Happy Thursday!

Happy Thursday from The Green Kitchen!

Wow, four back-to-back days of cooking and I think I’ll take myself out for lunch. Oh wait, I have some fabulous leftovers in the frig. Do you choose to eat out for convenience? Shouldn’t eating out be a real treat? A restaurant that makes the best ___________? A special occasion or reason to celebrate? Isn’t that how it used to be?

I think I am a fairly decent cook, else I wouldn’t have chosen to be a chef as a career. So when I am out and about and tempted to stop for fast food or something convenient, I first think about what is in my frig at home. 9 times out of 10, there is something there not only more delicious than fast food, but certainly more healthy.

It always comes down to choices. What tastes better? What’s healthier?

Choosing to eat healthier should be a no-brainer. And here at The Green Kitchen, we can help you with that.

This is just a sampling of what my clients have in their refrigerators this week: Chicken Cacciatore over Fresh Spinach and Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Pomegranate Turkey with Fresh Steamed Broccoli, Chicken and Arugula Quesadillas, Oven-Roasted Salmon with Butternut Squash Puree and Grilled Asparagus, Local Cerdito Sausage with Grilled Carrots and Steamed Peas, Grilled Boneless Pork Chops with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup with Salad.

Why not let The Green Kitchen help you with those choices? Give us a call. We’d love to help.

cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com
Or 804-687-7099. And check out www.greenkitchenrichmond.com for some great testimonials.

Dietary Challenged?

Good Saturday morning. It’s been a couple of very busy weeks for The Green Kitchen and I’ve been remiss in my blogging duties.

For those following my Whole30 journey before, I lasted 2 weeks. Am I afraid to admit failure? Not in the least. But I really don’t consider it failure. I did lose 4 lbs in just those couple of weeks. The lesson learned was how certain foods made me feel once I returned to eating them. I noticed during those 2 weeks on Whole30 that I had more energy and yet when I went back to certain foods, my energy level declined. So now, I am more aware of my food choices.

Recently I had a conversation with some women in the business mentoring group that I belong to centered around my question of why is so hard to develop good habits? In particular, good eating habits. Their answer was simple. And that is to make a conscious decision when choosing what to eat – ask yourself “is this going to make me feel good or bad?” And that means not only within your body and how it functions but also emotionally. Emotional eating can wreck havoc on one’s self and I have been guilty of that for years. Drowning one’s self in a bag of chips or carton of ice cream because you’ve had a bad day will not make you feel any better. It will trick you to feel comforted.

It can be likened to shopping for the right clothes. You go to different stores, trying on different outfits until you find the right one. We have to do the same thing with food. Make the smart choice so you can look and feel good about yourself.

The Green Kitchen has been fortunate enough to work with clients suffering from various illnesses and diseases. We recently had a big “win” of a doctor referral. His patient suffers from anti-inflammatory issues and needs to change her eating habits. He referred her to me and we are working together creating meals with the right ingredients to combat her issues.

How about you? What are your dietary challenges? Do you suffer from an illness or disease? Or do you just not have time to cook or possibly just don’t like to cook? Why not let The Green Kitchen help you with those challenges? Give us a call. We’d love to help.

cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com
Or 804-687-7099. And check out www.greenkitchenrichmond.com for some great testimonials.

 

A Beautiful and Snowy Day

Good and beautiful snowy Wednesday morning everyone. Please stay safe and warm.

My day began with black coffee and a mission to take down my Christmas decorations. With 2 dogs, there is no point in trying to keep the house clean in this weather, but I can at least get it back in order.

And now to Whole30. I have had a few weaknesses, admittedly so. I was out with friends last Friday for a nice dinner and decided to have cocktails. It had been 12 days. Since then I have had some of the other “no-nos”, a little pasta, a little bread, a little cheese. Part of me feels like a failure, however and more importantly, what I’ve realized is how those “no-nos” have made me feel. A little pasta left me feeling very bloated. And I can’t quite put into words the comparison of eating “dead foods” v. “live foods”. But wait, maybe that is the perfect explanation. These fillers of bread and pasta leaves one feeling full, but uncomfortable. One does not realize what exactly their diet consists of until they omit some things.

