Category Archives: Side Dishes

Cranberry Citrus Salad Recipe

Did you eat the cranberry jelly from a can at Thanksgiving dinner?  I did.  Brighten up that sugary paste with this fresh cranberry and citrus salad.  You will be surprised!

Cranberry Citrus Salad
Serves 8
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr
94 calories
16 g
0 g
4 g
1 g
0 g
115 g
15 g
11 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
115g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94
Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 15mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
13%
Vitamin C
46%
Calcium
6%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  2. 2 oranges
  3. 1grapefruit
  4. 1 lime
  5. 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  6. 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped (1/3 cup)
  7. 1/4 cup sugar
  8. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  9. 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  10. 5 ounce package baby arugula
  11. 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  12. 2 tablespoons walnut oil or olive oil
Instructions
  1. For Cranberry Topper, in food processor cover and pulse cranberries 5 times to coarsely chop (or coarsely chop by hand). Transfer to bowl.
  2. Cut peel from oranges, grapefruit and lime. Section fruit over bowl to catch juice. Add sections and juice to cranberries. Stir in celery, onion, sugar, lemon juice, and ginger.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Toss arugula with mint and oil. Top with cranberry mixture. Serves 8.
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fat
4g
protein
1g
carbs
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Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
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Cauliflower Mash Recipe

Mashed Cauliflower is a great alternative to the fat and calories of mashed potatoes and a great way to get your children to eat more vegetables.

Cauliflower Mash
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
83 calories
12 g
8 g
3 g
5 g
1 g
225 g
169 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
225g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83
Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 169mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
169%
Calcium
7%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large head cauliflower, cut and trimmed
  2. 2 oz low-fat cream cheese
  3. 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  4. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook cauliflower until tender. Drain water then add cream cheese, thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Whip with beaters or mash by hand then serve.
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83
fat
3g
protein
5g
carbs
12g
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Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe

Roasted root vegetables are probably the least thought of combination when it comes to dinner planning, but these vegetables are not only good for you, they are beautiful when served in a big bowl on Thanksgiving or with any meal.

You can use any fall vegetable or winter squash; such as sweet potatoes, rutabaga, butternut or acorn squash.  Sometimes, I like to add brussels sprouts.  

Roasted Root Vegetables
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
206 calories
35 g
0 g
7 g
3 g
1 g
300 g
980 g
17 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
300g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206
Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 980mg
41%
Total Carbohydrates 35g
12%
Dietary Fiber 8g
30%
Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
181%
Vitamin C
50%
Calcium
8%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 large carrots
  2. 1 bunch medium beets
  3. 1 medium red onion
  4. 2 large parsnips
  5. 1 large turnip
  6. 1 head garlic, cloves separated, and peeled (about 16)
  7. 1 cup apple cider or juice
  8. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  10. Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat to 425 degrees F.
  2. Peel and cut all the vegetables into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Cut the onions through the base core to keep some of the layers in chunky pieces. Toss all the vegetables with garlic, olive oil, 1/2 cup apple cider and salt in large bowl. Season generously with pepper.
  3. Divide the vegetables evenly between the 2 pans, spreading them out to assure they don't steam while roasting. Roast the vegetables until tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Remove from oven and add the other 1/2 cup of cider. Mix and place into medium bowl and serve.
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calories
206
fat
7g
protein
3g
carbs
35g
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Citrus Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

The Holidays are quickly approaching and most of us will be eating way too much.  Holiday dinners and parties can really pack on the pounds.  How do you survive the Holidays if you are watching your calories or don’t want to eat a lot of sugar?

You don’t have to give up your traditional menu items, simply make them better.  One way you can spruce up your sweet potatoes (and cut the sugar) is to simply mash them and add a little bit of honey and orange zest.    

You will will have a fresh, healthy side dish, without the brown sugar and marshmallows.  Spruce them up even more by adding cinnamon or some toasted pecans.  

