Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Dirty Dozen List for 2017

The Evironmental Working Group has posted the Dirty Dozen List.  See the list here.  And, now they have a new Healthy Living App to help you buy better products and personal care items.

Living in Michigan makes it hard to buy 100% organic produce.  However, over the last couple of years, I have seen the inventory increase dramatically.  When I can’t get produce organic, I wash produce in a water and vinegar solution.  It removes 98 percent of surface pesticides and bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.

Below is the list with the most pesticide residue.  If you eat any produce from this list, I would recommend always buying organic.

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
Do you use the EWG's list or app when shopping?  Let me know by posting a comment.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Personal Chef Cook Day 02/02/17

Happy Sunday!!

I was looking back to see what interesting foods I cooked this month and I found three foods I have never shared before.

When I cook meals for my clients, I try my best to make them look great, taste wonderful and make them something they have never had before.

Here is a picture menu of three new dishes:



Thai Peanut Chicken with Sweet Potato Noodles


Gluten-Free Savory Amaranth Fritters



Thai-Poached Beets


Post a new recipe you have made.  

Thanks for reading and posting.




Sunday, February 5, 2017

Personal Chef Cook Day 01/05/17

My clientele is very diverse, and no two are alike.  By which I mean, a few have no special dietary restrictions but most have many restrictions.  They want to use food as medicine to overcome what is ailing them, but they don't know how.  That is why they come to me.  Food is medicine because I've seen it work first hand.

Here is a picture menu:



Shakshuka North African Chicken Thighs 


Cumin Chicken Thighs with Squash, Fennel, and Grapes


Gluten-Free Chicken Thighs Piccata


Are you using food as medicine?  If so, please post what you are doing to heal your body.

Thanks for reading and posting.



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Personal Chef Cook Day 10/17/16

I have been cooking a ton of soups this past fall to keep my clients warm.

Here are the top four requests.




Immune-Boosting Roasted Red Pepper Soup



African Curried Coconut Soup


Italian-Style Chicken Stew



Tuscan Chicken with White Beans and Garlic Soup

What is your favorite soup?  Mine is Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup. 
Thanks for posting.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Personal Chef Cook Day 09/13/16

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  

To start off the new year, I wanted to post some great vegan meals I made for two of my clients.



Sweet Potato and Kohlrabi Fritters



Vegan Curried Brussel Sprouts



Vegan Sautéed Yellow Squash with Red Peppers


The best thing I love about cooking vegan, is the chance to use vegetables as the main dish.  Let's face it, we all need to eat more vegetables.

This year I am challenging myself to eat two meatless meals a day.  Do you have a food New Year's resolution?  If so, post it!  

Thanks for reading!






Sunday, December 4, 2016

Personal Chef Cook Day 08/30/16

I enjoy cooking for all my clients, especially vegans.  It is so thrilling to take plants and vegetables make them so incredibly tasty.  

Here are some meals I have been cooking...



Potato and Cauliflower Curry with Peas



Indian-Spiced Rice Pilaf with Dates and Parsley


Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

What is your favorite vegan entree, side dish or dessert?  Thanks for reading.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Personal Chef Cook Day 08/16/16

Happy Sunday!

Today is 75 degrees instead of the 90's we have been having all summer!  

As I sit on my deck enjoying this lovely weather, I decided to post the lasted vegan and gluten-free pictures from last week.  

Vegan Gluten-Free Fetticcine No-Alfredo with Broccoli

(The sauce was made from cauliflower and coconut milk.)


Gluten-Free Moroccan-Spiced Chickpea Soup  


Vegan Vegetable Curry


I hope this inspires you to eat more plants.  If it does, post me a picture of what you made.  Make it a GREAT week.  Thanks for reading.