I love the fresh flavors that come together in a stir-fry. In this particular version, I use salmon, broccoli, snow peas, carrots, water chestnuts, and spinach. But the beauty of stir-fry is that you can substitute nearly any vegetable for another. Shop your local farmers market for the season’s best and add or substitute as you please.
You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet on the blog these past couple of months. My passion for food and the culinary arts combined with my love for producing large-scale events, inspired me to create the first annual St. Pete Wine & Food Festival. My goal was to highlight the emerging culinary scene in the Tampa Bay area, while creating a premier wine and food event like the city has never seen before.
The event was a huge success! We partnered with over 35 restaurants, 30 breweries, and 40 wineries to create a memorable four-day festival including a Charity Wine Pairing Dinner, a craft beer festival (BEER Night St. Pete), and two-day Grand Tasting.
The Grand Tastings featured some of the best food from local Tampa Bay area restaurants. The chef demos added a nice touch for the foodie, like me, who loves to cook. And the variety of wines from all over the world provided something for everyone. The culinary emergence is happening everywhere and it’s worth celebrating!
I am honored to work with the talented group of chefs, brewers, and vintners who helped bring this event to life. I hope you’ll consider joining me for the 2nd annual St. Pete Wine & Food Festival in 2016 (date to be announced soon). In the meantime, enjoy the photo highlights below.
Years ago, before I had children (who are now 6 and 7), my husband and I would take our boat to a waterfront restaurant not far from our house. Although there are many waterfront restaurants to choose from (we live in Florida) we selected this particular restaurant because it had one of our favorite appetizers—shrimp ceviche served with tortilla chips. Although the restaurant no longer exists, this refreshing dish reminds me of the time we spent sitting on the restaurant dock drinking wine and enjoying this favorite appetizer.
Over the years, I’ve made some changes to the dish. The restaurant used baby shrimp but I found that I enjoy medium size shrimp that are chopped into smaller pieces rather than baby shrimp. I also added bay scallops to the recipe as the combination of shrimp and scallops ensures every bite is special.
If you want to do all the prep at once, do so, but just don’t combine the vegetables with the seafood until you’re ready to serve. I usually prep the seafood and while it’s in the refrigerator, I prep all the vegetables (except the avocado). I cover and store in the fridge until I’m ready to combine and serve. A little squeeze of fresh orange juice and the addition of avocado added immediately before serving and you have a perfectly healthy and crave-worthy dish.
In a glass or stainless steel bowl, stir together the lime juice, lemon juice, Add the shrimp and scallops, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 8 hours. Stir once or twice during chilling.
When ready to serve, drain the shrimp and scallops. Add the tomato, cucumber, red onion, garlic, cilantro, Serrano chile, and salt and toss gently.
Just before serving, add the avocado and the juice of one orange and toss. Serve with tortilla chips.
Confession: I was not a huge fan of bell peppers; or at least I didn’t think I was. I typically avoid cooking with them or leave them untouched on my plate at a restaurant. But when a recent video shoot left me with a surplus of beautiful red and yellow peppers, I couldn’t let them go to waste. It was time to give them another go.
With quinoa as the base and the addition of a few veggies, almonds, cranberries, herbs, and spices, I was able to create a quick and easy stuffing for the bell peppers. The sweet taste and tender texture of the peppers balance the quinoa stuffing perfectly.
I encourage my readers and my family to give new foods a try, even if they think they don’t like them. It was time I listened to my own advice. This recipe changed everything I previously thought about peppers, and instead of avoiding them I now crave them! The recipe (which is below) is also part of my 14-Day Healthy You Challenge. If you're looking to eat better, lose weight or just take better care of yourself with food, I hope you'll join the challenge. Click here to find out more.
I am a fan of seafood. I’m always trying to come up with new dishes to feature the season’s best. Some of my favorite recipes from the Healthy You Diet cookbook include the Miso-Glazed Salmon, Crab Cakes, and Fish Tacos. But this Lobster with Ginger Rice recipe may be a new frontrunner.
As we approach lobster season (May is typically one of the best months to buy lobster), I wanted to make a light, yet flavorful meal with lobster as the centerpiece. It’s different from the typical seafood recipes mentioned above and will make a good impression on the family or dinner guests.
Sometimes lobster alone isn’t enough. When combined with rice, it becomes a more satisfying meal. The addition of lime zest and a little bit of ginger provides a fresh, citrusy flavor with a nice kick.
Being in Florida and close to the Caribbean, my family often vacations in the Bahamas. This dish reminds me of our family vacations and the delicious fresh seafood we’re able to enjoy while there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and leaves you with that vacation-like feeling.
Food is my true passion. To be more specific, I love exploring everything about healthy food – what it means to be “healthy,” how healthy food makes us feel, and how better food choices can improve our lives. In addition to sharing my passion through my website, my Healthy You Diet cookbook, and my online Healthy You Challenge, I am THRILLED to announce that I will be a contributing blogger on Prevention magazine’s new website EatClean.com, a site offering you “The Real Dirt On Real Food.”
I am always inventing (and sometimes re-inventing) recipes, and sharing tips and tricks that help me stay on track. Eat Clean gives me another opportunity to reach a broader audience and help people reach their own “healthy you” goals.
I hope you’ll join me on Eat Clean and discover the latest trends, news, and recipes surrounding clean eating!
Here are 3 of my healthy and warming soup recipes that recently appeared on EatClean.com:
Gluten-Free Veggie Noodle Soup with Navy Beans: Gluten-free and vegetarian, this recipe appeals to the masses. I love the noodle and bean combination. The carrots add a beneficial dash of vitamin A, which help maintain healthy skin, teeth, and eyes.
White Chicken Stew with Kale and Green Chilis: Chicken, beans, and fresh vegetables create a hearty soup full of protein. The jalapeno and green chiles offer a nice kick. Top the soup with fresh baked corn tortillas for a welcomed crunch.
Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup: This recipe is a twist on the classic chicken noodle soup. This version is incredibly comforting and satisfying for lunch or dinner.