My Go To Healthy Summer Picnic

Happy Friday! Summer is in full swing and I don’t know about you ladies but I have picnics on my mind. It’s the perfect summer date. Pack up the dogs, some of my favorite canned rose or chardonnay, a cute blanket and of course, a healthy picnic and you’ve got the ultimate summer date night.

Here’s what’s on my menu:

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Eggplant Caponata AHP 029

Springtime means a bounty of new ingredients coming into season and one recipe I look forward to once spring arrives each year is my eggplant caponata. A hearty combination of eggplant, bell pepper and spinach with sweet, chewy raisins and tangy red wine vinegar piled atop a crusty baguette smeared with goat cheese. Each bite is full of flavor and oh so satisfying. I love packing eggplant caponata for a picnic by wrapping each sandwich in parchment paper and serving it alongside fresh fruit, some cut up veggies and of course, wine!

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Chia Pudding

One of the struggles I see so often with ladies, especially when carb-cycling (and especially on low carb days)  is not getting enough fiber! And while veggies are my favorite source of fiber it’s amazing when you cut out the whole grains how many veggies you have to consume to get that 25 + grams of fiber a day. Enter chia pudding. It’s easy to make, super low carb and super high fiber. It’s basically a low carb day lifesaver!

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Cabbage and Noodles

With St. Patrick’s Day less than a week away I figured I would share my go-to tradition of Haluski or cabbage + noodles. Haluski is a traditional Polish dish made of fried cabbage and egg noodles. It bakes up into a dish of buttery comfort food. Why I make it for St Paddy’s Day? No idea haha. Maybe because of the cabbage?? Regardless, it’s a comfort meal in my house and it couldn’t be easier. If I am getting fancy I make it with fresh egg noodles (either homemade or storebought) but you can also use dried fettuccine. And if you’re cooking up the whole pound follow the same instructions just pick up a large cabbage instead of a small one and use a little extra butter. This dish also reheats extremely well so I always make extra! Give it a try and let me know what you think. Come Sunday you’ll most likely find me with a big ole’ bowl of this stuff + a Jameson cocktail (still trying to figure out what that might be).. stay tuned!

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Almond Flour Banana Bread

Is there anything better than the smell of a warm loaf of banana bread sitting on the countertop fresh out of the oven? Yea, I can’t think of a single thing. And to be honest, it’s really the main reason I buy bananas at the grocery store. While I enjoy a slice of classic banana bread on occasion I prefer something that won’t make my energy crash on most days, so this almond flour variation has become a new go-to. If you didn’t know what was in it you totally wouldn’t even know. If you end up with extra almond flour I definitely recommend trying almond flour pancakes, swapping almond flour in salmon cakes and I’ll do my best to get my almond flour thumbprint cookie recipe posted asap – promise!

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Buffalo Cauliflower

I love football food. There’s just something so cozy about a rainy fall day, cozy blankets, a good game on the tv, candles lit and a drink in hand. And while I wouldn’t call this buffalo cauliflower a substitution for buffalo wings the flavors are quite delicious. If you’re a buffalo wing lover this might be just the way to get you to enjoy those veggies.

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Cooking Technique: Vinaigrettes

Tools Required:

Glass Bowl – I love a good set of nesting bowls for meal prep. I also own over 20 of these glass bowls from IKEA which work perfectly for prep and serving!

Whisk – I own quite a lot of whisks and most of them are pretty inexpensive but I do recommend one good stainless steel whisk for making vinaigrettes, whipped cream or sauces!

My Thought Process:

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How to Make Your Food Taste Amazing

Tools Required: 

Ramekin or Cute Bowls – I love to store my salt on the countertop in a small ramekin or bowl for easy access. I usually only put out a little at a time and refill weekly to keep it from drying out.

Mason Jars – I keep any extra salt in a glass mason jar. This keeps the salt fresh and retains the moisture.

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