I work as a personal chef in Naperville, and one of my clients just accepted a job that takes her out of town frequently. Of course, she is thrilled, but wants her family to eat well while she’s away on business trips. Naturally, that’s where I come in! 

We decided to kick things off by doing a few meal prep Sundays together.  Being that she had some family favorite recipes, it was my job to go shopping for the ingredients. After that, I  spent the day cooking some of these favorite tried-and true recipes!  (Of course, we maintained social distance, and the kitchen was well ventilated; we were both wearing masks as well!)  As a result, I was able to make several dinners with side dishes for her family to pop in the oven and heat very easily. 

Needless to say, her family will miss her when she is traveling, but the house will smell great in the evenings, and they will all get to eat homemade meals. This is such a relief to her and gives her a peace of mind to know everyone is eating good healthy food in her absence!  

Let me give you an example of what I am making each week for this family:

This Week’s Menu

  • Individual Turkey Meatloaf with Smashed Redskin Potatoes and Haricots Vert.
  • Pan Grilled Skirt Steak with Bacon Chimichurri, Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Broccolini.
  • Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower
  • Mixed Greens Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Oat and Date Bars 
  • Brownies! Lots of Brownies! 


I also decided that as an unexpected treat, I would make a big batch of snack mix, since the kids were having friends over! I made Chex Mix and Puppy Chow, and put them in individual containers. That way,  all of the kids could share snacks, while staying safe in the backyard.

It is my mission to make this mom’s life easier while she transitions into this new job and hectic busy life! It is my job as her personal chef to help her do just that!