Gluten Free “Mac’n Cheese” with Goat Cheese, Jalapenos and Turkey


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor As more folks seek out gluten free alternatives classic dishes such as macaroni and cheese lend themselves to this category by the replacement of wheat flours with the now available other flour choices such as quinoa or rice. I chose a quinoa pasta rotelle for this…

Shrimp, Chicken and Potato Stew Italian Style


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This may be viewed as Cajun gumbo crossed with an Italian seafood stew. The result is savory and very satisfying especially during the cooler evenings of the year when a hearty hot dish is appreciated. Enjoy! From time to time we publish recipes that on the…

Chilled Avocado Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Avocados are relatively inexpensive at this point in the season here in Florida and as such we try to make use of this delicious fruit in as many ways as possible. Given the very warm weather and a propensity toward chilled dishes during the summer, as…

Gazpacho with Avocado and Lime Yogurt


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Chilled soups are a favorite around our home during the summer months. Fresh garden vegetables are in abundance and making gazpacho is easy, holds well in the refrigerator for several days and makes a terrific presentation with the addition of the avocados and lime yogurt. Whereas…

Smokey Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper and Chipotle Marinade


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This Southwestern marinade is versatile and may be altered by adding additional ingredients such as ginger, orange juice, allspice and cinnamon to push it toward a decidedly Caribbean style jerk marinade. It is a really good base sauce that may also be added to soups, stews,…

Quick Breakfast Tacos with Fruit


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Recently I posted “One Chicken – Three Meals” in which breakfast tacos were featured. Following up as promised is the recipe for said dish which is totally easy if you made the enchilada dish before the breakfast tacos. If you’ve booked yourself tight in the morning…

Just Keep Moving


Good day, everyone! I feel honored to have been asked to post a few words about exercise on the Nutrition Health Net website. Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself. I am a sixty-three year old, Caucasian male who has misbehaved a lot in my life time and I have the…

Roasted Chicken Enchiladas with Red and Green Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Recently I posted “One Chicken – Three Meals” in which an enchilada dish was one of the entrees. Following up as promised is the recipe for said dish. Toss in the glass of wine and ….. Enjoy!

Having Fun with Salads – Get Creative!


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We all know that fresh vegetables and greens are good nutritionally for us and that homemade dressings are generally devoid of evil chemistry that is used to preserve or other ingredients difficult to read let alone understand what precisely you are putting into your body. Fresh…

One Chicken – Three Meals


Recipe and article courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor All of us find balancing quality of food, cost, and availability to be challenging. Add to that time constraints, social and family demands, home duties, etc. and we can probably agree that preparing a quality meal two or three times per day can be,…

Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits with Roasted Mushrooms


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove D.O., FACOG- Nutrition Editor and Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a twist on a mushroom and grits dish that we found originally in The Occasional Vegetarian. We had tried the recipe and thought that with a few tweaks it could be an excellent shrimp and grits dish…

The Sushi and Wine Diet?


Article by: Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We’ll get to the Sushi and Wine Diet in a moment but first a little background may be in order. This last weekend we were off to an annual meeting of managing partners, administration and guest speakers for Women’s Care Florida which was held at the Reunion…

Savory Smoked Turkey Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor A couple of posts ago I presented a recipe for slow smoked whole turkey. Considering the size of the bird and that only two of us would be partaking for the initial meal a good deal of turkey would be left for future consumption. A really…

Simple Fresh Salads and Easy to Prepare Dressings for a Quick Meal or Side


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Assuming you have on hand, either from the grocery or in your garden, a few greens and vegetables such as lettuces, tomatoes, garlic, basil, lemons and a few other essentials, tossing together a fun salad for lunch or dinner should be quick and relatively preparation time…

Low and Slow Smoked Whole Turkey


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The holidays were very busy and had little time to post, however that does not mean we were not cooking.  Donna was on call for twelve days in a row through December 27th, our twelve days of Christmas, so we stayed close to the house and…

Spicy Ginger Sauce Stir Fried Shrimp with Two Rice Pilaf


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The complex flavors of this recipe bring a decidedly spicy, sweet and sour sauce into harmony with crunchy vegetables and succulent shrimp. Other than the rice the prep and cooking time is no more than 30 minutes and, as a one pan cooking technique, reduces clean…

Sweet Potato Fries “Bakes?”


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor As we know sweet potatoes are loaded with nutritious goodness, so finding ways to create various dishes with them is not only good for us but can have a very different set of flavor characteristics depending on the direction you choose. Most folks like crisp French…

Grilled Sockeye Salmon over Israeli Couscous with a Yogurt, Lemon, Chive Sauce, Mozzarella and Tomato Salad with a Beet Vinaigrette and Fresh Garden Greens, Radish, and Scallion


https://nutritionhealthnet.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3038&action=edit Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Sometimes we do not have a ton of time to cook and having containers of fresh greens, herbs, and vegetables around the yard really is a time and money saver.  Also having the freezer and refrigerator holding other ingredients from previously butchered fish or chicken…

One Pan Fresh Chicken Tacos with Smokey Tomatoes and Chiles


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor When we are in the mood for a smoky, spicy taco, this is one of our favorites. To do so we need 1 chicken breast and some previously smoked tomatoes and chiles from a mother batch made earlier in the week. Rather than buy chicken breasts…

Buttermilk Fried Okra


Recipe Courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a little twist on Southern style fried okra. Rather than cutting the okra into little chunks and dredging in corn meal I prefer to split the pod lengthways, soak in buttermilk, dredge in a little seasoned flour prior to frying. These cook up very…

Spicy Jerk Shrimp on the Grill


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Typically I like to do this fruity, spicy, and hot version of grilled shrimp as an appetizer or as a portion of the entree. The last time we served the jerk shrimp, I used the appetizer size paired with half a Dungeness crab smoked in banana…

Country Style “Mac-n-Cheese” with Jalapeno Peppers


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following version of macaroni and cheese is based on an old Southern style of preparation of the classic dish. Country style mac-n-cheese more closely resembles a cheese and, in this case, vegetable lasagna. It is al dente pasta held together with fluffy, rich, custard of…

Sweet Potato and Apple Bisque


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Not only are sweet potatoes loaded with nutritious elements they are inexpensive, store well, and when cooked may be stored frozen or under refrigeration until future use. I found sweet potatoes at 39 cents a pound at one of my produce haunts and to get a…

Roasted Red Pepper, Sundried Tomato, Chipotle Bisque


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor I usually have on hand in the pantry dried chiles, roasted peppers and sundried tomato paste among other storable goodies. I like to have ingredients stored that I can throw together quickly for lunch or a quick appetizer round for friends and family that drop in…

Sautéed Portabella Mushroom with Asparagus and Pesto Pasta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Each day I try to plan to pass through the produce area in one of our local markets, on my way home, to see what is fresh or on sale that I can use for the evening meal. Shopping daily also allows me to get in…

BBQ Wing Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Most cooks that frequent the grill have a favorite, go to, barbeque sauce. There are many varieties, Asian, Jerk or Kansas City, to name a few, which start with various bases, mustard, ketchup, soy, ginger, etc. The sauce created with this recipe is a hybrid of…