May 18, 2011

Mandy's Meals. Healthy Shouldn't Taste This Good.

Welcome!  My focus as a personal chef is on healthy comfort food (but I can also roll with sugar, butter and bacon...I have dessert for dinner at least twice a month).  

I am a graduate of The New School Of Cooking who is fully licensed, insured, ServSafe certified and a proud member of the USPCA.

How It Works
I come to your home and whip up beautiful dishes for your family. You choose from my extensive menu (or let me know what you’re craving), and I do the shopping, cooking, storing, clean-up and leave you with heating instructions and your kitchen exactly how I found it (if not cleaner). I am your food fairy! 

The "Stock Your Fridge and Freezer" Service
4 entrées, 2 sides, 6 generous servings each, plus one dessert and one breakfast entrée  
(30 total meals, plus sides and dessert)

Plan, Shop & Prep Service

Feel overwhelmed by the grocery store? Have trouble coming up with fresh menu ideas? Like to cook but hate to prep? This is the perfect service for you. I will plan your weekly menu, shop for all ingredients, and prep the meals.

Cooking Only Service

This is the opposite of the last service. If you know what you like, and know where to get it, but don't have time to prepare it, I'm your girl! Once your menu is set and your groceries are in the kitchen, I will appear to whip them into delicious meals.
Not the right plan for you?  No worries.  Let’s come up with the perfect solution! 

Please contact me for pricing. Pricing depends on menu preferences and distance.

Hiring someone to shop and cook for you is an investment in your health.  Whether you have a new family, no interest in cooking, are too busy to cook, have health concerns, or are simply suffering from restaurant burnout, I am here to help! You will know that your food is fresh, of the highest quality, and not loaded with sugar, salt or fat.  The vast majority of disease is lifestyle related; by putting the best food possible into your body is the best way to insure a long and wonderful quality of life. 

Please contact me for a free consultation. I can't wait to start cooking for you!

Apr 23, 2011

Pineapple Cake with Coconut Frosting

For my parents 37th wedding anniversary, I baked.  It felt really good.  Think I'm almost ready to go back to work...a little bit.

Read all about it.

Apr 1, 2011

I Am Not Dead

Hi y'all.  I'm sorry I have not touched this blog in three months. It's not that I'm not eating, I'm just not cooking.  Or cheffing.  I'm mommying, and this has zapped all kitchen creativity from my soul.  I am cautiously optimistic that my verve will return one day, and actually have a couple of culinary ideas in the pipeline, but for now this is what my food world looks like:

String cheese

Vegan cookies. They're healthy cuz they're vegan. Shut up.


Frozen green beans

Bars. Lotsa bars.

Frozen Broccoli

Versailles Chicken

I am still blogging! If you miss my stunning wit, or are wondering what the hell I'm doing with myself, come find me at


Dec 29, 2010

Hot Dogs for Dinner

So here's the deal. Way back when I started this blog, I simply took pictures of everything I ate, and blogged about it. Then I started personal cheffing, and the blog became more about what I cooked for clients. I am at a loss now being 37 weeks pregnant, not currently cheffing, as to where to go with the blog. If you have any ideas, let me know! In the meantime, I'm gonna go back to my Eat Repeat roots, take pics of my food, and tell you all about it, and about what's going on with me. Sound good?

My dinner:  One kosher beef hot dog and one organic turkey dog with ketchup, mustard, green onions, pickles and one shredded up piece of string cheese I divided between two buns.  I freaking love hot dogs during this pregnancy.  Pre-pregnancy, I probably ate hot dogs twice a year.  Now they are a staple.  I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that my favorite toddler foods were hot dogs and apple sauce (not together, although it could work...).  My mom said I used to go into the kitchen, slap the refrigerator door and say "Sauce!" or "Ketchup Hot Dog!"  What a clear communicator, even back then.

My hot dogs came with a side of roasted broccoli and a giant pear.  Pears are my favorite fruit.

Husband's dinner:  One turkey hot dog with ketchup, mustard, green onions and pickles, tater tots, and a big side of baked beans with more cut up hot dogs.  He worked hard today in informercial land and ate everything, plus a tuna sandwich.  Hungry husband.

In other news, I had my 37 week check-up today with the lovely midwives at The Sanctuary.  All is well with Ian, except that his spine is a little more towards my left side than they'd like (shortly before birth, the optimal position is for their spine to be between the left side and the mom's belly button, with the spine pointing outward, rather than towards mom's back, which is what causes "back labor").  So I've been encouraged to hang out on all fours for a little while each day to move the little guys back a bit.  Tonight I crawled around on the carpet while watching The West Wing.

I feel really good today physically, and did a brisk 30 minute elliptical workout.  I had the midwives measure my "waist" which is a hearty 41 inches.  I have no idea how much weight I've gained, nor do I care to know until the very end.  On that note, I think I'll have a snack...

Dec 9, 2010

Pot Roast for Breakfast, Apple Bread Pudding for Dinner

This is what happens at 34 weeks pregnant.  People want to take your picture for no reason.  You want pot roast at 9am, and french toast at 7pm.  Why ask why?

Yum.  Leftover potroast, steamed green beans, and spiced yam mash.  Kept me full all day long.

Apple Bread Pudding

1 baguette French bread, cut into small pieces
7 egg whites
3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 dropperful liquid vanilla stevia
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup chunky unsweetened apple sauce

Combine eggs, milk, spice, vanilla, stevia and salt.  Pour over bread, and mix in applesauce.  Let sit, covered, in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour mixture into buttered 9x12 inch pan.  Bake for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown and eggs are set.  Top with as much butter and syrup as you desire!

Breakfast:  It's what's for dinner.