Our Great City!

Greetings from The Green Kitchen!

This weekend marked the third time I have participated in ZestFest, the annual fundraiser for FeedMore. Many of you know this is my “pet” charity. FeedMore provides countless meals to many in need in our great city. The idea of anyone going hungry truly resonates with most chefs.

And our city’s own Jason Alley of Comfort and Pasture has really stepped up to address this issue with his most recent announcement. Comfort will begin donating 100% of its profits to FeedMore!

http://www.richmond.com/food-drink/restaurant-news/comfort-restaurant-to-begin-donating-of-its-profits-to-help/article_307411aa-ae0d-5163-9bd9-876f66bd9c0e.html

How amazing is that?!

As chefs, we learn early on to let nothing go to waste. We utilize every part of every ingredient, both vegetables and animal proteins. We see the value of what we have and honor it.

I, for one, couldn’t be more proud of what Jason and his team are doing! Join me in thanking him by going to eat at Comfort and helping to feed our hungry population.

cheftammy@greenkitchenrichmond.com
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Thank you Universe!

Happy Thursday from The Green Kitchen!

What beautiful weather these last 2 days! Hopefully you were able to take advantage of it and enjoy some time outdoors. After being stuck inside in this horribly cold winter, it was a treat for me.

So as my Thursday begins, I am reflecting on these last couple of days and realizing how fortunate I am. Whether or not you are religious or spiritual doesn’t matter. There are many in this world, and even in our own families and neighborhoods, that have it worse.

A dear friend was recently diagnosed with a certain Stage 4 cancer, and when I asked how I could help her with being ill, she stated “I am not ill. I am inconvenienced.” That has resonated. She is one of the most caring and giving individuals I have ever known. Full of spunk and life, she doesn’t deserve the hand that life has recently dealt. And yet she continues to persevere with her life, businesses and grandchildren while considering this an “inconvenience”.

So I won’t fuss about the lack of good customer service I recently experienced at a local grocery store, or the fact that carelessness caused me to fall yesterday and bang up my knees. I won’t fuss about my high utility bill because of this cold winter. Nope.

Today I say “thank you Universe for having my back”! And thank you Sylvia for teaching me that mantra. And thank you for my children and for my family and friends. Thank you for the successful business I am enjoying.

And hopefully you aren’t suffering from cancer or an illness that has “inconvenienced” you, but if you are, The Green Kitchen would love to help you with those issues. We deliver healthy and delicious ready–meals that you only have to answer the door and receive. Reach out and let us see if we can work together.

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

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.