The Foodie Physician

The Foodie Physician

Physician, Chef, Recipe Developer & Board Certified Foodie

Dining with the Doc: Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa

Bursting with flavor, this easy 5 ingredient salsa is perfect for summer!

I always have fresh strawberries in my fridge in the summertime when they’re at their peak.  Strawberries are my daughter’s favorite fruit and we love them too.  They’re so easy to incorporate into a wide variety of dishes, from breakfast to lunch, dinner, and of course, dessert.  And you can use them in both sweet and savory dishes.  Check out my post on 10 fun ways to use summer berries.

My Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa may just be the perfect summer recipe.  It’s easy, nutritious, packed with flavor, and you don't even have to turn on the stove!  Plus, it has only 5 ingredients (not counting the salt and pepper)!

This simple salsa combines ripe, juicy strawberries with red onion, cilantro, fresh lime juice and just enough jalapeño pepper to give it a little kick.  You may think it’s strange to use strawberries in a salsa recipe but I promise you that it’s a flavor revelation!  This salsa is just bursting with fresh flavor and the sweetness of the berries is the perfect complement to the savory ingredients and the bright, acidic lime juice.

So for your next backyard barbecue, make a big bowl of this refreshing salsa.  Serve it up with some tortilla chips or cucumber slices and I guarantee you’ll have some happy guests.  Or try spooning some salsa on top of grilled chicken or fish for a light, nutritious dinner.  Stay tuned for an upcoming post, which will feature this salsa paired with delicious salmon kebabs.  

Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa
Makes 4 servings

2 cups finely chopped strawberries
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeño pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
Salt and pepper

Mix the strawberries, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice together in a bowl.  Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

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Want more mouthwatering strawberry ideas?  Try these recipes:

Dining with the Doc: Mixed Berry Coconut Shortcakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Cream

A healthier take on a classic summer dessert, these shortcakes are sure to please.

#thefoodiephysician #ThisisMapleHill #strawberryshortcake #GreekYogurt

Can you believe it’s almost August already?  I feel like summer just started!  The other day I was at my local grocery store and the back to school stuff out was already out!  The end of summer tends to creep up on me even faster now that we live in Florida since schools start early here.  Growing up in New York, we had a little more time to enjoy the lazy days of summer since Labor Day traditionally signaled the start of school.

Not that I’m complaining.  After all, Florida is the state of endless summer- we even have a license plate that says that!  And one of my favorite things to eat in the summer is berries.  I love any and all berries and the wonderful thing is that they’re so good for you too. Packed with tons of nutrients including antioxidants, Vitamin C and fiber, it’s hard to find a reason not to love summer berries.

Dining with the Doc : Sweet Potato Caprese Sliders

Nutritious sweet potatoes and a classic summer salad come together in this elegant appetizer.

#sweetpotato #caprese #sliders #thefoodiephysician

This month’s Recipe Redux theme is “Get your fruits and veggies in shape… Show us how you’re serving the bounty of gardens and orchards in shapes like ribbons, noodles, cut-outs, or other creative cuts.”  When I read this, my first thought was- perfect!  Finally, I had an excuse to pull my spiralizer out of the closet!  My husband Pete actually got it for me as a gift about a year ago and I think he’s (not so) secretly been a little disappointed that I haven’t been cranking out spiralized dishes every night for dinner.  It’s not that I don’t love my spiralizer- on the contrary, the first time I used it to make zucchini noodles (aka zoodles), they came out great!  The sad truth is that as a food blogger, I tend to get so bogged down with my blog schedule, that it’s hard to find time to just play around in the kitchen and experiment with new tools and recipes.  I know my fellow food bloggers can relate!

Dining with the Doc: Chicken Salad with a Twist

Take your chicken salad up a notch with this easy and nutritious summer dish.

#thefoodiephysician #ChosenFoods #SayHelloToHealth #ChickenSalad

Thank you to Chosen Foods for sponsoring this post!  I was selected for this opportunity as a member of the Mambro Sprouts blogger program.  As always, the opinions expressed are my own.   

