Cantaloupe Summer Salad

I’ve shared with you my love of fresh salads including last week’s simple cucumbers and tomatoes.  You’ve probably noticed I like to add fruit to my veggies and veggies with my fruit. It’s a win-win.  Today let’s looks at fresh summer cantaloupe and spice it up with tomatoes, black pepper, and onions. This is another great way to use the veggies in your garden.

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Al Fresco Uncured Chicken Bacon has 70% less fat and 40% less sodium than pork bacon.  Now I’ve tried turkey bacon before and expected something similar. I stand corrected. Tasted like regular bacon with great flavor. It comes both uncooked and precooked and ready to use. Oh my I’m going to be experimenting with more ways to use it. If you’re interested in trying it, check out your zip code for stores that sell itThis is NOT a sponsored post.

 

 

I do love good food but I also love to eat healthy.   Today let’s talk about making a classic summer favorite that I’m sure everyone has had, Broccoli Cauliflower Salad. There are many variations to the classic recipe of fresh broccoli, cauliflower, onion, with lots of fried bacon and mayo (sometimes with sour cream too).  It is possible to make this dish with less fat, sugar, and sodium and still have great taste.  Last summer I shared Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with a creamy Greek Yogurt dressing which is a healthier invention with broccoli, carrots, peppers, onions, cauliflower, and dried cherries with nuts.

 

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Green Bean Salad With Blue Cheese

Wishing you a blessed Memorial Day!

 

I am so happy that I’m finding fresh green beans at Tasty Tuesday’s Farmer’s Market. I can’t tell you how much I love them.  Today let’s look at an easy salad with steamed green beans, blue cheese, a little red onion, and pecans. It’s a great side or a tasty lunch I can tell you. Need a little more taste? Add chopped tomatoes.  This chilled dish works great at a summer cookout.

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Roasted Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Plantain

Sweet potatoes are very rich in vitamin A, fiber, magnesium and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene may help protect against asthma and heart disease as well as reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Plantains are part of the banana family and are great sources of vitamins A & C and fiber and potassium.  Put the two together for great taste and nutrition.  Today’s dish is roasted sweet potatoes and plantain mashed.

 

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

If you looking for a great side with wonderful taste and nutrition, try caramelized Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are rich in many valuable nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are a very good source of numerous nutrients including folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids. Add the rich taste from caramelized sprouts and you have a winner. This dish has won over many Brussels Sprout haters.

 

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Roasted Beets & Pumpkin with Brie

Harvest season means it’s time to roast all the great fall vegetables, like pumpkins. Today’s dish is the fabulous root vegetable, beets, and a great fall pumpkin.  Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants like carotene which are credited with supporting our immune system. Another superb vegetable for our health is beets. Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium.

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