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  • Writer's pictureLindsey, EDRD

Make the most of your veggies

I always aim to have a good food spread when throwing a party. We did pizza and sandwiches, and for a veggie I first thought about making a salad. The kicker? Uhh, I don't really like salad/raw veggies very much, plus it takes up a lot of room on a plate, and it's hard to eat if you're standing holding a plate. My go-to veggies are marinated veggies. They're still raw, but packed with tangy, peppery flavor. Throwing on a simple marinade doesn't add more than a few calories either. My favorite combo is sliced cucumbers, red onion, and grape tomatoes. You could add whatever you like! Diced peppers, mushrooms, radishes, shredded carrots- clean out that veggie drawer. To make this into a meal you could add chickpeas and hardboiled eggs. Such an easy base.

Marinated Veggies -4-6 cups raw veggies -1 cup white wine or champagne vinegar -2 tablespoons olive oil -1 tablespoon lemon juice -2 tablespoons sugar or honey -1 teaspoon salt -1 teaspoon pepper -1/2 teaspoon minced garlic -1/2 teaspoon pepper -Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

Whisk together and pour over veggies. Cover veggies and let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour, but no more than a whole day in advance.

So easy! I let the adults have this and the kids could grab some plain raw veggies. Even though it was party time, I still made my kids have their veggies before their cake. Dietitian mom for the win!

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