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Healthy Recipe Ideas for BBQ

Summer means potlucks, family parties and backyard Barbecue full of chips, brownies, potato salad, and hot dogs. If you aren’t careful, all the extra calories from celebrating may pack on a few pounds. To avoid the dilemma of eating so much that you regret it or going home hungry, bring something to the party you know you can eat, without feeling guilty afterward.

Presentation is key, so look for a fun basket, bowl or platter to serve your food on. Dress up a spinach salad with blueberries, cashews and feta cheese (with dressing on the side). Cut up fresh fruit is always a hit.

Bring a dish and make a simple sign to identify the name of the recipe so others know what it is they are trying.

One of my favorite recipes is Balsamic Quinoa Salad. (This website has many delicious quinoa recipes Many people have heard of quinoa but have never tried it so they are scared to buy it and make something. This way you can introduce healthy alternatives to your friends.

Balsamic Quinoa Salad 

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

¼ – 1/3 cup best quality extra virgin olive oil

2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

6 cloves of garlic, minced

2 shallots, minced

Salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, to taste

1 1/2 cups quinoa 

Bouillon cube

1 red pepper, chopped 

4 oz blue cheese

1 can black beans

  1. Cook quinoa with bouillon according to package directions.
  2. Make the dressing by combining vinegar, mustard, garlic, shallots, and olive oil.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Cook red pepper in a small skillet to soften.
  4. Combine pepper and remaining ingredients with quinoa.  Add half the dressing (initially) and toss. (May add more dressing as desired.)  Enjoy!

It’s fun to become known as the person who always brings something healthy to a potluck….and others will thank you for it too!

Haley Pledger, PA
Women’s Care
Matthew Walton, DO
Austin Bills, DO
Family Medicine
Aaron Fausett, PA
Family Medicine
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