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The Healthy Side Dish You Need to Bring to Your Next BBQ

Do you find it hard to stay fit when every summer BBQ you go to is serving up hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and other salty snacks? (Us too.)

That's why we've asked Sharaya, one of our Personal Trainers at Morgan Crossing Sports Club to share one of her favourite salads––that's easy to make!––so you can contribute a healthy side dish to your next summer BBQ. 

This salad is full of complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals from the vegetables, and turmeric (which is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant). It can be served hot right away, or you can make it in the morning and chill it in the refrigerator, so it is ready to go after work to take to a barbecue! It gives a nice kick to your regular rice dish (and my husband even says he loves it).

Bonus: it tastes good even five days later, so you can also use this rice dish for meal prep and eat it throughout the week!

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Chilled Brown Rice Turmeric Kale Salad


Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 1 TBSP Minced Ginger
  • 1 TBSP Turmeric Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 Cups Cooked Brown or Wild Rice
  • 1 Bunch of Kale, Destemmed and Chopped
  • 4 Carrots, Chopped (Mine are tri-coloured)
  • 1/2 Red Onion, Chopped

Place 1 of the 2 TBSP coconut oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Once heated, add the minced garlic and ginger, and stir for 1 minute until fragrant. Add in chopped onion and chopped carrot and stir for 5-8 minutes until you reached desired tenderness. Add in 4 cups of cooked rice and turmeric powder with a dash of salt and pepper. Taste test now. Decide if a little more turmeric needs to be added, depending on the brand (and its potency), you may need a dash more! Remove from the frying pan and set aside.

Add the remaining TBSP of coconut oil, the kale, and another dash of salt and pepper into the frying pan. Saute for 2-3 minutes––watch closely and do not let it go soggy! Then, stir the kale into the rice mixture and serve!

About Sharaya

Sharaya is a Level 4 Personal Trainer currently working out of the Morgan Crossing Sports Club. She has been working for Steve Nash for over 1 year and her certifications include TRX, Kettlebell, Therapeutic Fascial Mobility, Pre Post Natal Training, Nashfit 1, and is Dotfit Certified. Sharaya got into being a personal trainer after playing volleyball in post-secondary school and loves guiding and coaching people through their health and fitness journeys.


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