Mushroom and Pea Risotto

Risotto make take several times to get right but I am hoping this recipe helps. The trick is to not walk away from the rice and to always be stirring. Risotto pairs well with mushrooms, peas and roasted chicken for the ultimate comfort food.


Grilled Burgers with Fontina and Mushrooms

My favorite burger recipe and it is so easy to make. I love the flavor of mushrooms and fontina cheese melted on a burger. I chose not to eat a bun or add any additional toppings but customize how you like.


Tuna Ceviche

This recipe for tuna ceviche is one you might find when eating at a cool restaurant in California. The trick is to wait and add the ahi tuna when you are ready to eat. The reason is that if you add the tuna to the avocado and mango when you refrigerate it, the acidity of the lime juice could brown the ahi tuna. Serve with some quality tortilla chips, I buy mine from Whole Foods.


Shrimp and Vegetables with Thai Red Curry Sauce

Another easy weeknight meal that is healthy with protein and vegetables. You can adjust the amount of Thai red curry by adding more than the 2 tablespoons to make it spicier. You can omit the rice or try rice noodles instead as a base.


Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Roasted Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli

This is a simple tasty chicken dish with a lot of flavors from the artichokes, garlic and caper mixture. The chicken stays moist cooking over a pan. Roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli work as some nice sides with this dish. You can substitute gluten free flour and omit the bread crumbs for a gluten free chicken dish.


Baked Salmon with Brussel Sprouts

I found that cooking salmon for a few minutes on the stove top creates a nice crust. Finish off cooking the salmon in the oven and serve with your favorite side dish. This is an easy weeknight meal and the salmon comes out perfect cooking it this way. My favorite seasoning is Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Salmon Seasoning, visit the link on my page.


Estouffade de Beef with Mashed Potatoes

This is a traditional French dish with a lot of flavor. I like this dish served with some creamy roasted garlic mashed potatoes. You will have extras for more people or for lunch and dinner the next day.


Chicken and Peppers Tacos with Guacamole

An easy weeknight recipe for chicken tacos with guacamole. Making your own taco seasoning is relatively easy and you can modify if you like it spicier by adding more chili powder. Guacamole should not be complicated and this recipe has a lot of flavor.


BBQ Ribs

This is one of my favorite BBQ recipes for summer grilling and feeding a small group of people. Cooking the ribs at a low temperature in the oven for a long period of time ensures that they are fully cooked and finishing them off on the grill just adds such great flavor. I prefer using a weber kettle charcoal grill to do all my grilling and smoking.


Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup

These brussel sprouts can be a meal all in their own or paired with roasted chicken, salmon or pork. Cooking over medium low heat for a long period of time does not dry them out and the bacon adds so much flavor.


Roasted Lamb Chops with Charred Asparagus and Yogurt Sauce

Lamb chops can either be enjoyed grilled or roasted. I prefer roasting because you can control the internal temperature better and not over cook them. The asparagus and sauce pairs nicely with the lamb chops.


Sesame and Soy Glazed Salmon with a Vegetable Stir Fry

This is a quick weeknight meal and a great way to cook salmon. With the vegetable stir fry and bok choy you won’t miss the noodles or rice. I recommend using a wok for the vegetables so they get cooked evenly and don’t stick to the pan. This recipe is gluten free (used tamari instead of soy sauce) and dairy free.


Meatballs and Zucchini

Meatballs and pasta sauce are one of my favorite things to cook for family and friends. These meatballs do not use bread crumbs, instead I use bob’s red mill flaxseed meal because it is gluten free. The sauce is simple and goes great with the meatballs and zucchini.


Strip Steak and Roasted Asparagus

I love grilling steaks but found a great way to cook steaks inside during the fall and winter months. The key is using a good heavy duty skillet that is oven safe and well seasoned. The right seasoning also goes a long way but there is nothing wrong with some salt and pepper.


Baked Soy-Siracha based Chicken Thighs and Steamed Broccoli

This recipe is one of our favorite week night asian based recipes. The sauce can be modified and you could use teriyaki sauce instead of hoisin and soy sauce. Also the vegetables can be replaced with what you have in the fridge. This recipe is gluten and dairy free, use tamari soy sauce to make it gluten free.

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

This is an easy weeknight recipe and so much better and healthier than take out Chinese food. I found that skirt steak is really tender and the right choice for this dish. If you have time you can slice the skirt steak and cover with the marinade for several hours. You could also try chicken or shrimp and cooking with the vegetables of your choice, but the marinade of soy sauce and hoisin sauce remains the same.

beef and vegetable stir fry

Smoked Salmon

If you own a smoker or charcoal weber grill then you can easily make this smoked salmon. The trick is keeping the temperature at a low heat around 225 degrees.