Founder Recipe of the Month: Baked Rockfish with Blood Oranges & Pistachio Vinaigrette

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Baked Rockfish with Blood Oranges & Pistachio Vinaigrette

Fresh, colorful and full of flavor- eating fish never tasted so good!

Serves 4


For the rockfish:

  • 4 6 oz. portions of rockfish
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 4-5 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 white onion, sliced into thin rings
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the pistachio vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 medium shallot, chopped fine
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp. chives, chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp. nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup pistachio oil or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pistachios

For the salad:

  • 1 medium sized head of butter lettuce
  • I blood orange, cut into segments
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts (either fresh and cleaned, or water brined)


Preheat oven to 375°. Season both sides of the halibut filets with salt and pepper. Spray or lightly grease a 9"x13" baking dish. Arrange the onion slices evenly over the bottom of the baking dish, laying them flat.  Evenly distribute parsley sprigs on top of onion. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper. Place halibut on top of onion slices and parsley; make sure they are evenly spaced. Scatter lemon slices and thyme over the top of the fish. Cover with foil and bake 10-12 minutes, or until the fish registers a temperature of 145°, or turns opaque and separates slightly when prodded with a fork.

To make the vinaigrette: process lemon juice, chopped shallot, chopped fresh chives, red wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth. With blender running, add oil in a slow, steady stream, processing until smooth. Turn off blender; add pistachios, and pulse until pistachios are finely chopped, but a few small chunks remain.

To make the salad: cut the artichokes and lettuce into bite-sized pieces. In a large bowl, dress the artichoke and lettuce lightly with the vinaigrette. At the end evenly distribute orange segments on top. Serve with the halibut.

This recipe is from the Nutreatious Cookbook, Perfectly Plated. 



Catching Zzzz’s to Put you Ahead

Taking Care of YOU: 

the Best Way to Take Care of Your Business

Hello Startup Soiree Community!

My name is Dana Sicko and I am super excited to be part of the Startup Soiree Blog!  I am the founder and CEO of two companies, Nutreatious and Gundalow Juice.  Chances are if you were at the first Startup Soiree Party then you got to try some of our delicious food and juices.  The great news is that you will get to enjoy our food and juices all year long!


My goal with these blog entries is to focus on how you can be a healthier entrepreneur and founder so that you can create a business you love every single day.  Despite the amount of credit you give your computer, or in my case our 600-pound juicer, you and your team are the biggest assets of your business. 

You have to take great care of yourself and your team to make sure that everyone is working as efficiently as possible.  The last thing that you want to do is to have yourself or your team members burn out because of being overworked. In my blog, I'm going to focus on important health issues to help entrepreneurs, like ourselves, optimize the energy and health of our teams.

Enjoy my first blog post, below! 


Catching some Zzzz’s to Put you Ahead


I don’t need sleep. HA!

Some successful entrepreneurs that you have read, heard, or know about can operate off of very little sleep, for example Ms. Martha Stewart. On little sleep these individuals are able to have a very productive day.  Their mentality is that the excitement of their business is enough to make them work into the wee hours of the morning and leap out of bed a couple of hours later to start a new day.   


So my young entrepreneur self decided that I too would not need much sleep. After all I’m passionate about what I do and I wanted to train myself to need less sleep.  “I will get so much more done” I told myself. 

This was one of the silliest things I have ever tried to do. I couldn’t keep my thoughts straight, I was forgetful and “you look tired” became a normal description of my appearance, which as a woman is AWESOME to hear.

Representing my Brand

Considering both of my companies are focused on health, I was not properly representing my brand.  So I decided to prioritize my sleep and life became so much better.  My quality of work was better, I had more energy and I was more focused. I was also able to produce higher quality work in shorter amounts of time. Because of this improved efficiency I had more time and energy to exercise, cook and spend with my friends and family.

It’s not the length of the day that matters; it’s how we use it. 

Just because I have chosen to sleep a normal amount of hours doesn’t mean I hustle any less.  If anything, sleeping the amount my body needs helps me focus on what I want to do when I am awake.  After all, adequate sleep allows us to process and retain more information.  

I care enough about my businesses to know that when I am not able to perform at 100% that I am doing them an injustice. This is why I choose to make sleep a priority. My businesses deserve all of the effort that I can give them. We have to accept that the world will still be there to change when we wake up. 

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