Family meals don’t have to be a huge task. When looking to create a healthy and easy meal for your family, the trick is to try and not think too much — it is okay to stray from the recipe and add your own twist. Have fun with it and experiment to make it your own. Woodside’s Executive Chef Michael Giampetruzzi shares a couple recipes to help you start saving time while feeding your family at home.
- 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter or olive oil
- 4 oz flour (All-Purpose or Alternative)
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 2 stalk celery, diced
- 2 Idaho potato, washed and diced
- 4-6 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 2 quarts 2% or whole milk
- 4 oz white wine (chardonnay works well)
- 1 oz white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp fresh or dried thyme leaves
- 1 lb salmon, chopped into bite size pieces
- 1 tsp Tabasco, or favorite hot sauce
- Salt and pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- In a large stock pot, sweat all vegetables in butter until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add garlic and cook another minute or two.
- Add flour and incorporate.
- Add wine, Tabasco, vinegar and cream, and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring often until soup starts to thicken.
- Add salmon, thyme and bay leaf and simmer until salmon is cooked. Be careful not to burn bottom of pot.
- Serve with rustic bread and enjoy!
Tomato Coconut Bisque
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 clove garlic, chopped
- 2 28 oz cans plum tomato
- 1 14 oz can coconut milk
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup white or brown rice
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sweat onions and garlic in 2 oz olive oil.
- Add tomatoes, rice and remaining ingredients.
- Bring to simmer and cook until the rice is done.
- Use an immersion blender and puree. (You can also carefully transfer the soup to a blender and use the soup setting).
- Garnish with chopped basil or a dash of chili oil.