The Whole30 program is very adaptable to flavorful, delicious, clean foods!  Here is what was on the menu this week for my longtime clients in Glen Ellyn.  I have been their personal chef for over ten years! Having flavorful foods stocked in their refrigerator makes clean eating very easy for them!

 

Lamb Chops with Cilantro Mint Vinaigrette

Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Green Beans with Pine Nuts

Thai Beef Curry with Vegetables 

Chicken Thighs Wrapped with Bacon and Herbs, Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Baby Broccoli,

Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa. Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower 

 

 

I have been making lots and lots of soups lately for my personal chef clients! Since during a typical cooking day, time doesn’t allow for making stocks from scratch, a great alternative I’ve been using is bone broth. They have great protein and a nice gelatinous body, like good chicken stock does. I started leaving it for my personal chef clients who workout regularly, as it’s a great way to get quick protein after the gym. But I discovered that my soups are so much delicious when I use bone broth nstead of regular broth! 

My new personal chef clients in Naperville are on the Keto diet. This week, I made lots of pan grilled steak.! Ribeye steaks for dinner, and filet mignon to slice for snacks, when they need a quick protein bite or two. Shredded roasted chicken, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Slow Cooked Short Ribs, Roasted Haricot Verts were also on the menu. They are stocked up for the next few days with great tasting healthy clean food to help them on their weightloss journey! As my client told me, “I don’t know how we could do it without a personal chef!”

My bi-weekly clients in Wheaton are on a clean eating regime! They are a busy family who wanted to eliminate the processed foods and junk from their diet, and having a personal chef is making things nice and smooth for them in this transition! This week I made Pan Grilled Lamb Chops, Asparagus with Pecans and Orange Zest, Roasted Baby Potatoes and three other dishes to make their lives easier and tastier! 

I am a weekly personal chef for a lovely couple in La Grange. They like to eat healthy, with lots of flavor and no processed ingredients. I cook for the with lots of protein and bright fresh vegetables.  I make an extra portion of each meal, and pack them up for his lunch, which makes it much easy for him to eat healthy at work, and avoid eating out so often. This week I made Thai Beef Curry with Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower, Oven Baked BBQ Ribs with Bacon Chipotle Baked Beans, Roasted Green Beans with Pine Nuts, Apricot Rosemary Glazed Chicken, Skinny Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus with Fennel Pollen. Eating fresh healthy food is helping him to lose weight and feel great! Eating well is so easy when you have a personal chef!

As a personal chef, I am always on the lookout for interesting seasoning blends, to elevate simple roasted vegetables, chicken or fish. One of my new favorites is Trader Joe’s Onion Salt. I had seen this, and passed it by, because I thought it was regular onion salt.  I then realized that it is a really great blend of different onions, including chives and scallions. I have been using it on simple roasted potatoes, on baked salmon filets, on asparagus and roasted green beans. Recently I used it for croutons, which was a nice addition! Dried bread cubes, slowly cooked in butter and olive oil, with some smashed garlic cloves, and a liberal sprinkling of this onion salt. Delicious. This was for my regular clients in Chicago who are a family of four. She’s a busy mom always looking for time saving tips. Having a personal chef helps her keep it all together, with two cute active toddlers! 

 

 

My longtime clients in Highland Park have used me as their personal chef for many years! They are currently on the Whole30 plan. In a nutshell, that means they are eating lots of meat, vegetables, fruit. Similar to a Paleo diet, the Whole30 plan includes no sugar, no legumes, no processed ingredients, no dairy. On this week’s menu was Balsamic Glazed Vegetables, Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin (tip: Walnuts do not stick to pork without something to hold the there. A sugar-free chutney would be perfect here.) I also made Banger Sausage Patties with Sweet Potato Mash and Caramelized Onions  (Delicious! One note: caramelized onions take a long time. Not 15 minutes! They have to be cooked very slowly, on low heat until they are caramelized, which can take 45 minutes or an hour and half or so.)  Watermelon  Salad, Whole30 Sloppy Joe Bowls, Chia Pudding, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Shepherd’s Pie, Chimichurri Beef Kabobs were also on the menu! I also stocked their refrigerator with Whole30 compliant snacks, such as Deviled Eggs, Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce, Shredded Roasted Chicken Breast and lots of cut up raw vegetables! They always tell me how much easier Whole30 is to follow when you have a personal chef!

 

 

I have been blessed to cook for some wonderful retirees in Riverside for several years! They love American standard comfort food: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Apple Pie, etc! On this week’s menu for them, I made Oven BBQ Meatballs, Lasagna, Oven Fried Chicken, and Blueberry Cobbler (I have used this recipe a million times from Epicurious. It’s called “Bill’s Blueberry Cobbler” and it’s really great; probably due to the large amount of butter! It makes it so crispy around the edges!)  I always try to make a few nice fresh vegetables for the Mrs. (the Mr. only likes one vegetable: canned green beans! Which I am more than happy to make him!) But for her, I make simple, but unusual vegetable sides like Asparagus with Fennel Pollen and Pine Nuts, Zucchini and Summer Squash with Brown Butter and Rosemary, Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Roasted Grape Tomatoes. 

One of my new weekly personal chef clients is a lovely family in Downers Grove. They have an adorable three year old, and are expecting another baby. They love family style cooking. It’s so much fun to cook for an expectant mom with cravings! This week, she had a taste for a sweet and salty dessert. She saw a recipe on Pinterest that sounded good to her: Chocolate Chip Potato Chip Cookies.  Her daughter’s special request this week was Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies! Also on the menu were Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Hashbrown Casserole (Yum! To me, this is Christmas Morning kind of food. I love cooking this way to help an expectant mom satisfy her craving!). I have such a great mix of clients, it makes my job as a personal chef so fun! Some are super healthy (Paleo, Whole30, low carb, no sugar…) Some are seniors who need a personal chef to make them simple comfort food and some, like this family just need a personal chef to cook as a time-saver on the nights they would rather relax!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am so grateful to be able to be a personal chef for one of my newest clients, who is going through treatment for a serious illness. She doesn’t always have much of an appetite, but the first day I cooked for her I got a nice text message from her sister saying she ate all of her dinner for the first time in a long time! On this week’s menu, (She also happens to have Celiac disease, so everything is Gluten-free!)  I made Tahini Roasted Vegetables, Venetian Chicken and Rice Soup with Lemon and Parsley, Indian Butter Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower with Mustard Seed and Turmeric, Mixed Berry Cobbler, Pan Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary, and lots of healthy snacks like Granola bars and Hummus to help her keep her strength up!