How to plan a menu

With menu planning you actually make the meal twice: 1st time is when you make it in your mind while you are planning. The 2nd time you make the meal is when you actually do it. And the 2nd time is alway easier than the first. Menu planning strategies and tools equals success with home-cooked meals.

Guest speaker: Kaiser’s weight management group

Kaiser Permanente, San Jose “Menu planning and Recipe Modification” for their 30-week Weight Management group. We’ll talk about their favorite recipes and how to modify them, make’m healthier (healthy fats, higher fiber, nutrient dense foods, healthier cooking methods, etc). We will discuss: menu planning quality fats how to minimize the salt how to cut the sugar, better […]

Dialog dinner in Piedmont, Oct 6th

Save the date… My next Dialog Dinner will be Sunday, Oct 6th at a private home in Piedmont. I will be using the Wolf Convection Steam Oven. The conversation will be led by featured guest: neuro biochemist, Steve Fowkes. His website is: www.projectwellbeing.com. Topic at the table will be health and wellbeing, bring your ideas, […]

Fast and easy chicken with nut coating

Pistachio breaded chicken

This recipe took 15 minutes, start to finish and has just 3 ingredients. Oven-baked Pistachio-breaded chicken Chicken cutlets Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon per cutlet  Pistachios, ground to a fine meal, 1 tablespoon per cutlet 1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet. (I do this step for an easier, […]

Simple, easy, tasty, healthy dessert

fast and easy Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberries and almonds go really well together. This stove-top method of making a cobbler is easy enough for pre-teens to make, and healthy enough to serve as a snack.

Choosing a cutting board

Here’s a quick overview of cutting boards that I like, and don’t like, what works, what doesn’t …

Lunch and Learn, version #4

This is a team building session with a scavenger hunt (see below), staged in the kitchen. Getting to know the kitchen and ingredients from a chef’s point of view. Here’s the timeline for a previous group: 2:30 – 3pm:  Arrival. 3:00: Do scavenger hunt in teams of 2 or 3 people. 3:20: Make 3 dishes, in teams of […]

Lunch and Learn, version #2

Homemade protein bars. At the end of this demo employees will know: Why protein bars are a good snack How and why to choose nuts, dried fruits, protein powders The health benefits of nuts, fruit, powders, flavors How to make protein-rich bars and avoid making a fruit bar How to sustain energy Healthy symptoms of sustained […]

Lunch and Learn, version #3

breakfast patties

“Lunch and learns” are for employees who want to bring home the ease and grace of cooking healthfully. Eating for Health is by far the best health insurance one can buy, do, have. In this version, I have a Italian lunch, a Thai lunch and breakfast for lunch. After designing each lunch I see that […]

Lunch and Learn, version #1

This is a cooking-show style demo, will be suited for a site with limited space, and for those who have an hour lunch break. Themes to choose from, can choose two: Eating for health Cooking with greens Budgeting food, time, space The fastest way to cook just about anything How to store produce Bulk/batch cooking […]