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Chef Bill McCabe
Personal Chef


Proud Member of American
Personal Chef Association


Dinner Parties

May 12th, 2017 by Chef Bill

Below is a Healthy Menu for a Dinner Party that my staff and I prepared and served recently!

Fresh Vegetable Crudités’ Platter
Baby carrot, cucumber, red and celery served with horseradish dipping sauce.

Shrimptini
Classic, Spiced shrimp hung on the rim of a Martini glass. Garnished with shredded lettuce and spicy cocktail sauce.

Won ton Wrapped Chicken
Chicken marinated with brown sugar, salt, garlic, rice wine vinegar, olive oil, and soy sauce. Sealed in a won ton envelope, and Baked till golden. Accompanied with an Apricot Dipping Sauce.

Strawberry Fields Salad
Gourmet greens, arugula sprouts, strawberries and toasted pine nut’s.
Lightly drizzled with a cranberry, walnut, blue cheese dressing sprinkled with honey toasted almonds.

Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Herb Jus
Skin-on chicken breast, cut airline style*. Seasoned with Salt n pepper and pan seared till golden. Served with a pan sauce made of white wine, garlic, thyme, rosemary, unsalted butter, and chives.

Riced Cauliflower & Friends
Riced Cauliflower tossed with Roasted Asparagus and Shitake Mushrooms

Balsamic – Glazed Filet Mignon
Beef tenderloin steaks seasoned with sea salt and pepper. Broiled till medium rare and drizzled with a balsamic glaze made of garlic, crushed red pepper, wine, low – sodium soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and honey.

Mashed Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt pepper and dash of butter

Apple Berry Buckle
Tart Apples, blend of berries, baked with a crisp topping. Served with a Klondike Bar Wedge.

*Airline chicken breasts are chef-inspired, unique boneless skin-on breasts with the first wing section attached.
“Makes for an Elegant Entrée”

Healthy Meals

January 3rd, 2017 by Chef Bill

Below is a Healthy Menu I recently prepared on New Years Day!

Apple and Rosemary Turkey Roulade
Turkey London broil pounded thin and stuffed with apple-onion-garlic, tied and seared till golden. Cooled and sliced lightly glazed with natural apple cider – Dijon pan sauce.
Served with Butternut Squash Mashers

Primavera Game Hen
Game Hen marinated with Italian seasonings and topped with roasted green n yellow squash and grape tomatoes.
Served with Rutabaga Fries

Spicy Kale and Corn Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Stuffed with kale, garlic, corn, spicy Vegan cheese, lemon, salt n pepper.
Roasted Winter Vegetables
(Carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, butternut squash, olive EVOO, sea salt n pepper)

Ground Turkey Fajitas
Ground Turkey, onion, zucchini, yellow bell pepper, white mushrooms, spicy diced tomatoes and dash of Worcestershire sauce.
Served with a Halo of Cauliflower Rice tossed with Spicy Black Beans and sides of Guacamole

Tenderloin Stroganoff
Split Filet sliced into strips, garlic, celery, carrot, onion, mushrooms, slowly cooked with beef stock and dash of Coconut Cream.
Served over Quinoa Noodles tossed with Spaghetti Squash

Cumin – Crusted Halibut
Halibut seasoned with ground toasted cumin seeds, sea salt and pepper. Seared till golden.
Served with Quinoa tossed with Cauliflower rice and roasted root vegetables

Healthy Chef Service Long Island N.Y.

October 23rd, 2016 by Chef Bill

Below is a Healthy Menu I will be preparing this week.
Let Chef Bill help you with your weight loss goals!

Turkey – Veggie – Meatballs
“A fresh take on an Italian classic, turkey meatballs with Quinoa pasta and spaghetti squash make this meal more than satisfying!”
Turkey, egg, basil, oregano, thyme, whole wheat bread crumbs, zucchini, onion, garlic, parmesan, salt n pepper on a bed of Quinoa Penne tossed with Spaghetti Squash served with Low Carb Tomato Sauce.

Tenderloin Kebabs
Cubed Beef tenderloin skewered with bell peppers, onion and summer squash. Marinated with a zesty sauce till tender. Grilled till just right. Served with Garlic and Thyme Green Beans

Cedar Planked Sweet Soy Salmon
Salmon marinated with reduced sodium soy, sake, wine, low-carb sugar, scallion, ginger and lemon. Roasted on a cedar plank. Served Asian Roasted Vegetables

Sea Bass All’amatriciana
Seasoned and seared till golden. Garnished with sautéed pancetta, onion, red pepper, garlic, grape tomatoes and balsamic. Served with Yellow Squash and Snow Peas

Healthy Chicken Francaise
“A classic Italian dish with a healthier twist. By replacing the butter with the Earth Balance you are saving yourself quite a few calories.”
Thin Cutlets of chicken seasoned and dipped in a light egg batter. Sautéed till golden and glazed with a light pan sauce made of lemon juice, chicken broth, basil with a dash of Earth Balance. Served with Broccoli

Apple and Rosemary Pork Roulade
Pork tenderloin stuffed with apple-onion-garlic, seared till golden. Cooled and sliced lightly glazed with an apple cider Dijon pan sauce. Served with Glazed Mini Carrots

If you have questions, problems or are unable to keep the next scheduled date of service, please let me know as soon as possible:
Office: 631-630-0705 – Email: bgm@personalchef.com

Weight Loss Goals

July 27th, 2016 by Chef Bill

Dropping LBs: Chef’s weighty realization

Let Chef Bill help you achieve your weight loss goals!

