The Iron Chef Cat Cora Secret Recipes

By Catherine Winters
Posted On Mar 23, 2017
The Iron Chef Cat Cora Secret Recipes

Star chef Cat Cora shares her tips on staying fit and serving up healthy flavors—even when she’s short on time.

“I grew up in Mississippi, ina Greek family. Cooking andeating were a big part of ourtraditions. Today, I enjoycooking for my own family, andmy favorite meals are preparedwith fresh, organic, andsustainable ingredients. This isa philosophy emphasized inmy cookbooks and restaurants—Kouzzina at Disney World;Ocean Restaurant in Singapore;CCQ in Costa Mesa, California;and my airport restaurants inHouston, Salt Lake City, andSan Francisco.”

Breakfast
Coffee
Egg white turkey bacon wrap

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • 6 egg whites
  • ½ cup reduced fat Mexican cheese blend or cheddar
  • 4 large flour tortillas


“Even on the busiest of days, I don’t skip breakfast. I think it’s important to start the day with a healthy meal. one of my favorite entrées is an egg white-turkey bacon wrap. This protein-packed recipe gives me the energy I need to keep up with my four boys,who are all under the age of 9.”

 

Lunch

Chicken toss-up salad

Home-brewed iced tea

  • 12 oz cooked chicken, cut into thin strips (about 3 cups)
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 package (10 oz) torn romaine lettuce
  • Vinaigrette dressing

“I was raised on a Mediterranean diet. My wife, Jennifer, and I still enjoy eating lots of fresh produce, and have a farm-to-table approach to meals. We’re lucky that we live in California, with access to farm-fresh foods. For lunch, we often make a salad using a variety of vegetables in our refrigerator, combined with chicken.”

Dinner
Spicy catfish wraps

  • 4 us farm-raised catfish fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus enough to brush fillets
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground
  • black pepper

*Use lettuce wraps instead of taco shells for a healthier version

“Adding spices to foods is a great way of building flavor without increasing fat and calories. I also like to grill entrées with olive oil instead of butter. My family always tries to eat dinner together, and use that time to catch up on what everyone has been doing. Phones and televisions are turned off during dinner, and we make healthy, family-friendly meals like these fish tacos. We let our boys have a say in what type of vegetables they like to have for dinner. I think they’re more inclined to eat what’s on their plate if they help choose the dish, and even on some days, help us prepare it. On fridays, we enjoy take-out pizza and movie night.”

Snacks
Protein bars
Pretzels
Dried mangos
Almonds

“We keep healthy snacks in jars in our kitchen, so if anyone in the family is hungry, it’s easy to grab a quick and nutritious snack. We also have some chocolate on hand, but it’s not as accessible!”


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