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How to Make Crab Cakes

Photo by Viana Boenzli

How to make crab cakes that taste like crab, are easy to make, reasonable on the wallet, and adaptable to your taste. Yes, it's possible.

Crab Cakes:
1/2 lb handpicked lump crab meat
1 large egg
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of kosher sea salt to taste
1/4 c saltine crackers ( crumbled - about 6 crackers )
1 Tbsp butter, for baking - or vegetable oil, for sauteing
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon wedges for presentation
Tartar Sauce:
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 Tbsp sweet relish
1 Tbsp shallots ( minced )
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp capers ( chopped )
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp hot sauce
Pinch of kosher sea salt to taste
2
Nutritions

Calories
430

Sodium
922mg
38% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
27g
55% DV

Carbs
28g
9% DV

Fiber
2g
11% DV
84

Pork Chops with Apple

Photo by Erich Boenzil

Pork chops with apple is a fall classic. But we can actually make it tastier and simpler. And yes, it's a one-pot dish, ready in 30 minutes.

For the chops:
2 thick bone-in pork chops
2 Tbsp neutral oil, like canola
1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 tsp warm spice, such as cinnamon, allspice, etc ( optional )
For the sauce:
2 crisp apples, like Fuji ( cored and cut into 12 wedges each )
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp rosemary ( chopped )
1 tsp sage ( chopped )
1/2 c red onion ( chopped )
2 cloves garlic ( unpeeled, crushed )
1/2 c chicken stock
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
2
Nutritions

Calories
400

Sodium
2241mg
93% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
26g
8% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

This is my best homemade cole slaw recipe. It has everything you're looking for: The beautifully crunchy texture of the cabbage, combined with a lightly creamy, sweet and sour tangy dressing. And this recipe is so easy, you'll be done in less than 10 minutes!

2 lb cabbage, about 4 c shredded
3 carrots, finely shredded
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 servings
Nutritions

Calories
355

Sodium
442mg
18% DV

Fat
2g
3% DV

Protein
8g
17% DV

Carbs
83g
28% DV

Fiber
22g
91% DV
73

Loaded Macaroni Salad Recipe

Photo by Viana Boenzli

This macaroni salad recipe is loaded with goodness. The perfectly creamy dressing over lots of flavors and textures. It is truly a LOADED macaroni salad!

1 lb elbow macaroni
1 c mayonnaise
1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 pint cherry tomatoes ( chopped )
2/3 c black and green olives ( chopped )
6 slices thick-cut bacon ( cooked crispy then crumbled )
6 oz feta cheese ( crumbled )
1-1/2 c cucumber ( chopped )
1 c red bell pepper ( chopped )
2 hard boiled eggs ( chopped )
1 whole avocado ( chopped )
1/2 c scallions ( chopped )
20 large leaves of basil ( torn into small pieces )
Salt and pepper to taste
10-12 servings
Nutritions

Calories
1651

Sodium
2378mg
99% DV

Fat
87g
134% DV

Protein
69g
138% DV

Carbs
149g
50% DV

Fiber
32g
129% DV
36

Caesar Dressing

Photo by Viana Boenzli

Caesar dressing is so delicious and unbelievably easy to make in just a few minutes, you'll never buy it at the supermarket again!

2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1-1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 c mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
1 tsp anchovy paste ( or 2 fillets, minced )
1/2 c Parmigiano-Reggiano ( finely grated )
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 main-course salads or 4 side salads
Nutritions

Calories
267

Sodium
176mg
7% DV

Fat
25g
39% DV

Protein
2g
4% DV

Carbs
6g
2% DV

Fiber
0.9g
3% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

A combination of sweet and tart fruits with peppery arugula, all topped with a chia seed apple cider vinaigrette.

Salad:
1/2 ruby red grapefruit, peeled and cut into sections
1/2 navel orange, peeled and cut into sections
1 mandarin, peeled and cut into sections
2 c arugula
Vinaigrette:
1/3 c raw apple cider vinegar
2/3 c extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp Maldon sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
273

Sodium
155mg
6% DV

Fat
6g
9% DV

Protein
3g
7% DV

Carbs
56g
19% DV

Fiber
6g
27% DV
1696

Zesty Egg Salad Sandwich

Photo by Erich Boenzli

This variation by Erich brings your palate alive. It's zesty and you can adjust the heat level to your liking by adding more horseradish or wasabi.

4 large eggs
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp wasabi or horseradish, your choice
1 Tbsp chives, chopped
1 Tbsp shallots, chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper
Nutritions

Calories
81

Sodium
412mg
17% DV

Fat
3g
5% DV

Protein
13g
26% DV

Carbs
4g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV
1482

Smoked Salmon Egg Salad Sandwich

Photo by Erich Boenzli

Here's Erich's absolute favorite creation. It's smooth and satisfying and a way to get more out of your smoked salmon than just eating it plain on a piece of baguette.

4 large eggs
2 oz smoked salmon
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp chives, chopped
1 Tbsp shallots, chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper
Nutritions

Calories
379

Sodium
328mg
13% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
46g
93% DV

Carbs
3g
1% DV

Fiber
2g
8% DV
1082

Refreshing Egg Salad Sandwich

Photo by Viana Boenzli

Viana's sandwich is a delightful combination of sweet & refreshing

4 large eggs
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 tsp dill
1 Tbsp onion, diced
salt and freshly ground pepper
Nutritions

Calories
126

Sodium
302mg
12% DV

Fat
4g
6% DV

Protein
14g
29% DV

Carbs
16g
5% DV

Fiber
7g
28% DV

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