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Unconventional Uses For Mayonnaise

When you think of mayonnaise, you probably think sandwiches, or maybe even potato salad. Although it is a classic sandwich condiment, its versatility is widely underrated.

First of all, mayonnaise is an emulsion made from oil, egg yolk, and acid (usually vinegar or lemon juice). While it’s great for adding moisture to dry sandwiches, and a great when used for pasta or potato salads, there are any other ways you can use mayonnaise when cooking.

  • Marinade
    Did you know a thin coat of mayonnaise on meat, poultry, seafood, or veggies can prevent them from sticking to the grill? In addition, it also helps to seal in natural flavors and juices, subsequently keeping your protein moist.
  • Dip
    Mayonnaise is also a great base for dip for your chips or veggies. If you can’t commit to dipping veggies or fries in plain mayo like the Belgians do, try mixing in lemon juice, chives, Dijon, and sour cream for a refreshing crudité dip. Or add avocado, cilantro, and lime to your mayo for a guacamole-inspired dip.
  • Eggs
    Try stirring on a tablespoon of mayo per two eggs before scrambling them. The result? Extra fluffy scrambled eggs.
  • Grilled Cheese
    Have you ever tried swapping butter for mayo when making a grilled cheese sandwich? It helps to get the bread crispy and crunchy while enhancing flavor.
  • Salad Dressing
    A great creamy dressing ideally starts with mayo. Get creative with the ingredients you have on hand (fresh herbs, ginger, soy sauce, sriracha, lime, mustard). Start with mayo and add a bit of vinegar and spices, along with your ingredients of choice and you’ve got a delicious dressing.
  • Dessert
    Sounds crazy, right? It’s not! Mayonnaise is great for keeping pie crusts intact and making moist cakes. For your next chocolate cake, try swapping your egg with 3 tablespoons of mayo and let us know how it goes!

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Catering Ideas For Warmer Weather

With summer around the corner, the weather is starting to warm up. And when that warmer weather hits, who wants to spend the beautiful days sweltering over a hot stove? Whether you’re hosting a small dinner with friends or catering a casual business meeting or planning a special event, here are some fun summer catering ideas to consider.

Creative Beverages
When the weather is hot, it’s ever important to stay hydrated. Water is essential and infusing it with fresh fruit or herbs can be refreshing surprise. Instead of (or in addition to) lemon, you can try cucumber slices, strawberries, watermelon, ginger root, or even fresh mint or parsley.

You can get inventive with your mocktails as well. Shrubs are acidulated beverages make of fruit juice, sugar and other ingredients, and thus, the possibilities are endless.

Healthy Eats
You don’t want your food weighing you down, especially during the summer. Light, healthy bites are favored over hearty dishes. Think lean proteins, whole-grain breads, fruits and vegetables. Grains like quinoa and millet or grain-free riced cauliflower can become a delicious and nutritious base for healthy bowls. And with an abundance of plant-based proteins, it’s much easier to cater to guests who are vegetarian, vegan, grain-free or gluten-free.

BBQ
Nothing screams summer quite like barbecue. And catering packages allow office workers to enjoy the backyard barbecue vibe indoors. Whether you favor Texas-style or Memphis-style, there are plenty of caterers that specialize in various barbecue styles to suit your preference.

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The Art Of Dining Alone

Unfortunately, many people have mixed feelings about dining alone. Some may see it as a lonely task, while others may enjoy the alone time. Whether you’re the former, the latter, or somewhere in between, here are some tips to improve your solo dining experience.

People Watch
Who doesn’t love to people watch? You can pick an outdoor table or sit on the patio and watch the people go by. If you would rather retreat and not be seen, you can request a seat in the back of a restaurant or against a wall to blend in better.

Journal
Do you keep a journal? If you do, when was the last time you wrote it in? If you don’t, why not start one now? Writing in a restaurant can keep you from worrying about people judging you and it can also help you reflect on different aspects of your life. It’s also a great way to pass time while you wait for your food.

Read
Not a writer? Pick up a book instead. You can get lost in a story to distract yourself, and it’s a great way to finally finish any books you’ve been reading.

