The One With The Summer Cold


Hello All!

By the name of the post you can figure out two things. The first, i’ve been watching too many Friends episodes on Netflix. The second, I have a head cold at the worst time of the year.

I brought this on myself guys. I celebrated a bachelorette party last weekend and I scoffed at Airborne, I did not properly hydrate, and I did not eat well. When I say I did not eat well I mean there is not a chip, dip, or pizza bagel bite left in Clearwater, Florida. That may be a slight exaggeration but it sure felt that way. Needless to say when I got home in the early hours of Sunday morning I was not feeling my best. Combine that with the recycled air on the planes and I was a goner. I went grocery shopping Sunday afternoon with one goal in mind; light, stuffed up nose friendly, summer, vegetables.

In the middle of my chips and dip haze I did encounter a phenomenal blackened grouper taco. I figured it fit the bill of what I was looking for this week to heal my body and decided to make it a taco bowl instead. In the spirit of getting back to normal I also withheld rice but it would have absolutely been awesome in this dish. I also subbed rainbow trout because that is what looked best in the store.

I made a mango/avocado salsa to top the fish and laid it on a bed of cumin black beans and broccoli slaw from Trader Joes. While this meal was amazing the lunch the following day was off the charts. I subbed the slaw for a baked sweet potato. The sweet potato complimented the salsa and fish ridiculously well. So basically, start with the fish, black beans, and salsa and go crazy from there.

Mango Avocado Salsa

Perfect with chips or on top of fish

  • Prep Time: 10m


  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango (pre sliced and quartered is best)
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently until combined but the avocado is not broken down. Letting it sit for a bit to combine is optimal but can be served right away.

Lemony Blackened Rainbow Trout

Perfect on its own or as a taco

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 15m


  • 1 filet rainbow trout
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon blackening seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Heat pan over medium-high heat
  2. Juice lemon over filet and add blackening seasoning. Fully coat the fish and discard excess seasoning.
  3. Add fish to heated pan for 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Plate with favorite sides ( I chose cumin black beans, mango/avocado salsa, and broccoli slaw)
  5. Enjoy!

How do you conquer summer colds?



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