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  • SECRETS SERVED: Filet with Primavera Risotto

    Ingredients: • 6 oz filet • Steps: 1. Season both sides of the filet with black pepper and kosher salt 2. Place the filet on a hot broil grill 3. Heat olive oil in sauté pan 4. Add diced onions, diced red peppers, diced green peppers, asparagus tips and diced squash 5. Add chicken stock and risotto base 6. Cook until risotto has a creamy consistency Plating: 1. Place risotto in center of plate 2. Place filet on top of […]

  • SECRETS SERVED: Johnny’s Dijon Encrusted Sea Bass

    Steps: 1. Heat olive oil in hot sauté pan 2. Season sea bass with cracked black pepper and kosher salt 3. Place fleshy side down in pan to get the outside of sea bass crisp before placing in the oven 4. After outside is crisp, apply Dijon mustard coat to fish 5. Add light coat of herb bread crumbs over the top of the fish 6. Place in the oven Creamed smashed potatoes: 1. Heat cream sauce in pan 2. […]

  • SECRETS SERVED: Johnny’s Steak and Chicken Duo with a Vodka Cream Sauce

    Ingredients: • 8 oz chicken breast • 7 oz certified angus beef top sirloin • Provolone cheese • Prosciutto • Herb bread crumb mix • Red onion • Cherry tomatoes (halved) • Vodka • Marinara • Basilico sauce • Cream • Bacon • Asparagus Steps: Chicken – 1. 8 oz chicken breast 2. Black pepper and kosher salt seasoning 3. 2 slices of provolone cheese and 2 slices of prosciutto 4. Roll the breast up – keep the breast as […]

  • SECRETS SERVED: Johnny’s Cavatappi with Black Olives and Feta Cheese

    Ingredients: • Olive oil • Black olives • One lemon • Cherry tomatoes • White wine • Feta cheese • Whole butter • Parmesean cheese • Cavatappi pasta • Parsley • Basil • Salt, cracked black pepper • Cracked red pepper Steps: 1. Heat olive oil in hot sauté pan and add fresh garlic and cherry tomatoes 2. Add black olives, cracked red peppers, zest of lemon 3. Cook until cherry tomatoes are tender 4. Deglaze with white wine 5. […]

  • SECRETS SERVED: Johnny’s Angel Hair with Scallops

    Ingredients: • Olive oil • Sea scallops • Garlic • Cherry tomatoes (halved) • Lemon juice • White wine • Arugula • Parmesan cheese • Feta Cheese • Angel Hair pasta • Parsley • Basil • Salt, cracked black pepper • Cracked red pepper Steps: 1. Heat olive oil in a hot sauté pan 2. Season sea scallops with salt and cracked black pepper 3. Place scallops in the oil. 4. Once the scallops caramelize on one side, flip them […]

  • SUCCESS STORY: Two friends who hoped to be on the Biggest Loser work together to shed the pounds

    Lyndee Underbakke and Molly Fairchild have been friends for years. So when Lyndee got engaged, there was no doubt Molly would be in her wedding. “It started out as a quest for the dress,” says Lyndee. As if the quest to find the perfect dress isn’t hard enough, it was that much more difficult for Lyndee and Molly because nothing fit. “I was gonna have to lose something to be in the wedding,” says Molly. Weight has been a problem […]

  • SUCCESS STORY: Erin & Sonya catch up with a Channel 13 co-worker who has found a way to drop the pounds while still doing what he likes

    This week we have another success story to share with you. It features Will Frazier, one of our colleagues here at Channel 13. We had no idea he had a weight loss story to share until he commented on our workout segments and said, “Oh yeah, I’ve lost almost 100 pounds.” WHAT?!? Right away, we started asking Will to share his story with all of you. “It wasn’t until high school that I really let it go…I didn’t think it […]

  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Sonya and Erin put in their mouth guards and ruck their way through a rugby practice

    If you’re looking for a fun way to burn off a lot of calories and blow off a lot of steam — why not join a team? “We encourage anyone… any shape, size, interest to come out and give it a shot!” Jeff McHenry is a member of the Des Moines Men’s Rugby Club and also helps coach the women. When the team invited us to visit a practice, we said “Sure!” and at first, it seems like it’s something […]

  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Erin & Sonya join co-worker Lynn Melling for a post-baby workout designed to drop those stubborn pounds

    From a lack of time and sleep, to too many hormones and diapers — new moms have a lot to juggle. Oftentimes, exercising is not on the “to do” list but it should be. “I think that’s what’s so hard with a new baby,” says Channel 13’s Lynn Melling, “you feel like you can’t leave him or her, and where do you find the time?!?” This workout shows you how to get started, and how to whip that post-baby body […]

  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Erin and Sonya put their arms to the test in a tough pushup workout

    This week’s workout takes us back outside for a brutal workout. “I’m going to have you do P90X core synergistics,” says Rebecca Ingham. Our response to that is “Huh?” Think Boot Camp, with an emphasis on core, and more variations of push ups than we’ve ever seen! “We do it here at Lion’s Park or the Urbandale track and I’ll make them run bleachers,” Rebecca says with a sly grin. For us, she turns the park gazebo into a workout […]

  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Erin and Sonya groove to the music during a Body Jam class

    Sometimes it just doesn’t seem right to use the word “workout” when the exercise we’re doing feels more like playing. “You get into the music and the dancing and the next thing you know the hour is over!” That’s how instructor Kristin Johnson describes Body Jam and once the class starts we start to understand. “It’s just dancing,” she hollers, “wherever you like to dance. A club, a wedding reception, in your bedroom with the lights off!” During this cardio […]

  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Erin & Sonya get a chance “play” through a workout with Kidz Pump

    A lot of times adults don’t give kids enough credit. For instance, Emily Allen knows exactly why it’s important for her to be at the “Kidz Pump” class at Altoona Campus. “Well, I don’t go outside and play very much so this is a way to get exercise!” Getting active is more important than ever – in the last thirty years, the number of obese children in the United States has more than doubled. “My goal, because I love kids, […]