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Fall means football season, and football season means… food! Because we know game day is one of the toughest times to find healthy eating options, we’re serving up three delicious and good-for-you recipes from Brenda Watson’s new book, The Skinny Gut Diet. Whether you’re tailgating on the road or spending the weekend at home with your favorite football fans, these party-worthy recipes guaranteed to score big and help you stick to your health and weight loss goals.

egg-saladSavory Egg Salad
Ingredients:
4 hard-boiled eggs
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. pickle relish
4 tbsp. chopped celery
2 tsp. celery seeds
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Place eggs in small bowl; mash with fork. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill 20 minutes and enjoy. Note: This recipe makes two servings. Be sure to double or triple for large groups. And for a fun party idea, add lettuce and make lettuce leaf wraps!

Homemade Salsa in an Avocado Boat
Ingredients:
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 serrano chili or jalapeño pepper, chopped
1/3 cup scallions, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
¼ tsp. salt
1 avocado, halved, seed removed and partially hollowed out

 

Directions: Place all ingredients except avocado in a large bowl; mix well. Chill 20 minutes. Serve salsa atop avocado halves. Note: Serves two; adjust recipe as necessary.

Simple Beef Bruschetta
Ingredients:
3 tsp. coconut oil
½ cup halved artichoke hearts (packed in water)
¼ red onion, minced
1 ripe tomato, diced
3 fresh basil leaves, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
8 oz. lean boneless beef, such as top round or sirloin, cut into ½-inch slices
¼ tsp. cracked black peppercorns
¼ tsp. dried Italian seasoning

 

Directions: Coat grill pan or cast-iron skillet with 2 tsp. coconut oil and heat over medium-high heat. Lightly brown artichokes on each side, 2–3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool; cut into smaller pieces. In a small bowl, combine artichoke hearts, onion, tomato, remaining 1 tsp. coconut oil, basil, garlic and vinegar. Season beef with peppercorns and Italian seasoning. In the same skillet, sear beef over medium-high heat about 2 minutes per side, until nicely browned. Transfer to plate; top with artichoke bruschetta mixture and serve. Note: Serves two; adjust recipe as necessary.

 

See Chapter 13 in The Skinny Gut Diet for more healthful and delicious recipes and meal ideas!

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