10 Fresh Vegetables for the Grill

Written by Brian Strauss.

10 Fresh Vegetables for the Grill
  1. Green Beans - use grill basket olive and salt
  2. Eggplant 1/4 in think planks marinate in balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil.
  3. Zucchini- same marinade but change the basil to mint (mint is great on Zucchini) olive oil, cook to slightly charred.
  4. Bell Peppers- leave whole or skewer them put on grill until slightly charred.

Grilled Pound Cake with Berries

Written by Brian Strauss.

Grilled Pound Cake with Berries1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
5 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

RICH CHOCOLATE PUDDING

Written by Brian Strauss.

RICH CHOCOLATE PUDDINGA featured recipe taken from the Biggest Loser Premier Membership meal plan.

1 cup 1% low-fat milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

QUINOA CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Written by Brian Strauss.

QUINOA CHOCOLATE TRUFFLESfrom: Sodium Girl's Limitless
Low -Sodium Cookbook by Jessica Goldman Foung
Makes 8 mini truffles.
Put quinoa and 3/4 cups of water into a pot and bring to a boil. Then, lower heat so water is gently simmering and cover the pot. Cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and remove cover. Stir the quinoa and add a pinch more water if any of the grains are stuck to the bottom. Quinoa should be cooked but crunchy. Set the pot aside.
Turn the oven broiler on low. Spread quinoa on a cookie sheet and put into oven. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until quinoa is crispy.

Roasted Chicken with Spring Vegetables

Written by Brian Strauss.

Ingredients
4 pounds skin-on, bone-in chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lemon, halved
4 cloves of garlic chopped
1 teaspoon smoke Paprika
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound fingerling or other small potatoes
2 bunches radishes
1 bunch scallions
1 bunch baby carrots
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary chopped

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper, garlic, fresh rosemary,paprika then place skin-side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over the chicken and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the potatoes and radishes in half and cut the scallions into thirds. Toss the potatoes, radishes, carrots and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a bowl; season with salt and pepper.
Remove the chicken from the oven and scatter the vegetables around it. Continue to roast until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is golden and cooked through, about 20 more minutes. Squeeze the remaining 1/2 lemon over the chicken and vegetables. Top with the dill and season with salt.

One-Pot Salmon With Snap Peas and Rice

Written by Brian Strauss.

One-Pot Salmon With Snap Peas and Rice1 cup brown rice
1 pound salmon fillet, skin removed
Kosher salt and pepper
8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

Mix the rice and 2 cups water in a medium skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, slice the salmon on a diagonal into four ¾-inch-thick pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
After the rice has cooked for 12 minutes, place the salmon on top. Cover and cook 7 minutes more.
Scatter the peas over the salmon and rice. Cover and cook until the rice and peas are tender and the salmon is opaque and beginning to flake, approx 4 - 8 minutes
Mix the soy sauce, scallions, vinegar, ginger, and sugar in a small bowl. Spoon the sauce over the salmon, rice, and peas.

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps

Written by Brian Strauss.

A great pickup food that is easy to make and fun to serve!
12 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
*24 slices bacon
Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
Spread cream cheese to fill jalapeno halves. Wrap with bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
Place on the grill, and cook until bacon is crispy.
*Turkey or vegetarian bacon can be used. If using a vegetarian product, you might want to chop it and place on top rather than wrap, as it is often not pliable.

Antipasto Squares

Written by Brian Strauss.

Antipasto Squares2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/2 pound thinly sliced imported ham
1/2 pound thinly sliced provolone cheese
1/2 pound thinly sliced Mozzarella
1/2 pound thinly sliced Genoa salami
1/2 pound thinly sliced cappacolla
1/4 pound thinly sliced pepperoni sausage
1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained, cut into thin strips
3 eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
Unroll one package of crescent roll dough, and cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Layer the ham, cappacolla ,provolone cheese, salami, pepperoni, and red peppers, on top of the dough. Put Mozzarella on top.
In a bowl, beat the eggs lightly, and stir in the parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes Pour 3/4 of this mixture over the peppers. Unroll the second package of dough, and place over the top of the peppers. Brush with the remaining egg mixture. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove foil, and bake another 10 to 20 minutes, or until dough is fluffy and golden brown. Cut into squares. Serve warm, or at room temperature.
Optional: side of tomato sauce for dipping
*Also a healthier version can be made using a vegan cheese product instead of the mozzarella cheese or use a skim milk mozzarella rather than whole milk and use low carb soft flour tortillas instead of crescent rolls.

Lemon Braised Artichokes

Written by Brian Strauss.