Catch Up
You can also use this time to call or text your friends and family you haven’t spoken to in a while. Return missed calls, reply to old texts, or simply catch up with a friend or family member. Just remember your phone etiquette if there are other tables nearby.

Sit At The Bar
Sitting at the bar allows you to feel less alone. You can chat with the bartender or meet new people at the bar. You may even be able to watch television if there is one.

Treat Yourself
You can consider taking yourself out as a form of self care. You can treat yourself to a nice meal, maybe even splurge with an appetizer, dessert, or both. Eating alone can allow you to practice mindful eating, a skill that can benefit you for the rest of your life.

Savor The Moment
Dining alone allows you to be present, as other people are often a (good) distraction. Rather than spending time chatting as your food gets cold, you can enjoy the food you are eating while still warm. As mentioned, you can practice mindfulness throughout the meal.

Look Good, Feel Good
While you don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to, you should dress in something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. You may look into the dress code of the restaurant (if any), just so that you don’t show up under- or over-dressed.

Plan Ahead
To avoid having to wait around, and potentially make your experience longer, pick out your order beforehand so that you can order when the server comes around. And then, ask for the bill before you finish eating to avoid any waiting around for the check later.

Be Grateful
Dining alone isn’t as bad as people may think. There are worse situations, and you may even see some when you look around the dining room. When you’re flying solo, at least you know you’re in good company.

You can dine alone or catch up with friends or family at the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli! Enjoy a yummy sandwich or fresh salad in our dining room or our outdoor patio. Visit us weekdays from 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am-4:30pm. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Seasonal Spring Produce

Spring is officially here and that means that delicious spring produce is in season. Start enjoying these yummy in-season foods now.

Arugula
In addition to arugula, other leafy greens like romaine and red leaf lettuce are also in season. These leafy greens are rich in vitamins A, K, and folate, chlorophyll, fiber, and water. They can help reduce inflammation while also hydrating and detoxifying your body.

Build delicious salads with these leafy greens and other veggies, nuts or seeds, drizzled with EVOO, balsamic vinegar or citrus juice.

Artichokes
Despite being available in both spring and fall, artichokes are a great spring food. Rich in folic acid, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and many minerals, artichokes can help lower cholesterol, reduce free radicals, and promote optimal metabolic cell function.

You can boil artichokes for about 20 minutes and enjoy them by peeling off the leaves and pairing it with your favorite dipping sauce.

Asparagus
Asparagus contains an abundance of vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting, heart and bone health, cancer prevention, and other functions. It’s also loaded with copper, selenium, B vitamins and other important nutrients.

Cooking asparagus is fairly simple. You can sauté it with your favorite seasonings in butter, ghee, or your oil of choice. Just be cautious to not overcook them. Don’t let them get too wilted – you want them to stay vibrant green and retain their shape.

Beets
As you may gather from their deep and juicy color, beets are great for blood and circulation. They are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains, which can lower blood pressure, boost stamina, and support detoxification.

There are numerous ways you can reap the benefits beets. You can juice them, add them to smoothies, roast them as a side dish, or even add them to salads.

Carrots
When they’re in season locally, carrots taste even better. These delicious root vegetables are high in vitamin A and other antioxidants and help you maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails.

As we all know, carrots are yummy whether eaten raw or cooked. Chop, slice or shred them onto anything from salads to sandwiches, or bring them along as a travel snack.

Mint
Mint has powerful healing properties. It contains rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant that can relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. It also contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant, and can soothe an upset stomach.

Since mint is such a delicate herb, it’s best not to cook it. Instead, add it to water or iced tea for natural flavoring. You can also add it as an edible garnish, or chop it up and add it to fruit salads.

Peas
Peas are an excellent anti-inflammatory food thanks to the wide variety of vitamins and minerals they contain, including vitamins C, K, several B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus, and protein. Because they have a short growing season, enjoying them during their peak is something special.

Snack on sugar snap peas straight out of the pod or add them to salads, smoothies, stir-fries, noodle dishes, and more.

