by Sharm | Feb 12, 2017 | Food & Drink, Recipes, Whole Foods Market
Filet mignon is delicious and also a little romantic, don’t you think? This recipe for rosemary and garlic crusted filet mignon is the perfect dish when preparing a date night meal at home and will impress your significant other.
This months Whole Foods Market Ambassador theme is all about their dry aged steaks. With Valentines Day just around the corner, avoid the long wait and crowded restaurant by celebrating at home with this delicious steak dinner.
Whole Foods Market’s steaks are aged for 14-21 days in-house. Humidity and temperature are controlled during this process. You can see it in person if you drop by your local store, many of them have cases with glass on the sales floor.
The aging process concentrates the steak’s natural flavor while also reducing the moisture content. Enzymes also break down the fibers on a microscopic level, which imparts a tender character. Dry aged steaks cook slightly faster, so make sure you’re monitoring the internal cooking temperature; 130-135 degrees for medium rare, and 140-145 for medium.
I wish to thank Whole Foods Market for supplying me with a gift card to purchase the ingredients for this recipe.
Rosemary and Garlic Crusted Filet Mignon
2 Beef Filet Mignon
2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary, chopped
2 Cloves Fresh Garlic, chopped
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Dash of Salt and Pepper
Heat grill or desired pan of choice for cooking. Drizzle both sides of steak with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Combine chopped rosemary and garlic together.
Rub garlic and rosemary mixture around steak and place on grill.
You will want to make sure your grill is hot enough to get a good sear on the steak when placed in your pan or on the grill.
Let your steak develop a seared crust on the grill before moving or flipping it. If you try to lift the meat before it is ready, it will stick to the grates or pan and tear when trying to move it.
Cook steak to desired temperature of doneness as listed above.
Add whatever side dishes you like to complete the meal.
I recommend a classic baked potato and Whole Foods Market asparagus which comes ready to cook.
Just toss with some olive oil and place on roasting pan. Roast at 425 for 15 minutes or until tender.
If you love a little surf and turf try this recipe for Herb Roasted Lobster and Steak from Whole Foods Market.
by Sharm | Jan 27, 2017 | Food & Drink, Health, Recipes, Whole Foods Market
This Cauliflower Fried Rice with Cashews uses riced cauliflower which is becoming my new favorite ingredient. The frozen pre pre packaged Everyday 365 brand from Whole Foods Market makes it easy to have on hand.
As an ambassador for Whole Foods Market we are given a gift card to create a recipe highlighting a focus ingredient and this month is their riced cauliflower. I wish to thank Whole Food Market for the gift card to create this recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice.
Using the toasted sesame oil in this dish makes all the difference and really amps up the flavor. I promise you will never miss using regular rice which will safe a ton of carbs!
I use Bragg Liquid Aminos which is a great substitute for soy sauce. If you like things with a little extra heat feel free to top it with a little Siracha.
Cauliflower rice can be used to substitute rice in other recipes including including a binder agent for meatballs. Check out the recipes from Whole Foods Market following my recipe for the Cauliflower Fried Rice with Cashews.
Cauliflower Fried Rice with Cashews
1 12 oz package 365 Organic Riced Cauliflower
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 cup baby carrots, chopped
1 cup sugar snap peas, chopped
2 green onions, sliced (tops reserved)
6 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, divided
1/2 cup cashews, toasted
1” cube fresh ginger root, finely minced
2 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
1 8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
3 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
nonstick cooking spray
Yield 4 1 cup servings
In dry skillet add cashews to toast for 2 minutes stirring constantly so they don’t burn. Set aside.
Crack eggs in bowl and whisk. Spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add eggs and cook scrambling until they are just done. They should still be very soft. Remove from skillet and place in bowl.
Place 3 tablespoons sesame oil in skillet and turn on medium high. Add package of riced cauliflower stir fry until coated with oil. Add chicken stock and mix well. Turn down heat to low and let simmer 2-3 minutes until cauliflower is crisp tender.
Remove from skillet and place in bowl.
Chop carrots, sugar snap peas and green onions. Reserve tops of green onions for later use.
Be sure to peel fresh ginger root and remove skin from garlic. Finely mince garlic and ginger or I find it easy to use a garlic press if you have one.
