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Archives for October 2012

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast October 1-8th was a wonderful way to start the month and each day!

Monday October 1: Smoked Salmon with Sauteed Kale and Leek Fritters and Lemon Cream

I love smoked salmon, I was raised on bagels and lox every Sunday before Sunday school so adding this brought back a piece of my childhood and made me smile, it was a creative New York type of breakfast minus the bagel, however, the fritters were pretty darn tasty!

Tuesday October 2: Pumpkin Apple Quinoa Oatmeal

I was introduced to Quinoa two years ago from my old nutritionist who tried to get me to try new things all of the time, so when I saw this item on the menu I thought “hmm,” and the pumpkin apple compote together was a great taste of fall! Loved this a winning breakfast for sure!

Wednesday October 3: Crust-Less Tomato, Basil And Quinoa Quiche

Quinoa again however to have it used as a crust-less quiche was *fingers in air, wonderful, and everyone knows I’m a tomato and basil type of girl.

Thursday October 4: Corn cakes with caper & chive cream cheese and smoked salmon

Another creative New York style breakfast but with corn cakes this time, just as tasty as Mondays, but today we had cream cheese and chives which i love so I’m going to have to say I think this day was the winner.

Friday October 5: Polenta Breakfast Pudding With Apple Compote

Another great fall type of breakfast. I love how Chef Weldon is mixing in all of the seasonal flavors.

Saturday October 6: Spanish Tortilla With Smoked Salmon And Grilled Tomatos

What a creative way to serve the tortilla, in muffin shapes, this looked wonderful plated and made me feel like I was eating breakfast at a spa… Ohhhh how I wish I was, but the cuisine was definitely spa worthy!

Sunday October 7: Smoked Trout And Corn Souffle With Fresh Grapefruit Wedges

I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever eaten trout for breakfast however it was very savory in the souffle.

That was the first week of the month and it was a culinary treat every morning, I can hardly wait to see what the rest of the month holds in store for me, napkins please…


Introducing Chef Michael Weldon

photos courtesy of THE fresh diet

The Fresh Diet has a new member of its team, Executive Culinary Team, Chef Michael Weldon. As a Corporate Executive Chef and the Director of Research & Development for The Fresh Diet, Chef Weldon has been working tirelessly to roll out our exciting seasonal menu! A whopping one hundred and sixty new delicious menu items are available now!

Chef Weldon learned his trade at the side of world renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Johnny Ferno and Alain Giraud and spent nearly three-years serving an apprenticeship at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where he was trained by Michelin Star Chefs in all aspects of fine dining service.

We will now be able to start our day off right with new delights like the Chef’s personal favorites, Persimmon and Fig Marmalade Stuffed French Toast with Turkey Bacon or Spanish Style “Tortilla” with Jamon Serrano and Grilled Tomato. I’m looking forward to the stuffed French toast for sure!

Chef Weldon recommends trying the Striped Bass with Ciopino Sauce, the Dijon Crusted New Zealand Lamb Rack or Spicy Grilled Lamb Burger Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Fresh Herbs in a Pita. Even though I’m not really a Goat Cheese kinda gal I might have to give this one a try…

During the colder months, the menu includes warm stews and soups like Lamb Curry Chickpeas and Cavolo Nero or the Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo with Quinoa and Okra. Scratch the shrimp for me unfortunately I would stop breathing… but it sounds delish!

Everybody’s favorite – dessert was not forgotten! Cherry and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Chocolate Cranberry Haystacks, and Chef Weldon’s own favorite, the Fig and Blue Cheese Tartlets with Caramelized Onions and Balsamic Glaze are just a few of the treats available now. A lot of these items sound more like something on the menu at Canyon Ranch so I am looking forward to tasting them out…

I’m going to be posting a little differently and writing only about the new and exciting foods weekly and splitting it up by meals… however you can check out my facebook for daily photo shots and comments from my kitchen! So bring it on Chef Weldon!!

Sunday September 30th with TFC

I’m so looking forward to tomorrow, new foods!! woo hoo!


Breakfast Burrito with Scrambled Eggs, Sauteed Mushrooms, Pepper-Jack Cheese on Whole Wheat Tortilla


Gorgonzola Cheese Salad with Red Grapes, Candied Walnuts, Boston Lettuce & Tart Cherry Vinaigrette


Cajun Rubbed Grilled Skirt Steak with Tri-Color Couscous and Roasted Bell Peppers


Egg Salad with Sauteed Shallots & Whole Wheat Crackers

I never chose to have egg salad as one of my savory snacks before but it was a nice change and i loved the shallots!!


Sauteed Pineapple with Key Lime Yogurt Topped with Toasted Coconut Flakes