Category Archives for "Side Dish"

Sautéed Chicory – New Recipe

Chicory arrived in my CSA box recently and I just wasn't familiar enough with it to be excited. After trying this recipe, I can't wait for my next delivery of vegetables to see if Chicory is inside. 

My mom was right when she told me; "You just never know until you give it a try."

Sauteed Chicory

1 head chicory, You'll want to cut off the stalky end and remove the outer leaves. 

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

red pepper flakes if you desire. (if you know me, its not an option)


First wash the chicory. In a large pot boil water with 1 Tablespoon of salt, add the chicory and cook for about 5 minutes. Drain very well. In a different pot or the same one washed and dried heat the olive oil until medium high heat. Cook the garlic and the pepper flakes for about 30 seconds. Add the chicory, stir to coat. Cook until the water is evaporated. Salt to taste.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Angel Food Frosting for Strawberries

I've got to tell you that this was a creation by Coach Dean. He is a magnificent chef. He has this sense of ingredients that will work well together. He whipped up a batch of this for an event we hosted and BAM- instant success. 

UMP Angel Food Frosting 

1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt

2 scoops of Angel food UMP powder

Whip the two together in a mixing bowl. This is key for light fluffy. Enjoy as a dip for strawberries or your other favorite fruit. Make fruit kabobs for a party and serve this dip alongside.

If you have doubters among those you love, that healthy food has to taste horrible- give them just enough of this to sample. They'll come to you begging for more.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy


Gotta Love Me Some Zucchini

One of my favorite growing plants is zucchini. I think it is because they are easy to grow, hard to kill, and produce fruit with little effort. I’m not much of a gardener but I do get my hands dirty. 

Raw Zucchini Alfredo

8 – 1 cup servings

  • 1 cup raw unsalted Cashew nuts, chopped
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup Pine nuts
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cloves garlic
  • 8 cups zucchini

Blend all ingredients except zucchini in a high power blender until smooth and starts to warm up from blender, about 5 minutes to make the Alfredo sauce.

Cut top and bottom off of zucchini. Using the julienne blade on a mandolin cut zucchini length wise to create noodles. Pour sauce over individual portions.

Since zucchini are prolific I wanted to share Spicy Zucchini Fritters from Paulette W. These are one of our family’s favorites year round.

Enjoy!

Coach Nancy

Summer Coleslaw

Everyone knows we should be eating more vegetables. I love coleslaw and since it is packed with raw veggies, its quick and easy to make. During the summer coleslaw is a crunchy side dish that can take on the personality of the main course.  The recipe below is the base to many versions of coleslaw I serve up at our house. Its great as is or add in slices of granny smith apples or red kidney beans or use avocados as your mayo instead of the homemade recipe below. 

Summer Coleslaw

32 ounces or a very Large bag of chopped coleslaw mix (about 16 cups). You can also chop a head of cabbage very fine, plus ¼ head of purple cabbage and shred 2 carrots but, I like to save time and buy it already done.

½ cup mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon vinegar

½ teaspoon celery seed

½ teaspoon salt

Mix this all together and chill before eating.


Homemade Mayo

1 egg

½ teaspoon dry mustard

½ teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 ¼ cup light olive oil

Place egg, dry mustard, salt, and lemon juice in the blender. Add /14 cup of olive oil and whirl until well mixed.

SLOWLY incorporate the remaining olive oil. Drizzle it in with as small a stream as possible. You’ll hear it start to emulsify. Don’t rush this. Be Patient. Continue to blend until all the oil is incorporated and your mayo is light and fluffy. (Do not use extra virgin olive oil. I’ve tried this, it is not a good choice at any time. Trust me on this.

Whichever way you serve this coleslaw dish, tell me how those around you enjoyed it.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Turn Down the Speed

...........Turn the Speed down to your advantage.

To many of us rush here and there. The western diet of fast food, pour from a can or out of a box, heat and serve, grab and go is slowly killing us. Lets slow ourselves down and eat to regain our health.  

  1. Eat slowly and mindfully. Pay attention. Breathe.
  2. Make food that looks beautiful and smells good. Taste it as if you were at a wine tasting event.
  3. Share mealtime with others. A bonus would be to eat in a relaxing environment.
  4. Eat whole foods. Notice the different textures, temperatures, and tastes.  
  5. Get plenty of protein, along with healthy fats and beautiful colorful veggies.
  6. Include fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi to keep the intestinal bacteria happy and healthy.
  7. Stay active. Our bodies work best when we move.
  8. Relax. Recover and de-stress. Get at least 7 hours of sleep.

Slow yourself down, It does YOUR body good.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Summer Barbecue for 4

From start to finish this meal screams summer barbecue. It's a favorite. Your family will love it, friends will ask for it. You'll be the talk of the town.  

Melon Strawberry Salad

4 cups Romaine Lettuce, chopped

1 small honey dew melon, cut into cubes

2 cups strawberries, sliced

1/2 medium cucumber, sliced

Fresh mint sprigs

Dressing:

1 cup plain yogurt

½ cucumber, peeled

lime rind

fresh mint sprigs (optional as garnish)

Arrange the lettuce in four, two – cup bowls. Place the cubed melon on the bed of lettuce along with the strawberries and cucumber slices.

To make the dressing add the yogurt, cucumber, mint leaves, and lime rind to a blender or food processor. Blend for 15 seconds until smooth.

Serve the salad with dressing and mint sprigs.

