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Sweet and Saucy: Fruit Salsas for Spring Fish Dishes

By Alice K. Thompson, March 12, 2018  |  More Posts by Alice K. Thompson

RecipeHalibut Fillet with Citrus Salsa and Asparagus

Fresh, bright and just a little unexpected: Fruit salsas are a highly recommended addition to spring seafood meals. The natural sweetness and tang of fruit blends beautifully with fish, and its moisture adds succulence to simple cooking techniques like baking and pan-searing. Salsas are generally no-cook and easy to prepare ahead, making them convenient for both weeknight meals and entertaining. And even simple white fillets look festive and enticing when crowned with colorful fruit salsa.
Bonus: From 3/14 - 3/20/18, sustainably wild-caught fresh Pacific rockfish fillets are on sale for $6.99 lb., and Champagne mangoes are on sale — get 5 for $5.

Anatomy of Fruit Salsas

Making a salsa with fruit may seem exotic, but a few simple ingredients and a few minutes of chopping is all you need to put one together. Keep the following four elements in mind and improvisation is easy: 
Fruit base: Citrus, berries, melons, mangoes, pineapple, papaya, kiwi and starfruit are great spring choices. Dice them finely for a delicate salsa, or leave them in larger chucks for a more rustic one.
Acid boost: A touch of lime, lemon or vinegar ramps up the flavor. Use more or less depending on the natural acidity of your fruit.
Heat and punch: Chiles like jalapeño and serrano are salsa standards, though you can try removing the chile's seeds and pith to better control the heat level first. Or leave them out for a milder sauce. Minced onion, shallot or garlic will act as a foil to your fruit's sweetness to anchor your salsa firmly in the savory category.
Elegant herbs: A green note from cilantro, mint, chives, basil or other herbs gives salsas a freshness that's ideal for light spring meals. Add herbs as close to serving as possible for the most impact and to avoid any discoloration. 
Add salt to taste, and you'll have a fruit salsa to pair with just about any fish or shellfish. Read on for inspiration and easy recipes. 

6 Simple Fish-and-Salsa Recipes

  1. Halibut Fillet with Citrus Salsa and Asparagus is a terrific stovetop recipe that combines seasonal citrus with succulent halibut and spring asparagus. Chilean sea bass, striped bass or cod can be substituted for halibut.
  2. Strawberries are a spring favorite, and Baked Salmon with Spinach and Strawberry Salsa pairs them with jewel-like kiwifruit and adds mint for seasonal freshness. This recipe calls for no added salt, but a sprinkling of flaky sea salt on the fish and over the salsa would be a good addition for a little crunch. 
  3. Grilled Red Snapper with Strawberry and Avocado Salsa also features strawberries, but using blueberries in this recipe would be terrific as well. If outdoor grilling isn't an option, you can use an indoor grill pan to cook the snapper, or pan-sear it in a little oil. 
  4. This simple Baked Salmon with Warm Mango Salsa can be ready in 30 minutes, making it convenient for weeknight meals. Swordfish, tuna or other meaty fish would work well in place of salmon.
  5. Halibut with Watermelon Salsa calls for grilling the fish, but halibut's firm texture makes it easy to cook any number of ways, from pan-searing to baking. Feel free to swap in another favorite melon for the salsa, if you like.
  6. And finally, Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa makes a super-flavorful and light weeknight meal. You could also marinate chunks of cooked firm white fish such as cod or Chilean sea bass instead of shrimp for the ceviche-style filling.
* Valid 3/14 - 3/20/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Excludes cooked rockfish and organic Champagne mangoes.
Categories: Seafood, Food & Recipes

Looking for More Than 3.14 Ways to Celebrate National Pi Day?

By John Stewart, March 12, 2018  |  More Posts by John Stewart
Life is full of cool coincidences. Like how pi and pie sound exactly the same, differ by just one letter and owe their existence to circles. So what better day than National Pi Day, March 14 to take $3.14 off any Large Bakery Pie*, any flavor? (FYI, our pies are as pure as, well, π: we never allow artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives in any of the foods we sell, and we only use cage-free eggs in our own kitchens and bakehouses.)
On the same day, while grabbing your pie(s), grab a cup of Allegro® coffee from our coffee bar and do good — for every cup you buy, Allegro will donate $1 to Whole Planet Foundation®, a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation around the world through microcredit.

