As we all know the holiday season is a time of year where people are able to hide their dwindling fitness success with big fluffy coats and warm sweaters. However, summer will be here before you know it, and by staying conscious about what you eat during these winter months, you will be able to maintain your summer physique (or better) year round.
During holiday potlucks it is not uncommon for people to make unhealthy, albeit delicious, dishes that are sure to force you to loosen your belt a whole notch. Luckily, at EnduraQ we not only want our customers to buy and love our product, we want them to succeed in their fitness goals. At our office party one of our staff members created this gorgeous vegetable holiday wreath she found on eatingwell.com. Be sure to bring this to your next holiday potluck. It will not only impress your coworkers/friends/family; but it will provide a tasty and healthy option.
- 2 cups green beans, trimmed
- 1 cup sugar snap peas, strings removed
- ½ bunch curly kale, washed
- 2 cups cauliflower florets
- 9 cherry tomatoes
- 3 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed
- 8 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried
- 4 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
- To prepare the outside of the wreath fill a large pot with water and begin to bowl. Leave a large container of ice water by the stove and blanch the broccoli for 1-2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, move the broccoli to the ice bath to chill. Drain well. Then blanch the Brussels sprouts, green beans and snap peas in the same way.
- To make the dip simply whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, shallot, dill, vinegar, garlic powder, sugar, salt and pepper into a medium bowl. Transfer the dip into a serving bowl and place it in the center of a large plate,
- Arrange kale around the bowl and keep the frilly edges on the outside. Top with the broccoli, brussels sprouts, green beans, snap peas and cauliflower. Finally, garnish with cherry tomatoes.
This recipe is sure to liven up any holiday party, and it also works great for watching football games. Be sure to send us pictures of your take on this tasty concoction!