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Meat and Poultry for Special Occasions

Many people who adhere to a whole foods diet occasionally eat meat or poultry. This section is an acknowledgment that we all have different needs and eating habits, and some of my readers want healthy meat based recipes. These recipes are consistent in relying on herbs, spices, wine, and juices to create light and flavorful entrees. Please buy the best quality, home-grown and organic meats you can find. Bon Appetit!

Best Turkey Bolognese
This recipe for best turkey Bolognese evolved out of a desire for a great Bolognese sauce without using red meat. This sauce is scrumptious and freezes well, and you can be creative with your herbs and seasonings.

A Chef's Holiday Meal
This festive menu is a chef's dinner adapted for a home cook who is comfortable in the kitchen. The main courses offered here -lamb or duck- are not overly hard to master, and are great dishes to have in your repertoire. I've provided suggestions for side vegetables as well. It also happens to be a gluten free meal from start to finish, and my...

Pollo al Cacciatore: Hunter's Chicken Stew Recipe
This recipe for Pollo al Cacciatore – Hunter’s Chicken Stew is a wonderfully hearty, flavorful dish that is great for cool weather dinners. Pollo al Cacciatore is laced with the earthy, meaty flavors of shitake and Portobello mushrooms; tomatoes, herbs and red wine round out the mix.

North African Chicken and Chickpea Stew
This recipe for North African Chicken and Chickpea Stew is a hearty dish laced with saffron and spices; chickpeas and tomato round out the mix. Serve the stew with rice, couscous, flatbread or millet. A nice salad will complete a delicious and warming meal.

Roast Chicken with Olives, Lemon and Sage
This recipe for marinated roasted chicken with olives, lemon and sage is inspired by the cuisines of both Italy and Morocco. Crisp and juicy, it is deeply scented with the flavors of herbs, garlic, lemon and olives. If you are not a fan of sage, substitute rosemary, oregano or thyme; serve the chicken with a pilaf and either a big salad or green...

Italian Roast Chicken with Herbs, Lemon, White Wine and Peperoncino
This recipe for crisp Italian roasted chicken with herbs, white wine, and peperoncino needs to marinate overnight but is well worth the wait. Crisp on the outside, juicy and fragrant on the i inside, this recipe gets rave reviews wherever it goes.

Herb Roasted Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing Recipe
This recipe for herb roasted chicken with wild rice and mushroom stuffing requires a couple of steps but is actually pretty easy to make, and is great for a special dinner. You can prep the bird and the stuffing ahead of time and stuff the bird when you’re ready to cook it. It's a great option for an intimate holiday or dinner.

Perfect Roast Chicken
Some chefs believe that slow and low is the way to go when roasting a bird, but my experience in French kitchens taught me otherwise. Cooking a chicken at high heat for a shorter time yields a juicy bird with crispy skin, and who doesn’t love that?

Mama Jen’s Spicy Ginger Chicken Soup
Known in some circles as “Jewish penicillin”, chicken soup is a staple for omnivorous families when a cold or flu strikes. This soup is a home remedy that works wonders when you are under the weather.

Herb Brined, Free-Range Organic Roast Turkey with Port Wine Gravy
This whole foods recipe for herb brined, free-range, organic -and gluten free- roast turkey is pretty much a fail-safe recipe against the dreaded dry holiday bird. Brining followed by air-drying creates a crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside finish. Roasted vegetables and port wine make a lovely, full-bodied sauce.

Spicy Peach Barbecue Sauce
This easy recipe for spicy peach barbecue sauce uses the best of summer’s bounty to make a tangy-sweet-spicy blend that’s excellent on fish, seitan, tofu, tempeh, chicken or ribs.

Crisp Roasted Duck with Orange, Ginger and Pomegranate Glaze
This festive whole foods recipe for crisp roasted duck with ginger, orange and pomegranate glaze is a wonderful holiday or special occasion entrée. Serve with roasted fingerling potatoes or root vegetables. A nice green vegetable like steamed green beans with a bit of lemon or spicy green beans with chili and mint is perfect for balancing the...

Roast Rack of Lamb with Garlic and Herb Rub
This fragrant and tender roast rack of lamb with garlic and herb rub is a festive and elegant entrée for the holidays or a special occasion. Ask your butcher to “French” the racks for you (remove the fat and meat from the top couple of inches of bone) for a classic presentation.

Seared Breast of Duck with Cranberry Apple Chutney
This recipe for seared breast of duck with cranberry apple chutney and sauce gastrique is an inspired meeting of classical and modern cuisine. This lovely creation from Kamisha Jones of the Almost Famous Chef 2013 competition has been adapted for the home kitchen, so don’t be intimidated by the moving parts: the chutney and gastrique can...

Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast with Root Vegetable Butter Sauce
Linnea Shumway developed this recipe for mushroom stuffed chicken breast with root vegetable butter sauce for the 2013 Almost Famous Chef competition. Shumway won the NortheastI regional competition.

Almost Famous 2013: Young Chefs Compete for A Stellar Year of Mentoring
San Pellegrino’s Almost Famous Chef competition is off to a strong start. The contest, which is in its 11th year, offers culinary students the opportunity to vie for a yearlong mentorship with one of the master chef judges who preside over the finals at Napa Valley’s Greystone CIA. Contestants from all over the US and Canada convene at 10...

Time Saving Nutrition for Busy Professionals
Busy lives require good time management, and make ahead meals can tip the scales towards better nutrition when time is tight. The soups and stews that follow benefit from sitting for a day in your fridge so flavors can meld. They can also be frozen, so you can make a pot of soup or stew and freeze it in single serve containers for lunch or...

Whole Foods Passover Seder Menu
Whole foods cooking might be the last thing you'd think about when planning a Passover meal, but a beautiful, festive, healthy meal can be a refreshing change from typical fare.

The Mighty Mushroom: Great Whole Foods Recipes For Wild and Cultivated Fungi
Mushrooms have documented abilities to bolster immunity, cleanse and nourish the blood, and help remove toxins from the body. Beyond all of this is the fact that mushrooms are culinary marvels, full of individual personality and delicious in their own right. The following list of recipes hints at the possibilities of these wonderful woodland plants.

A Paleo Thanksgiving Dinner
If you're living the paleo life and want to carry it over into Thanksgiving, look no further. We have a gorgeous lineup of great paleo recipes for your holiday celebration.

Pan Seared Turkey Breast with Lemon and Herbs
This simple recipe for pan seared turkey breast with lemon and herbs takes less than 10 minutes to cook and is incredibly flavorful and aromatic.

Rum, Chili and Lime Glazed Chicken Wings
Tangy and sweet, spicy and full flavored, these rum, chili and lime glazed chicken wings have wonderful layers of taste going for them.

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