Grilled Stacked Vegetables

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Ingredients:

2 large eggplant (skin removed) sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 large zucchinis (sliced 1/4 inch thick)

3 large red bell peppers (seeds removed) sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 1/2 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (sliced thin)

6 pieces fresh basil

olive oil

sea salt

Directions:

1. Brush all vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

2. Grill all vegetables until tender. Set to the side.

3. Begin to stack vegetables and mozzarella. (Eggplant, Zucchini, Mozzarella, Roasted Pepper, Eggplant, Zucchini and Mozzarella on top)

4. In a food processor, put 3 tbs. of olive oil and basil. Put in food processor. Beat for a minute.

5. Drizzle olive oil on top of cheese.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

6. Put a little olive oil in a baking pan. Put all stacked vegetables in pan.

7. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

Serve hot.

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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.

Thanksgiving Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Ingredients:
4 baked sweet potatoes
1 large zucchini (cut into bite size pieces)
1 cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 tbsp. olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
Directions:
Bake sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven for about 40-45 minus. (or until soft) Put an X on top of potato before baking.
In a skillet, put olive oil. Sauté garlic for a minute. Add zucchini. Stir frequently. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
When zucchini is tender, add sundried tomatoes. Stir together.
Cut open sweet potatoes and top with zucchini and sundried tomatoes. (see photo)
Serve hot.

Cold Linguine Salad

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Ingredients:

1 lb. linguine

1 red pepper (seeds removed, sliced thin)

1 yellow pepper (seeds removed, sliced thin)

1 small red onion (sliced thin)

1 head of broccoli (chopped into small pieces)

1 zucchini (chopped into bite size pieces)

olive oil

1 clove of garlic (chopped)

sea salt and black pepper

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. In a large part of water , boil linguine for 10-12 minutes. (to your desired taste)

2. Drain linguine well. Add 1 tbs. of olive oil, garlic and stir. Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Mix well.

3. Add peppers, onion, broccoli and zucchini. Refrigerate pasta.

4. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and add parmesan cheese. Stir well.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Ingredients:
2 boneless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)
1 red bell pepper (seeds removed and diced)
1/2 cup zucchini (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 scallions (chopped)
2 1/2 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. soy sauce                                                                                                                                                                10 lettuce leaves (cold and crisp)

Directions:
1. In a large skillet, put 1 tbs. olive oil. Add garlic, zucchini and red bell pepper. Brown for two minutes. Stir frequently. Remove and set to the side.

2. Add a tbs. of olive oil to skillet. Cook chicken. Stir frequently for about 5-6 minutes. Make sure chicken is cooked.

3.  Add scallions, soy sauce and remaining 1/2 tbsp. olive oil. Stir well.  Add cooked zucchini and peppers.

4. Cook for additional 3-5 minutes. Chicken should be white/cooked on the inside.

5. Wrap chicken in pieces of lettuce. (See photo.)

 

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Cold Zucchini and Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. medium shrimp (boiled and cooled)
3 large zucchini (sliced thin)
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tbs. fresh mint (chopped)
4 tbs. of olive oil
3 tbs. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Directions:
1. In a large skillet, put olive oil. Saute thin zucchini slices until cooked. Let dry briefly on paper towels.
2. In a deep serving dish, put zucchini and shrimp. Sprinkle sea salt and black pepper.
3. Drizzle red wine vinegar on top.
4. Put chopped garlic and mint on top.
5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. (Overnight is even better.)
Serve cold.