15 minute meals: baked dover sole + whole grain mediterranean couscous

15-minute meals: baked dover sole with whole grain mediterranean couscous | theclevercarrot.com

You either have it or you don’t.

With the holidays on the horizon, time is of the essence. Things will get hectic. Possibly stressful. And I refuse to freak out over dinner (Who me? Never). I’ve been on the hunt for quick and healthy meals that won’t break the bank.

Because really, Christmas is in 30 days….

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trader joe’s best kept secret

trader joe's best kept secret | theclevercarrot.com

No, it’s not cookie butter.

It’s something a little more unexpected.

In the past, I’ve always bought my fish from the local seafood shop in town. They had great shrimp, salmon, flounder- you name it. But the quality has gone down hill. They began selling chemically treated fish. When fish is ‘treated,’ it absorbs extra water which increases the overall weight (so you pay more). The texture is mushy and achieving a good sear is nearly impossible. I could probably bounce a shrimp off your forehead! What a waste of time and money.

A new plan was in order….

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sweet + salty snack mix

sweet + salty snack mix | The Clever carrot

Oftentimes, I forget to blog about the everyday things.

We make a lot of stuff in this house that never makes it to post. For example, my weekly chicken cutlets? Never blogged it. My baked salmon? Nope, not today. Oh, wait- how about my turkey meatballs with leeks and spinach? Exactly. Maybe it’s because these things are so routine I no longer find them interesting. But perhaps you will? This snack mix is the perfect example of common neglect. I make a batch every 1-2 weeks depending on how much we go through. We enjoy it by the handful.

I separate the mix into individual bags for on the go convenience.

sweet + salty snack mix | The Clever Carrot

All of the ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s. And yes, I live in that store.

  • mini multiseed rice crackers
  • organic whole dried cranberries
  • roasted unsalted cashews
  • chocolate covered sunflower seeds

chocolate covered sunflower seeds | The Clever Carrotsweet + salty snack mix | The Clever Carrot

The multiseed crackers (those round things) are flavored with tamari which gives the mix that deep, salty flavor. They’re also gluten free. If you can’t find them, a similar sub would be those funky shaped oriental rice crackers. You could also use mini M&M’s for the chocolate covered sunflower seeds too. I combine everything together in one big dish and then portion it out accordingly. Altogether, I think it takes about 5 or 6 minutes. It’s great to have a healthy snack all set and ready to go for whenever you need it.

This is what I grab at 3 o’clock when I’m craving a little something. I’m a total sucker for salty + sweet.


  • The measurements in this recipe are meant as a guide. Play around to suit your taste. 
  • I double checked the product section on the Trader Joe’s website, and all of the ingredients are gluten free.
sweet + salty snack mix
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 5½ cups
  • 1½ c. mini multiseed rice crackers (soy + tamari flavor)
  • 2 c. roasted unsalted cashews
  • 1 c. whole dried cranberries
  • 1 c. chocolate covered sunflower seeds.
*If you can't find multiseed rice crackers, you can substitute with oriental rice crackers. You can also use mini M&M's for the chocolate covered sunflower seeds.
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Make adjustments to suit your taste.
  2. Store in an airtight container or portion into snack size bags.