Who: Bill McCabe, 51, Hauppauge
Occupation: Personal chef
Height: 5’10”
Weight before: 255 (August 2009)
Current weight: 185

HIS STORY: The rude awakening came in August 2009, when Bill McCabe’s wife, Janet, came home with a new scale. Stepping on it, McCabe realized that the 20 -year-old scale he was using all along under calculated his weight by 20 pounds. Dumbfounded, he now saw his weight for what it really was. McCabe, who started a personal chef service business in 2006 to offer clients healthy meals and educate them on proper dieting, began to reevaluate his eating and exercise habits, and how to manage his business. “If I look unhealthy and overweight,” realized the chef, “people won’t hire me for their meals and diet advice. I need to start practicing what I preach.”

HIS DIET: He cut pizza, mashed potatoes and rib-eye steaks from his diet. He now follows a high protein, low-carb diet of poultry, seafood, lean red meats, salads, vegetables, fruits and yogurt. A typical day: for breakfast, a cup of oatmeal with strawberries and flaxseed; salad and tuna with spiced lentils and mustard-balsamic vinegar dressing for lunch; and for dinner, chicken with beans, broccoli, asparagus and a tossed salad. McCabe says portion control and counting calories have been instrumental in his weight loss and daily weight management.

HIS EXERCISE: McCabe started walking 20 minutes a day, gradually increasing his time over the next few months. He wore out four pairs of sneakers in the first 12 months from walking so much. Now, McCabe does cardio exercise seven days a week (three miles a day by walking, biking or using the elliptical), and weight-trains three days a week. With weights, McCabe says, “More reps with lighter weights” are the way to go.

HIS ADVICE: “You want to envision the long-term results,” says McCabe, “but be prepared to take baby steps before getting there. Losing weight is frustrating in the beginning because it takes time for the weight to come off. So start by setting your weekly goals small, and build those goals over time. You’ll see that initially you take baby steps, but later on you can take leaps.”

March 28, 2011 by MARISSA COX. Special to Newsday.com, Weight Loss Goals

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

Long Island Cauliflower

October 3rd, 2010 by Chef Bill

Fall is a good time of the year to purchase and enjoy Cauliflower!

Good-quality cauliflower will have white or slightly off-white heads that are firm with no space between the curds. The leaves should be fresh and green. There is no quality difference between large and small heads. Avoid cauliflower that is soft or wilting, has ivory to light brown coloring or that has small dark spots on the curds. Keep cold and humid and use as soon as possible.

Below is a recipe my clients enjoy!

Popcorn Cauliflower Recipe

Ingredients
• 1 tsp salt .
• 6-8 TBL olive oil .
• 1/4 tsp garlic powder .
• 1/2 tsp paprika .
• 1/4 tsp onion powder .
• 2 tsps sugar .
• 1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric .
• 1 head of cauliflower, cut head into medium sized florets

Directions
• Step #1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
• Step #2 Combine salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, sugar and turmeric.
• Step #3Toss cauliflower with spice mixture, place single layer in baking pan.
• Step #4 Bake 30 minutes uncovered.

Happy Eating!

Healthy Meals

June 3rd, 2010 by Chef Bill

Bills Great Meals, a customized in-home personal chef service, is now available for busy families in the New York  area. Bills Great Meals is owned and operated by Bill McCabe and offers ‘palate-specific’ personal meals cooked with fresh ingredients in private homes.

Bills clients appreciate the service. “It gives us precious time together at the end of a busy day. No shopping . . . no cooking . . . no cleaning up. For us, it’s a luxury we can afford,” says Dr. Norman Haywood, a busy physician and client of Bill’s. Janette his wife agrees, “When we add up the food and restaurant bills we realize we aren’t spending any more than we did before . . . but we’re eating like kings.”

Chef McCabe meets with each client to determine their specific dietary needs. The menus are agreed upon and a cooking day is selected. I shop for all the food, come into the client’s home every other week to prepare their meals. Then I refrigerate, freeze them and clean up the kitchen. “I leave nothing behind but a mouth watering aroma and great food,” says Chef McCabe. “The cost is about the same that people are currently spending on food shopping and eating out.”

Chef Bill McCabe is a member of the American Personal Chef Association (APCA).

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