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Holiday Giving – Foodie Style

At first glance, hard pressed to feel thatshake there off As we come into you the might springbeseason and (hopefully) is much to be thankful for as we come into the final months of the end of winter doldrums, we are starting to think more 2020. The ongoing pandemic has certainly thrown us all for a loop Theith holidays are here! This is start my favorite time despite aboutbetween the fresh produce that will to popunemployment, up of in year, ournaturally grocery the holidays approaching, working/school at home, possiblethoughts fear of the cold weather thattoilet comes with this festiveThe season. Cold stores. While we’ve been able to get “fresh” produce all through what isturn to come and paper shortages. fact that you are to food, friends and family. Here are weather us craving comfort foods and nothing says comfort readingitleaves this article islong a good indication, however, that you woke up the winter, won’t be until things grown more locally will some healthy alternatives to and the maybe abundance of of this morning and that’s a great thing! like a great casserole followed by cookies even a cup start to be available. (Think about those wonderful greens and cookies that are always thiswith time of year. In addition to all the typical around stress associated this time of year, Better many are also hot chocolate! Casseroles are notorious forhave being heavy, but small Jersey asparagus!) That means that you’ll the chance to eat struggling with “Cooking Fatigue”. Yes, Cooking Fatigue is a true thing! A recent options for can youmake andthem great for gift-giving as well! changes lighter and healthierhaven’t while still meals prepared lotsofofbeing fresh items hadproviding to were travel study found thatwith as a result forced to eat that more at home, Americans the comfort that we all crave at this time of year. cooking on average 9 meals more aplate. week than Results alsodishes showed that many Healthy Apple Walnut Muffins –usual. Makes long distances to get to your Here are a12few that Chef Stephthe with Cutting Board Creations isthehappy to variety. prepareWith theseeverything and other were cooking same meal and were tired of lack of 2 cupsinspire flour you. Don’t have the time or the desire to do all this might delicious, mealshaving just fortoyou ofthe your schedule prevent else goinghealthy on, actually planwhen mealsthe anddemands then take time to prepare them 1 tspyou baking soda yourself? Contact Chef Steph with Cutting Board Creations and from being able do so. Stephanie was trained at the Culinary meant that many felttothey were not eating as professionally healthfully as before. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon she’ll all the work for you.Personal Simply heat and eat! do Let Chef Steph alleviate your Cooking Fatigue during theSafety upcoming holiday Business Academy, ishelp a Certified Chef, a Certified Food Manager, season. 1/4 tsp ground and Finalist for ginger the USPCA Personal Chef of the Year. For more information our As your Personal I preparereferences, healthy, nutritious thatCutting will leave you on services or GiftChef, Certificates, and fees,meals contact Board VEGETABLE 1/4 tsp ground allspice full and satisfied. Meals are prepared using only ingredients that can be easily Creations, LLCnutmeg today. 1/4 tsp ground pronounced and are ready to heat and serve within minutes. All the cooking is done FRITTATA 1/4 tsp salt in Iyour home – ingredients purchased that day,–equipment supplies forand your wish each of you a wonderful holiday season Serves and 4-6 customized menu all come with me. Your kitchen is left clean and your refrigerator 2 eggs Breakfast for dinner? Yup! In is stocked I’mfor done. a Personal Chef is cheaper than throwing out the very2when theUsing coming year. 1 cup plus Tbest apple juice this dish a colorful selection of old groceries, tastier and healthier than frozen entrees or fast food, and quicker vegetables pair withI protein rich concentrate, frozen thawed than preparing meals and yourself. As a certified Food SafetyPASTA Manager, strict SHRIMP AND SCALLOPS WITH –follow Serves 4-6 eggs for a hearty meal. Add a salad, 2/3 cup buttermilk for food safety and sanitation with your health and safety being of utmost Aguidelines low-fat pasta dish studded with seafood and vegetables and lots of flavor. or perhaps a quinoa or brown rice importance. 2 T oat bran 3/4 cup chicken broth, low sodium side, youarticles are ready to go!ask Feel I am thankful for each of you – the folks who readand these regularly, 1/2 cup onion, chopped 2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped about thethe recipes and especially those who have become clients! 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SPRING CHICKEN AND BARLEY SOUP

