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Cauliflower Asparagus Manicotti Pasta Recipe Recipe

I’ve been feeling kind of miserable since getting home from our trip to Paris. Not only have I caught a nasty cough, but I'm still heavily jet-lagged.  What’s worse, I haven't visited the gym in almost a month and I have a mountain of tasks I need to complete very soon before I become totally overwhelmed. As you may have guessed, my cure for most problems is cooking, and today, I made one of my favorite comfort foods, something creamy, cheesy and filled with vegetables: an asparagus and cauliflower manicotti pasta.

To reduce the amount of cheese, calories and guilt in the béchamel sauce, I blended cauliflower into the white sauce. Once softened, the cauliflower became very creamy and gave extra body to the dish. 


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 Mushroom and Lobster Risotto Recipe Recipe

Risotto might appear a bit fancy but once you know how to prepare the delicious rice dish you can make many variations. Today, since I'm still in France, I decided to showcase an extravagant, ritzy version with lobster and bolet mushrooms

You can prepare this comforting dish all year long. All you have to do is adapt the ingredients of the season. I added a bit of cream at the end for extra decadence and curly parsley for a nice contrast of color. Believe me, if you give this a try, you'll feel like you’re at a nice Parisian restaurant!


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Saffron Carrot Orzo Risotto Recipe Recipe

I usually cook risotto when I want to make good use of excess pantry staples in my kitchen. In this risotto, instead of using rice, I selected orzo pasta. I kept the dish vegetarian and flavored it with saffron, carrots and very little Pecorino cheese. 

To ensure a good, creamy consistency, I moistened the orzo risotto with white wine, homemade vegetable stock and a dab of butter.

I find that the combination of butter and shallots makes for the most flavorful dishes, and this is no exception. The risotto was so exquisite, I served it as the main course. It's filling and delicious; you won't be disappointed. 


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Scallion Kidney Bean Burger Recipe Recipe

These veggie burgers are prepared with gluten free bread. I made scallion-flavored croutons out of the bread and mixed them with kidney beans. I served the burgers on a bed of scallion and maple-flavored barbecue sauce; if you were putting these patties in a bun, you could always slather the sauce on the inside of the bun instead of on the plate. No mustard or mayo required!

Unlike many vegetarian dishes, these burgers won't leave you dreaming of meat. The texture is interesting and non-uniform, and the flavor is in your face. It's not a meat substitute, but rather a unique dish unto itself. I don't think meat would add anything to the patties and even the most ardent of carnivores should be able to enjoy them as is. Ok, maybe next to a steak or something. But they'd still enjoy it! 

The scallion flavor in this recipe is courtesy of Boyajian's fantastic Scallion Oil. Boyajian has an impressive array of oils, vinegars and vinaigrettes with some pretty exotic flavors. I love infused oils, and have been playing around recently with some of the products in Boyajian's lineup. Boyajian sponsored my development of recipes with their products and of course photographs of the dishes. I'll be sharing my culinary creations with you this week, and (shameless plug), if you'd like to try out any of the products, you can purchase them directly from Boyajian's website.

Boyajian Oil Recipe with Picture


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Plantain Stuffed Sweet Peppers Recipe

Plantain Stuffed Sweet Peppers

08.01.13 by Jackie

I've spent all summer working out with Lya, my husband's teenage sister. We're not aiming to lose weight but to be healthier and get our muscles toned. We don't diet but we watch what we eat. Today, I prepared multi-colored mini sweet peppers and stuffed them with a combination of mashed plantains, cannellini beans and crushed potato chips. 

I kept the menu gluten free and paired the plantain-stuffed mini peppers with garlicky quinoa. It's amazing how delicious this healthy dish was; it was satisfying, flavorful and quite filling. Now, back to the treadmill!


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