowly whisk in butter until fully incorporated.

Strain sauce to remove peppercorns. 

Season with salt & white pepper to taste. Serve over Halibut filets. 



Seafood Fritters

You can use any combination of seafood you prefer in these fritters.

A combination of at least 3 different ones makes for great flavor & texture.

Serve with your favorite tartar sauce. Wild rice & roasted Brussel sprouts make great sides. 


Ingredients needed .

1-1/2 Lbs. total of a combination of Crabmeat, Shrimp, Scallops & Cod all cut into equal size small chunks 

(crabmeat picked over to remove any shells) \

2 eggs beaten ¼ cup almond flour ¼ cup cornmeal 

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese 1 Tbs. Cajun spice 

1 Tbs. chopped garlic ¼ cup chopped green onion 

½ cup heavy cream

Peanut oil for frying fritters 


In medium bowl combine seafood & Cajun spice

Toss to coat well. Add remaining ingredients except sesame oil. 

Combine well. Form mixture into small even size patties. 

Placing on parchement Line baking sheet. Heat oven at 350 degrees. 

Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat for a few minutes.

Add 3 Tbs. peanut oil and cook fritters in batches until golden brown on each side Wiping out pan in between batches.

Place fritters back on baking sheet & bake in oven 8-10 minutes until just cooked thru making sure not to over cook. 



Cheese sweet potato croquettes with a spicy tomato sauce

These croquettes make a great appetizer or served with the sauce and your favorite pasta.

Ingredients for croquettes. 

4 large even sized sweet potato, rinsed and wrapped in aluminum foil.

8 ounces pepper jack cheese cut into small cubes 1 egg ¼ cup parmesan cheese

1 tsp. white pepper ½ tsp. salt 4 ounces prosciutto chopped 


 Preheat oven to 400 degrees and roast sweet potatoes until soft on baking sheet.  (roughly an hour depending on size of potato)

Turning over halfway thru cooking. Let cool & slide peels off of sweets potatoes-place in stand mixer bowl. 

Add rest of ingredients except Pepper jack cheese and blend until smooth. 

Chill for 1 hour Place a 2 TBS. ball of mixture and flatten into your palm. 

Put a pepper jack cube into center of mixture And fold sweet potato ball mixture around it and gently roll into even ball.

Place onto parchment lined baking sheet. Continue until all mixture is used. Chill tray of croquettes 


Breading for croquettes 

2 cups of flour 

4 eggs and ½ cup of milk whisked

3 cups of bread crumbs 


Roll croquettes in flour then egg mixture. 

Then coat in bread crumbs.

Place back on baking sheet. And chill for an hour 


Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat and add 4 TBS. of olive oil

Fry croquettes in batches carefully turning over to brown all sides

Place in 350 oven for 10 minutes to heat thru. 


Spicy Tomato Sauce 


15 ounce can tomato puree 

15 ounce can diced tomato

3 TBS. chopped garlic 

1 tsp. red chili flakes 

2 TBS olive oil 

\½ cup chopped basil 

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp black pepper 


Saute garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes add both cans of tomatoes Bring to a simmer 

Add salt & pepper & chilio flakes Cook for 30 minutes stirring often.

Add basil at end of cooking. Serve with croquettes. 



Vegan 3 Bean Chili

Plant based diets are becoming more popular. The Golden Globes served an all Vegan menu this year. Why not try a different Vegan option once a week and see if you can work it into your diet? A tossed salad & crusty bread round out this meal very nicely.

Ingredients For Vegan Chili

1/2 cup dry black beans, 1/2 cup dry pinto beans, 1/2 cup dry kidney beans, 2 TBS. Olive oil, 3/4 cup chopped onion, 3/4 cup chopped celery, 1 red bell pepper chopped, 1 green bell pepper chopped, 2 TBS. chopped garlic, 2 TBS.. Chili Powder, 1 TBS. paprika, 1/2 TBS, garlic powder, ½ TBS. cumin, 1 TBS. Salt, 1 Tsp. Oreganom, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1 -15 OZ. can crushed tomato, 4 cups of water, 2 Oz. of diced green chilies,

¼ cup chopped cilantro

Soak beans in bowl overnight in fridge with enough water to cover beans.

In medium size pot saute onion, celery & bell peppers over medium-high heat for 5 minutes Add garlic & saute for 10 more minutes scraping bottom of pot.

Add spices and cook over medium low heat scraping bottom so it doesn’t burn for 5 minutes Drain beans and add to pot. Add water and bring to boil turn down heat and cover, Cook for 1 hour stirring often

Add tomato & green chilies. Cook for another hour until beans are soft. Stir often so it doesn’t stick to bottom of pot. Add cilantro at end of cooking.


Asian Salmon Burgers with a spicy citrus aioli

Freeze the salmon for an hour before chopping makes it easier to cut. These salmon burgers go great on a roll or pita or over a tossed salad

Salmon Burger ingredients - 1 Lb. salmon-skin removed and small diced- ¼ cup chopped green onion- Small bunch of cilantro chopped- 1 egg- 2 Tbs. sesame oil- 1 Tbs. Sriracha hot sauce- 1 Tbs. soy sauce- 1 Tbs. fresh ginger finely chopped- 1/3 cup almond flour- Place all ingredients in medium bowl and blend well- Portion into 4 equal size burgers & place on parchment lined baking sheet-

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Put a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add 3 Tbs. peanut oil and carefully place salmon burgers in being careful not to overcrowd them. Let them brown and carefully flip over and brown on that side. Place back on parchment paper Wipe out pan and repeat with remaining burgers.
Place in oven for 5 minuters to heat thru 

 Spicy Citrus Aioli -2 eggs- 1 Tbs. chopped garlic -1 Tbs. chopped ginger -2 tsp. lemon juice- 2 tsp. lime juice -2 tsp orange juice -Zest from 1 lemon-lime & orange- 1 tsp. salt-1 TBS. sriracha sauce 3/4 cup olive oil -¼ cup peanut oil -1 Tbs. Chili sesame oil

Place eggs, citrus juice and zest, garlic, Ginger, salt & sriracha sauce in food processor Start processor and slowly drizzle in olive oil, peanut oil and chili sesame oil Transfer to small bowl and chill until ready to use.


Chicken-Eggplant Rollatini 

This recipe has a few different steps to it but comes together very nicely. Lentil-& bulgur wheat pilaf & broccoli make great side dishes.

Eggplant ingredients 1 large eggplant peeled & sliced 2 cups Italian breadcrumbs in medium size container 1 cup flour-1/2 tsp. salt & ½ tsp black pepper-in medium size container 3 eggs beaten with ¼ cup milk-in- in medium size container .

Coat the eggplant in the flour then egg and finish coating with the breadcrumbs. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Heat a large saute pan over mefium high heat and add 3 TBS. olive oil Browning on both sides. Wipe oy pan in between batches.

