It wasn't until my recent trip to Thailand that I gained a genuine appreciation for Thai cuisine. Don't use your run of the mill Pad Thai as a gauge, because let me tell you, it's not an accurate measure of how delicious Thai food can be. The flavors in Thai cooking are very distinctive, and the ingredients typically have many fresh elements. I know the thought of making Thai Shrimp Curry at home can be intimidating (especially with the ingredient list below), but don't fret! This recipe is simple to make, your kitchen may turn into your favorite Thai Restaurant!
No one likes a boring salad, so why not mix it up a bit! I tend to love salads all year long, but summer time is perfect season to enjoy a delicious salad packed with vitamins and nutrients. I also am more active in the summer, so I tend to get hungry often. Salad can be a light snack, or with a little help, it can also be a filling meal.
Fresh roasted fish always transports me to the Mediterranean coast. There is something about this simple preparation that really allows the fish be the star of the dish. Trout is a mild white fish with a light, clean flavor and just a touch of sweetness, perfect for anyone who is not a fish lover. For this recipe, I simply used garlic, parsley and lemon to accent this fish's natural flavor.
Whether you love or hate mussels, it's hard to resist spicy sausage in a finger licking white wine and garlic butter sauce! Mussels are a seafood that I actually grew to enjoy. The chewy texture wasn't initially appealing to me, until I realized I'd only been presented with overcooked versions of this tasty underwater treat . When cooked properly, these little morsels of seafood goodness are perfect as an appetizer or can be deliciously tossed with your favorite seafood pasta. I added turkey sausage to this dish to make it more filling, and the flavors of fennel and spice gave it the extra kick I craved. The broth of a mussel dish can be the best part, so don't forget a loaf of crusty bread to soak it all up when serving.
Finding healthy ways to make Italian food can be challenging. With all the carbs, cheese and heavy meat sauces you may find yourself feeling guilty after a meal. I recently swapped out my regular pasta and tried Modern Table Meals. This brand of healthy pastas are a delicious alternative to the traditional Italian variety. Made with bean and lentils, these pastas have 14g of protein and 5g of fiber without compromising any flavor. The pastas are also gluten, dairy, and soy free. They’re non-GMO Project verified and made without artificial colors or preservatives. Using 2 of their varieties, I made a yummy Turkey Sausage Marinara Penne and a Walnut Basil & Parsley Rotini. See Recipe for these tasty sauces below!
Tuna steak is one of those proteins, in my opinion, that needs bold added flavors to make it delicious. This recipe is packed with Mexican and Asian inspired elements that will leave your taste buds wanting more. The combination of cilantro, soy, ginger, jalapeno and lime is the perfect balance to the lean flesh of the tuna. The ingredients excite the dish by adding classic elements of sweet, salt, tang and spice. Pan seared tuna is finished in 2 minutes flat, enjoy as an appetizer served with crispy wontons brushed with sesame oil or as a plated an entree.
It's time to be transported to Italy with Beef Rollatini. This is a dish that I'd never heard of before, but it's one I will definitely not forget. This recipe was prepared by my friend and chef, Frans Muller. He combined what I thought would be some unlikely flavors to create a dinner masterpiece. Beef Rollatini does require some prep, but it is a simple dish to make that will surely impress. The beef is rolled with a mixture of smoked mozzarella, toasted pine nuts, spinach and raisins. Trust me, it will be delicious until the last bite!
If you closed your eyes and took a bite of this pasta, you would feel like you had been transported to Italy. Spinach and Ricotta Rotolo is a delicious dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a main course. This vegetarian culinary treat was prepared in my kitchen by friend and Chef, Frans Muller. The recipe features an amazing homemade tomato sauce that you can use for endless Italian dishes. Trust me - even though this dish is chef inspired, it doesn't mean it isn't simple enough to serve in your own home!
Ceviche (pronounced say-v- chay) could be, in my opinion, one of the most delicious ways to enjoy fish! This dish is typically made by curing or cooking the fish in just the juice from citrus fruit, like limes or lemons. This simple preparation allows for a plethora of flavor combinations to suit your taste. Since I am a huge fan of Mexican food, I went south of the border for this colorful appetizer. My mix of avocado, cilantro, tomato, jalapeno and corn made this ceviche a yummy Mexican treat.
Looking for a simple and flavorful dish light enough for summer and packed with delicious Asian flavors? Look no further, my Korean Beef Bowl will definitely hit the spot! This dish consists of stir-fried marinated beef tossed with a salad of crisp green beans, carrots and scallions, plated on a bed of fluffy rice. The meal is a perfect way to enjoy an Asian dish without all the deep frying and heavy sauces.