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Recipes tagged with: lifestyle chef

Antipasto
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Antipasto

The foods offered before the meal is called the Antipasti. The plates are colorful with a variety of meats, olives, artichokes, eggs, anchovies and other ingredients to create a mini-feast.

An Italian tradition is to create an antipasti with a selection of color, flavor, texture and how well each complements each other. An antipasti is also considered a great way to get everyone socializing together.

*Cindy's Note* Antipasti or Antipasto? I get this question all the time. Here is the literal definition, Antipasto (plural) means "before the meal" and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, pepperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichokes, cheese, picked vegetables or meats and drizzled with oil and vinegar! 

 

Banana Bread Cream Stuffed Crepes
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Banana Bread Cream Stuffed Crepes

Since we are only in Massachusetts for a few weeks; I am trying to use up everything I have before we go back home to Florida.  I made my Crepes recipe that has been carried down from my Grandfather but if you want to use Paleo Crepes - Go here for my Paleo Recipe.

The banana cream does taste like the batter for your bread!  So yummy...  

 

Basil Pesto Chicken Drumsticks
  • Time: 1 hour (not including marinating time)
  • Complexity: easy

Basil Pesto Chicken Drumsticks

These drumsticks are perfect for our Paleo Picnic! If you have the time marinade the chicken overnight but for at least 6 hours for an amazing chicken drumsticks.

Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Doesn't everyone just love Strawberry Shortcake!  Everyone I know does and there is nothing better than homemade shortcakes.  It also tells your family or friends that you love them!  

Cindy's Note:  If you have the "big" sugar that would be great to sprinkle on top.  If not, just use your regular sugar!

 

BGE Sweet and Spicy Ribs
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Complexity: easy

BGE Sweet and Spicy Ribs

We just love our Big Green Egg and since my husband has made Pulled Pork 3 weekends in a row I decided to change it up for Labor Day weekend and make some ribs!

Here is recipe for the rub! (this recipe is for 2 racks of ribs)

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Combine together...  Rub the ribs, wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Cindy's Note:  I made this for 4 of us so I cut the ribs in half to make everyone an individual serving. You can keep it whole or cut it half.  It was also easier for the EGG.  I just love my Simply Organics Spices!

 

 

 

Butternut Squash Soup
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Butternut Squash Soup

You always know fall is in the air when a pot of butternut squash soup is on the stove.  I love this one-pot soup is amazing and freezes really well.

I used my bialetti pot and niinja blender to make this comforting soup!

Cast Iron Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables and Bacon
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Cast Iron Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables and Bacon

It's Friday night and we are in Massachusetts for December therefore it's all about comfort food in my house. I wanted to use my favorite cast iron pan and make a one pot meal perfect for the 2 of us.  It does take a few steps but I actually served from this pan and the flavors were amazing especially the bacon!

This is a perfect dinner for 2 with maybe some left over for lunch the next day for 1 of you..   Enjoy :)

Chefs Note:  You will find below that I want you to remove the pork at 140 degrees.  You don't want it over cooked and when you continue cooking after adding in the vegetables then let rest a few minutes and slice.  The pork will continue cooking.  

 

Cauliflower Cakes with a Fresh Herb Pesto
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Cauliflower Cakes with a Fresh Herb Pesto

OK big news today!  When I was visiting my friend Teal at Sons and Daughter farm and winery I learned a few things.  First I had an amazing wine sampling then of course I went for my 2 jugs of kombucha.  While I was there her and David took me on a little tour and my takeaway was Yucca Root.  OMG...

Teal brought my a tasting of tapioca pudding their chef made from yucca root and it was the best I ever had.  I just love the texture of tapioca pudding and it was to die for!  Really.....

She also told me that the yucca root made a great thickening agent and also how you make cassava flour.

While I am doing our HewFit Challenge at our gym and the "game" excludes any flours even (almond, coconut, tapioca, etc) so I grabbed a yucca root to make Cauliflower cakes.  

Enjoy!

 

Chicken and Scallions
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Chicken and Scallions

Chicken recipes are my go-to during the week. This easy weeknight Paleo recipe is one of my favorites. Combining Chicken and Scallions makes a flavorful dinner you must try!. I love to make this when I am tired and just want a quick and healthy meal. I love scallions and put in as much as I have to enjoy this delicious chicken dinner! Enjoy this Paleo Recipe!  

Fast and Easy Paleo Recipes

 

Cinnamon Apple Ciafouti
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cinnamon Apple Ciafouti

I had an extra Gluten Free pie crust in my freezer and this recipe was born!  My husband thinks I am bored in Massachusetts during the Christmas season but it really is too cold to be outside so cooking and baking has helped keep me warm.

This is really good!  You need to try it..  

Cod Florentine
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cod Florentine

This recipe is not only delicious, but beautiful to the eye! Italians do eat with their eyes but if it looks beautiful, we know it will taste wonderful! You can use cod, haddock, flounder, or any other white flaky fish for this recipe. I just love the spinach, garlic, and combination of herbs to make this a perfect dinner!

A huge thank you to City Fish as they provided all of the seafood for my cookbook.  

 

Creamy Salmon Piccata and Pasta
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Creamy Salmon Piccata and Pasta

We have been on the go for all of December and tonight I felt like a comfort salmon dish.  I am starting HEWfit in a few weeks and decided salmon and pasta was a perfect dinner for us.  As an Italian pasta was always a frequent visitor but over the past several years it makes a rare appearance.  When we do eat pasta it's a small amount.  Tonight the salmon will be the star but it will be yummy for us to enjoy!  