Lemon Braised ArtichokesIngredients
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp fresh rosemary, thyme, or dill
5 cloves garlic, smashed
Salt and pepper
3 artichokes
Heat oven to 350° F.
In a medium Dutch oven, combine the oil, lemon juice, onion, fresh herbs, garlic, ¼ cup water, 1 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
Trim the top and bottom of each artichoke. Using scissors, snip the tip off each leaf. Cut the artichokes into quarters and scoop out the fuzzy chokes.
Toss the artichokes in the oil mixture. Cover, transfer to oven, and cook until tender, about 45 minutes. Divide among individual plates and spoon the cooking liquid over the top.

Sweet Potato Fries

Written by Brian Strauss.

Sweet Potato Fries4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thin fries
1/2 stick butter, melted
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Kosher or sea salt
Ground pepper
Minced fresh parsley
Chopped fresh rosemary

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the fries in a bowl and drizzle over the melted butter, olive oil, seasoned salt and pepper to taste, and toss together. Tip onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle over the parsley and rosemary before serving.

French Onion Soup

Written by Brian Strauss.

French Onion Soup1 cup unsalted butter
8 onions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 fresh thyme sprigs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups red wine
6 tablespoons flour
4 quarts vegetable broth
french bread, thinly sliced and cut into halves if needed
16 ounces grated Gruyere
Directions
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are caramelized, ( for about 30 minutes). Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the onions soak up all of the wine and are dry. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Dust the onions with the flour and stir. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 minutes. Now add the vegetable broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
When you're ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Arrange the slices of bread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil until bubbly and golden on top, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

Serve the soup in bowls and float the bread slices with Gruyere on top.
Serves 6 to 8

Mimosa for Two

Written by Brian Strauss.

4 ounces orange juice
1 (750 ml) bottle dry champagne
1 ounces Triple Sec or Courvoisier
garnish with orange rind.
Rinse and chill 2 champagne glasses in freezer. Pour 2 ounces of orange juice into each glass. Then fill almost to the top with champagne. Finish each glass with a splash of Triple Sec or Courvoisier and garnish with orange rind.

Coconut Milk Ceviche w Ahi Tuna

Written by Brian Strauss.

Coconut Milk Ceviche w Ahi Tuna1 pound Ahi Tuna
boned (if needed) and cut into small squares
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon minced jalapeño
Salt
1 and a half cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves,
rinsed and chopped, plus
more to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 avocado, pitted, skinned and
sliced 1/8" thin.

In a stainless steel bowl, toss tuna with limejuice, jalapeño and a pinch of salt. Cover bowl and let macerate in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Add coconut milk, red onion and cilantro, and season with salt and a bit of fresh pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more limejuice, coconut milk or salt if needed. Serving: divide an avocado among six bowls, and season with a pinch of salt. Spoon in the ceviche, drizzling it with the sauce. Garnish with *cilantro leaves.
*Cilantro can be substituted with mint or parsley.

Caramel Pecan Brie

Written by Brian Strauss.

Fresh picked PecansCaramel Pecan Brie
2 wheel goat cheese brie
4 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
2 teaspoon cold butter, chopped into small pieces
3 tablespoon chopped pecans

Homemade Applesauce

Written by Brian Strauss.

12 Honey crisp apples washed (No need to peel, or take out seeds)
12 cortland apples washes

Put in big pot ( like a soup pot)

Bring to a boil  cook until apples are soft

Set up your foley food mill, with a bowl underneath
Put apples in, a few  strokes, Voila Apple sauce

Notes: optional add cinnomon sticks to water, for sweeter applesauce brown sugar,  maple syrup, Agave syrup, 


After I cook the applesuace, I use the apple water to cook down Habernos or Jalapenos for the start of a fantastic  Jam, jelly or hot sauce 

Cream of Artichoke Soup

Written by LWM Test Kitchen.

Cream of Artichoke SoupCream of Artichoke Soup

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 leeks, white part only, washed well and chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
1 medium or 2 small potato, peeled and chopped
2 (8-ounce) packages frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
4 cups vegetable stock
3/4 cups plain yogurt
1/4 cup half & half
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a heavy, large pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and the garlic and stir. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the artichokes, stock, salt, and pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.

*Using a handheld immersion blender, or in a blender in small amounts, puree the soup. Add the yogurt & half and half.
Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Top with sprinkled parmesan cheese and chives.

* Blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Written by Brian Strauss.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts1 package fresh Brussels sprouts
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
ground fresh pepper and sea salt to taste
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
juice from 1/2 fresh lemon
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 400 ° F.
Toss together the brussels sprouts, with all ingredients. Spread on a baking sheet.
Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until brussels sprouts are tender.
Toss with Parmesan cheese and serve.

