The OC Chef's Table was a success this year, completely sold out and they raised over 1 million dollars in the effort to break the cycle of homelessness! This is the 11th annual charity event by the Illumination Foundation where the best chefs in the area come together for a magical evening. Our chefs Corey and Kristen contributed the Hors D'oeuvres. We can't wait to see what next year's event brings! Special thanks to Melissa's Produce and The Hood Kitchen Space for all of their help.
I’ve been cooking for a client on the Whole30 diet for months! When I first started I thought it would be a challenge. Most folks follow the diet for 30 days and then come off of it, but this has become a lifestyle for them and they are Whole30 for LIFE. It has become quite normal to me actually, I only shop in the meat & produce sections of Mother's Market! I make sure to carefully read the ingredients in all products for sugar and extra “non-Whole30” ingredients. I am shocked at how much junk and fillers are in some products that are labeled as “healthy” options.
Sheesh. Anyways, here is a great Whole30 meatball recipe! I love this recipe because I pair it with a bold Chimichurri sauce that is spicy and fresh, which helps to liven up the meatballs quite a bit.
2 Filets of salmon (6 to 8 oz. each)
2 Garlic cloves (minced)
1 Bunch of baby dill (finely chopped)
¼ Teaspoon garlic powder
¼ Teaspoon onion powder
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt to taste
Amanda Barrell from Medical News Today wrote the article “Is clove oil effective for toothache?”. She shares the enormous benefits of clove oil for people suffering from toothaches. Cloves and clove oil have been used in dentistry for many years. The chemical eugenol is found in cloves and used in medicines for toothache pain since the 1800s. Cloves have antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anesthetic properties.
1. Avocados ... For the brain! This superfood is loaded with the benefits ranging from protecting your heart to helping with digestion, but it’s also a great pick for improving your mood. Avocados are natural hormone balancers, making avocados the number one food to eat to feel happier.
2. Grapes ... Perfect take along snack, these powerful little fruits also make you feel better. They are packed with antioxidants, especially flavonoids, which have been found to affect mood positively.
3. Shiitake Mushrooms ... Vitamin B6 is what this little Asian variety brings to your mood. B6 impacts the production of serotonin and neurotransmitters, healthy B6 levels are associated with a positive mood and reducing stress naturally.
Cumin seed, the essential Indian spice that is an exotic addition to several dishes. I add this spice to my dish not only for an amazing flavor, but also for one of the many health benefits; cumin seed can assist you in weight loss.
Add a teaspoon of cumin seed to a glass of water and bring it to boil. Once the water changes color to brown, turn the stove off. Let it cool and pour yourself a glass of this delicious water. If your goal is to lose weight have an 8 ounce glass of this in the morning and again before dinner.
Sometimes I need a little extra help getting the recommended number of veggies into my diet. Around this time of year, I feel that happens more often, so during the beginning of the week I make sure to make up a batch of my spicy veggie blender gazpacho. I tried calling it a smoothie, but that brings to mind a sweet and fruity drink, which this blender juice decidedly is not. A cross between a drinkable gazpacho and a fresh V8, this vegetable juice packs a punch. Canned organic tomatoes contain lycopene and give the juice a rich, tomato base. Cucumber, celery, and herbs add freshness, while hot sauce and apple cider vinegar add zip. Blending the vegetable instead of juicing leaves all the beneficial fiber intact.
While meals cooked in the home are always the safest and healthiest ways to eat, sometimes we must eat out. Here are some tips to avoid picking up any illnesses when eating out for a business meeting, celebration, or a quick lunch.
The daily hustle and bustle of chef life can be very rewarding, yet very challenging at times. Food anatomy is everchanging and so many new trends and fad diets follow. From meal planning to fine dining, the key is to keep your clients engaged. Creativity, texture, and taste are important elements when creating a dish for either my client and also myself. In order for me to stay focused, I take my vitamins every morning and add in nutrients by eating the right foods. I have a cup of coffee with a scoop of collagen. After my vitamins, I have a banana or cup of oatmeal or piece of cheese. I was never much of a breakfast person, but I do indulge in lunch or snacks on the go like cherry tomatoes or a light salad. Then, for dinner I have either fish or a lean protein like chicken or beef with green vegetables like kale, spinach, or broccoli. Then off to a restful sleep. The next morning I’m up at it again checking emails and starting my day. Optimize and Monetize! Chef Life!
Today I want to talk about collagen. Unfortunately, as we age our bodies get depleted of so many nutrients and other vitally important things that keep us moving and happy with ourselves. Lacking in collagen hits home in a big way for me because I’ve always had beautiful skin, people have always commented on my skin, and now it’s what I dislike most about myself when I look in the mirror. I’ve been looking closely for a supplement to help me restore the collagen levels I need to improve elasticity, vibrancy, and hydration. I came across the top 10 collagen killers, which I will talk about, but first, here are some facts about collagen from Dr. Axe:
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