Chicken filling 1 Lb. ground chicken 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella ¼ cup parmesan cheese 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. Italian seasoning

brown chicken and add black pepper and Italian seasoning. Transfer to medium size bowl and blend in 3 cheeses Place 3 ounces of chicken mixture in the center of each eggplant slice Fold over and secure with a toothpick Bake in 350 oven for 20-30 minutes Carefully remove toothpicks with a tong when they come out of oven

Chicken Veloute sauce 4 cups chicken stock 3 Tbs. butter 3 TBS. flour ½ tsp pepper ¼ cup milk . Melt buttet in medium sauce pan and whisk in flour. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat while whisking Add chicken stock & bring to simmer while whisking Let simmer 10 minutes. Turn heat down to low and add milk and pepper Serve with chicken


Chicken Piccata

This recipe comes together quick for a last minute meal. Let everyone think you worked all day making it! Couscous & Steamed broccoli make great side dishes.

Ingredients needed 1 Lb. cleaned chicken tenders. Flour for coating chicken 3 Tbs. capers 3-4 cups chicken stock ½ cup sherry wine Juice from 1 lemon ¼ cup chopped parsley Salt and pepper 2 Tbs Butter 2 Tbs. olive oil

In a large heavy bottom saute pan melt butter & over medium high heat until sizzling Coat chicken in flour and season on both side with salt 7 pepper. Carefully place chicken in pan. (do not overcrowd. If the pan is to small do in 2 pans Splitting the butter & olive oil between pans.) Let the chicken brown watching carefully to not burn. When they are golden brown flip over and cook for a few More minutes. Slowly add sherry. Let cook down for a few minutes. Add chicken stock. Bring back to simmer and let cook for 10 minutes at low simmer. Add capers lemon juice and parsley.

Protein Zucchini Muffins

These muffins make a great breakfast or snack anytime of the day. Make a double batch & freeze half of the muffins
To have on hand for a quick last minute breakfast.

Protein Zucchini Muffins
2 cups grated zucchini
¼ cup coconut flour
½ cup whey protein powder
½ cup almond flour
½ cup flaxseed
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp salt
6 eggs
¼ cup melted butter
4 Tbs. water
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line muffin tins with p.aper baking cups.

In medium bowl combine all dry ingredients except pecans
In another bowl blend eggs, butter & water
Fold into dry ingredients until well blended.
Stir in pecans.
Fill muffin cups all equally and bake on middle rack for 20-25 minutes
Until golden brown & cooked thru.
Turn pan halfway thru baking for even browning.


Salisbury Steak

The combination of ground beef & turkey lighten up this recipe for salisbury steak.

Roasted potatoes & green beans go well as sides.
½ lb. ground beef
½ lb. ground turkey
¼ cup breadcrumbs
2 eggs
4 TB. Tomato paste total
¼ cup sherry wine
1 medium onion finely sliced
4 cups beef stock
2 TB. Worcestershire sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
In medium bowl combine beef, turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, 2 TB. Tomato paste
1 tsp. of salt. 1 tsp. pepper. Combine until blended. Form into 4 equal size patties.
Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Spray pan with cooking spray
Brown patties on both sides and put aside. Put 2 TB. of olive oil in pan and add onions, saute until golden and soft.
Add other 2 TB. of tomato paste and cook out for a few minutes. Add sherry wine and cook for a minute.
Add beef stock and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Carefully place patties in pan and cover simmering over medium heat for 10 minutes. Uncover and flip patties over and cook for another 10 minutes until internal temp is 165 degrees.

Take patties out and reduce sauce by half. Taste for seasoning and add salt & pepper if needed


Chicken Tortellini Salad

 This pasta salad is great lunch or dinner on a hot day!
The different textures & pesto dressing pair well and
is packed with flavor.

 Pesto dressing
2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 Tbs. fresh garlic
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
2/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper.
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. water
1 cup olive oil
Put all ingredients except olive oil in food processor & blend until
smooth. slowly drizzle in olive oil while machine is running.

 Pasta salad ingredients
1 Lb. cooked boneless chicken breast seasoned with salt & peppers
& chopped.
1 cups small broccoli florets blanched last minute with tortellini.
1 Lb. tri-color cheese tortellini cooked according to package instructions
1 cup sliced olives
1 cup marinated artichoke heart quarters
1 small red & yellow bell pepper diced
2 fresh tomato diced
8 oz. fresh mozzarella diced
combine all ingredients in bowl. fold in pesto dressing & refrigerate
covered until ready to serve


Spinach-Feta Tart
It's All Greek To Me!
Make this tart early in the day before it gets to hot and enjoy for lunch
or a light dinner.
For the crust-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 cup flour
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 TBS. melted butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Egg.
Blend all ingredients in food processor
Lighlt oil a 9 inch tart or pie pan and press dough into
bottom and around edges evenly.
Bake for 10 minutes until just set. Don't overcook.
For the filling
2 Lbs. fresh spinach leaves
2 Tsp. chopped fresh garlic
1/2 medium onion chopped
2 TBS. olive oil
4 Oz. crumbled Feta cheese
4 Oz. Part skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup half & half.
4 Eggs
1/2 tsp. white pepper
I large sauce pan over medium heat sauté onion in olive oil for 2-3
minutes. Add garlic and sauté for a few more minutes.
turn heat down to low and add spinach and cover pan.
Let spinach wilt and let cool.
In medium bowl whisk eggs and half and half.
Add remaining ingredients with spinach and fold in.
Bake in crust in 350 oven for 30-40 Minutes until set.



 Crab-Shrimp-Scallop Pizza

This seafood pizza is not a typical red sauce & pepperoni pie.
You can basically put any topping on a pizza as long as you do not weigh
it down to much or overcook the proteins.
I like to sear the shrimp and scallops 1 minute on each side then add to
the pizza the last 5 minutes of cooking so they will not over cook.
Searing them first also releases extra liquid that would make the pizza
soggy. Don/t worry the delicious seafood stock will be used in the sauce
to add an extra depth of flavor!
Pizza Dough
4 tsp. dry active yeast
2 cups warm water (do not boil it will kill the yeast. Also do not let the
yeast and salt come into direct contact before mixing or it will kill the
6 cups all purpose flour
8 tsp. sugar
4 tsp. salt
4 TBS. olive oil

 Add water and olive oil to stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, add
sugar & salt, put yeast into flour and add to mixer. Blend on medium speed
for 3-4 minutes until dough slightly pulls away from bottom of bowl.
transfer to lightly floured work surface. portion into 8 ounce portions
and roll into smooth ball shape and wrap with plastic wrap.
If using the same day keep out at room temperature for a couple of hours
to rise a little, otherwise put in fridge and use in a couple of
days(extra dough can be frozen tightly wrapped.

