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Common Questions about Hiring a Personal Chef

October 6, 2014

about-usYou work hard every day to provide for yourself and your family. At the end of a long work day, chances are the last thing you want to do is try to come up with a creative meal that everyone will enjoy. With so many varying palates at the table, it can be difficult to find something that pleases everyone. That’s why hiring a personal chef can be such a good idea. Not only will you have more time to spend with your family instead of in the kitchen, everyone will be happy with the answer to the age-old question of, “What’s for dinner?” Read on for answers to common questions about hiring a personal chef.

What Will My Personal Chef Cook?

In a nutshell—anything you want! Your personal chef will meet with you to discuss what foods you and your family like and dislike. You’ll work together to come up with a menu that everyone will love, even taking your family’s varying tastes and preferences into account. If you have specific requests for meals, just let your personal chef know. Chances are, she’ll be able to accommodate them.

Will My Chef Work with Dietary Restrictions?

Any personal chef worth her salt will be more than willing to work with dietary restrictions and needs. Whether you are following a low-fat, low-sodium, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or any other special diet, a good personal chef should be able to provide you with many options to suit your needs.

What If I Don’t Like a Meal?

Personal tastes can be hard to predict, even when you sit down with your personal chef to discuss your preferences. If you end up getting a meal that you really don’t like, you should let your personal chef know. Not only will you never see this meal again, but you’ll also get it replaced with no additional charge.

Take back your evenings and call Chef Chic at (520) 867-9597 to learn more about our personal chef services in Tucson. We strive to provide delicious food that your whole family will enjoy eating. Even the pickiest palates are pleased with the help of our personal chef services.

Healthy Cooking Tricks for Your Kitchen

September 20, 2014

If you’re like many people, you may have aspirations of being a master chef—but fall a little bit short when you’re actually in the kitchen. Whether you’re a complete novice with a knife or you are usually capable of not burning scrambled eggs, it’s helpful to know a few tricks that you can use in the kitchen. Food is nourishing, and taking your time in the kitchen can help you connect with the meal you’re about to eat instead of rushing through it. Keep reading to learn a few healthy cooking tricks you can use in your kitchen.

Keep Your Kitchen Stocked

It’s hard to cook a healthy meal for yourself if you don’t have the tools to do it. Take some time and invest in a good set of pots and pans, and a decent knife. You’ll be much more likely to chop vegetables if it’s not a workout to get it done. Keep olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and other spices you like on hand so you can easily add pizzazz to whatever you’re cooking. When you go grocery shopping, buy only what you know you’ll be able to use before it goes bad. You can always go back to the store and get more if you need to, and you’ll prevent food waste this way.

Make a Plan

If you have ever told yourself that you would cook every night during the week, you know how easy it is for that plan to fall by the wayside. Be realistic and do prep work when you have free time on the weekend. Chop vegetables, make sauces, or cook up foods that are versatile and can be used throughout the week in different ways. You can even cook a few meals on Sunday night and keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer so it’s easy to grab a healthy dinner when your schedule doesn’t allow you to cook.

Improve your culinary skills with the help of Tucson’s Chef Chic. We offer in-home cooking classes as well as personal chef services to help you eat well at home all the time. Contact us at (520) 867-9597 or visit our website to learn more about our services.

Reasons to Eat Home Cooked Meals All Year Long

September 6, 2014

You lead a busy lifestyle, and it can be difficult to find the time and energy to prepare a home cooked meal for your family. As you drive home from work, you might see a number of places where you can pop in and grab a pizza or fast food burgers for everyone, but eating in that way can come with a price. Eating dinner together can help your family bond, and gives you time to check in to see how everyone is doing. That’s why home cooked meals should be shared all year long, and not just on special occasions.

The Healthier Choice

If you’re like many people, you’ve experienced the feeling of giving in to the lure of the bright lights of fast food and drive-through windows. While you might feel fine in the short term after eating takeout or delivery food, it’s not a very good way to invest in your long-term health. Kids are more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods when they’re coming from home. If you’re concerned about your calorie intake or avoiding certain foods, home cooked meals allow you to specify exactly what ingredients go into the food you eat. Home cooked meals are simply a healthier option for you and your family.

