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141023_whats_Cooking_angel_hair_pastaMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Angel hair pasta with lemongrass tomato broth, thai basil, kale, spinach and baby shiitake mushrooms. Makes four servings.

Ingredients

8 oz Uncooked angel hair pasta
32 oz San Marzano tomatoes
2 cups water
1 cup sweet onion small dice
2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic
2 tablespoons lemongrass fresh or paste
20 Thai basil leaves-julienne or chopped
1 teaspoon dry oregano
5 tablespoons Coconut Oil- 3 tablespoons for tomato broth and 2 tablespoons for sauté vegetables
4 cups Kale-julienne or small chopped
4 cups Baby spinach
24 pieces Baby shiitake mushroom or 12 Shiitake mushrooms-quarter
Kosher salt-to taste
Cracked black pepper-to taste

Methods

Cooking Pasta

1. Bring water ( 3 quarts per lb. of pasta) to boil. Add a pinch of salt and pasta, stir. Cook until ” al dente” ( firm to the bite ), approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and drain pasta in a colander.

Preparing the lemongrass tomato broth with Thai basil

1. Place whole plum tomatoes in blender and purée till smooth for 1 minute or less.

2. Add coconut oil in hot pan, add chopped garlic, lemongrass, Thai Basil and oregano. Cook for 5 minutes. Smell the ingredients come together with a unique aroma.

3. Add tomato purée and water to the mixture, bring to a boil and medium simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Taste the broth to adjust the flavors with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. You can add sugar to sweeten the broth. For a spicy flavor, add sirracha, chili flakes or tabasco.

Tips: Use less water for a thicker broth.

Preparing the kale, spinach and baby shiitake mushrooms

1. Add coconut oil to hot sauté pan, add kale and mushrooms. Cook for 3 minutes, add spinach and season with kosher salt and cracked black pepper.

2. Place pasta into serving bowl, pour tomato broth and garnish with vegetables.

Substitution-use any types of pasta, mushrooms, or vegetables with this dish.

Equipment

1. Medium pot for pasta
2. Medium pot for broth
3. Sauté pan for vegetables
4. Blender

Services:  Employee Benefits
Type:  Press Releases
Boston, MA- October 9, 2013 – National employee benefits specialist Marsh & McLennan Agency has teamed up with Vitasoy and Glam Foods to coordinate a three part healthy cooking series for Vitasoy employees.Faced with separate goals of promoting healthy living, bolstering company morale, and marketing their products to their employees, the Vitasoy HR team paired with Marsh & McLennan Agency to create a culinary bootcamp to inspire employees in the art of healthy cooking. Award winning chef and celebrated ‘food coach’ Chef German Lam has been brought in to lead the three part series.  The cutting edge culinary presentations use cooking to build teamwork and promote ‘clean’ eating at work and home.Chef Lam promotes ‘free style cooking’, which allows for improvisation and healthy meals even when there is little time to prepare. Embracing the flavors and changing in and out a few key ingredients, students learn the confidence and skills they need to prepare healthy meals continuously, beyond the recipes learned in class.This program is a fine example of how management teams are thinking outside the box, making the investment to empower individuals and teams to embrace clean eating and healthy cooking. To quote Chef Lam, “Cleaning the heart with clean food” and “Fueling the Ferrari” are just ways he teaches students on how to fuel up for a healthy lifestyle at the work place and home.Human Resources Director, Annemarie Abdo, says feedback from the employee base has been great.  “This is an excellent series to teach our employees the importance of healthy eating with dynamic recipes that inspire employees to think out of the box with their cooking skills. “

For more information on Vitasoy products, visit www.vitasoy.com. For information on Chef Lam, visit www.glamfoodsllc.com. For information on wellness services through Marsh & McLennan Agency, visit www.mma-newengland.com or call 617-587-2300.

About Marsh & McLennan Agency

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, a subsidiary of Marsh, was established in 2008 to meet the needs of midsize businesses in the U.S. MMA operates independently from Marsh to offer commercial property, casualty, personal lines, and employee benefits to clients across the U.S.

Click on link to view Marsh & McLennan Agency Teams Up with Vitasoy & Glam Foods for Culinary Bootcamp!

Testimonial

Vitasoy USA welcomed Chef German Lam for a three part Culinary cooking experience. Faced with the dilemma of employees not familiar with tofu and the need for healthy eating alternatives, Vitasoy turned to German Lam for assistance. Annemarie Abdo, Director of Human Resources stated “Chef Lam was able to transform his enthusiasm for cooking and passion for life into everyday cooking. After the first class, employees couldn’t wait to try out their new recipes on their families.” This was truly a successful event.

Annemarie Abdo, SPH                                                                                                                         Human Resources Director Vitasoy USAVitasoy Sept 2013

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