Citrus Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
59 calories
14 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
69 g
24 g
7 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
69g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 24mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
124%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
2%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  2. 1 large orange
  3. 1 to 2 tbls honey, sweeten to taste
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional
Instructions
  1. Boil sweet potatoes on stove top on high heat for about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain water. Return to pan. Add the zest of one orange, orange juice, honey and cinnamon if you want. Mash until fluffly like mashed potatoes. Place in serving bowl and garnish with pecans if desired.
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59
fat
0g
protein
1g
carbs
14g
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Roasted Fall Vegetables Recipe

I love Fall and all of the Root Vegetables that are in season.  Served over Warm Farro, this is a great Side Dish or Main Course for a cool Autumn night.  You can use any vinaigrette or simply olive oil and season to taste.

Roasted Fall Vegetables
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
211 calories
46 g
0 g
2 g
10 g
0 g
305 g
94 g
7 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
305g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211
Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 94mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 46g
15%
Dietary Fiber 12g
47%
Sugars 7g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
143%
Vitamin C
175%
Calcium
20%
Iron
58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Acorn Squash
  2. 1 lb Brussels Sprouts
  3. 3 large Carrots
  4. 1/2 a red onion
  5. 1 zucchini
  6. 1 small head cauliflower
  7. 1 cup farro
  8. 1/2 cup lemon thyme vinaigrette
  9. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. pre-heat oven to 425. In a small pot, cook your farro according to package directions. Slice acorn squash into 1 inch slices. Remove seeds then cut slices into 1/4. Clean, peel and cut your vegetables into desired piece. I like mine fairly chunky. Toss with Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette, salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 to 30 minutes until tender.
  2. Serve over warm Farro.
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211
fat
2g
protein
10g
carbs
46g
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Buffalo Cauliflower Hot Wings Recipe

If you ware a vegetarian or vegan, you are going to love these.  Heck, I love these and I am a total carnivore!

Buffalo Cauliflower Hot Wings
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
209 calories
29 g
17 g
8 g
8 g
4 g
250 g
311 g
5 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
250g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209
Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 311mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 29g
10%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
118%
Calcium
8%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower (approx. 4 cups of florets)
  2. ½ cup milk (for vegan: use water or almond or soy milk)
  3. ½ cup water
  4. ¾ cup all-purpose flour (can sub gluten-free rice flour)
  5. 2 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp cumin
  7. 1 tsp of paprika
  8. ¼ tsp salt
  9. ¼ tsp ground pepper
  10. 1 cup frank's red hot sauce
  11. 1 tbsp butter (for vegan: use earth balance buttery spread)
Instructions
  1. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or grease very well with oil. Preheat your oven to 425-450 F depending on your oven.
  2. Wash and cut cauliflower head into bite sized pieces/florets.
  3. Mix the milk/water/flour and spices in a medium mixing bowl (set aside the hot sauce and butter for later). Mix until the batter is thick and is able to coat the cauliflower without dripping.
  4. Dip the cauliflower in the batter. You can do this one by one or in batches. shake off excess batter before placing cauliflower on the baking sheet. Lay the cauliflower single layer on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, flipping the florets over half way through to get all sides golden brown and crispy.
  6. While the cauliflower is baking, get your buffalo wing sauce ready. In a small saucepan on low heat melt butter and mix in hot sauce. Remove from the heat just as it starts to melt. Stir together and set aside.
  7. Once the cauliflower is done its first bake in the batter, remove them from the oven and put all the baked florets into a mixing bowl with the wing sauce and toss to coat evenly.
  8. Return cauliflower to baking sheet and bake in the oven for another 20-25minutes. Serve with ranch, blue cheese, or your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!
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calories
209
fat
8g
protein
8g
carbs
29g
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Adapted from Gimme Delicious Food
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California Sushi Roll Recipe

I love a California Roll.  It’s much easier to make than  you think.

For the Sushi Rice

2 cups Japanese short or medium grain rice 
2 1/2 cups cold water

5 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt 

Wash the rice with cold water until the water runs clear. Drain well. If you have a rice maker, follow rice maker instructions (add 2 cups rice and 2 1/2 cups water) and cook on the white rice setting or follow stove-top directions on rice package ,which is usually 4 cups water to 2 cups rice.

When rice is cooked, transfer to a large bowl and break it up to get rid of all the hot clumps. Let the rice cool. Rice should still be warm when you stir in your sushi vinegar.

