Healthy Meals: Pan Roasted Cauliflower with Pinenuts, Currants, and Feta

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Delicious and quick vegetarian lunch or side dish

Delicious and quick vegetarian lunch or side dish

Pan roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, toasted pinenuts, currants, sumac, and feta

1 head Cauliflower, cut into florets

1/4 cup Olive oil

1 Lemon, zested and juiced

1 clove Garlic, thinly sliced

1/8 t Calabrian Chile flakes

2 T Pinenuts, toasted

2 T Currants

1/2 t Sumac

1/4 block Feta, crumbled

  • Heat saute pan on high heat.
  • Add oil and heat until almost smoking.
  • Add cauliflower florets to the pan and brown on one side, turn and brown on other sides.
  • Add garlic, salt and pepper
  • Add chile flakes.
  • Continue to cook until cauliflower starts to soften.
  • Add pinenuts and currants.
  • Add lemon juice and zest.
  • When the cauliflower is tender, add the sumac and feta.
  • Toss to combine.

This makes a great side dish or main dish for lunch. If you omit the feta it is still delicious and makes this vegan. The combination of lemon, garlic, chile, and sumac is delicious. I hope that you try this easy and delicious dish!

Happy Eating

Chef Sean Gallagher

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#Chef Approved – “Sweet Sunshine Sauce”

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Hello all! I wanted to share a product I have come to love, “Sweet Sunshine Sauces.”

“Sweet Sunshine” is an award winning line of gourmet sauces. They have six flavors that are all natural, vegan, gluten, preservative, extract, and fat free. They work as condiments, glazes, or as a delicious finishing sauce.”

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Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Sweet Sauce

An ancho chile based sauce, this is the most mild of them all. It’s great as a dipping sauce or used as a marinade.

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Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Warm Sauce

Habanero and Cayenne based sauce, it has a great smokiness and chile flavor.

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Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Roasted Shallot & Garlic

My favorite of the line, it’s the same as the “Warm” sauce but blended with caramelized shallots and garlic. It’s has the richest flavor, in my opinion.

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Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Jamaican Jerk

This sauce is hot and has so much going on. Jerk seasoning from St. Ann, Jamaica, W.I. as well as scotch bonnet peppers and scallions. It’s a very flavorful sauce. I used it as a marinade for chicken thighs along with honey for added sweetness and it was delicious. So hot it made me sweat.

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Hot Sauce

A blend of ancho and Red Savina Habanero chilies. This sauces is FIERY. Perfect for the person in your life that likes the burn!

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Atomic Sauce

This sauce is crazy hot as it’s name might lead you to believe. A few drops on top of braised meats or on Tex-mex food is all you need to ignite your mouth. Too intense to cook with in my opinion, this one is for the real pepper-heads out there.

I chose my favorite sauce to make a recipe with. I loved the flavor of the Roasted Shallot & Garlic sauce so I developed this lean- healthy meatloaf recipe. The granny smith apple and currants add sweetness while the pine nuts give some needed fat and flavor. The Sweet Sunshine “Roasted Shallot & Garlic” Sauce shines in this dish and comes through with a great spice level. This meatloaf would be perfect over a bed of fresh lettuces or with some cauliflower couscous or sweet potato puree.

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

1.5 pounds ground turkey breast (You can also use ground turkey thigh, for more richness)

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1/2 white onion, minced

1 granny smith apple, small dice

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1/4 cup currants

2 T finely ground almond meal

1 large egg, beaten

3 T Ketchup, divided

1/2 cup Sweet Sunshine Roasted Shallot & Garlic Sauce, divided

1/2 t kosher salt

Freshly cracked black pepper

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

  • In a skillet, cook onions until caramelized, add garlic, thyme, and apples.
  • Continue to cook until the apples have begun to caramelize. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Stir in toasted pine nuts and currants.
  • In a bowl mix together egg, 1/2 of the Sweet Sunshine Roasted Shallot & Garlic Sauce, 2 T ketchup, salt & pepper, and almond meal.
  • Mix turkey meat into sauce mixture, when combined add sauteed apple mixture.
  • In bottom of a loaf pan, add the remaining Sweet Sunshine Roasted Shallot & Garlic Sauce and the remaining ketchup, mix to combine.
  • Pack the meatloaf mix on top of the sauce, pat to make sure there’s no air pocket.
  • Bake at 375º for 45 minutes. Insert a knife to make sure that the loaf is cooked all the way through.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes and invert. The sauce will be caramelized on top.
  • Allow 5-10 minutes for the meatloaf to redistribute its juices and then you can slice to eat.
Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

