Looking for healthy recipes for your summer potluck coming up? I’ve got you covered!
If you’re anything like me, deciding what to bring to the summer potluck is always a challenge. You want to make something that will taste good for everyone to enjoy, and you also would like it to be at least somewhat good for you.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Focus on nutrient-dense, whole foods that will provide fullness and energy, so you can be ready for the cornhole or washers tournament still to come! I’m sharing a healthy appetizer, side, and dessert that are both easy to make and full of flavor.
These recipes all use simple, nutrient-dense ingredients. For best quality, I recommend buying organic ingredients as you are able.
Appetizer: Carrot Salad
(makes 6 servings)
- 12 whole carrots, rinsed
- ½ cup raisins
- 6 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Cut tip and tops off carrots. Use a potato peeler or other dedicated shredder to make thin slices.
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix.
Side: Crockpot Italian Corn and Zucchini
(makes 6 servings)
- 20 oz. frozen corn
- 2 medium zucchini, cut into ½ inch slices and quartered
- 3 tablespoons grass-fed butter
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning*
- ½ teaspoon salt*
- ½ teaspoon pepper*
*seasonings may be adjusted to taste
- Add corn, zucchini, and butter in that order to 6-quart crockpot (size can vary, just needs to be big enough to hold all ingredients).
- Turn crockpot to low and cook for 3 hours.
- Stir all ingredients and cook for another hour.
- Stir in Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper before enjoying.
Dessert: Individual Key Lime Pies
(makes 12 servings)
- 4.25 oz. package graham crackers (I do recommend Simple Mills Honey Cinnamon Sweet Thins)
- 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter, melted
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 16 ounces heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 limes, juiced
- Make the crust. Crush graham crackers to form small crumbs (I recommend using a food processor). Mix in melted butter a spoonful at a time until a mixture forms. Press mixture into bottoms of a muffin tin.
- Make the filling. Blend cream cheese, heavy cream, pure maple syrup, and vanilla to form a thick mixture (I recommend using an immersion blender or food processor). Stir in juice from limes. Spoon mixture evenly throughout muffin tin over crusts. Refrigerate for 4 hours to set filling before eating.
Pair this appetizer, side, and dessert with a protein on the grill like burgers, honey mustard chicken tenders, or BBQ pork chops for a complete healthy meal!
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