Tag: entertaining

American, Appetizer, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Pear and Golden Raisin Ginger Chutney

I adapted this warm, savory-sweet chutney from a Southern Living recipe as part of the 4th course of The Mystic Meals Under the Moon October Full Hunter Moon Dinner. I paired it with a creamy brie, although a mild nutty cheddar works well too. Consider using this chutney during the holidays as a condiment to a roast pork or turkey. It’s a keeper!

American, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds in a Manuka Honey and Red Wine Reduction

This was the grand finale for Mystic Meals Under the Moon’s Full Harvest Moon 4-Course Dinner. The richness of the chocolate and pumpkin seeds were perfectly balanced by the petite size and lightness of fresh figs. Paired with a cinnamon or other fall-spiced hot tea and you have the perfect early fall dessert or snack when figs are in season.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Seafood, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Salmon Salad

Serve with watermelon slices, French bread-

This was a surprise hit, considering my family does not prefer salmon. My oldest declared that “this doesn’t even taste like salmon” as she went back for seconds. It is truly a keep-the-heat-out-of-the-kitchen recipe as the salmon is grilled and tossed with fresh, crisp ingredients. Cool watermelon slices and a loaf of good quality bread round out a new way to eat salmon in the summer.

All Seasons, American, Appetizer, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Spicy Roasted Pecans and Walnuts

By March I am ready for lighter eating and for me this translates to a detox that is heavy on plant-based whole foods. My protein loving body still needs that satiation which has me reaching for nuts mid-afternoon. It was an early March nut craving when raw almonds just did’t sound so appealing that led me to whip up these addictive, peppery dry roasted nuts. You’ll want to portion control these as you could practically eat the whole batch in one sitting!

All, All Seasons, Dairy, Fall, French, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

Baked Eggs with Herbs

Serve with mixed greens, Asiago and strawberry salad with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette, toasted French bread-

My teen and I like to occasionally take in The Barefoot Contessa, as Ina Garten inspires us to be joyful cooks. This simple French egg dish modified from one of her TV episodes was prepared by my daughter one rainy spring evening. This outstanding, yet simple, meal inspired us to elevate a weekday meal by adding some ambient music, tapered candles, and a beautiful table setting. J’oie la Vie!

All, All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers

This is one of the most satisfying and easy slow cooker recipes with a ton of versatility. A few simple ingredients yield a lot of flavor; pair this classic Italian recipe with your favorite pasta or ladle it into a hoagie roll. A simple salad is all you need to complete this meal.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Spring, Summer

Grilled Sirloin With Tangy Mop Sauce

Serve with and grilled corn with chili and cilantro cream; green beans with garlic-lime gemolata-

I was perusing a magazine and came across a recipe for “mop sauce”. It looked like a barbeque sauce to me, but upon researching exactly what is a mop sauce, I learned that it is a thin sauce applied to meat as it is being grilled or broiled. While containing a lot of flavor, it is thin enough to leave a thin layer on the surface of the meat that soaks in as the meat cooks.

Let me tell you, I am now a huge fan of mop sauces! It eliminates the need to marinate a meat, leaves the meat tender, and imparts such amazing yet subtle flavor. Best of all, you can save most of it to serve with your grilled meat, hence, “mopping” up the meat with it. Most mops contain Worcestershire or soy sauce, but I mimicked the smoky flavor without all the preservatives and sodium. It’s sweet and tangy all at the same time!

Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Chicken Nacho Salad

My friend, Pat A., inspired me to create this recipe after she served us a white bean nacho appetizer she cooked on the grill for our girl’s night. I was intrigued with the idea of grilling a plate of nachos and boy were they good! I have made it a little healthier with homemade tortilla chips and more substantial with the addition of rotisserie chicken and homemade guacamole. Eating it as a salad gets a green side on the plate and it’s fun to eat!