Chipotle Steak and Avocado Salad

Chipotle Steak and Avocado Salad

This recipe makes a quick weeknight meal and only takes minutes to prepare.  I always make it from leftover steak.  I am addicted to Costco and buy the 4 pack of beef filet from there and cook them all at the same time to use for meals later in the week, like this salad. You could of course you could use any cut of steak that you like and always sub out the beef for chicken or pork. Make it vegetarian and use tofu.

You could of course also throw in any other veggies you have on had if you like including cucumber, celery or carrots.

With this salad only consisting of protein, veggies and healthy fats, it is clean eating and Whole 30 approved!

Chipotle peppers have become one of my favorite ingredients, but beware that the heat is in the seeds so it is important to scrape the seeds out of the pepper before chopping it. You can always add in a few seeds if you like your dishes spicy.

Chipotle Steak and Avocado Salad
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 people
  • 2 Heads Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes sliced
  • 1 Large Avocado sliced
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion chopped
  • 8 Ounces Beef Filet
  • 1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobe seeded and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Salsa of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil for cooking/re-heating steak
  1. Chop lettuce and place in bowl.

  2.  Slice grape tomatoes, red onion and avocado.
  3. Add tomatoes, onion and avocado to lettuce and toss to together. The avocado should coat the lettuce pieces. Set aside.

  4. Chop chipotle pepper and set aside.

  5. Slice steak into bit size pieces and set aside

  6. Pour olive oil in skillet, and heat for 30 seconds.

  7. Add steak and chipotle pepper to skillet tossing to coat all of the steak pieces with some of the chipotle pepper. Cook until desired doneness is reached. Or if steak is precooked, just toss with pepper and cook until heated through.

  8. Divide lettuce mixture into 2 serving bowls and top with desired amount of steak. Serve with your favorite salsa.


Strawberry Walnut Spinach Salad

Strawberry Walnut Spinach Salad

This strawberry walnut spinach salad is the epitome of spring.  With fresh berries coming in to season and local farmers markets starting to open, you can get the ingredients at the peak of freshness and support you local farmer all at the same time.

I love the combination of the sweet strawberries with the salty goat cheese and the walnuts add a nice crunch. You can use plain walnuts or take a stab at making these maple glazed walnuts. They are sweet and salty and the perfect addition to this salad. They also make a great snack!

You can top it with any dressing you like.  I like using a balsamic or poppy seed but you can use whatever you like. This salad is great as a side or add a little chicken or protein of choice to make it heartier.

It is absolutely fabulous to serve to a big crowd as you can just get the big one pound  package of spinach from Costco or wherever you shop.  They also have the best goat cheese! Throw in more berries, onion and walnuts and you will have the perfect salad for whatever event you are hosting. It also travels well so can be the perfect dish for a potluck or gathering.

Strawberry Walnut Spinach Salad
Serves 2

1 6 oz Package Fresh Spinach
1/2 Cup Walnut Halves
1/2 Cup Crumbled Goat Cheese
1 Cup Fresh Sliced Strawberries
1/4 Cup Sliced Red Onion


Place Spinach in large serving bowl. Top with remaining ingredients. Toss and serve with dressing of choice.



Tips From Whole Foods Market To Help You Make 2016 Delicious

Tips From Whole Foods Market To Help You Make 2016 Delicious

Whether you are one who makes New Year’s Resolutions or not, Whole Foods Market can get your 2016 off to a tasty fresh start.

Mine is to eat more greens and I love Whole Foods Market Fig Balsamic Dressing and their selection of fresh greens to make a variety of salads.

Whole Foods Fig Balsamic Dressing

Whole Foods Fig Balsamic Dressing

Whole Foods Market offers a variety of dressing to make any salad please your palate.

This dressing is the perfect accompaniment to my Roasted Butternut Squash Salad. This salad includes my maple glazed walnuts. These candied walnuts are made with just pure maple syrup with a sprinkle sea salt and taste as decadent as those higher calorie ones loaded with sugar!


If you hosting a super bowl party, Whole Foods Market has everything you need to put on a great spread. Pick up some pre made salsas, guacamole and their addictive house made tortilla chips that are sure to please everybody without any of the work!


If you are looking to be a little healthier and want to take a stab at the up and coming food trend of eating raw, Whole Foods Market website has a variety of recipes.

Below are some tips and recipes from Whole Foods Market to make your 2016 the tastiest it can be!

I’ve also included my Roasted Butternut Squash Salad recipe and wish to thank Whole Foods for supplying me with a gift card to purchase the ingredients.

The prepared foods in the produce section should include pre packaged butternut squash cut and ready to use.  Just open the package and toss with a little olive oil and salt and pepper then roast in oven.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

1 package pre washed spinach or greens of choice
1 pre cut package butternut squash
Goat cheese to taste
Maple Glazed Walnuts to taste
Red onion to taste
Dried cherries or cranberries to taste
Whole Foods Market Fig Balsamic dressing to taste

Toss pre cut squash with salt and pepper and olive oil. Roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

Combine greens on a plate. Top with remaining ingredients. This should make two large entree salads or four side salads.