5 Ways to Get Your Pi(e) on

Start with the raw berry recipe — it's perfect with spring berries right now. Bookmark the others for your summer and fall baking pleasure.
Little known chia seed super power: they make pie fillings extra creamy. Keep it cool - this dairy-free beauty requires no baking.
Wrap crusts around sweet summer fruit like peaches, nectarines, strawberries or cherries, then dust with cookie crumbs. I'll take 3.14, please.
Hit all the right notes — rich, silky, smooth — in this yummy vegan version.
Use sweet blackberries, raspberries and blueberries at their summer juiciest for this pretty as a pie pie.
Bake fresh cherries to bubbly perfection and watch as your pie quickly disappears.
*Offer valid 3/14/18. Excludes half Bakery pies and pie slices. While supplies last. No rain checks. Valid at select Whole Foods Market 365 locations.
Categories: Food & Recipes, #foodholiday

How to Make Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, March 6, 2018  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

We took to Instagram to uncover quicker dinner secrets from some of our favorite feeds. They've each caught our attention for different reasons. For example, one makes the most of fiber-rich lentils while another is a take on a long-time favorite (fajitas!). Yet all can be made in about 30 minutes and are guaranteed to please. Check out who's in the kitchen and what's cooking tonight.
Vegan Lentil Avocado and Tomato Salad 
The sister duo behind May I have that recipe has developed a filling and flavorful salad that's easy to prepare. The lentils have a total cooking time of 30 minutes during which you can prep the rest of the ingredients. Looking to save even more time? Prep the lentils the day before. Save leftovers for lunch or a serve as a side the following evening. 
One-Pot Sweet and Spicy Mango Chicken
Cozy comfort food in less than 20 minutes — you bet. With warming spices like turmeric, paprika and chili powder plus mango and tomatoes, this deeply flavorful dish by The Dish on Healthy is what happens when coconut red curry meets sweet and sour chicken. You can easily adjust the level of spice as needed. Money-saving tip: Air-chilled organic whole chicken is on sale for $2.29 per lb from 3/7 - 3/13/18*.  
Sheet Pan Nachos
Nachos for dinner? Sure, just amp it up like this recipe from Last Ingredient. Time-savers like canned black beans and frozen corn make it easy, and sliced jalapeños gives it a spicy kick. While the recipe is vegetarian, it's easy to top with shredded cooked chicken or cooked ground beef. Bonus: 85% lean ground beef is on sale for $3.99 per lb from 3/7 - 3/13/18*. Round out the meal with a simple green salad, if desired. 
Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Nachos
Credit: Two Spoons
Gourmet Toast 4 Ways
Face these last few weeks (or months) of chilly evenings with four savory riffs on toast. France-based blogger Two Spoons has taken the breakfast staple and made it hardy enough for dinner thanks to a garlicky mushroom medley, pan-fried Brussels sprouts with tamari and lemon, oven-roasted tomatoes and creamy avocado. 
Get the recipe: Gourmet Toast 4 Ways
Credit: Blondelish
Easy Chicken Fajitas
This recipe brings together tender chicken, colorful bell peppers, avocado, red onion, jalapeño and a homemade fajita seasoning. UK-based blogger Blondelish not only shares her fajitas recipe, she dishes on top tips too. Note: Her fajita seasoning stores well, so next time you make this dish, you can save time on this step. 
*Valid 3/7 - 3/13/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Excludes cooked chicken and grass-fed, organic and cooked ground beef.
Categories: Food & Recipes

Try the Trend: Salad Rolls

By Lindsay Robison, March 5, 2018  |  More Posts by Lindsay Robison

Our favorite new Instagram food trend, salad rolls, are not only picture perfect, but also crunchy, flavorful and fun to make.   


What's in a Roll?

Basically, nearly anything that you love in a salad can translate into a roll. 
Start with a wrap - think collard greens, lettuce or even large steamed broccoli leaves, nori or rice paper. Then, go crazy with the veggies. However, you'll likely need to cut the veggies smaller than you would for a salad. Grated or matchstick-style carrots, radishes, cucumber, peppers and cabbage add color and crunch. Roasted beets, sweet potatoes, squash and mushrooms bring depth. 
Finally, those little extras take it over the top. Try a protein boost with thin strips of marinated tofu, shredded roasted chicken, cooked beans or a chopped hard-boiled egg. Consider mixing up homemade pesto, hummus or aioli as a binder too. And when in doubt, add avocado. Then, roll it all up burrito-style and slice.