Pizza Sauce-for 2-10 inch pizzas
4 TBS. butter
1/4 cup dry sherry wine
1/4 cup of seafood liquid that was seared
2 tsp. chopped garlic
2 cups half & half
1/3 cup grated parmesan
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese

salt & pepper to taste

 in medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat.
add garlic & cook for a few minutes, add sherry wine
and cook for a few minutes
Add seafood liquid and simmer for a few miunutes.
Add half and half & bring to a simmer, let simmer for
5 minutes being careful to not let boil over,
add parmesan cheese and blend well
turn off heat and blend in ricotta cheese until smooth
season with salt & pepper
chill until ready to put pizza together

 Pizza toppings.
8 oz. large peeled & deveined shrimp
8 oz. Sea scallops
8 oz. jumbo lump crabmeat picked over for shells & crumbled.
2 cups cooked spinach
2 cups grated part skim mozzarella
1 cup grated smoked gruyere cheese
salt & pepper-herbs de provence.
Season shrimp and scallops with salt & pepper & herbs de provence..Sear in
a very hot pan for a minute on each side. The shrimp and scallops will be
raw inside but will finish cooking the last 5 minutes on top of pizza.
Preheat oven to 475 with pizza stone on middle rack for 20-30 minutes

 Roll out pizza dough on lightly floured work surface and place on lightly
floured wooden pizza peel.
Add half of sauce and spread out evenly. sprinkle half of crabmeat and
half of spinach over pizza, sprinkle one cup of mozzarella and 1/2 cup
gruyere cheese over pizza.
Slide pizza carefully onto pizza stone using short, quick jerking motion,
Let cook for 10 minutes & then using paddle carefully turn halfway to cook
evenly. (depending on oven roughly 20-25 minutes total)
5 minutes before pizza is done add shrimp and scallops evenly over top of
when crust is golden carefully use pizza peel to take out of oven.
Repeat with second pizza.
Slice pizza and serve with a tossed salad


Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs

What do you do with all those leftover hard boiled Easter eggs? Give these deviled eggs a try. Loaded with flavor &
         if you are following a low carb diet plan they are a great snack. . Fool proof hard boiled eggs. 12 large eggs left at room
         temperature for an hour. Place in medium size pot and fill above eggs by an inch with hot tap water. Bring to a simmer on
         stove and turn off heat. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Place eggs in ice water & as soon as they are cool enough to
         handle peel eggs.  Slice in half & put yolks in medium size mixing bowl & the whites on a tray/

For the filling. 4 strips of cooked bacon finely chopped. 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard. 3 Tbs. Keto mayo (recipe to follow).
         1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese. 1/2 tsp. ground Chipotle chili powder. 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper. 1/4 tsp. sea salt. smoked
         paprika for garnish. fresh dill for garnish. chopped bacon for garnish. Blend rest of ingredients except garnish items with
         egg yolks until smooth. .. Keto Mayo. 2 Egg yolks. Juice from 1 lemon. 1 tsp. Dijon mustard. pinch of sea salt. 2 Tbs. water..
         1/2 cup avocado oil. 1/2 cup olive oil.

Put all ingredients except both oils in blenderwith blender on slowly add both oils until well blended.If to thick add a little more water.Extra mayo lasts for a week in fridge.Great dip for low carb snacks..Pipe egg yolk mixture into egg white shells & garnish with paprika,chopped bacon & dill


Cajun Meatloaf

Sick of boring, dry meatloaf? Give this one a try. The combination of meats
spices & vegetables give this meatloaf a lot of flavor & keeps it moist.
You can used a premade cajun spice mix but if you have these spices in
your pantry it is has much less salt than store bought ones.
The extra spice goes great on grilled meats & fish or added to plain rice
before you cook it.
Cajun Spice Blend\
1 Tbs. Salt
2 tsp. Cayenne pepper
2 tsp. Black pepper
1 tsp. White pepper
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Paprika
2 Tsp. Oregano
Blend in a small bowl
Heat oven at 350 degrees
Ingredients for meatloaf
1 Lb. ground beef
1/2 Lb. ground pork
1/2 Lb. Chorizo sausage (no casing)
1 small 1/2 onion peeled & roughly chopped
2 stalks of celery roughly chopped
1 small green bell pepper seeds removed & roughly chopped
2 Tbs. chopped garlic
2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
few shakes of hot sauce
3 eggs
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
5 slices of bread finely chopped
1/4 cup milk
2 Tbs. of the Cajun Spice Blend
Tomato glaze for meatloaf
3 Tbs. of tomato paste
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp. of Cajun spice blend
blended in small bowl
Saute onion, celery, bell pepper & garlic in butter over medium heat until
Finely chop in food processor. Let cool put milk, bread crumbs & chopped
bread in with pureed vegetables & combine well.
Put remaining meatloaf ingredients in medium bowl
pour vegetable mixture over meat mixture.
Combine until blended
Form into loaf on parchment lined baking pan
Pour tomato glaze over meatloaf & use a spatula to cover the top evenly.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until cooked to 160 degree in middle of loaf.
Serve with mashed potato & green beans.


Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites


8 Tbs. Softened butter

1-1/2 cups almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1/4 cup splenda sugar

1 tsp. salt 

1 cup Dark chocolate chips


Beat butter in mixer until fluffy scraping down bowl a few times

Mix in salt, sugar & vanilla

Add almond flour & coconut flour & blend well

Fold in chocolate chips

Portion into small balls & refrigerate

Keep in fridge for a week or freeze



 Sugar Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

3 Cups total sugar free chocolate cookie wafers ground in processor
(1 cup for peanut butter filling)
6 Tbs. melted butter
4 Tbs. softened butter
16 oz. sugar free peanut butter
1/2 Lb. granular Splenda
1 Tbs. Vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups sugar free chocolate chips

 For crust
in medium bowl combine 2 cups of the ground chocolate
wafers & the 6 Tbs. melted butter
Press in lightly greased 8x8 pan & refrigerate

 For peanut butter filling
In mixer whip peanut butter & softened butter & vanilla until smooth.
Beat in splenda until smooth.
Beat in 1 cup cookie crumbs until combined
Spread evenly over cookie crust & refrigerate

 For Chocolate topping
Melt chocolate chips over double boiler & whisk until smooth
Pour over peanut butter mixture & refrigerate overnight


 Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos with a pineapple-mango salsa & a ginger lime cream

 The spicy fish and refreshing salsa & cream sauce combine well
in this recipe. Don't wait for Tuesdays to enjoy them!
Place all items out and let everyone build the tacos the way they like.
Spice blend for fish
1 Tbs. Chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Lb. mahi-mahi filets
combine spice in bowl. coat fish with olive oil & rub spice blend all over
Grill over medium-high heat until cooked thru.

