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Baked Cauliflower & Confetti Shrimp

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Normally,  one would assume that the shrimps in this dish would be the star while the cauliflower plays the second fiddle, but here we have the roles reversed.
This cauliflower was so yummy that it absolutely stole the show from the shrimps, which were very delicious as well, but……
Lately I have again used a bit too much sugar and starch in my nutrition by consuming way too much bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and sugar.
Thankfully, I have not gained any weight since  I lost 30 lbs  a year ago, but recently, my sugar levels have increased by an average of 20 points, so in order to get my levels back down and avoid insulin-injections twice a day like I used to, I have started again to make leafy salads, fruits and vegetables the main part of my meals, with much smaller (if any) starchy and sugary sidings and just a tiny amount of bread once in a while. Wow – that was a long sentence 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good  !
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Recipe for  Basic Cheese Sauce
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How I lost 30 lbs in one month !   – (While eating WHAT I wanted and AS MUCH as I wanted)
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Baked Cauliflower & Confetti Shrimp

Baked Cauliflower & Confetti Shrimp

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Baked Cauliflower & Confetti Shrimp

Baked Cauliflower & Confetti Shrimp

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Baked Cauliflower & Confetti Shrimp

Baked Cauliflower & Confetti Shrimp

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Mac & Cheese – Boss Level

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(Beef Tenderloin, Three Cheeses And Whole Grain Pasta Casserole With Pesto)
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When you want something a bit more exciting than this :

OK, but...........

OK, but………..

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Adding a few more ingredients and a lot more love will give you a much more satisfying culinary experience 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Click here for  Pesto Recipe
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Mac & Cheese - Boss Level

Mac & Cheese – Boss Level

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Mac & Cheese - Boss Level

Mac & Cheese – Boss Level

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Mac & Cheese - Boss Level

Mac & Cheese – Boss Level

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Preparation :
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Huevos Rancheros

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I’ve  been “feeling Mexican” this morning 🙂
Solution: Huevos Rancheros, my kind of breakfast, any time of the day 🙂
I have put my own little twist on the original by replacing the chili/tomato sauce with  Salsa Mexicana  and the  Queso Fresco  with freshly grated  Asiago Cheese.
While this is definitely not “Original”, it is the way I like it and the way I always had it while I was living in Mexico (usually replacing the queso fresco with grated parmesan, which was always available, – asiago not so much). But this is of course just a personal preference, so, by all means, go “original” if you prefer.
Serve with fresh guacamole and refried beans.
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Link to Guacamole
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Link to Salsa Mexicana
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All about Refried Beans
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Bon Appetit and have a great day !
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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

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Hans’ Giant Balls

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My  plan for today was to prepare a couple of burgers on the grill since the weather was really nice this afternoon and I had planned to spend some time outside reading. But as usual, it was just too hot and steamy for Bella and I, so I decided to stay inside and change the menu to meatballs with spaghetti aglio e burro.
When I used to live and travel in Italy many years ago, I never came across giant meatballs like you find them in the US. More likely than not this is an American invention, like so many other “Italian” dishes you find in your run of the mill Italian/American restaurant.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this version and will definitely prepare it again.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Link to : Spaghetti Aglio E Burro
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Link to : All About Meatballs
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Hans' Giant Balls - Italian Meatballs With Spaghetti Aglio E Burro

Hans’ Giant Balls – Italian Meatballs With Spaghetti Aglio E Burro

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Hans' Giant Balls - Italian Meatballs With Spaghetti Aglio E Burro

Hans’ Giant Balls – Italian Meatballs With Spaghetti Aglio E Burro

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Preparation :
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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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If  you’ll have a sandwich, you might as well make a good one ! This one certainly qualifies 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich - Boss Level

Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich - Boss Level

Bologna & Cheddar Sandwich – Boss Level

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P.S.
You might want to stop after step 3 – “gratinate until golden” and just enjoy one of the best garlic breads you’ll ever find 🙂
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Sauteed Red Beet Leaves With Steamed Swai Filet, Aji Amarillo Sauce, Parmesan Shavings & Scallions

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Today’s post on  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” 

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Week One – Wednesday Dinner
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Sautéed Red Beet Leaves With Steamed Swai Filet, Aji Amarillo Sauce, Parmesan Shavings & Scallions
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Who would have thought that red beet leaves are so yummy? !
Definitely not me, having never even considered cooking them before. But now that I have been looking into a more balanced, healthier diet, I have discovered a number of ingredients I will use in the future which will both expand my repertoire and at the same time improve my nutritional values.
Some of you might wonder why I have added cheese to this dish, since parmesan and fish does not usually end up on the same plate, but here , in my opinion, it just goes perfect with the vegetable, so in this case it won against  traditional restrictions.
And as far as the Aji Amarillo Sauce is concerned, because of its versatility, the bottled version has become a bit of a go-to condiment for me, convenient and oh-so-good 🙂 .

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Bon Appetit ! Enjoy a Healthy, Happy Life !
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Sauteed Red Beet Leaves With Steamed Swai Filet, Aji Amarillo Sauce, Parmesan Shavings & Scallions

Sautéed Red Beet Leaves With Steamed Swai Filet, Aji Amarillo Sauce, Parmesan Shavings & Scallions


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Sauteed Red Beet Leaves With Steamed Swai Filet, Aji Amarillo Sauce, Parmesan Shavings & Scallions

Sautéed Red Beet Leaves With Steamed Swai Filet, Aji Amarillo Sauce, Parmesan Shavings & Scallions


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Chicken Parmigiana

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This  post is for David’s mom, who needs a fool proof recipe/instructions for chicken parmigiana.
David, make sure you send us pictures when your mom prepares it 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !


