Happy New Year! Celebrity Chef Recipes To Try in the New Year

Happy New Year!  We wish you a safe celebration tonight and a wonderful day tomorrow….and a year filled with good health, lots of laughs and great food!  Speaking of good food, here are my two favorite recipes from managedmoms.com that we posted in 2013.  If you are like me, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to cook more to save money and to help your family to eat well.  And lucky for me, I know several celebrity chefs since they cook on my morning show.  Chef Mark Tarbell and Chef Chuck Wiley were so nice to share these two amazing pasta recipes with managedmoms.com.  Take a look and try these meals that are family friendly.  Both adults and kids love these two amazing pasta recipes.  Click on the recipe links to go the recipes.  Bon Appétit!

Kid Friendly Veggie Pasta That Adults Love, Too

(Amazing recipe from Chef Chuck Wiley of the Hotel Valley Ho’s Cafe ZuZu)

orzoYou have got to try this recipe that is packed with yummy orzo pasta, fresh zuccinni, squash, asparagus, chicken and more.

Campenelle Pasta, Chicken Sausage, Organic Tomatoes & Peas Recipe

(Scrumptious recipe by Chef Mark Tarbell of Tarbell’s)


This yummy recipe features the family friendly campenelle pasta and delicious chicken sausage making every creamy bite satisfying and perfectly filling.

We hope you enjoying making and eating these two incredible recipes and I thank Chef Mark and Chef Chuck so much for allowing me to share these two terrific pasta dishes on managedmoms.com in 2013. We look forward to bringing you many more family friendly recipes in 2014.  If you have a family favorite that we can share, we always welcome recipe ideas.  Simply email to [email protected]

Happy New Year!  No go eat something good!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Pasta Recipe from TV Chef Charles Wiley!

Manic:  Me trying to come up with dinner ideas that include healthy veggies in the ingredients that my family will eat…and love, too!

Managed:  Remembering my favorite recipe that I watched Chef Charles Wiley from Cafe ZuZu at the Scottsdale Hotel Valley Ho prepare one day when I was doing our KTVK morning show.  I found the recipe, made it with lots of fresh veggies and chicken and my family loved it!  The recipe is called Lemon Chicken Orzo with Spring Vegetables and it is delicious! Even though it isn’t spring anymore, I was still able to get terrific veggies straight from my Farmbox program that Sunizona Family Farms provides, so this recipe is yummy right now, too!  Try it…

What You Need:

2 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 carrot, diced

1/2 lb. asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise, cut in 1 inch pieces, diagonally

1 small yellow squash

1 whole cooked chicken, boned and diced

1 cup orzo pasta, cooked al dente and drained

1 cup chicken broth

1 lemon, juice and zest

Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 cup basil leaves, sliced

3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

What You Do:

1.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of the butter, onion, garlic and carrot and saute until tender.

2.  Add the asparagus, zucchini and squash and saute briefly.  3.  Add the cooked chicken, cooked orzo pasta, broth and lemon.  Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, stirring until mixture begins to thicken.  4.  Stir in the remaining butter, 1/2 cup of the cheese and transfer to a serving bowl.  Sprinkle with the basil and pine nuts.  Serve with the remaining cheese and enjoy!

A few notes….I used too much Orzo…stick with the 1 cup that Chef Wiley has in the recipe.  My picture has too much pasta and not enough veggies shown because I accidentally used too much of the orzo.  I also omitted the pine nuts because my daughter is allergic to tree nuts, but I’ve had it with the pine nuts and it is really better with the pine nuts, although my family still loved the dish, I’m happy to report!

Done and yum!

I also highly recommend this dish with a good glass of Pinot Grigio Vino, too!