Recipe of the Month: Healthy Holiday Dishes

November 28, 2018 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

Thanksgiving came and went, it did its damage and we have the extra pounds to prove it.  The average person gains between 7 and 10 pounds between turkey day and New Year’s Eve, so we thought we would serve up healthy holiday dishes for this month’s featured recipes!  These are dishes that you can indulge in without the guilt.

Mulled Wine Granita 

Low-fat Eggnog 

Sweet Potato Skins 

Avocado-Feta Dip 

Greek Layered Dip and Pita Chips (or you could substitute for cucumber slices and it’s even healthier)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnut 

Warm Spinach Salad

Winter Fruit Salad

Mushroom Stuffed Pork Tenderloin  

Curried Sweet Potato Puree 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding (we saved the best for last, trust us, it’s a gift in itself)

We know it’s a lot, but you need options, right?

Cheers and happy holidays!

Recipes of the Month: Outrageous Eats

December 22, 2017 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

December’s bad choices bring January’s New Year’s Resolutions.  So before we all decide to jump on the diet/health/workout wagon, what’s one last binge meal(s)?  Below we have collected some of the most insanely calorically crazed recipes.  Some perfect for to bring to your holiday party, others to get cozy on the couch and devour alone!  Don’t just leave Santa boring cookies and milk this year… enjoy and happy eating!

The Donut Burger

Christmas in a Calzone

Grilled Mango and Rum-SoakedPound Cake 

Grilled Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

S’more Stuffed French Toast

Nutella and Bacon Stuffed French Toast 

Brie and Blueberry Waffle Grilled Cheese

Loaded Baked Potato Dip and Homemade Chips

Churros Balls with Warm Chocolate Dipping Sauce 

Frozen Snickerdoodle Crunch Cake

Recipe of the Month: Healthy Through the Holidays

December 21, 2016 Outdoor Celebrations, Outdoor Cooking

‘Tis the season for eggnog, Aunt Betty’s famous mashed potatoes, sugar cookies, and fruit cake (for the 3 people on earth that actually like fruit cake) … it’s also the season for gaining weight.  The average person gains 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  So how can we have our cake and eat it too?  Well we could get in a quick workout each day, but the calories going out rarely exceed the calories going in.  For instance, you can jog on a treadmill for 30 minutes and only have 3 oz of a cocktail or spin on a bike for 30 minutes and you can only enjoy 3/4 cup of egg nog or go on a walk for an hour and that will score you 2 buttered rolls on your plate.  So we thought we would come up with some recipes that are still festive, but won’t pack on the pounds.

 

December Recipe of the Month

 

Deviled Eggs

12 – hard-boiled eggs

24 Tablespoons – Green Chili hummus

Peel eggs, slice in half, dump out yolk, scoop 1 Tablespoon into each half, keep chilled and serve!

These eggs will knock your stockings off, they are so good!  Here are some more delicious recipes worth trying …

Low-Fat Eggnog 

Avocado-Feta Dip

Green Bean Casserole – Slimmed 

Winter Fruit Salad 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts 

Secret Ingredient Dark Chocolate Brownies

Peppermint Meringues 

 

Cheers, enjoy!!!

 

 

Recipe of the Month: Apple Cider Sangria

November 18, 2015 Outdoor Cooking
This month we are mixing up our own twist on a traditional holiday drink!  Imagine getting cozy on your cuddly couch, a warm blanket and your outdoor fireplace roaring a gorgeous fire.  Just add good company and this Texas Custom Patio Apple Cider Sangria …

 

Texas Custom Patios Apple Cider Sangria
Apple Cider Sangria

 

1 bottle white wine  (hint: a nice Pinot Grigio is tasty)
1 cup vodka
1 to 2 cups tonic water
1 to 2 cups apple cider
1 apple, cubed
1 orange, cubed
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of ginger
2 cinnamon sticks (makes it fancy, too)

 

Place cut up apples and oranges in pitcher.  Add water, wine, vodka and apple cider.  Stir in the cinnamon and ginger.  Add the cinnamon sticks!

 

Serve chilled or over ice.

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