In this show, Kathryn and her friend Terry, prepare some quick and easy meals.

Thai Chicken or Turkey Lettuce Cups

Two cups per person
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp Canola oil divided
  • 3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 8 Butter Lettuce Leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups English Cucumbers chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots (You can also coarse grate the carrots)
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Mint, Parsley, or Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts (unsalted are best)

Instructions

  • Combine 2 tablespoons oil, soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  • Heat remaining 1 Tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Turkey or chicken and cook for 7 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Add 1/4 cup soy sauce mixture; cook 4 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Place about 3 Tablespoons Turkey or chicken mixture in each lettuce leaf; top evenly with cucumber, carrot. Drizzle evenly with remaining soy sauce mixture. Sprinkle with mint, parsley, or cilantro. Top with chopped peanuts.

Notes

Calories 426
Fat 20g
Protein 32g
Carb 24 g
Fiber 7 g
Sugars 13 g
Potassium 45%DV
Sodium 538mg

Pineapple upside down Cake –Miniatures

PER SERVING - 1 cake equals 290 calories (you can cut the calories by using Splenda) Note: I personally only ate half and served the other half to my loved one.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Butter melted, divided
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Slices canned unsweetened pineapple
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Splenda or sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp fat-free milk ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash Ground Nutmeg Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350°
  • Pour 1 tsp butter into each of two 10-oz. ramekins coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Top with a pineapple slice. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Beat in the milk, vanilla, and remaining butter just until combined. Spoon over pineapple.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife around edges of ramekins; invert onto dessert plates. Serve warm.

Notes

Nutrition
8 g fat (5 g sat. Fat)
21 mg chol.
318 mg sodium
53 g carb.
1 g fiber
3 g protein

Kathryn’s Pureed Tomato Soup

MAKES: 4 servings Ingredients:
Course: Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Canola oil
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery finely chopped
  • 2 14 1/2 oz cans Diced tomatoes Liquid included
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil Substitute: 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried Oregano you can use fresh oregano –chopped
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground pepper

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir 2-4 minutes or until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • Puree the soup using an immersion blender. If you are using a regular blender, make sure the opening on top is open and cover with a dish towel. Top with croutons, day-old bread cut up into cubes (French bread). Serve in small bowls. You can freeze the soup, as well, just make sure it is completely cool before freezing.

Notes

Nutrients
Serving size,  1 1/4 cups,  is 76 calories
2g fat
627 mg sodium
13g carbs (9g sugars, 4 g fiber)
2g protein

Beer Cheese Soup- Kathryn Raaker‘s Version

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Comfort Foods

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Butter cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup All-purpose
  • 1 bottle or can Light beer
  • 4 cups Chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded Cheese
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of Pepper
  • 1 8 inch Rounded Rye or Wheat Bread – Cut off the top of the round bread and scoop out the Breadthe center as you are using this as a serving bowl for the soup.

Instructions

Roux

  • Melt butter in a large pot or skillet set over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Cook 2-3.

Soup

  • Add broth, beer and stir until thick. Next, add Cayenne and Black pepper, ground mustard, and Worchester sauce. Once all is combined, stir in the cheeses. Continue cooking until cheese is melted. Reduce heat and simmer 10 min. Serve in a Bread Bowl. Will serve 2 to 5 people.

Notes

Rather than getting one round loaf, purchase smaller bread bowls and serve individually.

Wonton Soup

Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 6 oz bulk pork, turkey or Chicken Sausage Links can be used, just cut out of the skins.
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs Japanese
  • 1 large Egg lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp thinly sliced green onions divided
  • 32 oz carton reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 bunch baby bok choy coarsely chopped, (optional - 2 cups fresh spinach)
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced.
  • 1 cup uncooked extra-wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil coarsely chopped
  • cup ½coarsely chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  • Combine sausage, bread crumbs, egg, and 2 Tbsp. green onion; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into ¾-inch balls.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth and soy sauce to a boil. Carefully drop meatballs into soup. Stir in the bok choy (or spinach), celery, and noodles; return to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until the meatballs are cooked through and noodles are tender, 10-12 minutes. Stir in basil and remaining green onions; remove from heat and serve delicious!

Notes

Nutrition 1 cup:
234 cal
13g fat ( 4g sat. fat)
83mg chol.
1193mg sod
15g carb. (2g sugars, l g fiber)
14g protein

In this episode, Kathryn prepares recipes from chef and nutritionist, Clark Bartrum. Explore these male-friendly meals with Kathryn.