Strawberries
There’s nothing better than ripe, sweet strawberries. Did you know they are among the top five sources of antioxidant-rich fruit in the U.S.? And despite containing fructose, strawberries can help balance blood sugar. Strawberries also contain polyphenols which support immunity, healthy cell renewal, and other functions.

Eat them raw or freeze them (with the stems removed) to add to smoothies. You can also add them to chia pudding or oatmeal, make jam, or even make decadent chocolate-covered strawberries.

Spring Onions
Speaking of polyphenols, onions contain a high amount, especially flavonoids, which are compounds that play a major role in disease prevention. They are also natural antihistamines, and have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Add raw onions to salads or tacos, sauté them with sea salt as a tasty caramelized onion side dish, or use them as a tasty base for spring sauces and soups.

Radishes
Radishes are a great detoxifier. They work at removing waste and toxins from both the stomach and liver. Also a natural diuretic, radishes help treat urinary and kidney conditions. In addition, they hydrate your skin, reduce fevers, and even treat insect bites.

You can add raw slices to salads, roast them as a side dish, or even juice them for a healthy drink.

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Popular St. Patrick’s Day Foods

This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day – a holiday in which many of us don green apparel and indulge in Irish food and drinks. But some of the iconic dishes we associate with the holiday are not that authentic. Find out more about the history of these St. Patrick’s Day foods.

Corned Beef & Cabbage
Beloved by many beyond the holiday, corned beef and cabbage surprisingly is not something you would eat in Ireland to celebrate, despite its popularity in the U.S. So how did it come to be closely tied with the Irish culture?

During the time of the Irish immigration to the U.S., the first generation of Irish Americans were looking comfort food from home. Because they couldn’t afford pricey pork and bacon products, they turned to beef brisket, the cheapest cut of meat. They then adopted the brining technique of the Eastern Europeans. They used corn-sized salt crystals during the brining process, and thus, corned beef was born. It was then paired with cabbage since it was one of the cheapest vegetables available.

Irish Soda Bread
The misleading name may make you think there is Coke or Pepsi in this bread, but that is not the case. “Soda” refers to bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, which is a leavening agent and one of the main elements that gives this bread its distinct flavor. Back then, bread was baked over an open fire in a round pot or casserole, or baked on an iron plate over remaining embers. This explains why the bread is round and cut into pie pieces. Traditional Irish soda bread is plain, although you may find it flecked with currants or other fruits in the United States. Fruits are only added for special occasions, in which case the bread goes by a different name.

Guinness
The inspiration for this Irish stout beer came from Great Britain, as it was created in the style of an English porter brew from the late 18th century. Arthur Guinness began making the tangy, creamy, dark beer at St. James’s Gate in Dublin in 1759. It took a decade for his ales to hit the public in England, and then 71 years later, they debuted in New York.

Colcannon
This traditional Irish dish is made of boiled potatoes mashed up with cabbage or kale, and then mixed with onions and butter or cream. The word “colcannon” comes from the Gaelic “cal ceannann” which translates to white-headed cabbage.

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Energizing Breakfast Foods

A delicious and filling breakfast can help set the tone for the day. Be sure you’re filling up on foods that will fuel you for the rest of the day. Here are some great nutritious and energizing breakfast foods.

