Creamy Swedish Meatballs (4 Net Grams)

Image: Creamy Swedish Meatballs with Riced, Buttered Cauliflower

The first time I ever had Swedish Meatballs was way back when I was a very young single guy living in the big city. It was something made for quick and easy preparation by the folks down at Stouffer. I have always liked Stouffer’s products because quite frankly they were always consistent and more importantly pretty darn good. All you needed was a microwave oven and you were good to go. Continue Reading

Best Ever Chicken Scallopini (3 Net Grams)

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I have been making Chicken Scallopini for as long as I can remember. Some of you may well wonder what the heck is Chicken Scallopini? It’s just a fancy name for chicken cutlets that are usually pounded out very thin so that they cook very quickly. It is Italian in origin and is traditionally served with pasta. I serve it with a salad or with a vegetable on the side and truth be told, I don’t miss the pasta at all. Continue Reading

Thai Peanut Sauce / Dressing (1 Net Gram)

Image: Asian Inspired Chicken Salad with Thai Peanut Sauce

Peanut Sauce Revisited. I have to admit that I am coo coo for Coco Puffs crazy when it comes to Thai peanut sauce. My first experience tasting this venerable sauce was at an Asian concept I managed in Los Angeles called Monsoon Cafe. I am not exaggerating when I say I loved this stuff so much that I could have drank it up by the cupful. No joke, it was that good! Continue Reading

Dijon Mustard and Tarragon Cream Sauce (1 Net Gram)

Image: Grilled Chicken with Dijon Mustard and Tarragon Cream Sauce.

Dijon mustard is one of those condiments I have always had on hand, but never knew what to do with. This is a classic addition in many French inspired dishes. Here it provides that game changing element of complexity and surprise I have come to rely on to elevate the flavor profile of a sauce or salad dressing. Continue Reading

Green Beans Almondine (2 Net Grams)

Image: Green Beans Almandine

Thanksgiving  always elicits visions of green beans casserole dancing inside my head. Nothing was as comforting as a huge helping of this delicious casserole. It’s a holiday dish that most everyone has had at one time or another. Since its introduction it’s still considered a holiday comfort classic.  Today it remains as one of those iconic dishes one sees again and again at holiday gatherings around the country. Continue Reading

Fiery New Mexico Chile Con Carne (6 Net Grams)

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Here in New Mexico we take our chile seriously. Whether red is your preference or if you like the heat and fire roasted flavor associated with using green. Here chile is not just chili. For one the spelling with an i at the end denotes that it is a Texas style chili and that it will have more sweetness than heat. It typically relies on a variety of spices including red chile powder and sugar to give it it’s flavor. In New Mexico, both red and green, is all about the heat. The very best heat is grown in Hatch, New Mexico. Continue Reading

Radish, Bacon and Bell Pepper Papitas – (4 Net Grams)

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My childhood in New Mexico is filled with memories of waking up to smell of coffee brewing and fresh flour tortillas cooking on the stove top at my grandmothers house. One of my favorite things to eat that she constantly prepared were papitas. This is a very humble dish made by slow cooking finely diced potatoes, bacon and a little yellow onion. It is more commonly known to other folks as a potato hash. Pure down home comfort food. Nothing fancy, or expensive, but oh so filling and absolutely delicious. Continue Reading

Chilled Tomatillo Gazpacho – (3 Net Grams), Dairy Free

Image: Chilled Tomatillo Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a perfect option when it is too hot to eat, you’re hungry and you need something refreshing, with lots of flavor that leaves you utterly satisfied. Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and is served chilled. It’s origin is hailed as being from the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. It is widely eaten in Spain and neighbouring Portugal. It is extremely popular during the hot summer months as a refreshingly delicious option for lunch or a light dinner. Continue Reading