Almond And Apricot Biscotti

Written by Brian Strauss.

Almond And Apricot BiscottiThis twice-baked cookie is a classic with coffee or tea. The whole wheat and nuts provide the mineral manganese, which helps bone formation, and the antioxidant selenium, which is important for thyroid hormone function. Makes 24 cookies.
3/4 cup whole-wheat (whole-meal) flour
3/4 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons 1 percent low-fat milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons dark honey
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2/3 cup chopped dried apricots

Snapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil

Written by Brian Strauss.

Red Snapper with Roasted Grape tomatosSnapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic
and Basil
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Pinch or two red pepper flakes (to taste)
Kosher salt
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, tear or cut with scissors
4 (6-ounce) snapper fillets, with skin
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, position rack in the middle of the oven.
Toss the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, garlic, vinegar, pepper flakes, and salt, to taste. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast until the tomatoes get juicy, about 15 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to a bowl and toss with the basil.
Dry the fish very well all over. To keep the fish from curling in the pan, lightly slash a cross-hatch pattern into the skin of the fish with a sharp knife. Brush the rounded flesh side of the fish with the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the fish, seasoned side down, in the oil, and cook undisturbed over high heat, until the fish turns both opaque along the edges and golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip the snapper and turn off the heat and let the fish cook in the residual heat of the pan until the fillets are firm but still juicy, about 1 minute more.
Top with the tomatoes

Spicy Thai Steak and Vegetable Stir Fry

Written by Brian Strauss.

Thai BasilSpicy Thai Steak and Vegetable Stir Fry
1 1/2 cups water
3 (3 ounce) packages beef flavored ramen noodles
1/2 cup beef broth
3 tablespoons Thai chili peanut sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger
1/4 cup fresh Thai Basil Chopped
4 chopped garlic cloves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound beef top round steak, cut into 1/4-inch strips (could substitute chicken or tofu)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 carrot cut into matchsticks
2 stalk celery, thinly sliced
4 scallions, include the greens thinly sliced
2 cups shredded cabbage (nappa or bok choy)
1 cup bean sprouts
6 fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
Crushed pepper flakes ( optional)
Cook ramen according to package only use one of the seasoning packs. Whisk the beef broth, peanut sauce, soy sauce together in a bowl; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in the steak; cook and stir until the steak is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet. Stir in the carrots,celery,garlic,ginger and green onion, Cook and stir until the vegetables begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage, bean sprouts,Thai Basil and mushrooms. Stir in the sauce. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.Toss in the cooked ramen noodles and steak. Serve in bowls.

Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Kalamata Olives Vinaigrette

Written by Brian Strauss.

Kalmata olives 3 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoon chopped fresh flat or curly parsley
3 navel oranges
10 cups mixed lettuces, try using chicory, radicchio red/greenleaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 head Belgian endive, sliced
1 bulb fennel, trimmed and sliced
To prepare vinaigrette: Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in oil. Stir in olives and parsley.
To prepare salad: Using a sharp knife, remove peel and white pith from oranges. Quarter the oranges; slice pieces crosswise. Just before serving, combine lettuces, endive, fennel and the orange slices in a large bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat well.

Lentil Soup

Written by LWM Test Kitchen.

Different varieties of LentilsTraditional Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground toasted cumin (optional)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground *grains of paradise
Place the olive oil into a large 6-quart Dutch oven and set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, carrot, celery and salt and cook until the onions become translucent, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the lentils, tomatoes, broth, coriander, cumin and grains of paradise and stir to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook at a low simmer until the lentils are tender, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Using a stick blender, puree to your preferred consistency.

Chipotle Lentil Soup

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 small onion or 1/2 medium, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, lightly toasted and ground
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/3 cups brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
6 cups water
Salt to taste
1 to 2 canned chipotles in adobo, to taste, rinsed, seeded and sliced, plus a teaspoon of the adobo sauce

Heat the canola oil over medium heat in a large, heavy soup pot. Add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about five minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and tomato paste. Cook, stirring, until the mixture is fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Stir in the lentils and water, add salt to taste (1 to 2 teaspoons) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the lentils are very tender, about 50 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Using a hand blender, coarsely purée the soup, or purée half the soup in batches in a blender. (Make sure to remove the stopper from the blender lid and hold a towel tightly down over the top to avoid hot splashes.) Stir the blended soup back into the pot, and combine well. Add the chipotles, and heat through. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Jack O Lantern Ghoulish Chocolate Chip Cookies

Written by The Big Goblin.

Jack O Lantern Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin and chocolate chips a great pairing for Halloween. Add some strategically placed chips when the cookies come out of the oven for eyes, then drizzle the glaze  to look like blood and guts. 
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