“Clean Eating for Busy Families” Cookbook {Recipe & Giveaway}

January 15, 2013

You know I love to cook and as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago when I told you about “America’s Favorite Food,” I still love looking through cookbooks even though there are so many recipe databases online. Thankfully, registered dietitians like myself are writing more cookbooks these days. What I love about this is that it shows just how versatile the job of a dietitian is. Recently a fellow registered dietitian and friend of mine, Michelle Dudash, published a new cookbook called “Clean Eating for Busy Families.” Michelle is not only a dietitian, she is also a certified chef and a mom – so she knows a thing or two about good food, healthy eating, and how to combine the two when it comes to kids.

clean eating for busy families, michelle dudash

There are so many great things about this cookbook: most recipes take 30 minutes or less to prepare, many meals can be made in one pot or pan, which means less cleanup, and there’s a focus on sustainable seafood, being “green,” and using local and seasonal foods (many recipes even have alternatives based on the season). Michelle also includes a suggested weekly, monthly, and quarterly shopping list (perfect if you spend half your week in the supermarket like I do!), a list of busy family convenience foods like natural popcorn and low sodium soups, cooking tips, her favorite kitchen tools, and tips for dealing with picky eaters. This book is geared for the busy family!

After looking through the cookbook I decided to try Michelle’s version of fish tacos. I loved Michelle’s recipe for pico de gallo, especially since there was a “Go Green” box with seasonal alternatives. Although I normally use tilapia when I make fish tacos, my husband really wanted tuna (not the most eco-friendly choice, but you know the things we do for our husbands!), so I changed part of the recipe, but the star of the show was the pico and boy was it good! The original recipe calls for tomatoes, but since local tomatoes aren’t available in the winter I used oranges and grapefruit, which Michelle recommended.

tuna tacos, pico de gallo

Pico De Gallo recipe
5 from 1 vote

Course Dinner, Entree
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Jessica Levinson


For Pico De Gallo:

  • 1 cup diced oranges and/or grapefruit
  • 1/3 cup red onion diced 1/4 inch
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon seeded deveined, minced jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For Fish:

  • 1 pound tuna steaks
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

For Assembly:

  • 1 avocado mashed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 warm small corn or whole-grain flour tortillas


To Make the Pico de Gallo:

  1. Place all the pico de gallo ingredients in a small mixing bowl and toss to combine.
  2. pico de gallo recipe
  3. Pico De Gallo recipe

To Make the Fish:

  1. Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. tuna tacos
  3. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil. When oil is hot and shimmering, add tuna steaks to the pan. Cook about 1 minute per side, including the sides, until the tuna is seared on the outside and raw on the inside (if you prefer your tuna less raw, you can cook it longer).
  4. Remove tuna from pan and place on a cutting board. Slice tuna at a right angle to the veins for best quality.
  5. tuna tacos

To Assemble:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the mashed avocado with the lime juice, salt, and pepper. Spread mashed avocado on a tortilla and top with sliced fish and pico de gallo.

Recipe Notes

The original recipe calls for 1 large tomato, diced 1/4-inch (1 cup).Recipe Note: To save time, you can chop the tomatoes and onion for the pico de gallo in a food processor. Remove and then pulse the jalapeño, cilantro, and garlic together. Combine all of the salsa ingredients in one bowl.

Go Clean: When choosing tortillas, look for those that contain the fewest ingredients - ideally just ground corn, lime, and salt in corn tortillas and whole-wheat flour, canola oil, and salt in flour tortillas.

I served the tacos with a spinach salad with lime vinaigrette.

Are you the member of a busy family? If so, enter for your chance to win your own copy of Clean Eating for Busy Families!

Giveaway begins: Tuesday January 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM ET

Giveaway ends: Thursday January 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM ET

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Disclaimer:  I received a copy of “Clean Eating for Busy Families” but was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own. The publisher has sponsored the prize offered, and is responsible for shipping it.


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    1. Laurie, that’s awesome! I used to belong to a CSA when I lived in the city and loved getting different seasonal fruits and veggies every week!

  1. I plan out my meals the week before so I’m not scrambling to figure something out that day when things are crazy.

  2. I buy a lot of fresh fruits each week plus i keep small bags of fresh veggies & fish in the freezer that i can grab to steam for dinner quickly.

  3. Frozen vegetables are a lifesaver for us – they become part of dinner almost every night. (Occasionally, we have fresh 🙂 And my kids have this nighttime ritual of apple slices after bathtime…don’t remember how it started but hey, whatever works!

    1. Shira, how do you make the frozen veggies so that they don’t get mushy? That’s awesome they love apple slices before bed!!

  4. Thanks everyone for sharing your tips for getting healthy meals on the table!

    The winner of the Clean Eating giveaway is Angela! Check your email for a note from me.

    Thanks for participating!


  5. This recipe sounds delicious and I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this cookbook. Thanks for the great rec as always!