I’ve spent over a decade cooking in restaurants from New York to Minneapolis to Chicago. In The Clarified Menu, each week I dish out my best tools, tips, and secrets of the trade in a flexible meal plan that works for your real life. From my years working as a chef, here’s what I know cooking is really about:
preparation, organization, and simplicity.
Subscribing to The Clarified Menu is like having a friend who just also happens to be a chef. I’ve been answering my friends cooking S.O.S. calls, texts, and emails for years. I love watching my friends go from feeling stressed out and in a jam to wowing their family and rocking it in their home kitchens with confidence.
If we lived in the same neighborhood, this is me coming over with treats and a thermos full of your favorite coffee or tea because I know you’ve had one heck of a week. And guess what? You’re not alone and I have an email inbox with stories to prove it.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking, researching and talking to other moms. The more moms I talked to, the more I noticed a pattern emerging.
You can totally find cool recipes online, but you have to search for them on blogs, websites, and Pinterest to find your meals for the week.
Then you still have to make the shopping list, plan and cook.
“I don’t have enough time.”
“I worry about feeding my family a nutritious diet.”
“I can’t compete with those celebrity chefs on TV.”
“Cooking amazing food feels too hard.”
“Cooking feels more like a burden.”
“I feel guilty it doesn’t just come naturally.”
“It’s hard to come up with ideas week in and week out.”
You could continue to browse the internet for recipes, struggling to find the time to handle real life AND put together a healthy, delicious menu for the week.
It includes everything you need to plan, shop, prep and cook a week of delicious and healthy meals.
(yeah I'm talking about your famous instapot chili)
This is not a diet plan. This is a real food plan with a focus on veggies and seasonal menus, meant to be tinkered and tweaked for your real life. Vegetarian? Just skip the meat that pops up from time to time. Gluten-free? Use a gluten-free flour blend. Don't like kale? Use your favorite green vegetable instead. The Clarified Menu is all about empowering you to cook chef level real food and make any needed adjustments with ease.
The reason for this is simple: the goal is to help you cook food that is full of vibrant flavor and leaves you feeling great.
Local and sustainably raised meat is more expensive but worth every penny. My suggestion? Get to know a local farmer that has a heart for sustainability and support them with your meat purchases. So for the planet, our wallets, and the meal plan, meat pops up from time to time, just not every week.
It’s all about balance. If our plates are full of lots of beautiful and vibrant veggies throughout the week, we think that leaves plenty of room for a decadent dessert from time to time as well.
Local food is more flavorful, more nutrient dense and less processed. It’s good for your body, the environment and puts money back into your community. Buying local paves the way for future generations of small family farmers by establishing demand.
Every day we get the chance to vote for what matters to us with our wallets. From my perspective, this is super cool and a big deal with long-term benefits for our health. Because of this, we try to keep recipes seasonal and from scratch.
Try out the sample week and let us know what you think. Did it make your week easier, more relaxed and fun?
That’s $2.25 a week, just about the price of a cup of coffee.
You save about 17%
I am an executive chef turned mom, blogger and food biz and restaurant consultant. I love working on projects that keep me close to the kitchen and love helping others bring their food ideas to life. I live in Santa Fe, NM with my husband Hans and two boys, River and Fox.
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