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Balsamic Glazed Baked Salmon with fresh Strawberry Salsa

Balsamic Glazed Baked Salmon with fresh Strawberry Salsa

I was so inspired by the lunch we had at the most recent Safeway Blogger Tour at Monterey Bay Aquarium and wanted to make something with one of my favorite seafood, Atlantic Salmon. This dish is so simple and easy to make for a healthy weeknight meal.

Sustainable Seafood with Safeway

Last month Safeway invited me to join them in Monterey for a morning of seafood education with Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean. Not only do they raise public awareness, they help develop policies to improve traceability in the global seafood supply chain, end illegal unregulated fishing, and partner with both international and national organizations to address environmental and humans rights issues.

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Before heading to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we checked out the Monterey Andronico’s Community Market location, which is a neighborhood market who’s goal is to feed a healthy life. At an Andronico’s Community Market you’ll find natural groceries, specialty items, and inspired “made-from-scratch” meals and treats. While there, we learned about how Fish Wise, an organization that partners with the seafood industry to achieve some of the most ambitious responsible seafood commitments, helps retailers like Safeway and Andronico’s educate their consumers about seafood sustainability. Seafood should always be labeled with how its being sourced: farmed, wild caught, fresh, or frozen. In some cases you’ll also know where the seafood is sourced.

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While at Andronico’s we got to learn how to properly open and clean a crab which was so much fun. I shared my experience on IG Stories, but here’s a photo of Taylor and I in our crab cleaning outfits of the day!

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Our trip to Monterey was short, but sweet and filled with such fun memories. We got to briefly check out The Jellies Experience and the Open Sea, two of my favorite exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium that I can sit and watch in wander.

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We also walked through the Seafood Watch exhibit where there was a display of all this trash that was picked up from a local beach in one day. It was such a heartbreak to see all this pollution that fills our beautiful California beaches.

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After we had a delicious lunch over at The Fish Hopper. It started off with delicious mimosas that were made with freshly squeezed Vintage Sweets Navel Oranges, which give the perfect balance of acid and sugar. Then we had the most delicious Dungeness Crab Meat Melt on top of Rustik Oven Sourdough with baby arugula and Vintage Sweets Heirloom Navel Oranges. After that crab melt I was hooked and craving crab melts for almost a week!

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Our main course was a grilled fresh local Petrale Sole that was topped with an orange sauce, caramelized sweet potatoes and a fresh strawberry mint relish. It was followed by a Heirloom Navel Orange cheesecake with a crispy The Rustik Oven Sourdough bread wafer.

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I was so inspired by this Safeway Blogger Trip that I immediately went home to make a delicious salmon dish that pulled some of the elements from this meal.

This post was sponsored by Safeway, but all opinions are 100% my own. #SWYBloggerTours

Our Unconventional Thanksgiving Dinner + Gluten Free Air Fried Chicken

Our Unconventional Thanksgiving Dinner + Gluten Free Air Fried Chicken

This year my birthday landed on Thanksgiving and since I was just coming back home from my recent travels I wanted to have more of an intimate Thanksgiving gathering that included my husband and our two daughters rather than the large traditional gatherings we do with our families every year.

I pulled the birthday girl card and asked for one of my favorite meals which happens to be fried chicken! Jonathan, my partner in crime, makes a mean fried chicken that we adopted from the famous Chef Thomas Keller. If you’ve never been up to Ad Hoc in Yountville, I suggest you go as soon as you can.

Earthbound Safeway Blogger Tour

Earthbound Safeway Blogger Tour

A few weeks ago I was with Safeway for another blogger tour and this time it was to Earthbound Farms. I love these experiences with Safeway because it gives me an opportunity to learn about where our food comes from, how certain companies source their food, and the history behind their company. 

Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes w/Mandarin Garlic Aioli

Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes w/Mandarin Garlic Aioli

Artichokes are probably one of the most underestimated superfood powerhouses. Artichokes rank #1 in antioxidants, contain 4g of protein, and has a unique form of prebiotic called inulin. Inulin not only helps improves gut health by supporting the growth of healthy bacteria, but also decreases the body’s ability to create a certain type of fat. Great for anyone who’s looking to reduce their body fat.