Alternative: Whipped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates Recipe

Ingredients: medjool dates ¼ cup of fresh, soft, crumbled goat cheese ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream ½ tablespoon of sugar (you can sweeten with honey instead) walnuts Directions: Combine the goat cheese, whipping cream, and sugar or honey and whisk until soft peaks form. Cut a slit lengthwise in the medjool dates. Remove the pits. Fill a small ziploc baggy or piping bag with the filling. If using the ziploc, cut a little bit off one of the ends. Fill the dates with the mixture and top with walnut pieces.

Moroccan Chicken Recipe

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHICKEN 3 tablespoons of oil or ghee 2 onions, chopped 1 tablespoon of minced garlic 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger 2 tablespoons of paprika 1½ teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon cumin 2 tomatoes, chopped 2 cups water ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 4 lbs chicken leg quarters, skinned and cut into about 3 pieces per leg quarter 1 large baked eggplant (bake 400° F for about 30-40 min) 2 tablespoons marjoram ½ cup slivered almonds FOR THE QUINOA 3 tablespoons butter 2 cups quinoa 4 cups chicken broth salt to taste ½ cup raisins slivered almonds INSTRUCTIONS MOROCCAN CHICKEN: Heat oil or […]

Mascarpone Stuffed Dates Recipe

Ingredients medjool dates ½ cup of mascarpone cheese walnuts Instructions Fill a ziploc baggy or piping bag with the mascarpone cheese. Cut a little bit of one of the corners of the ziploc. Cut a slit lengthwise in the medjool dates and remove the pits. Fill with mascarpone and top with walnuts as desired.

Poppy Seed Salad Recipe

INGREDIENTS FOR THE SALAD 12 oz chopped romaine lettuce 8 oz chopped strawberries 15 oz mandarin oranges (fresh or canned) 1 cup pecans 2 oz feta cheese FOR THE DRESSING ½ tsp dijon mustard ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp salt ½ tbsp poppy seeds ⅓ cup olive oil 2-3 tbsp honey (depending on how sweet you like it) INSTRUCTIONS Assemble the salad by mixing all of the ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk all of the dressing ingredients until combined. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to serve When ready to serve, top salad with desired amount of dressing.

Fancy Mango Tarts with Almond Crusts

INGREDIENTS MANGO FILLING 2½ cups of sliced mangos (about 4 small or 2 large mangoes) ¼ cup of sugar juice from half a lemon ¼ tsp cardamom pinch of salt 2 tbsp cornstarch 2 tbsp water 2 tbsp greek yogurt ALMOND CRUST 1 stick butter (room temperature) 2½ cups almond flour/meal 2 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp salt INSTRUCTIONS To make the filling, puree the mangoes, sugar, lemon juice, cardamom, and salt in a blender or food processor. Mix the cornstarch with water. Pour the puree into a sauce pan, fold the cornstarch-water mixture in, and cook on medium high for about 10-12 minutes until mixture thickens. Whisk the mixture continuously while cooking to ensure lumps […]

TOMATO CAPRESE WITH BALSAMIC AIOLI

INGREDIENTS heirloom tomatoes (use a sweeter variety of tomatoes if you prefer less tart) pesto mozzarella (fresh log kind/buffalo) ciabatta rolls BALSAMIC AIOLI ½ cup mayonnaise ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar pinch of salt pinch of pepper INSTRUCTIONS To make the aioli, mix the ingredients in a bowl. To assemble sandwich, spread pesto on one half of the roll. Top with fresh mozzarella log slices. Top with tomato slices. Spread balsamic aioli on the other half of the roll, and top your sandwich. If desired, use a panini press or grill to grill the sandwich.

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

INGREDIENTS 1½ cups all purpose flour ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp all spice 1 tsp salt ½ cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature 1¼ cups sugar 2 eggs 1 cup pumpkin puree ½ cup sour cream INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 350 °F. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, all spice, and salt in a bowl and put aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the room temperature, softened butter and sugar and mix on medium high until soft and creamy (about a minute or two). Add the eggs and mix on medium until combined. Add the pumpkin puree and mix for a few seconds until combined. (only […]

Squash and Lentil Soup

INGREDIENTS 4 tbsp ghee, butter, or oil of choice 1 large onion, roughly chopped 1 heaping tsp of minced or grated garlic 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 1 medium potato, peeled and roughly chopped ½ cup of butternut squash, peeled and roughly chopped 2 cups red lentils 1 large or 2 small tomatoes, roughly chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground turmeric ½ tsp ground coriander 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock 5 cups water salt and pepper to taste FOR THE PITA CHIPS 12 mini whole wheat pitas or 2-3 loaves of whole wheat pita bread torn into pieces olive oil sea salt ¼ – ½ tsp garlic powder (depending on how much garlic you like) INSTRUCTIONS […]

Malasia Style BBQ Brisket

INGREDIENTS 2-3 lbs beef brisket ½ tsp garam masala or allspice 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp salt 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce 1.5 tbsp liquid smoke ½ cup BBQ sauce (homemade or store bought) INSTRUCTIONS Prepare the brisket a day before you would like to eat it. Place your brisket on a baking sheet lined with enough foil to cover the brisket. Mix the garam masala, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Massage the spice mix with your hands onto the brisket. Mix the worcestershire and liquid smoke. Pour onto the brisket. Turn the brisket to make sure the liquid goes to the other side as well. Cover tightly with foil and marinate overnight in the […]

Pizza Nachos

Ingredients FOR THE GARLIC CREAM SAUCE: 1-½ Tablespoon Unsalted Butter ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil 3 cloves Garlic, Minced (or Use A Microplane If You Have It) ½ cups Heavy Cream ¼ cups 2% Milk 1 pinch Salt 1 pinch Cracked Black Pepper 1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes ¼ cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated FOR THE NACHOS: Your Favorite Crispy Tortilla Chips ½ cups Garlic Cream Sauce (Recipe Included) ¼ cups Onion, Diced ½ cups Pepperoni, Cut Into Bite Size Pieces ½ cups Black Olives Sliced ½ whole Green Bell Pepper, Seeds Removed, Diced 1 cup Colby-Jack Cheese, Shredded Preparation Instructions Start by making your sauce. Begin by melting the butter, along with the olive oil on medium to low heat. Once melted, toss in the minced garlic, and give a good stir. Raise the heat up […]