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Homemade & Gourmet ..in 20 min or less!

teacher avatar Debbie Sipowicz

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Ingredients for Secret Sauce

    • 4. Making the Secret Sauce

    • 5. Ingredients for Chicken Quesadilla

    • 6. Making the Chicken Quesadilla

    • 7. Make Dinner Beautiful

    • 8. Using Leftover Sauce

    • 9. Using Leftover Chicken Bones

    • 10. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


This class teaches you an easy way to create a homemade gourmet meal in 20 minutes or less. The class project is a simple sauce that can be used in many ways to make putting together a tasty meal a snap. No experience necessary but the class is not only for beginners. It's for anyone who wants to start making more homemade delicious meals but doesn't want to spend a lot of time doing it.

I love food! And in one form or another have been cooking my whole life. Before kids I did a lot of entertaining. With small kids I cooked a lot of family dinners. Now, with older kids and a lot more time on my hands I (ironically) don’t want to spend all my time in the kitchen!

I do however love to eat well and by that I mean healthy, fresh, delicious and homemade. Over the years, I have lots of tips and tricks for making food that feels and tastes like that (homemade & gourmet)- without spending hours in the kitchen.

In this class I’ll walk you through a sample of how I do that. We’ll take some simple ingredients and turn it into a healthy gourmet meal in a matter of minutes. Plus I’ll show you ways to use the leftovers so you can make multiple meals from the same ingredients.

This is a great class for any level cook. It’s simple enough for a complete beginner while at the same time not too basic for even the most seasoned cook.

I believe everyone should have a simple ‘wow’ meal that takes minutes to prepare. That’s what we’ll be learning in this class.

Meet Your Teacher

Debbie Sipowicz, is a Speaker, a Coach and the co-creator of 'Art of Being Powerful Retreats'; for women ready to go beyond wondering 'What's next for Me?' and step into their own power and greatness.

She is also a certified food-lover and teacher of healthy gourmet food classes. She loves helping anyone discover the lost art of homemade cooking.