  • Avocado
    There’s a reason avocado toast is a popular breakfast food. Loaded with heart healthy fats, B vitamins, and fiber, avocados take longer to digest, and thus, help sustain your energy throughout the day. Next time, top your avocado toast with an egg for more nutritional benefits.
  • Bananas
    Not only are they an easy option for those busy mornings, bananas offer a unique mix of antioxidants, carbohydrates, and potassium that give you an energy boost. Next time you want to reach for an energy drink, try a banana instead.
  • Breakfast Smoothie
    You can craft these to your liking and prepare them ahead of time, making them a healthy and smart option. Fruits and vegetables contains excellent nutrients that will provide you with energy through the day, and adding a source of protein will help to keep you full.
  • Eggs
    This classic and versatile breakfast food is nutrient-rich and a great source of protein. Aside from keeping you full and stabilizing your energy levels, eggs contain choline, which plays a role muscle control, and B vitamins, which convert food into energy.
  • Fresh Fruit
    Why not start your day with nature’s candy? Get your sweet tooth fix without the crash with fresh fruits. Fresh fruits contain powerful antioxidants along with fiber, which helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady.
  • Greek Yogurt
    Greek yogurt is a great source of lean protein (almost two times more than traditional yogurt), fat, and carbohydrates. The protein and fiber combination helps to delay digestion of the meal and avoid the spike and crash in blood sugar.
  • Herbal Tea
    If you can, try swapping your coffee for herbal tea. Since they have less caffeine and are water based, teas are more hydrating and contain phytochemicals and antioxidants that help protect you from free radicals.
  • Lean Meat
    Lean meats provide protein, and the amino acids in proteins help keep you alert throughout the day. Try lean meats like ham, turkey, or smoked salmon.
  • Non-Dairy Milk
    For those with dietary restrictions, non-dairy milk helps to provide vitamins and a lean source of protein sans cholesterol. Also, seek fortified versions as they will have more energy supporting nutrients than others.
  • Peanut Butter
    You may reserve peanut and other nut butters for your snacks later in the day, but adding it to breakfast can give you an extra boost. Remember, the protein and fat (and fiber when possible) combination is key to preventing highs, lows, and crashes, and will help to curb your appetite.
  • Steel-Cut Oatmeal
    Opt for steel-cut oatmeal versus the processed instant oatmeal. Your body has to work harder to break down the steel-cut oats, leaving you with more sustained energy. Also, the soluble fiber in oats helps to slow the digestion of simple carbohydrates, eliminating the spike and crash of blood sugar levels.
  • Whole Grain Bread
    Ditch the white bread – whole grain bread offers more fiber and good fats to keep you fuller longer. Whole grain bread is also fortified with B vitamins, which help with energy production in the body.

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Practice Mindful Eating

Mindful eating encourages you to pay attention to what you are eating, heightening our awareness of pleasure and nourishment from our food. While the overall idea of mindful eating seems simple, to really master it takes gentle and consistent practice. Over time it can become a conscious habit, but realistically, we may fall in and out of it as staying present with eating can be a challenge in different situations.

Mindful eating often slows down the process of eating, so begin by taking a few mindful breaths to relax and become centered and present. Here are more mindful eating tips to get you started on the mindfulness path.

  • Mindful Check-In
    As mentioned, before a meal, bring awareness to your breathing. Take a breath, pause, and then notice any present thoughts or feelings, particularly in relation to the food you are about to eat. This can be brief moment or last up to a couple of minutes.

    Take a few deep, relaxing breaths and pay attention to the movement of your breaths in and out. Slowly expand your awareness to include your whole body and notice without judgment what thoughts, feelings, and body sensations are present. Consider how these may influence your choices on how much, when, and what to eat, along with desires or cravings for food.

  • Hunger & Fullness Levels
    As you are mindfully checking-in, tune in to your level of physical hunger. Most of us enjoy food most when we have some to moderate hunger – when we are too hungry, we tend to eat fast and overeat.

    Ask yourself “How hungry am I?” Listen to your body and determine whether it is physical hunger or something else. If it is the latter, ask yourself “What am I really hungry for?”

    To understand your level of physical fullness, you should also ask yourself “How full am I?” Again, listen to the messages your body is sending you. Do what would most honor your body at the present moment.

