In: Nel Vanamen

zucchini spaghetti
Zucchini Noodles Aglio e Olio
July 4, 2018

This dish is tender, familiar, and comforting all in a huge bowl.  It can be slurped or twirled with your fork.  It could accompany any of your grilled proteins at a cook out and is abundant this time of year.  You can serve it with dinner for your guests but it is so comforting that you just may want to eat while in your pajamas as you lose yourself in a good book.   

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potatoes and asparagus
Grilled Potato and Asparagus Salad
June 25, 2018

Craving some of mom’s or grandma’s potato salad.  Try this guiltless potato salad.  This dish is great company to any of your grilled protein choices. In fact, throw in some grilled asparagus and you have a whole symphony on your plate for dinner or lunch.  Your taste buds will sing with delight.

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bison burgers
Grilled Bison Mexican Burgers
June 25, 2018

It is a grillin’ and chillin’ fiesta with this recipe. What better way to celebrate summer than with a juicy burger.

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salad
Healthy Vietnamese Chopped Salad
May 25, 2018

Swim suit season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious light and flavorful dish.  This is a really healthy salad that is full of antioxidants.  This is great alone but paired with any protein and you have a knockout meal.  If you are cooking for your guy, pair it with a grilled bison or beef steak.   If you are cooking for your girl, pair it with some fish or chicken.  They will not complain that you have made a salad.  They will not even notice because the flavor is that good.   The dressing is a perfect balance of hot, sour, salty , and sweet and is bursting with flavor.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Mustard Dressing
May 23, 2018

Roasting cauliflower is one of the best ways to prepare this non-starchy cruciferous vegetable. The brown bits are fought over by all. This dressing can be used with broccoli or green beans. You can also use this as part of an arugula salad.  A really yummy way to get your vegetables and fiber in your day.

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steak dinner
Grilled Lamb Chops
February 13, 2018

Want to impress your valentine on Valentine’s day. Make lamb for your lamb chop! Really easy, tender and juicy and easy! If get the New Zealand grass fed lamb it is lower in fat and much healthier. This is an easy recipe that is elegant and decadent. A sure way to win over your Valentine.

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zucchini boat
Venison Zucchini Boats
January 23, 2018

This is a unique take on a traditional stuffed zucchini. You can also substitute any one pound of ground meat, if you do not like venison. You can even use ground boar. You can find both venison and boar at Sprout’s or other speciality butcher shops and grocery stores. In addition, this filling can be used with bell peppers if you do not like zucchini. To help keep you on track with portion control, weigh the protein filling by placing the hollowed out zucchini on the scale and hitting zero. Then fill boats to desired portion before placing them in the baking dish.

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chicken soup
Thai Chicken Curry
December 1, 2017

This is an easy Thai Chicken Curry dish that is spicy, savory and sweet. It really hits all the senses. The coconut milk along with the sweet potatoes offset the spice of the curry and the chilis. This is one of my client’s favorite dishes and is requested over and over again. Nutritious and delicious!!!

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Cioppino: a Seafood Soup
September 23, 2017

September through April is the best time to enjoy Cioppino a seafood soup. Mostly, because the summer months are when shell fish spawn and they need a rest period to repopulate. In addition, spawning fish taste different. This is a great meal to serve your guests and after making this Cioppino you will not want to eat it in a restaurant again! Serve with GF garlic toast to sop up the yummy broth.

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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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