Tasty Tater Salad

It’s always nice to try a new healthy side dish during the holidays. If you’ve been tasked with bringing something along for a Memorial Day cookout or other get-together, this is a tasty, healthy and easy recipe that your friends and family will be excited to try.

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Ingredients
1.5 lbs white potatoes
1.5 lbs sweet potatoes
1 large red onion, cut into thick strips
3 slices of bacon, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 C coconut oil, melted
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp cumin seed
1 Tbsp oregano leaves
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, leaves only, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender. Drain, allow to cool and then quarter. Set aside.
  • Grill onion slices until lightly caramelized.
  • Toast cumin seeds in medium skillet until fragrant.
  • Add oregano and continue to toast about 20 seconds. Make sure you don’t allow them to burn.
  • Remove spices from heat and transfer toasted spices into large bowl.
  • In a large bowl with toasted spices, add oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk together to blend. Add potatoes, onions, bacon and cilantro; toss lightly to coat.
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Memorial Day Mix Up

Memorial Day is right around the corner. If you’re like most people, you’re going to be surrounded by more food than usual. Have no fear- you can enjoy the long weekend without giving up on your health and fitness goals. Try some of these tips to create your own tasty Memorial Day celebration.



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Start with salad
Make a refreshing salad to sit at the beginning of your buffet line. Remember that it’s getting hot out, so fresh leafy greens, raw veggies and chopped fruit like berries and pineapples make a great treat!

Swap some chips for crudité
You don’t have to leave out all the chips, but you can cut back and add some fresh veggies like celery, baby carrots, broccoli and cherry tomatoes instead. Serve some hummus or guacamole on the side, both of which can be used for chips or veggies.

Skip the heavy sauces and dressings
Some barbecue and cookout sides are loaded with heavy condiments like mayo, but you can make them lighter, healthier and just as flavorful without all the added calories. You can do a lot by just adding herbs and spices! Try this mayo-free coleslaw recipe or this Moroccan potato salad recipe.

Swap burgers for steak
Instead of burgers, you can serve lean strips of steak with grilled vegetables. Grilled zucchini squash, carrots, bell peppers and asparagus are delicious sides. Alternatively, you could serve bunless burgers by offering lettuce wraps or mushroom buns. There’s always a way to add in more veggies!

Switch your spud
Instead of regular potatoes, offer your guests sweet potatoes. To make things a little more fun, you can set up a sweet potato bar where people can add their own toppings. Fresh cut bacon, chives and Greek yogurt instead of sour cream are just a few toppings to choose from.

Stay hydrated
Plain water is great, but infused water is even better! Try soaking anything from cucumber, lime, lemon, orange, pineapple or strawberry slices in ice water a few hours before your celebration. Infused water tastes great, looks beautiful and is so easy to make.

Don’t fear dessert
Skip the heavy cakes and cookies and stick with fruit. Grilled pineapple, peach and plum slices are amazing. You could also make or purchase fruit-based popsicles.

Remember that the holidays are a time to enjoy and spend with friends and family. Don’t let food-related worries keep you from that. Fill your plate with more fruits and vegetables, stay hydrated and relax!

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Paleo Breakfast Skillet

I don’t know about you, but I love easy breakfast recipes. If there’s anything to help get me out the door a little faster, I’ll give it a try. This recipe can be partially prepared before your breakfast rush, and it’s packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber-rich carbohydrates and nutrient-dense veggies! What more can you ask for?

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Ingredients for 1 serving
2 eggs
1 egg white
1 C spinach
2 green onions
*1 end of a cooked sweet potato- see note
Coconut oil, ghee or grass-fed butter for cooking
Sea salt and pepper to taste

*The night before, cook a large sweet potato at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes, until it’s cooked through but not completely soft. Cut off the rough knob at the end and throw away. From that point, cut into the potato so you are cutting off a round piece that’s about 1.5 inches thick. Slice that into smaller bite-sized pieces.

Directions
Coat a medium-sized pan with your cooking oil of choice
Add sweet potato and saute’ on medium-high for 2 minutes
Add green onions and spinach, cook until close to wilting
Add eggs and egg white
Break the yokes so they’re distributed around the pan
Continue mixing all ingredients together, except for salt and pepper
Remove from pan when eggs are cooked through
Top with salt and pepper

You can use the rest of the sweet potato throughout the week to make the same meal, or enjoy as a side with lunch or dinner. You can use the spinach and green onions in stir fries or salads. This is a great meal for stretching your budget!

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