Clark Bartram’s Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef (80-85)
  • 1 16 oz can Kidney Beans
  • 1 cup white button mushrooms
  • 1 16 oz can Black Beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 14.5 oz can organic chopped tomatoes
  • 1 24 oz jar organic tomato puree
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • garlic to taste (typically, 2-4 cloves, finely minced)
  • pinch Salt

Instructions

  • Sauté ground beef until it is brown. Place meat into big pot and add all other ingredients. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes.

Notes

Recipe and images used with permission from Clark Bartram TestMaxMeals.com

Clark Bartram’s Ginger Beef with Jasmine Rice

Ingredients

Homemade Asian Sauce

  • 1/2 cup tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp Sugar-free brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar

Beef Skillet

  • 4 10 oz packages snow peas
  • 4 Tbsp EV olive oil
  • 2 10 oz packages white button mushrooms sliced thin
  • 7 thinly sliced cuts of beef (sirloin steak strips flank steak)
  • 2 1/2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 5 cups organic water

Instructions

Rice

  • Make the rice. In a large stove top pot, add 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Stir in rice and reduce heat to low. Cover pot to keep steam inside, 25-35 minutes. Rice will be firm but tender. Fluff the rice

Asian Sauce

  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Set aside.

Beef Skillet

  • Heat a large skillet with 2 tbsp. olive oil. Add thinly sliced mushrooms and snow peas. Cook them on high heat, turning occasionally, until browned. Salt midway. Remove these veggies to a bowl. To the same skillet, on high heat, add 2 more tbsp. of olive oil. Add thinly sliced meat. (NOTE: Do this in 2 batches, to enable each slice of meat to touch the bottom of the skillet and for meat slices not to be crowded.) Cook meat on one side until it browns. Turn over all meat slices to the opposite side, and cook more, on high heat, until all slices brown. Add the sauce to the skillet and stir to combine about 1 minute. Turn off heat and add snow peas and mushrooms - and let sit under a lid for 10-15 minutes before storing.

Notes

Recipe and images used with permission from Clark Bartram

Clark Bartram’s Blackened Fish Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • 7 tilapia filets or other white fish filet
  • 1 15.25 oz can organic corn kernels
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 15 oz can kidney or black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 12 oz bags shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 pinch of oregano
  • 1 10 oz bag shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 4 avocados sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro Chopped

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375º. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the 7 tilapia fillets onto a pan. Be careful not to crowd the pan. Combine spices in a small dish. Sprinkle seasonings over tilapia fillets, season with salt and pepper. Place the fish into the oven for 25 minutes. Poke fish with a fork to see if it’s white and flaky. It might need 5 more minutes. Remove the fish from the oven and sprinkle with lime zest, then place filets aside in large glass dish. Heat a large skillet to medium high with a drizzle of olive oil, corn, red onion and red bell pepper. Sear for 1-2 minutes without stirring. Stir and cook another few minutes until vegetables are tender and caramelized. Add drained and rinsed black beans and heat for 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe and images used with permission from Clark Bartram

Clark Bartram’s Meatloaf

Course: Main Dish

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 1 pinch coarse sea salt
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 12 oz bags fresh green beans
  • 3 lbs grass-fed organic ground beef 20% fat
  • 2 free-range or cage free eggs beaten
  • 1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs (omit dairy & gluten for 90 days to build testosterone)
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • garlic salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375º. Melt the butter in a large stove-top skillet. Add the red onion and garlic into the skillet and sweat the mixture until translucent. Place the remaining ingredients and onion mixture into a bowl and mix with your hands. Oil a meatloaf pan (5 x 9” loaf pan) with olive oil and press the mixture into a pan. Cook for 40 minutes. While the meatloaf is cooking grab a large stove top wok and place on the stovetop at medium heat. Add olive oil to base of the wok and then add beans. Stir the beans occasionally until they’ve turned golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Check the meatloaf with a meat thermometer to see if it has reached 160º. Once the temperature is reached, remove the meatloaf and slice.

Notes

Recipe and images used with permission from Clark Bartram

In this episode of The Chef, You and I, Kathryn and her guest, Christine Simolke prepare some Italian dishes. They also discuss Christine’s new book, Children of Italy.

