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BBQ Favorites


Happy Memorial Day!  It's the kickoff of BBQ season and I must say that eating outside is one of my absolute FAVORITE things.  The other great thing- grilling is so easy and doesn't mess up the kitchen!

Now- those Summer potluck gatherings can sometimes mean lots of pasta salads, desserts and sugar-laden baked beans.  SO when you go to a potluck or host your own here are some SUPER yummy ideas for meat and side dishes that won't make you slave in the kitchen.

Rubs and Sauces

Let's start with the meat.  I LOVE pork chops and chicken on the grill and adding a rub can make everything super duper yummy!

Carl's Gourmet- an example of a great meat rub without additives and sugar

I'm also a huge fan of BBQ Sauce and love these low-sugar ideas.  Here in the South we have a lot of vinegar based ideas which is always a good idea as they are generally very low in sugar.

Tessemae's BBQ- LOVE this brand's dressings too!

Jim's Own- the vinegar is lowest in sugar, but this brand has several lower sugar options

Easy Side Dishes:

Crockpot Green Beans:  I dump a Costco sized can of green beans  in the crockpot (drain halfway) and add in one onion, 3 pieces of chopped bacon and salt and pepper in the crockpot on low for 6 hours.  These are ALWAYS gone.  I'm not a huge fan of canned veggies, but this sure beats broccoli and cheese casserole with bread.

Roasted Broccoli:  Toss several heads of chopped broccoli with paprika, olive oil and salt and pepper.  Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and roast at 400 for about 30 minutes.  It will be browned and kind of crispy.

Salad:  When you're unsure bring a simple salad.  In the Summer I like to combine spinach, berries, walnuts, goat cheese and a homemade vinaigrette.  Almost everyone enjoys it!

OH and our Momsanity Ambassador Brittany has a really really great dessert for you.  Everyone will be drooling at this super duper healthy and super duper sweet treat!!!!  Gluten and Sugar Free COOKIE CAKE!!!

Ta da... it's that simple!  Enjoy your holiday and all of the fun memories you'll make outside this Summer!