Need more inspiration? These Instagram posts have us hooked on salad rolls:
Credit: @eatthegains
These homemade collard rolls with asparagus, carrot and avocado are taken to the next level with whipped feta. 
This is more of a collard wrap than a roll but the featured ingredients work for both. Make the most of leftover roasted sweet potatoes and add black beans, thinly sliced cucumber, chopped endive, avocado slices and microgreens or sprouts. This is rounded out with homemade vegan "parmesan" and a store-bought cashew herb garlic cheese. 
Veggie spring rolls are a favorite takeout staple that are surprisingly easy to make at home — it just might take a little practice to get the technique down. These rice paper wrappers are filled with lettuce, red cabbage, cucumber, carrot and avocado and would be a match for this Sweet and Tangy Peanut Sauce
Credit: @rawdharma
It's veggie sushi with a raw twist. Filling favorites like carrots, avocado, cucumber and red cabbage are joined by a refreshingly different sushi rice stand-in — raw cauliflower rice. Finish with a sprinkle of hemp seeds. A note: Nori can be tricky to cut at first, but the satisfying crunch of the fresh vegetables dipped in a bit of soy sauce is worth the effort.
With a few extra minutes, whir up a dipping sauce like our Vegan Tofu Green Goddess Dressing, Vietnamese Dipping Sauce, Tahini Miso Sauce or Creamy Sesame-Garlic Dressing
Categories: Food & Recipes, Trends & New Stuff

Traditional Medicinals: Changing Lives for Women and Girls

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, March 2, 2018  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith


"We are not just in the business of tea. We are in the business of changing lives, changing communities and changing the quality of herbal remedies."
Herbal tea provider Traditional Medicinals believes the way their company can prosper is when all of the parties who contribute to their business prosper, too. This holistic approach is evident in the company's mission to protect plants and cultivate communities. 
Since Traditional Medicinals' founding in 1974, it has adopted responsible business practices into its operations, from sourcing and packaging to distribution and voluntary certifications. 100% of its tea and herbal tea products are Non-GMO Project Verified, and 98.9% of the botanical raw ingredients sourced are organic.
Traditional Medicinals is also committed to social development projects funded in sourcing communities — and women and girls are the programs' greatest beneficiaries

Revive Project

One of Traditional Medicinals' programs is the Revive Project, which focuses on water security interventions in the senna-growing villages of Rajasthan, India. In 2009, Traditional Medicinals, Traditional Medicinals Foundation and WomenServe launched the project in the Thar Desert, one of the driest places on earth where temperatures can reach as high as 122°F. Women and girls must walk miles for hours each day in search of water for their families, crops and livestock.
In an effort to overcome these challenges, the Revive Project's initiatives have so far benefitted six communities, with around 12,000 villagers. The project has desilted and expanded six large community ponds, dug and rebuilt 145 agricultural rainwater catchment systems and constructed 510 taankas (underground rainwater catchments) for families in need. These taankas provide year-round water security eliminating the need for women and girls to walk thousands of miles each year and providing them with the opportunity to attend school and trainings, engage in income generating activities and become empowered village leaders.
Learn more about how the Revive Project is transforming lives:

Nirma's Story from Traditional Medicinals® on Vimeo.

Partners Working to Alleviate Poverty 

Traditional Medicinals' global good deeds don't stop there. Since 2008, Traditional Medicinals has contributed $255,949 to fund microlending programs through Whole Planet Foundation® and as a Supplier Alliance for Microcredit partner is committed to a $50,000 pledge in 2018 to reach additional microentrepreneurs.
Traditional Medicinals and Whole Foods Market also work together to improve conditions in the Thar Desert. Whole Foods Market Team Member volunteers have partnered with Revive Project for community service projects and to learn about the social development initiatives in the farming communities where Traditional Medicinals sources senna. 
Find Traditional Medicinals' products at your local Whole Foods Market store.


Categories: Supplier Stories