Mexican Cucumber Salad

Mexican Cucumber Salad

Everyone keeps talking about it being the “end of the summer.”

Shhh… no, it’s NOT the end of the summer. It’s the height of the summer!

It’s the best time of the year when amazing things like peppers, zucchini, cucumber, greens, peaches, and herbs in season! Nope, it’s not the end, my friends… I think it’s just the beginning. (Okay, not really, but just go with me on this one…)

I’ve been really bored of my lunches lately. If you’ve been in a food rut too, don’t worry, you’re not alone. I typically opt for a simple salad during the weekdays (you can see my Healthy Trader Joe’s Meal Plan for tips and ideas), but lately I’ve been bored of my classic mix of greens, tomatoes, bell peppers, and balsamic vinegar.

So, I decided to take everything in season and put it together in a yummy salad tossed with a little salt and cumin. Yes! You can add beans to this salad to make it a hearty vegetarian/vegan entree or serve it alongside a protein source of your choice. Either way, it’s a quick and easy way to break up the food rut and excite your taste buds.

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Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad

Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad

One of the best parts about life is experiencing new things. It’s so easy for us to get stuck in our ways, caught up in the routine of the day-to-day and forget all that exists outside of our comfort zone.

This week I challenged myself to do something a little different. The result? I’m now in love with Bollywood dancing. I joined a dance studio here in Seattle and have been trying out Bollywood and hip hop classes. So far, Bollywood is winning in my book… mostly because I can’t seem to pop my hips and shoulders like a hip hop dancer. :)

You know what else I tried this week? A summer heirloom tomato salad mixed with fruit. Yum. Maybe I can’t convince to try Bollywood dancing (it is fun though, I promise), but perhaps you can be persuaded to break the inevitable food rut and enjoy some heirloom tomatoes as well?

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Berry Salad with Sweet Chipotle Dressing

Berry Salad with Sweet Chipotle Dressing

I can’t believe we’re now at the end of June. This means it’s time to get serious about summer. And that means it’s time to eat lots of berries.

I would be a fruitaholic if I could be so I try to stick to fresh, local, and seasonal fruits as much as possible to keep my sugar intake low and get the most nutritional value. And right now in Seattle, it’s berry season.

This salad was inspired by a half-flat of fresh local strawberries from the farmers’ market. If you’ve never had fresh local strawberries, they will absolutely blow your mind. I promise that these are nothing like the large, slightly bitter, and air-y strawberries at the grocery store. No way. Local strawberries picked at their peak are small, deep red, tender, and incredibly sweet.

What could be better than pairing these local berries with fresh greens? Topping them with a sweet honey chipotle dressing, of course. As strange as it may sound, the spiciness from the chipotle dressing livens up this salad and adds something unexpected.

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How to Make Healthy Lunches in Under 60 Minutes

How to Make a Week's Worth of Healthy Lunches in Under 60 Minutes

I’m a busy person and even though I’m a food blogger, I completely understand the feeling of not wanting to spend your entire night in the kitchen preparing meals. However, I also believe that home-cooked and freshly prepared food is important enough for my health that I’m willing to dedicate some time and energy into preparing it.  That’s where this post comes in.

Monday through Friday I work in a typical office setting. This means on Sunday night I can be found preparing my meals for the week. As my schedule, career, and life has gotten busier and busier, I’ve looked for ways to spend less time in the kitchen, but still get the same results of delicious and healthy food.

I’ve been packing my own lunches for over six years now and I’ve found that it’s far healthier than eating out, saves a ton of money, AND it’s honestly not as hard as you think. Today my goal is to show you how quick and easy it can be to make healthy lunches for the entire week — all in under 60 minutes!

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Kale, Parsnip, and Pineapple Salad

Kale, Parsnip, and Pineapple Slaw

Last week I returned home from my dream vacation to Miami and the Bahamas. The only catch? Part of my dream vacation involved a 3-day cruise where I felt stranded in the middle of the ocean because my only access to food was Cruise Ship Food. Oh dear.

In case you’ve never been on a cruise, this means I didn’t have access to anything that wasn’t deep fried and the greenest thing there was iceburg lettuce. Shudder.

I managed to survive the weekend, but let’s just say I’ve been making up for it ever since. And, since I was extremely disappointed I didn’t get to try any tropical fruit on the island, I had to make up for this as well.

…And so I give you kale, parsnip, and pineapple salad.

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Collard Green Coleslaw

Collard Green Coleslaw

It’s that time of year again.

It’s that time of year where life starts getting hectic, schedules get busy, and dark, leafy greens are everywhere.

Do you ever get bored with collard greens? I hear from a lot of folks that they just don’t know what to do with them. If this is you, let’s talk about some inspiration:

And, for my newest collard green favorite: collard greens coleslaw. I love the texture of collard greens in this salad, especially when paired with fresh parsnips and carrots.

Most coleslaws add sugar or honey in the dressing to sweeten it, but I left out the extra sweeteners and opted to add a fresh grated apple into the mix instead. Whether you’re looking for some healthy options for a weeknight side dish or planning something special for the holidays this salad fits the bill! And you won’t have to be bored with your collard greens any longer!

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(End of) Summer Green Bean Salad


Green Bean Summer Salad

Can I be honest and admit something to you? I don’t want summer to end. Ever.

Right now I feel like a toddler, kicking and screaming, and having a complete temper tantrum because the leaves are turning orange, it’s cold and foggy in the mornings, and there was a giant thunderstorm over the weekend that made me not want to leave the house the entire day. It just doesn’t feel right. Or maybe it does. But I still want to have a temper tantrum.

And in protest, I decided to it was time to round up the last bit of summer produce and throw it into an (end of) summer green bean salad to trick my tastebuds into believing that it’s still sunny and 80 degrees. A gal can dream, can’t she?

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Zucchini Caprese Salad

Zucchini Caprese Salad

I’m currently planning a trip to Disneyland… (!!!!)

Since you’re sitting at your computer and can’t see me in person, just know that as I type this, I’m so ecstatic that I am literally jumping out of my chair.  It’s scaring my cats.

In case you can’t tell, I am a huge Disney fan and I don’t get to go often so the fact that I am going this year is about as exciting as it gets.  But, the fact that I am only going for one day? That just brings out my type-A tendencies.

I have our entire schedule for the day planned… along with timetables for rides, restaurant recommendations, and even the best spots to rest if we get tired. I mean, if I only get to visit for one day, I’m going to be there all day. Let’s be real here.

In addition to scaring my cats, I’m sure that my extreme overplanning might be scaring you a bit. It’s cool, I can scale it back.  And, in fact, let me show you my Type-B side. The one that’s chill, and calm, and who usually writes this blog (kinda).

Type-B Sonnet likes lazy days in the kitchen when dishes come together without a lot of fuss or ingredients. Type B Sonnet made you this zucchini caprese salad. It’s easy to make and doesn’t involve cooking. After all, who has time to cook when there’s a vacation to plan? ;)

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