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Happy Memorial Day!

Despite the unusually cold weather this weekend, I have really enjoyed having more than one day in a row off! It's been fun relaxing and not having a strict schedule to follow for a few days. Plus its nice to spend some quality time with my fiance ;-)

The anticipation of the holiday weekend set off some crazy cravings for me this week. When you think of a holiday you see icecream, fried foods, chips and dip, basically anything that is considered junk. And usually you say its ok because its a once in a while thing, which is fine. However, I made a commitment to stay strictly on the Body Ecology Diet till my engagement party in September so armed with creativity, Pinterest, and my BED book I prepared to make some fun meals and snacks for the weekend festivities. I have to say Pinterest has really been a life saver when it comes to finding recipe ideas. Most aren't completely BED friendly but with a few adjustments, its easy to make a fun and delicious meal. Here are my favorites from the weekend:

Cumcumber & Red Pepper Salsa with UTZ organic Blue Corn Chips

I already know what you're thinking, Blue Corn Chips! These are virtually the only "junk" allowed on the BED diet and only a specific type at that. BED requires that they be baked and only use high oleic sunflower oil. I did some googling last week and discovered UTZ Organics line of products. I was able to find these at Stop and Shop in the allergy free/organic snack aisle (plus they were on sale:-)). To make the salsa I chopped up 1 red pepper, 3 small cumcumbers, and a bunch of cilantro and mixed it with the juice of 1 lime, sea salt, and pepper. This totally satisfies your need for chips and dip in a fun and colorful way.

Caulifower Steaks with Sauteed Veggies and Red Potatoes

This was so yummy! Now, I never thought of cauliflower as a filling, tasty, and robust vegetable before  but this recipe totally converted me. The small pieces that are leftover roast up deliciously and taste similar to popcorn. And the best part? All you need is cauliflower and olive oil, that's it! Cut the cauliflower into 1 inch steaks, place on a baking sheet lined with tin foil, and roast in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes (give or take 10 minutes). The loose pieces will roast up really well too (just place them on the same sheet as the steaks). 

Spicy Avocado Nori Wrap

This is a modified recipe I found on Pinterest. Instead of using a whole wheat flat bread, I substituted a Nori wrapper. To make mash up 1 avocado with cayenne pepper, sea salt, and lime. Place the mixture on a Nori wrapper, top with your favorite lettuce and roll up! The only thing I will do differently next time is to dress the lettuce in lemon and pepper. It would also be fun to add veggies to this.

I've also been making drinks with mineral water, lemon or lime, and stevia extract (alcohol free). I squeeze the juice into the bottom of my glass, add a few drops of stevia to taste (go slowly, its 200 times as strong as regular sugar) and pour mineral water over the top. Throw in a few fresh slices of lemon or lime and your set! It's a light, refreshing and slightly sweet drink that won't make you feel like you're missing out.

How do you stay on track during the holidays?

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