Debbie has a Masters Degree from Cornell University, a Bachelors from the University of Michigan, and a Health Coaching Certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Debbie Sipowicz and I love to cook, but probably more important than that is that I also really love to eat and not and and eat really well. I love healthy gourmet, homemade, fresh, simple foods and because I've been a cookers in the kitchen practically my whole life, I know I could eat that way pretty easily, but I also know that the way I cook has changed over the years before I had kids. I used to entertain a lot with the big dinner parties and that kind of thing. Superfund. And when my kids were little and growing up, I snow. I spent a lot of time making family meals, and that was really fun to. And now that my kids are older, I've got two teenage boys. I find that I've got a lot more time on my hands, and I also know that I don't want to spend all that time cooking. I've got, um I've got a lot of things I want to do with my life. Now that I have some new phone freedom, I also know I wanna eat really well, I know I do. My share of stopping at whole foods on the way home and getting some prepared foods something like that, and I am the ungrateful to have access to that in my life. But I also know that that could get really tiring. And sometimes I just want a homemade meal and I want to do it really quickly. And what I've learned over the years are a few tricks, too, making, ah homemade gourmet meal pretty quickly, using some ingredients that air fully homemade and some that are not but not resorting to eating out of a box. And that's why I decided to make this video course because when I would really like to do is bring back the art of homemade cooking. You can have a really delicious meal in a short amount of time. And there so many advantages to eating homemade meal, uh, not least of which is all that love that gets infused, so I hope you enjoy it. I look forward to seeing what you come up with, and I look forward to hearing your comments as well 2. Class Project: So today's homemade meal is the chicken case idea with this very special sauce, and what's special about the sauce is not only does it taste delicious, but you can use it for multiple meals, and that's the whole idea. Behind homemade cooking in 20 minutes or less is that you can use the same set of ingredients, combine them in different ways and have multiple meals in no time at all. So I hope you enjoy it. Leave comments below and I can't wait to see what you come up with. 3. Ingredients for Secret Sauce: to make this sauce. It's really just a few ingredients. I'm gonna take a bunch of cilantro and I like a big bunch. Um, and cilantro is great for so many reasons. It's a great detoxify here. I'm gonna have one jalapeno, and I like a fairly big one. I'm gonna cut it up, minced the jalapeno and take the seeds out some lime, the juice from a couple of lines, one avocado. And this should be a fairly ripe avocado. They're sweeter when they're riper, and they're just a lot easier to work with. And then to that, I'm going to add a little bit of sour cream, a little bit of mayonnaise and just a little bit of sugar and some cayenne pepper. 4. Making the Secret Sauce: first thing I'm gonna do is get the juice from a couple of lines, and I like this handy little tool. I don't know what is called but great for getting juice out of Citrus. You're living food processor going to cut my avocado, but I regret the whole bunch of cilantro. Let's tear off the end to cut the jalapeno. You're going to want to be a little careful and just make sure you wash your hands really good afterwards because I could touch your eyes or something. Accidentally after you take the seeds out and to call it will really, really sting. So I just like to scrape the seeds out. It doesn't matter if you have a few extra seats, you want to get most of them out. It will be way too hot. Okay, then I'm going to add sour cream. That's about 1/4 of a cup of sour cream mayonnaise that's about a tablespoon of mayonnaise about a tablespoon of sugar. I'm gonna add two cloves of garlic minced pincher, two of sea salt, and I like the simile insult. I think it it's because it retains some of the minerals you definitely don't want to use table salt because that in the processing of table salt, they remove all the minerals and then just a little bit of cayenne. And this is probably about an eighth of a teaspoon, and the thing with Cayenne is that it will get hotter as it sits. So if you make this sauce and let it sit in the refrigerator for a day or so, um, it will be hotter tomorrow, So you want to keep that in mind when you're making it. Now that everything's in the food processor, all I do is turn it on and mix it up for about five minutes or so until it's really well combined thing. You just have this smooth green cilantro sauce. And, of course, if it's too sweet, you can add more cilantro if it's if you want it creamy, or you can add another avocado. If it's not hot enough, you can add some are cayenne. Um, it's really, really flexible, but it's delicious on Chicken case idea, which we're going to make next 5. Ingredients for Chicken Quesadilla: today, I'm gonna make chicken case ideas with the special sauce we made in the last segment then and for chicken case ideas. I use corn tortillas, these air organic corn tortillas. And the reason I do that is because I try to go gluten free, gluten free whenever I whenever is possible. And these corn tortillas air naturally gluten free. You want to make sure and get organic, though, because corn has a lot of stuff going on. And, um, if you get organic, you'll you'll also know they're not. They don't have GMOs, but that's a talk for another day. So the first thing I do is go get a chicken from a roasted chicken from the deli department at the grocery store. And I do that because it saves me a lot of time. And obviously you could do the roasted chicken yourself. You could make these case ideas with leftover chicken, but because I want to do things relatively quickly and still really good, this is a great alternative, and the only other thing I'm gonna put in there is that some cheese and I like, I said earlier, try to avoid dairy when I can but I and so you can definitely make these chicken case ideas without dairy. But I like a little cheese in mine. And this one happens to be moderate, Jack, or you want some cheese? That's kind of creamy. Of course, any cheese will do. 6. Making the Chicken Quesadilla: today, I'm gonna make chicken case ideas with the special sauce we made in the last segment I'm gonna make to case ideas right now. You can see I've already cut up the chicken. Makes it handy, and that's normally what I do when I buy a roasted chicken, I will just chop it up and leave it chopped up in the refrigerator to make it weeknight dinners Really easy. I just go ahead and put the chicken on here just as much as you like, and then I just cover it with this grated cheese. But I just cover these and a little butter on each of the tortilla tops, and you also could use something other than butter like grapeseed oil or something like that, which would probably be a little better for you. But I think they have more flavor when you use better. So I've got a pan here that's heated already. It's a non stick pan on. I use in butter side down. You want to make sure the pan is hot enough, so you hear that sizzle when you first put them in. When then something I like to do is take my big soup pot and just put it right on top. That way you really get the cheese all nice and melted and it cooks a little quicker. So these air done now because they're golden brown on top and all the cheese is melting, starting to come out. Besides, these look and smell delicious. They're golden brown and ready to eat with my special green cilantro avocado sauce. And in the next segment, I'm gonna show you how to played it, because presentation counts. 7. Make Dinner Beautiful: 8. Using Leftover Sauce: so yesterday we made the secret sauce, which was great on case ideas, and it also makes a lot. So you probably will have extra, um, that you can keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can use it for all kinds of things, including salads and sandwiches. And today I'm gonna show you one of my favorite ways to use some leftover sauce. 9. Using Leftover Chicken Bones: Another great thing about making homemade meals is that you always have leftovers. I tend to buy roasted chickens from the grocery store a lot just to save myself some time. And when I do that, I take all the chicken off the bones, chop it up and leave it in a container in the refrigerator. And what I'm left with are the bones. No, I don't like to waste anything in the kitchen, even the bones. So what I'm gonna show you how to do today is make a really simple soup stock, and I can tell you that I always have soup stock in my freezer because it's great to pull out when you're making soups, of course. But you can also use it as a base for making something like rice or keen wah. And it just adds that extra boost of nutrients, but also an extra boost of flavour. And like I said, it's really easy to throw together. And that's what I'm gonna show you how to do right now, we're gonna use chicken bones personally, some onion, carrots and celery. Oh, I'm going to do is throw everything into the pot 10. Final Thoughts: so few final thoughts before I wrap everything up. And first, I just want to acknowledge you for taking the time to take the class, and hopefully you've learned something new. And secondly, just to say that there, you know, cooking, like anything else is a skill. It takes some time toe learn. It takes some time to ramp up, Um, but I feel like it's really a skill worth learning. It's funny because it's eating is something we do every single day. And because of that, um, it's really easy to take it for granted. Sometimes it's especially in the world we live in. It's easy to stop somewhere and get a grab and go or just eat on the run or eat in the car or something like that and not really taking the time to sit down and have a proper meal. And I'm not even advocating for it every single day. But I am advocating for taking some time sometime to make yourself a homemade meal and sit down and enjoy it, because here's what I know for sure from years and years of cooking is that that food has an energy and you infuse that energy in your body every time you eat it. So if you're eating out of a box, you're not getting the same energy as you get if you're eating something that was made with love. So it's funny. In a way. I view cooking as a way of self love and self care, just like going to the gym or getting some fresh air, anything that any of those things we do to stay healthy. I would love to leave you with an encouragement, to try at any opportunity to take some time to cook a meal. Thanks so much for watching and until next time, enjoy every last bite.