1/2 lb Imitation crab meat
1 Avocado, ripe but firm
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced into long julienne strips
Toasted Nori Seaweed

A sushi rolling mat I buy mine at Nam-Hai. Plastic wrap to cover the mat.  If you don’t have a sushi mat, try using parchment paper instead.

Assembling your California Rolls:

Wrap your Sushi mat in plastic wrap before using it (this makes it re-useable and you don’t even have to wash it!).Fold the pieces of nori in half to split them. Spread generous handful of rice onto nori.  Keep hands we to spread rice evenly.

Place your fillings across the center of your nori lengthwise (don’t overfill or the roll won’t seal).

sushi

Start rolling using your matt to firmly keep the roll in place. Apply some pressure to make a tight roll. If its not tight enough, it will be difficult to cut. 

Run your sharp knife through a damp paper towel before slicing so the rice won’t stick as much. Cut the roll in half, then line the two halves up and slice into even 1-inch rings. I have found that it slices easier when you slice quickly.

Dips/Sauces:

Soy sauce 
Wasabi paste or wasabi powder
For spicy mayo: Mayonnaise -1 Tbsp and Sriracha hot chili sauce – 1 tsp (or more!)

Panzanella Salad Recipe

Panzanella or panmolle is a Tuscan salad of bread and fresh Summer tomatoes that includes onions, capers and basil, dressed with olive oil and vinegar.  

Panzanella Salad
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
226 calories
23 g
0 g
13 g
5 g
2 g
138 g
524 g
3 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
138g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226
Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 524mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 3g
10%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
13%
Vitamin C
78%
Calcium
8%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  2. 1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
  3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  5. 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  6. 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  7. 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  8. 1/2 red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  9. 20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  10. 3 tablespoons capers, drained
For the Vinaigrette
  1. 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  2. 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  3. 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  4. 1/2 cup good olive oil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.
  2. For the vinaigrette, whisk together the ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
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calories
226
fat
13g
protein
5g
carbs
23g
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Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
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Alfredo Sauce Recipe

What’s better than not having to cook your own meals?  Not having to do dishes either, especially if it is hot out.  Spend more of your time enjoying your summer,  Use those disposable plates!

Alfredo Sauce Recipe
Yields 2
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Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
1251 calories
8 g
373 g
119 g
42 g
74 g
278 g
1658 g
1 g
2 g
38 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
278g
Yields
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1251
Calories from Fat 1042
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 119g
182%
Saturated Fat 74g
369%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 33g
Cholesterol 373mg
124%
Sodium 1658mg
69%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 42g
Vitamin A
81%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
121%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 stick butter.
  2. 1 cup heavy cream.
  3. 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  4. Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan or skillet, warm the butter and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Add the Parmesan and stir until melted.
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calories
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fat
119g
protein
42g
carbs
8g
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Sample Dinner Party Menu

“Preston Cooks For You did a wonderful job with our dinner party for 10 people. He was easy to work with and professional and the food was delicious! All of our guests wanted to know where we found this fabulous chef and to hire him for themselves.”

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The price for a plated dinner party varies according to your customized menu selection. Below are just a few of the numerous menus that we will create together*.  

Dinner with Friends: $69
Spanakopita with Tzatziki
Orange, Radish & Mint Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette 
Moroccan Beef Stew served over Herb and Citrus Couscous
Hummus and Naan 
Moroccan Chocolate Cake 

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Blood Orange Sauce

Romantic Night at Home: $79/person
Coeur a la Creme with Mango Chutney &
Rosemary Crackers
Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms
Salad or Choice of Soup
Pan Seared Duck Breast w/ Plum Sauce
Roasted Butternut Squash
Sautéed Swiss Chard 
Ginger Chocolate Cake w/Bourbon Sauce

Special Occasion: $89/person
Signature Marshall Crab Puffs
Goat Cheese Truffles 
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Spicy Sunflower Salad w/Carrot Sriracha Vinaigrette
Braised Short Ribs w/Chimichuri
Parsnip Puree
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Cheesecake w/Macerated Berries

Taxes are included.  *Prices are subject to change based on menu selection. Additional charges may apply for equipment rental

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