 Pineapple-mango Salsa
1 cup small diced pineapple
1 cup small diced mango
1/2 cup small diced red onion
small jalapeno finely minced
1 cup diced fresh tomato
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
juice from 1 lime
salt & pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients & bowl & mix well. Keep chilled

 Ginger-Lime Cream
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. dried ginger
1 tsp. cumin
A few shakes of hot sauce
combine in bowl & keep chilled

 Garnish for tacos
Flour tortillas
shredded red cabbage
diced avocado
Crumbled Cojita cheese
Lime wedges
chopped cilantro


Pickled Eggs & Vegetables

 Cucumbers are not the only vegetables that turn out great pickled!
Roasted beets, radishes, carrots, red & white onion, garlic, turnips. mushrooms, artichoke hearts, green beans, peppers (sweet & hot) are great as well!
Blanch the green beans for a minute in boiling water to retain a bright green color & make sure the vegetables are very fresh & cut in uniform shape.
.Pickling ingredients
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
4 tsp. pickling spice
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. pickling salt .
1/3 cup sugar.
Bunch of fresh rosemary & dill.
Sterilized pickling jars.
Boil vinegar, water, pickling spice, Bay leaves,sugar & salt.
let simmer for 10 minutes. let cool
Arrange peeled hard boiled eggs & vegetables. rosemary & dill in pickling jars.
Pour pickling liquid over all jars. Let cool.
Put lids on tightly & refrigerate for a few days before eating,



 These Croquettes make a great appetizer or light dinner over a salad

 1 LB. cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into small chunks
3 ounces of prosciutto
1/2 medium onion chopped and sautéed
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
3 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. flour
1/2 cup milk
For breading croquettes
1 cup flour
2 cups bread crumbs
4 eggs plus 1/4 cup milk beaten
olive oil & butter to sauté croquettes

 Put chicken, prosciutto & onion in food processor & blend until smooth
in a medium size pan melt butter over medium high heat and add
flour-stir to cook out flour for a few minutes add milk-turn down heat to
low and stir mixture.
add chicken mixture, salt pepper and nutmeg and blend well
take off heat and transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for a few
hours or
overnight. Form mixture into 1-1/2 ounce balls & place on parchment lined
baking sheet
in one bowl put flour
in one put beaten eggs & milk
in another put breadcrumbs
Roll croquettes in flour & shake of excess & place in egg-milk mixture
shake off excess & place in breadcrumbs and cover with crumbs completely.
shake off excess & place back on parchment paper lined pan.

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat
add 2 TBS. olive oil & 2 TBS. butter to pan and sauté turning over until
golden brown. placing them back on parchment when done
(you might need to do a couple of batches & clean pan out in between and
add new olive oil & butter.
Place in oven & cook for 10-15 until heated thru
Serve with a chicken veloute sauce, BBQ sauce or honey mustard.


 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

 Are you tired of those boring boxed pancake mixes?
Give these ones a try!
Make the batter the day before and when you have
company staying over for the holidays you can
whip these up in no time.
Mix dry ingedients in medium bowl
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 TBS. Baking powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup brown sugar

 1 cup dark chocolate chips (fold in at end)
Mix wet ingredients in another medium size bowl
2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Blend wet ingredients into dry mixture.
Fold in chocolate chips

 Heat a large skillet or 2 pans over medium heat
Grease Skillet with oil and pour 1/3 cup batter onto skillet
let cook until small bubbles appear. Flip over and cook until golden brown.
Wipe skillet off in between pancakes.
Serve with fresh fruit, whipped cream and your favorite syrup


Chicken, sausage & shrimp jambalaya

 This dish has a lot of ingredients but once they are all cut up
it comes together pretty easy.
I like to sear the shrimp separate so they do not over cook.
Add any other seafood you like. Scallops, crabmeat,
clams, oysters and squid also work well.
1 LB. smoked sausage chopped
1/2 LB. thick sliced deli ham chopped
1 LB. boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite sized
pieces-seasoned with 1 TBS. Cajun spice
I medium onion, peeled & chopped
1 LB. large shrimp peeled & deveined-seasoned with 1 TBS. Cajun spice
4 stalks of celery chopped
1 large green bell pepper chopped
1 bunch green onion chopped
2 tomatoes peeled & chopped
1 cup converted rice
1-1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup tomato sauce
2 TBS. Cajun seasoning
2 TBS. chopped garlic
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

 In a large heavy bottomed pot heat 2 TBS. olive oil over medium-high heat
Add onion, celery & bell pepper & sauté for a few minutes
Add sausage & ham & keep stirring
Add chicken
Add garlic & keep scraping bottom of pot.
add 2 TBS. of Cajun spice. keep stirring
Add rice, chicken stock & tomato sauce & chopped tomato
Bring to a simmer. Turn heat to low and cover let simmer for 10 minutes.
Turn off heat and stir in green onion.
Transfer to casserole dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil
Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes until rice is cooked
While it is in the oven heat a cast iron pan
over high heat. Put 3 TBS. sesame oil in pan and carefully put the
seasoned shrimp in single layer in pan.
let them cook a minute or two and flip over.
turn heat off and let the residual heat cook them all the way thru.
Serve with crusty bread & salad


 Lemon Berry Shortcake

 The lemon pastry cream complements the shortcake & berries very well.
Use whatever types of berries you like & that look good at the store.
2 sticks of softened unsalted butter (1/2 Lb.)
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. baking powder
2 cups cake flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
grease a 8-1/2 by 4-1/2 loaf pan and line with parchment paper

 Beat butter & sugar until fluffy
Add the eggs slowly & then the vanilla & salt
Add the baking powder to the flour
Add a little milk & keep beating butter mixture
alternate adding 1/3 of the flour & milk until it is
all incorporated.
Pour batter into loaf pan & bake on middle rack in oven
for 50-60 minutes. touch middle of cake lightly
and if it springs back it is done, let cool & remove from pan &
peel away parchment paper
Lemon Pastry Cream
2 cups whole milk
Peel from 1 lemon
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 TBS. cornstarch
2 TBS. butter

 In heavy bottomed saucepan combine milk & lemon peel
over medium heat bring to a very light simmer but do not boil turn off
heat & let steep for 10 minutes. remove peel form milk
Whisk eggs & sugar in a bowl.
Add cornstarch & salt to egg mixture
Slowly stir milk into egg mixture
pour back into pan & over medium heat stir until mixture gets thick
Do not boil. Stir in butter & mix well.remove from heat and pour into
container & cover top with plastic wrap. Have the plastic wrap touch the
pastry cream so a skin will not form
Chill for a few hours
Slice cake & fill with pastry cream garnish with fresh berries, mint
& whipped cream


 Baked Fried Chicken Tenders

 Everybody loves fried chicken!
Give this recipe a try. It cuts back on a lot of the fat and calories that
deep frying adds.
Sautéing in a little oil & then finishing in the oven still gives that
great crisp  texture.

 Ingredients needed
1 Lb. chicken tenders.
4 cups of flour
2 TBS. cornstarch
2 TBS. salt
2 TBS. black pepper
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dried chipotle powder
1 TBS. garlic powder
1 TBS. onion powder
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
peanut oil for sautéing

 Heat oven to 350-put 2 frying pans over medium heat to warm up
Season chicken evenly with half of salt & black peppers
mix the remaining salt & pepper, other spices with flour & cornstarch in
medium size bowl

 Whisk eggs & buttermilk in another bowl.
dredge chicken in flour then in buttermilk mixture, shake off excess
& dredge back in flour
Place back in buttermilk & one last time in flour.
(double coating in buttermilk & flour gives the chicken a crispy coating)

 Place 3 TBS. oil in each pan and sauté chicken until light golden on each
Finish in oven for 1o minutes on parchment lined baking sheet.