So, I retract the statement of feeling like a failure. A quote I heard recently is that “I don’t fail, I learn”. I am learning how to eat better and how certain foods make me feel. And on the upside, I have lost 3.2 pounds since beginning January 3rd. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, the picture below is a meal I cooked for a client, who is recovering from cancer. I am cooking from a book titled Cancer-Free Kitchen. Aren’t these colors beautiful?!

This is what The Green Kitchen does. We specialize in menus literally catered to our clients’ needs. We are also working with a client who needs an anti-inflammatory diet. And another who is off carbs completely.

What are your dietary needs? Let’s meet and discuss how The Green Kitchen can help. cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com
Or 804-687-7099. And check out www.greenkitchenrichmond.com for some great testimonials.

Day 8 of Whole30

A new year! A new journey! Happy New Year everyone. And this will be my motto this year – a new journey!

So, as curious minds want to know how my Whole30 program is going – I’ve lost nearly 3 lbs. I started black coffee on December 30 and that was also the last day I had any alcohol. I’ve had an underlying headache that seems to come and go, which I’ve learned it’s a “sugar withdrawal” headache. Never have I heard of such until now.

Resolve and resistance are the words that come to mind for myself particularly. When my physician told me 18 months ago that I couldn’t eat 20+ things due to my diabetes, I scoffed at her, went home and started exercising. I didn’t join a gym or hire a personal trainer. I started walking and using that “clothes hanger” of a recumbent bike that lives in my spare bedroom. By June 2017, I’d lost nearly 40 lbs and my A1-C came down to 5.4 – the normal range! Resolve!

Truly the answer to bettering ourselves is all in our mind. One must resolve to do something about it. It’s as simple as that.

So what have you resolved to do for yourself this year? Exercise more? Eat better? No one will prioritize you more than yourself. It’s not being selfish. It’s being generous. The better you take care of yourself, the more you will have to offer to others and the world around you.

Follow this chef on her own personal journey of eating better and taking care of herself. Better yet, join her! The Green Kitchen would love to work with you with any dietary concerns and if you are interested in the Whole30 program, I can help with that as well!

www.greenkitchenrichmond.com or cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com or 804-687-7099!

Here’s to a fantastic 2018 for all of us!

2018 is upon us!

A new year! A new journey! Happy New Year everyone. Waking up this morning to our second snowfall of this winter. Kind of has me worried about the rest of winter. But it is still beautiful to look at and the air is so fresh. Love it.

So let’s hear them – your new year’s resolutions that is. In the past, mine have always been to lose weight and save money. But I quit making resolutions because they didn’t seem to ever work. If you stop to think about it though, it’s what’s in us that doesn’t work. It’s one thing to speak a commitment and another to uphold it.

2017 brought a lot of changes for me, all good I am happy to say. I jumped off the deep end in marketing The Green Kitchen and it is starting to pay off. I became involved with a great business coach and group and learned how to focus. I am still learning. Just like anything else you begin, results take time.

And many of you know I have diabetes, but am managing it quite well with medicine and exercise. In June 2016, I began losing weight and over the course of the next year, I lost close to 40 pounds. My A-1 C came down to a normal range and in June 2017, my doctor cut my meds in half. Vacation in August almost ruined me though, and with an injury to my hip, the exercise has had to stop for a while. But at my last appointment, my numbers have only increased slightly and the doc is still happy with my progress.

And now to 2018. I won’t call it a resolution, but I have started Whole 30 – no alcohol, dairy, grains nor added sugar for 30 days. At first, I truly thought no alcohol would be hard, but here we are on the second day, and I am realizing it’s the no breads or dairy that will be tough. Committing to this and even on just the second day, has made me painfully aware of my diet. So wish me luck.

And if any of you out there would like help with your dietary “resolutions”, The Green Kitchen would love to help you on your journey. Email me at cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com or call 804-687-7099. Happy 2018.

Happy New Year!