In a food processor, combine the cottage cheese, yogurt, basil, wine and any Pumpkin Bread seasonings you’d like to add. Add this to the bowl. 2 Add cups theflour pasta and mozzarella cheese to the bowl and mix everything together thoroughly. Transfer to a 2 ½ qt casserole dish that has been lightly sprayed. 2 tsp cinnamon Sprinkle parmesan cheese over - Serves 4 the top and bake, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes 1 tsp baking soda Barley is paired with fresh until hot and bubbly. 1/4 tsp baking powderspring vegetables and chicken in this 1/2 tsp salt LOW FAT GINGER WHITE CHOCOLATE CHUNK tasty soup. Again, feel free to mix 1 1/2cups sugar up the vegetables based on your COOKIES – Aboutoil 30 3/4 cup vegetable preferences. Don’t like barley? Use So cookies aren’t necessarily healthy, but in this recipe apple butter replaces 3 large eggs rice, pasta or farro instead, just HARVEST Serves 6 that tastes so butter providesSEAFOOD another layer of CHILI flavor to a-spice cookie 1 tspand vanilla adjust the cooking time appropriately. Nothing says cozy like a warming chili. In this recipe, seafood is a healthy

wonderful this time of year. 1 tablespoon oil cups shredded freshColorful pumpkin replacement for groundolive beef. seasonal vegetables and lots of seasonings add 2•3 cups flour • 1/2 cup onion, finely nutrition and flavor. cup toasted pumpkin seeds 21 tsp baking soda chopped 1/2 tsp salt 2 tablespoon(s) olive Preheat oven to 350oil degrees. Prepare pans. This recipe will make one 1•1Tcup(s) ground ginger 1/2 cup celery, finelymultiple chopped onion diced large loaf, or you can make smaller ones. 2•1tsp ground cinnamon 2 garlic clove medium red bell pepperbaking diced soda, baking powder and salt together. Sift the flour, cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1 medium bell pepper diced •In cupsgreen chicken low-fat, reduced a6tsp separate bowl, mixbroth, the sugar, vegetable oil, eggssodium and vanilla. 1/4 ground mace 5 garlic clove minced • 12 ounce chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into Combine both mixtures and fold in the shredded pumpkin and pumpkin 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 2 medium shallot minced cubes 3/4 cupWhen apple seeds. allbutter are incorporated, pour into pans. 2 medium jalapeno minced 1/2 cup brown sugar •2-41/3 cup pearl barley Bake onepowder, large loaf for 30 minutes or until cooked throughout. (Smaller T chili depending on taste 1•loaves egg 1 15will oz. diced tomatoes take less time, so check!) Cool for 15 minutes in the pan. 1large cup(s) tomato diced 1/4 molasses •Remove 1cup cup(s) asparagus trimmed and diagonally and put loaf on alow-fat, cooling rack to cool completely. sliced 1/4 inch 4 cup(s) chicken broth, reduced sodium 14tsp vanilla extract cup(s) butternut squash peeled and cubed • 1cup cupsugar peas(get a coarse grain such as demerara) 1/3 121/2 ounce(s) Cod or basil similar white fish, sized pieces Giving as a gift? Wrap tightly and cut put into into abite pretty basket or box. • cup fresh leaf - torn 11cup whiteshrimp chocolate chips or chunks pound(s) peeled and deveined Give with small decorative plates and a pretty knife. If this is for a coffee •3 cup(s) 1 tablespoon zest Preheat oven tobeans 350 orange degrees. Line 2 pans with parchment paper. pinto lover, why not give with coffee and coffee mugs. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and celery and cook, stirring,

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