Click here for Tomato Sauce recipe

Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana

season skinnles chicken breast with salt and pepper, bread with flour, egg and bread crumbs

season skinnles chicken breast with salt and pepper, bread with flour, egg and bread crumbs

saute in butter until 3/4 cooked through, remove to baking rack

saute in butter until 3/4 cooked through, remove to baking rack

sprinkle with grated parmesan, cover with tomato sauce

sprinkle with grated parmesan, cover with tomato sauce

covered in tomato sauce

covered in tomato sauce

sprinkle with shredded mozzarella, sprinkle with oregano, bake until cheese has melted

sprinkle with shredded mozzarella, sprinkle with oregano, bake until cheese has melted

meanwhile, cook bucatini until al dente, strain, add finely sliced chilies, scallions, garlic paste, heavy cream, tomato sauce, red wine, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

meanwhile, cook bucatini until al dente, strain, add finely sliced chilies, scallions, garlic paste, heavy cream, tomato sauce, red wine, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

meanwhile, cook bucatini until al dente, strain, add finely sliced chilies, scallions, garlic paste, heavy cream, tomato sauce, red wine, grated parmesan, some of the cooking water, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

meanwhile, cook bucatini until al dente, strain, add finely sliced chilies, scallions, garlic paste, heavy cream, tomato sauce, red wine, grated parmesan, some of the cooking water, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

sprinkle bucatini with fresh basil

sprinkle bucatini with fresh basil

bucatini in creamy tomato sauce

bucatini in creamy tomato sauce

Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana







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Easy Does it # 8 – Sauteed Spinach With Garlic, Bacon, Onion And Parmesan

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Dear  Friend’s,
Although most of my followers are culinary professionals, there is also a large segment of followers who are just starting to enjoy cooking on a slightly higher than basic level. I have therefore decided to publish, under the moniker “Easy Does It“,  from time to time some very basic recipe variations of dishes which otherwise might seem complicated to some folks. I will break them down to the easiest, most simple instructions, so that those of you who are intimidated by elaborate recipes will be able to prepare these dishes properly, adjusted to your taste and liking, right from the get-go.
Enjoy :-)
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While  I am a big fan of creamed spinach, sauted spinach is one of my other favorite vegetables. Usually when I buy spinach, I buy a big bag which is about enough for a family of four. Since I live alone with Bella, I blanch the spinach and freeze what I don’t use emidiately. So, for this recipe you can either use fresh or blanched spinach, the result is the same. Also, I cut the onions and bacon in a rustic fashion fitting for this dish. If you prefer, dice the onions fine and slice the bacon fine.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Sauteed Spinach With Garlic, Bacon, Onion And Parmesan

Sauteed Spinach With Garlic, Bacon, Onion And Parmesan



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blanch spinach in salted boiling water

blanch spinach in salted boiling water



shock in ice water, drain, squeeze dry

shock in ice water, drain, squeeze dry



saute bacon until fat is rendered and bacon crispy

saute bacon until fat is rendered and bacon crispy



remove, reserve

remove, reserve bacon



saute onions and garlic paste in bacon fat

saute onions and garlic paste in bacon fat



add spinach, heat trough, season with kosher salt, nutmeg and cayenne pepper

add spinach, heat trough, season with kosher salt, nutmeg and cayenne pepper



return bacon, mix

return bacon, mix



put into oven proof dish

put spinach into oven proof dish



sprinkle with freshly grated parmigiano reggiano, gratinate until golden

sprinkle with freshly grated parmigiano reggiano, gratinate until golden



Sauteed Spinach With Garlic, Bacon, Onion And Parmesan

Sauteed Spinach With Garlic, Bacon, Onion And Parmesan







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Hans’ Gnocchi & Strip

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This  dish has everything I love: Steak, gnocchi, mushrooms, bok choy, wasabi and a few more other goodies, seasoned with lots of garlic paste and sriracha and – voilà, great comfort food prepared in a snap (I did have leftover gnocchi I had made the day before).

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Hans' Gnocchi & Strip

Hans’ Gnocchi & Strip

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“Milanesa” – Breaded Pork Cutlet, Bucatini & Hans’ Special Pasta Sauce

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When  I was an apprentice in the black forest in the sixties, “Veal Chop Milanese” (Kalbskotelett Mailänder Art), a slightly different version of the milanesa on this post, was a very popular dish. It was one that I was hoping to be able to afford to eat when I finally became a cook and earned a bit of money. It was a bread and parmesan breaded, ham and cheese stuffed chop of milk-fed veal, typically served on top of spaghetti with tomato sauce. However,  while still an apprentice, a veal chop was out of my financial reach and so I had to wait a few years before I could actually afford to dig into one. In the meantime, the far more affordable version was made of a breaded pork chop instead of milk-fed veal. Great food too, but not exactly the real thing 😦
Here now is my own version of a  “Schweinesteak Mailänder Art” :
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Breaded Pork Chop

Breaded Pork Chop “Milanese”

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Breaded Pork Cutlet, Bucatini & Hans' Special Pasta Sauce

Breaded Pork Cutlet, Bucatini & Hans’ Special Pasta Sauce

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Milanesa

Milanesa

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Ham& Cheese Stuffed Pork Cutlet

Ham& Cheese Stuffed Pork Cutlet

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