Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Appetizers, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Seafood | Comments Off on Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

As the winter season drags on and on, I look to prepare dishes with bright and fresh flavors.  Lime and Cilantro Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa reminds me that the warmth of summer is not far away.  With a dish that includes only a handful of ingredients, shop for the highest quality ones you can find. Shrimp is the star of the dish so it should garner the most attention when shopping. I like to use the jumbo size or 16/20 size. The 16/20 refers to the number of shrimp per pound. Therefore, 16/20 shrimp have on...

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Roasted Italian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetable Bolognese

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Roasted Italian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetable Bolognese

Roasted Italian Spaghetti Squash with Vegetable Bolognese

The start of a new year is a time for resolutions for many people. Exercise and get in shape, spend more time with family and friends, travel to new places, and eat a healthy diet top the list of resolutions after the first of the year. These decisions for self-improvement can quickly be derailed when people aim high and establish goals that are too lofty. Position yourself for triumph by setting small, specific goals that are more likely to be attainable. Making the all-encompassing decision to “eat a...

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Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Chicken, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Pasta, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

After a busy day, it is tempting to call in an order for Kung Pao chicken, vegetable fried rice, and egg rolls to a favorite Chinese restaurant.  But with a little bit of planning, you can skip the often calorie laden and less than nutritious Asian takeout dishes.    Asian recipes have always been some of my go-to recipes on event full nights at our house. They are quick to make, I can load with fresh vegetables, and they can be tailored to fit the tastes of my family.    Spicy Jalapeno Chicken and Broccoli...

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Roasted Herb Chicken and Cannellini Bean Salad

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Chicken, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes | Comments Off on Roasted Herb Chicken and Cannellini Bean Salad

Roasted Herb Chicken and Cannellini Bean Salad

The daily lunchtime routine can be mundane.  Instead of opting for the usual midday meals of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fast food burgers and fries, or the salad bar at the grocery store, bump up the flavor with a fast and fresh chicken salad.  Roasted Herb Chicken and Cannellini Bean Salad is a protein packed meal that will help bypass the midafternoon slump.  Easy to make and a fresh take on a classic recipe make this chicken salad recipe the perfect one dish lunch.    Along with the main...

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Beef, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Soup | Comments Off on Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

St. Patrick’s Day is a high holy day in our house.  We have always celebrated the Irish holiday with a traditional boiled corned beef and cabbage dinner around the kitchen table.  A desire to shake up how I was going to prepare the Irish feast this year lead me to tweak my recipe.  I enlisted a tried and true kitchen appliance to do most of the work for my Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup. Even though corned beef and cabbage is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, it is more of an American meal than...

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Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Appetizers, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Side dish, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are the fresh counterpart to fried egg rolls. They are loaded with bright green lettuce leaves, thin rice noodles or vermicelli, bean sprouts, and crunchy matchsticks of carrots, cucumbers, red peppers.  The spring rolls will a welcome addition to the menu when served with a peanutty sauce enhanced with sweet and spicy hoisin sauce.   Making spring rolls is easy with a little practice. Having all the ingredients prepped and assembled is the key to success. Slicing the super fresh and crisp...

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