For more information about Sweet Sunshine and ordering info:

Website: Sweetsunshine.com

Telephone: (860) 567-3529

One 10oz bottle runs for $6.99. It really is a great product and different kind of condiment for sandwiches, wraps, marinades for different proteins, dips, and burgers. You should definitely check it out, because it is #ChefApproved.

Cheers

Chef Sean Patrick Gallagher

Effortless Early Fall Baked Penne with Garlicky Toast

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#EffortlessEarlyFallBakedPenne

I’ m often asked for super easy weeknight dishes, and one of my go-to meals is pasta. I like to use the pasta as a canvas to play with interesting flavors and textures. This dish is a combination of sweet, spicy, salty, and savory and I think it’s a home-run!

Try it out.

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 Early Fall Baked Penne

1 eggplant, diced

1 head fennel, diced

12 small brussel sprouts, quartered

4 cloves garlic, sliced

1 tsp hot pepper flake

1 T chopped fresh oregano

1/4 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup grate pecornio romano cheese

1/2 cup pasta water

3 roma tomatoes, chopped

1 box penne rigate

1/4 cup aged goat cheese, grated (If you can’t get an aged goat cheese, use fresh and crumble into the pasta, it will make a different texture but will be delish!)

4 oz pancetta

1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

  • Heat a large pot of water to the cook the pasta. Cook the pasta to instructions on the box, drain and keep 1/2 cup of pasta water, drizzle the drained pasta with a touch of oil. Set aside.
  •  In a large saute pan heat 1 T of olive oil and add your pancetta.
  • Brown the pancetta over medium heat until crispy.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon, and leave the pork fat in the pan for flavor. 🙂
  • Add your eggplant in, turn the heat to high. Cook for several minutes to start to soften the eggplant.
  • Add in your fennel and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add in your sliced garlic and cook for 2 minutes, keep the heat high-medium high.
  • Add in your brussels sprouts, tomatoes, golden raisins, hot pepper flake, and oregano.
  • Cook for 2-3 to start to soften and brown the vegetables.
  • When they start to color, add in the pasta water.
  • Cook until eggplant is soft and brussels sprouts are halfway cooked.
  • The sauce should start to get thick, season with salt and pepper.
  • In a baking dish, mix in pasta, your sautéed vegetables, pancetta, pine nuts, pecorino and grated aged goat cheese.
  • Top with more grated pecorino and aged goat cheese.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. The cheese should be melted and golden brown.

Garlicky Toasts

1/2 loaf rustic italian bread cut into 6 slices

2 T butter

2 T Good olive oil ( I use Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

2 cloves garlic, grated on microplane

salt and pepper

sprinkle grated pecorino

  • Combine butter with grated garlic (minced if you do not have a microplane)
  • Mix in olive oil
  • Add salt and pepper
  • Smear compound butter on bread slices, top with sprinkle of pecorino
  • Bake until golden brown and delicious – about 4-5 minutes in a 400 degree oven

Hope you try it out! SO simple and delicious

Cheers

Chef Sean Gallagher

30 Minute Meal

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Fettuccine Bolognese

Fettuccine Bolognese

I know how tough it is to come home and cook. I cook all day long! If it’s a work night and I’m cooking dinner, it has to be quick or I don’t really have the motivation. Especially when you live in NYC and you can get any cuisine you can think up delivered to your door in 15-30 minutes.

I have to admit that I am a sucker for comfort food, and my number one is pasta. Of course I love to make fresh pasta, and if I’m feeling really up to it – make delish raviolis filled with all sorts of decadent things.

Nonetheless, at least once a week I make a pasta dish and I have to tell you its oh-so-satisfying and couldn’t be simpler. Last night I made a beefy Bolognese. Beautiful fat laden ground beef browned and stewed with onions, garlic, hot pepper flake, and San Marzano tomatoes.

