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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

Marsh & McLennan Agency Teams Up with Vitasoy & Glam Foods for Culinary Bootcamp!

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 AgencyMarsh & 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 USA         

                                                                                                        Vitasoy Sept 2013

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BEYOND STRONG® with Jessica R.®

Healthy Cooking Guest Chef German Lam on the Fitness Expert and TV talk show host Jessica Regnante (aka Jessica R.®) has spent over twenty years motivating people ages 8 to 98 with her infectious energy and upbeat style. Her mission: to help people embrace her BEYOND STRONG® lifestyle with innovative programs based on cutting-edge exercise science. Jessica’s trademark method is a fusion of results-driven functional fitness training, Pilates techniques, effective eating strategies and healthy living tips.

Gym Source

Gym Source has built more gyms for more people than any other company in the world. For 75 years we have developed a reputation as the leader in the fitness field. As America’s largest commercial distributor of fitness equipment, we serve a wide range of clients- from the Fortune 500 to the FBI, Equinox to the Oval Office, Dartmouth to Columbia. From Baltimore to Boston, New York to Naples, our proven commitment to our customers is unparalleled in the history of the fitness industry. With over 300,000 clients in all 50 States and over 50 countries, Gym Source is the recognized reliable authority.

Trainer Spotlight: Food Coach German Lam Teaches the “Art of Eating”

Our Trainer Spotlight series features fitness professionals we admire who make a dramatic difference in their client’s lives – and we are very excited to introduce Chef German Lam. Chef Lam is an award-winning chef and celebrated ‘food coach’ to many fitness enthusiasts. He is the founder and CEO of Glam Foods, LLC in Massachusetts.  His unique combination of expertise in the culinary arts and nutrition create a one-of-a-kind experience for his clients.

“Nobody else does what I do,” explains Chef Lam.  “My mission is to empower individuals to create a delicious, healthy lifestyle for themselves, their families and their friends. I have worked in five-star restaurants so I can show people how to plan, shop and prepare absolutely delicious healthy food. I don’t just offer a series of recipes, I offer a whole new way of thinking about food.”

Chef Lam graduated in 1986 from Newbury College with a degree in culinary arts and completed the prestigious American Culinary Federation Les Dames d’Escoffier apprenticeship program in 1990.  He worked in 5-Star Boston and Cleveland Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Harvard Club of Boston and Chatham Bars Inn. Additionally, he was executive chef at Mirabelle Restaurant located on Boston’s trendy Newbury Street and the Needham Sheraton Hotel. He has also served as the Executive Sous Chef at Marias Restaurant and Chef de Cuisine at the Charles Hotel.

Chef Lam’s transition from Top Chef to food coach was a very personal journey inspired by his family.  “When I had children I realized how important a healthy lifestyle is,” Lam says.  “I want to be able to teach my family how to cook and eat well.  Just like you want to raise children with discipline and structure – you should also give them the tools to prepare great food.”

Chef Lam passes this philosophy on to his clients. “Cooking forms a very personal connection with people.  I encourage my clients to cook with their families and friends.  You can take a dish from almost any cuisine and create a healthy version of that dish.  That’s what people should share with each other.”

Many of Chef Lam’s clients are fitness enthusiasts and enjoy working out, but may not know as much about fueling their body with great food.  He shows them how to control food just as they control their workout.  Adding healthy clean eating to their training creates long-term results.  “People are impatient and want a quick fix,” suggests Lam. “That’s not what I do. I encourage my clients to take a long view of this eating great food.  Healthy cooking is just like exercise, it’s a skill that keeps you well.  If you commit to it 100%, you’ll find you’ll be able to take any goal and dominate it!”

Chef Lam promotes “free style cooking,” which allows for improvisation and healthy meals even when there is little time to get dinner on the table. He shows people how to combine the luxury of the Ritz with the convenience of McDonald’s.  “I tell my clients they can cook twice a week and be done,” continues Lam. “Once I have given them the confidence and skills they need to prepare healthy food, they see how easy it can be – and the results speak for themselves!”

 

Ray Ciccolo’s Village Automotive Group  Launches Initiative to Keep Employees Healthy

Dealership Group Taking Steps to Provide Tools for a Healthier Lifestyle

Ray Ciccolo’s Village Automotive Group is taking steps to make sure employees at all their dealerships are leading happy, healthy lives by implementing various new programs to encourage employees to focus on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

As part of this initiative, Chef German Lam recently hosted a seminar for Village Automotive Group employees to showcase healthy eating tips. The employees left armed with valuable information and recipes for creating easy-to-make, nutritious food for work and home.

Chef Lam, founder and CEO of Glam Foods, LLC, brings years of cooking experience to teach people about the health and joy food can bring to life. Chef Lam orchestrates all types of cooking and food demonstrations in an attempt to build healthier eating habits. He offers services such as health conscious meal planning, recipes, cooking techniques, catering, and shopping for the best value.

Ray Ciccolo, President of Village Automotive Group says, “Our employees are our company’s biggest asset here, and enhancing their health and wellbeing benefits us, them and ultimately our customer base.”

Other wellness programs being implemented throughout the dealerships include a lunchtime walking program, in-house smoking cessation and online health assessments through Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The online assessments are available to both employees of Village Automotive Group and their spouses and target common issues including heart health, blood pressure and more. As added incentive, everyone who completes the online assessment receives a $25 gift card to the establishment of his or her choice.

Village Automotive Group Human Resources Director Debbie Dempsey adds, “We’re making it easier for employees to take charge of their health though easy-to-use tools and programs both at work and at home. Programs like these are a huge marketing tool to help us to attract new, seasoned talent who are in search of a work environment like we have at our dealerships.”

Village Automotive Group includes Boston Volvo Village in Brighton, Charles River Saab in Watertown, Cadillac Hummer Saab Village of Norwood, Hyundai Village of Danvers, Nissan Village of North Attleboro, Volvo Village of Norwell, and Honda Village of Newton Corner in MA. For more information on Ray Ciccolo and the Village Automotive Group visit www.villageautomotive.com.