  • Reflect Upon Your Food
    How did your food get to you? What went into making it and who/what were involved (people, sun, earth, water, farmers)? Think about the quality and sources of your food, and let the sense of appreciation or gratitude for your food wash over you.
  • Senses
    Enjoy your food with all your senses:

    • Feast your eyes on your food – visually appreciate the color, texture, and shape.
    • Breathe in the aromas, and notice the nuances with both nostrils.
    • Savor your food without chewing first – notice the flavor, texture, and sensations.
    • As you chew your food, stay as present as possible with each bite and immerse yourself in the experience.
    • Mindfully swallow when ready.
      Notice any associations that arise, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Bask in pleasant associations or positive memories if you’ve like, while staying present with the full experience.
  • Taste Mindfully
    Savor the taste of your food fully, and pay attention to when the taste diminishes and your enjoyment lessens. This awareness is tool and will help you make better decisions about how much and how little to eat, as well as when to stop and when to eat more.
  • Check In With Hunger & Fullness
    Check in with hunger and fullness levels occasionally throughout the snack or meal. As you did before your meal, continue to do so throughout the meal.
  • Practice
    When you begin mindful eating, you start a slow pace as you get accustomed to the different aspects. As you hone your attention skills, your mindful eating habits will become more natural, enabling you to eat mindfully at different paces, in different settings, and with different people.

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Healthy Swaps For Sandwich Spreads

When it comes to sandwiches, the things you put on them can make or break your sandwich. Sandwich staples like mayo and mustard can be delicious, but unfortunately, fall short in the nutrition department. Here are some healthy, nutritious, and delicious sandwich spread substitutes.

  • Jam→Mashed Berries

You may think your jam is healthy, but a closer look at the label may tell another story. Ditch the excess calories, sugar, and preservatives for a fresh alternative. Using mashed berries provides more fiber and fewer calories. For instance, six large smashed strawberries offer 2 grams of fiber and only 35 calories. For a little extra sweetness, drizzle some honey on top.

  • Cheese→Roasted Garlic Spread

You don’t have to give up cheese, but if you’re using it simply to add some depth to your sandwich, you will find there are tastier and healthier ways. For example, roasted garlic is a low calorie, low sodium alternative that delivers intense flavor.

  • Cream Cheese→Cottage Cheese

Bagels and cream cheese go hand in hand, but if you’re looking for a higher protein alternative, look no further than cottage cheese. A quarter cup of low-fat cottage cheese offers 7 grams of protein and 45 calories, whereas the same serving of regular cream cheese offers four times the calories and half the protein along with saturated fat.

  • Mustard Or Mayo→Hummus

As mentioned, mustard and mayo are classic sandwich ingredients but are hardly nutritious. Avoid a dry sandwich while adding flavor and nutrition by trying a smear of hummus instead. If you don’t make it at home (where you can control the ingredients), look for brands that boast a few simple ingredients (ex. fresh chickpeas, tahini, garlic). Not only is this a tasty change, it also increases your intake of beans, plant protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat.

  • Mayo→Smashed Avocado

Smashed avocado delivers the creaminess and richness of mayo, but with less calories along with healthy fats and more than 20 different vitamins. Add lemon juice to balance the fattiness, and a little hot sauce if you enjoy a little spice.

  • Mayo→Yogurt In Tartar Sauce

Tartar sauce is a great addition to (grilled or fried) fish sandwiches. While the classic recipe is mayonnaise based, you can create a healthier version with less fat and more protein by using Greek yogurt instead. Simply substitute plain Greek yogurt and add your favorite ingredients (ex. pickles, mustard, vinegar, capers).

  • Butter→Nut Butter

Instead of melting butter on top of your toast, go for nut butter instead. Nut butters (peanut, cashew, almond) are full of healthy fats, protein, finer, and vitamins. Just remember to look for all natural nut butters without fillers – the ingredients list should be short and simple. To add more flavor and benefits, sprinkle some cinnamon on it.

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Food Trends For The New Year

While some food trends stick, most come and go. With the start of the New Year, we are sure to see an insurgence of new food trends for us to try. Here are some food trend predictions for the New Year from dieticians.

The Keto Diet
Keto foods we introduced in 2018 and we can only expect keto-friendly products to grow into 2019. While many have adopted, or may consider, the keto diet, others find it hard to follow completely, thus, we are likely to see more modified keto diets.

Less Sugar
Sugar intake is still a major concern for many as added sugars are closely associated with diet-related chronic diseases like obesity. Manufacturers will try find ways to reduce sugar and incorporate more natural ingredients into their products, but this will continue to be a challenge as sugars play a variety of roles in processed foods aside from sweetness.

