Have a 5th on the 4th!

Happy 4th of July!

And boy, do I ever have two fabulous recipes to share with your guys – both incredibly appropriate for the holiday:)

First up, dinner. Amaze your house guests, kids, spouse, etc. with this delicious Grilled Chicken Banh Mi, which I altered to make a healthier and much easier  version from Los Angeles’ Sunset Magazine.

Ingredients:
4-6 Chicken Tenderloins
4TBSP Hoison Sauce
2 TBSP low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 TSP Chinese 5-spice
2 TBSP fresh lime juice
Fresh selection’s broccoli slaw mix
strips of assorted peppers
olive oil spray

Directions:
Cut up chicken into strips/slices (approx 1 inch in width), and apply a light spray of olive oil on them.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine hoison sauce, soy sauce, spices and lime juice. Mix well.
Add in chicken strips into mixture to soak.
Grill chicken, and peppers to your liking.
I added the chicken and peppers to a tortilla;; however, you can place it in a bun for a tasty sandwich (which I would reccommend), and top off with broccoli slaw, and excess lime juice.

Grillin to perfection!

This was full of flavor, both sweet and slightly hot/spicy. I LOVED it!!! This will definitely add a unique twist to your next BBQ. Better yet, keep in mind that you do not have to limit yourself to chicken – I just like it because it is the cleanest/leanest option. You can use this marinade on pork, steak, beef, and even shrimp! Dare to get creative 🙂
Mat and I devoured these as soft tacos, with a side of veggie strips and chips and salsa from our main man Romeo from Salsa Poblanos…yuuuummmyy!!

“get in mah bellyyyyy!”

Up next is dessert….

Compliments of littlebittybakes.com, I altered this recipe a bit, but I still found it to be fabulous! I  took out the coconut for strawberries, and replacing part of the butter, as I did not have enough in the fridge (oops!)

beautifully refreshing!

Ingredients:
2 TBPS vegan butter
¼ C brown sugar
½ cup Stevia
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ C whole wheat flour
1 C chopped strawberries and blueberries mixed
½ tsp baking soda
¼ C low-fat vanilla yogurt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
In a large bowl, mix butter and sugars together. Add in egg whites, vanilla, and yogurt. Once creamy, add in baking soda and slowly add in flour. Once everything is well mixed, slowly fold in strawberries and blueberries.
Spoon onto a lined cookie sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool, and enjoy!

nom nom nom…..with a side of delicious coffee bean flavored coffee!!

These were so fruity, they almost reminded me of a healthier version of Starbuck’s berry berry coffee cake..mmmm….without all the guilt! They were definitely a hit at work and our apartment – I had to hide them from Mat after I let him taste-test one so that I would have enough to bring in to work :p
These are a wonderful treat to bring along to your 4th of July BBQ, they are SO light, you can really enjoy a few without feeling bogged down.

Remember, just because the 4th is a total foodie-lover’s holiday, does not mean  it is impossible to do it up guilt-free! Search for opportunities in your culinary skills to replace something unhealthy., for an option with more nutrients.

I hope you all have an enjoyable holiday – whether you celebrate today, or over the weekend. And in the words of one of our older patients: “have a 5th on the 4th!”  hehe!…that is as long as you do not plan on operating a motor vehicle!! 😉

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