Stu’s New Gig

So recently I accepted a new position that is part personal chef, part chef/instructor and part menu consultant.  I will supply more on the particulars of this new job in a few weeks when the company has the ceremonial virtual-ribbon cutting.  But as part of my new duties I am creating complete menu plans for a family of four for an entire week.  These menus contain three square meals plus a snack for the kids – all healthy.

I plan to start sharing some of the dishes I create here.  Like this one:

California wraps

  • 4 gluten-free tortillas
  • 4 ounces arugula
  • 12 ounces smoked, sliced turkey
  • 4 ounces sliced almonds
  • 4 ounces sugar-free dried cranberries (craisins)
  • 4 tablespoons Balsamic vinaigrette (recipe follows)

On the bottom third of each tortilla layer in order 1 ounce arugula, 3 ounces turkey, 1 ounce each almonds, craisins and 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinaigrette. Slice in half to serve. Can make vegan by substituting sauteed portabella mushroom strips. Adding 1 ounce of crumbled Gorgonzola to each wrap well add a sharp contrast to the sweet flavors but will also add sat. fat – your choice.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk vigorously.

Serve wrap with an apple or a 2 ounce bag of pretzels.

Each wrap contains 429 calories, 20 grams fat, 1 gram sat. fat, 32 grams carbohydrates, 23 grams sugar and 10 grams protein.

Now what I need is your help in naming this new series of recipes.  Make your suggestions in the comments box.  The person with the best name wins my eternal gratification.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
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2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
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2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up
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