Peppers Siciliano from Patsy's Restaurant NYC

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil plus 2 Tbsp. for drizzling
  • 4 cloves garlic optional
  • 4 roasted red bell peppers sliced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped anchovies with oil
  • 2 Tbsp capers rinsed and drained
  • 18 kalamata olives chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped basil or 1/2 tsp. dried
  • Pinch dried Oregano
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • Loaf of Italian bread sliced and toasted

Instructions

  • Preheat broiler. Heat olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, if using, sauté, add peppers, sauté for 2 minutes. Add anchovies, capers, olives, basil, oregano, broth & wine. Stir until blended & cook 3-4 minutes. Add salt & pepper. Place spoonful of mixture on toasted Italian bread. Sprinkle each with breadcrumbs & drizzle with olive oil. Broil on low for 2-3 minutes, until topping is golden.

Antipasto Salad - Vegetarian

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 large head Romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • 1 16 oz jar jar pepperoncini or friggitello pickled peppers
  • 16 black olives or kalamata olives
  • 1 English cucumber peeled & chopped
  • 4 oz mozzarella or provolone cheese cubed
  • Fresh basil and parsley chopped
  • 1 15 oz can can chick peas drained, Garbanzo

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Mix salad Ingredients in a large bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a pint Mason jar, shake to combine. Pour over salad and toss.

Pasta Bean Soup (Pasta e Fagioli)

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cloves Minced Garlic optional
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 15 oz cans Cannellini beans or pinto beans
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cup vegetable or chicken broth + more
  • 1 1/4 cup Ditalini pasta
  • 1 tsp Basil dried or 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh
  • 1 tsp Oregano dried (optional)
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • In olive oil, cook onion, garlic, celery over medium heat until lightly browned. Add beans, tomatoes & broth. Add seasonings (basil, oregano, parsley, garlic or regular salt, pepper. Cook for 30 minutes, bring to a boil & add pasta. Stir and check pasta at 8-10 minutes, may need slightly longer for your taste. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Cooked Apples w/ Raisins & Pecans

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples (Honey Crisp Fuigi or Granny Smith
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • Core, peel and slice apples. In a large skillet, melt butter and brown sugar. Add apple slices. Sprinkle with raisins, pecans and brown sugar. Cook for several minutes.

Option:

  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Lower calorie option:

  • Omit butter and brown sugar. Spray skillet with cooking spray to brown Apples. Substitute Splenda or other sugar substitute in place of brown sugar.

Father Andrew's Italian Wedding Soup

A wonderful rich delicious Wedding Soup
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time46 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Comfort Foods, Italian
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1/2 pound Mild Italian Sauage
  • 1/2 pound Lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Basil
  • 1 1/2 Cup Plain bread Crumbs

Stock for Wedding Soup

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • 1 1/2 Packages Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked Chicken Splinter Chicken
  • 3 Med Eggs - beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Romano Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

Meatballs

  • In a large Bowl add Italian Sausage and Ground Beef use fork and chop meat mixture, add spices, mid then add egg and mix thoroughly, then add dry bread crumbs mix until mixture seems a little dry not wet. Then take an break up meat into small pieces about size of grape and then roll into meatballs with your hands. Heat up skillet and lightly brown meat.

Soup stock

  • Use large soup pot turn on medium heat and add Virgin Olive Oil heat and then add minced garlic until it sizzles. Add 2 quarts of chicken stock and let boil on medium heat. Add Meat balls stir let cook for minute and then and chopped spinach. Pour eggs in a ribbon swirl let egg mixture cook for few seconds then take fork go back and forth separates egg . Let mixture simmer on stove. Chop up chicken in small pieces then push down on chicken separate until it looks like splinters then add to soup mixture. Then stir let cook for one minute. Spoon into individual bowls and add Parmesan Cheese.

Recipe Courtesy of Science Lab Soup by Good Housekeeping Junior Cookbook

Hearty Tomato Soup

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped Calls for 1 onion – I reduced it
  • 1 carrot, peeled chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Basil Finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced, optional (I omitted)
  • 2 14 oz cans Diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz carton Chicken Broth

Instructions

  • In a Dutch oven, pour olive oil and heat up the pan then add chopped onion, chopped carrot, chopped celery, basil. After browning add tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes. Using either an Emersion Blender* or food processor, emulsify for about two minutes. (You can also use a blender, remembering to blend in batches, otherwise, the top will blow). Lastly pour into bowls and serve with crackers and apple slices for dessert

Kathryn and her granddaughter, Cassie, enjoy making “Kid Friendly” recipes from Kathryn Raaker and Cassie prepare some kid-friendly recipes from the Better Home & Gardens, New Junior Cookbook. In these segments, they make home-made tomato soup.