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Summertime Watermelon & Kale Salad


I love, love, love fresh seasonal fruit in a salad. This salad takes just 5 minutes to put together and is loaded with antioxidants.  Not to mention it tastes delicious!


  •  1 head of organic kale, rinsed and chopped (may also use pre-chopped bin )
  •  2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced in quarters
  • 1/4 block of goat cheese, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw, unsalted, peeled sunflower seeds  (I use Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Optional (add fresh mint leaves)


  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp.  Balsamic vinegar


  • Combine all ingredients and toss with dressing.





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Fish Tacos With Mango Salsa


Easy weeknight fish tacos!


  • 1/2 lb. wild-caught cod or other white fish
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 limes
  • 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Natural taco seasoning     e.g. Simply Organic, Trader Joe’s
  • Grain-free tortillas *

*May substitute with corn tortillas


1. Marinate fish in taco seasoning and lime juice for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Combine chopped mango chunks, tomato, and red onion to make the salsa. Squeeze in fresh lime juice and combine in salsa.

3. Sauté or grill fish until white and flakey. (Cook on each side approximately 3-5 minutes)

4. Lightly spray tortillas with olive oil spray and warm in pan over low heat. (1 minute) Assemble tacos while tortillas are still warm. Top with sliced avocado and enjoy!




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Zesty Zoodles


Zoodles are an easy, low-carb,  and nutritious alternative to regular refined pasta  that’s  frequently consumed as part of the Standard American Diet (SAD). When making the transition  to a whole food based diet, pasta is often missed by carb lovers everywhere.  Zoodles however, allow you to still enjoy your favorite pasta based dishes without having to sacrifice taste and ease of cooking! All you need is a Spiralizer and the possibilities are endless!



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Tasty Summer Salads

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with different salads thanks to the large selection of fresh, in season produce available. Summer fruits in particular are ripe, inexpensive and bursting with favor. I love salads because they make a quick and easy meal requiring little planning and preparation. On a hot summer day, a nice cool and refreshing salad sure beats cooking over a stove.


Instead of your basic house salad with carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes which may become boring, try mixing it up! Fruit makes an easy sweet and tasty addition to those greens. Spinach topped with fresh berries and goat cheese is my favorite summer salad creation. Berries are packed full of fiber and antioxidants. Antioxidants can decrease the risk of many diseases. The phytochemical called anthocyanin is what gives blueberries & blackberries their dark  blue color and strawberries their red color. In addition to anthocyanin, strawberries also contain other compounds including flavonoids, ellagitannins and ellagic acid which all have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Watermelon is high in carotenoid-phytochemicals. In fact, one serving of watermelon has three times the amount of lycopene than a raw tomato! Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and watermelon are also all an EXCELLENT source of Vitamin C! 


 Summer Berry Salad with Homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing



  • 1 cup of raw spinach
  • 1/4 cup of diced watermelon
  • 1/4 cup of fresh blackberries or blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • goat cheese


  • Fresh strawberries
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Olive oil

To make dressing, wash and chop a handful of fresh strawberries. In a blender, combine strawberries with about 1/4 cup of balsamic vinaigrette and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add seasonings if desired.


hommade strawberry dressing


Read more about the benefits of tasty summer fruit here.