A New Take on a Classic Spinach Salad

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Monday Recipe! 

This week, I am introducing a new technique to amp up your salad game. Many people are immediately turned off just by the sound of "Spinach Salad." It's been done so many times before and, honestly, it gets pretty old pretty quickly. 

However once you try this new technique, you will never want to go back to a boring spinach salad. I promise!

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Simon's Warm Spinach Salad

Ingredients: 

- 2 handfulls of fresh spinach

- 1 cup snap peas

- 1 carrot

- 1/2 red onion

- 1-2 fresh beets

- 1/4 cup olive oil

- 3 TBSP vinegar of choice (I used lemon flavored)

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Instructions:

Slice onion and beet(s) thinly or julienne and marinate in your choice of vinegar in a large mixing bowl as you gather the rest of your ingredients. Thinly peel the carrot into ribbons or thinly slice and set aside to later top the salad. Add the spinach and snap peas over the marinated onions and beets. Heat olive oil on the stove until just bubbling. Pour the hot oil over the salad (just enough to coat the spinach) as you toss and mix. Top with your carrot ribbons or slices and add some walnuts for a little extra crunch and taste. 

Enjoy!

You're Invited to an Atlanta Whole30 Dinner Party

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I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting an exclusive Whole30 dinner party in Atlanta on Thursday, May 3rd! This is going to be such a special night and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I plan to serve a three course family-style meal along with a variety of wines. Everything will be Whole30 Approved...besides the wine of course! We’ll gather together in an old church that has been transformed into a beautiful mansion, perfect for an evening like this one.

My goal is to bring together a community of people in the Atlanta area who are true advocates for healthy and wholesome living. I enjoy meeting others who share similar passions and as a chef I believe the best way to do so is by sharing a meal together.

Bring a friend or a partner or just come as yourself to meet others in your awesome community. I look forward to meeting you personally and sharing some time with you around the table!

If you want to join in on this unique evening, please reserve your tickets here. As I mentioned before, this is an exclusive event so tickets are limited and first come first serve.

 

See you in May!

 

 

Whole30 Meal Prep in Atlanta

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Good news! We are pleased to now offer our Meal Prep delivery to the Atlanta area.  Every week you’ll receive delicious fully cooked and prepared meals, soups, sides and snacks based on your order. Each recipe is made with the finest ingredients, and is perfectly portioned in microwaveable containers. All you have to do is heat it up.  Better yet, everything is Whole30 approved.  Simon Hall Private Chef releases a new Meal Prep menu every week with packed with superfoods that will keep you feeling good and taste amazing.  SHPC aims to take the time and stress out of cooking and put nutrition and health back in. The most important step towards a healthier lifestyle is diet, and we hope to guide you in the right direction by adding convenience and flavor to the equation.

Here's how the process works:

  1. Thursday Orders: Order the following week's meal prep by Thursday at midnight.
  2. Weekend Meal Prep: We spend the weekend prepping your food, guaranteeing the freshest product possible.
  3. Monday Pick Up: We think Monday will become your new favorite day.

Download our Whole30 recipes e-cookbook below, and give them a try in your own kitchen--we guarantee you'll be pleased.  Let your Atlanta friends know about this nutritious and delicious opportunity!

Scrumptious Shrimp Salad

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RECIPE POST!
This week I have teamed up in partnership with @sizzlefishfit to create this amazing shrimp salad. The shrimp tasted extremely fresh and was delivered right to my door. Here’s how you can try this dish at home...
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•1/2 cup red onion
•2 tbsp fresh dill
•1/2 cup chopped celery
•2 tbsp @primalkitchenfoods chipotle lime mayo
•1 lemon (zested and juiced)
•Pinch of paprika to taste
•1 cup @sizzlefishfit shrimp

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Boil the shrimp until tender. Combine all ingredients and stir in a large bowl. Plate with your choice of greens and slices of avocado.

Let me know what you think!

Tasty Sockeye Salmon

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Another recipe for you! I love keeping things extra light when the weather starts to warm up in the Spring. Today I am making Orange Poached Salmon with Asparagus using @sizzlefishfit Salmon and @primalkitchenfoods Balsamic. This dish is PERFECT for a Sunday brunch when paired with an egg cup or two.

Recipe:
1 Sizzlefish Salmon Filet
1 Cup Orange Juice
2 Tsp Dill
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Handful Asparagus
2 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Balsamic

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season salmon with the salt, pepper and dill and place into a loaf pan that has been sprayed with ghee. Pour the orange juice around the salmon so that it is immersed about half way in the juice. Cover with foil and place on a roasting pan or cookie sheet. 
Cut the ends of the asparagus and place on the same cookie sheet. Season with salt, pepper and the balsamic dressing.
Place in the oven and cook for about 12 minutes or until the salmon and asparagus are tender.

