My family that I do in-home cooking for in Elmhurst like to practice healthy eating, but occasionally they like a splurge just for the fun of it. I made lots of healthy food for this week, including Cod Veracruz, Basque Style Chicken Breasts, Paleo Pot Roast, and lots of interesting roasted vegetables. They asked for one decadent dessert, so I made individual flourless molten chocolate cakes. 

 

 

I recently got a call from a man looking for a personal chef in Oakbrook. He is a single guy, works a lot, loves good food, and eating out all of the time is taking it’s toll. He is having me cook weekly for him, mostly Keto and Paleo to help with his weight loss and health goals. Pictured is Pan Grilled Skirt Steak with Bacon Chimichurri.

 

Today I cooked as a personal chef in Naperville for a large family with eclectic tastes! Included in the menu today was: 

Peruvian Chicken Breasts with Aji

Pan Grilled Hanger Steaks with Spicy Bourbon Glaze, Skinny Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Buffalo Pork Chops

Crudites with White Bean Tahini Dip

Date Fig Almond Coconut Balls

 

I also made some after school snacks for the kids! They liked the Chorizo Nachos with Queso and Jalapenos.

 

My clients that I work as a personal chef in Wheaton for, are on a new clean eating kick! I am making very flavorful, bright dishes to help them reach their weight loss and health goals! Lots and lots of vegetables, lean meats, and healthy carbs make it easy for them to maintain the energy they need to get to the gym every day. They have busy lives and a busy family, and having a personal chef is helping them manage!

 

 

I am a personal chef in Elmhurst on a weekly basis for a lovely couple who have decided they want to try the Weight Watchers program after too much holiday indulgence! Their new program will be nice and smooth, now that their refrigerator is stocked full of healthy choices. Included this week on their menu, was Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry, Tuscan Sausage and Bean Soup, Herb Roasted Lamb Chops, Mediterranean Chicken Breasts, Healthy Greek Nachos, Asian Zucchini Noodles, Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Butternut Squash, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Low Carb Lemon Cottage Pancakes, Bacon Egg Zucchini and Cheese Muffins, Chocolate Fudge Cookie Bites, and Chocolate Cakes with Vanilla Cream.

 

“Why does your food taste so good?” That was one of the most unusual, sincere compliments I recently received from my clients who I cook for as a personal chef in Naperville. He is the dad in a busy household full of teenagers and pre-teens. They wanted me to make regular weeknight meals; comfort food that the kids would love. One of the dishes I made was BBQ Meatballs. The dad thought, “Oh. Ok, that will probably be good, but nothing special.” He said he wasn’t expecting them to be so good. As a personal chef, I am always trying to bring my cooking to the next level, even if it’s a humble dish like meatloaf,  BBQ meatballs, or mashed potatoes. One of the ways I do this is by thinking how I can add Umami to a dish. If you’re not familiar with the term, it is a category of taste (in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter) that is almost undefinable. It is what makes you say “Mmmm” when you eat. It adds a depth and richness. Some items with natural umami are beef, mushrooms, cooked tomatoes, mushrooms and anchovies. There are lots of Umami items on the market now; mushroom powders, roasted tomatoes. I love thinking of ways to take the food to the next level and my personal chef clients seem to love it too!

“Fish sauce!  You put it in the meatloaf!?” Yes. I certainly did. I put it in the meatloaf. I know; it sounds crazy. Just trust me. 

As a personal chef, I am looking for ways to add complexity to a dish. To deepen the flavors. To make you say “Mmm. Why is this so good?” when you taste it. I don’t want it to be unfamiliar. Just better. Having read extensively about Umami, I am looking for ways to add it to dishes where you normally wouldn’t find it. I have worked as a personal chef in Glen Ellyn for a lovely family who loves good comfort food, but with a healthy flavorful slant. They love this meatloaf. Lots of aromatics, reduced tomato paste, a mix of meats, and a tiny bit of fish sauce make it really delicious. 

I cook for a lovely lady in Burr Ridge who is in her mid eighties; she always wants a large portion to share, so that when her son visits, they can have a nice easy dinner by just heating it up. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and she loves stick to your ribs comfort food. This week I made Chicken Pot Pie, Mississippi Roast, BBQ Shredded Pork and Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken.

 

 

My single guy client in Hinsdale is an avid exerciser, and works very long hours. He eats Paleo, and likes lots of protein. Each time I cook for him, I leave him a nice big portion of pan grilled filet mignon to snack on throughout the week after his workouts. I also cook shredded chicken breast, hard boiled eggs, mini lamb chops as well as lots of fresh roasted vegetables. All he has to do is heat and eat to keep his energy up! Having healthy options that his personal chef made makes his healthy lifestyle very manageable, even with his busy schedule. Helping busy people eat well is very rewarding for this personal chef!

 

 

 

 

My couple that needed a personal chef in Hinsdale asked for lots of spice, tons of flavor, very healthy food. (And nachos and brownies for the kids!)

This week I made for them:

Halibut with Thai Curry Coconut Sauce

Roasted Haricot Verts with Cherry Tomatoes

Basmati Rice

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Short Grain Brown Rice with Ginger and Garlic

Sauteed Asparagus and Snow Peas

Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Black Beans, Quinoa and Queso

North African Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

Mixed Greens Salad with Fig Vinaigrette

Nachos

Brownies

Eating healthy at home is much easier with a personal chef that comes to your home!