Spring recipe roundup!

OMG, it FINALLY feels like spring here in NYC! YAY! I'm excited for longer days, warm sunshine and (of course) SPRING food!!

Today I'm sharing a few recipes highlighting the beautiful produce this season has to offer. What IS in season? Read this post I wrote last year around this time (bonus: there are more recipes there too!).

Here's what I've got my eye on making right now:

Happy spring cooking!

Loving lately June 2016

As a way to share my favorites with you on a regular basis, I created the "Things I'm Loving Lately" series here on the blog. In this series I share everything from food to fitness, brands to beauty products, good reads to good listens. 

Here's what I'm currently craving and crushing on:

- Cedarwood essential oil - Grounding, calming, balancing. I mix a few drops with jojoba oil and use like a lotion when I get out of the shower, or rub a few drops directly on my legs and feet before going to sleep. Click here to purchase your own essential oils!

- Raw fennel - Still can't stop won't stop with the raw fennel for snacking.

- Seltzer - While I love kombucha, I've been taking a little break from drinking it and instead switched to seltzer - it's cheaper (until I get back into making my own kombucha that is!) and is still super bubbly and refreshing, which I'm all about this time of year. I usually buy the plain seltzer and then add a drop of lemon or grapefruit essential oil to make my own flavored variation.

- Frozen blueberries - My go-to snack of choice these days has been some sort of frozen berry, and blueberries are definitely my favorite. I love the cool, creamy texture and subtle sweetness - they taste like dessert!

- Salmon - After not eating a whole lot of fish for a while, I'm totally back in the game and have been loving salmon, especially in my lunch bowls (try this recipe if you haven't already!).

- Zoodles - This recipe. Just so good.

 

What are you loving lately?  Let me know in the comments below!

Easy Broiled Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

Over the past few months, I've been going, going, going, often relying on the the wonderful, healthy options that the NYC food scene has to offer, but recently I've been back in my kitchen, getting creative with new recipes and rediscovering meal prep!

This is a recipe that I've made a few times and I love it so much! Its super quick and fuss-free, yet tastes like something special you would order at a restaurant. The lemon dill yogurt sauce makes for an amazing dressing, both with the salmon and for salads.

Easy Broiled Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce // dairy free option, paleo

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets (I used the frozen wild caught steelhead from Trader Joe's, thawed in my fridge before cooking)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 container thick yogurt (Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt works great)
  • 1 small Persian cucumber, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven (broil). Line a baking dish with parchment paper or foil. Place salmon fillets, skin side down, on paper or foil. Drizzle each fillet with 1 tsp olive oil and half of the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Cook salmon. Depending on thickness, it may take anywhere from 7-10 minutes, so keep an eye on it. The salmon is done when you can flake it with a fork (i.e. it's not still raw inside!)

3. Make sauce while salmon is cooking. Whisk together yogurt, remaining lemon juice, and dill. Taste and add salt & pepper as desired. Mix in cucumber.

4. Eat! Serve salmon topped with a few tablespoons of yogurt sauce. I like to put this over a bed of greens and use the sauce as a dressing.

What I Ate Wednesday 6/1/16

In an effort to show you all more of what I eat as a plant-strong, active adult, I'm starting a new series here on the blog - "What I Ate Wednesday."  Every other Wednesday (or so) I'll snap a picture of everything I eat and post the pictures plus descriptions here on the blog.  I'll share helpful information on what I'm eating and why.

PLEASE, please, please do not think that your food choices should directly mirror mine - we are all different and what works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa.  I'm still figuring out what works best for me and guess what?  It's changing all the time. I'm simply sharing my choices with the hopes to give you more ideas when it comes to healthy foods and meals.

Here's what I ate this Wednesday:

Upon waking: water + lemon juice, coffee blended with 1 tsp ghee, cinnamon + a few drops of liquid stevia. Quick tip: Ghee is clarified butter which means it is butter with the milk proteins removed. Many people who cannot tolerate dairy can handle ghee.

Breakfast: Steamed kale, sweet potatoes, sauerkraut + 2 hard boiled eggs. Superhuman breakfast, to go!

Snack: Strawberries + small handful of raw almonds, iced black tea with lemon from Hu Kitchen

Lunch: Some sugar snap peas (not pictured) and this gorgeous salad: mixed greens, broiled wild caught steel-head salmon, garlic sauerkraut + tangy lemon dill yogurt dressing. This salad was super flavorful, and SO easy! Would you guys want the super simple recipe for this salmon and dressing? Let me know in the comments below!

Snack: Smoothie with protein powder, water, frozen cherries + vanilla extract. Not pictured.

Dinner: Zucchini noodles, marinated tofu + quinoa. Tofu - I'm still on the fence with you. I had a craving for it last week, but I don't think my gut loves it (soy can be hard to digest). Peppermint tea to curb my sweet tooth after dinner (yes, I have a sweet tooth, and yes this actually works to quell it!)

 

Like I mentioned, I'm always looking to find what foods work best for me through experimentation, and trial and error. Hey, I never thought I would eat dairy again and here I am, trying it out (sheep's milk yogurt and ghee) and doing just fine! Want some help in finding what foods work best for your body and LIFE? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!