Sister’s favorite pico de gallo

This recipe comes from my sister who lives in the Southwest.  If you love fresh Pico de gallo, this recipe is a must make.  I love the touch of honey mixed with the spicy pepper flavor combination.  Top on fish tacos or vege burger, or simply dive in with a chip.  Either way, make sure…

Manuka Honey’s Healing Powers

A friend of mine recently asked me, “so what’s so special about Manuka honey other than the price?” After some research, I can honestly answer, a lot.  And in my opinion, it’s definitely worth the price. According to researchers, honey, which has been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes like clearing up and treating…

Strawberry and Sesame Power Greens Salad

I love this flavor combination.  The sesame seeds give it a unique roasted flavor explosion while the strawberry brings in the sweetness.  Try this salad today! Salad Ingredients: 6 cups power greens 1 cup strawberries sliced 2 Tablespoons of sesame seeds ½ cup of feta cheese   Dressing I used Bolthouse Farms Pomegranate Poppyseed dressing. …

Simple Watermelon Salad

Happy first day of summer!  And what goes better with summer than watermelon?  It’s one of my household’s favorite fruits.  In my opinion, summer is the only time to enjoy watermelon even though it’s available almost all year round.  Winter melons tend to have a mushy texture and lack taste and crunch.  I’ve tried many…

Pan-Seared Pacific Halibut in a Caper and White Wine Sauce

If you’re looking for a light seafood dish that is full of flavor and nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and selenium then this halibut recipe fits the ticket.  With easy to obtain ingredients that you probably already have most if not all coupled with roughly 30-minute preparation time, this recipe will be a…

Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Shrimp

This recipe brings back the backyard cooking, although with a bit more effort it can be done on an indoor grill. The marinade is a delicate balance between sweet and spicy, but if you are the type to “turn up the heat” by all means add more chipotle spice to the marinade to get the…

Pesto Rolled Chicken with Pasta

This recipe focuses on fresh ingredients and uses strong flavors like pesto and sun-dried tomatoes but in small amounts so that you can get a taste but not be overpowered by their robust flavors. The pasta itself, while on its own may underperform, in this dish compliments instead. To get the most out of this…

Asian Inspired Slaw

This slaw is a modern twist on an old standby. It is a little, salty, sweet and spicy all at the same time, but doesn’t overwhelm your taste buds. Give it a try today. Gather Ingredients: Coleslaw vegetables, prepackaged (12-ounce or 6 cups) Sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon Avocado or canola oil, 1/8 cup Sesame oil,…

Bisphenol A

Could you imagine pouring a cup of milk from a gallon container made out of glass?  Or accidentally dropping a shampoo bottle in the shower made from glass?  YIKES!  Plastics make our lives easier and safer in many ways, but the convenience of plastic use has some downsides that we as consumers should understand.  This…

Autumn Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe is chock full of nutritious elements that together make a complete meal-in-one including the edible bowl.  It contains vegetables, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and squash, a rich whole grain, quinoa and lean proteins, lentils, and ground sirloin.  It even contains some calcium with parmesan cheese.  This recipe will take a little more effort,…

The Crush

Grapes are everywhere this time of year.  After all, ask anyone in Napa and they will tell you, ’tis the season for the crush.  While I won’t be showing you how to harvest grapes from the vine into wine on this blog, I will be discussing the benefits of these rich varietals with recipes that…

Butternut Squash Soup with a Touch of Honey

Butternut squash is a winter starchy vegetable primarily used for its fleshy inside.  Roasting the squash enhances its natural sugars producing a roasted sweet flavor from caramelization as the heat from the oven removes the water and break downs the squash sugars.  With its bright orange inside, it’s easy to guess that butternut squash is…