Whole Foods Market tips, recipes and guide to make your 2016 delicious!


Sometimes, the most daunting part about deciding to make a “fresh start” when it comes to food is knowing where to begin and what to shop for. Whole Foods Market makes is super easy, especially if you shop the store looking for our Start Healthy signs on foods we know are good tasting and good for you. Below are some other pointers on making that fresh start:

• EAT WHOLE FOODS – Keep an eye out for whole, fresh, natural, organic, local, seasonal, unrefined and unprocessed foods – at Whole Foods Market, our grocery department uses the above food attributes as the cornerstone of our offerings, making eating whole food effortless.

• HEALTHY FATS – Avocados, seeds and nuts are great sources of healthy fats and keep you full for hours.

• STOCK A HEALTHIER PANTRY – We know how easy it is to grab whatever you have at home to satisfy a snack craving. Make it a healthy no-brainer next time by keeping healthy, unprocessed foods at the ready. Start your year on a healthy path with these clean and delicious products, many of which are vegan and gluten-free! Please

These products are the top 10 new favorites.

1. 365 Everyday Value® Woven Wheats® Baked Crackers – Made with just whole wheat and salt!

2. 365 Everyday Value® Organic Pasta Sauce – Made with Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Organic Diced Tomatoes and no added sugar.

3. 365 Everyday Value® Sedona Sunset Fruit & Seed Mix Limited Edition – Sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, apple fruit drops.

4. 365 Everyday Value® Freeze Dried Fruits – Available in a variety of all-fruit flavors: Raspberries, Blueberries, Bananas, Granny Smith Apple, Mango, Strawberry, Pineapples

5. 365 Everyday Value® Organic Creamy Greek Yogurt Dressing – Found in the refrigerated section – not heat-treated. You may also like the following:
• 365 Everyday Value® Organic Creamy Caesar Dressing
• 365 Everyday Value® Organic Buttermilk Dressing
• 365 Everyday Value® Organic Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing
• 365 Everyday Value® Organic Sweet Carrot Ginger Miso Dressing
• 365 Everyday Value® Balsamic Vinaigrette

6. Whole Foods Market™ Organic 0% Plain Low-fat Greek Yogurt – No added flavoring.

7. 365 Everyday Value® Organic Quinoa with Vegetables – Organic white quinoa, zucchini, sweet potato and red quinoa. These are ready in a steamable bag within 5 minutes!

8. Engine 2 Plant-Strong® Organic Sprouted Ancient Grains Tortilla – Made solely from organic sprouted grains: Millet, Barley, Quinoa, Lentils and more. That means no flour!

9. Engine 2 Plant-Strong® Poblano Black Bean Burgers – Wholesome, non-GMO ingredients shine in these southwestern-style burgers that are gluten-free and free of cholesterol and saturated fats.

10. Engine 2 Plant-Strong® Traditional Hummus – Creamy and delicious, low-fat, low-sodium with no added oils!


Beet & Mint Slaw
Veggie & Tofu Scramble
Black Bean Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing


Eating raw means eating closer to nature – something we think we can all get behind in our region! Raw means foods that are both uncooked and unprocessed. Any while that might not sound too exciting, eating raw can be incredibly delicious while being well-balanced in nutrients.

Easy to find raw foods include organic fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds and nuts, beans, dried fruit, fresh lettuce or seaweed, seasonings and natural sweeteners – this means almost endless possibilities when it comes to meal creation!

Below are some other tips on eating raw in 2016:

• EDUCATE YOURSELF – Being prepared and knowing what you’re looking for before you walk into the store will make eating raw easier. Better yet, ask any of the experts in Whole Foods Market and we’d be happy to show you around and help you pick out your best raw!

• EAT LOTS OF GREENS AND VEGGIES – Not only do greens and veggies contain the minerals your body needs, they also provide a great base for experimenting with recipes and meal planning when going raw

• LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE – If making a commitment to eat raw, do your body even better by making sure you get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and exercise daily. Living a healthy life in every sense of the word will make 2016 the best yet!


Raw Vegetable ‘Pasta’ with Tomatoes and Herbs
Raw Berry Crisp
Pineapple Cucumber Gazpacho


With The Big Game happening on February 7th, let Whole Foods Market do the heavy lifting. As you gear up, remember you can be ready to host your fans in no time:

• PREPARED FOODS – From wings to salsas and house-made guacamoles infused with Sriracha, chiles and more, we’ve got you covered when it comes to “grab and go” game-day favorites in our Prepared Foods section.
• INSTACART – depending on where you live, Instacart’s delivery on demand is the ultimate in stress-free party hosting!

Below are some of our favorite game day recipes if you’re feeling a little bit more culinary:


Killer Artichoke Dip
Herb Roasted Sweet Potato Skins
Roll Your Own Burritos
Black and Blue Veggie Nachos