22Jun

Do you ask yourself – “What can I eat?” too many times a week because you or your family has a unique diet with multiple food allergies?

The Problem:

  • Multiple food allergies, celiac disease and many other digestive related illnesses are on the rise in both children and adults today.
  • Most prepared foods contain common allergens such as:  wheat, dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, corn, nuts, fish and other common allergens.
  • Prepared foods are usually processed and contain chemicals, pesticides and preservatives.

Therefore…

  • People on limited diets have a difficult time finding premade food they can enjoy.
  • People need to cook most or all of their meals because of their restricted diet.

But…

  • People don’t have time to plan a week’s worth of allergen-free meals.
  • Many people don’t know where to start with allergen-free cooking.
  • It’s easy to get in a cooking rut and get bored with your diet.

and…

  • Everybody’s diet is different:  while many people can’t eat gluten, many others have multiple foods restrictions.
  • Some people have children who have different food allergies, making it more difficult to plan meals.

A Solution:

  • Having an easy and delicious meal plan every week saves people time and money.  The question, “What can I cook?” is put to rest and people have less stress.
  • People start to feel healthier and happier when they follow a diet that works for their body.
  • Having an organized shopping list saves time and money.  People don’t impulse-buy as much because what they need is on the list.

But who has time to create an allergen-free or limited diet meal plan every week?

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  • You gain access to over 1000 allergen-free recipes for limited diets.
  • You gain access to menu planners for many different diets and limitations.
  • You receive a new menu planner each week in your inbox.
  • You receive an easy to read and organized shopping list for each menu planner.

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Looking for someone to do all the work? I also offer Personal Chef Services for people with food allergies and food limitations in Baltimore, Maryland and surrounding areas.

Consultations available for people who may have specific questions about different allergen-free diets and help them find recipes they will love.  I offer 20 minutes FREE!

What is the HeART of Cooking?
HeART of Cooking was born out of the desire to serve people by helping them cook healthful and delicious meals that also work for their diet.  I have personally spent the past 12+ years researching, learning about and experimenting with different diets out of my own desire to have a healthy body.  Because of my own food sensitivities, I specialize in cooking for many different diets.  Because I love to cook, preparing a meal is like creating a piece of art that will nourish the body as well as the heart.

If you want to prepare delicious food for your family that is free of common allergens, but don’t have time to plan new meals each week, you’ve come to the right place. Envision yourself coming home to a table spread with food that is delicious as well as catered to your needs.

20Mar

What you can eat when you have soy allergies or soy intolerance

Homemade Dairy and Soy-free Cheese

Update March 2018: This post was originally created in 2009. A lot has changed in nine years and there are so many more soy-free products available on the market. So I’m updating the post to include some of the new choices for people who avoid soy products.

Soy is one of the top eight most common food allergens.  Yet, soy products can be found in many foods in restaurants, fast food, manufactured breads, cereals, mayonnaise, salad dressings, in non-dairy milk products and many other foods.

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01Mar

Plant-based Meals, Fruit and Veggie Salads and Homemade Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing

Something somewhat miraculous has happened in my life. After avoiding almost all fruit for two years and starchy and sweet veggies for over nine years, I am eating them again. My food choices had become increasing grim and unappetizing last year where I found myself eating the same limited foods each week: salmon, chicken, turkey, some beef, non-starchy veggies including spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, etc, some cheese, eggs, coconut, nuts, chia seeds…not sure what else. I basically was bored with food and tired of eating because life in the land of food had become so pathetically unpleasing to the eye as well as the palette.

How I started this journey ten years ago when I embarked upon the GAPS diet and how I ended up where I am today eating a (mostly) plant-based diet is quite a long story and I’m still working on writing about about this journey. So in the meantime, I will share what is nourishing and filling me up these days.

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20Feb

A photo story of personal chef services in Baltimore, Maryland

personal chef Baltimore MD

A sign out front of the Common Market in Frederick, MD.

