Personal Chef & Cooking

“We asked Karen to come into our home and cook for our 5 very picky family members – one of which has a particularly restrictive gluten allergy. Well, she more than blew us away. She is kind, attentive, smart and, most important to me, fast. Her meals were excellent. She was able to substitute when necessary to meet our dietary restrictions, and suggest delicious alternatives she thought we’d enjoy. Finally, she kept her work area very clean. I highly recommend her. She is an excellent cook and an all-around great human being.” 

~JS

Natural Chef & Cooking Services

As a personal chef and a dietitian nutritionist, I cook for busy families and individuals who want to eat healthy home cooked meals. I also cook for folks with specific dietary challenges such as food allergies, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. My clients are tired of relying on greasy and salty take out foods and want to improve their health through eating whole plant-based diets.

As often as possible, I use organic, seasonal and local whole foods to prepare all meals.

Services include: meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and clean up. Meals can be eaten fresh that day or frozen to enjoy at a later time. I bring my kitchen tools and chef knives to your home. I typically cook in 4 or 6 hour time blocks weekly, biweekly or monthly.

Sample Menus

Salads

  • Sesame Soba Noodle Vegetable Salad with Miso- Ginger Vinaigrette
  • Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Chickpeas,
  • Avocados & Lemon Basil Dressing
  • Raw kale salad with currant and pine nuts
  • Butternut squash, arugula and pomegranate salad
  • Chopped endive, watercress salad with persimmon and pecorino
  • Wheat berry, kale and butternut squash salad
  • Classic Caesar salad

Vegetable Sides

  • Cumin-orange roasted carrots
  • Kale with cranberries, pecans, and caramelized onions
  • Sesame shitake broccoli
  • Cauliflower ‘couscous’
  • Roasted Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Asparagus

Vegetarian Entrees

  • Wild Mushroom Risotto
  • Hearty Lentil Soup
  • Seasonal vegetable Tagine over couscous
  • Red curry with vegetables and tofu
  • Eggplant Parmesan with pasta

Lamb & Beef Entrees

  • Lamb and butternut Squash Stew with barley
  • Lamb Curry with basmati rice
  • Lamb stew with tomatoes, oranges, and olives
  • Fresh herb lamb burgers with raita
  • Moroccan Shepherd’s pie
  • Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli
  • Beef chili
  • Orange-ginger beef stir-fry with rice
  • Beef Bolognese with spaghetti
  • Cilantro-lime steak tacos with various toppings

Poultry, Fish & Pork Entrees

  • Pan-roasted chicken w bacon and apples
  • Lemon-ginger roast chicken
  • Chicken enchiladas Verde
  • Pad Thai with chicken and shrimp
  • Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken with
  • roasted root vegetables
  • Chicken Curry with jasmine rice
  • Pistachio & Cilantro Chicken thighs with
  • Cauliflower ‘couscous’
  • Ginger scallion turkey meatballs with pasta
  • White Chicken Poblano Chili with cornbread
  • Salmon en Papillote with forbidden rice
  • Roasted Salmon with vegetable slaw and miso dressing
  • Brazilian Fish stew with shrimp
  • Serrano-Lime marinated shrimp tacos
  • Sausage with ratatouille and creamy polenta
  • Cocoa-chili pork shoulder tacos with jicama slaw

Service Pricing

Personal Chef Services

  • Minimum of 4 hours
  • $75 per hour plus the cost of groceries

Dinner Parties at your Home

  • Minimum of 4 people.
  • $40 per person*
  • Includes personalized menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking in your home and clean up.
  • Includes personalized menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking in your home and clean up.
  • * Cost does not include alcoholic beverages.

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Let's Connect

I currently offer in-person sessions in the San Francisco, Oakland, and Napa California areas. I am available for virtual sessions around the world.

Contact us

Phone: (510) 409-9615

Email: karen@mindful-nutrition.com