Pair this with a salad topped with @tessemaes Ranch and you have a light and filling meal!

Not Your Average Cod

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Weekly recipe!! @sizzlefishfit has done it again.. This week I am using their cod for a simple and bright meal for one. Cod is such a simple fish that can be transformed in many different ways. The best part about this recipe is that you can make it your own by making any necessary substitutes with anything in your pantry!

What you need:

Sun-dried Tomatoes
Olives
1 tsp Orange Zest
1 tsp Chipotle Powder (or Chili Flakes)
2-3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
2 Garlic Cloves
1 TBSP Ghee
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Optional: 1 whisked egg to better seal the parchment paper when folding.

Instructions: - Preheat oven to 425
- Roughly chop garlic and olives
- Place cod on a sheet of parchment paper
- Smear ghee on the cod
- Add salt, pepper, orange zest and chipotle powder
- Top with garlic, tomatoes, olives and thyme
- Fold parchment in half over the fish and crinkle the edges to create a crescent shaped pocket (brush the parchment with the egg wash first to have a tighter seal if you choose)

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- Bake for 10 minutes
- Cut open the parchment pocket to release the steam, and enjoy!

Roasted Radishes Recipe

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*RECIPE* Easter is less than a week away and I cannot wait. This time of year always gets me so excited for warm weather and inspires change in all aspects of my life.
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I wanted to get a little creative with this week’s recipe so that you can bring something interesting to the table for your Easter Sunday meal.
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I have been so obsessed with roasting radishes lately because it’s healthy, elegant and SO simple. Here’s the recipe for a side dish that can pair with just about anything...
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Ingredients:
•3/4 lb radishes •1/4 cup oil of choice (I used walnut oil, but I love avocado or olive oil with this recipe as well)
•Salt and pepper to taste
•Parsley to garnish
•1 handful raw or toasted walnuts

Instructions:
1. Quarter the radishes and toss with oil, salt and pepper. 
2. Roast in oven for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees.
3. Top with parsley and walnuts. 
Enjoy!!

The Final Countdown: 3 Tips to Survive Your Last Week of Whole30

Anyone else on Day 22 of their Whole30? The month long road hasn't been easy- if you're like me you've battled cravings, wrestled with meal prep, and managed a powerful sugar dragon on top of an already busy daily schedule. Hopefully by now you're getting the hang of it and even feeling better, sleeping more, and crushing your Whole30 goals. But, all of that to say, your final week can be especially taxing as the finish line is just in sight but still a few days away. Here are 3 of my tips to make that last push to the finish line even easier. 

#1: Get Creative

It’s no surprise that Whole30 approved ingredients are different from those that you are used to eating on a daily basis. With that being said this new realm of cuisine can be overwhelming and can make you feel as though your food options are severely limited. The silver lining here is that there are plenty of new food creations that are waiting to be discovered. With one week to go, make eating easier by researching or creating a new recipe that you haven’t sampled during your time on the program. An excellent resource for finding new and innovative recipes for Whole30 is Pintrest.com, @whole30recipes or head over to my Instagram and follow along with me. If you've been meal prepping the same items just to make your daily menu easier then you're probably suffering from “flavor fatigue." Having variety in your meals will help keep you motivated and excited about what you’re eating each day!

#2: Know Where to Go

If you’re a fan of eating out Whole30 might seem like a death sentence, but in reality it’s all about knowing your options! If the last week has you feeling like you’re in a meal slump or your caught in a pinch without time for meal prep, go get yourself a Whole30 approved meal from a local restaurant. Chipotle, First Watch, and Zoe's are some of my favorite quick bites when I'm on the go. Maybe swing by Whole Foods and check out the hot bar or snoop around Earth Fare and see what they've got cooking. Don't let the last week catch you off guard!

#3: Treat Yo'self

At this point you’ve spent countless hours meal prepping, cleaning, and researching. With the final week on the horizon it's important to reward yourself and celebrate your successes. If you've been washing the same pots and pans every night after meal prep maybe it's time to splurge and buy another pan to add to the mix. If meal prepping and grocery shopping feel like they're going to push you over the edge maybe treat yourself to a week of my Whole30 Approved meal prep. Since everything is completely Whole30 compliant you don't have to read labels or worry about anything sneaking in. Plus, if you're in the Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga (and soon to be Atlanta) areas you can have your meals delivered right to your home or work. Take a night or two off from meal prep stress with some of my Chicken, Kale & Broccoli soup or Beef Bolognese and kick back and relax!