 Mediterranean Salmon Pasta Salad

 1 Lb cooked salmon seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder & oregano
(flaked after cooking)
1 LB. tri-color spiral pasta (cooked according to instructions on box)
2 cups broccoli florets (blanched with pasta the last 2 minutes
of cooking)
small red onion chopped
2 cups diced red & orange bell peppers
1-1/2 cups marinated artichoke hearts
2 ripe tomato diced
2 cups crumbled feta cheese
1-1/2 cups sliced kalamata olives
juice from 1 lemon
1-1/2 cups olive oil
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 TBS. oregano
2 TBS. garlic powder
1tsp salt 1tsp black pepper

 Whisk the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice,
oregano, garlic powder, salt & pepper in large bowl
Add remaining ingredients & toss to coat.
Chill covered in fridge until ready to serve.



Espresso-Chile rubbed Pork Tenderloin with a Mushroom
         Prosecco Cream Sauce

 The sauce for this dish complements the pork very well. Pork tenderloin
usually comes 2 to a pack. if this is to much just cook both and freeze
one whole.wrapped  very tightly.

 Espresso-Chilie Rub Spices
2 TBS. salt
1 TBS. dried chipotle chilie powder
1 TBS. dried ancho chilie powder
1 TBS chili powder
1 TBS .cumin
3 TBS ground instant espresso powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1 TBS garlic powder
3 TBS olive oil
4 TBS. Honey

 Coat 2-1 lb. pork tenderloins with the honey
rub spice mix all over the pork tenderloins
Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat
add olive oil and sear pork all over
place in 375 oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until
internal temp of 145
Take out and let rest.

 Mushroom-Prosecco Cream Sauce
2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 large chopped shallot
2 TBS butter
2 TBS. flour
2 Cups chicken stock
2 cups Prosecco wine
1 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste

 In medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat add shalots and sauté
for a few minutes
add mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes
add flour and cook scraping the bottom so flour does not stick
add Prosecco and bring to a simmer, add chicken stock and
simmer for 10 minutes,
Turn heat down low and add cream, let slow simmer a few minutes.
add salt & pepper to taste
check seasoning
Slice pork and serve with sauce
Garlic mashed potato & roasted cauliflower 7 broccoli make
a great side dishes.



 Roasting spaghetti squash gives it a great caramelized flavor with very
little effort.
Cut the spaghetti squash in half & scrape out the seeds with a spoon.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil
& bake in a 375 oven until soft turning over halfway thru to cook evenly
(roughly 30-40 minutes total)
Let cool and then you can then scrap out the flesh.

 Ingredients for Chicken-Spaghetti Squash Patties
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
3 cups roasted spaghetti squash
1/4 cup chopped onion
2TBS. chopped garlic
2TBS chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs

 1 tsp. black pepper
Season chicken with salt & pepper & bake in 350 oven on parchment lined
baking sheet with cooking spray for 15-20 minutes turning halfway thru.
Let cool & shred chicken.
While the chicken is cooking heat 1TBs olive oil in a frying pan  over
medium heat & sauté onion for 5 minutes, add garlic and cook a few more
minutes let cool
Put chicken, onion & garlic & the rest of the ingredients in a medium size
bowl & blend well.
Form into equal size patties.
Heat 2TBS olive oil in frying pan and sauté patties in batches.
Wipe out pan in between.
Serve with rice pilaf and green beans almandine



Breakfast Tart

 The crust for this tart compliments the filling very well.
Experiment with different proteins & vegetables to come up with
with a Signature Tart

 For the crust
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 TBS. herbs de provence
1/4 cup melted butter
Blend all ingredients in bowl and press the mixture evenly in a greased 9
inch tart pan
Bake for 10 minutes in 350 oven just to set (don't overcook it will be baked
again with filling)
Let cool

 For the filling
4 oz. diced smoked or roasted deli turkey
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup cooked spinach
1/2 cup cooked artichoke hearts
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
salt & pepper to taste
Saute onion & red pepper & turkey in 1 TBS. butter for 5 minutes
over medium high heat-let cool
Process artichoke hearts & spinach in food processor.
in medium bowl scramble eggs with sour cream and season with salt
& pepper

 Add Turkey mixture & spinach & artichoke hearts & cheese. Blend well
Pour mixture into tart pan & bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes
until puffed up & firm. Carefully remove tart from pan after letting cool for
10-15 minutes
(extra egg-turkey-vegetable mixture can be baked in a pan next to the tart)


Vegan Burgers

 These Vegan burgers pack a lot of flavor! Try going Vegan once a week.
Not only is it healthier if you make the right choices in ingredients you
won't even miss the meat!

 Ingredients needed
1 cup roasted, peeled mashed sweet potato
1 cup cooked black beans (coarsely mashed)
1 cup cooked chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) (coarsely mashed)
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
2 TBS. chopped garlic
1 cup cooked pearled couscous
1 cup chopped portobello mushrooms
1 TBS. lemon juice
1/2 tsp.Chili flakes
salt & pepper to taste
Sliced avocado & tomato
mixed greens
Vegan rolls or bread

 Preheat oven to 350
Put roasted mashed potato, black beans, couscous & garbanzo beans in
In large sauce pan over medium high heat sauté with 2 Tbs. olive oil the
onion, bell peppers, garlic & mushrooms for a few minutes.
Add carrots & zucchini and cook for another minute.
Turn off heat and add lemon juice and chili flakes.
:Let cool and add to bowl with other ingredients
season with salt & pepper & blend with spatula
Test seasoning & form into patties
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and add 2 TBS.
olive oil.
Saute burgers until golden brown on one side & flip over
Repeat until all burgers are cooked
Wipe pan in between batches
Place burgers on parchment lined baking sheet &
heat thru in oven for 10-15 minutes
Serve on Vegan rolls with sliced tomato, avocado & mixed greens


 Chicken Mole Enchiladas

 Mole sauce
3 small corn tortillas
2 ancho chilie peppers-stemmed & seeded
2 pasilla peppers- stemmed & seeded
2 new mexico chilies-stemmed & seeded
small red onion, peeled & sliced
6 cloves of peeled garlic
1/2 cup slivered almonds
4 cups chicken stock
5 plum tomatoes
2 oz. dark chocolate
2 TBS. agave nectar
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
juice from 1 lime

 Roast peppers, onion, corn tortillas, tomato, garlic & almonds until
golden brown.
add to processor with 2 cups of chicken stock and process until smooth.
add mixture to saucepan & add remaining stock & raisins
bring to a simmer and cook for 1 hour stirring often.
Add chocolate, agave nectar, cinnamon & lime juice and salt & pepper to
taste. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Let cool.

