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This Memorial Day, toss some of these outrageously delicious Sneaky Chef Veggie Dog Kebabs on the grill alongside juicy Veggie Patch Ultimate Meatless Burgers and watch your friends and family literally line up for more!

The Veggie Dog Kebabs are super easy: just cut up some Veggie Patch Veggie Dogs into half inch pieces and skewer them with alternating pieces of pineapple chunks, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini & onion chunks, etc. Then coat with some of my famous Sneaky Chef BBQ Sauces (recipe below) and grill on the rack or, if you have them, on veggie grillers (flat non-stick pans with holes) that you set on the grill--they hold the sauce better than on open racks directly. We do this here all the time in summer and they make Veggie Dog Kebabs that are out of this world! Simply serve over rice and with sneaky sides like corn on the cob, sneaky cole slaw, etc. 
 
Next, for the healthiest, juiciest, best tasting burgers you've ever had, go gourmet! Just put some Veggie Patch Ultimate Meatless Burgers on the grill and you'll quickly see why these thick and juicy burgers are a far cry from ordinary vegetarian burgers. They are sure to please even the most discerning burger-lover. Serve on a whole wheat bun with plenty of Sneaky Chef BBQ Sauces (recipe below), onions, lettuce, and with sides like corn on the cob and cole slaw. 
 
Use these simple and delicious recipes to make this Memorial Day your most healthy and delicious ever!
 
Enjoy in good health,
 
Missy
 
*QUICK FIXES FOR STORE-BOUGHT BBQ SAUCE
Each of the boosters below both enhances the nutritional profile of your favorite bottled barbecue sauce. In addition, they cut the sauce’s acidity, which may help to prevent acid reflux. Start by adding the smallest recommended amount of just one of the nutritional boosters, and add a little more each time you serve the sauce. You can also mix in two or more of the boosters below, up to a total of about 1⁄2 cup booster per 1 cup of store-bought barbecue sauce.
* 2 to 4 tablespoons White Bean Puree,  White Puree or Orange Puree: Combine the Puree of your choice with 1/2 cup of store-bought BBQ sauce, mixing until well blended.
 
*SNEAKY CHEF HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE:
This quick and versatile sauce can be made as spicy as desired.
Makes about 2 cups of sauce
1 green tea bag
3⁄4 cup tomato paste
1⁄2 cup cider vinegar
3⁄4 cup White or Orange Puree 
1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
Hot sauce, to taste
Steep the tea bags in 1⁄2 cup boiling water for 2 minutes (no longer or it will taste bitter). Allow the tea to cool, then whisk a 1⁄2 cup of tea together with the tomato paste, vinegar, White or Orange Puree, garlic, pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and honey. Add the chili powder and hot sauce to taste. Thin with more green tea if desired.
Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 Dear Missy,

I wanted to make the brainy brownies, but was wondering if I could use a box mix instead of completely from scratch???..I have plenty of box mixes that I wanted to use up, and also didn't have all of the other ingredients on hand...Thank you so much for any help! –Staci

Dear Staci, 

You certainly can! Here's the recipe right out of book #1. 

Enjoy in good health!

Missy


Quick Fix to Store-Bought Brownie Mix

If you don’t have time for the scratch version, this doctored-up packaged brownie mix fits some great nutrients in. Simply replace half of the oil and all the water with nutrient-rich Purple Puree and replace some of the dry mix with wheat germ. No one I’ve asked, kids or adults, could tell the difference between these and the regular version.

1/2 cup wheat germ, unsweetened
1 box (about 21 ounces) brownie mix (preferably without hydrogenated oils)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup Purple Puree (see Make-Ahead Recipe #1)
1/4 cup canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or coat with cooking spray a 13-by- 9-inch or 8-inch square baking pan.

Measure and discard (or save for future use) 1/2 cup of the dry packaged brownie mix and replace with 1/2 cup of wheat germ. Mix together with the eggs, oil, and Purple Puree until well blended. 

Follow package directions for baking time, depending on size of baking dish used.

I love the warmth and ritual of tea... I start each morning with a cup to ease into the day. And when the girls come home from school, we often have our own tea party complete with Sneaky Chef brownies to catch up on the day and take the edge off an afternoon slump. A cup after dinners curbs my craving for something sweet & sugary.

That's why I'm so excited to have found the Tuffy Tea Steeper. It simplifies making an individual cup of tea. I just place the tea steeper in a cup, spoon in some special tealeaves, pour in water and let it steep. No brown, messy tea bags. No stale tea taste. The Tuffy Tea Steeper is collapsible, making it ideal for travel, and it’s made of food grade silicone so it’s dishwasher safe (music to my ears).

The Tea Spots’ assortment of these three loose-leaf tea blends is my favorite. From the minute I open a can and take an aroma therapeutic whiff, I’m already benefitting from calming effects. They’re so fresh and fragrant!

My day starts with Boulder Blues, a blend of Japanese green tea with an infusion of wild strawberries and rhubarb. (I serve it chilled in summer garnished with a few strawberries.) When I stop and take a moment during stressful days, I brew myself a cup of Meditative Mind, a medley of Chinese white tea, rosebuds and jasmine pearls that soothes and calms. I like a cup of Red Rocks with red rooibos, vanilla & almonds after dinner. Since it’s caffeine-free it won’t keep me up at night, and even my girls can enjoy a cup. Try it with a little milk.

This collection of teas will get you through the day and will suit you and everyone else to a tea!

I'm excited to share this find with you! Be sure to follow me on OpenSky to get the inside scoop this Friday!

With healthiest regards,

Missy

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