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POSTPARTUM MEALS

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America, we need to listen to what other cultures have been doing for thousands of years! Even at one time during Colonial America, new mothers practiced a “lying-in” period for three to four or more weeks after giving birth! Studies have shown that postpartum depletion can last up to 8 years after childbirth if new mothers don’t recover by proper nutritional food and rest. 8 years!!! WTF! Rest new mothers. It’s mandated in other cultures so don’t feel bad that you want to rest and recover. And we need to support this and stop congratulation women who are recovering from childbirth so quickly.

Enclave understands this dire need and we offer postpartum meals specifically tailored to new moms’ needs. Check out our site for more info or contact us at delivermehappy@gmail.com on how we can get postpartum meals delivered to you or for a loved one.

// Photo by Emily Taplin.

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HAPPY MEAL PREP

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HAPPY MEAL PREP

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Enclave's Happy Meal Prep are crafted with intention to make your body, mind, and soul happy.  Here are details for this week's meals.

"Every bite you take is either fighting a disease or feeding it."

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OSSO BUCO

"The Italians and Spanish, the Chinese and Vietnamese see food as part of a larger, more essential and pleasurable part of daily life. Not as an experience to be collected or bragged about - or as a ritual like filling up a car - but as something else that gives pleasure, like sex or music, or a good nap in the afternoon." - Anthony Bourdain

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Enclave - Adventurous Superfood Osso Buco made with True Pasture Beef grass-fed shanks, low carb style, keto and paleo friendly with celery root and cauliflower mash. So happy our sous chef Pete is from strong Italian family!

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TWO-MINUTE PLATING

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Straight out of the box and onto the plate. Took me 2 minutes to plate. Here we have Nicoise Salad with Catalina Offshore smoked tuna and Chino Farms baby potatoes and haricots vests & Lemongrass Organic Chicken over Turmeric Garlic Cauliflower Rice with so many herbs you'll have no idea why you feel so damn happy bite after bite.

 

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POSTPARTUM (CONFINEMENT) MEALS!

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POSTPARTUM (CONFINEMENT) MEALS!

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Chef's Personal Story: I grew up in a Vietnamese-Chinese household and when my sisters had a baby, my mom would move in with them for at least a month and cook and help take care of the new mom and newborn. Traditionally, in Chinese culture, it's called the confinement period where it is typically at least a month after birth. Traditional confinement meals are made for new mothers to help purify toxins, strengthen bones, restore blood, rejuvenate, build breastmilk production, and strengthen overall immunity, health, and provide nourishment.

When I heard my friend running errands and doing housework just a week after giving a birth, I was in utter shock! Think about it! Giving birth to a baby is probably one the hardest and most painful experiences on the body physically and emotionally. Why are mothers not being taken care of?

When I told my friend about our culture and the one month confinement period, she was in shock. And then we found out many cultures around the world also have certain practices and consume certain meals post birth. 

So here we are. Enclave has developed a menu specifically for new moms during postpartum for optimum wellness. Recipes are adapted from 1000 year old books of both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. And all of it is delivered right to their doorstep! 

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CHEF DEMO SERIES: FOOD AS MEDICINE

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Check out the new Chef Demo Series: Food as Medicine at Saffron & Sage! I'll be sharing some cooking tips using foods high in anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and rebuild immunity.

May 31, Thursday: 6:30pm - Gut-Brain Connection

June 9, Saturday: 11:30am - Explore Unique Superfoods 

June 21, Thursday: 6:30pm - Solstice Celebration

All events are FREE, but you must RSVP!

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GUT MICROBIOME

This week's deliveries were all made with crafted intention of both flavor and nutrition. One of the items we try to address that don't seem to grab enough attention is the importance of a healthy gut microbiome. The gut is the foundation of all health in which food, emotions, stress, and laughter all play a major role. You can eat all the kale you want, but without having healthy gut, all those nutrients will not be absorbed.

You will notice that in our meals, we try to incorporate fermented foods that are loaded with healthy bacteria, called probiotics. Natural sources are the best so we find it very crucial to implement fermented foods into our meals. 

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We have a close working relationship with Happy Pantry's owner/chef, Mark who provides us with fermented ingredients including brine and special fermented items for us to use. We also make our own kimchi and fermented chili pastes. We hope you notice the little things and extra efforts we put in our meals to make it the most healthy and happy for you!

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The Road to ZERO WASTE!

One of the biggest problems in the food industry is that over 40 million tons of food is wasted every year which equates to about $218 billion dollars per year! Billions!!! I've witnessed myself from large restaurants, grocery stores, farms, to small mom and pop eateries.

Although we don't throw much away at Enclave, we are always striving for innovative and creative solutions to use sustainable practices and work towards being a zero-waste company! With the scraps that we do have leftover, we are experimenting with making dog food! All our ingredients are local and organic making it some of the healthiest options out there! They even have probiotics and bone broth which have proven to be really good for the gut and joints! Please email me if you want to try and we'll send to you for free!*

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Another form of food waste is using parts of items that we would normally throw away. Thanks to Tommy the Fishmonger of Catalina Offshore, he showed me one of the tastiest parts of Opah (moonfish), the abductor, which is normally thrown away. It's a muscle that's also called the "tri-tip", and when grounded it can taste more like meat. Here we seared it and made delicious tacos with all the superfood fixings!

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