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Lately with the rain stopping in California and temps in the 70's to 90's, I find
myself transitioning out of super-healthy winter comfort food (like Pork Medallions in White Wine Green Peppercorn Sauce) to healthy more summery fit food from all over.  Paleo type food high in protein, colorful vegetables full of anti-oxidants and flavor, with bite, variety, and edge.  On a warm night you might want light simple flavors but on a hot night a super-spicy high-protein Mexican or Indian dish.  I find he change in weather and mood dictates what you get inspired and put your energy towards cooking.  

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So what food works now? For Cinco de Mayo, I somehow cooked a
simple Vietnamese chicken soup with bean sprouts, mint, basil, serranos and rice noodles with lime.  Not right, but what I felt like after being inspired from a recent work trip to Vietnam.  A week later I finally did Cinco De Mayo and served Carne Asada Steak Tacos with Avocado Tomatillo Sauce.  Last week my taste buds went for Northern Yucatan for Habanero Cold Shredded Beef Salad Tacos with radishes, cilantro, tomatoes, red onions and finely chopped habaneros – hot, light and as healthy as you can get. Spicy Mongolian Beef – done the healthy way was also on the menu as was Chinese Garlic Ginger Chicken and Vegetables.  Later came Grilled Thai Beef Salad with cilantro, basil mint and lime – and of course hot Thai chilies as I still was hungry for the food I had in Vietnam.

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And of course lets not forget the old standby - the grill.  The one cooking utensil most men have figured out.  Smoked some meat with char-grilled sweet corn rubbed with chipotle powder and I also grilled some high protein very lean steak served with a garlic chimichurri sauce.  Good.

Those were the simpler faster meals I did during the week (simple techniques make it possible).  But on the weekend when I had more time I did a hand-tossed Garlic Pancetta Pizza.  Inspired by recent work trips - one from one of the best simple Italian restaurants in St Louis -  Pastaria; another from a trendy pizza place in nearby San Francisco - Ragazza.  


Most of the above recipes are in my cookbook Every Day Fit Gourmet.  But a few  are recent "made-up,  on-the-fly" simple, fast meals – you need to cook what you are  feeling and in the mood for – everyday.  So whatever you are cooking, don’t
get stuck in a rut, mix it up, tune into your mood and weather – and most importantly have fun and enjoy.

Ted
 


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05/24/2014 5:21am

Chimichurri is one of most delicious and versatile sauces around. It's traditionally served with grilled steak, and is an essential part of the Argentinian parilla, but it goes great with chicken and fish too. Thanks for the recipes.

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