Recipes with Blueberries Roundup

It’s blueberry season! And while those blueberries are fun to go picking with the family, there comes the time to figure out what to make with them! I have selected 5 recipes with blueberries for you to choose from.


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Mini Weekend Spring Cleanse – Spring Into Health

It’s finally spring! Rejuvenate and energize your body and soul with this mini weekend spring cleanse.

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Whole30 Week 2 – Eats, Results and Plans

My latest update on our Whole30 Week 2 experience: eats, feels and results.

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Whole30 Week 1 – Eats, Results and More

Whole30 Week 1 – recap, food, recipes, feelings, revelations and so much more to help you decide and do your own Whole30.

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Starting Whole30 in 3 Easy Steps

Starting Whole30 just like any other program can be daunting and intimidating. Not to worry – following these 3 easy steps you’re covered and more likely to succeed!

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Healthy Lunches: 6 Days for 4 Weeks

Get your month worth of healthy lunches with recipes, ideas and pictures! These healthy lunches will sure give you the jump start on springing into health!

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Curried Chicken Egg Salad Recipe

Enjoy this curried chicken egg salad for lunch on its own or make a sandwich. Quick and easy to make and perfect for using up that leftover chicken!

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5 Things to Meal Prep for Perfect Salads and Tasty Tuesday #54

Are you trying to get more veggies into your diet on a daily basis? Follow these easy steps to meal prep for perfect salads! Get it done on the weekend and enjoy nutritious salads for lunch during the week.

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Mezzetta Memories: Salami Pasta Salad Recipe

Hey guys! Happy Tasty Tuesday to you 🙂

Today, I’m cooking with Mezzetta as part of the Mezzetta Memories campaign.

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Homemade Fresh Vegetables Salad Recipe and Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party

Hey-hey, my friends! I’m finally back from the sunny San Diego! I bet you can’t wait for a recap of my trip 🙂 But I’ll have to save that for a little later in the week.

Why? Because today is the Tasty Tuesday, of course!

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Every Tuesday I post a recipe, a collection of recipes, a restaurant review or anything related to food. There is then a linkup at the end of the post where you can add links to your food-related blog posts! The linkup stays open for a week – right until the next one comes around. How awesome is that?

Don’t forget to check out other link up participants and there’s only one rule to the linkup – link back to this blog or grab the link up badge from the sidebar. Let’s spread the word so we can have more people checking out your posts next week!

We also now have the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest Board where you can pin your posts every week. To be able to do that, please follow me on Pinterest and let me know in comments that you did, and your Pinterest username so I could send you an invite.

So! On to the tasty stuff now :)

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Whole30 Days 11-20 Recap – What It Really Feels Like

Hey-hey! Happy Sunday, guys! Having a good weekend so far?

It’s time for my Whole30 Days 11-20 Recap.

This time, instead of showing you just what I ate day-by-day, I wanted to share more of how I felt during my Whole30 Days 11-20. And some things I ate, too 🙂

Here we go!

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Whole30 Days 1-10 Recap: Program Friendly Meal Ideas

So I am 1/3 of the way through – done with my Whole30 Days 1-10.

In case you missed the beginning – after some thinking I decided to try this program with my buddy over in the Netherlands – Yuliya.

Ok, now that you have all the links, go ahead and read – I’ll wait 🙂

Welcome back!

So. 10 days later I decided I’d recap the highlights of the first 10 days of the program, let you guys know how it feels and what it takes.

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Dinner Salad with Salmon and Grapefruit – Recipe and Linkup Party

Hey, my Foodies! Got a good start this week?

I had an awesome Monday! (more on that tomorrow).

Meanwhile, it’s Tasty Tuesday time!

What is Tasty Tuesday you ask?

Every Tuesday I post a recipe, a collection of recipes, a restaurant review or anything related to food. There is then a linkup at the end of the post where you can add links to your food-related blog posts! The linkup stays open for a week – right until the next one comes around. How awesome is that?

Don’t forget to check out other link up participants and there’s only one rule to the linkup – link back or grab the link up badge from the sidebar. Let’s spread the word so we can have more participants next week!

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So, today my contribution to the Tasty Tuesday is a dinner salad recipe.

This salad comes together in minutes and is ideal for hot summer nights when you don’t feel like eating much, or trying to take it easy after that huge meatball sub you had for lunch 🙂

Anyway, give this salad a try as a dinner salad or as a side – it is fresh and delicious!

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You will need:

(pick your own quantities depending on how many servings you would like to make)

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Grapefruit
  • Avocado
  • Salmon
  • Sliced almonds

Before you begin, here’s a tip: don’t make this salad in a big bowl. It is much better to make individual servings to keep it nice and beautiful.

First, marinate your fish: all I use is a little bit of lemon juice, pepper and soy sauce. Make sure the fish is coated with the marinade and let it sit on the counter while you’re prepping other ingredients.

Then, tear up your lettuce. Don’t cut it with a knife – that’s how you get those rusty brown edges on the lettuce pieces on your plate and the leftover lettuce head in the fridge. So, tear it up and layer the bottom of the salad bowls with it.

Peel and cut avocado, and put on top of the lettuce.

Since grapefruit will probably take the longest to prep, do that next. Peel it, take the flesh out and tear into chunky pieces. Another tip: do it over the salad bowls with lettuce – that way you will keep the grapefruit juice in the salad. It also helps keep avocado from turning brown.

