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Healthy Recipes for all of your Springtime events!

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March 8, 2016

Healthy Recipes for all of your Springtime events!

Spring is in the air and low carb recipes make for easy and quick dinner ideas!

Spring has sprung and with it new opportunities for good eats! Something about the sun, the songs of the birds, and lovely bursts of flowers makes us want to eat brightly colored, lighter meals. We look around this worldwide Web for low-carb recipes for singles, couples, small groups and parties. Most of these can also be quick and easy dinner recipes throughout the week!

Dinner for one: Avocado and Lump Crab Salad

Spring recipes means veggies and healthy living. Try this seafood and avocado salad!

Sometimes you just want to treat yourself and this recipe allows you to do just that! This recipe not only makes a good dinner but you can also use the leftovers to make an excellent lunch! To do that just save the leftover crab mixture and then put it over baby greens for your lunch.

Shopping List:

  • 1 medium Hass avocado (about 5 oz avocado)
  • 4 oz lump crabmeat
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 grape tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt and fresh black pepper
  • 2 leaves butter lettuce (optional)

Get the full recipe here at SkinnyTaste.

Dinner for two: Crispy Chicken Legs and Brussels sprouts

Talk about a low carb recipe that’s also a quick dinner idea—this dish only requires the use of one pan!

It’s a work night and creating a pile of dirty dishes may not be on your to-do list. Luckily, this one-pan recipe can provide the shock and awe of a well-made meal without the grumbles and groans of an epic after-dinner clean up. Plus it has cheese and no one should ever complain when cheese is involved.

Shopping List:

  • 2 whole chicken legs (skin on & bone in)
  • 1 stalk of Brussels sprouts, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 generous tbs of coconut oil
  • salt, pepper & granulated garlic
  • 1 tbs olive oil, for sprouts
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • Pecorino or Parmesan cheese to garnish (optional)

Get the recipe here at So…Let’s Hang Out!

Family Dinner or Small Group: Meatballs

Healthy living has never looked this tasty! This meatball recipe is made with almond flour—same taste but much healthier!

Listen, meatballs in almost all forms are huge crowd pleasers AND they’re easy to make. Whether you have children that like finger food or friends that like fun food—this recipe is sure to please any crowd. The best part? It’s easy to make AND using almond flour makes this recipe healthy in addition to being delicious!

Shopping List:

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef (80/2)
  • 2 tbl fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp kpsher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garling powder
  • 1 tsp dried onion flakes
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese

Get the recipe here at the Key Ingredient.

Cookin’ Out: Portabella and Halloumi Burgers

Spring recipes mean good options for grilling out with friends and family. This no meat, no bread burger is a crowd pleaser!

Grilling, BBq-ing, cookin’ out—whatever you may call it the time for moving your cooking outdoors and enjoying the spring weather is upon us! It’s a time of family, friends, and fun and awesome recipes. We loved this one because it’s healthy but it’s also really delicious and perfect for an outdoor event!

Shopping List:

  • 4 portabella mushroom caps with stems removed
  • 3 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 thin slices halloumi*
  • 2 thick slices tomato
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 1 handful basil leaves

*Note: Halloumi is a popular cheese from Cyprus that’s perfect for grilling because it doesn’t melt at high temperatures. You can usually find it at Mediterranean markets or Whole Foods. Substitutes can include Queso Para or Queso Blanco.

Get the recipe here at Fresh Mushrooms.

Dinner Party: Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Yogurt Sauce

Low carb recipes for dinner parties are easier to find than you’d think! Try this grilled chicken recipe next time friends come over.

Entertaining with low-carb recipes is a snap! Thanks to the Internet there are now more resources than ever to get wonderful recipes to delight groups and appetites of all sizes! We loved this chicken recipe but found a great site with tons of options for parties here.

The Shopping List:

For the chicken:

  • 1 lb chicken breast cut into strips
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried thyme

For the yogurt sauce:

  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar substitute

Get the full recipe here at I Breath I’m Hungry.

Looking to create your own spring dishes? Keep in mind that the freshest veggies for spring are those that are in season: Asparagus, peas, turnips, radishes. And lettuce. Don’t forget to share your favorite recipes with us!