Avocado Salsa Ahi Tuna Salad

If I am ever stuck for an idea for dinner, I know that Trader Joe’s will have a product that will inspire me.  I stumbled across their Avocado Salsa this week and decided that I just had to try it.  Wow, yum!  I could eat avocado on pretty much anything, so when I saw it turned into salsa I was delighted!  Don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you?  Use your favorite salsa instead!  Super easy, super fast, super yummy!!!

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Coconut Cream Butternut Bisque

I was in the midst of a gigantic baby food making operation when I looked at the organic butternut squash I had just roasted and decided that 5 types of food for the baby were good enough for today. That delicious looking sucker was for the big kids. Wow. Am I glad I decided to play around with it. Holy cow, this is the best soup I have ever made!
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Paleo Pumpkin Pie

I was at Trader Joe’s doing a paleo stock up shopping trip when I saw cans of coconut cream. I was intrigued and tried to figure out what I could do with it. I got it home and opened it and found a super thick and rich coconut product. Yum! It reminded me of evaporated milk, so I figured it would make a great pumpkin pie. Boy am I glad that I was right! I was a bit nervous as this was my first attempt at a paleo pie, but it turned put awesome!
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Bruschetta Topped Salmon Burgers

This recipe is so quick and easy, that it would be silly to not give it a try. I am embarrassed to even claim that this is a “recipe”, but it is a delicious combination that you may not have thought to try. You could try to make your own salmon burgers, but why bother when Trader Joe’s makes them so deliciously and chock full of salmon?! For this recipe, I used their burgers, but feel free to experiment with your own or any other pre-made variety.

After my WOD this morning, I knew that I needed to have a healthy and filling lunch before heading off to a graduation party where I will be faced with the temptation of many delicious Portuguese foods that don’t fit into my diet. I stopped by Trader Joe’s on my Vespa ride home and started roaming the aisles looking for options. Their premium salmon burgers caught my eye, and after a little more browsing, I decided I would top it with bruschetta made from ripe tomatoes on the vine.

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Serves 2
Ingredients:
1 package Trader Joe’s Premium Salmon Burgers (they are small, cook all 4)
3 tomatoes – diced
6 leaves fresh basil – chopped
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. fresh black pepper
Pinch of salt

1. In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients except salmon burgers. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Grill salmon burgers according to package directions.
3. Top burgers with a mound of bruschetta, and enjoy a protein packed and satisfying lunch!

Southwest Mahi Mahi Burger Salad

It is a busy night, so I am resolving it with a quick fix: pre-made mahi mahi burgers from Trader Joe’s.  No, they are not real paleo.  They have trace amounts of rice flour.  Luckily for me, I have adopted what I like to call a “modified paleo lifestyle” which allows me to overlook such things. These mahi mahi burgers can be found in the frozen section at Trader Joe’s. Don’t have a store near you? Feel free to substitute with any pre-made fish patty or burger.

Even with a hectic night ahead, I am able to have everything ready to go ahead of time and then just slap the burgers on the grill and assemble the salad last minute.
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Ingredients:
2 frozen mahi mahi burgers
1 head lettuce – washed and choped
1 red bell pepper – sliced into very thin strips
1 can of corn – drained
1 avocado sliced (if preparing in advance, wait to slice until ready to serve)
2 Tbsp. salsa

Dressing Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. Lime juice
1/4 tsp. Chili Powder

1. Whisk together dressing ingredients and put to the side.
2. Grill mahi mahi burgers according to packaging.
3. While the burgers are cooking, pile lettuce, red peppers, and corn on two plates.
4. Top salad with burger, avocado, and a spoonful if salsa and then drizzle with dressing.