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Chef Bill McCabe
Personal Chef


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Personal Chef Association


New Years Resolutions 2019

January 3rd, 2019 by Chef Bill

As we enter the new year with our 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

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!

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

High Protein – Low Carb Menu, (Highlighting Lentils)

March 13th, 2011 by Chef Bill

Bills Great Meals specializes in helping with High Protein – Low Carb Diets. Below is a menu I will be preparing this week for one of my valued clients.

The Healthy food I’m highlighting this week is Lentils. This healthy food “fills you up without increasing your waistline.”

Barbeque Roasted Salmon
Salmon marinated with pineapple and juices. Then seasoned with stevia, chili powder, lemon, cumin, sea salt and cinnamon. Roasted till just right. Served with Popcorn cauliflower.
(Salmon- 8 grams of carbs + cauliflower- 7.5 grams of carbs = 15.5 grams of total carbs )

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.
Served with Roasted broccoli.
(Filet: 8.23 grams of carbs + broccoli: 6 grams of carbs = 14.23 grams of total carbs )

Pan Seared Shrimp and Scallops
Sea scallops and shrimp seasoned with salt n pepper, paprika, red pepper flakes and lemon. Served with thyme-garlic roasted asparagus.
(Shrimp & Scallops: 7.1 grams of carbs + asparagus: 10.2 grams of carbs = 17.3 grams of total carbs )

Chicken with Cherry Tomato & Olive Topping
Seasoned free range chicken seared until golden. Topped with tomatoes, basil, crushed red pepper and kalamata olives.
Served with *Brussels sprouts with toasted garlic and lemon.
(Chicken: 3.46 grams of carbs + brussels: 14.76 grams of carbs = 18.22 grams of total carbs )

5 each – Side Salad with assorted vegetables and Spicy French Lentils*
(Salad with trimmings = 18 grams of carbs)
Low Fat, Low Carb – Salad Dressing
Celery Sticks & Baby Carrots

Health Benefits of Lentils*
Lentils, a small but nutritionally mighty member of the legume family, are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. But this is far from all lentils have to offer. Lentils also provide good to excellent amounts of six important minerals, two B-vitamins, and protein-all with virtually no fat. The calorie cost of all this nutrition? Just 230 calories for a whole cup or for a salad (30 calories and 5 carbs for 2 tablespoon’s) of cooked lentils. This tiny nutritional giant helps to satisfy your hunger.