Creamy Saffron Sauce

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I am taking over the @whole30recipes page next week and I am so excited! I will be talking about Whole30 entertaining and proving to you that it is possible to celebrate special occasions even while you are on your Whole30 journey!

To get you excited, I wanted to share a little sneak peek recipe before the takeover. This Creamy Saffron Sauce is perfect for pairing with chicken or fish. It may look elegant and time consuming, but I promise this sauce is quick and easy and, more importantly, delicious!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can of coconut milk

  • .5 gram saffron

  • 2 vanilla beans

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

INSRUCTIONS

Simmer coconut milk with vanilla beans, saffron, salt & pepper on low heat for 20 minutes.

Enjoy and see you next week!

How to Successfully Complete the Whole30 – With Kids!

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So you have decided to embark on a Whole30 journey, but you have kids. Now you face a question -- should you include them in your new meal plan or buy separate groceries for them? I am here to tell you that not only should you include your kids, you should excite them for the new meal plan in your house to help them be the best they can be!

When you think about telling your kids that you are cutting out sugar, dairy, grains and other food from their diets, you can imagine they may not initially be very excited. After all, what kid would be excited to cut all their favorite sugary treats out for a month? However, we have a few tips to make the transition easier.

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Focus on the Positive

In the coming weeks before your family begins the Whole30 meal plan, begin discussing with your kids why you have made the decision to begin a healthier lifestyle. Rather than focusing on the bad about your current diet and seemingly switching to the Whole30 for negative reasons, tell your kids about the benefits a Whole30 meal plan can bring. Do not make it seem as if the family needs a “diet,” but rather a lifestyle change to make them feel stronger and healthier.

Keep it Interactive

We also suggest starting a countdown to the start of your Whole30 journey and plan a kickoff meal to get your family started. Take your kids to the store, have them pick out Whole30 approved items for the meal and use this time as a teaching experience to share what ingredients and food items are or are not Whole30 approved.

Be Realistic

An important aspect of planning a Whole30 journey for the whole family is to be prepared. Your children may experience a setback or two while on the Whole30—keep your expectations realistic here and encourage them rather than shame them if they make a mistake. In order to keep your children positive about the experience, have an honest, ongoing dialogue with them about any concerns they may have. In addition, let them be in charge of some meal choices. If your family typically eats pasta every Sunday night for dinner, let your children decide what vegetable they would like to have on the side of their grilled chicken for Sunday dinner this week.

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The Whole30 can seem daunting before you begin, but as you continue your new meal plan, you will get into the groove of things and start feeling amazing! Do not let the fact you have kids stop you from achieving your Whole30 goals. Kids are never too young to learn about healthy eating habits and you may be surprised at all the new vegetables and food they now like!

Meal Prep Loyalty and Referral Programs

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Exciting news! We have started Loyalty and Referral programs here at Simon Hall Private Chef! The goal is to show my appreciation for your continued support as we build this Whole30 community together. I hope that you take advantage of these programs moving forward because you deserve it! Click the "Order Here" button below to place this week's order and begin earning rewards! 

Loyalty Program

This is a simple way to show you my gratitude for your continued support! This program works just like a punch card you used to use at your favorite coffee shop, but you don't have to worry about keeping up with anything! For every 10th order you place you will receive an automatic $10 credit to your account. It's that easy.

Referral Program

This is a perfect way to build our Whole30 community together. With the referral program, you can find a referral code within your account to share with your friends directly or via social media. If a new customer uses your referral code, they will receive $10 off their first order and you will automatically receive a $10 credit on your account. Feel free to post on your Instagram story, share on Facebook or send to a friend you know is starting their Whole30 journey. 

Mango Pineapple Salsa

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There is nothing better in the summertime than adding fresh fruits that are packed with flavor to your dishes. I love whipping up this quick and delicious salsa to add a little spice a lot of fun to my summer fish dishes. This is a no brainer when it comes to family cookouts or even just a normal weeknight dinner.