Ginger Chicken Strips

1 cup chicken broth

3 Tablespoon Pineapple juice

1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped

1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast

Reduce chicken broth to a ¼ cup on medium high heat. Add the remaining ingredients except for the chicken and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Place the chicken in the ginger marinade for 2 hours, up to overnight.

Preheat grill for 10 minutes on medium high. Grill the chicken for 4 minutes, turn and grill for another 4 minutes. Brushing with ginger glaze. Cook until juices run clear.

Quick Grilled Veggies

Zucchini, summer squash, red and green peppers, and portabella mushrooms cut into large chunks (you can use whatever veggies you have on hand)


1/4 cup olive oil


1/4 cup lemon juice


2 T chopped Basil


2 Cloves Garlic, minced

Mix oil, lemon juice, basic and garlic in small bowl. 
Cut up veggies.
 Pour marinade over veggies.
 Let sit 1 hour, mixing occasionally.
 Put on Skewers like Kabobs to grill. Cook on medium high heat on the grill until desired doneness.

Using skewers to do the veggies, works out really well. The veggies did not get all mushy like they tend to do in the foil packets, plus I could more easily see their progress as they cooked.

Summer Berry Delight

Topping:

2 cups fresh blueberries

2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup

1 Tablespoons white wine vinegar

½ teaspoon grated lemon rind

2 Tablespoon lemon juice

Dessert Base:

1 ½ cup fresh raspberries

1 ½ cup fresh blackberries

2 peaches, peeled and cut into wedges

Combine all topping ingredients in saucepan, simmer covered over medium heat for 20 minutes. Cool.

Mix the fresh fruit and divide it among four bowls. Top with blueberry topping. Enjoy!

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Taco Blend Recipe

This mixture of spices approximates what you might buy in a package. It tastes just as good and you eliminate the unwholesome ingredients in the store bought variety.

Depending on your taste you can use as much or as little as you like.  I usually make 4 times this much so I have it ready when I need it.

                    1 tablespoon chili powder

                    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

                    1/4 teaspoon onion powder

                    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

                    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

                    1/2 teaspoon paprika

                    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

                    1 teaspoon sea salt

                    1 teaspoon black pepper

In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Taco Salad fixed by Amy, age 11.

Homemade Salsa

My daughter Amy was fixing lunch for our family to have a picnic outside. Her heart was set on tacos. She worked hard to feed her family. She had to thaw the hamburger, cook it and then create a taco spice blend. She sliced the olives, mashed the avocado for guacamole, and she made homemade salsa. (her mom didn’t have a stash in the fridge)

I was so proud of her. She did all of this because she wanted too. We all enjoyed the Spring weather but most of all I enjoyed being the mom of this brilliant 11 year old.

Homemade Salsa

1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained

1 fresh Jalapeno peppers, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 Tablespoons lime juice

3 cloves garlic, peeled

1 Tablespoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

1teaspoon pepper

3 dashes hot sauce

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse 3-10 times.

If you have a child who loves to cook, allow them to the spread their wings and serve you lunch. They can very well surprise you.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Its almost grilling season. I know this week seems like it is far away but it will be here before you know it. Roasted Brussels Sprouts are one of my favorite foods. Grilling them is a close second. 

Grilled Brussels Sprouts



1 pound Brussels sprouts, as uniform in size as possible

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cut off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellowing outer leaves. Place the Brussels sprouts into a large, microwave safe mixing bowl and heat in the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Add the olive oil, garlic, mustard, paprika and salt and toss to combine. Allow the sprouts to cool until you can handle them. Skewer 4 to 5 Brussels sprouts onto each metal skewer with the stem ends facing in the same direction, leaving at least 1/2-inch in between each sprout. Place the skewers onto the grill with stem end closest to the flame. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the skewers over and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Serve as is or for additional flavor, remove the sprouts from the skewers, return them to the original mixing bowl and toss with any of the remaining oil and garlic mixture before serving.


Kitchen Sink Soup

Its been snowing quite a bit lately and I have been in the mood for soup more than usual this winter. This recipe is a favorite because it makes such a large batch of soup, but also because it uses up just about anything I have in my fridge. Bonus is my kids love it.

Kitchen Sink Soup

3 pounds ground beef

3-4 cups chicken broth

3-4 cups water (or more if needed – less if you want yours more “stew like”)

2 cups diced tomatoes

1 large sweet potato, diced

6 carrots, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

5 celery stalks, chopped

2-3 cups shredded green cabbage

3 small shallots, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

2-3 teaspoons ground cumin

1-2 teaspoons coriander

2 teaspoons chili powder

1-2 tablespoons dried basil

About 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

In a large soup pot add the sweet potatoes, carrots, chicken broth, and water and bring to a boil

In a separate large pot or skillet, brown the 3 pounds of ground beef, and season with a little bit of salt and pepper, and set aside. You can also use ground chicken, turkey, or lamb.

After the soup pot comes to a boil, add the shallots, garlic, diced tomatoes, celery, and bell pepper and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add the browned ground beef and shredded cabbage and continue to simmer until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

Season with all of the spices. Taste, and add more seasoning if desired.

Stir in the fresh cilantro and serve.

*Tips: Garnish with more fresh cilantro if desired, diced green onions, minced jalapeños and more shredded green cabbage. With your leftovers, eat a bowl of soup for breakfast topped with fried or poached egg!

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


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