Non-Dairy Milk
Plant-based milks will continue to be a popular dairy alternative. But not all non-dairy milks are created equally. Be sure to check labels carefully to choose those that are excellent sources of calcium and vitamins D and E. And aside from popular choices like almond milk, oat milk will likely be on the rise. Compared to other alternatives, oat milk is higher in heart-healthy fiber and satiating protein.

Digital Food Shopping Carts
What happens when you combine online shopping and grocery shopping? Ultimate convenience. Online grocery shopping saves you the time of browsing aisles for your groceries and makes meals easier. You can order via computer or smart phone, browsing and clicking on the items you need. Then you can either have them prepared for pick up or get them delivered straight to your door.

Foods Cooked In Foil
We love to find ways to make cooking easier, and ‘food in a foil’ is just that. Foods cooked in foil help to enhance the infusion of flavor while making clean up a breeze. And thanks to the internet, these recipes and cooking ideas are readily available at our fingertips.

Plant-Based Eating
While not a new trend, it is continually on the rise. The different plant-based options we have available to us allows for more people to adopt a flexitarian diet. We are likely to see baked goods using cassava flour, healthier snacks such as dark chocolate-covered chickpeas, new nut butters like pumpkin seed butter, and alternative oils including pomegranate seed oil and algae oil.

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Warm Salads For Cold Weather

Winter is almost here, which means colder weather and cravings for warming comfort food. While salads may not come to mind when you think of winter comfort foods, warm salads may change your mind. The contrasting of temperatures, textures, and flavors just might make warm salads you new winter comfort food of choice. Here’s how you can build the perfect warm salad.

  • Base

While lettuces are the most common greens associated with salads, they are not the only ones available. For your warm salad, choose leafy greens that can be slightly cooked or steamed. You can add these warm greens to your favorite fresh salad greens or use them as a base alone. Mix and match until you find your favorite blend.

Some great choices for a warm base are kale (any variety), collard greens, Swiss chard, cabbage, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach.

  • Toppings

Toppings help bring salads to life, and with warm salads, there’s a limitless variety available. You can add your favorite toppings to create a salad that suits your tastes, preferences, and resources. For example, you can use last night’s leftover roasted vegetables or caramelized onions to add depth. If you go with leftovers, you may want to mix in fresh veggies as well to balance both the crunchy and soft textures.

Warm or Cold Toppings:

  • Cruciferous Vegetables (turnips, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage)
  • Vegetables (green onions, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers, peas, asparagus, zucchini, squash, tomatoes)
  • Fruits (mandarin oranges, figs, dried fruits – cranberries, raisins, blueberries)
  • Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, flax) and Nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews, peanuts, or brazil nuts)
  • Carbohydrate/Starch

Whether warm or cold, if you’re eating a salad for a meal, adding a complex carbohydrate or starch to it will help sustain your energy. Warm salads are great for potatoes, whole grains, beans, legumes, or another type of starch.

Some healthy choices include freekeh, wheatberries, quinoa, rice, faro, millet, barley, sweet potato, beans or lentils.

  • Plant Protein

A serving of protein helps to nutritionally balance your salad. There are even some plant options that double as a protein and a complex carbohydrate, like quinoa or beans.

Consider these quality protein choices: tofu (you can make your own or buy it premade), tempeh, beans or lentils, edamame, green peas, quinoa, wheatberries

  • Add Flair

A great way to enjoy healthy food more is to add flair to keep it interesting. Adding a small amount of tasty food will help to keep your taste buds happy.

Try topping salads with roasted nuts or spiced seeds (avoid those made with extra oils). Or try crumbled toasted pita chips, warmed capers or olives, or even sundried tomatoes on your salad. Warm salads are so versatile that, again, the possibilities are endless.

  • Dressing

A delicious dressing or sauce can take salads to the next level. They are also a great way to incorporate healthy fats into the meal. To keep it healthier, choose dressings made from whole foods, such as tahini, avocado, or cashews.

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