What Your Teen Needs To Eat To Be Healthy

teenagers As a chef, husband, and father, I care a great deal about what my family eats. I pay close attention to the diet of my 2 adolescent sons who both play sports. At this time in their life, poor diet can not only be detrimental to their health now but can also cause serious problems when they are adults.

The growth spurt that occurs in adolescence is second only to that which occurs in the first year of life. For this reason, nutrient needs are higher during the teenage years than any other time in life as they are necessary to achieve full growth potential. The greatest amount of nutrients are needed during the peak of the adolescent growth spurt. The nutrients required at this time may be twice as high as other times during adolescence. If these needs are not met, puberty and overall growth are slowed and certain diseases and other problems may also develop such as anemia and vision impairment. Lean body mass is also reduced due to lack of nutrients at this time. Nutrient deficiency at this time also lead to adult diet-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. (Story, n.d.).

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Tried & True: Seared Sea Scallops with Asian Influence

2011-01-27 11.13.22This is a recipe I learned in school at Le Cordon Bleu and have since revised and added it to my personal cache. The original recipe serves 8. Here I have scaled it down to serve 4.

People tend to love this recipe as it puts a new twist on a common stir fry by adding the scallops.

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Tried & True: Pan-roasted Chicken With Lemon Caper Sauce Over Pasta

Chicken with Lemon Caper Sauce Over PastaThis is one of my wife’s favorites and the pic received a pretty good response on Instagram so I decided to go ahead and post the recipe.

This is something we actually served at the Iron City Grille inside the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh International Airport where I was Kitchen Manager and Head Chef. The building has since been purchased by Robert Morris University and repurposed into a dorm. I have now tweaked and added this dish to my personal repertoire and now you can too!

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Sweet Garlic Chicken Wings

wingsI found this recipe when visiting the blog of a person who liked my post about my Grill Master service. I now am a follower of the blog, Patrons of the Pit.

I am updating my repertoire of grill marinades and other recipes for the upcoming Summer season and Patrons of the Pit seem to have a very nice selection of tested grill recipes to pull from.

I will definitely be trying the following recipe they recently posted. These wings are described as “A salty and sweet affair with a touch of garlic.” Sounds like a winner to me! The recipe also calls for the chicken to be smoked with peach wood; and I can just imagine the sweet smoky flavor now! Here’s the recipe if you are as interested as I am.

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Entertain with ease this Summer!

BBQ-Flyer2Love to BBQ? Hate to BBQ but love to eat it? Have a wedding, graduation, baby shower, tailgate party, or other Summer event coming up? Have no fear, help is here! I am available to grill a variety of meats, seafood, and vegetables at your location for your special event.

Your Grill Master service can be as simple or as complex as you like. I can simply grill and serve to order; or I can provide a full service experience with side dishes, table settings and other decor, disposables or china, and other items. Grills, supplies, meats and other ingredients can be furnished presenting you with a no-stress option. Or I can simply show up and cook your food on your grill!

My Grill Master service is available for meals ranging from private 1 on 1 dinners to events supporting 200 guests or more. Whatever your requests, no matter how big or small, I will do my best to fulfill them. Contact me today to discuss your BBQ!

For more information on this and my other services, please visit www.chefmarlonangelo.com.

The Greatest Mother’s Day Gift Idea

mothers-dayMother’s Day is quickly approaching! This year’s date is Sunday May 12. While some search for ideas, most people are thinking, “Take Mom to dinner” for this special day but did you know that 75 million Americans are also planning to take their mother’s out to eat on Mother’s Day according to the National Restaurant Association? How unique is that?

“But Mom wants to go to a restaurant!”, you say? Do you know the #1 reason 51% of mothers choose this option? They are the ones cooking normally for family events. They simply want a break from cooking! 27% of mothers say they choose a restaurant as a way to socialize with family and friends. The ability to create lasting memories is the reason behind 16% of mothers choice of eating at a restaurant on Mother’s Day. 6% of mothers who choose a restaurant for Mother’s Day are Foodies and would choose this option for most occasions.

What if you could give your Mom each of those options all while surprising her with something special and unique this year! Get together with your siblings and simply hire a Private Chef to truly indulge your mother on Mother’s Day! Here’s a few ideas.

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Creative Cocktails: Watermelon Breeze

Photo by Kelsey Marie Photography

I don’t know about you but I am ready for a vacation with my wife. I can picture us on the beach now, cocktail in hand. And now that warm weather is approaching some of my favorite fruits such as watermelon will be coming into season, so on that vacation we can finally try the following cocktail recipe I found.

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Tried & True: Grilled Chicken over Lemon Pasta

imagesMade this for the family! Changed it a bit from the original I found on FoodNetwork.com. I added a marinade for the chicken and changed the pasta from penne to spaghetti as we had a ton left over from spaghetti with meat sauce the night before. I also did not cut up the chicken breasts into the pasta. I sliced and laid the chicken breasts on top of the pasta. There were a few other revisions as well. Check out my version of the recipe.