Time for Family

Between work, school, extracurricular activities, and social lives, it can be hard to carve out time to spend with your family. When you share a home cooked meal at your dinner table on a regular basis, it helps strengthen your bond and brings you all closer together.

The Budget-Friendly Choice

A fast food meal might seem cheap now, but when you add up the cost over time it can mean big bucks—not to mention the price you’ll pay with your health. Cooking at home is typically less expensive than eating out all the time, as you can buy many ingredients and use them for multiple meals.

If you’ve been trying to find ways to incorporate more home cooked meals into your life, it’s time to call Chef Chic in Tucson at (520) 867-9597. We prepare nutritious, delicious meals for your family to enjoy throughout the week so you can say goodbye to the drive-through. Make the healthy, smart choice for you and your family.

What You Need to Know About Eating a Gluten Free Diet

August 20, 2014

Gluten is a protein that is found in grains. People who suffer from celiac disease cannot properly digest gluten and often have uncomfortable symptoms when they eat it. If you have trouble with this protein, you might want to try a gluten-free diet. Keep reading to learn more about this way of eating and what it entails.

Almost Everything Has Gluten

If you are serious about going gluten free, it will not be an easy process. Almost everything from soy sauce to bread has some form of gluten, which means that you need to be extremely diligent about reading labels before you eat any kind of food. You might want to take a gluten-free cooking class to learn how to create your own meals so you can be sure that they have no gluten.

There Are Plenty of Naturally Gluten-Free Foods

Unprocessed beans, seeds, and nuts are great options when you are trying to stay away from gluten because they naturally do not have any of the protein. Eggs, meat, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, and most dairy products are also good options. You should always try to buy products that are not processed, though, to ensure that they have not been mixed with other ingredients that might include gluten.

There Are Gluten-Free Alternatives

Since there has been a rise in the amount of people with celiac disease, a lot of food manufacturers are creating products that do not have gluten so you can still enjoy your favorite foods like bread or pasta without upsetting your digestive system.

Chef Chic can help you stick to your gluten-free diet without trouble. We offer cooking classes that teach you how to create delicious meals without this protein. We also bring you some of the best catering and personal chef services in all of Tucson. If you want to live a life without gluten, Chef Chic can help. Visit us on the Web or call (520) 406-2757 to learn more.

Tips for Beginning a Vegetarian Diet

August 5, 2014

The decision to stop eating meat will bring a number of changes to your normal diet routine. If you are serious about switching to a vegetarian diet, try using the following tips to successfully make the transition.

Take a Cooking Class

One of the best ways to learn how to cook meatless meals is to enroll in a cooking class. A professional chef will give you some ideas for vegetarian recipes that are delicious and easy to make. This will give you the starting point you need to start catering your meals to your new way of eating.

Find a Few Staples

Without meat as a main dish, you probably need to find some new staples that you can substitute for beef, chicken, and pork. Try out a few different vegetarian mainstays like tofu, quinoa, and lentils to find some vegetarian options that can serve as the foundation for a lot of different meals.

Make Substitutions to Your Favorite Recipes

If you are used to eating pepperoni pizza or meat-filled lasagna, there are small changes you can make to tweak these recipes to your new vegetarian diet. Do some research to find some vegetarian recipes for some of your favorite dishes so you do not have to leave your comfort zone just to enjoy a healthier way of eating.

Focus on Nutrition

You might not be getting as many nutrients on your vegetarian diet as you were when you ate meat. Make an effort to eat foods with lots of protein, calcium, and vitamins to compensate for what you are lacking by not eating meat. If you need help, you might want to get a personal chef to help you with the transition.

At Chef Chic, we are dedicated to helping people in Tucson enjoy a healthy, delicious diet. We offer cooking classes as well as personal chef options to help you get the nutrition and flavor that you need to enjoy every meal. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (520) 406-2757.

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