a recipe a day


A new year brings new opportunities.  Starting over, doing things better, letting go of old habits.  I know that 99% of resolutions go unfounded and unrealized but that doesn’t stop the tiny optimist living inside of me from hoping.


2013 wasn’t a bad year but it wasn’t a great year for me either.  This is the year that I started to notice my skin isn’t like it used to be and it’s harder than ever to lose a few pounds.  I’ve found myself wistfully wishing I was young again so I could do it better or make different choices with my life.  Since I can’t go back I’m vowing to forget about my age and pursue the things I wished I did when I was younger.  I start ballet this week and even though it’s been a long time since I put on a leotard I’m going to do it because I know once I get over feeling old and self-conscious I’ll love it.  I also really want to lose a few pounds and this seems the perfect time to start.



So to inspire myself and I’m going to post a recipe a day for the next thirty days highlighting my favorite techniques and ingredients to create healthy, easy delicious food that you will look forward to eating.  Good, fresh, whole foods do take a little bit longer to prepare than take-out but it is so worth the extra time and effort and ultimately I really prefer it.  I feel better when I eat lighter and it translates to everything in my life.  I find I’m less frustrated, happier and move better when I take the time to eat well.  Making even a few simple changes or replacing one meal a day with a healthier choice can make a difference.



This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy all the beautiful citrus that is in season right now.  I love rio star grapefruits they are less bitter and have a beautiful pink color that will brighten even the drabbest winter day.  Paired with chopped dates, fresh mint and pistachios it makes for a lovely light lunch or starter.  Be sure to use meyer lemons and if you can’t just use a squeeze of lemon not the whole fruit, it would make the salad too tart.


Grapefruit, date and pistachio salad


  • 2 large grapefruits, skins removed and sliced
  • 1 meyer lemon, skins removed and sliced
  • 1 navel orange, skins removed and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios



Combine the citrus segments in a large bowl,  separating the meyer lemon into small pieces.  In a small bowl combine the lime juice, honey and extra virgin olive oil and pour over the top.  Finish the salad by scattering the dates, pistachios and mint over the top.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Stumbleupon
  • Email
  • Meet Tina | Scaling Back Blog

    Self-taught cook, photographer.  You can usually find me at a farmers market dreaming up alternative recipes for my allergy prone family.

    7 thoughts on “a recipe a day

    1. Katie @ Whole Nourishment

      I love this combination of flavors. So simple but delicious. It would be a great salad for weekdays but the colors and flavors are bright and sophisticated enough for a dinner party as well. I like your initiative to focus on easy whole food preparations this month!

    2. Jessica

      The photos are beautiful and I’m a big proponent of making small changes in life. It’s so much more manageable to eat one healthier meal than to restrict your eating all day. I figure once it’s a habit, you can add in another healthy part to your day. I’ve been focusing on eating at least one green vegetable every day AND making sure I’m drinking enough water.

      1. Tina Post author

        Hi Jessica,

        Thanks for the kind words. I’m taking it one day at a time and even if I don’t lose a ton of weight I know that I’m putting good things into my body that I really enjoy to eat. The rest will come.

    3. tiffanie

      Hi Tina,
      I just found your beautiful blog and cannot wait to start trying your recipes!!! I have few (hopeful less thsn 10) holiday lbs. To lose. One more day with family then I can get back to discipline :/

      1. Tina Post author

        Thanks Tiffanie. Thanks for considering trying some of my recipes! I have 10 to lose too! Let me know how it goes!


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *