Easy Does It – Summer Tips by Mary Ann

Posted on June 2, 2014 by


Easy Does It!


Well the weather is finally getting warmer and it’s time to mentally be prepared for summer barbecues & picnics. Picnics- prepare and keep it simple- Have fun! Here’s the start of my food list for 2014 that will make a picnic or barbecue fun.

Keep it colorful and you’ll be smiling at all of your barbecues. These are some of my favorites.


Fresh fruit bowl – cut up a variety of your favorite summer fruits- choose from watermelon, cantaloupe, muskmelon, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, sliced kiwi, mango.


Cut vegetables – cut up a variety of vegetables & make a Gt mayo or grapeseed oil vegannaise dip by adding dill or Litehouse salad herbs or garlic & onion. Mix it up- choose from carrots, cut mini sweet pepper halves (yellow, orange, red), sugar snap peas, radish halves, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower or other vegetables from your garden.


Guacamole – use your favorite recipe-keep it clean. Avocados, cilantro, onion, tomato, garlic, GT green chili or harrisa EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)or jalapeño peppers, juice of a lime over the top. Dippers- dehydrated chili peppered zucchini, sweet potato, eggplant chips. Or broccoli, cauliflower, sliced cucumber, chunks of sweet peppers(green, red, orange).


Spinach Dip – 2 pkgs frozen chopped spinach. Thaw & squeeze out most of the liquid. Add GT mayo or grapeseed oil vegannaise, chopped onion (red, green or white), diced radishes or water chestnuts, diced red min sweet peppers. Serve w/any vegetables mixing up the color.


Potato Salad – boil, cube potatoes of your choice, diced onion, celery, chopped boiled eggs add GT mayo or grapeseed oil vegannaise. Sprinkle your favorite seasoning & mix (I like ground celery seed) & sprinkle paprika on top for color. Put a few sprigs of parsley around the edges.


Broccoli Salad– broccoli tops, red sweet peppers, diced red onions, GT mayo or grapeseed oil vegannaise w/a few drops of stevia for sweetness. Optional to add raisins.


Barbecued Chicken – chicken on the grill w/ barbecue sauce. Or cooked, shredded chicken in a crock pot w/ barbecue sauce. It’s very convenient to keep baked chicken in the freezer to use for a fast barbecue. Keep small containers of homemade barbecue sauce in the freezer- it lasts a long time. I love browning it over meat on the grill.


Grass fed hamburgers, steaks – grilled. Sometimes I season my burgers with Spice House Arizona seasoning before cooking. Top with guacamole & halved grape tomatoes & raw onion and optional grated Monchego goat cheese on top.


Cold chicken salad – 1 chicken breast, 3 stalks of celery, 1 apple, 1 TBSP of GT mayo or grapeseed oil vegannaise. Can substitute grapes & walnuts, or add diced onions. Eat as is or over a bed of greens. This was a favorite of my coach and took me through my first summer. I kept a bowl in a cooler for traveling and I loved it.


Whatever you put on your summer list – mix it up and add to it. Then no thinking involved – just a fun summer ahead with plenty to choose from!


Until next time~ Easy does it!

Mary Ann, GT Client


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