I love classic dishes but sometimes I like to break from tradition and spice them up a little.  My Chicken Salad with a Twist is one of those dishes.  I created this dish when I was looking for something to jazz up my basic chicken salad recipe.  I loved it so much, that I actually put the recipe in my Natural Pregnancy Cookbook.  And no, of course you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy this dish or any of the dishes in the book!  It actually has over 125 of my best nutritious and wholesome recipes for anyone trying to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Ingredient 911: The Wonders of Olive Oil

#thefoodiephysician #shrimpskewers #oliveoilsfromSpain

This post was sponsored by Olive Oils from Spain.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

People are always asking me for healthy eating tips.  What’s one of the best ways to make sure that you’re eating the right types of foods?  Cook at home!  When you cook at home, there’s no mystery involved.  You are the one controlling the ingredients and the cooking methods.  Healthy eating is not about following a restrictive diet and denying yourself the foods you love. It’s about eating a well-balanced diet filled with a wide variety of delicious and nutritious whole foods and leading an active, fulfilling lifestyle.
One of the most basic changes you can make to your every day cooking routine that can significantly improve your health is to cook with olive oil.

Dining with the Doc: Curried Chicken Tenders and Crispy Tomato Poppers

#thefoodiephysician #curriedchickentenders #tomatopoppers #DareToEntertain

These healthy chicken tenders and tomato poppers are the perfect addition to your summer picnic basket.

Don’t you just love summer?  Everything is just more casual and relaxed when the summer season is underway- including entertaining.  All you need is some good friends, good food, and some cold drinks.  Simple is best when it comes to summer entertaining.  No slaving over a hot stove for hours. I’d rather spend the time outdoors! 

Dining with the Doc: Grilled Stuffed Avocados and Watermelon Mojitos

Grilled avocados are the perfect vehicle for serving up a delicious corn and black bean salsa in this easy and nutritious vegetarian dish.  

#grilledavocados #thefoodiephysician #thereciperedux #watermelonmojito

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…

No it’s not my birthday, it’s the Recipe Redux’s 5th birthday!  While I haven’t been a member from the beginning, I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing group of healthy food bloggers.  I think that this month’s theme is one of the best we’ve ever had but it’s also one of the hardest!  We were asked to celebrate each other by choosing a fellow Reduxer and creating a dish inspired by one of their recipes.  The problem is, with so many amazing people in the group, this was such a tough decision! 

Ultimately, I decided to feature the one and only Jessica Fishman Levinson from Nutritioulicious.  Why Jessica?  Well, for a few reasons.  Although we’ve never met in person, I kind of feel like we’re kindred spirits in a way.  She’s a New Yorker, she’s a mom, and she’s passionate about delicious and nutritious food, like myself.  We also definitely have a recipe ESP thing going on and there have been plenty of times when we posted similar dishes at the same time.  We even know the same people- it turns out that I went to high school with her sister-in-law!  If I hadn’t moved to South Florida, I have a feeling that Jessica and I would be getting together for coffee or lunch all the time! 

Dining with the Doc: Savory Naan Bread Pudding with Spinach and Caramelized Onions

This rich and savory dish is perfect for entertaining- and you can assemble it all the night before!

#TheFoodiePhysician #HelloNaan #savorybreadpudding

This blog post was sponsored by Stonefire Naan, but all opinions expressed are my own.

When most people hear bread pudding, they think of dessert.  But there’s a whole other world of savory bread puddings and it’s pretty amazing.  Savory bread pudding, also sometimes known as strata, is a casserole made with cubed bread, cheese and other ingredients like vegetables or meat, baked in an egg-based custard.  This rich and elegant dish is equally suitable for the brunch or dinner table.  It also makes an excellent side dish or vegetarian entrée for the holidays.

Dining with the Doc: Blueberry Apple & Walnut Baked Oatmeal

Oats, walnuts, blueberries, and apples are baked together in this hearty breakfast dish that's so good it almost tastes like dessert!

#thereciperedux #californiawalnuts #thefoodiephysician #bakedoatmeal

I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

If you have never experienced the wonders of baked oatmeal, then you must try this dish!  Oats, walnuts, blueberries and apples are baked together in a hearty and comforting breakfast dish that tastes so good it almost feels like dessert.  And the best part is, it tastes even better the next day. 

Dining with the Doc: Lemon Raspberry Chia Yogurt Fools and a prAna Giveaway

Sweet raspberries, tangy lemon curd and creamy yogurt come together in this craveable summer dish!

#stonyfieldblogger #prAnagiveaway #thefoodiephysician

Stonyfield and prAna have partnered in the #SummerCravings campaign!  I received samples to develop this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

What are you craving this summer?

For me, summer means taking a little break and slowing down a bit.  What I crave is time off with my family to enjoy the simple things- lazy days at the beach or pool, grilling outdoors, outdoor music festivals, food truck events, etc.  I crave cute summer dresses, colorful salads with vibrant summer vegetables, fresh berries, locally caught seafood, and plenty of sweet treats.



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