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My favorite omelette recipe has shallots, mushrooms, spinach, and Parmesan. All wrapped up in a perfectly cooked omelette. Does that sound good or what?

For the filling:
1 c mushrooms, chopped
2 c baby spinach
1 shallot, chopped
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
For the omelette:
3 large eggs, whisked
1/2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 Tbsp butter
salt and pepper - about 1/4 tsp each
2
Nutritions

Calories
329

Sodium
1029mg
42% DV

Fat
21g
33% DV

Protein
28g
57% DV

Carbs
7g
2% DV

Fiber
3g
12% DV
1181

Smoked Salmon Egg Salad Sandwich

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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
Photo by Erich Boenzli

There's something about good Chinese takeout. I can taste that slightly spicy and velvety, finely-sliced beef and the crisp, crunchy broccoli with a hint of ginger maybe. Followed by satisfying, sticky rice to cleanse the palate.

1 lb hanger steak, thinly sliced against the grain
1/4 c rice wine vinegar
1/4 c peanut oil - or any neutral oil with a high smoking point
12 oz chopped broccoli or chopped green asparagus
6 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 c oyster sauce
1 Tbsp Sambal oelek - or your favorite chili sauce
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger - optional
2 c rice
2 (with a chance of leftovers)
Nutritions

Calories
516

Sodium
6922mg
288% DV

Fat
32g
49% DV

Protein
24g
48% DV

Carbs
37g
12% DV

Fiber
9g
36% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

This headline may sound like an exaggeration, but it's not. This recipe perfectly fuses the chicken's flavor and texture with a deep-flavored, umami-rich broth. And the best part…actually the two best parts are: It tastes like you cooked this for four hours & it takes less than an hour from start to finish.

4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on - about 1.5 lbs
3 Tbsp canola oil - or any neutral oil
2 c chicken stock
1/2 c red wine
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
10 oz mushrooms, sliced
10 oz fresh spinach, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno, finely sliced
1 tsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp paprika
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 (plus leftovers, maybe..)
Nutritions

Calories
1120

Sodium
1451mg
60% DV

Fat
52g
80% DV

Protein
36g
72% DV

Carbs
86g
29% DV

Fiber
23g
95% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

The words French Bread Pizza have always elicited feelings of excitement and almost giddy anticipation of mouthwatering flavor. It's such a quick & easy dinner and I guarantee this recipe will be the best you've ever tasted!

1 loaf French or Italian bread
2 tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
8 oz block mozzarella, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely grated
3 Tbsp olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil, torn into small pieces
oregano
salt and pepper
your favorite pizza toppings
2
Nutritions

Calories
597

Sodium
790mg
32% DV

Fat
44g
68% DV

Protein
28g
56% DV

Carbs
14g
4% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

Yes, that's right! The "made easy at home" part. The other part, not so much. Ceviche is neither fancy nor expensive. It's all about the quality of the ingredients. Ceviche is a seafood dish in which the seafood is cooked (technically called "cured") in citrus juices such as lemon and/or lime. Ceviche is the perfect dish on a hot summer day.

1 lb firm white ocean fish, cut into small strips
1/2 c lemon/lime juice - about 3 limes and 1 lemon
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 small tomato, de-seeded and cubed
1 avocado, cubed
1/2 c cilantro, chopped
1 habanero, de-seeded and cut into very tiny pieces - or use a milder pepper
1 tsp Maldon sea salt
4 appetizers
Nutritions

Calories
848

Sodium
2490mg
103% DV

Fat
44g
68% DV

Protein
54g
109% DV

Carbs
68g
23% DV

Fiber
30g
122% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

Gazpacho is an absolutely perfect appetizer (or light main course) on a hot summer day. Today, there are many "traditional" recipes out there. My recipe is not traditional...it's original and adjustable and works with ingredients we already have in our essential pantry. All we need are some fresh tomatoes and a cucumber from your garden or farmer's market. It's more of an idea of a recipe for you to make your own.

2 lbs tomatoes, cored and chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, deseeded, and chopped
1 shallot, peeled and chopped
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 slices stale baguette
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt, more to taste
4 appetizers (plus 2 Bloody Marys)
Nutritions

Calories
333

Sodium
453mg
18% DV

Fat
4g
7% DV

Protein
11g
23% DV

Carbs
64g
21% DV

Fiber
8g
34% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

This Summer Salad with Fresh Garden Herbs makes a delicious light lunch or side dish to any outdoor barbecue.

3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
8-10 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp lavender, finely chopped
1 c sour cream
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
salt and pepper
Nutritions

Calories
1021

Sodium
396mg
16% DV

Fat
81g
125% DV

Protein
16g
32% DV

Carbs
42g
14% DV

Fiber
12g
49% DV
894

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Every year, I try to improve my favorite butternut squash dish: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. This year's version is so far my favorite and that's why I've decided to share it with you.

2 lbs butternut squash, cut in half and de-seeded
2 c chicken stock
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 c sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp nutmeg, grated
1-2 Tbsp butter
salt and pepper
sage for garnish
2
Nutritions

Calories
425

Sodium
712mg
29% DV

Fat
23g
36% DV

Protein
15g
31% DV

Carbs
52g
17% DV

Fiber
10g
40% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

There's still butternut squash from this year's harvest. I'm also using some fresh herbs from the garden. A very autumnal dish.

Sheet Pan:
2 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
2 shallots, peeled and cut in half
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 lb fresh spicy Italian sausages, scored
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp sage, chopped
1 tsp salt and pepper, each
Sauce:
1/2 c Italian flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp pepper and maybe a little flaky Maldon salt
2
Nutritions

Calories
199

Sodium
1355mg
56% DV

Fat
1.0g
1% DV

Protein
27g
54% DV

Carbs
22g
7% DV

Fiber
5g
20% DV

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