 For the filling
12-6 inch flour tortillas
2 Lbs boneless chicken breast
2 TBS. chili powder
1 TBS cumin
salt & pepper
1/2 cup chopped green onion
2 bunches chopped cilantro
1 Lb. Queso Fresca cheese crumbled
1 cup chopped tomato
sour cream for garnish

 Preheat oven 350 degrees
Season chicken with chili powder, cumin and salt & pepper
Grill over medium heat until just cooked thru
let cool
Shred chicken and add 1 cup mole sauce, 1/4 cup green onion &
2 Tbs. cilantro
Spread 1 cup mole sauce in bottom of casserole dish.
dip a tortilla in mole sauce and put some of the chicken mixture
down the center of the tortilla. Sprinkle some queso cheese
on top and roll tortillas and place in casserole dish.
Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Cover Tortilla with remaining sauce and queso cheese and
bake in 350 oven for 20-30 minutes until heated thru.
garnish with remaining green onion, cilantro, tomato &
sour cream
Serve with Spanish rice, refried beans and roasted corn


Turkey Posole

This posole is a great way to use up leftover turkey

Ingredients needed

1 cup chopped onion 

2 poblano peppers chopped

2 serrano peppers chopped

4 cups chicken stock

2 TBS. tomato paste

1/2 tsp. dried ancho pepper powder

1/2 tsp. dried chipotle pepper powder 

1 tsp. cumin ground

1-15.5 oz. can white hominy

1-15.5 oz. can diced tomato

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 cups shredded cooked turkey 

1 lime sliced

shredded cheddar cheese 

 In large saucepan saute onion, poblano & seranno peppers with 2TBS. oil over medium heat for 5 minutes

Add tomato paste, chipotle, ancho & cumin powder and saute for a few more minutes

Add chicken stock and diced tomato & bring to a simmer

Let simmer 20 minutes until onion & peppers are softened

Add hominy and let simmer for 10 minutes

Stir in chicken & cilantro & serve with lime & chopped cheddar on the side 


Seafood stuffed Calamari

 This seafood dish makes a great holiday main course.
Watch carefully while baking you do not want to overcook the
For the filling
16-20 Calamari tubes
1 shallot chopped
2 TBS. chopped garlic
8 oz. lump crabmeat
4 oz. small shrimp (chopped in small chunks)
4 oz. Sea scallops (chopped in small chunks)
4 oz. Boursin cheese (herbed cheese)
2 TBS. chopped flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped green onion
Saute shallots & garlic in 2 TBS. olive oil for a few minutes
Add shrimp & scallops, turn off heat
(you only want the shrimp and scallops partially cooked
they will fully cook in oven)

 In bowl mix shrimp & scallops with remaining ingredients
Except calamri tubes
Put seafood mixture in pastry bag with round tip and pipe
into calamari tubes and fasten opening with toothpicks
Place in 9x13 casserole dish with extra seafood filling

 For the sauce
2 TBS. chopped garlic
4 oz. unsalted butter
1/2 cup sherry wine
3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz. cream cheese
8 ounces aged grated parmesan cheese
black pepper to taste
Melt butter in saucepan and add garlic
cook for a few minutes add sherry & cook down
add cream cheese
when cream cheese melts add milk & cream
whisking until it comes to a slight simmer
add parmesan cheese and turn off heat
season with black pepper to taste

 Pour sauce over calamari tubes and extra filling in casserole dish
sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese and bake in
350 oven for 20-30 minutes
finish under broiler to lightly brown top
(watch carefully under broiler it browns quickly



Pumpkin Roulade with a citrus Chantilly cream

 Looking for a different dessert to add to the Thanksgiving table?
Give this pumpkin roulade a try!
Roasting & pureeing the fresh pumpkin gives the cake a great flavor
instead of using canned pumpkin.
The cake can be made a few days in advance & filled and rolled
just make sure it is wrapped tight & then make the chantilly
cream the day you are serving it.
For the pumpkin cake
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups Splenda granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups fresh roasted & pureed pumpkin
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spray a 13x18 sheet pan with cooking spray (make sure the pan is not
warped and lies flat so cake bakes evenly)
Line with parchment paper & spray paper

 Measure flour, spices, baking powder & soda into bowl
in a stand mixer cream eggs, salt & Splenda until
fluffy scraping down sides of bowl a few times.
add oil very slowly with mixer running until incorporated
slowly add dry ingredients on low speed until just blended
Add pumpkin puree with spatula until blended
Pour batter into sheet pan and smooth out so it is even all over
bake for 20 minutes until cake springs back when pressed.
Let cake cool while you prepare filling
For Cream cheese filling
8 Oz. cream cheese
1 cup butter
2 cups Splenda granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt

 Cream all ingredients in mixer until light & fluffy scraping down sides of
mixer bowl a few times.
To assemble cake
with sharp knife run along outer edge of cake pan so the cake will not
stick when removing from pan.
Gently take cake out of pan with parchment still attached to cake
spread cream cheese filling evenly over all of cake.
Roll cake into spiral from the short end using parchment paper to assist
so cake does not crack. Roll cake all down the length of the long side of
Place on serving platter seam side down and wrap with plastic wrap
& put in fridge.

 Citrus-Chantilly cream
8 oz. mascarpone cheese
2 cups heavy cream
2 TBS. Splenda granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 TBS. orange juice
1 tsp. finely chopped lime zest

Whip heavy cream with Splenda until peaks form.
add mascarpone, vanilla, orange juice & lime zest
Mix for a few minutes scraping down sides of mixer
a couple of times
Slice cake & serve with Chantilly cream, fresh berries & mint to garnish



Cajun Chicken Meatballs in a Creole Sauce

Cajun meatballs
1 Lb. Ground chicken
1 egg
2 TBS. tomato paste
1 TBS. cajun seasoning
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/4 bunch chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onion

 In medium bowl blend all ingredients and form into small meatballs
place on parchment lined sheet pan and bake in 350 oven for about 20-25
minutes turning so they brown evenly.

 Creole sauce
4 tsp. Cajun seasoning
2 TBS. butter
3 tomatoes peeled & chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
3 TBS chopped garlic
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 tsp. tabasco (more or less to taste)

 In large pan melt butter over medium-high heat and add celery, onion and
peppers. let cook for 5 minutes.
Add garlic, Cajun seasoning & chopped tomato, sauté a few more minutes
Add chicken stock, tomato sauce & tabasco
Put heat on high and bring to boil stirring often
Put heat down to simmer and let cook for 30 minutes until vegetables
are tender, stirring often. Turn down to low heat
Add green onion and chicken meatballs let sit for 5 minutes on low
Serve over your favorite rice or pasta





Vegan Lasagna

 For the sauce
1-28 oz. can diced tomato.

1-28 oz. can tomato puree.

1-28 oz. can crushed tomato.