Place remaining sesame oil in skillet. Add ginger and garlic and stir fry a few seconds. Add in carrots , sugar snap peas, green onions and water chestnuts. Stir fry until carrots are a crisp tender.
Using slotted spoon, scoop cauliflower back into skillet (this will help to not make it watery. Mix well. Add in crushed red pepper flakes and 3 tablespoons liquid aminos or soy sauce and toss to coat ingredients. Add in scrambled eggs. Give cashews a rough chop if desired and add to cauliflower mixture. Give the mixture a good stir to incorporate all ingredients. Remove from heat.
Place in serving dish and top with remaining green onion tops
This Cauliflower Fried Rice With Cashews has all the flavors of traditional fried rice with out all the carbs and calories. I promise you will love it! Check more ways to use riced cauliflower in the recipes below from Whole Foods Market.
Baked Buffalo Meatballs: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/baked-buffalo-meatballs
Cauliflower Couscous (gluten/dairy free): http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/cauliflower-couscous
Cauliflower 101: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/rediscover-cauliflower
by Sharm | Nov 20, 2016 | Decedent Desserts, Entertaining, Food & Drink, Health, Recipes
This delicious healthy caramel sauce is gluten, egg and dairy free. It is delicious over apples, ice cream or whatever you want to drizzle it over.
It is the sweet ingredient in this recipe for my healthy apple tart that is also gluten, egg and dairy free.
It is so easy to make and can keep for a week or two in the fridge. Enjoy!
2/3 cup granulated coconut sugar
1/2 cup honey
4 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
Dash or two of unrefined salt (more for a “salted caramel taste”)
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
2 teaspoon vanilla
In a small saucepan, put in the coconut sugar, honey, and coconut oil or butter, along with the salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring to evenly melt the honey and coconut oil or butter.
As soon as it’s starting to bubble, set the timer for two minutes. Stir the bubbling mixture once or twice during these two minutes.
Very carefully stir in the coconut milk until it is mixed in.
Once it has returned to a low simmer, simmer for another minute or two, or until the mixture has thickened up again (it won’t be super thick while hot…but will thicken up considerably as it cools. You want it to be thick enough to coat a spoon, but still thin enough to be very easy to drizzle. Don’t heat longer than two minutes).
Take off of the heat, and stir in the vanilla. Let cool to desired temperature before serving. If you want a warm caramel sauce, simply reheat before serving.
Will keep at least 1-2 weeks refrigerated. Makes 2 cup.
by Sharm | Apr 22, 2016 | Food & Drink, Recipes, Whole Foods Market
If you have never had Jackfruit and you like shredded chicken or pulled pork, its time to swap out those items in your recipes and replace them with canned jackfruit. Jackfruit sheds like easily and resembles canned chicken. I have used it to create these tasty lettuce wraps.
Chipotle Jackfruit Lettuce Wraps
1 14 oz can Jacfruit, drained
1 10 oz package black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can corn, drained
1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained
4-5 canned chipotle peppers, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup mayo (may add more if mixture seems dry)
Chopped fresh cilantro to taste
6-8 Romaine lettuce leaves
Place jackfruit in large bowl and shred with fork. Add remaining ingredients. Mix together. Wash romaine leaves and lay on plate. Scoop filling evenly on leaves. Top with guacamole if desired.
by Sharm | Aug 14, 2015 | Articles, Food & Drink, Giveaways, Kansas City, Restaurants, What You're Missing KC!
AMC Fork and Screen
The AMC Fork and Screen in Olathe has created a new menu with offerings that are far from the popcorn, candy and soda that used to be the normal movie going fare.
You know we have all been there when going to the movies and trying to struggle with when to have lunch or dinner and still make it to the movie on time. Now, with AMC Fork and Screen you can have both!
The AMC Fork and Screen is family-friendly movie theatre-restaurant featuring upgraded seats with a menu that will knock your socks off as well as a full cocktail bar with seat-side service at the push of a button.
Forget about just limited choices of finger foods for your dining options as the new AMC Fork and Screen Menu features gourmet burgers, fresh salads, healthy quinoa bowls, decadent mac and cheese, tacos and more.
I recently had the chance to attend a tasting and screening event and was blown away by the new menu at the AMC Fork and Screen and of course enjoyed the fun of seeing a movie.
