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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While deciding what to wear that’s green today, how about thinking of eating some green too?  Here are a some ‘real food’ ideas…






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Toasted Quinoa Salad with Shrimp and Edamame

Toasted Quinoa Salad with Shrimp and EdamameAs a follow-up to the Southwestern-style Quinoa and Black Beans, here’s a nutrient-dense, protein-packed salad to try. It’s fresh in taste, texture and color with a hint of Asian flavor.


  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, frozen or fresh (41-50 shrimp/pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed well
  • 5 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen edamame, shelled
  • 1 c. scallions, sliced thinly and diagonally (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 1/2 tsp. tamari (or soy sauce), reduced-sodium and gluten-free
  • 1 tsp. Aji-Mirin (sweet cooking rice seasoning) – can be found in the Asian foods of the supermarket with the rice wine vinegars
  • 4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt to taste (optional)

1. Place in a mesh strainer and rinse well with water:

  • 1 1/2 c. quinoa, uncooked

2. Toss in medium bowl. Set aside and let marinate.

Honey Mango and Scallop Salad

Honey Mangos
Honey mangos are sweet, string-less and full of flavor.

Salads make a refreshing, light meal as well as a nice starter.  Here’s a tropical seafood salad that is sure to please! The Honey Mangos  give this salad a fantastic sweet flavor while the jalapeno pepper and scallops add a lively kick.

The Honey Mango (a.k.a. Manila or Ataulfo Mango) is generally available in the spring and fall. These jewels have a smooth, string-less flesh and literally melt in your mouth. The contrast between the sweet and spicy flavors and the smooth and crunchy textures make this salad a real delight.

When selecting honey mangos, be sure to pick ones with a yellow-orange color (not light green or with brown marks). They should give  slightly when you give them a little bit of a squeeze.  Mangos are great sources of fiber, Vitamins A and C.

Vitamin C is vital for collagen maintenance. Collagen is the fibrous structural protein that gives your skin its strength and elasticity. Wrinkles occur when collagen in the skin degrades. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals that break down your skin’s elastin and collagen which are the key components of youthful firm skin. Great reasons to go back for seconds!   Continue reading “Honey Mango and Scallop Salad”

Broccoli Almond Salad with Avocado

AvocadoLooking for a quick side dish that’s different and delicious?  When you’re in the mood for a new twist on the usual steamed broccoli, give this salad a try.  The rough crunchy texture of the broccoli and almonds combined with the smooth creaminess of the avocado create a tasty contrast per forkful.

Avocados are a good source of both heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (known to lower blood cholesterol) and vitamin E, a powerful anti-aging antioxidant.

Both avocados and broccoli contain lutein – a nutrient from the carotenoid family of chemicals that contain pigments.  Lutein is one of the primary yellow pigments found in the central part of the retina (macula) that absorbs harmful components of sunlight.  Both lutein and zeaxanthin have been found to help protect against eye diseases, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), ARMD is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.

One serving (1 1/4 cup) of this salad contains a whopping 4.5 mg of lutein which nearly meets the 6 mg that is recommended per day by leading physicians.   Continue reading “Broccoli Almond Salad with Avocado”

Grilled Salmon Cakes Salad

Live butter lettuce stays fresh and crispy for days
Live butter lettuce stays fresh and crispy for days

When you’re in the mood for a fresh all-in-one meal, this dish is an easy fix.  It’s colorful, rich in skin-lovin’ omega-3’s, and delicious.  The creamy avocados and the tender, slightly sweet flavor of the  butter lettuce (a.k.a. Boston lettuce) combine scrumptiously with these zesty, delicate salmon cakes.  Salmon cakes are typically 30% bread or cracker crumbs, but these cakes don’t contain a lot of starchy fillers — so you’ll get more of the true flavor and texture of the salmon.  Perfect for a hot summer day!   Continue reading “Grilled Salmon Cakes Salad”