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Man pleasing meals!

When cooking for someone you love you want meals that are hearty and healthy. Chef V founder, Veronica Wheat, has three delicious go-to recipes when she needs a man pleasing meal. From herbed lamb chops and zesty BBQ salmon to a healthy twist on spaghetti and meatballs, you will have plenty of options up your sleeve for a romantic meal that leaves you both feeling great!

MANLY Lamb Chops 

(serves 2)

Ingredients

1 rack of lamb (Frenched*, 7-8 ribs each, 1.5- 2 lbs. total)
2 tsp. fresh rosemary
1 tsp. fresh thyme
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions

Rub the rack of lamb with rosemary, thyme, garlic, and pepper. Place in a gallon plastic bag with olive oil and coat the lamb in olive oil. Close the bag tightly and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

Bring the lamb out 2 hours ahead of time so that it can rest at room temperature before cooking. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Make diagonal cuts or slivers along the fat on top about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover the exposed tip bones with foil to avoid burning. Cook for 10 minutes at 450 degrees then lower the temp to 300 degrees and cook for 10-15 minutes more. Lamb should be cooked to rare or medium rare and then be removed and covered with foil.

Let the lamb sit for 15 minutes and rest to finish cooking through. Slice the lamb in-between the bones, cutting away from the bone. Serve with rice, potatoes, or anything else your Man desires!

*Most stores already sell the rack of lamb Frenched. This means the skin, meat, and fat have been removed between the tips of the rib bone, to make it look nicer and easier to eat.

MANLY BBQ Salmon 

(serves 2)

Ingredients

2 salmon fillets (6 oz.)
1 tbsp. coconut nectar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. cumin
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with coconut oil cooking spray. Combine lemon and coconut syrup together. Place salmon on baking sheet and cover with syrup and lemon juice mix. Mix all dry ingredients together and sprinkle evenly over the top of each fillet.  Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, until desired doneness. Serve with mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes and a tasty veggie or serve over a nice salad.

MANLY Spaghetti and Meatballs 

(serves 4)

Ingredients

1lb. organic ground turkey
½ lb. organic chicken sausage
1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
¼ cup diced onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
20 oz. organic crushed tomatoes (divided)
1 cup organic basil, washed
1 box of brown rice or quinoa spaghetti

Directions

Combine raw ground turkey and chicken sausage in a bowl and mix well. Mix in 4 oz. of crushed tomato sauce, bread crumbs, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Start forming meatballs by grabbing a handful of meat mix and forming a ball shape. Make all the balls, to desired size. You can make all big, all small or small and big ones. Just know that bigger ones will take a longer cooking time in the oven.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat a skillet on the stove with 1 tbsp. of olive oil to medium-high heat. Add 2-3 meatballs at a time, depending on how many will fit, and brown the outside of the meatballs for about 5 minutes total, turning and browning the entire outside of the ball. Once browned, move to a foil lined baking sheet and bake all the meatballs for 10-15 minutes for small meatballs and 15-20 minutes for larger meatballs. When removing, cut one ball open to check doneness. The inside should not have any pink and should be firm.

Cook pasta according to directions on the package. While cooking the pasta, heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan on medium-high. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add minced garlic and stir. Add 16 oz. crushed tomatoes and continue to stir until hot. Add chopped basil before serving. Spoon spaghetti onto plates, top with red sauce and a meatball or two. Top with additional sauce and serve with Love!