Whoa! What do you mean it’s December 29th? Christmas passed 4 days ago! This is hard evidence how fast time can pass. This week is an odd week, sort of still celebrating the holiday and about to ring in a new year. Again, whoa! A new year?!

A new year can bring about many changes. We often begin it with resolutions of things we will do better or more of in the new year. What does that look like for you? For me, my hope is to take The Green Kitchen to even further heights. I have loved being in business for myself and am amazed at how far I’ve come. I can truly say I am doing what I love!

And for many, resolutions are made in relation to our health. I heard somewhere that gym memberships are sold mostly in January. And if that is you this year, I commend you. Commitments can be difficult, but at least for me, once I’ve made my mind up to do something, I usually stick with it. That’s not to say I haven’t fallen off the wagon many times. But the key is to try again. If it is truly a goal you want to attain, keep at it.

And The Green Kitchen can help you with those health and wellness goals. We offer personal chef meals delivered to your door weekly. We listen to each client’s individual needs and “cater” to those needs. No carbs? No problem! No gluten? No problem! Want lots of fresh veggies? No problem!

Give us a call at 804-687-7099 or email us cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com and schedule a time to go over your healthy eating goals for 2018. We can help you meet those goals! Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas

Welcome back. The Green Kitchen is wrapping up its very busy catering season with a final dinner being delivered on Christmas day! Whole Beef Tenderloin, Scallops, Parsnip and Celery Root Puree, Roasted Asparagus and Crème Brulee! Yummy!

My morning will begin with my own tradition of Irish Coffee, Fried Oysters and Eggs Benedict and Cinnamon Rolls. What traditions do you have?

As I was decorating my tree this year, hanging my favorite ornaments, I thought about tradition. It’s hard to imagine the tree without the kids’ favorites – the Power Ranger and Spiderman; the glass jewels my daughter made in pre-school; the clay wreath with her picture in the middle. And then there are the ornaments I’ve made – painted balls with Joy, Faith and Peace written on them. And my favorites are the crocheted stars my mom made years ago. I reflected on these being handed down when my kids have their own families. It made me smile. I hope this holiday season has done the same for you.

So now the catering season has exhausted me and I did not have time to send out Christmas cards. Nor have I had time for baking. Though now with a couple of days off, I might make up at least for the baking on Saturday. I have a few standards like Pecan Lace with Orange Buttercream and Russian Tea Cakes, but this year I think I will try some new ones like Chai Macarons, Pecan Meringues and Pecan Whiskey Honeycomb. Hopefully you are on my nice list.

And as far as cards, why do we wait until Christmas to mail cards? Technology has ruined us. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll reach out Christmas morning on Facebook and wish all holiday greetings, but I truly enjoy receiving Christmas cards. So I think this year, I will make a resolution to reach out to my loved ones with cards throughout the year and let me know I’m thinking of them then too and not just at Christmas.

I wish you all a fabulous and Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy the time with your loved ones. And if you still need any last minute gifts, The Green Kitchen is only a phone call away for purchasing a gift certificate for meals and chef services! 804-687-7099

How’s your list coming?

Yay! It’s Thursday! Welcome back. Yes, I am a day late, but with this busy time of year, I have to fit it all in where I can. Sound familiar?

Have you finished all your shopping? Are you one of those who finishes in September? Or do you shop year round? Do you ask your loved ones for a list? Or do you wing it?

Well, either way, The Green Kitchen has some great gift ideas! One of my favorite gifts ever was a subscription to Bacon-of-the-Month club through The Pig Next Door. Yes, there is such a thing! A pound of bacon from different farms was delivered monthly and it was delicious. But maybe pork isn’t your thing. You are in luck!

This year, I’ve already given homemade beef jerky in a mason jar wrapped up with pretty holiday string and a tag. And the tag was cut from an old Christmas card with a pair of perforated scissors and hole-punched.

Holiday gifts need not be something that requires a lot of time fighting traffic and finding a parking place at the mall and searching for the right size and color. The most thoughtful gifts are ones you know your friends will love. Say it with me – “the gift of food”! And it doesn’t have to be something you cook yourself. That’s where The Green Kitchen comes in.

