Chef Johnny Prep filming with Teen Kid News in New York City.
I’m in New York City today filming with Teen Kids News, a regional Emmy Award-winning educational news show for kids, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Stay tuned for when my segment will air. Teaching kids how to incorporate healthy eating habits into their life(style) is one of my greatest missions, and I’m glad to have you along for the ride and hopefully to inspire you to teach your kids to do the same.
Today’s recipe is a wonderful dish to cook along side your kids; it’s a spicy recipe for Grilled Salmon with Roasted Onion and Sriracha Mayo. Fish of course is heart healthy and the protein is good for your bones and muscles. As you may have noticed, I also frequently make my own homemade sauce or dressing, like the Sriracha mayo, for my dishes. . . It tastes so much more authentic and is quick and simple to make yourself!
Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Roasted Onion and Sriracha Mayo
Lots of people like to eat breakfast food not just at breakfast — those meals, like this Breakfast Burritos recipe, is ideal any time of day. Sure, it’s an excellent protein-packed choice for the morning hours to power up your day, but who among us haven’t craved eggs and sausage for lunch or dinner?
The spicy aroma of this savory Breakfast Burrito is the first thing that will hit your senses. Next, savor the taste of chorizo sausage, onions, pepper, jalapeno chiles, eggs, and queso cheese wrapped in a tortilla and topped with salsa. It’s is an easy-to-make comfort food for the AM or PM!
Recipe: Breakfast Burritos
Gyros are popular, but why they are not as popular on restaurant menus as hamburgers is a mystery. When you are walking in the city and happen along a street vendor who is whipping these up in his or her tiny food truck, the aroma will draw you in every time.
Yes, gyros are traditionally made with pork, chicken, lamb, or beef, but my recipe for Grilled Tilapia Gyros upends that notion. (The kitchen, as you know, is a wonderful place to experiment. That’s why they call it a “test kitchen”!) The grilled Tilapia and crispy pita bread subtly collide with the cool, zesty Tzatziki sauce, tomatoes and onions, making this the perfect dish to prepare for the kids after school or on the weekend while entertaining friends.
Recipe: Grilled Tilapia Gyros
One might think that making your own Stromboli would be a difficult culinary proposition . . On the contrary — it’s rather easy to prepare, and its the kind of dish that kids also like to make because it means they get to roll up their sleeves, roll some dough and layer in the savory ingredients. Part of my goal as a figure in the cooking world is to show kids how fun cooking can be, while also focusing on how their nutritional choices can impact their health throughout their lives. So invite them to help out!
My Stromboli recipe wraps up the meaty goodness of pepperoni and ham, along with the piquant flavors of sweet peppers and caramelized onions, melded with Mozzarella and Provolone cheese. Think of it like making a sandwich, except you’re making your own “bread.” And if you are a home cook who strives to improve your skills in the kitchen, this is a great recipe with which to start. [More tips and tricks for the home cook can be found in my new cookbook, The Magic of Cooking with Really Good Broth.]
Recipe: Stromboli with Pepperoni, Ham, Sweet Peppers, and Caramelized Onions
There are loads of different ice cream flavor combinations out there, but one of the best, I think, can be found in this recipe for Mango and Dark Rum Ice Cream. Along with puréed mangoes and dark rum flavor, you will taste a hint of cinnamon in this sweet spring and summertime treat. Pair it with a more traditional scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream in a bowl or pile it high in a waffle cone, and you have one irresistible homemade confection!
- Recipe: Mango and Dark Rum Ice Cream
May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, the annual celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. Celebrate this special day with this recipe for Tilapia Fish Tacos with Black Bean Corn Salsa and Chipotle Sauce; it goes well with a Margarita or even a tall ice cold glass of lemonade. The chipotle sauce is extremely easy to make — mayonnaise and chipotle peppers is all you need — as is the black bean and corn salsa. As I mention in the recipe instructions, you can deep-fry the tortillas Tex-Mex style or, if you have a Mexican griddle (comal), you can lightly brown the tortillas to add a tasty texture to the layering of fish, salsa, and sauce.
Recipe: Tilapia Fish Tacos with Black Bean Corn Salsa and Chipotle Sauce
This recipe for Chicken Pot Pie Pasta takes all of the goodness of the “insides” of a traditional pot pie and puts it out there. . . No outer pastry or pie shell necessary. The addition of chicken broth enhances the overall flavor of the pasta and the poultry, keeping it moist and seasoned, while the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and basil help to layer in more subtle flavor. Sprinkle with some Parmesan and you’ve got yourself a hearty meal that’s a break from the ordinary.
Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie Pasta
What do you have cookin’ for Monday supper? The Johnny Prep household loves a succulent fish plate every so often, and this recipe for Seared Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce is one of our favorites. The key to the success of this dish is not just the deliciously minimal ingredients and subtle flavors, but in how you cook the fish, searing until you have a nice, crispy brown color over the surface. The addition of red pepper purée and chicken broth or stock is what gives it that savory, moist flavor.
More recipes for how to use broth in all of your favorite dishes from Swiss Onion Soup and Shrimp Bisque to Seafood and Sausage Gumbo and Beer Braised Short Ribs can be found in my new cookbook, The Magic of Cooking With Really Good Broth.
Recipe: Seared Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce
Kale seems to be the featured ingredients in many of my recipes this week, and naturally so, because now is the time when many home gardeners are planting their greens when the weather is still mildly cool (even though the temps are rising with the onset of spring). As you all know, I am a major proponent of the use of broth in many dishes — it’s of course the featured ingredient in my new cookbook, The Magic of Cooking with Really Good Broth — and this recipe for Kale, Mushroom, and Lamb Meatball Soup makes good use of it. Add to that the earthy flavors of Shiitake mushrooms and savory lamb meatballs, and you’ve got nutritious meal that also pleases the taste buds.
Recipe: Kale, Mushroom, and Lamb Meatball Soup
Spring is here, and for many of us that means a desire to eat meals that are lighter and healthier, and with as few ingredients as possible. Well I have a recipe for you that meets all of those requirements, a fresh, peppery Salmon and Avocado Salad. Salmon is high in protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, while avocados pack more potassium than bananas and are known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. And the spicy marinade of rice wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, cilantro and red pepper flakes really brings out the cool flavors in the salmon, cucumbers, and avocado.
Recipe: Salmon and Avocado Salad