Picnics would just not be the same without potato salad, so I decided to sub the potatoes with cauliflower, (steamed until al dente) Celery and other veggies as usual, Sub some of the mayo with youghert (or make a dressing of your choice.) Would hardly have known the differenct had I not made it myself.....
The Cooking Light website has some great baked bean recipes that I have made, and of course the size of the portion does matter. They also have some wonderful potato salad recipes using a vinaigrette dressing. When we take a picnic we usually have smoked salmon sandwiches made with whole grain bread, light cream cheese whipped with chopped dill, thinly sliced cucumber, and a bit of chopped red onion and capers. Then we take assorted fruit, If we want a bit of a splurge, we will take cookies.
Edited by: CHEFSOPHIE at: 8/25/2012 (14:21)
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I've recently tried these two with great success: Clean Eating/ crock pot shredded chicken: and Chef Meg's Crunchy cole slaw. 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast 2 cloves garlic (minced) either: 14.5 oz can tomatoes with chili pepper or same amt of fresh salsa 1 sliced onion seasonings- I sprinkled with: sea salt, red and black pepper, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, chili powder about 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth- just enough to cover chicken
Cook 4 hrs on high or 6 on low. Shred with two forks, Yum Yum -good on rolls on w/o.
I served this with Sparkpeople's Chef Meg's crunchy cole slaw which you can find on this site.
Habits die hard. A family picnic when I was growing up ALWAYS included something on the grill, usually basted with something with lots of refined sugar added, potato salad, pineapple marshmallow slaw salad, macaroni salad, and doctored baked beans with brown sugar, onions, and strips of bacon on top. Dessert was always Grandma's homemade chocolate cake, frosted with nuts on top.
Thankfully I have been working here with SP since June and I'm not going crazy just thinking about it all. But those memories do get in the way of rationally coming up with killer substitutes. Mom and I go out to the Gulf at least once a week to watch the sunset. We enjoy taking a "tiny" picnic. I have tailored the slaw recipe to a pretty respectable salad with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt which we both enjoy and feel it is living up to our requirements for healthy eating. Increasing fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and decreasing salt, processed foods, and refined sugar seem to be our focus at the current time.
Could you share your Healthy Killer picnic menus or recipes?
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