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Ask An Orange County Chef: Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is a time of year when you are wearing your elastic waist pants or unbuckling the belt a couple of notches to feast upon a family meal where a giant turkey is the centerpiece. That turkey also comes with endless side dishes. And then there is dessert, traditional pumpkin pie and depending on your cultural background even more. Chef Joe Youkhan is sharing three recipes that you can use to lessen your calorie count at your Thanksgiving feast without sacrificing flavor.
Chef Joe Youkhan
Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon
P.O. Box 832
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
(949) 357-7020
chefjoeyoukhanstastingspoon.com

Chef Joe Youkhan is a culinary genius when it comes to putting flavors together. He has always had a passion for food: growing up with home-cooked family meals from his Nana, cooking with his father who was also a chef in New York, and then moving to California where he worked his way up the culinary ladder and became Executive Chef of Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel’s Special Events / Catering Division. In 2010, he decided to start up his own catering business and food truck, Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon, providing Italian street food via the food truck and catering services from home intimate dining experiences to weddings and large corporate events. On January 21, 2014, he began the new year as one of Food Network’s Chopped Champions.

In recent months, Chef Joe received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Along with his training and weight loss, he has been eating healthier. His Assyrian background has roots with the Mediterranean diet which has many health benefits and he wanted to share some recipes you can use to lighten your Thanksgiving spread this year.

Charred Eggplant Baba Ganoush

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Grilled Sumac Butter Flatbread

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Veggie Fonduta

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Related: Ask An OC Chef: Top Tasty Pumpkin Dishes

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