In: Nel Vanamen

tomatoes and chicken
Pan Roasted Salmon with Tomato & Caper Relish
August 18, 2017

July and August is Salmon season and the perfect time to enjoy a delicious salmon dish that is high in Omegas. This…

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broccoli in garlic suace
Garlic Lemon Broccoli
January 1, 2019

This Garlic Lemon Broccoli dish is not any ordinary broccoli dish. It’s simplicity may be deceiving.   But try this and I promise the broccoli will disappear in minutes maybe even before it makes it to the table. Adds a delicious twist to one of our favorite vegetables and goes so well with any protein.  You can even add a little red pepper flakes if you like a little heat.  

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steak with sauce2
Steak Diane
December 31, 2018

Steak Diane will taste like you have been cooking all day but it is so easy to make and will leave your guest’s mouth watering for more.  This would be good on any beef steak, bison steak, venison or elk steaks.  You can even put it on burgers to elevate them.  Yummy!

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soup
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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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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stuffed mushrooms
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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skirt steak with chimmichuri
Skirt steak and Chimichurri Sauce
July 26, 2018

If you are looking for a way to add a lot of flavor to steaks, chops or fish Chimichurri sauce is an excellent choice.  You can use any leftovers on eggs or even as a marinade.  I use skirt steak or a sirloin flap because NY strips or Rib-eyes can stand alone pretty much.  When cooking skirt steak or a sirloin flap they cook fast about 3-6 minutes per side for medium rare. 

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watermelon and jicama salad
Refreshing Watermelon and Jicama Salad
July 10, 2018

If you are going to the beach or you want a cold salad to add to your dinner and give you a reprieve from the heat of the summer sun.  Then try this dish because it is truly delish!  Your kids  may even eat some veggies without knowing it.  The lime with the sweetness of the watermelon is so refreshing. the cilantro kicks it up a notch and the crunch of the jicama make this a real winner.   Keep it cold until serving and watch your guest face when they indulge because you are sure to surprise them with the flavor!! This would even work as a desert but use mint rather than cilantro.  

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