Monthly Archives January 2013

Chickpea Cookies

Tammy Upshaw, Melanie King, and I decided to create this very unique cookie while sipping on wine. They are AHMAZING! If you are a Crossfitter; these are a yummy treat that is perfect for Paleo/ZONE diets. You can omit the chocolate chips/white chocolate chips and only add in dried cranberries and nuts to be extra healthy!
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
1/2 cup almond butter or crunc...
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Provencal Salmon with Tomato Basil Sauce

I found this recipe on the Wolfgang Puck website. You can prepare the sauce hours prior or even the night before to save you time. The sauce reminds me of bruschetta sauce. You can use this sauce on chicken or shrimp as well.
  • 4 large, firm, ripe organic tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh organic basil leaves, chopped (about 2/3 cup)
  • Grated zest ...
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Lemon Cake

· 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
· 2 cups sugar
· 4 eggs
· 3 cups sifted self-rising flour
· 1 cup milk
· 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
· Lemon wedge, for garnish
· Mint sprig, for garnish
***If you don’t have time to make the cake from scratch, you can use Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake with 1 ¼ water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 3 eggs. Bake for 23-25 minutes
· 1...
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Hawaiian Paradise Cake

Three layers of vivid sponge cake in the colors of guava, passion fruit and lime covered in whipped cream frosting. On top is a glaze, stripped in the same three colors. But the cake is more than just fun with food coloring, as each layer really does taste like the fruit it’s emulating...
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Milanesa Beef Chicken or Veal

My husband loves Milanesa. I have made this twice. Once with chicken and once with flat steak. They both came out fantastic. I have not tried it with the pasta and sauce but I’m sure it’s just as good. You can also use veal instead of chicken or beef. For vegetarians, maybe try eggplant. If you live in Southern California you can find something similar at Inka Trails in Claremont, CA or Coco Palm in Pomona, CA...
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Carne Asada

My brother grew up in California with me. He now lives in Ohio and recently mentioned that he can’t find good carne asada out there. I decided to experiment with some carne asada recipes and found this one by Tyler Florence. You can find all the ingredients at any grocery store.

Carne Asada Marinade:

  • 2 pounds flank or skirt steak, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 recipe Mojo, recipe follows
  • Olive oil, for coat...
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Pico De Gallo

Yield: 2 cups
  • 4 vine-ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, sliced
  • 1 Serrano chile, minced
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together. Toss thoroughly...
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Chinese Salad Dressing

Thank you to Kathy Roybal Shefts for this fantastic salad recipe!
3/4 Cup of vegetable oil
3/4 Cup of sugar
3/4 Cup of vinegar
3 tablespoons of sesame oil
1 teaspoons of Coleman’s dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
Package of coleslaw (precut)
Package of purple cabbage (precut)
If you can’t find it precut in bags, buy a head and shred it
A bunch of green ...
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Eggs Benedict

One of my husband’s favorite things about vacationing is ordering eggs Benedict from room service. I finally attempted it on my own and it was successful. The Tabasco in the hollandaise sauce makes this a fun and unique way to prepare it. 


2 egg yolks (from regular, large eggs) for Hollandaise Sauce + 4 eggs to poach

1-1/2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt


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Creamed Spinach & Mushroom Casserole

I got this recipe from the back of the Farm Stand spinach bag. Super easy and yummy. Perfect for Crossfitter’s doing Paleo or ZONE diets!
1 tablespoon butter
1 (8 ounce) package sliced mushrooms
½ cup chopped onions
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 (16 ounce) package Fresh Spinach
¼ cup almond meal or all-purpose flour
1 cup of milk, Coconut Milk or half & half
1 ta...
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