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Chef Bill McCabe
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Healthy Changes

April 10th, 2016 by Chef Bill

If you’ve noticed the sun rising earlier and setting later, that’s nature’s way of giving us a little prod saying “Hold on, spring is on the way! “. Let’s try and make some changes in our diet and health that will pay big dividends in the coming months.
There are many changes that are small, but add up over time. For example, how many of you drink something with your dinner? Many times people use a dinner table drink to wash down the food they are eating which defeats the purpose of slowly chewing, swallowing, enjoying and digesting our food. Restrict yourself from drinking during dinner and you’ll find you’ll slow down your eating and digestion as well as enjoy the meal. As an added bonus if you’re busy family schedules permit, sit down to that dinner with family…..with phones OFF! Small changes.
Another small change is to reduce the amount of sugared drinks.
Sugar Facts: It’s recommended that we consume no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar a day, but did you know that a 12 ounce can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar?
If you drink one soda per day, in one year you will have consumed an astonishing 35 POUNDS OF SUGAR from soda alone!! Make a resolution to make soda an occasional treat and if you’re hooked on that carbonated Fitz, use a soda stream to carbonate water and mix with a little pomegranate juice. Just as good as a soda, but good for you!
We can all start with one or two small changes until it becomes a habit then add an additional change. Park a little farther from the entrance to the store or work. Take the dog for a walk the long way. Change the rice or pasta for extra servings of vegetable. For example: Cauliflower Rice or Zucchini Linguine, make great replacements.

Small changes will eventually lead to a good result until we make it a daily practice. This could be the summer you wear that bathing suit you promised yourself you would wear last year.

New Year’s Resolutions

December 28th, 2015 by Chef Bill

As we approach the end of December and head towards our annual New Year’s
resolutions, let’s plan on doing it smart this year. January 1st is a
bad time to start a diet. The weather is coldest now and our attempts to
limit calories usually fall short as our bodies crave carbs and protein to
give us energy.

Instead of going on a diet, save your diet plan for March or April when the temperature starts to moderate. Outdoor exercise is easier AND healthier as we soak
up some vitamin D as well as take advantage of more salads and light
meals.

A common question that people have is “Can diet soda actually cause one to
gain weight?” The answer is a surprising yes! If you’re drinking diet soda
and think you can get away with that order of fries or sweets, you just
end up adding on to your calories. The chemicals used to sweeten the diet soda are
universally thought to be bad for us and they trick the body into bad
reactions that often cause you to gain weight. In addition, much has been and is
continuing to be written about our gut bacteria. Recent research indicates
that gut bacteria reacts poorly to artificial sweeteners in diet soda which
likely impacts insulin, there by leading us to weight gain.

So instead of making a new year’s resolution to diet, make a positive change
in your life and give up diet soda. Replace it with plain sparkling water or
Seltzer with lemon or pomegranate. Your body will thank you for it!

Eat Well… Chef Bill

Healthy Fall Snacking

October 18th, 2015 by Chef Bill

As fall quietly creeps up on us and summer fades, our eating habits change but it’s not always for the better. The arrival of colder temperatures stirs our bodies to crave more carbs, just like bears and many other animals that are known to over eat and put on pounds to get them through the winter. Although humans have evolved, our metabolism remains rooted in survival techniques that evolved over time. The expression “you can’t fight Mother Nature” comes to mind.

The fall holiday season also brings temptations as we have numerous traditional foods that everyone wants to eat, from the normal excess of thanksgiving to the sweets and sugar binges surrounding Christmas. Follow these tips to try and hold back the worst of the holiday season.

Make sure you keep alternate lower calorie snacks on hand, especially at work where co-workers can quickly change your plans with pastries and candy.

A breakfast of a organic multigrain bread (Dave’s Killer 21 grain organic bread from Costco is outstanding…..as is Dave’s amazing personal tale of addiction and recovery) with almond or peanut butter provides protein and high fiber slow digesting carbs that stick to your ribs and keeps you satisfied longer.

