vegetable rainbow nest with a poached egg

Kicked off the first day of May with the Whole30 challenge! Why? Well, because I need to hit the reset button on my body. Ever since I started working at The Food Network, I’ve managed to gain back all the weight (and then some ><) that I’d lost while hustling as a line cook in The NoMad Hotel kitchen. No surprise there since the smell of sweet and salty temptations waft through the halls of our Chelsea Market office every. Single. Day. And apparently, at least according to my scale, I’ve been “tasting” one too many “small-bites” of every creation coming out of the FN Kitchen…

For this colorful recipe here, a stroll through your local farmer’s market will most likely provide you with all of the ingredients you need! If you don’t have one, I do recommend purchasing a mandoline to help slice all of the vegetables. Alternatively, a vegetable peeler could work as well.

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Ingredients:

Carefully pass the carrots, radish, and asparagus through the mandoline to get them into thin slices. Arrange in a circular shape on a plate to form the “nest.” Place the poached egg in the center of the nest. Drizzle the flavored olive oil from the poached shiitake mushrooms in olive recipe over the visible parts of the nest, being sure to drop a few shiitake slices and roasted garlic. Serve with a crack of freshly ground black pepper.

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poached shiitake mushrooms in olive oil with roasted garlic, sage, and peppercorn

Slowly, ever so slowly, roasting the garlic in olive oil until they reach a lightly golden hue before adding in the sage leaves, whole peppercorn, and shiitake will give you an earthy condiment (is that what this is?) that is a pleasure to toss with veggie dishes for an umami pop.

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Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • whole black peppercorn
  • sage leaves
  • shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • salt

In a small saucepan, pour in olive oil until the garlic cloves are just submerged and allow to slowly roast over low heat. When the garlic cloves are lightly golden, add in the whole black peppercorns, sage leaves, and shiitake mushrooms. Allow the shiitake mushrooms to poach in the olive oil mixture, stirring occasionally, until they are cooked through.

 

porcini mushroom & truffle triangoli with seared asparagus and cremini in brown butter sage sauce

Asparagus is in season so it’s time to eat as much of it as possible! Continue reading to get my recipe for an earthy triangoli pasta dinner. Before you begin, I’d recommend you use more butter than the 4 tablespoons I used last night to get a greater yield on the brown butter sage sauce! Mine could’ve used just a wee bit more sauce.

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Ingredients:

  • Porcini mushroom & truffle triangoli
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 sage leaves, chiffonade
  • Asparagus, peeled (if thick stalks and fibrous) and coined up to tips
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

Cook the porcini mushroom & truffle triangoli in a pot of lightly salted boiling water until it reaches your desired level of doneness.

Meanwhile, melt the butter and cook the cremini mushrooms (as much as you like without overcrowding the pan!) and sage leaves until the mushrooms are lightly browned. Add in the asparagus and cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes. Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper and grated Parmesan cheese.

Drain the cooked triangoli of excess water and add to the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and gently toss until each of the triangoli is glistening from the brown butter sage sauce. Plate and enjoy! If you’d like, you can finish the dish with a top layer of grated Parmesan cheese.

pan-seared salmon w/ oven-roasted asparagus

Looking for a quick and easy recipe on a Monday night? I’d recommend you give my pan-seared salmon with oven-roasted asparagus dinner a try! From the time you pop the asparagus into the oven, you can count on sitting down to a delicious dinner in under 30 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • asparagus
  • salmon fillet
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • half a lemon, for serving, optional

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In the meantime, rub enough olive oil to coat each stalk of asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Line them in a single layer on a baking sheet and pop into the oven until cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes.

While the asparagus is roasting in the oven, heat a pan over high heat. Season the salmon fillet on both sides with salt and pepper. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and sear the salmon (presentation side down first) on both sides until desired consistency. For me, about 4 minutes per side for a 1.5 inch salmon is perfect. Plate with half a lemon, optional for the asparagus, and enjoy!

bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms

The strong bacon-y (seriously can’t think of another adjective right now…) flavor of the bacon is complemented by the mild sweetness of the enoki mushrooms in this crowd-pleasing (unless your guests are vegans) appetizer!

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Ingredients:

  • Enoki mushrooms, washed and stemmed
  • Bacon slices, halved
  • Soy sauce, for drizzling

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Separate the enoki mushrooms into small bundles and tightly wrap each bundle, starting at the base, with half a bacon slice. Lay each bundle on a baking sheet, leaving an inch between each one. Drizzle the tips of the enoki mushrooms with soy sauce and transfer to the oven. Bake until the bacon is crispy, 15 to 20 minutes.

 

 

brunch quesadilla w/ bacon, eggs, tomatoes, peppers and cheese

Make a colorful and filling breakfast-inspired quesadilla for your next Sunday brunch! Yes, this recipe does include bacon (because what’s brunch without bacon?), but you can choose to omit that ingredient for a healthier version.

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Ingredients: (Yields 1 quesadilla)

  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tortillas
  • cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 jalapeno, small dice
  • 1 small red pepper, small dice
  • 1 small orange pepper, small dice
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • goat cheese

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Slice the bacon strips into smaller cuts and add to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate.

In the pan with the oil and reserved bacon fat, scramble the 2 eggs over low heat to your desired consistency. When done, remove the eggs and set aside on a plate.

Wipe the skillet clean, and lay down one tortilla over medium-high heat. On top of the tortilla goes the cheddar cheese, followed by the jalapeno, red pepper, orange pepper, grape tomatoes, cooked eggs, cooked bacon, and goat cheese. After you’re done layering the ingredients, top-off with the other tortilla. Be careful not to take too long layering the ingredients or the bottom tortilla will burn!

I didn’t keep an eye on the time (my apologies!) when making the quesadilla this morning, but lift an edge of the bottom tortilla up to check on color and flip when it looks and feels the way you like! After a bit, repeat the peeking process to ensure that both sides of the quesadilla are cooked evenly before serving.

chocolate flavored overnight oats

Good morning everyone! Now that the last major storm of Winter (fingers crossed) is over in NYC, I’m feeling super excited for Spring and the weather warming up – even if it does include a good amount of rain and worms coming out of the ground. Mornings for me just FEEL so much better waking up to hints of the sun’s rays beginning to light up the sky as opposed to dreary gray hues or darkness. Anyway, feeling a tad bit of sweet tooth last night, I put together this chocolate flavored overnight oats mix into the fridge for breakfast this morning. As far as toppings go, your pantry is your oyster 😛

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate powder
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk (can substitute milk alternatives such as soy, almond, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly together in a bowl and let sit covered in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, feel free to add any extra toppings! I topped mine off with some coined bananas and raw almonds.