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into Fresh Vegetables HealthySpringing and Plant Based – Food Trends for 2020 Crazy for Comfort Food Holiday Giving – Foodie Style

As we come into the spring season and (hopefully) shake off Ifend you’ve anydoldrums, time in a grocery store lately, you’ve most likely the ofspent winter we are starting to think more noticed that “plant based” has become all the rage. From the dairy aisle Theith holidays are here! This is start my favorite time despite about the fresh produce that will to pop up of in year, ournaturally grocery the approaching, thoughts to the meat aisle,holidays more and more plant-based options are becoming the While cold weather that comes with this festiveproduce season. Cold stores. we’ve been ablesoy to get “fresh” all through available. It’s much more friends than or tofu now. Additionally, despite the turn to food, and family. Here are weather leaves us craving comfort foods and nothing says comfort the obesity winter,epidemic, it won’t be long until things grown more locally will we are also becoming more on using foodof as some healthy alternatives to focused the maybe abundance like a great casserole followed bythose cookies and even aand cup of startmedicine, to be available. (Think about wonderful greens promoting long-term health. Turmeric fights inflammation, cookies that areCasseroles always around this time of year. Better hotasparagus!) chocolate! notorious forhave being heavy, butbeing small ginger aids with digestion, andare a plethora of other food items are Jersey That means that you’ll the chance to eat options for you and great for gift-giving as well! changes can make them lighter and healthier while still providing looked at to help make us of healthier. While the concept makes meals prepared with lots fresh items that haven’t hadperfect to travel the comfort that we crave at this of year. sense, the trade-off comes with the pricetime foods laden with chemicals Healthy Apple Walnut Muffins –ofMakes long distances to get toallyour plate. Here are a12 few dishes that Steph with Cutting Boardburger Creations is happy to prepare and other andChef preservatives. So, is that really that healthy forthese you? 2 cupsinspire flour you. Don’t have the time or the desire to do all this might delicious, healthy meals just for you when the demands of your schedule prevent Impossible! 1 tsp baking soda yourself? Contact Chef Steph withwasCutting Board Creations and from being able toStephanie do so. Stephanie professionally trained at the Culinary you Enter Personal Chef Hopkins. Stephanie, the owner of Cutting Board 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon she’ll do allAcademy, the takes work for you. Simply heat and eat! Creations, LLC, of all thePersonal menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking, Business iscare a Certified Chef, a Certified Food Safety Manager, andfor clean-up of meals designed specifically for For you.more Are you looking to 1/4 packaging tsp ground ginger and Finalist the USPCA Personal Chef of the Year. information more plant-based options into your diet? Do youcontact have a Cutting specific medical on our services or Gift Certificates, references, and fees, Board VEGETABLE 1/4 introduce tsp ground allspice issue that will benefit from eating more healthfully? Curious about trying new kinds of Creations, LLCnutmeg today. 1/4 tsp ground FRITTATA foods and getting out of your typical rut? 1/4 tsp I salt wish eachChef, of you a wonderful holiday season and – Serves 4-6 As your Personal Stephanie prepares healthy, nutritious meals that will leave 2 eggs you full and satisfied. Meals are prepared using only ingredients that canYup! be easily Breakfast for dinner? In theplus very2 and forjuice theheatcoming year. 1 cup Tbest apple pronounced are ready to and serve within minutes your arrival at home. this dish aofcolorful selection of All the cooking is done in your home – ingredients purchased that day, equipment vegetables pair with protein richand concentrate, frozen and thawed SHRIMP AND SCALLOPS WITH – Serves 4-6 supplies for your customized menu all come with Stephanie arrives. eggs for PASTA a when heartyshe meal. AddYour a salad, 2/3 cup buttermilk A low-fat pasta dish studded with seafood and vegetables and lots of flavor. kitchen is left clean and your refrigerator is stockedorwhen she ais quinoa done. Many have rice found perhaps or brown 2 T that oat bran 3/4using cupa chicken broth, low than sodium Personal Chef is cheaper throwing out old groceries and far tastier side, and you are ready to go! Feel 1/2healthier cup onion, chopped 2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped and than frozen entrees. 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