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Karl’s Caribbean Seafood Soup

I had started to think about the dreaded “What am I going to make for dinner?” question. I was thinking I could make some fried fish with lemon rice and green beans—this would require me to make a quick run to the store. Then my daughter informed me—at the last minute as usual—that she was going out with her friends. Shifting gears, I started to think about what I could make with just what I had on hand.

Karl’s Caribbean Seafood Soup

Karl’s Caribbean Seafood Soup

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Karl’s Vegan Israeli Couscous Almandine

Wife Jan is on the Noom Program and I made an Israeli couscous salad packed full of vegetables and fruit for the Fourth of July. It was so popular with my family that wife Jan asked me to make some for her dance in the park potluck this Sunday.  Last time, I listed a vegan option for the salad, but Jan thought some of her friends might be vegan, so I made a new, strictly Vegan salad. Of course in my ultimate need not to make the same dish the same way twice in a row, I made some changes.

Karl’s Vegan Israeli Couscous Almandine

Karl’s Vegan Israeli Couscous Almandine

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Karl’s Noom Friendly Orange Chicken Stir Fry

Wife Jan is on the Noom program and is constantly scanning for recipes I can make that fit both Noom’s parameters and our personal tastes. Her most recent request was for orange chicken. I did not think much of the recipe she sent me, so I went looking for something better. Many of the recipes I found were “healthy” only in the sense that they replaced white sugar with honey or brown sugar— both of which are very much Noom “red foods.” I finally found a recipe that was close to what I wanted and adapted it to be more Noom-y.

Karl’s Noom Friendly Orange Chicken Stir Fry

Karl’s Noom Friendly Orange Chicken Stir Fry

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Karl’s Nevis Barbecued Jerked Chicken

I had decided to barbecue chicken for the Fourth of July, but what flavor. A last year, I made this dish for my sister Karen, but I was overly cautious with the spices. This time I took my own advise and bumped up the spice level to four tablespoons. To go with the meat heavy main I made several vegetable sides—corn, grilled vegetables and a couscous salad. For a patriotic desert, I served strawberries, whipped cream, and blueberries.

Karl’s Nevis Barbecued Jerked Chicken

Karl’s Nevis Barbecued Jerked Chicken

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Karl’s Israeli Couscous Almandine

I’m barbecuing a Nevis jerked chicken for the Fourth of July and I wanted some side dishes to go with the heavy meat main dish. With two vegetable dishes—corn and grilled vegetables—decided upon, I needed something with a bit of starch. Wife Jan is on the Noom Program, so she objects to dense starchy dishes. To please her, I chose to make a Israeli couscous salad packed full of vegetables and fruit.

Karl’s Israeli Couscous Almandine

Karl’s Israeli Couscous Almandine

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Karl’s Za’atar Grilled Vegetables

I’m barbecuing a Nevis jerked chicken for the Fourth of July and I wanted some vegetables side dishes to go with the heavy meat main dish. The women of my family really like grilled squash and tomatoes, but I did not want to use the same Nevis spice blend on the vegetables. For the squash, I decided to use the Middle Eastern spice blend za’atar. To make it Noom friendly I reduced the amount of oil.

Karl’s Za’atar Grilled Vegetables

Karl’s Za’atar Grilled Vegetables

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Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn II

I’m barbecuing a Nevis jerked chicken for the Fourth of July and I wanted some vegetables side dishes to go with the heavy meat main dish. My family really likes grilled corn, but I did not want to use the same Nevis spice blend on the vegetables. For the corn, I chose to use chili powder—kind of a go-together with corn.

Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn II

Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn II

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Karl’s Noom Friendly Depression Era Goulash

Jan’s family Christmas Eve traditional meal was Grandpa Von Hausen’s goulash. This was a depression era dish of bacon, hamburger, onions, a bottle of ketchup, garlic, paprika, and cans of peas, kidney beans, and pork & beans. The idea was that this dish would sustain the family throughout the days of Christmas—without anyone needing to stop and cook. I have already made the original dish healthier, but Jan is currently on the Noom Program and she asked me to Noom-ify this recipe. My main change from the last time was to replace the beef with ground turkey, to eliminate the bacon and the pork in the beans.

Karl’s Noom Friendly Depression Era Goulash

Karl’s Noom Friendly Depression Era Goulash

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Karl’s Pride Grilled Seafood Lettuce Wraps

Like many of my dishes lately this one comes from a discussion with my wife Jan. She is on the Noom program and instructs me on changing my cooking style to meet her needs. She has also been posting my dishes on the Noom group chat and she got a very positive response from the Noom councilor for my grilled shrimp tacos.

Karl’s Pride Grilled Seafood Lettuce Wraps

Karl’s Pride Grilled Seafood Lettuce Wraps

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Karl’s Mandarin Chicken Pea Top Stir Fry

When we lived in China we were introduced to a vegetable that was not commonly used in the U.S. pea tops (sometimes sold as “pea leaf”)—the tender ends of the pea shoots. Pea tops is not something you will find in Western supermarkets, you will only find them Asian markets—in season. Frequently, I would use these in a soup, but today wife Jan asked for them in a stir fry. Lately, there has been a bowl of Mandarin oranges on my counter and—as I was gathering ingredients for my stir fry—I decided, “Why not throw a couple into the mix?”

Karl’s Mandarin Chicken Pea Top Stir Fry

Karl’s Mandarin Chicken Pea Top Stir Fry

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