Until you’ve had someone cook for you as a personal chef, it can be hard to imagine just what it’s like and how the process works. When I tell people I am a personal chef in Baltimore, Maryland, they often say, “Oh! I need you to come cook for me!” They aren’t usually serious but who doesn’t want meals made specifically to their tastes? Their next question is usually about how it all works.

It’s really not that complicated, though it can be if someone has a lot of food restrictions. I usually work with people with some kind of allergy or restriction, however I also work with plenty of people who simply want to eat more healthily.

After we’ve conducted the client consultation over the phone where I have asked plenty of questions in order to create a menu based on the client’s likes and dislikes, we schedule a day for me to come to their home a do a “cook day.” You can read more about the specific ins and outs of how my services work on my Personal Chef Services page, but in this post I really wanted to SHOW you what it’s like!

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19Nov

A recap of my life over the past three years…

Topaz and me, summer of 2015

It’s been a long time since I have written about my process with my health, and there have been many times when I wasn’t even sure I was going to blog again. For a while, I was pressuring myself to blog and post recipes. But it was not coming from a place of really wanting to do it, simply trying to convince myself that I should.

That strategy has never worked for me.

And now I see it was not time yet for me to blog or share the details of my health journey with people in this way. It is like I have been in a incubator in order for me to recover and heal.

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01May

What is it like to have a personal chef when you have food limitations?

Four Bunches of Rainbow Swiss Chard Stems at a Farmer's Market with $2.00 Price Tag --- Image by © Foodcollection/the food passionates/Corbis

The other day I was spotted by a cashier at the Mt. Washington Whole Foods in Baltimore, MD. He said, “You’re a personal chef, aren’t you?” I was a little giddy to be singled out because I don’t think this has happened before in the eleven years I’ve been cooking for people. So I said, “Yes, how could you tell?” He then named a few things that made me stand out: I had two separate food orders, I had a detailed printed grocery list, I brought my own shopping bags and I asked to keep the receipt. Why two orders? I almost always buy some food for my family while I’m shopping for clients!

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24Jul

How to make dried watermelon

dried watermelon

The idea to make dried watermelon came to me through a friend. Watermelon isn’t something you normally see in the dried fruit section in stores. But it tastes great dried and is great for traveling. My son loves it!

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06Jul

How to Meal Plan for a very limited Grain-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free and Egg-free diet

I receive a lot of emails from people who have found my site and are looking for ideas for their very limited diet.  Some of these people are at a complete loss as to what to eat because their diet is so limited.  I received one of these emails from someone last week inquiring about a diet for her daughter.

Here was her list of foods that her daughter was told to avoid:

gluten (wheat, barley, oats, spelt, kamut, tricale, and all products containing gluten such as soy sauce, etc)
grain (includes rice, millet, teff, and other gluten-free grains)
dairy
egg
soy
corn
banana
kiwi

This is a similar list to many of the people who come to me.  There are definite variations and more limited diets like those without any meat or fish, legumes, nuts, all fruit, etc.  But I thought I’d start with this diet to give you some ideas on where to start.

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08Mar

Artichoke Pesto Recipe (dairy and nut-free)

Being a personal chef who specializes in cooking for people on limited diets, I am always meeting people who follow different kinds of limited diets. I’m different from most personal chefs who have set menu items. Instead, I work with my clients personally on the diet they follow and with their dietary restrictions. Because of this I’m always learning something new. My latest new client has been given a protocol to follow to help heal her Lyme’s disease. And she gave me the book that her doctor recommended, Recipes for Repair by Gail and Laura Piazza. I’ve been trying some of the recipes and they are really delicious.

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23Jan

Paleo Egg-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

What does one do when stuck inside during a blizzard? Make cookies of course. And if you live in the mid-Atlantic region of the country, you know what I’m talking about. I’m just hoping I can go to work sometime next week. If not, I guess I’ll just make more cookies:) I hope that if you’re also in the middle of the storm, you are home safe and cozy with heat and a batch of fresh baked cookies yourself.

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