A Green Kitchen gift certificate for chef services can please anyone’s palate! Get it? I crack myself up!

Your loved ones can use their certificate for personal chef meals to be delivered fresh. Or towards a private chef dinner in their home. Or towards a party they are hosting. Or maybe they want to learn to cook a certain ingredient or master a certain technique, like homemade pasta making or bread making? The Green Kitchen offers all these services.

And best of all, you don’t have to fight that mall traffic!
Give us a call at 804-687-7099 or cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com and we will email you a gift certificate that your loved ones will remember for years!

Less than 20 days….

Yay! It’s Wednesday again, and Christmas is less than 20 days away. Still I can’t believe it is here already. Maybe it’s these warmer days we are having, starting out in gloves, jackets and hats and peeling those layers as the day goes on. This morning, I am actually in flip-flops. It should not be warm enough for flip-flops!

2017 has been a great year for The Green Kitchen and 2018 is looking even better. I have been blessed with far more career opportunities, reaffirming my decision to totally focus on making The Green Kitchen a raging success!

We have to be careful this time of year, though. We, as in those of us who think we HAVE to do it all, the decorating, the shopping, the cooking, the greeting cards. I too, am guilty of all this. I love being efficient with my time and when I have even a few extra minutes, I think “what can I get done”?

This can lead to careless mistakes. Like climbing up on the arm of a porch chair to “quickly” hang an ornament. And down I went. But did I attend to it then? Nope. No time, not to even sit and cry. I had to leave right away for work. Now 2 days later, I am about to have my leg X-rayed. The knot on my shin bone suggests a break.

I’ve said for years, how much of a “klutz” I am, constantly doing things like this. But I read somewhere a while back, that it’s not klutzy, it’s that we have so much on our minds, that we don’t take the time to be safe. And yes, I am very guilty.

So my message this holiday season is one I will try to practice myself and that is to slow down. We don’t have to do it all. No one is going to “unfriend” us if they don’t receive a Christmas card from us. Our world won’t come to a crashing halt if the house isn’t totally decorated.

Let’s all slow down and be a little easier on ourselves. Let’s enjoy time with our families.

And The Green Kitchen can help you enjoy that family time by handling your holiday cooking, even with just a dish or two. The homemade cranberry sauce, the dressing, the gravy – whatever dish you don’t want to fool with or are daunted by. Give us a call at 804-687-7099. Or email us at cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com

Happy Holidays!

Hands That Love to Cook

Yay! It’s Wednesday again! We’ve just gotten through Thanksgiving and some of us are now focused on Christmas. Bah humbug some of you might say, and trust me when I say I’ve said that before too. There has been couple of years in my life when I didn’t put up a tree until Christmas Eve and then with only a single ornament. Our lives has just become so dang busy, it’s a wonder we get anything done at all some times.

Did you venture out last Black Friday? One year I went out before dark, along with the masses and found myself around Best Buy’s parking lot in the back at the farthest corner waiting in line, for just 1 item for my son. The blessing there was that I was first in line to check out. But I think it was the last time I went out on that crazy day of the year. Amazon has become my new BFF. Yours too, I bet.

While you are thinking about what to buy for your loved ones, let’s talk about the best gift-the gift of food. Food sustains and nourishes us. We not only want it, we must have it in order to survive. And we all want to be here a long time. So why not eat something delicious, and freshly prepared?

At The Green Kitchen, we offer all services related to food.
• Weekly prepared meals.
• Meals for special occasions, births, anniversaries.
• Health challenges from illnesses to operations.
• Cooking instruction.
• Catering.

We cater to our clients’ needs. No carbs? No problem. No pork? No problem. No gluten? No problem.

I’ll leave you with this: What business do you think profits the most in January? Gym memberships! And that’s when we all make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier. Why not start the new year off with the help of The Green Kitchen? We’d love to help you with your goals of eating better. Reach out to us at cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com or 804-687-7099

Remember, food prepared with hands that love to cook tastes better!