5 TBS chopped garlic
4 TBS. olive oil
2 TBS. garlic powder
2 TBS. onion powder
3 TBS. Italian seasoning
2 TBS salt
1 TBS black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

 In a large heavy bottomed pot sauté garlic in the olive oil over medium heat.
for 10 minutes-stirring so it does not stick.
Add the 3 cans of tomato product-rinse each can out with 1/2 cup water and.
add to pot. ( The water will cook down and the sauce will thicken up).
Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer-stirring often.
let simmer for 1 hr. stirring so it does not stick.
Add the seasonings and cook for another 20-30 minutes on low heat.
turn off heat and stir in fresh basil.
Let cool.

 For the lasagna
1-1/2 lbs. whole grain lasagna noodles (cooked according to directions)
3/4 lb. zuchinni-ends cut off
3/4 lb. yellow squash-ends cut off
3/4 lb. carrots-peeled and ends cut off
1 lb. fresh spinach sautéed
2 lbs. extra firm tofu
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried basil
extra dried basil-garlic powder-onion powder to season lasagna layers.

 Grate the zuchinni, yellow squash & carrots in separate batches in food
Grate 1 lb. of the tofu and crumble the other 1 lb. by hand into a bowl
add the vinegar-1/4 tsp. salt-1/2 tsp. garlic powder-1/2 tsp. onion powder
& 1/2 tsp. dried basil & blend well.

 How to assemble lasagna
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
spread 1 cup of sauce onto a 13x11 high sided baking pan
(Use a disposable pan if you want to avoid the messy clean-up)
layer the bottom with noodles cutting them to fit if needed
add half of the tofu mixture and spread evenly
spread half of the grated zuchinni mixture evenly over tofu
spread half the yellow squash evenly over the zuchinni
spread half the carrots over the squash.
spread half the spinach over the carrots
Sprinkle a small amount of dried basil, onion powder & garlic powder over
the spinach and spread 1 cup sauce over that
add another layer of noodles
repeat with the remaining tofu and the vegetables & spices in the same order.
top with last layer of noodles & spread sauce over evenly to cover all
noodles. sprinkle a little more dried basil, garlic powder & onion powder
Cover with aluminum foil and bake in oven for 1 hr.
Remove aluminum foil and cook anther 15 minutes until bubbling







 Summer Squash Tart

This savory tart is a great way to use all the fresh zucchini & yellow squash
available in abundance this time of year.
This is a great side dish or main course with a salad
For the tart crust
1-1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbs. chopped garlic
1 tsp. herbs de provence
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
1 Tbs. water
Blend all ingredients in medium size bowl
press into 7 inch greased tart pan (a cast iron pan works well if you do not have a tart pan)
For the filling
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 egg
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 cup cooked artichoke hearts
1 cup roasted chopped red bell pepper
1/2 onion, roasted & chopped
1/2 cup roasted & chopped eggplant
1 lb. zucchini
1 Lb.yellow squash

.in medium bowl whisk ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, pepper & egg together.
fold in artichoke, peppers, onion, basil & eggplant
Spread into tart shell evenly.
Slice zucchini & squash. Make sure they are all cut evenly so they cook
the same.
(use slicing blade on Cuisinart to slice them)
Arrange them evenly over the top of the tart,
Sprinkle a little parmesan over the top & bake in
375 oven on middle shelf for 30-4o minutes until top of tart is golden brown
Let cool 15 minutes before cutting


Thai Sweet Chili Shrimp

with a Carrot-Ginger Puree

By Chef Mike Neylan

How to prepare the shrimp:
• 1 Lb. large shrimp peeled & deveined
• 1 tsp. red curry powder
• 1 TBS. chopped fresh ginger
• 1 TBS. chopped garlic
• 2 TBS. sesame oil
Combine all ingredients in medium bowl and whisk. Add shrimp and marinate in the fridge for one hour. Then thread onto wooden skewers and grill at medium heat for three minutes per side. Be sure not to over cook the shrimp.

How to prepare Thai Sweet Chili Sauce:
• 3 cloves of garlic
• 1 red Thai chili pepper diced
• 1 jalapeno pepper diced
• 1/4 cup agave nectar
• 1/4 cup Splenda
• 1 cup water
• 1/4 cup rice vinegar
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 TBS. cornstarch mixed with 2 TBS. water
Process all ingredients (except cornstarch) in food processor until smooth.
Transfer to medium saucepan and bring to simmer. Let cook for 10 minutes. Add cornstarch & let simmer a few minutes, but be sure to whisk a few times.

How to prepare Carrot-Ginger Puree:
• 1 Lb. carrots, peeled & chopped
• 2 cups chicken stock
2 tsp. fresh ginger
• 1 tsp. fresh grated orange peel
• 1/2 tsp. white pepper
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
Roast carrots in 400 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes until caramelized.
Transfer carrots to medium saucepan and simmer in chicken stock for 10 minutes.
Let cool and transfer to food processor. Add remaining ingredients, except milk, and process for two minutes. Wipe down the sides of the processor and check for consistency.
Then add 1/4 cup of milk if the mixture seems to thick. Puree another minute and check consistency, which should be like mashed potatos (not too thick or thin).
Add seasonings and serve with shrimp and sauce.


 Pineapple-Teriyaki Duck Breast
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Trim any excess fat and score the fat making sure not to cut through or pierce the duck meat.
Heat a cast iron or oven proof pan over medium high heat for five minutes. Add a few tablespoons of peanut oil and place duck breast flat side down in pan. Let cook for three to four minutes until some of the fat has rendered. Turn over and cook another three minutes.
Turn back over so fat side is facing pan and place in oven for five minutes, then remove from oven and place duck breast on cutting board. Let rest five minutes The fat can be easily sliced off and then slice the duck.


• 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
• 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
• 1/4 cup rice vinegar
• 1 TBS. brown sugar
• 2 tsp. chopped garlic
• 2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
• 1 TBS. cornstarch mixed in 2 TBS water
• 1 cup pineapple diced
Heat large pan over medium heat for a few minutes. Add pineapple and sauté for three to four minutes.
Remove from pan and add remaining ingredients except cornstarch.
Bring to a simmer and reduce heat, then cook for five minutes.
Add cornstarch and whisk to incorporate. Add pineapple back into the sauce. Turn off heat and let cool.
Add to a food processor with blade attachment and process until smooth.
Serve with sliced duck breast.
Brown jasmine fried rice and steamed broccoli go great with this.


