Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing

Bowls. Bowls. Bowls. Everywhere you look there are bowls of food artistically arranged with an endless variety of ingredients. Acai bowls, poke bowls, and smoothie bowls are the hot dining trend of 2017 as plates are traded in for the round vessels. Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Tahini Dressing are one take on the eating style that is taking diners by storm. The preparation of the Greek salad inspired meal-in-a-bowl focuses more on assembly than cooking. The base of each single serving is the nutritional...

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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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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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Anytime Frittata

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Breakfast, Entrees, Gluten Free, Make ahead, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Anytime Frittata

Anytime Frittata

As a personal chef, my job keeps me running for most of the day. Many times I am packing 2 meals to eat on the go.  An indispensable dish that can easily be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a frittata. The versatile egg dish that is baked in the oven is loaded with protein and vegetables to keep me going all day long. A frittata is the Italian cousin to the omelet or the crustless quiche. It is baked in a non-stick, ovenproof sauté pan.  It is delicious served warm from the oven, at room temperature, or...

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The Sparkling Summer Sipper with Watermelon Ice Cubes

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Drinks, Gluten Free, Personal chef favorite, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on The Sparkling Summer Sipper with Watermelon Ice Cubes

The Sparkling Summer Sipper with Watermelon Ice Cubes

A week at the Jersey Shore basking in the sun, dining on home cooked meals and boardwalk favorites of fried Oreos and thin crust pizza, and imbibing in cool libations are part of my ideal summer. I am lucky to be part of a family that loves good food. Days are spent lounging at the sandy beach. Discussions center around planning our next suppertime feast and accompanying icy pitcher of beverages that will be served on the back deck. The Sparkling Summer Sipper with Watermelon Ice Cubes is a perfect way to cool off...

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Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Breakfast, Dessert, Make ahead, Recipes, Vegetarian | Comments Off on Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Apple Oat Crumb Bars

Fall is a time for everything apple. The cooler temperatures just beg for a kitchen to be filled with the inviting and delicious aroma of apples being baked into mile high apple pies, apple bundt cakes, and cinnamon apple muffins. I hopped on the apple bandwagon over the weekend a baked up an apple filled treat for my family and a few friends of my kids that happen by my kitchen. While working at a gourmet market about 10 years ago, I was continually developing seasonally recipes for the cookies, bars, cakes, and...

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