It’s SOUP Season!

Yes it is soup season. I as a chef do not make soup in the summer even the cold soups because no one wants to eat soup when it’s hot outside. The only time I will give it a pass is if you are sick. Then I understand.

My favorite memory that I have at one of the kitchens I was the chef at was in the summer. A few regular customers would get my servers attention and demand to talk to me. As I would walk into the dinning room, they would go in a rand and scold me for not having soup. Keep in mind it was 90 degrees with 100% humidity. I was always told the customer is always right.

Needless to say, I made soup for the regulars, I thought I was crazy to be making soup in 10000 degree hot summer day. I made two soups a chicken noodle and a tomato soup. I proudly went over to the group and told them I made not one soup but two. You would think the reaction would have been estatic but it was the opposite. They began to YELL at me and say they don’t like those soups. From that point on I decided not to make soups in the summer.

NOW with the brisk air and changing leaves. It is soup season, time for us to slurp up each tablespoon of comfort soup to break the chill from the inside and warm our hearts and cheeks with a nice bowl of soup. One of my favorite things to make is soup. Try one as an addition to a lunch or dinner.

Soups ON!!!


What is Whole 30?

If you are like me and have heard people talk about the “Whole 30” and just nodded your head and said yeah thats cool. Inside you just think what the heck is that. That was me! I had no idea what the whole 30 was, apparently the meals that I make now every week are compliant with the diet. Who knew right?! I decided to do some investigating of what exactly is the Whole 30. Now we can learn together, Knowledge is power.

What is Whole 30? And the rules.

  • You have to follow this diet for 30 days.
  • No alcohol in any form. So no cooking with wine, beer, or spirits.
  • No soy. Soy sauce, miso soup, tofu, tempeh, edamame. Great substitution is coconut aminos same taste as soy.
  • No baked goods, junk food, pancakes, waffles, pizza crust, cereal, French fries, tortillas or any potato made product.
  • Foods that need to be eliminated from your menu.
    • Sugar-no maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, etc.
    • Grains-quinoa, wheat, rye, oats, corn, rice, etc
    • Dairy-no cow, goat, or sheep milk products. Kefir, ice cream or frozen yogurt.
    • Legumes-no beans of any color and kind. No peanut butter, peas, chickpeas, lentils.

It may seem like a lot NO’s but its not as bad as it sounds once you have recipes and ideas to help with staying with the guidelines. Like buying meals from me 😉 to help with the stress.

Here are some OK things you can eat:

  • Fruit juice can be consumed if it has only natural sweeteners.
  • Green beans, sugar snap peas, snow peas
  • Vinegar-red wine, balsamic, apple cider and rice wine. No malt vinegar

That is what I learned about the Whole 30. You need to eat wholesome food. This is a great way to hit the “Reset Button”. If you are looking to drop some pounds not necessarily with digits on the scale more on how you look or feel in your clothes. This will be a great way to start.

I will start including a tab on my website to help people that are doing the Whole 30 with recipes and options of meals you can order for me following the guidelines.

Lets go 30 because it will help you live happier and healthier!!


Be PROUD

My last couple blogs I have written, have been about eating healthy. I hope I have not given you the impression that I am a skinny girl that weighs herself everyday. I’m not I don’t even own a scale to weigh people, I have one to weigh ingredients. I am a chef first and will always appreciate good food. If its steak with a foie gras compound truffle butter,”zoodles” with turkey meatballs, or a deep fried snicker. I will never judge, well maybe for a second.

One of the characteristics that I love about everyone I surround myself with is the fact that they enjoy food. I hate being around people that say “oh I’m watching my figure so I’ll just have a taste”. My reaction is always me rolling my eyes and in my head say “well more for me LOSER!”. jk all good, but it is really more food for me!

Moral of my rant is to be proud of who you are and how you eat. Respect your body because it is your temple. Remember that saying of “treat others how you would like to be treated” use that for yourself and enjoy life and enjoy the riches we have around us.

Eat up and be PROUD!


Discovering Protein Shakes…

Every time I hear someone suggest that I need a protein shake I giggle and say “um no thanks I don’t want to look like a body builder.” That is always my first thought of someone that has muscle on top of muscles. Little did I know protein shakes are: number one not chalky tasting and number two are good for you!

The brand I tried is so good, I actually take it to the next level by adding fruit and a splash of almond milk. I am in love with protein shakes for many reasons!

Here are the benefits of the brand of protein shakes I tried:

  1. 90 calories- Great for curbing your diet.
  2. 20 grams of protein from cranberries, rice bran.
  3. Helps to repair the little tears that happen when you workout. Faster recovery less sore body parts.
  4. Natural added vitamins like kelp, alfalfa, and ginseng.
  5. Naturally sweetened with stevia to provide better taste without the bad sugars.
  6. 20 vitamins and minerals for overall health.

Fun Add-Ins to protein shakes:

  1. FRUIT and Vegetables- I think any kind of fruit can really be added into the shake. Or spinach and kale.
  2. Greek yogurt
  3. Spices-cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla extract
  4. Almond Butter or peanut butter
  5. Change out the water for almond milk, coconut milk for soy milk
  6. Honey

(This list can go on forever!)

Spice it up to whatever you like. It doesn’t have to be the traditional protein shake. So shake it up!

 


EGGs 🍳

With my new way of eating, I have become an egg advocate. I eat about 5 eggs a day. Sounds crazy right?!? But it’s not when you see how I incorporate them into my diet.

I keep about 6 hard boiled eggs in my frig ready to go for snack time, put in a salad or to curb my appetite when I am getting HANGRY. The worse is when I’m super hungry and I am cooking, so its nice to eat that hard boiled egg to hold me over until the food is ready.

What benefits do we get from eggs you ask??

  1. High quality protein
  2. Vitamin B2, B6 and B12
  3. Vitamin D
  4. Zinc
  5. Iron
  6. Copper

Here is my tip of the day when you get that dozen of eggs take about 6 and make them hard boiled snacks that are ready to go. The more healthy foods you have ready to eat increases your ability to stay with the healthy eating habits.

My Perfect Hardboiled Egg

Place eggs in pot and cover with enough water that’s about an inch over the egg. Place pot on stove with high heat and put timer for 12 min. Let the eggs rumble in the pot. When timer goes off take off heat and put aside till cool in water and rise with cold water. Rinsing the shelled eggs in cold water helps to peel the eggs. You can peel eggs then or wait until you are ready to eat. Place in frig and boom you are ready!