A great snack to bring to work is a hardboiled egg, protein rich and filling.

Try and break at least one bad eating habit you have. If it’s that flavored Starbucks Mocha coffee in the Venti size, make it a short or tall drink instead and cut your calories in half. Better yet, try a plain coffee to save calories and money, it’s a win, win!

Make an effort to get just a little more exercise as the days get shorter and we spend less time outdoors. Take the stairs whenever possible, walk a few blocks more to the next subway or bus stop and get out during the day for at least a little bit of sunshine and fresh air.

While no one wants to diet during the holidays (and would most likely fail if attempted), try these little things to alleviate at some of the effects of poor eating that the holiday season always brings.

Eat Well – Be Well!
Chef Bill

“High Protein – Low Carbohydrate” Menu

February 8th, 2015 by Chef Bill

Below is a Healthy menu that I will be preparing this week. The meals are all geared towards a high protein – low carbohydrate diet.

Swordfish a with Balsamic Glaze
Rubbed with a blend of sea salt and lemon pepper. Drizzled with a balsamic glaze
Served with Bulgur Wheat tossed with Vegetables
(L=293, D= 485 calories)

Turkey Piccata
Turkey, seasoned whole wheat flour, extra virgin olive oil, dash of butter, garlic, shallot, white wine & capers.
Served with Roasted Vegetables
(L=294, D= 480 calories)

Apricot Chili Glazed Salmon
Salmon glazed with salt, red chili powder and apricot.
Served with Spicy Grilled Zucchini
(L=300, D=500 calories)

Herb Stuffed Chicken Breast
Chicken breast, herb goat cheese, Canadian bacon and hint of chipotle
Served with Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
(L=289, D=498 calories)

Barbeque Roasted Salmon
Salmon marinated with pineapple and lemon juice. Rubbed with low carb sugar, chili powder, cumin, sea salt and cinnamon
Served with Snap Pea, Bell Pepper Sauté
(L=282, D=487 calories)

Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis
Personal sized loafs made of onion, garlic, low carb ketchup parsley, Parmesan, horseradish, Dijon, oregano, pepper, salt, reduced calorie cheddar cheese, lean ground sirloin and egg.
Served with Seasoned Broccoli
(L= 300, D=500 calories)

Grilled Lemon Chicken
Chicken marinated with lemon, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, thyme and rosemary seasoned with lemon pepper.
Served with Grilled asparagus
(L=290, D=480 calories)

Snap Pea & Red Bell Pepper Frittata
Red bell pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper, eggs, snap peas, Parmesan cheese, oregano, salt n pepper
(305 calories)

Canadian bacon Frittata
Eggs, herbs salt n pepper, olive oil, Canadian bacon, Swiss cheese and Broccoli
(326 calories)

Roasted Vegetables with Cheddar Cheese Frittata
Eggs, salt n pepper, cheddar cheese and roasted vegetables
(315 calories)

Happy Eating,
Chef Bill

Mango Gazpacho

July 16th, 2013 by Chef Bill

This is a fantastic summer time Mango Gazpacho recipe to help cool you off.

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups fresh mangoes 1/2 inch dice
2 cups fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 seedless cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 cup red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
1. Process mangoes, orange juice and oil in a blender or food processor until pureed. Transfer to a medium container, along with remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (Can be made 1 day prior to serving.)

Long Island Personal Chef
Happy Eating Bill!

Refreshing Minted Honeydew Soup

May 27th, 2013 by Chef Bill

This would make a wonderful first course for a summer dinner under the stars–or a refreshingly light snack. A luscious tribute to the sweet melons ripening now, the recipe calls for only four ingredients: melon, mint, lime juice, and honey. You don‘t have to cook it at all–just whiz it in a blender or food processor. The results are refreshing.

If you don’t have any honeydew handy, you can use any sweet melon you have available for this healthy recipe.