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Ingredients :

2 mangos, diced small

1/2 cup diced pineapple 

1 lb tomatillos, pulsed in kitchen aid 

2 large tomatoes diced small

1 jalapeño diced small

2 bunches cilantro 

4 limes zested and juiced 

Salt and pepper to taste 

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Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and let sit over night. Add to chicken, fish or simply use as a dip! 

Summertime Chicken and Veggies Salad

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There is nothing better than throwing together a big salad you can share with your friends and family! This recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner or a summer potluck bbq and everything in between. Sometimes the best recipes end up being the ones you make up as you go while using whatever you happen to have in your fridge or pantry. Everyone will love this salad, and you will feel satisfied with zero guilt. It’s summer time -- make the best of it!

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Ingredients :

8 oz Asparagus

8 oz Green Beans

8 oz Sugar Snap Peas

6 Radishes

1 Bunch Parsley

1 Bunch Chives

1 cup Tomatoes

1.5 lbs Boneless Chicken Tenders

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1 cup Tessemae’s Lemon Garlic Dressing

Magic Mushroom Seasoning @nomnompaleo

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Instructions :

Blanch green beans and asparagus and set aside.

Grill chicken with salt, pepper and mushroom seasoning.

Chop tomatoes, radishes and chives while the chicken is on the grill.

Shred chicken and add the rest of the ingredients to a large bowl.

Mix with Tessamae’s dressing and enjoy!

 

 

Avocado Shrimp Tacos

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Summer has finally made an appearance and I am so excited! This weather always encourages hand held treats, so I have decided to freshen up a classic summer taco so those of us on Whole30 can still enjoy this favorite! This is a simple recipe that can be tweaked in many different ways. Try adding some fajita veggies on top or grilling the shrimp to add some extra flavor! 

Enjoy!

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Ingredients :

- 3 Avocado
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 2 Tbs Tessemae's Lemon Garlic
- 1/2 Red Onion
- Cilantro to garnish
- 2 lbs Shrimp
- Butter Lettuce
- 1 Lime

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Instructions :

Chop garlic and onion and combine with avocado and dressing, mix together until smooth.
Boil shrimp until tender or buy pre-boiled.
Add 1 or 2 spoonfuls of avocado mash into butter lettuce.
Add a few shrimp to each.
Garnish with cilantro and lime.

Simple and Flavorful Cauliflower Soup

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Cauliflower is an incredibly diverse ingredient that can easily be transformed into something really special. I love playing around with cauliflower to see what I can come up with in the kitchen. One of my favorite cauliflower recipes is this soup because even though it's simple, it is packed with fun and satisfying flavors. Anyone can whip up this recipe after a busy weekday! 

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Truffle Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients:

- 6 Cups Cauliflower

- 1 Cup Onion

- ½ Cup Celery

- 5 Cups Stock of Your Choice (I used chicken)

- Salt and Pepper to Taste

- White Truffle Oil to Taste

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Instructions:

Dice the onion and celery and roughly chop the cauliflower. Sautee the veggies in a large pot for a couple minutes then add in the stock and simmer until veggies are soft. Add the veggie and stock mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with white truffle oil. Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Pesto Just Got Way More Interesting

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Fun new recipe for your week!

I’ve got a super easy recipe this week that really packs a punch! Tommy is my main sous chef in the kitchen and he has absolutely perfected this Whole30 Approved condiment.

This Arugula Walnut Pesto is an interesting twist on the classic and is delicious on pretty much anything. I love mixing it in with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash or even smothering it over some grilled chicken. If you are a snacker like I am, you can even use this pesto as a dip for your carrots or cucumbers! No matter how you put this pesto to use, it will serve as the perfect addition to any dish for extra flavor.

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Tommy's Arugula Walnut Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Walnuts

  • 2 Cups Olive Oil

  • 4 Cups Firmly Packed Arugula

  • 1 Lemon, Juiced

  • 1 Tbsp Garlic

  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

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Instructions:

Dump all ingredients into the food processor and blend until smooth.

It's as simple as that! ENJOY!