All of these recipes I have made multiple times and can verify they don’t suck. I can’t have red meat, high amounts of lactose, fiber, glucose, seeds, tomatoes or fried foods. But I can have vodka, so… if I was in Japan I’d be good (and live for 100+ years). All of these recipes are healthy and as such you need to be ready to spend an hour in the kitchen. Take it from me; have a great meal and lose an hour of watching TV vs. spending 15 minutes in the kitchen in front of the microwave, eating a crappy meal and watching even more crap on TV.
Take a look at my cooking notes if you are not great at cooking.
Pay attention to what you are doing and don’t go wandering off and let your chicken get dried out.
Chicken Chardon – Chicken with mushrooms
Chicken with Lemon-Basil Sauce – One of several recipes where a sauce is used to differentiate the dish.
Lemon and Caper Chicken Piccata (Little Italy Style) – My FAVORITE dish. It took me a year to perfect this one and is a combination of many recipes and techniques. Not for the faint of heart though – it might take you an hour and a half for the first try. But once you nail the sauce you will be loved by all.
Just because you have had one or two badly prepared fish recipes that taste “fishy” does not mean all fish sucks. Seriously, catfish and trout are only 2 of about a bazillion different kinds of fish, each with their own unique flavor. Heck, Tuna steaks taste great with A1!
Baked Cod with Lemon – Get fresh cod. Seriously, you are making this to eat it.
It helps to have stuff to go with your main meal. Don’t be a loser, have more than one thing on the table.
Asparagus – Oven Roasted – We end up doing this one at least once a month. I call them “Gods French Fries”
Garlic and Parmesan Green Beans – Quick and easy change to a normally boring dish
Potato Fries or Wedges – Simple recipe that will make you wonder why you ever settled and ate that stuff coming out of a fryer
Baked Potato Chips – Yes! That’s right! And they actually taste pretty good. Finish them off in any kind of seasoning.
Twice Baked Potato – My daughter is in love with this one
Cheese Soufflé – Really nice to have for breakfast. Sometimes, it might have a little grease on top when its done, I just use a paper towel and soak it up
Sauces and Other Things
Sauces, rubs and other techniques take a “blah” dinner and make it over the top. Most of the sauces here are french and I take no credit for figuring them out.
Lemon-Caper Beurre Blanc – This is an extension of the sauce required for the Chicken with Lemon-Basil sauce
White Pasta Sauce with “Chunks” – This actually tastes good in a pasta or drizzled over a white meat/ fish. The “chunks” means it isn’t creamy soft you-need-teeth to eat it