Summer Couscous Salad

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It’s no secret that I love this time of year not only because of the weather but mostly because of the fresh produce. I make salads (almost) every single night which I never get sick of but sometimes I need to switch it up and add a different type of salad into my regimen.  This recipe (as mostly all that are posted on this blog) was so easy, light, and refreshing. It goes well with any protein you pair it with.  Learn how to make my new favorite summer salad below!

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Watermelon Fresca

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Don’t let this non-fancy picture fool you on how delicious this is!  Last month I was in the Florida keys at my favorite fish taco location (seriously, if you’re ever in Islamorada, FL keys you MUST go to Bad Boy Burrito) and ordered a “Watermelon Fresca”.  I believe my eyeballs spoke for itself. So tasty, so refreshing and so simple (my favorite, simplicity). When I came home I was on a mission to carry this into my Connecticut reality.  I was immediately shocked how easy this was to create.

This drink is great after a good sweat, day at the beach, or simply as a refresher to wake yourself up in the morning!  I highly encourage you to make this drink all summer long! See recipe below.

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Simple Garlic Shrimp & Soba Noodles

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For 4+ years of my life I barely ate “carbs”. Especially pasta (unless my Mom made her signature spg & meatballs on holidays). Like most out there, I had this fear that carbohydrates would make me gain weight even if I had a slice of bread.  During this time period, I was Crossfitting 5-6 days a week and my only source of carbohydrates was sweet potatoes. After 4 years of depriving myself of foods that I love so much, I gave up.

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Garlic Lemon Salmon

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Up until a few years ago, salmon was one of the only fishes that I could not eat. To me, I felt as though the fish was very “fishy” and I could not stomach the idea of cooking it in my house or even eating it.  However, everything in life deserves a 2nd chance, including salmon.  Quickly, I learned that my reasoning for not liking salmon was how I was cooking it in the past (flavorless, bland) or how others prepared it for me (perhaps not fresh, wrong seasonings?) in the past. When marinated with the right ingredients salmon is actually really tasty!

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Greek Turkey Burgers

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My boyfriend is Greek and due to that, I have been introduced to a lot of Greek foods, which I absolutely love. Greeks follow the Mediterranean diet which is basically a diet full of FRESH fish, organic animal products, fresh dairy, produce, and lots of herbs. If you were to take the essential Greek ingredients and put them into a burger – here you have it!  This recipe is SO easy to make, nutrient dense and the flavor combination is divine. To make these, see all the details below.

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Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

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It is no secret that Taco Tuesday is my favorite day of the week. Maybe because I was born on Cinco de Mayo – who knows but I love it.  In my practice, I hear a lot about how people do not have time to cook. Therefore, they are finding all the excuses in the world to grab take out, avoid eating dinner or making something that’s easy to them but is 99.9% of the time heavy carbohydrate meals. In my world, there are no excuses because this meal took me 30 minutes from start to finish, including clean up. 30 minutes is the same amount of time you’ll spend reviewing a menu, picking up take out, driving to and from locations, boil hot water and cooking pasta, etc.  The other great part about this meal, is it provided 4 meals.This meal is great for any busy individual and families! See how easy this was to make below.

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