Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Crab Shack Summer Salad

Some people collect coins, or stamps. Or shoes. I collect cookbooks and recipes. Some of my cookbooks are purely functional – the tried and true ones that I can always count on for the perfect recipe or inspiration. I have lots of other books though, that I’ve picked up on vacations, and never made anything from. That’s probably weird for most people, but for me, it’s just a nice reminder of places I’ve visited and different cuisines I’ve tasted and special meals I’ve enjoyed. Continue Reading..

Summer Harvest Vegetable Ceviche

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of ceviche. If you’re not familiar, it’s a South American dish made with raw fish, that’s been “cooked” in a mixture of citrus juices like lemon, lime, or orange and seasoned with onion, chili peppers and herbs. The acids in the juice break down the proteins in the fish, and give it the appearance of being cooked.

The only tiny issue I have with ceviche is that while the acid breaks down the proteins, it really doesn’t do much to kill any bacteria or toxins in the fish. So unless you are completely certain that your fish is super fresh and here’s the important part – toxin free (almost impossible to know), you may run the risk Continue Reading..

Very Berry Spinach Salad with Popped Quinoa & Citrus Yogurt Dressing

I have a lot of favorite things about summer. The weather, the sun, the very much smaller loads of laundry from very much smaller clothes, the way that life just seems so much easier and slower, and of course, the berries! I love fresh berries, and yes, I know you can actually get them year round, but at $4.99 for a tiny little container, I say NO WAY. So I really, really, love it when I see prices in the $2.99 range, and I can hardly contain myself when I see a good buy one get one! Continue Reading..

Sensational Summer Salads

So next weekend is the unofficial start of summer and I think I saw a few people in Chicago posting pictures of snow the other day on Facebook. Whaaaat is going on here? One of these days it will be warm enough for shorts and maybe even beach weather… Hopefully before fall… Beach weather or not, at least salads are in season. I’m seeing lots more fresh colorful produce at the grocery store, and farmers markets will be in full swing soon, even in Chicago 🙂 Continue Reading..

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