Tropical Fish (Sonoma Diet Style)

So you guys are going to follow me through my journey with the Sonoma Diet Cookbook. What is the Sonoma Diet? It’s basically a diet where you eat whole grains, protein, vegetables and fruit WITHOUT COUNTING CALORIES!! The core of the diet is based on 10 power foods: extra virgin olive oil, almonds, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, grapes, strawberries, blueberries and whole grains. The best part about this diet? You get to have glass (or two) of red wine a night AAAAND you can have two squares of organic dark chocolate a night. You heard me. Here is the first recipe I tried out (with my own twists of course):


  • 1 lb of white firm fish (I’m a sucker for cod, but the recipe calls for halibut)
  • 2 mangoes, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 serrano peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp of agave nectar
  • 1 tsp of orange juice
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce


– In a small bowl, stir the mango, bell pepper, serrano, cilantro and the juice of wine live. Season with salt and pepper. Let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes for the flavors to mix. – Meanwhile, season the fish with salt and pepper. Mix agave, o.j., soy sauce and the garlic cloves. Sprinkle mixture over the fish. – In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the fish and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. You usually know once the fish flakes easily. – Serve with quinoa and lime wedges. (the recipe also suggests serving with asparagus- we ate veggies while waiting for the food to cook!)

**notice the power foods in here, quinoa=whole grain, red pepper, olive oil)