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Creamy Lemon and Dill Dip

Creamy Vegan Lemon and Dill Dip

When I first got into Personal Chef work I was cooking for celebrities, the kind of people who can afford to pay the very best people to work for them. As a Chef who had only cooked in restaurants, I totally knew this and it made me nervous. I was confidant in my cooking but this was a different kind of cooking. Many of my clients wanted healthy food that tasted like bad for you food. I mean, who doesn’t?

I had never even heard or raw or macrobiotic cuisine before I started in this line of work. It just happened that my Mom was diagnosed with cancer around the same time, so I had an extra big reason to pay attention to these new, exotic, interesting ways that people were eating to stay healthy (or skinny or like, a good actor or whatever).

Creamy Vegan Lemon and Dill Dip

I loved the new challenge of this somewhat uncharted territory. After years working in fine dining, I knew exactly what buttery dishes, braised meats and rich desserts tasted like. It was just about finding these flavours within these healthier new parameters.

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Carrot & Jalapeño Soup

Carrot and Jalapeño Soup

Puréed soup rules. Nutritiously speaking, it is basically a cooked smoothie (so easier to digest) that can include the Allium family of veggies (onion, garlic etc) without freaking anyone out. There are definitely benefits to a raw, green smoothie that you don’t get from a cooked bowl of soup, but this soup definitely has its own thing going on that a green smoothie can’t touch.

Carrot and Jalapeño Soup

Soup makes the perfect food for fall and winter. Look at every ingredient on the list for this recipe. Each one is something you have probably thought about eating more of while perhaps reaching for something more convenient instead. Whipping these ingredients up into this bright orange soup turns them into the healthiest and most convenient of convenience food.

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Mexican Tomato & Black Bean Soup

Whenever I finish cooking for a client (their treatment is over and they are starting to feel better) we often have a conversation about how they are going to keep up the nutrient-dense way of eating on their own (without a chef).

Mexican Tomato & Black Bean Soup

My first recommendation is always juices and smoothies. I don’t have a ton of recipes on here for either (well, some, here and here) because it seems like such a simple thing to figure out on your own (is it? Should I have more?), but it is truly one of the best ways to ensure a good volume and variety of nutrients. You don’t need a lot of skill and you can consume 3-5 lbs of veg in a glass of juice and all kinds of hard-to-include-in-your-regular-diet super foods in a smoothie.

Mexican Tomato & Black Bean Soup

Those options are both raw, which is a good thing in many different ways, but it can require some balance as the cooler months come into play. Some good soup recipes can be useful, as soup is warming, nutrient-dense, savory and satisfying on many levels. It’s a bit like a cooked smoothie, offering lots of veggies, but with fewer nutrients that don’t do well in the heat and more nutrients that expand and multiply with some heat, so it literally brings something different and balancing to the table.

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