Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cooking for Cancer Prevention with Chef Jill of the Centered Chef

Nourishment Redefined with Chef Jill of the Centered Chef

My special guest for The Recipe Box program was Chef Jill Houk of The Centered Chef. Chef Jill teaches healthy cooking classes to small groups and corporate organizations. Also, she is a media spokesperson, food stylist and consulting chef for Sara Lee Corporation. She has appeared nationally on Good Morning America (ABC), and locally on television stations throughout the country, including WMAQ-TV (NBC, Chicago), WGN (WB, Chicago), WJBK-TV (FOX, Detroit) and KATU-TV (ABC, Portland). Her philosphy: Good nutrition is at the core of fueling a healthy mind, body and soul. With the right foods as part of your healthy lifestyle, you will experience increased physical health, energy and mental awareness.

Chef Jill shared several FANTASTIC recipes that will build your immune system and boost your energy level. They are quick, easy, colorful and full of vitamins and essential nutrients.

  • Edamame Salsa
  • Grilled Bison Steak
  • Potato-Kale Bake
  • Blueberry Relish
  • Pasta with Fresh Heirloom Tomato Sauce and Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Edamame Salsa with Grilled Sweet Corn

Makes 4 1/2-cup servings

1/2 cup edamame (soy beans) -- shelled, frozen
2 cups water
1/2 cup red onion -- diced small
1/2 cup tomato -- diced small
1/2 cup grilled sweet corn -- cut from the cob
4 teaspoons parsley -- chopped
4 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

In a small sauce pan, boil two cups of water. Add the edamame with a pinch of salt. Cook 5 minutes, drain and rinse under cold water until completely cooled, about 5 minutes.
Add the red onion, tomato, corn, parsley, lime juice and cooked edamame together. Season with salt and pepper.

Blueberry Relish

Makes 6 ¼-cup servings.

¼ cup red onion; diced
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1½ cups blueberries
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix first five ingredients and let sit 20 minutes to blend flavors. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Visit her website at and visit The Recipe Box Show website for a copy of these and other recipes.

I can't wait to try them. How 'bout you?

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Enjoy these videos of Chef Jill preparing her Blueberry Relish recipe and her partner at The Centered Chef Food Studios, Chef Ryan Hutmacher, as he prepares Grilled Bison Steak (very lean) with kale and edamame salsa - YUM!

1 comment:

  1. I tuned in late. Chef Jill Houk was wonderful. I enjoyed the recipes that she shared. We love to eat all of those healthy foods in our home, especially kale, so those recipes will be going into the collection.

    My husband is a year round griller, so he will be very interested in the Grilled Bison Steak.

    Great show!

    Eat the rainbow!