4 pounds ripe honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks (about 1 large honeydew)
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, about 1 ½ oz wt.
6 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice (more if needed)
2 tablespoon honey

Optional garnishes: fresh mint sprigs, thin lemon slices

1. Process the ingredients in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth.
2. Pour into a container. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
3. Taste, adding additional lime juice, if necessary serves in individual chilled bowls, garnished with lemon slices and mint sprigs, if desired.
Serves 6.

Happy Eating, Chef Bill

Chicken Soup for Children

January 12th, 2012 by Chef Bill

Below is a a chicken soup recipe that I make for my 12 year old daughter. Like most parents it is a challenge to prepare meals that my daughter likes and does not complain about. As an added bonus my wife enjoy’s the soup also!

Ingredients
2 each, 1 quart boxes organic chicken stock (Imagine brand is good)
2 each, 8 ounce organic skinless, boneless chicken breast
5 carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces
3 celery stocks, chopped into small pieces
1/2 onion, chopped, ¼” dice
3 cloves garlic, peeled but left whole
1 large handful of parsley, tied with kitchen string
1 cup of any or any combo of the following frozen peas, fresh or frozen corn, fresh or frozen broccoli chopped into bite-size pieces, zucchini chopped finely, or any other veggies you have on-hand that your kids might like.
1 cup of cooked macaroni elbow pasta (optional).
Salt and pepper, to taste.
Time: 30 minutes, from start to finish

In a large saucepan, add chicken stock, chicken breast, carrots, celery, onion, garlic and parsley. Bring to a boil and simmer until chicken is fully poached, about 20 minutes.

Remove chicken breast with a slotted spoon and place on a cutting board. Remove parsley and discard. Chop chicken into very small pieces and return to pot with vegetables. Simmer everything until veggies are cooked through. Add cooked macaroni elbows, salt and pepper to taste.

Happy Eating! Chef Bill

Candied Sweet Potatoes – Highlight of the Thanksgiving Meal

December 1st, 2011 by Chef Bill

I prepared this dish for one of my clients on Thanksgiving day. He commented to me after dinner was completed, that the candied sweet potatoes was the “Bell of the Ball”!

Below is the recipe that I used with a couple of Culinary Tweaks of my own. Enjoy!

Candied Sweet Potatoes:
Ingredients:
5 pounds of unpeeled sweet potatoes
1.25 cups of unsalted butter
1.25 cups of light brown sugar

6 cups miniature marshmallows
Ground cinnamon to taste
Ground nutmeg to taste

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9” x13” baking dish with Pam.
2) Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes. Cover and reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are slightly under done – fork tender. Drain cool and peel.
3) Combine unsalted butter, brown sugar, 3 cups of marshmallows, nutmeg and cinnamon in stock pot. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter, sugar and marshmallows are melted and blended together like syrup.
4) Stir potatoes into marshmallow syrup. While stirring mash half the potatoes and break the others into bite size pieces. Pour into prepared baking dish.
5) Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cover top evenly with remaining marshmallows. Then place back in oven and bake until marshmallows are golden brown.

Happy Eating!

Mashed Butternut Squash

October 25th, 2011 by Chef Bill

Below is another one of my favorite Butternut Squash recipes. I use mashed butternut squash in place of mashed potatoes all the time. This item is an elegant side dish that goes well with roasted chicken.

Ingredients:
2 medium butternut squash (4 to 5 pounds total)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup half and half

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut off and discard the ends of the butternut squash. Peel the squash, cut in half length wise and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into 3/4 inch cubes and place them on a baking sheet. Add the melted butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Toss all the ingredients together and spread in a single layer. Roast for 40 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender. While roasting, turn the squash once with a spatula to be sure it cooks evenly. Don’t let it brown. Place ingredients including pan liquids and half and half in bowl of a mixer, using the wire whip attachment mix on medium speed. Squash should have consistency of mashed potatoes.

Enjoy Bill