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By: Nel VanAmen

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Turkey Hash
November 27, 2018

Do you have Turkey leftovers?  Use them in this recipe. It won’t disappoint.  It is loaded with vegetables and if your carbs are limited omit the potato and if you do not like heat omit the jalapeno.  Have it for breakfast with a sunny side up egg.  You can serve it to your guests that came in for the holiday.  If you do not have any leftovers you can use ground turkey or cooked turkey breast..

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Transylvania Stockpot with Kielbasas
October 26, 2018

This must of been Dracula’s favorite snack food in between victims.   After all, it is named after his home town.  In fact, he may have used this warm hearty dish to lure in his victims from the blistery cold streets of Transylvania.  Even now the aroma may warm the Count by allowing him to reminisce “the good old days” when all it took was a warm soup to get his victims off the streets rather than a pair of Louis Vuitton.    This is an easy hearty soup that will warm the coldest of souls and is perfect for the season.  Use the Healthy Choice brand to eliminate the added carbs and fat with the sausage or try a smoked chicken or turkey sausage.  Enjoy!

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spinach souffle
Spinach Mushroom Souffle
October 26, 2018

Want something that looks fancy to impress and tastes delish?  Try this spinach mushroom souffle.  This one has savory spinach and mushroom but you can use what you have on hand.  If it deflates after coming out of the oven it will still be delicious.  A nice healthy substitute for Yorkshire Pudding.  Never fails to impress! 

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chicken fajitas in a pan
Fabulous Fajitas
October 11, 2018

The marinade is the secret to fabulously tender, juicy meat that can stand on its own.  Grilling gives it a smoky flavor but I cook these in a cast iron skillet.   It helps caramelize the vegetables and the meat.  If you are grilling I would use a basket to put the meat in and then use a skillet to cook the vegetables.   You can also use beef, bison or even venison as the protein.  When cooking chicken I allow for about 20% shrinkage.  Hence, the recipe calls for one and quarter pound to allow for one full pound of cooked protein.

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steak and mushrooms with mashed potatoes
Filet Mignon Stuffed with Mushrooms and Onions
September 28, 2018

Here is a meal that delivers melt in your mouth, tenderness with a  savory twist.   There is not a more succulent meal than a tender filet.  In addition, if you have a beef with Beef it would also work with elk tenderloin or even venison.  This is a recipe that will impress your guest or help you close the deal for your date.  You are sure to score high marks in skill.  Simple and easy to prepare with tenderness and a flavor that is sure to rock the night.

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ostrich entree with sweet potato
Ostrich With Mixed Mushrooms
September 5, 2018

Game on!! I have only cooked this once and I have to say I liked  it more than venison but try it for yourself.  It is a bit more expensive than beef.  It may not be something that you would eat every day, but it is worth trying.  Especially if you are sensitive to beef.   My client loved it but he has eaten bear and I am his chef.  Wild game is part of the Mito food list as well.  You can order it from a specialty butcher.  They have farms here right here in California!

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orange and ginger halibut
Fish Cooked In Parchment Paper With Orange, Sesame and Ginger
September 5, 2018

Cooking fish in parchment paper is foolproof and a healthful way to prepare your fish.  You can also use banana leaves if you can find an Asian market.  Even the most delicate fish never seems to dry out when using this method to cook.  The nutritional content is for halibut but cod would be great and is readily wild.   

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asian chicken salad
Chicken Tex Mex Coleslaw
August 26, 2018

This is a perfect dish for a warm summer night.  Crisp, refreshing with a healthy dose of protein and a little crunch.  You can serve it at your BBQ or use any left over chicken to make lunches.  Add some red pepper flakes if you like things a little spicy.  

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protein oatmeal cookies
High Fiber Protein Cookies
August 26, 2018

Are you hankering for something sweet?  Try these delicious nutty protein cookies.  They will remind you of your favorite oatmeal cookies but there are no oats.  They are lightly sweetened and just may help you from eating your kids ice cream in the freezer.  They are a healthy snack for the kids as well.  The protein and fiber will help keep you full for longer.

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Tomato Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
August 26, 2018

Tomatoes are in season and what a great way to celebrate them by using them as a stuffing in an earthy portobello mushroom.  This is great as a side dish if you are already grilling or if one of your guest is a vegetarian.  This is a hearty choice.  Grilling mushrooms is nothing new.  But stuffing them is something you have to try.  A flavorful filling with fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs makes this an impressive side dish or a hearty vegetarian dish.

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