Cooking fish: I used my wok, but you can use a regular frying pan. The key is to heat up the oil in your wok/pan nicely (I use olive oil). Once that’s done, throw the fish in and stir constantly but gently so the fish doesn’t fall apart. Ideally, you want the fish to be rare on the inside and just have a cooked crust on the outside for this salad. If you’re not comfortable eating almost raw fish, just cook it through.

Put the fish on top of your salad and sprinkle the sliced almonds over it.

Serve warm or cold.

I generally don’t add any dressing to this salad because of the grapefruit juice + juices from fish on it, but you can add some olive oil or any other dressing you like to this salad.

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And that’s about it for this week’s Tasty Tuesday, my friends.

Your turn: link up your tasty posts below! And don’t forget to share and spread the word!

Lean Lena

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This post was linked up to: Recipe of the Week,  Tasty Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party and Quinoa Taco Salad Recipe

Hey, guys! Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!

I had a great weekend! Full of family time, laughs, fun activities and good food. Yep, there were fireworks, too 🙂 Back to the salt mine today, but all recharged and ready for it.

As always, it’s the Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party time here on Lean Lena. Here’s the new badge (you can grab the code for it on the right sidebar), and I’m hosting it alone for now.

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We’ll see what happens 🙂

So! If you have a recipe on the blog, a restaurant review, a meal plan, a “what’s on my plate” kind of post or anything food related – you can link it up below.

This linkup is open for 1 week – right until the next one starts. So, if you didn’t get a chance to link up today – come back tomorrow!

Any shares and spreading the word is greatly appreciated!

Today I’m sharing yet another salad recipe with you – and this one is also quinoa based. I just love quinoa in salads! Have you seen my post featuring recipes with quinoa yet? Head over here to check it out in case you missed it.

Then come back inspired and make this super-salad!

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  • Quinoa, cooked according to package instructions – about 1/2 cup uncooked, and cooled down
  • Canned Black Beans (rinsed and drained well)
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Fresh leeks or purple onion
  • Corn (I “shaved” my corn on the cob that I had handy but you can use canned corn as well, just rinse and drain well before adding to the salad)
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Taco seasoning, salt and pepper to taste
  • Tri-Color Tortilla Strips to garnish (optional)

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Combine quinoa and all vegetables (except tomatoes) in a salad bowl.

Add lemon juice, olive oil, taco seasoning, salt and pepper and mix until well combined.

Fold in tomatoes.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


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How wonderfully easy is this salad?

The best part of it is that the longer it stays in the fridge, the tastier it gets (within reason, of course 🙂 )

Now tell me, what was the tastiest thing you ate last week?

Got a post about it? Link it up below!

Happy Tasty Tuesday and I will see you tomorrow right here with my report to follow up on my resolutions I talked about in the Tough Love post last week.

Stay tuned!

Lean Lena

Be sure to check out the linkups this post was shared on:

Real Food Wednesdays

Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop

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FitBloggin’ 14: Tastes and Sights of Savannah

Hey guys! How was Monday?

I was dragging after the FitBloggin’ weekend. Lil’ better today, but still catching up on my sleep and getting back to my routine.

So! As you may have noticed, yesterday’s brief overview of the whole experience did not touch the two exciting parts of the trip to Savannah – food and sights 🙂

Since it is Tasty Tuesday, I’m going to tell you what I ate in Savannah as well is what I saw.

If you get to Savannah by air, here’s what you see when you get to the airport:


yep, that is INSIDE the airport

Most of the meals were provided so we had just a few chances to go and explore Savannah and eat out. Here’s a glance at our typical breakfast:


fruit, eggs, sausage, potatoes and a muffin

On the first night, Jennifer and I decided to eat at the hotel we were staying at (Hyatt Regency Savannah) at their Lounge called “Windows”

I ordered a crab cake sandwich looking forward to tasting the delicious fresh crab in it!



Well, that crab cake was HOT! It was so spicy I could not eat it. Thankfully Jennifer came to my rescue and we swapped halves of our sandwiches. The lounge was so nice as to give us 50% off that crab cake sandwich since I didn’t like it.

After dinner we headed out for the Ghost Tour with Peg Leg Ron and his shipmate Jacob 🙂 It was a ghost tour in a real hearse!


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I didn’t take many pictures on the tour. I mean I did but none of them really turned out. Mysterious, isn’t it? 🙂


except this one pic of this spooky house!

But don’t you think Savannah is all that spooky and dark. It’s not. It is a very beautiful place – full of history and beautiful places to see and go to.


View from our hotel terrace


One of the 23 squares in Savannah


City Hall

But back to the food….

FitBloggin’ 14 was sponsored by many yummy brands 🙂


California Almonds had a whole snack bar set up for us to use!


California Avocado Commission made THE BEST blueberry muffins ever!


Run Disney provided lunch one of the days while presenting to all the runners in the audience 🙂

We also had a chance to explore Savannah and grab some food outside of the conference venue, so Jennifer and I went wondering around and found this:


Pralines from River Street Sweets

Remember I got a Foodie Penpals box from Tiffani with a bear claw from this store in Charlston? Yep, that was the same chain and their sweets are ahhhhhh-mazing! They deliver, you know? 🙂

On Saturday we had dinner to ourselves (not arranged) so we ventured out to Ruan Thai Cuisine where I had this delicious reminder of my days in Thailand:


Fried rice with scallops. YUM!

All in all, guys – I am in love with Savannah! Despite the heat and humidity – I’m ready to go back TODAY!

Now link it up! Share your recipes or any food related posts below. Nothing to share? Tell your friends!

Take care and talk to you soon!

Lean Lena

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