Chef Abby is going live on Facebook to demonstrate how to make a few favorite recipes! She is making "As Good As a Greek Restaurant Hummus", "Vegan Mayonnaise", and "Homemade Pita Chips".
Cooking demos are a great way to learn how to cook new things in the comfort of your home. You can watch the chef cook and then try it or you can cook alongside (with the blessing of being able to pause, rewind, and rewatch as much as necessary!).
Read more for the recipes and leave a comment on this blog and tell us at Whole Health Everyday about your experience cooking with Chef Abby or any future cooking demos you would like to see!
Looking for an immune-boosting recipe?
Chef Rebecca has a recipe that utilizes spirulina - a powerhouse ingredient that has inflammation-fighting properties, which as we learned in Chef Paige's "Support Your Immune System" blog, helps bolster our immune systems! It's also a great antioxidant and contains high levels of protein and vitamins.
You have more control over whether you get sick or not than you may think. Year round, it is important to be incorporating actions that support and build a healthy immune system while protecting you from the harmful bacteria we come into contact with on a daily basis. Now, especially, it is time to check in with yourself and ask if you are doing everything you can to prevent illness, and I am not talking about buying out the entire shelf of hand sanitizer and Lysol at the grocery store and hoarding toilet paper. I am talking about protecting yourself from the INSIDE out. Because your immune system is largely controlled by your gut health, and no matter the preventative measures you may lather on your body topically, if you don’t have that gut health/strong immune system as your foundation, you are more susceptible to becoming ill.
Luckily, it is very easy to change your own gut health by consuming certain foods and avoiding a few others.
What inspired you to get into health and wellness cooking?
The first time it clicked for me that food is medicine, I was 18 years old. For months I had NO energy, and looking back on my diet of cereal, frozen pizzas and fast food, it’s no wonder why. The doctor said, “No problem, take these supplements”. But the supplements made me sick, which only made the situation worse. I had to figure out a way to get my iron through food, so I started doing research. I found out spinach, broccoli, and lentils are all high in iron, so I made a soup highlighting those ingredients and ate that for about a week. I started having eggs, toast, and fresh fruit for breakfast in the morning instead of Lucky Charms. I stopped getting fast food for dinner and started learning how to cook for myself without cooking something from a box. It wasn’t long before I felt energized again. I was utterly amazed at the difference the right foods could make. I didn’t know it at the time, but this experience was the catalyst for my culinary career.
Chef Dan has a recipe that is exploding with flavor and nutrition! Broccoli falafels are made with a broccoli slaw to make a healthy twist on a Middle Eastern favorite. Then, his spicy harissa and dill yogurt sauce top off this gyro wrap for a meal you'll be coming back to. Try out this recipe and let us know what you think!
The Olives Branch restaurant is a bit of a hidden gem if you are looking for freshly prepared, authentic Lebanese food. Located in San Juan Capistrano on Rancho Viejo rd., it is a tucked away from the bustle of the San Juan Capistrano Mission District, with plenty of parking available.
Butter can be a point of tension when starting a new diet. If you're going dairy-free or reducing fat, but you need butter for cooking or baking, what can you do? Chef Rebecca has crafted a butter-less butter recipe that is so tempting and desirable, people are making the switch regardless of diet choices!
Let’s start off by getting one thing straight, CBD (cannabidiol) is not Marijuana, although it does come from the marijuana plant (a male plant not female). It will not get you “high” as it doesn’t have THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the main ingredient that gives the psychoactive effects many people associate with when thinking of Marijuana.
Most people have in mind when the new year begins it means starting fresh or lets start that diet and change our habits. The easiest way is to start small. Take baby steps. Your changing your way of eating long term not short term. Here are some easy steps to follow to get you on track:
1. Drink water instead of high sugar drinks – Stay away from carbonated drinks and stick with water
2. Try to eat healthy meals at home instead of going out to eat – eating clean at home is healthier than heading to a restaurant where not-so-healthy ingredients are used
3. When grocery shopping, read labels – make sure your not buying ingredients with additives
4. Use smaller plates – make sure you're controlling your portions and not eating more than what is recommended
How did you end up being a personal chef?
I have worked in the culinary industry for over 10 years in many different ways, and while most of the experiences were enjoyable, they didn't give me the opportunity to be one-on-one with customers. I really enjoy being able to individualize cooking for clients. There is much greater satisfaction in making a meal for someone I know personally and having them enjoy it. Also, working with people that have specific diets and nutritional needs is a really fun challenge and something that you don't get to do a lot of in the restaurant or catering world.
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