Monthly Archives: March 2014

Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Sandwich

A fresh new take on the classic lox & bagel. I also like to add any other fresh veggies I have in house to this open faced sandwich. Perfect for a light dinner or a weekend lunch.

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Ingredients:
1/3 cup reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 tsp minced fresh chives
1 tsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 Tbsp water
2 tsp honey
6 (1-0z) slices rye bread
6 bibb lettuce leaves, cut in half
12 oz cold-smoked salmon, cut into thin strips
24 slices plum tomato
24 slices cucumber
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Tilapia Piccata

Swap the chicken or veal for a flaky white fish – like tilapia – in this classic dish. Delicious served over an orzo salad. Serve with steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
8 oz uncooked orzo
3/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 tsp salt, divided
3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper, divided
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
4 (6-0z) tilapia fillets
3 Tbsp butter, divided
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp drained capers

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Fennel Spinach Salad with Shrimp & Balsamic

Happy first day of spring! Try this fresh spinach salad full of spring flavors for a quick & easy dinner tonight! Homemade balsamic dressing really completes the meal.

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Ingredients:
3 slices center-cut bacon
1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled & deveined
2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb
1 cup grape tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 (9-oz) package fresh baby spinach
2 Tbsp finely chopped shallots
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

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Chicken Chow Mein

A healthy take on a classic Chinese dish. Make this quick & easy dish at home instead of picking up dinner to-go tonight!

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Ingredients:
5 oz medium egg noodles
sesame oil, for drizzling
11 oz skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1 tsp five-spice powder
1 tsp chile sauce (optional)
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp peanut oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely sliced
5 oz bean sprouts
1 large bunch green onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
2 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
freshly ground black pepper

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Morel Mushroom and Asparagus Saute

It finally is beginning to feel like spring here in Saint Louis! This fresh side dish is packed full of spring flavors. Look for fresh morels – firm, unshriveled, dry, and free of excessive dirt.

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Ingredients:
3 quarts water
12 oz white asparagus, trimmed
12 oz green asparagus, trimmed
1 Tbsp butter
1 shallot, thinly sliced
4 cups fresh morel mushrooms, halved lengthwise
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

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Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Happy Fat Tuesday! Try this delicious (but not too sinful) creole-inspired gumbo dish. Serve with a fresh garden salad for a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
6 ounces andouille sausage, finely chopped
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp canola oil
1.5 oz all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
8 oz skinless, boneless chicken breasts (or thighs), shredded or cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup chopped onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1 Tbsp Cajun/Creole seasoning
5 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, drained and crushed
1 cup frozen cut okra
3 cups bagged precooked brown rice

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