Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chipotle Lime Chicken

Chipotle is a wonderful flavor. It is not only hot, but has a smokey element to its taste. I assume it comes in mild, medium, and hot versions. I definitely got the hot variety. When you make the marinade for this chicken, taste your chipotle chili pepper. Depending on the heat of your spice, adjust the amount used in the recipe.

I used an indoor grill pan and the results were wonderful, but this would make a wonderful summer bar-b-que staple as well.


1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 to 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons (preferably organic) mustard, any style as long as it has no sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper (optional)
4 organic, antibiotic free, free range, boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs


1) Combine all ingredients except chicken.
2) Pour 80% to 85% of the marinade into a heavy duty zip-lock bag. (Reserve the remainder of the marinade for basting the chicken during grilling.)
3) Add chicken; close bag and zip to close. Place in bowl or baking dish and refrigerate for 2-6 hours.
4) When ready to cook, discard the marinade left in the zip-lock bag. Prepare and preheat grill. Cook chicken for 12-17 minutes, turning once and brushing frequently with reserved marinade, until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Serve with guacamole, salsa, tomatoes, and possibly a dollop of organic sour cream. Depending on the heat intensity of your chipotle chili powder, you will need the guacamole and sour cream to cool your mouth!

Monday, February 8, 2010


In the bad old days, when I used processed foods, one of my favorite things to enjoy on a winter afternoon was a cup of boullion, which I made using a pre-packaged square of heaven-knows-what and hot water. I love this recipe because the cup of steaming soup I can enjoy is at least as good as the "mystery boullion" I used to make, it is actually quicker to prepare than the pre-fab cube, and, most importantly, I know exactly what's in it.

This recipe requires a food processor. I have a 8-cup / 2 liter / 2 quart model, and needed every cubic inch of it. I found the best approach if you are tight for space in your food processor is to add a few of the ingredients, then pulse a few times. The ingredients collapse and free up more space for the next few ingredients.

I would suggest making half of the batch described below for your first attempt. I would also encourage you to add and subtract ingredients according to your taste. For instance, I added a red pepper, and omitted the cilantro.
This may seem like a long list of ingredients to put together, but remember that you will have "instant" boullion for the rest of the winter.

5 ounces / 150 g leeks, sliced and well-washed
7 ounces / 200g fennel bulb, chopped
7 ounces / 200g carrot, well scrubbed and chopped
3.5 ounces / 100 g celery
3.5 ounces / 100g celery root (celeriac), peeled and chopped
1 ounce / 30g sun-dried tomatoes
3.5 ounces / 100g shallots, peeled
3 medium garlic cloves
9 ounces /250g fine grain sea salt
1.5 ounces / 40 g flat-leaf parsley, loosely chopped
2 ounces / 60g cilantro (coriander), loosely chopped
Place the first four ingredients in your food processor and pulse about twenty times. Add the next four ingredients, and pulse again. Add the salt, pulse some more. Then add the parsley and cilantro.

You should end up with a very moist, loose paste of sorts.

Keep 1/4th of it in a jar in the refrigerator for easy access in the coming days, and freeze the remaining 3/4 for use in the next month. Because of all the salt it barely solidifies making it easy to spoon directly from the freezer into the pot before boiling.

Start by using 1 teaspoon of bouillon per 1 cup (250 ml), and adjust from there based on your personal preference.

Makes roughly 3 1/2 cups.

To give credit where it's due: I found this recipe online, and it is apparently inspired by The River Cottage Preserves Handbook by Pam Corbin. The U.S. edition of the River Cottage Preserves Handbook will be available this summer.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I know. The idea of Brussels Sprouts used to make me less than enthusiastic, too. To be blunt, I didn't like them at all. I had heard from so many people that the traditional method of preparation, boiling, was my problem. Well, they were right. This recipe is one that we all look forward to when I prepare it for Sunday Dinner. Chillis, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice make these beautiful little cabbages pop!

1 pound Brussels sprouts, rinsed, ends trimmed
1 Tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
1 minced fresh red chilli
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
Kosher or Sea Salt, Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated (raw if possible, or imported Italian) Parmesan cheese
1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Place Brussels sprouts in a cast iron frying pan (or a roasting pan, but a cast iron frying pan works beautifully for this recipe). Toss in the red chilli and garlic. Sprinkle Brussels sprouts with lemon juice. Toss with oil so that the sprouts are well coated. Sprinkle generously with salt and a few turns of black pepper.
2) Put Brussels sprouts in oven on top rack, cook for 20 minutes, then stir so that the sprouts get coated with the oil in the pan. Cook for another 10 minutes. Then sprinkle with Parmesan and cook for another 5 minutes.
The sprouts should be nicely browned, some of the outside leaves crunchy, the interior should be cooked through.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Elegant, healthy, romantic, and delicious! What more could a valentine ask for?

Ingredients:Organic Butter, for ramekins
Kosher or Sea Salt
1 cup Broccoli florets, very lightly steamed and cooled
6 large organic, free range eggs
½ cup organic half-and-half (or ¼ cup each organic milk and cream)
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (freshly grated is best)
¾ cup shredded organic (hopefully raw) cheddar cheese (3 ounces)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter 4 8-ounce ramekins (or a 9-inch pie dish); set aside
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, and seasonings. Stir in broccoli and cheese.
Place ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Ladle quiche mixture into ramekins, dividing evenly. Bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
Serve immediately -the beautifully puffed quiches will fall somewhat as they cool.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentine's Day Dinner Menus

My friend, Joanne, had the idea to make up a "Maximized Valentine's Day Dinner Menu." I was immediately inspired, and couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it myself. Here are some ideas for a three course menu - all mix and match of course, and all delicious. For each suggested recipe, remember to use quality ingredients - organic if at all possible in the case of the fruits and vegetables, and free range organic, or wild caught in the case of the meats and fish. The recipes can all be found in GOOD FOOD, MAXIMIZED LIVING NUTRITION PLAN, or here within the pages of this Blog. Enjoy.
Appetizer Choices:
Spinach Salad with fennel, pine nuts, sliced strawberries, and Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette
Leek and White Asparagus Soup
Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic, and Leek Soup

Main Course Choices:Crust-less Broccoli Quiche with grilled Asparagus
Lemon Chicken on a Bed of Pureed Cauliflower, with Mediterranean Zucchini Boats
Pan Seared Salmon with Avocado Remoulade and Green Beans
Grilled grass-fed steak with Chimichurri Sauce and mixed vegetables

Dessert Choices:
Strawberry Shortcake
Raspberry Frozen Yogurt
Chocolate Pecan Torte with Strawberry Sauce or Whipped Cream

Strawberry Shortcake for Valentine's Day

I had a brilliant idea last week as I posted the recipe for the Chocolate Cupcakes. I mentioned that both "chocolate" and "vanilla" cupcake recipes could be found in GOOD FOOD, the "vanilla" being the Basic Almond Flour Cupcake recipe. I realized then that these adorable yellow cupcakes would make the perfect cake base for Strawberry Shortcake, a Valentine's Day dessert favorite.
If I were making this dessert, I would simply use the "Strawberry Sauce" recipe in GOOD FOOD, spoon it over split Almond Flour Cupcakes, and then top it with stevia sweetened, whipped organic Cream.
Ain't love grand?