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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The way you live today... is the way you live your life.

The way you live today…

The way you live today… is the way you live your life.  One of my favorite podcasts is Tara Brach’s meditation podcasts (you can find them on iTunes). She recently did a talk about Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life and one of the things she repeated says it that the way you live today… is the… 

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The Inspired by Zucchini Cookbook

The Inspired by Zucchini Cookbook

I have to start this post with a heartfelt thank you. There is nothing I love more than creating delicious, healthy food and sharing it with you. For the past four and a half years since I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve loved each of our conversations and the many recipes (and imaginary dinners) that we’ve… 

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The Inspired by Zucchini Cookbook

Are you ready?

This is the week, my friends! My new cookbook, The Inspired By Zucchini Cookbook, is coming out this Thursday. That’s in less than three days! I’ve been hard at work on this second cookbook the past several months and I can’t wait to share it with you! The Inspired by Zucchini Cookbook features 40+ creative… 

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Broccoli Spigarello with Garlic and Pine Nuts

Broccoli Spigarello with Garlic and Pine Nuts

I have a pretty good idea of what you must be thinking at this point… what the heck is spigarello?  Don’t worry, I found myself thinking the same thing at last week’s farmers market. One of my favorite parts of living in Seattle is the amazing diversity of produce we have here. Over the years… 

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The 3 Minute Rule For Your Health

The 3 Minute Rule For Better Health

Let me start this by saying: 1. Don’t be intimidated by that kettlebell. 2. No, this is definitely NOT a sponsored post for Nike (I just really like my cute new shoes). Alright, before I tell you how to use The 3 Minute Rule I have to tell you the backstory for how I developed it. This started… 

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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… 

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Behind the scenes of writing a cookbook...

Behind the scenes of writing a cookbook

There are a few things you need to know about writing a cookbook: 1. Writing a cookbook is not as glamorous as it sounds. Truth be told it often involves spilling things, a lot of dirty dishes, and continually re-working a recipe until you’re just about to lose your mind. Because of this… 2. Writing a cookbook… 

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Pineapple and Cucumber Spritzer

Pineapple and Cucumber Spritzer

You know what I’m really good at? Short cuts. I like to call it being efficient and using my time and resources strategically. But when it comes right down to it sometimes, it can be absolute laziness. My favorite short cuts of the moment include ordering cat food online (because really, who wants to haul a 30… 

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