Meat Loaf Mini's

3 Year Old, Chef Izabella, helped me make these.  She inspired some of the creative ingredients, like pecans, golden raisins and nutmeg. The flavors caramelize nicely together in the bottom of the mini muffin tins. They are delicious! Izabella's Cooking Tip: Tenderize your ground meat before mixing it in with the other ingredients, for a more tender, moist meatloaf.

Makes 4 Entrees
Or, makes 20 small sliced hors d'oeuvres
Mix Ingredients Together
Meatloaf, You'll Need: olive oil spray, 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs, 1/2 cup pecans chopped, 1/2 cup golden raisins, 3/4 cup parmesan cheese (freshly grated), 1 large egg (whisked), 1 medium red or yellow potato (peeled and cut into small cubes), 2 Tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature), 1/2 cup fresh chives (chopped), pinch nutmeg, pinch kosher salt, pinch black pepper, 1.25 lb ground chicken or ground turkey
Sauce, You'll Need: 1/4 cup spicy mustard (or plain yellow mustard), 1/4 cup sweet barbecue sauce
Garnish with 8 whole chives (use 2 whole chives per mini meat loaf)

Quinoa Farmer's Market Soup

Quinoa Farmer's Market Soup with Fresh Soda Bread
Serves 4 meals or
Serves 8 appetizers

Please use organic vegetables and organic quinoa for better flavor (if you can).

You'll Need: 3 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 onion (diced, any kind), 3 cloves garlic (minced), 1 carrot (diced), 1 parsnip (diced), 1 yellow squash (diced), 1 green squash (diced), 2 medium purple potatoes (diced), 1/2 of a jalapeno (seeds removed, diced), pinch kosher salt, pinch black pepper (freshly grated), 2 cups white wine, 2 cups low sodium stock (vegetable or beef stock), 4 cups water, bouquet garni (using butcher tie, tie up a little bunch of herbs that you have on hand: I used 3 stems of fresh thyme, 2 stems of fresh basil, 3 stems of fresh cilantro), 1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked), splash soy sauce (low sodium, about 1 tsp), 8 oz shredded chicken* (already baked)
Garnish: Thin slices of avocado and freshly grated parmesan cheese

Pesto Chicken Al Cartoccio

We are using a parchment paper technique here, in which the food is steamed inside the paper, using very little oil. In Italian, "in parchment" is "al cartoccio" and in French it is "en papillote". It's a healthy, easy and quick way to make chicken, fish or just plain old vegetables taste delicious.

This is great for "stretching a budget" as you only need 2 large chicken breasts to serve 6 people.

Lavender Rosemary Roasted Chicken with White Wine Au Jus

Whole Chicken serves 4-6 people
You'll Need: 1 Whole organic Free Range chicken (thawed) about 6 pounds*, herb butter (see recipe below), 1 inch piece of ginger (peeled, left whole), 4 cloves garlic (peeled, left whole), 5 sprigs fresh rosemary (left on stems), 1 organic lemon (quartered), kosher salt and black pepper, White Wine Au Jus (see recipe below)

Herb Butter Ingredients: 2 Tbsp French organic dried edible lavender, 4 oz unsalted butter (room temperature), zest of 1 organic lemon, 1/2" piece of fresh ginger (peeled and grated or zested), 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced), 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary (finely chopped), 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper (freshly grated), pinch nutmeg (freshly grated)

White Wine Au Jus Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp orange marmalade, 2 oz of reserved chicken juices (fat skimmed off and removed), zest of 1/2 organic lemon, 1/4 cup white wine, 1/4 cup beef stock, and more salt and pepper to taste.

Bacon Corn Chowder

Serves 4-8
You'll Need: 1 bag frozen sweet corn, 1/2 head cauliflower (florets only), 3 carrots (peeled and diced), 1 yam (peeled and diced), 1 russet potato (peeled and diced), 1 medium white onion (chopped), 1 cup cooked bacon (diced), 32 oz beef stock (or chicken or vegetable), 1/2 cup sherry wine, 1 Tbsp butter, salt, black pepper, 1 cup evaporated milk, 1/2 Tbsp potato starch
Garnish: Italian parsley (chopped), additional cooked bacon (diced)

Tomato Soup

Serves 6-8
You'll Need: 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, 14 medium vine ripe tomatoes, large pot of water, 1 shallot diced, 2 organic carrots peeled and diced, 2 celery stalks diced, 2 cloves of garlic minced, 1 can organic diced Roma tomatoes (14.5 oz can), 4 cups organic stock (vegetable or chicken), 1 Tbsp tomato paste (I like cento brand), 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, 1 cup whole organic milk, pinch salt, pinch black pepper
Garnish: sour cream, basil leaves, crouton toast (recipe attached)