 Braised Red Cabbage & Apples

1 small head red cabbage shredded

1 cup apple cider

2 Tbs apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp salt-1/2 tsp black pepper

3 red delicious apples (peeled, cored and chopped)

2 Tbs caraway seeds

 Saute cabbage in  1Tbs of olive oil for af ew minutes. Add apple cider, salt and pepper and caraway seeds, cover and simmer for 5 minutes

Add chopped apples and cider vinegar and mix well, cover and cook until cabbage is tender (about 8-10 minutes) 



Watermelon-Limoncello Sorbet



• 2 lbs. peeled, seeded and chopped watermelon
• 1/4 cup limoncello liqueur (substitute 2 TBS lemon juice for an alcohol free version)
• 1/4 cup granulated Splenda
• 1/4 cup agave nectar
Pour watermelon in food processor until smooth. Add Limoncello, Splenda and agave nectar and process a few minutes. . Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions. If you do not have an ice cream maker the mixture can be frozen in Popsicle molds or in small cups and eaten like Italian ice. Enjoy


Pork Souvlaki with a Tzatziki Sauce

1-1/2 lbs Pork Tenderloin cut into 1-1/2 inch chunks

1/4 cup olive oil

3 Tbs red wine vinegar

6 clove of garlic finely chopped

3 Tbs oregano

zest and juice from 1 lemon

1 tsp salt and  1 tsp pepper

Lg red onion peeled and cut into quarters

Container of cherry tomatos

Wooden skewers (soaked in water for an hour)

In medium bowl whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano and S & P

Add pork cubes and let marinate in fridge for a few hours

Thread chicken onto wooden skewers and then red onion and cherry tomatos onto skewers

Heat grill to medium high and brown skewers over the hottest part of grill.

Tzatziki sauce

2 Cups Greek yogurt

1 cucumber peeled and seeds scooped out chopped fine

2 Tbs chopped fresh dill

2 tsp garlic chopped fine

Juice form 1/2 lemon

salt and pepper to taste

combine all ingredients in bowl and blend well

Sserve well chilled with prok souvlaki

A tossed salad and flatbread pitas warmed on the grill make great side dishes! 



Seared Scallops with a Thai-Coconut Curry Sauce

1 lb Sea scallops

1/2 Jalapeno chopped fine 

1 tsp red curry paste

3 cloves chopped garlic

1 medium chopped shallot

1/4 tsp red chili flakes

1 tsp ginger peeled and chopped

2 Tbs chopped Cilantro

1 cup coconut milk

2 tsp fish sauce

1 Tbs soy sauce

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes until very hot

(i usually heat on stove and then transfer carefuly outside to a hot grill because of the smoke it produces)

Make sure scallops are dry by resting on paper towl before cooking

season with salt and pepper and place 2 Tbs peanut oil in pan

sear scallops until golden on one side then turn over and finish cooking thru

For sauce in medium saucepan heat 1 Tbs of sesame oil over medium heat and add Jalapeno-garlic-shallots and ginger.

Saute for 3-4 minutes then add curry paste

Add Coconut milk, fish sauce, chili flakes and soy sauce

Bring to simmer and whisk for 5-7 minutes

(taste for heat and add a little more curry paste if you like it more spicy.

finish with cilantro and serve over scallops

Bulgur wheat pilaf and Okra go great as sides 


Irish Soda bread

4 Cups of all purpose flour

2 Tbs Sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

4 Tbs cold butter cut into small chunks

1 cup raisins

1 egg

1 cup of Buttermilk

1 cup of sour cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees 

Blend all dry ingredients in stand mixer

Add butter and blend until mixture is grainy

Add buttermilk and sour cream and raisins blend until just combined 

Place on counter with a litlle flour and work into a round loaf 

Place on parchemnet lined baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes

untill golden brown and when tapped on bottom has a hollow sound



Deviled Short Ribs with a horseradish cream

4Lbs Beef Short Ribs

3 Chipotle chilies in adobo chopped

4 cups beef stock

2 Tbs Butter

3 Tbs all Purpose Flour

1 shallot chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 tsp dried chipotle pepper


Pat dry short ribs with clean kitchen cloth and slat and pepper all over

Sear on grill or cast iron skillet until browned all over

Transfer to pressure cooker and add remaining ingredients except butter and flour

Bring to simmer and attch pressure cooker lid.

simmer on medium pressure for 50-60 minutes

when pressure is released take out ribs carefully.

Take off fat floating on top of remaining liquid

Transfer liquid to container and melt butter over medium heat and whisk in flour

cook out for a few minutes and add the rib liquid back while whisking

bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes whisking often

add ribs back and serve with egg noodles and Horseradish cream

Recipe Follows


Horseradish Cream

1 cup sour cream

1/2 tsp white pepper

1 tsp salt

2-3 Tbs Prepared Horseradish (depending on how hot you like it)


Mix all ingredients in medium bowl and drizzle cold over short ribs



Apricot-Amaretto Glazed Ham


1/2 cup Amaretto

2 TBS Lemon Juice

1 TBS Dijon Mustard

1 LB of Dark Brown Sugar

1- 5-7 Lb Smoked Ham


In food processor Blend all glaze ingredients (except Ham of course)  Haha!


In preheated 325 degree oven bake ham for 1/2 an hour

Take ham out and pour 3/4 of the glaze over ham.

Put ham back in oven and baste with glaze that accumulates in the pan every 20 minutes

When ham is heated thru (go by instructions that came with the ham you bought)

Take out of oven and continue to baste with glaze as it cools.


Heat remaining glaze in small saucepan and serve alongside ham






Mesquite-Pecan Crab Cakes

1 Lb Jumbo Lump Crab Meat

1/3 cup crackers (crushed in food processor)

1/4 cup Mesquite flour (can be found in health food or specialty stores)

1/3 cup chopped green onion

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 egg

1/4 cup mayo

1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp mustard powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground chipotle powder

2 cups ground pecans (process in food processor)

 Heat oven to 350 degrees


In a medium bowl break apart crabmeat checking for cartilage as you do.

Add remaining ingredients except Ground pecans

Blend with hand and form into 8 equal size patties

Gently dip each side of crab cakes in ground pcans and coat all round


in larg cast iron pan or skillet heat 3-4 Tbs peanut oil over medium heat

(to high heat will burn the pecan coating)


Saute crab cakes in batches until light brown on each side and transfer to baking pan


Bake in 350 oven for 8-10 minutes


Serve over a mixed green salad or with your favorite side dish and vegetable






Apple-Chicken Burgers with a Ginger-Tomato Chutney
1 Lb ground chicken
2 eggs
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup apple sauce
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 Tbs chopped fresh sage
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/ tsp nutmeg
in large bowl blend all ingedients together
portion into 4 equal size balls and form into patties
(Portion into 8 patties for appetizer size burgers)
Grill over medium high heat until an internal temp of 165 is reached
Serve on toasted bun or over mixed greens with Ginger-Tomato Chutney
(recipe Follows)
Ginger-Tomato Chutney
4 vine ripened tomatos chopped
1 medium shallot diced
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 small can diced tomato
2 cloves garlic chopped
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Saute shallots, garlic and ginger in olive oil for 3-4 minutes
Add rice vinegar and brown sugar, cook for a few minutes
Add canned tomato and chopped vine tomatos
Bring to a simmer
Add raisins and simmer for 5-10 minutes
Serve hot with Apple burgers or cool down and serve as a cold condiment




Diabetic Tucson Personal Chef