Shelter in Place is now extended through May 3rd in San Francisco and things appear to settle in a new normal. I am finding balance between cooking comforting food that is good for the soul and some healthier, leaner options. We are reconnecting with friends and family virtually. My passion for outdoor running is back … More April Week 1 Meal Plan : I Got This.
With my partner and I both working from home, I noticed some big and small changes in our routines (And martinis consumption). We are now meeting up to eat lunch at the kitchen counter so we can get a break from the dining room table that also serves as office. I am still meal planning … More March Week 5 Meal Plan : The New Normal.
I am trying to settle into a new normal of working from home, social distancing and self quarantining. These are all big changes but cooking and baking (And martinis) have all been a huge help in staying calm. Meal Planning is a healthy habit I stick to which also helps bringing a sense of normalcy … More March Week 4 Meal Plan : New Week, New Possibilities.
A super simple marinade that is a real life saver when you are trying to add some zing to roasted chicken breasts. Serving Size Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 lb of chicken breasts 4 tablespoons of lemon juice 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of black pepper 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin 1 teaspoon of oregano … More Greek Chicken
Chicken Satay is nothing new but I love this simple take on this classic dish. I roast the chicken in the marinade but you could also grill it. Serving Size Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 lb of chicken breasts Marinade 2 teaspoons of curry powder 2 garlic cloves pealed and smashed 4 tablespoons of soy sauce … More Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
I will be working from home through the end of March and decided that to make it as enjoyable as possible I would adhere to my meal planning ritual : working remotely is no excuse to only feed yourself carrots and hummus out of the tub while wearing sweatpants. And to find some peace in … More March Week 3 Meal Plan : Trying to Find Peace in the Chaos.
February is almost over and it was a month of mindfulness. At home, at work and at the gym I challenged myself to be fully immersed in what I was doing by focusing on being present in the moment. That lead to some pretty cathartic workouts with explosive heart rate! I am on track to … More February Week 4 Meal Plan : Fierce Energy of Now!
We are having an exceptionally sunny February in San Francisco this year. Days are getting longer and I am holding strong to my five times a week gym regimen! For this week, I curated an eclectic mix of recipes with the intention of bringing more flavor, heat and color to February. LUNCHES I dialed back … More February Week 3 Meal Plan : Mix it Up!
I don’t know about you but my January has been off to a bumpy start. Between traveling back from Canada with a nasty cold, getting re-accustomed to the idea of a 5 day work week and going back to the gym, I have not been basking in “New Year New You” vibes until this week … More January Week 2 Meal Plan : Back in the Saddle!
After a week full of indulging, it’s time to reset. Resetting at EffortlesslyChuck doesn’t mean going on a full detox but returning to our regular weekly eating habits and asking ourselves “What are we in the mood for”? This week I am craving flavorful dishes that are dense in nutrients. With this in mind, I … More Meal Plan for December Week 1 : Time to Reset