Side Dish

Avocado and Black Bean Salad

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This is a delicious, energy boosting salad.

Ingredients:

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup organic corn
2 avocados, diced
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1/2 a lime
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Mix beans, corn, avocado, onion, tomato and cilantro in a large bowl. In a small bowl or shaker bottle, mix together the vinegar, olive oil, lime juice and garlic. Drizzle over salad using as much dressing as desired and toss until well combined. Add salt and pepper if desired and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from complete-health-and-happiness.com  

Broccoli Apple Salad

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Ingredients
4 cups fresh broccoli florets, (about 2 medium heads)
½ cup shredded carrots
¼ cup diced red onion
2 large apples, finely chopped 
½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries
Creamy dressing ingredients:
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup or raw honey
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper
Method:
In a large bowl combine broccoli, carrots, red onion, apples, pecans, and dried cranberries.
To make the dressing: Whisk together mayonnaise, greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.

Recipe adapted from therecipecritic.com  

Photo from The Recipe Critic

Curly Sweet Potato Fries

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Sweet potatoes are an incredibly nutritious food, high in fiber and packed with antioxidants like beta carotene and vitamins A and C.  They are also rich in B vitamins and the minerals manganese and potassium.  These curly sweet potato fries are nutritious and deliciously fun.

Seasoning Mix:
In a bowl combine:
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F

Put 2 medium sized sweet potatoes through a spiralizer.

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Place spiral potatoes on a clay baking sheet or on a regular baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.  Gently toss with a small amount of olive oil.  Use just enough oil to give them a light coating.  Too much oil will make the fries soggy.  Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the sweet potatoes and gently toss.  

Bake 15-20 minutes in your preheated 425F oven.  Turn over and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until they are crispy.

Enjoy!

Recipe for seasoning mix from www.cleanfoodcrush.com  

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