Roasted Baby Carrots

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs of fresh carrots rinsed and cleaned well, patted dry (leave an inch of the green stem on)
1 large red onion (cut into small wedges)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh chopped rosemary
2 cloves garlic  (peeled and crushed)
Sea salt and black pepper

Directions:
1 Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place the carrots, red onion wedges, and crushed garlic cloves on the pan and sprinkle with chopped rosemary.

2. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine so that the carrots and onions are lightly coated. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

3. Roast at for 30 to 40 minutes until well browned and caramelized around the edges. Remove from pan and place in a serving dish to serve.
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Beef Stew

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Ingredients:

1 (3 lb.) chuck roast (trimmed and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes) should be lean meat

1 large onion (peeled and sliced thin)

1/2 lb. string beans (ends trimmed)

6 carrots (peeled and cut into 1/4 inch circles)

1 can of peas (drained)

1 cup dry red wine (optional)

2 tbs. tomato paste

4 cups beef broth

1/2 cup all purpose flour

4 tbs. olive oil plus 3 tbs. olive oil

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

1. Put flour in a bowl. Put beef cubes in flour and tap off the excess flour.

2. In a large skillet, put 3 tbs. olive oil. Brown beef on all sides for about 7-8 minutes and remove. Beef should be just about cooked. Cover and keep warm.

3. In a pot of boiling water, boil string beans and carrots for 5 minutes and then drain well.

4. In a large pot, add 4 tbs. olive oil. Brown onion. Add string beans, carrots and peas. Stir quickly. Add beef and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

5. Add tomato paste and stir well.

6. Add beef stock and red wine.

7. Bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce to a medium simmer and cover pot.

8. Let cook for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

9. For the final 30 minutes, leave cover off, put on a low simmer and stir occasionally.

10. Vegetables and beef should be tender before serving.

Serve hot.

Arugula Avocado Salad With Homemade Yogurt Garlic Feta Dressing

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Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh arugula (rinsed and drained)

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 avocados cut into pieces

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Dressing Ingredients:

1 tbsp. chopped garlic (3 medium garlic cloves)
2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

1. Add all vegetables to one bowl.

2. In another bowl, mix dressing ingredients. (You may want to make the dressing an hour before serving)

National Pecan Day: Chicken Cutlets With Pecan Sauce

Ingredients:
8 chicken cutlets
3 large zucchini (cut into small pieces)
1 package small baby carrots
1/2 cup pecans
1 stick of butter plus 1 tbsp
flour
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 cup vegetable stock
sea salt and black pepper
2 tbsp. olive oil
Directions:
*Note: At one point, you will have two skillets working at the same time.
Boil carrots until tender and drain. (about 10-12 minutes)
In a skillet, put 2 tbsp. olive oil. Cook zucchini until browned and tender. Set to the side.
Flour cutlets. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
In another skillet, put 1 tbsp. butter. Add pecans. Melt butter. Stir pecans for about a minute and remove.
Add 1/2 stick of butter. Cook cutlets on both sides until brown and well cooked. Then remove.
Add remaining butter to skillet. Melt. Add vegetable stock, brown sugar and pecans. Stir well.
Add carrots to zucchini skillet. Heat through.
Place carrots and zucchini on a platter. Place chicken on top. Pour pecan sauce on top of chicken.

Shrimp and Chicken With Sautéed Vegetables

Ingredients:
6 chicken cutlets (sliced into pieces)
1/2 lb. medium size shrimp (tails removed and cleaned)
2 cups carrots (sliced thin)
2 cups zucchini (sliced thim)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
4 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper
Directions:
1. In a skillet put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Cook chicken pieces and remove to the side.
2. Next, add 2 tbs. of olive oil to the skillet. Cook garlic for a minute and then add carrots and zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir frequently.
3. When carrots and zucchini appear tender, remove from skillet.  Add shrimp to same skillet. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Return chicken and vegetables to skillet and cook for an additional  minute to heat through.
*optional: add 1/4 cup of white wine when you add in cooked chicken
Serve hot.

Grilled Tuna With Sauteed Chick Peas and Sun Dried Tomatoes

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Ingredients:

1 lb. piece of fresh tuna

1 cup canned chick peas (drained)

1/4 cup red onion (chopped)

1/2 cup fresh carrots (chopped)

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)

sea salt and black pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

Directions:

1. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and black pepper on tuna.

2. With a little olive oil, brush a heated grill and grill tuna until desired taste.

3. In a skillet, put olive oil. Heat for a minute and add chick peas, red onions, carrots and sundries tomatoes.

4. Sprinkle with pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Mix well.

5. After 3 minutes, add white balsamic vinegar. Cook for an additional minute.

6. When serving, pour over grilled tuna and serve hot.

Serves 2.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Carrots and Asparagus

ImageIngredients:

1 lb. brussel sprouts (cut in half)

1 lb. carrots (sliced)

1 lb. asparagus (ends trimmed)

3 tbs. olive oil

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 cup vegetable stock

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a large baking pan, put all vegetables. Add olive oil and toss vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. Add vegetable stock.

3. Place pan in oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Stir vegetables every 10 minutes.

4. Remove when vegetables are tender.