I am very, very, very pleased to introduce you to Certified Natural Chef Monica Sallouti who is joining my blog writing team. You are in for a unique treat because Chef Sallouti is a master of creating guilt-free, beautiful, and delicious dishes that are packed with maximal nutrition and fresh ingredients. She and I know how “food as medicine” plays out in health – or disease – and I’m thrilled to be able to share her wisdom and inspiring recipes with you.
Chef Sallouti and I have talked about what she can share that would be the most beneficial to you. We don’t want to tell you what you should or shouldn’t eat. Instead, we want to give you information on how to get the most nutrition out of the good things you eat during the day, and we want to inspire you to make highly nutritious food choices that support your health. For example, do you know how to maximize the anti-cancer properties of garlic, or how to get the most lycopene out of tomatoes when you put them into a dish? It’s these types of questions that you’ll soon have answers for right here on our blog.
“We are what we eat,” literally, and Chef Sallouti is going to help you to make that your most healthy self!
Chef Sallouti’s lifelong passion for delicious nutritious food comes from both her formal training and time spent in the kitchens of her two grandmothers as a young girl. Her Lebanese grandmother lived with her family in São Paulo, Brazil, where family dinners were spiced with multi-cultural creativity and love. Her California grandmother was here in Sonoma County where she owned and managed a health food store in Petaluma for 20 years. Each grandmother, in her own way, taught the importance of using the freshest ingredients to achieve nutritious, soul-satisfying dishes that are prepared with love and care. Chef Sallouti keeps photos of her grandmothers in her kitchen as a reminder that cooking is an act of love no matter how busy life gets.
Chef Sallouti honed her culinary skills and nutritional education at the Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts program at Bauman College in Penngrove, CA. The Bauman Culinary program specializes in cooking with whole, organic and seasonal foods to support a range of specific nutritional needs.
In spite of her passion for food instilled through her family and her culinary education, the specialty of nutrition for Chef Sallouti was sparked after a health crisis some 19 years ago. In her late 20’s, she was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. As part of her “treatment,” she developed a keen awareness of the inextricable link between food, cooking and health. Now, 19+ years later, Sallouti brings her knowledge, culinary creativity and care to both her clients and our readers. I am thrilled to share what she knows with you.
I admit that I have been very fortunate to eat many of Chef Sallouti’s nutritious dishes. They are a combination of classic favorites, fun exotics and lots of “comfort foods.” Each bite is packed with nutritional content that builds vitality while taste buds hum with delight.
In addition to writing for you, Chef Sallouti can be found at her personalized chef service & catering company , which she created in 2008. She prepares meals that please the palate, support health, and protect and replenish vitality. In addition to cooking, Chef Sallouti helps clients here in Sonoma County, CA through:
- Custom “cook with a nutritional chef” lessons
- Pantry rehab
- Personalized grocery store and farmer’s market “tours”
Learn more about Chef Monica Sallouti and her Natural Chef Services here. I look forward to you getting to know and love Chef Sallouti in the same way I do very soon.