 

Here’s one for your recipe book – the most simple weeknight dinner.

 

Fettuccine Bolognese

 

Prep time: 5-7 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

 

1 box fettuccine pasta

1 pound ground beef – (I like 80/20 for the fat content)

1 can San Marzano tomatoes

2 T tomato paste

Splash red wine – (If you have some open)

1 large white onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 T olive oil

1/2 t hot pepper flake (or 1 T if you like it hot!)

1/2 t dried oregano

2 T grated parmesan

Salt and pepper to taste

 

  • Place a large pot filled with salted water on the back burner and get it to a boil first.
  • Have your onion diced and garlic minced ready to go.
  • Heat a large pot on medium-high heat, add your oil and allow it to get hot.
  • Add your beef and break it up, brown evenly. Remove the grease if you like, or leave it in for more flavor. 🙂
  • Add your onion and garlic, add the hot pepper flake and dried oregano.
  • Cook your onions until tender. Add the tomato paste and mix it thoroughly. If you have some open red wine – or have a glass while cooking, add in about a 1/4 of a cup now.
  • Let the wine cook out, then add your tomatoes. Turn the heat to medium low – low.
  • Boil your pasta, once cooked, drain and leave in colander.
  • Stir the sauce every 5 minutes to prevent scorching and let cook for 15-20 minutes. If you have longer you can let cook for 30 minutes if desired.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste – I also like to add in 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan or pecorino at the end.
  • Mix into your fettuccine and serve.

 

Easy weeknight dinner done! I served it with roasted broccoli and garlic, a glass of wine, a hunk of rustic bread, and great company – all in 30 minutes!

 

Enjoy!

 
Sean Patrick Gallagher

 

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Braised Pork with roasted mushrooms, roasted potatoes, watercress, lemon dill dressing

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Heres a different way to use a pork roast. Searing, slicing, and then braising the pork adds a ton of flavor and makes this a quick cooking dish. Flavors of fire roasted tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, dill, watercress, and citrus make this a beautiful summer dish.

 

Braised Pork with roasted mushrooms, roasted potatoes, watercress, lemon dill dressing

2 pound pork roast, boneless

1/2 bu dill, chopped

1/2 bu parsley, chopped

2 cups veg stock

1 large can fire roasted tomatoes, crushed

10 cloves garlic, minced/sliced

2 pounds small yellow potatoes

2 lemons, juiced

1 bu watercress, cleaned and chopped

1 portobello, sliced

4 shitake, stemmed and sliced

1 ct crimini mushrooms, quarted

1 cup crumbled feta

2 T capers, drained

 

 

1: Sear pork in 2 T olive oil on medium high heat, rotating once so both sides are caramelized.

2: Remove from heat and let cool. In the same pan, add you mushrooms, and 1 clove garlic minced. Cook over high heat to caramelize mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.

3: Remove mushrooms and add sliced onion and 2 cloves minced garlic.

4: Cook over medium heat until onion is cooked. Add vegetable stock, cook down for 5 minutes on high. Add tomatoes, crushing them in your hands as you add them to the pot, turn down heat and cook for 5 more minutes.

5: Slice your pork into 8 equal portions by cutting it in half, then fourths, then 8ths.

6: Lay pork into the sauce so they fit snug.

7: Add capers, top with mushrooms, and half the feta.

8: Place in a 500 degree oven for 15 minutes.

10: When pork comes out, make sure it is cooked through, top with more feta and chopped parsley.

Roasted potatoes with watercress and lemon dill dressing 

1: Half potatoes, toss in olive oil with salt and pepper and 1 clove sliced garlic

2: Roast at 400 for 15 – 20 minutes until brown and crisp

3: Clean and cut watercress, place in bowl to side

4: In a container place 1 clove garlic, 1/2 bu dill, 1/2 bu parsley, and juice of one lemon.

5: Add 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 T water. Puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

6: When potatoes are hot out of the oven, toss in with watercress and dressing.

Serve hot or room temperature.

 

This recipe is delicious, healthy, and very flavorful. Try it out!

 

Cheers,
Sean Patrick Gallagher