Go ahead and give this recipe a try!  I bet it would also be great with spaghetti squash too.  

 

Cumin Salmon over Lentils and Cauliflower
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cumin Salmon over Lentils and Cauliflower

I was going through my spices and decided to use Cumin for dinner. I am always going for the Italian spices and thought it was time to switch it up a little. Grabbed a jar of Cumin and Paprika and this is what happened in my kitchen!

PS - We love being back in town and able to shop at the best seafood store around!  

Easiest Sweet and Spicy Beans
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Easiest Sweet and Spicy Beans

I haven't made beans in so long and it seemed to be the perfect side for my BGE Sweet and Spicy Ribs.

Now that I know using canned beans and adding your own ingredients takes on a whole new meaning of baked beans not to mention all you need is 30 minutes.  I made these for my company and never let them know they were semi-homemade and everyone just loved them.  

I used 2 tablespoons of the rub I made with the Ribs.  If you are not making the ribs then here is an easy recipe for the spices.

Ingredients for Spices!

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

 

Easy Sweet Potato Fritters
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Easy Sweet Potato Fritters

I just realized that there are a lot of sweet potato recipes on my blog.  I do love sweet potatoes.

This recipes was inspired by a recent trip to Bolder.  My friend Monica and I went out to lunch and they had these hugs sweet potato fritters on the counter with a marshmallow topping.   We each ate one but OMG they were filling and the topping was really sweet.

I decide to make my healthy (Paleo) version.  My husband just loved these and asked me to save 2 for breakfast with his eggs in the morning.  I even gave one to Jake - of course he just loved it too!  

Enjoy!  These are super yummy

PS
I just used one large sweet potato and made about 8 fitters.  Just a FYI

 

Eggplant Salad
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Eggplant Salad

This is a summertime hit, yet great anytime! Make this salad a day in advance if you have the time. The flavors will be even better.  

 

Fall Vegetable Tian
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Fall Vegetable Tian

This is a great way to feed a crowd and use a lot of great fall vegetables!  

Feta with Roasted Red Peppers and Olives
  • Time: 20 mintues
  • Complexity: easy

Feta with Roasted Red Peppers and Olives

When I was at Stop and Shop looking around for an appetizer for our lake friends the block of Feta cheese stood out!  The Boar's head was on sale and was I glad as it made this appetizer perfect! I will be making this over and over again this summer!  

Here is my recipe for roasted red peppers!

 

 

Fijita Seasonings
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Fijita Seasonings

Doing my normal clean out in the freezer I found 1 piece of filet tenderloin and 1 piece of bone-less chicken breast.  I also had a few onions, red pepper, yellow pepper and a cubinelle pepper.  Of course, Fajita's screamed out to me.  

The first thing my husband said is; "we don't have any fajita seasoning"  Um honey, we have Simply Organic spices.   I will make my own seasoning.

Yummy dinner at the lake for the 2 of us.

 

Garlic Devil Chicken
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Garlic Devil Chicken

The name devil chicken came from the amount of red chili pepper flakes you add to the dish.  I happened a lot of garlic and roasted it then didn't know what to do with it so I added to the sauce of this dish.  OMG delicious!

You can ask your butcher to cut up a whole chicken to feed a family.  I love left overs so picked up 2 bone-in breast and 2 thighs for my husband and I.  

I also used the  garlic in my sauté garlic and roasted up butternut squash to complete this dish.

Enjoy!

 

Garlic Steamed Whole Artichokes
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Garlic Steamed Whole Artichokes

Our family loves artichokes.  It all started with my Nana. Every Easter and Christmas Eve she would be steaming a big pot of artichokes.  We would all be so excited to be sitting around the table eating them!  Of course, the heart is the best part but getting to it pedal by pedal it very exciting too.  My mother still makes artichokes and so do I.  

I enjoy them often.  I make 2 for myself - One for now and another for tomorrow (or tonight).  

You need to add tons of garlic in the leaves and drizzle with lots of EVOO.  

Enjoy xo

 

Garlicy Eggplant Dip
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Garlicy Eggplant Dip

I just LOVE eggplant and always pick up 2 each week at the grocery store or more often if I spot them in the produce department and they look amazing.  That is why I have a category for Eggplant. 

At the lake we enjoy our "happy hour" and I love making something different especially when our lake neighbors are over.  Since I am Italian expect lots of garlic!  

Yummy..

xo

 

Grilled Polenta
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Grilled Polenta

My husband loves my short ribs and he says it's always better when I freeze it and he warms it up a few weeks later.  At our lake house during the summer there are nights we just want something easy.  Leftovers work perfect.  

I made grilled polenta and topped with warmed up the left over short ribs.  OMG it was amazing!  Great way to use up food handy in the house.  

Grilled White Anchovies with Gremolata
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Grilled White Anchovies with Gremolata

I grew up enjoying anchovies in many of our Italian dishes. While in Tuscany, we loved a grilled white anchovy but I decided to add a fresh gremolata. This will dazzle your Italian friends! You can use sardines but the white anchovies are really good for you!

*CHEFS NOTE* "What is gremolata?"

First, it sounds kind of sexy and sophisticated when you say gremolata! This 3 ingredient beauty is simply a condiment made from finely minced parsley, minced garlic and lemon zest. Traditionally served with veal (Occo Buco) and can go with steak, chicken, or seafood. I love to drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil to really make the gremolata shine! You can also substitute mint (for the parsley) and serve with lamb chops.

 

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