The Chef at the AMC test kitchen in Leawood is always working on dishes that use fresh ingredients as well as keeping up with current food trends which is how the Grilled Chicken Quinoa Bowl made it to the new menu at the AMC Fork and Screen in Olathe.
AMC Fork and Screen Chef
This Mediterranean inspired dish consisted of grilled chicken, rainbow quinoa, roasted asparagus, tomatoes, feta cheese, fresh basil and a house-made lemon vinaigrette. The salty feta paired nicely with the asparagus and tomatoes and the fresh basil really added another level of flavor.
Seriously, I cannot believe the dish I just described came from a movie theater! This sounds more like something I would have ate a swanky place on the Country Club Plaza or downtown somewhere. Wouldn’t you agree?
Other items we sampled were:
Wedge Salad Cups: At almost every steakhouse in America you will find a wedge salad on the menu and AMC has taken the steakhouse flavor of this classic wedge salad and wrapped up in a lettuce cup which makes it easy to eat.
AMC Fork and Screen Wedge Lettuce Cups
Gumbo Mac and Cheese: The 4 adult mac and cheese creations include traditional, Mediterranean, bacon gouda and gumbo and will bring out the kid in all us. The gumbo had a nice kick with the jack cheese sauce, andoullie sausage and sweet bell peppers.
The Royal Burger: All of burgers at AMC are made of a custom blend of ground chuck and brisket and served on a toasted brioche bun. You can also upgrade to a bison burger for $2. The Royal Burger consisted of a flavorful patty topped with house-cooked bacon, brie cheese, caramelized onions, baby arugala, fig jam and royal sauce. The combination of the smokey bacon, salty brie and sweet fig jam was excellent. This was my favorite dish out of everything I tried and again, a dish that reminds me of something I would have ate swanky restaurant and not a movie theater. Check out the recipe for this burger below.
AMC Fork and Screen The Royal Burger
After the tasting ended we were able to order an appetizer and entree to enjoy during the movie. I chose the Buttermilk Biscuit Poppers. These garlic cheddar biscuits served with a honey butter are another great sweet and salty combination.
garlic cheddar biscuits
My entree was the quesadilla with grilled chicken, three cheeses and poblano peppers. Guacamole and sour cream are served on the side along with chips and pico de gallo. This dish was large enough to share and could rival any Mexican restaurant in town. Unfortunately I did not get a pic as this dish came after the movie started.
This was my first experience with dining on a full meal while in a dark theater. I loved the food but did find it a little tricky at times to get my bite just right in the dark.
The menu is served all day long and right now given the hot summer we are having and with a kids menu also available, I am thinking moms all over town are going to love the AMC Fork and Screen. What a way to beat the heat, entertain the kids and feed them lunch all in the same venue. I certainly know I would have taken advantage of something like this when my kids were little!
If you arrive early to the movie, enjoying a cocktail at MacGuffins Bar and Lounge is a must! Located inside the theater, this space is great for meeting up with friends or enjoying a drink with your date and features a variety of beers, wines and specialty cocktails.
Since this was an invite only event the theater was not crowded and I did not notice the servers coming in and out to serve the guests. I am looking forward to attending the theater again as a regular patron to see if a more crowded theater is distracting.
I have two AMC movie passes and a popcorn and Coke pass to giveaway courtesy of AMC. To enter just comment below If you have been and please share what you liked about it and if you have not been, please tell us why you want to go!
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Royal Burger Recipe
1 Burger patty cooked and seasoned
2 Tablespoons caramelized onions
3 Thin slices Brie Cheese
1 Brioche Bun
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoon fig spread
1 Tablespoon Russian dressing
1/2 Cup baby arugula
2 Slices hardwood smoked bacon
Butter both the top and bottom of the Brioche Roll.
Toast Bun until dark golden brown, and warmed through.
Melt Brie Cheese over the cooked Burger Patty
Spread Russian Dressing on the bottom Bun
Place Arugula on top of the Russian Dressing
Place Burger Patty with Brie on top of the Arugula
Top the burger with the Caramelized Onions
Place Bacon on top of the Onions
Spread Fig Jam on the inside of the top Bun
Top the burger with the top Bun
Don’t forget to enter the movie ticket giveaway. Visit AMC for more information on locations near you.
In Good Taste,