Motivation Monday: BBQ Recipes that Won’t Wreck Your Wedding Weight Loss Goals!

As the weather gets warmer, the barbecue invites get larger!  Instead of depriving yourself of fun in the name of your wedding dress. why not bring your own healthy food to share with others?  I put together a tasty, healthy menu that you can easily whip up and bring to your next barbecue!

Appetizer: Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Ingredients

  1. 1 pound asparagus (about 19 stalks), trimmed
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  4. 6 to 8 paper-thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Snap the dry stem ends off of each asparagus and place on a heavy baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss. Roast until the asparagus is tender, about 15 minutes. Cool completely.  Wrap each asparagus with 1 piece (about 1/2 a slice) of prosciutto, exposing tips. Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.
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Main meal: Tandoori Chicken by Rachael Ray
Pre Heat oven to 500 degrees or use the grill.
Ingredients:

  1. 1 pound of chicken breasts
  2. 2 palm fulls of curry
  3. 1 palm full of smoked paprika
  4. 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  5. Salt and pepper

Directions:
Cut chicken into bite size pieces.  Salt and pepper.  Mix the curry, paprika, and yogurt together.  With hands slather chicken in the marinade.  Marinate chicken in 1 cup of Greek yogurt with curry and paprika.  Bake on a cooking rack on a pan or grill until edges are charred and juices run clear, about 25 minutes
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Dessert : Watermelon Blueberry Banana Split
Ingredients:

  1. 2 large bananas
  2. 8 “scoops” watermelon and/or cantaloupe
  3. 1 cup blueberries (or raspberries or strawberries)
  4. 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  5. 1/4 cup granola

Directions:
Peel bananas and cut in half crosswise, then cut each piece in half lengthwise. For each serving, lay 2 banana pieces against the sides of a shallow dish.  To make watermelon “scoops” use an ice cream scoop to create balls of watermelon. Remove seeds, if needed. Place a watermelon “scoop” at each end of the dish.  Fill the center space with berries. Stir yogurt until smooth, spoon over the watermelon “scoops”. Sprinkle with granola.
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