As we kick-off the summer months with Memorial Day, many of us will be hosting Barbeques for our friends and family. Burgers, pasta salad and dessert are foods we traditionally find on our plates at a backyard gathering, and the amazing thing about the Wildatarian® lifestyle is you can still enjoy these foods, but in a way that will work with your body instead of against it!

Below are some of my favorite Wildatarian swaps for your holiday cookout – so healthy without sacrificing any flavor.

Burgers

This one is easy! Simply replace the ground beef used in your traditional burgers with ground bison, elk or lamb and grill as you normally would! To make them completely Wildatarian – swap out the bun for some beautiful bibb lettuce. Top with tomato, lettuce, avocado and manchego for a little extra flavor.

Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is such a simple pleasure and so versatile. Here is an easy and delicious way to enjoy pasta salad Wild-Style!

  • 1 box brown rice quinoa pasta
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 can (drained) artichoke hearts
  • 1 pint halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 oz cubed manchego cheese
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta per box directions and cool. Mix all of the ingredients together, chill for at least 2 hours, then serve.

Yucca chips

You can purchase these at Whole Foods, MOM’S, and even Costco (Terra brand is also a great option which offers sweet potato and cassava!). Yucca is a great prebiotic – happy food for your gut flora! Serve with hummus, your favorite guacamole or salsa. If you want to make easy fries, frozen Yucca ones are readily available – just bake in the oven and they are ready to go.

Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash

For a great, easy vegetable side dish, slice zucchini and squash into ½-inch rounds, put them on a skewer, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through. The grill marks will enhance the green and yellow of these versatile, nutritious veggies.

Dessert

For dessert, nothing beats a sliced cold watermelon or a fruit salad. But for something different, how about a chia pudding? Chia seeds are great – full of healthy Omega fats, protein and fiber.

Chia Pudding

  • 2 cans organic lite coconut milk
  • 6 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh pomegranate seeds

In a serving bowl, mix together the milk, chia seeds, honey sugar and vanilla extract. Let stand at room temperature for ten minutes. Stir again, cover, and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight.  Before serving, garnish with blueberries, pomegranate seeds and serve. This pudding is Red, White and Blue – such a great addition to your Memorial Day holiday table.

I invite you to enjoy your Wildatarian meal and then spend some time reflecting on the great sacrifice by those who gave their lives to defend our country. Let’s honor our heroes by living our lives with grace, gratitude and love.

Happy Memorial Day!

 

To the Tru of You,

Teri Cochrane

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