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  • Exciting news for the Fall! Your very own personal chef and Your Plate or Mine were featured as a sponsor on the season premier of The Doctors. Two in-studio guests played a game called the Nasty Nibbles Buffet and as a reward for scarfing down the healthy but not-so-tasty bites, they will receive cooked in-home delicious meals, as well as a lesson on healthy cooking. Congratulations!! http://www.thedoctorstv.com/main/show_synopsis/1105?section=synopsis
  • There is much talk about "good" and "bad" sugars, but what are the real facts? Following the school of thought that there is no one answer for all, I like to do as much "fact finding" as possible to offer informative alternatives.  The following article is very good at giving the real skinny on 19 Sugars and Sweeteners: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/19-sweeteners-which-are-healthy.html?page=1
  • Looking for a new one-pot meal for your family? This colorful, flavorful and nutritious twist on a Crescent City classic has become a favorite of our Dinner Solutions clients. Please enjoy this recipe for Dirty Rice, Cali-Style!

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Chef Donna
Dirty Rice, California Style

California-Style Dirty Rice

by Personal Chef Donna Barrow

30 mins
Cajun, Californa Fusion
Serves 4-6
  • 2 cups butternut squash, or other root vegetable, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups fresh kale, washed and chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 3-4 tablespoons low-salt or salt-free Cajun seasonings (or make your own*)
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth (more if needed)
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups rice, cooked (brown or white), room temperature
  • Kosher salt to taste


  1. Cook squash in lightly salted boiling water, steamer or microwave until just tender.  Drain any water and set aside.
  2. Using the same method as with the squash, cook the kale until just wilted. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add ground turkey and onions to pan; break up meat and stir until meat is brown.  Drain any excess fat.
  4. Add celery, bell pepper and kale to pan with browned meat and softened onions and heat over medium heat.  Add Cajun seasonings and stir until all vegetables are slightly softened.
  5. Add broth, rice and squash and stir until rice is fully incorporated.  Adjust seasonings to taste.
*No-Salt Cajun Spice Mix
Yield: about 1/2 cup

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne (red) pepper*
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients; store in an airtight container for up to six weeks.
*Very spicy; reduce amount to desired taste
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